"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.