Alternative Pastoral Prayers Hardback
Liturgies and Blessings for Health and Healing
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Alternative Pastoral Prayers
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Alternative Pastoral Prayers by Tess Ward was published by Canterbury Press in January 2012 and is our 1501st best seller. The ISBN for Alternative Pastoral Prayers is 9781848251205.
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Alternative Pastoral PrayersDavid Thomson, via The Good Book Stall
This intriguing and imaginative book is the fruit of the author’s work as a hospital and hospice chaplain but also a freelance celebrant who was ordained into the Anglican priesthood but now draws on a wider range of traditions, especially those connected with the earth and the broadly Celtic tradition. The author offers the book as a companion to Common Worship and other official service-books, and it is a rich tapestry of liturgy for life-event ceremonies of all sorts. Tess Ward describes herself as a liturgical magpie and this is very much ‘her’ book, and it is probably best used as a springboard for our own creativity, rather than a supplemental set of fixed forms.
The presentation of the book in the same format as some other Canterbury Press titles which are quasi-official such as Exciting Holiness could mislead an unwary minister if used unreflectively. Tess is an explorer of the edges, and while the newer denominational liturgies allow for substantial adaptation and creativity, a good deal of the material in this book goes beyond what a minister could legally use when offering public worship in the name of the Church of England. An obvious case in point is that liturgies of Blessing of a Civil Partnership are provided, but there are also more general questions about when liturgy that eschews all explicit reference to Christ can be properly used.
So – a book that can help me stay fresh, but not one that I could easily have in my hand when leading a liturgy as a public minister of the Church of England.
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Details for Alternative Pastoral Prayers
|Page last updated||30th May 2017|
|Author / Artist||Tess Ward|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (January 2012)|
|Number of Pages||352|