Prayer Book Studies (P/G)

Field: Liturgy
Unit Code(s): DL9000T (Class based) 
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate (Elective)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face 
Prerequisites: DL8200T Introduction to Liturgical Thought and Practice
Content: This unit offers an in-depth study of A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA) (1995). The unit places APBA in the trajectory of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 1662, and An Australian Prayer Book (AAPB) (1978) and explores subsequent authorised materials.  The unit also evaluates this text in light of subsequent International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) initiatives and Anglican Communion counterpart rites, and explores ways that APBA is inclusive of the church in mission. Students will gain a clear sense of APBA in relation to other Anglican liturgical rites; its explicit and implicit theologies; its sifting of and standing in relation to the history of the Anglican tradition and contemporary consensus around the Instruments of Communion. Students will also critically examine its enactment in a variety of contexts. Particular attention will be given to the gospel sacraments, daily prayer and a sample of pastoral services.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the scope, contents and ecology of A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA)
  • demonstrate understanding of its use of rubrics, and the limits and theological range of APBA
  • critically engage with various enacted practices of the APBA
  • articulate the relationship of APBA to BCP, AAPB, and Anglican Communion rites emerging from the IALC
  • articulate ecumenical comparisons to other churches’ liturgical resources, especially the Roman Catholic Church and Uniting Church in Australia, which with the ACA are the three largest Christian bodies in this country
  • construct theologically congruent local/particular services from APBA’s resources.
  • 2 essays (total 3,000 words) (25% + 25%)
  • 3,000-word written presentation (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

* A Prayer Book for Australia (Alexandria: Broughton, 1995)[full—not shorter—version]

Common Prayer: Resources for Gospel-shaped Gatherings (Sydney: Diocese of Sydney, 2012)


Buchanan, Colin. An Evangelical Among the Anglican Liturgists (London: SPCK, 2007)

Buchanan, Colin. Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism (Lanham: Rowman, 2005)

*Burns, Stephen. Mission-shaped Worship: Revitalising Parish Liturgy (Melbourne: Morning Star, 2017)

Burns, Stephen. Worship in Context (Peterborough: Epworth, 2006)

Burns, Stephen, ed. The Art of Tentmaking (Norwich: Canterbury, 2012)

Burns, Stephen, ed. Journey (Norwich: Canterbury, 2008)

Burns, Stephen, ed. Liturgical Spirituality (New York: Seabury, 2013)

Burns, Stephen and Anita Monro, eds. Christian Worship in Australia (Strathfield: St. Paul's, 2009)

Cuming, Geoffrey. History of Anglican Liturgy (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1982)

Day, Juliette and Benjamin Gordon Taylor, eds. The Study of Liturgy and Worship (London: SPCK, 2010)

Hefling, Charles and Cynthia Shattuck, eds. Oxford Companion to the BCP (Oxford: Oxford, 2006)

Holeton, David, ed. Growing in Newness of Life (Toronto: ABC, 1993)

Holeton, David, ed. Our Thanks and Praise (Toronto: ABC, 1998)

Larson-Miller, Lizette. Sacramentality Renewed (Collegeville: Liturgical, 2016)

Meyers, Ruth and Paul Gibson, eds. Worship-shaped Life (Norwich: Canterbury, 2010)

Smith, Elizabeth. Bearing Fruit in Due Season (Collegeville: Liturgical, 1998)

Varcoe, Gillian, ed. A Prayer Book for Australia: A Practical Commentary (Sydney: Dwyer, 1997)

An extensive sampler of readings from journals and anthologies will be provided.