Lift Up Your Hearts! The Human Heart and the Book of Common Prayer
Presented by the Rev’d Dr Michael Jensen.
When? Wednesday 24th October, 4:30pm-6pm
Where? St James’ Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney
Join us as we explore the language, liturgy and structure of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer – the foundation of Anglicanism. This talk provides a practical guide to using the BCP, or extracts from it, in liturgy and in private devotion.
“Because of its venerable age, we could easily forget that the Book of Common Prayer was in fact revolutionary, and though not the first of its kind it was the best of its kind. That is why it has endured the passing of time where other liturgical books have not. The Prayer Book was revolutionary precisely because it provided, in language fit for memory, a clear, comprehensive, practical and daily guide to praying the Christian life. It also served as a vehicle for bringing to the people what the Reformers sincerely, and with an idealism appropriate to their cause, called ‘the pure milk of the Gospel’.
If the Book of Common Prayer has survived the generations it has done so because throughout the generations it has been used by different people in different ways, employed with pragmatic flexibility.”
(Paul Thomas, Using the Book of Common Prayer: A Simple Guide, London: Church House Publishing, 2012).
After this seminar, please join us for Choral Evensong according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer at St James’ Church at 6:15pm. The Choir of St James’ will be conducted on this occasion by Dr Stephen Darlington, former Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church, Oxford.
Tickets: $30 adults, $25 concession
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