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Date of Award

3-25-1998

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Allan Bouley OSB

Abstract

Anglican worship began with the English Reformation and the edition of The Book of Common Prayer in the sixteenth century. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was the major promoter and the primary architect of The Book of Common Prayer. The first edition of the Book was published in 1549, and it was further revised in 1552. In this essay, I give the background on the English Reformation and the editions of The Book of Common Prayer, then I give a general analysis about these two documents.

In the conclusion, I think that Cranmer's Reformation is significant in some aspects. However, he made radical changes in some liturgical practices, such as the reform of the Eucharist. Therefore, his understanding of the liturgy is different from the Roman Catholics.

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