Thursday, July 5, 2007

New Prayer Book

This year at our clergy conference a friend recommended to me the Church of England's Common Worship daily prayer book. I've been using it on line since then which has the advantage of having everything including the readings in one place. But there are times when I haven't had internet access and besides, it feels weird praying on line. But my own copy arrived in the mail yesterday thanks to Amazon!

It is a really wonderful prayer book with different prayers for each day of the week and sections for each season of the year. I especially like the psalm prayers. The Book of Alternative Services, a book I like in many ways but not for its daily office, has psalm prayers too but I've never been too fond of them. The ones in Common Worship are quite lovely. The one for this morning's psalm #91 is:

Almighty God, our eternal refuge, teach us to live with the knowledge of our death and to rejoice in the promise of your glory, revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

I look forward to becoming at home in this prayer book.


Tim Chesterton said...

Hmm. Different liturgies appeal to different people I guess. I've been attending daily prayer at All Saints' Oakham while on sabbatical leave in England and don't like Common Worship Daily Prayer at all. I don't like the 50,000 alternatives. I like a few texts I can memorise, and lots of space for quiet and for extemporare prayer. And I don't like the fact that the lectionary isn't printed in the book, so you need to have a separate 'wee bookie' at hand. In fact, I'm looking forward to getting back to the BAS daily office which suits me just fine!!!

Erin said...

Interesting. I almost never use the BAS for MP or EP - except maybe at clergy retreat or conference. And its lack of a service for compline is a serious deficit I think. Years ago I picked up a small copy of the American BCP and I'd love to replace it since it has a broken spine and a corner chewed off by Robbie. I use that mostly although for several years I met daily with other clergy and we used our BCP.

When I became a Christian a RC sister I became friends with gave me one of the prayer books her community used. For years I used it and those are the versions of the prayers I know best by heart.

I do agree with you about the lectionary - it is a royal pain to have to look it up separately. I have been known to skip the lectionary and read through a book of my own choosing.

There are times I wish that I was immersed in one version of the Bible and one prayer book like older clergy I know. It does make memorizing easier!