Is Prayer Book Commentary an Anglican Genre?

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Oct 19 2021 3:41 PM

Is Prayer Book Commentary an Anglican Genre? Do we have anything in Logos that would be considered in the genre of Prayer Book Commentary?

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Philip Tovey observes that “[p]rayer book commentary is a particularly Anglican genre” that emerges in the seventeenth century (Anglican Confirmation 1662-1820, 2016, p. 14).

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 19 2021 4:07 PM

Kathleen Marie:
Philip Tovey observes that “[p]rayer book commentary is a particularly Anglican genre” that emerges in the seventeenth century (Anglican Confirmation 1662-1820, 2016, p. 14).

It may have originated with Anglicans (I don't know) but I have Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox commentaries that are of a similar genre. They tend to be historical and/or ceremonial in nature.

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 19 2021 5:39 PM

MJ. Smith:

Kathleen Marie:
Philip Tovey observes that “[p]rayer book commentary is a particularly Anglican genre” that emerges in the seventeenth century (Anglican Confirmation 1662-1820, 2016, p. 14).

It may have originated with Anglicans (I don't know) but I have Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox commentaries that are of a similar genre. They tend to be historical and/or ceremonial in nature.

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Are there any lists like this for the other denominations?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 19 2021 5:50 PM

Kathleen Marie:
Are there any lists like this for the other denominations?

Not that I know of but I'll ask around.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 20 2021 11:58 AM

Kathleen Marie:
Are there any lists like this for the other denominations?

It might be easier to find lists for particular ritual/prayer books, if there are any you are specifically interested in.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 20 2021 1:53 PM

If you are truly interested in pursuing this area, there are two foundational books you need to read before exploring the particulars of any tradition:

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 20 2021 6:11 PM

SineNomine:

Kathleen Marie:
Are there any lists like this for the other denominations?

It might be easier to find lists for particular ritual/prayer books, if there are any you are specifically interested in.

I will do that. Thanks. Even if I am not particularly interested in a specific book, it is still a way to learn more in general.

MJ. Smith:

If you are truly interested in pursuing this area, there are two foundational books you need to read before exploring the particulars of any tradition:

I added these to my wishlist. Thanks. I still don't know what I don't know, so it makes sense that I should start with general books.

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