Morning Prayer by Cranmer

As someone with little exposure to Anglican theology/practice, I’m amazed at the opening lines from the Morning Prayer in Cranmer’s Common book of prayer:

 

“Dearly beloved brethren, the Scriptures moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness…”

 

In just 19 words Cranmer has squeezed:

  • Fellowship/community – “Dearly beloved Brethren”
  • Scripture as the defining (only) truth/reality that shapes all of our life – “the Scriptures moveth us”
  • God’s wonderful initiative – “the Scriptures moveth us”
  • Humility, surrender and repentance – “to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness”

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