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Repentance and Reconciliation in the 1662 Anglican Liturgy

Dr. Daniel Thomas, D.Phil, D.Litt

Copyright 2010 Daniel L. Thomas

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All Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Good News Publishers.; The Holy Bible, New International Version. (1984). Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House.; and the author’s translation.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Background of the Liturgy

Chapter Two: The Structure of the Liturgy

Chapter Three: The Model for the Liturgy

Chapter Four: The Scriptural Foundation of the Liturgy

Chapter Five: Theological Influences Regarding Repentance and Reconciliation

Chapter Six: Practical Realizations

Chapter Seven: Conclusion



The liturgy found in the Book of Common Prayer did not arise in a vacuum. First, there is the pre-biblical and the Mosaic origin. We also find the early Christian liturgies to be part of the formative background, along with the biblical background of the prayers and recitations (Palmer, 1885. Bailey, 1835). There was a lengthy history, probably predating Moses, of worship in this liturgical fashion. Certainly, by the time of Moses, we see a developed liturgical style in the worship of Yahweh. Jesus, the same God who hands down this form to Moses, worships in the same way while on earth and His disciples keep this practice. When they are forced to find their own places of worship, they keep the pattern they know and important to this worship is repentance from sin and turning to God.

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