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A Cheerful and Comfortable FaithAnglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia$
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Lauren Winner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300124699

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300124699.001.0001

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People of the Book

People of the Book

Liturgical Culture and the Domestic Uses of Prayer Books

(p.90) Chapter Three People of the Book
A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith

Lauren F. Winner

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how prayer books represented a particular theology and practice of prayer; they were a crucial part of the material and devotional culture of Anglicanism. By the last decade of the century, Anglicans' sturdy defenses of liturgical prayer, and their concomitant critiques of more self-reflexive prayers, had softened, and their prayerful sensibilities had begun to encompass both traditional liturgy and the more subjective prayer associated with evangelicalism. The most distinctive feature of Anglican devotions of the word was the centrality of the Book of Common Prayer, a book that figured significantly in both Virginians' actual practice of prayer and in their polemics about prayer. Virtually all other surviving evidence in England and New England points to Bibles, not prayer books, being used in courtship rituals.

Keywords:   prayer books, practice of prayer, Anglicanism, liturgical prayer, self-reflexive prayers, evangelicalism, courtship rituals

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