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The Canterbury Companion To The Book Of Common Prayer Gospels

by Raymond Chapman


Price: £16.99
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published:13 December 2013
For anyone that regularly uses the BCP services this is a lovely companion work that focuses on the Gospel readings in a private and contemplative way. Digging past the surface layer of the reading, past the mere surface of the Service liturgy and liturgic value, but that nevertheless also attempts to fuse the history and relevance of these two things into a devotional work that paints a new picture beyond the surface sermon details.
Here Raymond Chapman has used devotional works and prayers from a range of sermons, prayers and poems of other noteable people that probably would have well understood the BCP Gospel readings and context of service, even though many of them are not necesssarily of the anglican tradition.
In doing so he brings fresh insight and relevance to a service that many no longer see as being relevant and there is in that a rightness to this book.
You don't have to be a BCP adherent to obtain insight and relevance from this book because the devotions are of course based on Gospel readings and as such work well for anyone - however I do think if you are from the Anglican tradition then there is much here to be enjoyed ... regardless of which style of service you actually use.

Reviewer: Melanie Carroll   (06/06/14)
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