The Book of Common Prayer - central to the theological and social history of King’s Chapel - is also one of the few, unique objects that connects members of King’s Chapel both past and present. Historically, congregants acquired their own copies of the prayerbook, often inscribing their names inside and passing them down from generation to generation. For many, owning one’s own King’s Chapel prayerbook is a tradition that even continues today.
In creating this online exhibit, the King's Chapel History Program invited members of King's Chapel's contemporary congregation and clergy to reflect on the relationships many of them have formed with their personal prayerbooks, and we have shared some of their responses below.
We hope this conclusion to the exhibit brings the continuity between past and present to life, as seen throughout the stories of historical congregants and their prayerbooks, and encourages viewers to reflect on what objects and texts they have built personal connections with that influence their personal practices of their spirituality, across denominations.
Featured: Lee Glenn and her prayerbook
Explore Reflections from Contemporary Congregants
Click here to read the full reflections submitted by members of King's Chapel about their relationships with their prayerbooks.
Many church members at King's Chapel over the past 235 years have found their personal prayerbooks to be meaningful objects to their personal practice of their faiths. We encourage you to consider meaningful and significant objects in your own lives, whether they are relevant to spiritual practice or secular aspects of your life. Feel free to share your stories below -- your responses may be featured in upcoming weeks during this online exhibit's run.
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