Vol I No. 7
Liturgy & Ecclesiology

Repentance in the Daily Office

by Roberta Bayer
Jordan Lavender, from The Hackney Hubmakes the case for Absolution in the 1662 BCP. Morning and Evening Prayer begin with repentance for sin. Lavender writes:
“The daily services of Morning and Evening Prayer, as shaped by Archbishop Cranmer, reflect the biblical teaching of repentance, right from the start. As the reader will already know, Morning and Evening Prayer begin with a Scriptural sentence, in the original Prayer Book, these were penitential sentences, to be read before the Confession (modern liturgies provide seasonal sentences to accompany the liturgical season – a loss in my opinion). If we consider the Absolution, to be read by the minister, we can see a sound exposition of the teaching of repentance in Church of England, and those Churches which call her mother.”
Lavender then makes clear the meaning and importance of Confession and of each phrase in Absolution. Read the full article here.