The Book of Common Prayer: Genealogy, Reception and Influence of the Anglican Liturgy in the Christian West
The year 2012 marks the 350th
anniversary of the Act of Uniformity of 1662, which authorized a final
revision of the Book of Common Prayer. Until the publication of the
Alternative Service Book in 1980, the 1662 Prayer Book remained the only
official liturgy of the Church of England;
it has also, to a greater or lesser degree, been the starting point for
the liturgy of most of the Anglican churches which have formed around
the world since the 18th century. The
importance of the Book of Common Prayer throughout the English speaking
world has meant that it has had some remarkable influence on Western
Christianity, well beyond the confines of Anglicanism. By being in
continuity with medieval liturgies, the Prayer Book has a peculiarly
"catholic” feel in a church with a Reformation heritage. This was the
main reason why many English Protestants rejected it and were
consequently made to leave the established Church in 1662, giving rise
to the development of Nonconformity. Still, from Canadian Lutherans to
French Reformed circles, many Christian communities have in their own
ways received various aspects of Anglican liturgical patrimony.
The conference will host
religious history scholars from several countries. The two days of the
conference will be structured around the following themes:
-From medieval liturgy to the Book of Common Prayer: continuity and change.
Aude de Mezerac-Zanetti, Charles Whitworth (Montpellier III), Armelle
Sabatier (Paris II Panthéon-Assas), Isabelle Bore (Picardie).
-Protestant criticisms and apologies of the Book of Common Prayer.Speakers: Claire Cross (York), Jakub Basista(Krakow), Nicolas Bourgès(Paris IV Sorbonne).
-The Book of Common Prayer and Anglican spirituality.
Judith Maltby(Corpus Christi College, Oxford), Rémy
Bethmont(Picardie), Françoise Deconinck-Brossard (Paris-Ouest
Nanterre), Natacha Ingrid-Tinteroff (Diocese in Europe), Peter
-Influences and uses of the Book of Common Prayer in the Christian West.
Stefano Villani(Pisa, Italy / University of Maryland), Jean-Pierre
Cléro(Rouen), Jérôme Grosclaude(Clermont-Ferrand II), Daniel Jay
Grimminger(Kent State University), Stuart Ludbrook(Federation of
French Baptist Churches).