An exploration of the history of the Book of Common Prayer and its revisions, beginning with the 1549 English Prayer Book and continuing up to the present. This revised and expanded version of The Story of the Real Prayer Book (this book’s original title) finishes the story of the final adoption of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Sydnor explores why each revision was necessary, what was changed, added, omitted, as well as what was retained in the “new” book.
By understanding the delicate balance between the need for change and the preservation of what is timeless, William Sydnor believes that Episcopalians will “find a new that common ground of common prayer which is our legacy, our inspiration, and our joy.”
"A lucid, informative, and engaging history, The Prayer Book Through the Ages is further enhanced for the serious student with extensive chapter notes, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index." --The Midwest Book Review
"...a comprehensive overview of the liturgical history of the BCP through the adoption of the 1979 edition...This would make a useful addition to catechism classes (and probably ought to be read by every Episcopalian who wants to know the basics about the central nonbiblical text of our communion)." --Kenneth Arnold, The Episcopal New Yorker, Oct/Nov 1997