Morning Prayer in the BCP: A Model for Private Prayer?

The whole concept of using the Morning Prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer (as suggested by the Reformed Catholic blog) is an intriguing one.  A few comments are in order:

  1. The whole traditional Anglican liturgy is geared towards public celebration, as opposed to the "private" nature of many late Middle Ages Masses.  So some adaptations are definitely in order.
  2. The Reformed Catholic uses the 1662 book as he is in England; those of us in the "colonies" are probably more inclined to use the 1928 version.
  3. The private use of a selected prayer book means that one can use a traditional Anglican prayer book and bypass all of these newer liturgies.  I don’t see the point of modernisation.
  4. The simplest way to select a Psalm is to use the monthly schedule in the Psalter itself as laid out in both 1662 and 1928 books.  That way, it’s relatively simple to cover the Psalter over time, which is good for daily Bible reading practice.
  5. The lectionary and Collect are fairly straightforward, requiring a little advance work.  Later versions of the 1928 book use a lectionary that overwhelms you with choices, though.
  6. From a practical standpoint, the biggest plus with this procedure is that is forces a penitential rite up front.  A good balance to the triumphalism we have too much of these days.
  7. Those who are Pentecostal in inclination can both take in a liturgy that presents the promises of God ("a happy issue out of all their afflictions") and pray in the Spirit when the Spirit moves, not when someone else says so.

And don’t forget Evening Prayer!

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