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New stats show growing interest in Book of Common Prayer

It said its 23rd annual three-day conference at Cirencester's Royal Agricultural University later this month is a sell-out with more than 130 delegates attending - the highest number to date.
Latest figures show that more than 260 people joined as new members of the PBS last year, an increase of more than 40 per cent on the previous year, bringing the total to more than 3,000. The number of corporate members - including churches, schools and businesses - rose by almost 50 per cent from 25 to a total of 67.

PBS describes itself as encouraging the rediscovery and use of the majesty and spiritual depth of Thomas Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at the heart of the Church of England's worship.

Commenting on the growing enthusiasm for The Book of Common Prayer, PBS chairman Prudence Dailey said: "The Prayer Book is as relevant today as it ever was and increasingly it is being appreciated by young adults. We are seeing growing interest in the society's activities among those in their twenties and thirties."
She revealed that the society's work among ordinands suggests that many in the new generation of young clergy will be enthusiastic about using the BCP for services.
One ordinand commented: "It is more than just the beauty of the language of the Prayer Book which appeals to me. I like the fact that it is quite literally a book of common prayer which not only belongs to all people but contains prayers for every stage in their journey through life."
The Prayer Book Society's annual conference takes place from 20th- 22nd September.

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