1892 Book of Common Prayer

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Examines the 1892 revision historically, focusing on its reflection of the issues confronting the church in the late nineteenth century and on the process by which it was adopted. It attempts to uncover the place of the revision in the evolving self-understanding of the Episcopal Church. The 1892 revision represented a stunning departure from previous attitudes about the immutability of the prayer book, helped redefine the church's ethos at the start of a new century, and was the sine qua non for future revision. Little has been written on it since the turn of the century, and this is the only definitive work on this revision.


"Northup recounts what could seem to have been a very dry period in American church history in an engaging manner. The reader is left with a good sense of the figures and forces at play in Episcopal liturgical life, something which makes the read worthwhile in itself. . . . Perhaps what is most interesting in Northup's book are the various leitmotifs that run through the history of Prayer Book revision that strike common chords both with the experience of other provinces of the Anglican Communion in their own liturgical reforms and the experience of our own recent past; some have been nettles which were not grasped until our own day. . . . This book is not just for liturgists or historians of the nineteenth century. It would be a worthwhile read for all those interested in the dynamics that surround that living document which is central to the ongoing character of Anglican life: the Book of Common Prayer." - Anglican Theological Review

"This work will be of interest to serious historians of nineteenth-century religious movements. It belongs on the shelves of reference libraries." - Worship

"There has been no full-length historical study of the 1892 Book of Common Prayer, and Dr. Northup's work fills this void admirably. . . . recounted the process of revision in a way that the reader will find highly engaging. Her prose is extraordinarily well-crafted, and her narrative thoroughly connected. . . . through researching the papers of the participants and the church press of the time, she has created a narrative which makes it clear that the book that the church adopted was the result of a process which was as much personal and social as it was theological and pastoral. The reader understands the revised prayer book as a human document as well as a frozen frame of the Victorian lex orandi. . . . . This book is thoroughly researched, well-documented, and a pleasure to read. It should have long life of service to historians and liturgical scholars." - Paul Marshall

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