WordPress tells me that I have been blogging with them for 11 years as of today. Woohoo, go me! That’s when I started leorningcnihtes boc, though; this liturgy page has been around for just over three years.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a snapshot of the research I’m doing today. It concerns the Proper Prefaces, which are read by the celebrant between the Sursum Corda and the Sanctus.

L to R: BCP 2019, The Anglican Service Book 1991, BCP’s 1979, 1928, 1662

This is one of those tricky bits of the liturgy where there were some changes from 1662 to 1928, from 1928 to 1979, and from 1979 to 2019. Where our new Prayer Book typically reins in the 1979’s variety, this bit has actually been multiplied! And yet some of the Prefaces in 1979 still manage to be omitted in 2019, and others edited back to conform more closely to classical terminology. Many of our Prefaces are modern, but quite a few of them are from the Early Church, and it’s not always obvious which came from where.

Marion J. Hatchett’s Commentary on the American Prayer Book is proving a great help for the material that’s in the 1979 Prayer Book, but that doesn’t account for everything in the 2019 Prayer Book, so I’ve got some poking around to do yet. Say a prayer for me, if you would; research like this walks a fine line between terribly fascinating and terribly boring, and I want to get this done!

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