Liturgical reform and ecclesiastical unity : the experience of Common Worship in the Church of England

Natacha-Ingrid Tinteroff
Contrary to ideas sometimes commonly assumed on the European continent, the liturgical history of the Church of England did not unfold without conflicts. Since the Reformation, the unity of the Church of England has been forged by the tradition of common prayer such as it was expressed in the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. The maladjustment of the liturgies in this work in the context of the 20th century has necessitated a major liturgical reform made concrete in 2000 under the name of Common Worship. If this development has been challenged as putting to death the classical conception of common prayer, it vouches for the fact that the reform which has been made has allowed for the restoration of an ecclesial unity which was being lost.

Alors qu’a été célébré en 2012 le trois cent cinquantième anniversaire du Book of Common Prayer (BCP) de 1662, « plus grand trésor » de l’Église d’Angleterre, voire de la nation anglaise selon certains1, a été commémoré en 2011 le dixième anniversaire de la publication du premier volume d’une collection de recueils liturgiques intitulé Common Worship : Services and Prayers for the Church of England2. L’histoire liturgique de l’Église d’Angleterre ne s’est pas déroulée sans heurts et la Church of England n’échappe pas aux querelles opposant les partisans des liturgies traditionnelles, exprimées dans le BCP, aux défenseurs des formes liturgiques contemporaines issues des différentes révisions intervenues au xxe siècle, et en particulier aux dernières d’entre elles regroupées dans Common Worship3.

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