"The Rite A service in The Alternative Service Book 1980 provides a modern language Eucharist for the Church, yet allows for variations and local experiment in its presentation. One gap which exists is the post-Communion prayer found in both the ancient and modern missals of the western Church, and Charles MacDonnell has now composed a full set of post-Communion prayers fopr all the ASB propers, generally allied to the themes and subjects". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword by the Archdeacon of Leicester / R.D. Silk i.e. (Robert) David Silk -- Preface dated pencoys Vicarage, The Feast of S. Francis de Sales i.e. 24 January, 1985 / Charles L. MacDonnell -- Post-Communion Prayers -- Appendix I: Preparation and Thanksgiving for the Holy Eucharist -- Appendix II: Prayers Over the Gifts.
"Published for the General Synod of the Church of England by CIO Publishing, 1980". -- verso of t.-p.
Liturgical Commission Chair: The Very Rev. R.C.D. Jasper.
Includes bibliographical references.
"Since 1965, when the Prayer Book (Alternative and Other Services) Measure was passed, the Church of England has experimented with many forms of service alternative to those in the Book of Common Prayer. The main result of all this experiment has been the Alternative Service Book 1980. The Liturgical Commission has now prepared a Commentary on the Book in the light of its experience ion compiling the services, drawing on the valuable Introductions which accompanied them when presented initially to the Convocations and the House of Laity and subsequently to the General Synod. The Commission also indicates how the services have been modified in recent years in the light of experimental use". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Robert Cantuar i.e. Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury [and] Stuart Ebor i.e. Blanch, Archbishop of York -- Members of the Liturgical Commission -- The Background to the Alternative Service Book -- The Calendar, Rules to Order the Service, and Lectionary -- Morning and Evening Prayer -- Prayers for Various Occasions -- The Collects -- Holy Communion Rite A -- Holy Communion Rite B -- Thanksgiving: (i) for the Birth of a Child : (ii) after Adoption -- Baptism and Confirmation -- The Marriage Service -- Funeral Services -- The Ordinal -- The Liturgical Psalter -- The Language of Worship.
A communicant's manual : with preparatory notes on The Holy Communion, a guide through the Rite A Service from 'The Alternative Service Book 1980'. am introduction to the Christian life, and an anthology of modern prayers for each day of the week
"[C]ompiled by William Purcell, Canon Emeritus of Worcester Cathedral".
"This edition first published March 1981 by A.R. Mowbray & co. Ltd. .. Reprinted April 1981". -- verso of t.-p.
"The text of this material is based upon an earlier edition published in 1977 and now revised to conform to the Order for Holy Communion Rite A in 'The Alternative Service Book 1980'." -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references, p. 32.
Contents: Foreword by the Archbishop of York dated 1 December 1980 / Stuart Ebor i.e. Blanch -- Preparing ourselves for Holy Communion -- A Guide to the Service -- The Christian Way -- A Collection of Prayers -- For further reading -- Acknowledgements.
Contents: Services and Service Books : An Historical Introduction -- Notes -- Common Forms -- The Calendar -- Rules to Order the Service -- Liturgical Colours -- Morning and Evening Prayer -- Prayers for Various Occasions -- The Eucharist -- The Collects -- The Lectionary -- Initiation Services -- The Marriage Service -- Funeral Services -- The Ordinal -- The Liturgical Psalter.
"The Church of England has used the Alternative Service Book for more than five years but not detailed, authoritative commentary has appeared until now. The Companion is the work of Dr. Ronald Jasper, Chairman of the Liturgical Commission which prepared the ASB and Dr. Paul Bradshaw, one of Britain's leading authorities on the history of liturgy. Together they have produced not only a lively and informative commentary on the text of the ASB, but also a major work of scholarship in its own right. In writing their commentary, the authors have followed the order of the ASB. Each section of commentary is preceded by an historical introduction, which invaluable background information on the text. The place and function of the ASB in the life and worship of the Church of England is indicated, particularly in relation to earlier Prayer Books, and the relationship of the ASB to liturgical developments elsewhere, both Anglican and non-Anglican is also noted". -- back cover.
"[By] Gerald L. Bray, Stephen A. Wilcockson and Robin A. Leaver".
Includes bibliographical references.
"Few subjects have sparked off more controversy than the vexed question of language in the Liturgy. Recent attempts at liturgical revision may sometimes have been historically reactionary and theologically inadequate, but faults of this kind have scarcely been noticed by those who have made the loudest complaints. For them, it is the quality of expression (or lack of it) which constitutes the greatest obstacle to accepting new forms of worship. Moreover, this view is expressed by churchmen of all schools of thought, who have been nurtured on the classical texts and drawn the substance of their faith from them". -- p. 3.
Contents: Language and Liturgy / Gerald L. Bray -- Language and Liturgy: A Response / Stephen A. Wilcockson -- Liturgy and Language: A Postscript / Robin A. Leaver.
"'Liturgy for a New Century' is a sequel to 'Towards Liturgy 2000', published by SPCK in July 1989. .... [It] is not only a sequel, but also a response. Its authors have tried to listen to the emerging debate, and so have identified some new areas and particular services where people are seeking enrichment. In this series of essays, alongside the particular -- eucharistic prayers, for instance -- we have explored wider issues that will affect every section of a service book -- ecumenism and evangelism, for instance." -- Preface.
Contents: The Contributors -- Preface dated May 1990 / Michael Perham -- The Praises of God / Mark Santer -- The Christian Year / Michael Perham -- Eucharistic Inflation / Donald Gray -- Soft Points in the Eucharist / Kenneth Stevenson -- Some Ecumenical Considerations / John Fenwick -- The Marriage Service / Kenneth Stevenson -- Healing and Reconciliation / Paul Roberts -- Confirmation and its Future / David Stancliffe -- Ordination / Bryan Spinks -- The Inauguration of Ministries / Martin Dudley -- Worship and Evangelism / Bryan Spinks -- Postscript: Investing in Liturgy for the New Century / Bryan Spinks.
"A report by the Liturgical Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England."
"First published December 1988 by the General Synod of the Church of England in a special edition for General Synod members. Trade edition published January 1989 by Church House Publishing". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: p. 69.
"This report is published in fulfillment of the undertaking given in the Standing Committee's Report 'The Worship of the Church' (GS 698), which was received by the General Synod in November 1985". -- Chairman's Preface.
"Sensitivity to the use of apparently male terms to cover both sexes has increased over the past decade. The final editing of 'The Alternative Service Book 1980' just predated the rise of this concern. The Liturgical Commission of the General Synod was asked in 1985 to study the issue. Their report provides: (1) a comprehensive essay setting the matter in context, which discusses the Feminist critique of 'sexist' language, the various responses that have been made, and possible ways of handling the main problem words; (2) a schedule of optional adaptations for passages in the ASB where the language may be felt to exclude women, for wider discussion in the Church and then for use where this is felt to be appropriate. The aim is not to lay down whether such adaptations should be used, but to provide the best alternative in each case; (3) a small number of supplementary texts which give greater emphasis to the feminine and contribute to the programme of 'Making Women Visible'. After a period of debate the House of Bishops will decide whether these adaptations would be regarded as coming within the ambit of Canon B 5 as 'variations which are not of substantial importance'". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Members of the Commission -- Chairman's Preface dated November 1988 / Colin Winton i.e. Colin James bishop of Winchester -- Introduction and Summary -- Women and Language -- Changing Words -- Suggested Alternatives -- Supplementary Texts -- Appendix 1: The Revision of Agreed Texts: The Liturgical Commission's Response to ELLC's [English Language Liturgical Consultation] Proposed Guidelines -- Appendix 2: ICEL [International Commission on English in the Liturgy] Guidelines for Inclusive Language -- Bibliography.
Cover title varies slightly from title-page: The renewal of Common Prayer : unity and diversity in Church of England worship : essays by the Liturgical Commission.
"Edited by Michael Perham".
Includes bibliographical references.
"In this book of essays, members of the Liturgical Commission show what the ideal of common prayer has meant throughout Anglican history; they demonstrate why its maintenance is so important today, and discuss what form it might take in the future. Approaching the question from a historical perspective, they describe the issue of common prayer from a number of different angles, in terms of theology, literature, culture and ecumenism. They are concerned to define a strong `common core' of liturgy, in which the Book of Common Prayer and the Authorized Version would have a place, alongside an evolving body of other material. This book will stimulate wide-ranging debate about revitalizing common prayer and renewing the church's common identity". -- back cover.
Contents: The Members of the Liturgical Commission -- Foreword by the Bishop of Winchester / Colin Winton [i.e. James] -- Introduction / Michael Perham -- Anglican Identity and Church of England Worship Today : An Historical Reflection / Kenneth Stevenson -- The Reformation Prayer Book Ideal / Mark Dalby -- Image, Memory and Text / Phyllis James, Michael Perham [and] David Stancliffe -- The Liturgy in its Social Context / John Gladwin -- An Ecumenical Approach to Common Prayer / Donald Gray -- Not So Common Prayer : The Third Service / Bryan Spinks -- Identity and Tradition : A Theological Reflection / John Sweet -- Promoting a Common Core / Michael Vasey -- The Training of Clergy and Readers / Jane Sinclair -- Stability and Change : Handling Liturgy in the Parish / Trevor Lloyd.