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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0143106562″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”220″ alt=”Book of Common Prayer” ] 2012 marks the 350th Anniversary of The Book of Common Prayer.


Penguin has released a new edition of this classic prayer book that features a new introduction by James Woods.


The Book of Common Prayer

350th Anniversary Edition.

Paperback: Penguin, 2012.
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Woods published an alternate draft of the introduction in The New Yorker this fall:


Suppose you find yourself, in the late afternoon, in one of the English cathedral towns—Durham, say, or York, or Salisbury, or Wells, or Norwich—or in one of the great university cities, like Oxford or Cambridge. The shadows are thickening, and you are mysteriously drawn to the enormous, ancient stone structure at the center of the city. Continue Reading…


Two striking Thanksgiving prayers from THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER:

“A Litany of Thanksgiving”

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

“Thanksgiving for the Harvest”

Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew: We yield thee hearty thanks and praise for the return of seed time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of its fruits, and for all other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of these great mercies, such as may appear in our lives by a humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.


“A Tactile Obedience”

A Review of
Sacramental Life:
Spiritual Formation Through
by David DeSilva.

By Mark Eckel.

Sacramental Life:
Spiritual Formation Through

David DeSilva.
Paperback.  IVP. 2008.
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Sacramental LifeFrom time to time during my professorial days at Moody Bible Institute, I would attend an Episcopalian church close by my house.  I did this because I felt like such a sinner taking communion there.  In that denomination, partaking of the bread and wine is a very kinesthetic experience (e.g. physical movement is required).  One had to stand and walk down the middle aisle in front of everyone.  Kneeling at the altar, the sacraments were given to you by another without your help.  Returning to my seat, the thought repetitiously came to my mind, “I am a sinner saved by grace.  I am a sinner saved by grace.  I am a sinner…”  Often I would stop after the first four words.  Physical activity dictated that I be physically, visibly reminded of my status before God.  Most Evangelicals have an autonomous, individualistic approach to communion: we take the elements ourselves as they are passed.  I need the bodily movement to remind me that I do nothing of myself without His aid.


And so DeSilva says, “We might like to think of ourselves as our own masters, which is prized among our cultural ideals . . . we seek to preserve the illusion of running our own show” (53).  What is so profound about Sacramental Life is just that kind of direct application.  DeSilva hits me where I live with words from The Book of Common Prayer impacting every movement of life.

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