An address by the Bishop of London at the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer
St Paul’s Cathedral – May 2, 2012
Archbishop Cranmer commandeered Old St Paul’s on Whitsunday 1549 to demonstrate the new English liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer. The Lord Mayor and the worthies of the City of London were present, but the Bishop of London boycotted the occasion, which was further marred by the failure of the Select Preacher to turn up.
Today, the presence of their Royal Highnesses, the Lord Mayor locum tenens, the Archbishop of Canterbury (this time in harmony with the Bishop of London), and a host of witnesses from all over the world together testify to the historic and enduring significance of the Prayer Book tradition as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition.
The Prayer Book in English was the…
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