In the May Tau Cross, Rector Eric Hinds discussed the history and centrality of the Book of Common Prayer to Episcopal worship. So, while we shelter-at-home during this time, show us a picture of your Book of Common Prayer by using the hashtag #ECSMprayerbook on Facebook or Instagram.
From Fr. Eric’s message:
One of the hallmarks of our Anglican tradition is indicated by the title of the prayerbook. It is the recognition of the importance of our common prayer. A main purpose of our prayerbook is to facilitate the building of community. William White, one of the first bishops of the Episcopal church and champion of the first American prayerbook, argued that common prayer is the key to Christian life and community. White recognized that the use of the prayerbook provides unity through common worship even when political or ideological unity is not possible. The genius of our tradition is that people do not have to see the world in the same way in order to worship together and be in community with one another.