GYA: 1928 Book of Common Prayer

D writes, “Why don’t you use the 1928 BCP? Can your refer me to one in eastern NC that does?”

Great question! Our foundational Prayer Book (in the AMiA) is 1662. We are free to use any other prayer book as long as it conforms theologically to the 1662. (Of course, the 39 articles, and the creeds “trump” any Prayer Book and form the foundational core of our doctrinal statement.) As you know, the 1979 BCP was birthed in some controversy; but it is our conviction that accurate theology and elegant liturgy was guarded in the vast majority of the services, in fact as well as in other recent Prayer Books. While we have to be alert to theological issues that may arise in the 1979 BCP, we have found concerns in only a tiny percentage of the liturgy, and they are easy to spot. Otherwise we find the 1979 to be effective, clear and true to its roots, and in many ways as closely reflective of the 1662 as the 1928. Beyond that our bishop (and others in the AMiA) encourage us to be creative in the use of other liturgies (such as the Kenyan liturgy) that are faithful to the doctrines and practices of the Anglican Church. We are grateful because this approach has given us a strong tether as “Prayer Book Anglicans” who nevertheless have freedom to receive direction from faithful Anglicans throughout the communion.

There are several 1928 Pray Book churches in our area, including St Benedicts in Chapel Hill and St George’s Anglican (a parish of the Anglican Province of Christ the King) in Raleigh. Other churches in central and eastern NC using the 1928 Prayer Book are: All Soul’s Church (Anglican Province of America) in Asheboro and All Saints’ Church (also APA) in Wilmington.  Thank you for your question.

Steve Breedlove


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