A Feast of Scripture
"It was, quite simply, a feast of Scripture; and no other order of public worship has ever really matched it."
As on the Continent, the distinctive feature of the new liturgies was the prominent place they gave to the extensive reading of Scripture. In fact, Cranmer likely surpassed all other Reformation liturgists in this regard. . . Not only did Cranmer append a detailed daily lectionary that allowed for Old Testament, Gospel, and Epistle readings; he also planned for the entire Psalter to be read through each month in its entirety. In addition to this, he made use of the words of Scripture in his prayers and other liturgical forms. It was, quite simply, a feast of Scripture; and no other order of public worship has ever really matched it. Cranmer’s theological commitment to Scripture, not simply as the conveyer of information but also as the vehicle for the Spirit of God to do his work on the people, was very much in evidence.
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