The Bible and the Book of Common Prayer

Part 2, Introduction to the Anglican Tradition


By Fr. Mark Perkins


Editor's Note: You can find Part 1 here and Part 3 here.



Last week I continued my five-part series at St. Alban's (Oviedo, FL) introducing the Anglican tradition. Part 2 focused on the structure and history of the Book of Common Prayer, as well as its role in Anglican theology, given the principle of Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.


My ironically extemporaneous closing prayer summed up my appreciation for the prayer book tradition:


Thank you for the gift of... the Book of Common Prayer and for our prayer book tradition, and for the way that that has sustained the faith and piety of Anglicans down the centuries. I pray that you would make us into good stewards and shepherds of that tradition. We ask all these things in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


Fr. Mark Perkins is Curate at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida and Executive Editor of Earth & Altar.