The sonorous cadences, the elegant repetitions and antitheses, of Cranmer's prose may strike some as cold; we recall the Puritans' complaints at the Savoy Conference: 'A brief transient touch and away, is not enough to warm the heart aright.' (Samuel) Johnson, however, did not need his heart warmed, but rather his racing mind calmed. For
Over the course of the last week, several people have asked me how to begin using the Book of Common Prayer. Here is a brief introduction for those who might be interested in exploring this historic resource for individual and corporate prayer. THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (1979 edition) Tradition is the living faith of the dead.