Anglican Confirmation (or: Of Studies, Liturgical, Part II)

As promised several weeks ago, here’s the first of my Ph.D. comprehensive examination topics and related bibliography.

TOPIC 1 (Initiation, Reformation):
Development of the Confirmation Rite between the 1549 and 1662 Books of Common Prayer

Between publication of the first English Book of Common Prayer in 1549 and its terminal, “as by law established” edition in 1662 (upon which all other provincial Books of Common Prayer in some degree depend), the Anglican Rite of Confirmation rite underwent a number of adjustments in response to changing views of the sacrament, criticism by Continental reformers and changing pastoral exigencies. This topic will explore differences in the various rites (1549, 1552, 1559, 1662) within the broader context of the sixteenth-century Reformation initiation practice, attending especially to the first two Prayer Books — between which are the most numerous and most obvious differences — and focusing on the motivating factors for the development of the Anglican Confirmation rite.
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Primary Sources

The Book of Common Prayer (various editions). On-line at http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/england.htm.

Jagger, Peter J. Christian Initiation, 1552-1969: Rites of Baptism and Confirmation since the Reformation Period, Alcuin Club Collections 52, 3-33. London: SPCK, 1970.

Whitaker, E. C. Martin Bucer and the Book of Common Prayer, Alcuin Club Collections 55, 82-120. Great Wakering: Mayhew-McCrimmon, 1974.
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Secondary Sources

Buchannan, Colin. Anglican Confirmation, Grove Liturgical Study 48. Bramcote: Grove Books, 1986.

Fisher, J.D.C. Christian Initiation: The Reformation Period. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications/Hillenbrand, 2007 (reprint).

_____. “Lutheran, Anglican and Reformed Rites,” 154-161. The Study of Liturgy, revised edn., ed. Cheslyn Jones, et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Jeanes, Gordon P. Signs of God’s Promise: Thomas Cranmer’s Sacramental Theology and the Book of Common Prayer. London: T. & T. Clark, 2008.

Johnson, Maxwell E. The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation, revised/expanded edn., 309-373. Collegeville: Liturgical Press/Pueblo, 2007.

Meyers, Ruth. Continuing the Reformation: Revisioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Publishing, 1997.

Mitchell, Leonel L. “Christian Initiation: The Reformation Period,” 83-98. Made, Not Born: New Perspectives on Christian Initiation and the Catechumenate, ed. Murphy Center for Liturgical Research. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1976.

Stevick, Daniel B. “Christian Initiation: Post-Reformation to the Present Era,” 99-117. Made, Not Born: New Perspectives on Christian Initiation and the Catechumenate, ed. Murphy Center for Liturgical Research. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1976.

2 comments

  1. Wow, Cody, what a blast! I did my S.T. M thesis in liturgy (1978) on the 1552 Book of Common Prayer, and these books and names and like old friends I haven’t seen for a while.

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