The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today
Not too long ago, it could be safely assumed that most people in England understood that phrases such as ‘Dearly beloved brethren’ referred to all of humankind and not just their siblings.
They knew that ‘graven image’ meant the thing that ‘thou shalt not make thyself’ – and was not the mispelling of a command not to take selfies on a gravestone.
It was a given that a curate who took ‘ghostly counsel and advice’ was seeking spiritual inspiration from God, not from a spectral haunting in the churchyard.
Today these once-familiar phrases from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer are not only understood by fewer of the general population – it seems even trainee clergy need help getting to grips with them as well.
Now all first year students in theological colleges across the country are to receive a brand new glossary to assist their understanding ofpost was originally published on this site