"Written by Charles P. Price and Louis Weil with the assistance of a group of editorial advisors under the direction of the Church's Teaching Series Committee".
Foreword by John M. Allin.
Introduction by Alan Jones.
Includes bibliographical references, bibliography (p. 332-337) and index.
"In this volume, we have tried to do three things. In the first place, we have tried to be informative. We have sought to provide data about the development of Christian worship, and particularly Anglican worship. .... Our second purpose is really an outgrowth of the first. We hav tried to set the new Book of Common Prayer firmly in the context of this theological and historical development. We have not intended to produce a commentary on the new Prayer Book, but it is obviously impossible to discuss worship in the American Episcopal Church today without saying a great deal about the new book. .... The third goal of this book is by all odds the most important. We hope that it will help its readers better to understand the intimate, indissoluble, and mutally influential relationship between worship and living." -- Preface, pp. xiii-xiv.
Contents divided into seven main sections: Prologue -- Part One : The Meaning of Worship -- Part Two : Liturgy and the Book of Common Prayer -- Part Three : Christian Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation -- Part Four : Regular Services: Daily Offices, Holy Eucharist -- Part Five : Other Liturgies: Pastoral Offices and Episcopal Services -- Epilogue.
Contents: Preface / Charles P. Price and Louis Weil -- Where We Are -- Worship and Liturgy -- The Basis of Liturgy -- Features of Liturgy -- Implications and Consequences of Liturgy -- The Background of the Prayer Book -- Anglican Prayer Books -- Holy Baptism -- Confirmation -- Introduction -- The Word of God and the Bible -- The Word of God in the Liturgy -- Morning and Evening Prayer in Today's Church -- The Holy Eucharist (I) : The Proclamation of the Word of God -- The Holy Eucharist (II) : The Holy Communion -- The Holy Eucharist (III) : Theories About the Eucharist -- The Christian Calendar -- Introduction -- Pastoral Offices (I) : For Marriage, Birth, Sickness, and Death -- Pastoral Offices (II) : For Reconciliation and Commitment -- Episcopal Services -- Living the Liturgy -- Notes -- Bibliography of Works Cited -- Abbreviations of the Books of the Bible -- Glossary of Liturgical Terms -- Bibliography for Further Reading -- Index.
"The two rites in the following pages were prepared by the Standing Liturgical Commission of The Episcopal Church as part of the program of Prayer Book Revision authorized by the General Conventions of 1967 and 1973". -- inside front cover.
"Copyright 1973 by Charles Mortimer Guilbert as Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer." -- inside front cover.
"The trial use of the rite of 'Holy Baptism with the Laying-on of Hands' gave rise to a prolonged and intensive process of study and consultation. This process resulted in a significant consensus embodied in the two rites presented in this Study .... The texts of the two rites, presented separately, follow. A more detailed and elaborate discussion of some of the meanings of the two rites is published separately as a Supplement to this Study. It should be carefully studied as a necessary background to the understanding of the rites". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- I. Historical Background -- II. Statement of Agreed Positions -- III. The Structure of the Rites with Chart / The Standing Liturgical Commission -- Holy Baptism -- A Form for the Affirmation of Baptismal Vows with the Laying-On of Hands by the Bishop, also called Confirmation.
"First edition c1979 the Seabury Press, Inc. Revised edition c2000 by Morehouse Publishing." -- verso of t.-p.
"Our intention [in the first 1979 edition] was to offer to the Episcopal Church a basic book on the liturgy that would be useful to laity and clergy of the church with regard to the history and theology of Christian, and specifically Anglican, worship. We also wanted the book to help readers to understand more fully the pastoral and theological implications of the then proposed Book of Common Prayer. .... The first edition was reprinted several times, and demand for the book, especially for use in programs of lay education and for candidates studying in seminary, has never ceased. We were therefore delighted when Morehouse approached us about the possibility of publishing a second edtion. Unfortunately, Professor Price died before our work of revision was complete. We had been in consultation by telephone about the changes that Morehouse Publishing had requested. In only a few cases were revisions or clarifications of fact made for this new edition. Otherwise, our concern was to make modest but necessary editorial changes, including references to the `new' Prayer Book." -- Preface [to Revised Edition], pp. vi-vii.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Dedication -- Preface [to Revised Edition] dated Berkeley, California, September 2000 / Louis Weil -- Abbreviations of the Books of the Bible -- Note to the Reader -- Prologue -- 1. Where We Are -- Part One : The Meaning of Worship -- 2. Worship and Liturgy -- 3. The Basis of Liturgy -- 4. Features of Liturgy -- 5. Implications and Consequences of Liturgy -- Part Two : Liturgy and the Book of Common Prayer -- 6. The Background of the Prayer Book -- 7. Anglican Prayer Books -- Part Three : Christian Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation -- 8. Holy Baptism -- 9. Confirmation -- Part Four : Regular Services: Daily Offices, Holy Eucharist -- Introduction -- 10. The Word of God and the Bible -- 11. The Word of God in the Liturgy -- 12. Morning and Evening Prayer in Today's Church -- 13. The Holy Eucharist (I) : The Proclamation of the Word of God -- 14. The Holy Eucharist (II) : The Holy Communion -- 15. The Holy Eucharist (III) : Theories About the Eucharist -- 16. The Christian Calendar -- Part Five : Other Liturgies: Pastoral Offices and Episcopal Services -- Introduction -- 17. Pastoral Offices (I) : For Marriage, Birth, Sickness, and Death -- 18. Pastoral Offices (II) : For Reconciliation and Commitment -- 19. Episcopal Services -- Epilogue -- 20. Living the Liturgy -- Notes -- Glossary of Liturgical Terms -- Bibliography of Works Cited -- Bibliography for Further Reading -- Internet Resources -- Index.
"The new liturgical reality is that membership in the church and taking authority for the ministry of the church are two different things: baptism is about membership and ministry is about discipleship. We are brought into Christ through baptism. We are, at some point -- each of us -- asked to commit to service and are liturgically sent out as disciples of the Risen Christ ...". p. 5-6. "Confirmation should be considered a Sacramental Rite of neither baptismal initiation or a rite of passage, but of sanctification and consecration, of commissioning for discipleship and mission". -- p. 16.
Contents: [Introduction] -- Embracing Newness -- We have been talking about the nature of Confirmation for a very long time -- Kindling discipleship through the Laying on of Hands -- Making the case for Confirmation -- How to go about the sanctification of the Lay Order in ministry.
The author, the "Rt. Rev. Richard L. Shimpfky is the [Episcopal] Bishop of El Camino Real". -- p. 19.