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30th September 2018

By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 26 September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone



The book of common prayer was first authorised for use in the Church of England in 1549.

It was radically revised in 1552 and there were minor revisions in 1559 1604 and 1662.

The prayer book of 1662 with minor changes has continued as the standard liturgy of most Anglican Churches n the British Commonwealth. Outside the Commonwealth most churches of the Anglican Communion possess their own variants of the English prayer book.

The first prayer book was prepared primarily by Thomas Cranmer who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533. It was viewed as a compromise between old and new ideas and was, in places diplomatically ambiguous in its implied teaching. It aroused opposition from both conservatives and the more extreme reformers. The latter prevailed and the 2nd prayer book of Edward VI was introduced in 1552. The revision made great changes in its text and ceremonies – all in a protestant direction. It was further restored by another Act of Uniformity in 1559/ It included a few small but significant changes which allowed for belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and removed an offensive prayer against the Pope. The Puritans weren’t satisfied and on the accession of James 1st renewed demands for change at the Hampton Court Conference. It resulted in some concessions in the prayer book of 1664.

The victory of the parliamentarians in the English Civil War resulted in the proscription of the prayer book under the commonwealth and protectorate. After the restoration in 1660 a revision of the prayer book was adopted in 1662, which was essentially unchanged.

Further revisions were proposed but failed. No further revisions were attempted until the 20th century. The Church of England and most of those within the Anglican Communion did, however, develop anexperimental liturgy in contemporary language that was widely used and, after much controversythe Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal in the United States at the end of the 1970s


Nichola Abbott


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            564                              564                 

                        120                              39

                        427                              33

                        73/308                        452/73

33                                388


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa


And for the departed:

Doreen Knight, Graham Forrester, Rona Watkins

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 2nd  11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 3rd 7.30pm Stone PCC in Church

Thursday 4th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation


HERITAGE OPEN DAYat St M&W Saturday 6th October. Lots of volunteers needed for the day when we often get a LOT of visitors! Please sign the list at the back of church.


HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment. Please sign the list at the back of church.

HEALING SERVICE :  Sunday 7th October at 4pm in Ss M&W.


LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- we are hoping to run a coach to Jane’s licensing on Weds 17th October. If you would be interested in going on the coach, please sign the relevant lists. There will be a cost, but until we know the coach is feasible we won’t know how much yet.