Sunday 9am - Holy Communion Service according to the Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer is the classic service book of the Anglican Church. Its first edition was published in 1549 and, after revisions in 1552, 1559, 1604 and 1637 it arrived in its standard form in 1662. It helped establish the balance between the Catholic and Reformed elements of Anglican theology and doctrine. For over three hundred years, almost every service in Anglican churches around the world used the Prayer Book and it remains in use in many churches even today.
The Prayer Book is most loved for the rich beauty of its language which sounds grand and poetic in almost every sentence. It has nurtured the faith of millions and is a great treasure of the church. Every Sunday, at 9am, we have a full service of Holy Communion according to the Prayer Book's order. We use the collects in their original form and the sequence of readings is from the King James Bible. There are a few (authorised) variations from the standard text. Devotees of the Prayer Book will recognise what we mean by using the summary of the law in place of the commandments at the beginning of the service. Otherwise it is pure 1662. Normally there is no sermon but one will be preached on major feast days. The current vicar, Fr Richard is a member of the Prayer Book Society and is delighted to be able to offer this traditional service at St Michaels.