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Together in Tring
St Mary’s Puttenham
Uses only the Book of Common Prayer. There is a monthly communion at 8.15 am on 2nd Sunday of month and a monthly Evensong (with choir) at 3.30 pm on 4th Sunday of month.
St Peter and St Paul, Tring
There is a prayer book congregation in Tring. Most of the 8 am services use the Book of Common Prayer. The exception is the Second Sunday of the month when the 8 am is Common Worship and there is an 11.30 am Prayer Book service.
St John the Baptist, Aldbury
Uses the Book of Common Prayer for a said 8 am communion on 1st and 5th Sunday of month and for a sung communion at 10 am on 2nd Sunday
St Cross, Wilstone
Has a said evening prayer on 1st Sunday of month (except in December, January and February).
When the Church of England was established during the Reformation, Thomas Cranmer wrote a new prayer book in 1549 which he revised in 1552. The first 100 years of the Church of England were somewhat turbulent, but in 1662 Cranmer’s Prayer Book was accepted as the official Prayer Book of the country. It is this 1662 prayer book which we refer to as the Book of Common Prayer.
The beauty of the prose, and some of the magnificent prayers, has meant that this book is one of the most important in the English language, and generations of churchgoers have grown up with it. For members of the Church of England it is the defining text as to what it is to be an Anglican. Some people find that the familiarity of the words helps them to pray in a more profound way. Others find the language a stumbling block in their worship. For those who love it we have a number of prayer book services in our churches.