Ch. 1, pg. 8: the verbal beauty of the…Prayer Book

The Prayer Book that Lewis means is the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, the standard liturgical manual for Anglican services, similar to the Roman Catholic Missal. Developed to provide a standard for worship after the English church’s break from the Roman Catholic Church under Henry VIII, the service as laid out by the Book of Common Prayer contains similarities to the Roman Catholic mass. The words of the Book of Common Prayer were chosen carefully, at a time when political revolution could hinge upon being excessively Catholic or excessively Protestant. Classic phrases from the Common Prayer Book are familiar even to non-Christians the world over, such as:

  • “Speak now or forever hold your peace”
  • “Till death us do part”
  • “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”

[source: Wikipedia: Book of Common Prayer]

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