Eucharistic liturgies of the Church of England 1945-1980

Cassidy, James Michael (1981). Eucharistic liturgies of the Church of England 1945-1980. MPhil thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000fc7f

Abstract

This thesis examines the 'development of Anglican Eucharistic theology from 1945 to the present day as shown by the texts used for the Service of Holy Communion. Both authorized and unauthorized Orders as well as official publications are used as primary sources.

In order to gain insight into the meanings of the texts, the debates of the Convocations, the National Assembly of the Church of England, and the General Synod which concerned the Orders are looked at very closely. The writings of the members of the Liturgical Commission of the General Synod are given special consideration. Also used are the various books and pamphlets which appeared as commentaries on the new Orders (often before authorization), especially where they reflected the position of the Catholic or Evangelical wings of the Church of England.

The thesis shows how the Church of England progressed towards the Alternative Service Book and shows how the theological emphases of the Church of England moved, or were perceived to move.

The conclusion is drawn that the Church of England has developed from the Book of Common Prayer, fixed in what might be called 'the Cranmerian position', to the Alternative Service Book which deliberately allows individuals to take part in the Eucharistic Mystery with varying insights into its theology.

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