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A concise and clear introduction to the Episcopal liturgy that helps newcomers understand what is happening on Sunday mornings. An appendix called "Why Do You Do That?" provides useful explanations of bowing, genuflecting, bells, and other parts of the worship experience. ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 50 pages
Published September 1st 1981 by Morehouse Publishing (first published May 1st 1981)
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Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, liturgical
The booklet I read was by Thomas Howard, so I assume Katherine L. Howard is somehow related. Not sure how... but the front of the book otherwise looks the same.

This is a very brief 48 page booklet, giving basic explanations for the liturgy used in the Anglican church. Having grown up in a Protestant denomination, I have been recently reading books from an Orthodox and a Catholic (Roman, Anglican, Lutheran) perspective.

The focus of a church service in most Protestant churches is the sermon, the t
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Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a short introduction to some of the meaning behind Episcopal and Anglican liturgy, this does the job. It's lacking a lot of detail, and the author strays a bit at moments, but it's short enough to give the basics, and that shortness doesn't let the rabbit trails go on long at all. ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Coming in at only 48 pages, this is more of a pamphlet than a book, but hey, I've got to start somewhere! Written in 1981 by a layperson in an Episcopal church, this book goes through each step of a liturgical Anglican service and explains the meaning and intent behind all of the things that might go on (such as a person bowing before a cross or praying for people who have died) as well as reasons for the order in which various elements occur. I felt that he was gracious in his writing, avoiding ...more
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Thomas Howard (b. 1935) is a highly acclaimed writer and scholar.

He was raised in a prominent Evangelical home (his sister is well-known author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliot), became Episcopalian in his mid-twenties, then entered the Catholic Church in 1985, at the age of fifty. At the time, his conversion shocked many in evangelical circles, and was the subject of a feature article in th

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