The Book of Common Prayer
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The Book of Common Prayer
Philosophy & Religion
Jul 29, 2018
The Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer was first published in 1549, and, while it has gone through several revisions in response to shifts in political power and fluctuations in ecclesiastical fashion, it has been in continuous use ever since. To be sure, one wouldn’t read the Book of Common Prayer in the same way one reads most other books; for all its beauty and significance, it is a devotional, purpose-built to help believers mark the year and find consolation for their private tribulations in the common measure of a public language. Like poetry, the prayers this book contains describe a space in which thoughts can congregate and gather strength, a stillness that even non-believers can visit time and again to refresh their spirits amidst an eloquence filled with both humility and grandeur.
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Oct 30, 2018
beautiful and comforting when you need comfort but don't have the words yourself or any number of other emotions you can't express as well as the B of CP
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I grew up with this- it's like a second skin.
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