National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation: Volume 3: Worship for National and Royal Occasions in the United Kingdom, 1871-2016 [Hardback]

Philip Williamson(Editor); Stephen Taylor(Editor); Alasdair Raffe and Natalie Mears(Editor); Philip Williamson(Author); Philip A Williamson(Author)

ISBN: 9781783275052 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Church of England Record Society | Volume: 26 | Year of Publication: 2020 | 882p, H9.25 x W6.25, 31 b/w.
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National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation


Since the sixteenth century, the governments and established churches of the British Isles have summoned the nation to special acts of public worship during periods of anxiety and crisis, at times of celebration, or for annual commemoration and remembrance. These special prayers, special days of worship and anniversary commemorations were national events, reaching into every parish in England and Wales, in Scotland, and in Ireland. They had considerable religious, ecclesiastical, political, ideological, moral and social significance, and they produced important texts: proclamations, council orders, addresses and - in England and Wales, and in Ireland - prayers or complete liturgies which for specified periods supplemented or replaced the services in the Book of Common Prayer. Many of these acts of special worship and most of the texts have escaped historical notice. National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation, in four volumes, provides the edited texts, commentaries and source notes for each of the nearly nine hundred occasions of special worship, and for each of the annual commemorations.

The third volume, Worship for National and Royal Occasions in the United Kingdom 1871-2016, reveals the considerable changes in special worship during modern times. These include new subjects for special prayers, many services for royal events, wartime national days of prayer, and developing co-operation among leaders of the main British churches, together with transformations in the styles of worship in both the Church of England and the Church of Scotland

Table of Contents

The project group
Additions and corrections
Summary list of particular occasions of worship, 1871-2016
Reader's guide and editorial conventions
List of abbreviations
Introduction: 1871-2016
National worship
Styles of worship
The documents: composition, printing, distribution and sale
Special worship in the empire and commonwealth
Bibliography of works relating to special worship, 1871-2016
Special worship and the Book of Common Prayer
Texts and Commentaries, 1871-2016

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