Anglican Prayer Book

Unit Overview
This unit is designed to help students grow in confidence to use an Anglican Prayer Book effectively in pastoral and evangelistic settings.

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Unit Details

Workload 6 credit points
Status Elective
Unit Code PC085-612_712_812
Prerequisites None
Teacher Rhys Bezzant

Unit Content

This is a six-credit-point unit, which is half of a standard 12-credit-point unit. Students often pair this unit with CH016 Anglican Identity or another six-credit-point unit.

  1. Purpose of written liturgies – early church/medieval liturgies – shape of liturgies in Book of Common Prayer (BCP) – the ordained person and the liturgy (including reflections from experienced clergy on their spiritual journey)
  2. Development of the Anglican Prayer Book – History of the BCP and its rubrics – Australian Liturgy Commission and the compilation of APBA – Including reflections from experienced clergy on their experience of change in liturgies since 1970s
  3. Shape and purpose of services of the Word (incl welcome and praise) – Use and function of the lectionary – Indigenous lectionary – Reflections on turnaround in a parish from experienced clergy
  4. Prayer Services – shape and history eg monastic models/psalms/Reformation/ABPA – different types of prayers: intercessions/collects/litanies/laments – including reflections on pastoral value of psalms in worship and laments in worship from experienced clergy
  5. Baptism and communion services – Baptism services: structure/preparation/theology/tips for leading – Communion Services: structure/sacramental theology/preparation/confession – including reflections on conducting baptism interviews from experienced clergy
  6. Pastoral Services – weddings + pastoral transitions – funerals + dismissals – including reflections from experienced clergy on conducting weddings and funeral

Study Expectations
In this 6 credit points unit, you will grow in your capacity for liturgical leadership by watching videos on the history and practice of Anglican worship, by reflecting on your own experience of leading liturgical services, and by engaging with fellow students in online forums where you discuss weekly readings. Your confidence and skills in leading Sunday services will be enhanced. Students should allow 4-5 hours study time per week for this intermediate unit.

Students will need to arrange to lead and receive feedback on their leading of at least 2 liturgical services during the teaching period.


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