Hello hello everyone, another Thursday means another update to the Customary is up! The first half of the Evening Prayer liturgy is covered, now. You can check that out here: Customary: Evening Prayer
So you know what to expect, what these Customary pages are doing, basically, is walking through each section, header by header, in the worship service, and giving direction for when and how its rubrics and options may be implemented. For example, there are three Opening Sentences provided at the start of the liturgy, and an appendix with many more. How do you choose between all these sentences? This Customary can guide your choices, with a little bit of insight into why these patterns are being made.
Yes, many of these points are quite fine points of detail. And taken individually they are quite subtle and probably not easily realized what they’re doing. However, taken as a whole system, the aim of a Customary like this one to order the use of the Prayer Book by arranging the “small things” to echo a bigger picture – a life of worship rooted in Prayer Book tradition, general Western liturgical tradition, and sensible and intentional discipleship and spiritual formation.