Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England
The Archbishops' Council
Category: Worship & Liturgy
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These booklets contain the Church of England Common Worship calendar for the liturgical year 2006-7, which begins on Advent Sunday, 3rd December 2006.
References for Bible readings for every day of the year are set out in a table with one week per page. For each day there are three sets of readings, one for a service of Holy Communion and one each for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. The dates of feasts, festivals, saints' days and other celebrations, such as Mothering Sunday, are all indicated.
The helpful introduction includes notes on 'How to use this book', which explains the different columns and the significance of each typeface. There are also 'Notes on the Calendar 3 December 2006 — 1 December 2007' which explain the rules governing when to celebrate Principal Feasts and Festivals, along with brief notes on the Year C lectionary, and the collects.
These are a vital resource for Church of England ministers and indeed useful to anyone who wants to maintain a pattern of daily Bible reading. My only reservation is that in order to read the lectionary in both booklets you have to turn the page through ninety degrees, which personally I find frustrating. Also it should be pointed out that the print in the standard edition is small.
The standard edition has increased in price this year, the large edition remains the same price as last year.
Sue Groom, April 2006
The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).Order from www.christianbookshops.org
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