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  1. Eric Mooney
    November 22, 2018 @ 8:33 am

    I wonder if Willan drew his texts from the King James version of the Book of Common Prayer and whether All Saints’ uses it currently. I was very disappointed when St. Paul’s, where I sang in the choir, started using the newer version around 1972.

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  2. Kenneth Herman
    November 22, 2018 @ 9:13 am

    Willan died in 1968, so he did not live to see the Book of Common Prayer revised in contemporary English. The rite that was observed in these All Saints’ liturgies followed the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, which retained the Elizabethan language you encounter in the King James translation of Scripture. After decades of referring to the third person of the Trinity as the Holy Spirit, it was jarring to hear all those references to the Holy Ghost in these liturgies.

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