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Revising APB 1989 Update #1

Revising APB 1989             Update #1

A Prayer Book
for Southern Africa Tomorrow - Today

Southern Skies  
In an African Voice


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

This trustworthy wisdom from the ancient
Chinese philosopher and poet, Lao Tzu [6th century BCE] is very good
counsel as we proceed with the enormous, exciting and essential task of
revising An Anglican Prayer Book 1989.


It has always been an axiom of Anglican
liturgical theology that we have one Prayer Book, and one Prayer Book only. The
very first Prayer Book [Book of Common
1549, revised 1552] lives on in each revision, serving to unite the
Anglican Church in one single act of worship in every time and every place.
While it was Henry VIII’s tyrannical intention to impose an unswerving
uniformity upon his Church that gave birth to this commitment, it was the
irenic wisdom of Elizabeth I and her advisors to move gently with the
enforcement of uniformity [Book of Common
1559] which gave rise during the Carolingian period – the reigns of
Charles I [1625-1649] and Charles II [1660-1685] - to The Book of Common Prayer 1662.
That Prayer Book has remained a primary source – along with those of 1549 and
1552 - for Anglican liturgical practice as it has been revised and renewed down
the centuries. In this way the tradition of Anglican liturgical prayer has
remained shaped and informed by our early origins, and this remain so today


The Preface to The Book of Common Prayer 1662 begins with an explicit statement of
the process of liturgical revision and reformation, that with regard “to the
particular Forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites and Ceremonies appointed to
be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent, and alterable,
and so acknowledged; it is but reasonable, that upon weighty and important considerations,
according to the various exigency of times and occasions, such Changes and
Alterations should be made therein, as to those that are in place of Authority
should from time to time seem either necessary or expedient.”


In this venerable tradition that is
simultaneously conservative and innovative, the development of the Prayer Book
continues as we in ACSA share in the work of discovering together what it could
mean for us to worship in ways that are faithful to our Anglican heritage and
yet are authentic expressions of our experience ‘Under Southern Skies’
articulated in ‘An African Voice.’


This is the first of a series of Updates on the Revision Process that
will appear on this website on the first of every month. Expect the next one on
November 15, 2015

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