The Prayer Book Society
The Prayer Book Society is a charity you may not have heard of. It has no great public profile and millions of pounds do not cross its threshold but like many of Britain’s smaller charities it works behind and sometimes in front of the scenes for an important cause.
So what is a charity connected with Church services doing these days and why does it matter – even if you never go to a church?
The Prayer Book Society tries to protect The Book of Common Prayer, the Church of England’s service book, which is coming up for 350 years old. It’s the only place where Church doctrine can be found, its words and phrases are dignified; they read aloud well, they are beautiful, while talking straight and not fudging the eternal issues. They are scriptural and don’t try to cover up the fact that human beings are a sinful lot and need help. But this fine Book is falling into disuse often replaced by sad misguided translations like plastic following gold.
If you use the Prayer Book don’t take it for granted; your grandchildren may not have it around to inspire them or to help them when they need its wisdom. If you aren’t a regular churchgoer maybe, like many, you have a copy tidied away somewhere you might blow the dust off and explore. If you haven’t, try looking up Prayer Book in a dictionary of quotations and you will be amazed to discover that you have probably been using phrases from the Prayer Book every day without realising their origin.
Whether you think it important for faith or whether you think it underpins our language we invite you to find out more about us and perhaps join the many famous people who already support our little society with a big cause. For more information should you wish to join the Prayer Book Society please
contact Ian Woodhead on 01380 870 384 or the Society office on 011898 42 582 or e
mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or website www.pbs.org.uk