War Cries–a new collection of prayers

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This well-judged and well-produced collection of prayers will be a useful addition to the formal C of E liturgical resources for the many military anniversaries that are coming up at the moment,

ISBN: 9780281073641
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
£9.99 FREE UK delivery
http://www.spckpublishing.co.uk/product/war-cries/

The first ever collection of military prayers produced for a wide Christian readership.

War Cries is the first ever collection of prayers which reflects the faith experiences of Christians within a military context. It comprises 225 formal and informal prayers (from the Army, Navy and RAF, from civilian sources and other nations) which are presented in 7 chapters, each of which exposes a different aspect of military life. The prayers appear in a way that mirrors the military experience, beginning with the act of ˜joining-up” and ending with post-conflict reflection.
This structuring helps the reader join the recruits  “in mind and heart“ at the beginning of their military journey, to experience the frustration of training, the boredom of life at sea, the formality of the parade ground, the horrors of battle, the traumatic aftermath of war, and ultimately the desire for a meaningful peace. The collection also includes prayers of service families during times of conflict.

The Missing Collect for St Jerome’s Day

For some totally inexplicable reason, St Jerome, one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church, is only granted a Commemoration in our Common Worship Calendar, not even a Lesser Festival, so does not have specific Collects or readings provided for him. We are supposed to use the generic ones for a Teacher of the Faith, or stick with the ones for the temporale, which gives us this week a wonderful Collect based delightfully in words of St Augustine. Perhaps one of my liturgy geek friends can explain why Jerome gets such a poor deal. Meanwhile here is a Collect from Another Place that you could use…

O God, who gave the Priest Saint Jerome a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture, grant that your people may be ever more fruitfully nourished by your Word and find in it the fount of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Common Worship Christian Initiation: Additional Baptism Texts in Accessible Language

  
 

ISBN-13: 9780715123126 Published: 01/09/2015 Paperback £5.99

Online at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/additional-baptism-texts-in-accessible-language.aspx

These alternative Common Worship texts have been created in response to requests for a baptism service in more accessible language. They aim to meet the spiritual needs of those who seek baptism for either themselves or their children, but who may not understand the church’s traditional ‘language’ on the subject.
This booklet contains new texts for the following parts of the Service of Holy Baptism:
– Presentation of the Candidates
– The Decision

– Signing with the Cross

– Prayer over the Water

– Commission

It also includes the outline of a Service of Holy Baptism using these Alternative Forms, plus helpful guidance on using the new material alongside the existing provision in Common Worship: Christian Initiation.

Available from Church House Bookshop http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9780715123126/common-worship-christian-initiation-additional-baptism-texts-in-accessible-language