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Far be it from me to promote a cult of quaintness, but the power of the Prayer Book to connect with many of those who find the ordinary diet of the church banal, should not be ignored. There is now a younger generation who are realising afresh the importance of complementing the argot of Twitter and SMS with the majesty of Cranmer. (The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London)
The Prayer Book Society was founded in 1972, in the heyday of liturgical reform in the Church of England, when it appeared that the 1662 Book of Common Prayer was in danger of being outlawed altogether. Happily, the Prayer Book was saved and continues to be used in a number of flourishing churches and most cathedrals, and the Prayer Book Society today continues to promote the worship and doctrine of the Church of England (and other churches in the Anglican tradition) as enshrined in the Book of Common Prayer. We aim not only to defend the continued use of the Prayer Book, but also to secure an increasingly significant role for this sometimes neglected treasure at the heart of the worshipping life of this and future generations. We are especially keen to ensure that ordinands and new clergy become familiar with it, and that young families and newcomers to the Church have an opportunity to encounter it.
The Society has a Branches in every Diocese of the Church of England, as well as Branches in Wales and Ireland, and a Branch for Overseas members. There are also Prayer Book Societies in Scotland, Canada, Australia and the USA, which are separate organisations with whom we enjoy friendly relations. The Society holds a variety of Branch and National events every year, including an Annual Conference in September and the Cranmer Awards competition for young people. We publish two regular high-quality magazines, the Prayer Book Society Journal (which is a full-colour, glossy magazine), and the more scholarly Faith & Worship(with longer, more in-depth articles).
The Prayer Book Society is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee, and is largely run and managed by volunteers, with just a small handful of part-time paid staff. The Society has over 4,500 members representing a wide diversity of background, tradition and churchmanship, and including clergy, laity and organisations (such as PCCs) which have signed up for collective membership. Our Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and our Ecclesiastical Patron is the Bishop of London (both keen supporters of the Book of Common Prayer).
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