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The Daily Offices in the Prayer Book Tradition

Paul F. Bradshaw

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After tracing in some detail the evolution of the services of Morning and Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, from their roots in the revision of the medieval Breviary by Cardinal Francis de Quiñones in 1535 down to the modern forms in use today, this essay then compares the principles underlying them against the patterns and concepts of daily prayer in early Christianity that have been laid bare through recent research. It concludes by suggesting that the future direction of Anglican daily worship might be enhanced by incorporating elements from what scholars term the ancient “cathedral” tradition alongside the more monastic character of its inherited forms.

 
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