*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Heart of the Office

by
01 July 2016

iStock

Your answers

 

Is the psalmody in Morning and Evening Prayer on Sunday, whether said or sung, optional or mandatory? [Answers, 10 June]

 

Morning and Evening Prayer were derived from the ancient pre-Reformation Offices, which were based around the meditative recitation of the psalms, and which formed a large part of these services. The Prayer Book services continued this with psalmody at their core.

To omit or curtail psalmody at the Offices takes away their core and one of their prime original purposes. It also takes away a great spiritual benefit, not to mention aesthetic benefit, which has been recognised since the beginnings of Christianity.

Whether the psalms are technically mandatory would seem irrelevant.

(Mr) B. Wilkinson

Knaresborough, North Yorks

 

Your questions

 

What is the correct form of address for an archdeacon who is also a canon and holds a Ph.D. in theology?

V. B.

 

I have recently been sworn in as a churchwarden for the third time. Once again, I have pledged to “present those things that are presentable”. What things? To whom? In the past, I have also sworn “not to present those things which are not presentable”. This part has vanished. Does anything go these days? Or is it in line with modern safeguarding policies to be completely transparent?

N. C.

 

Address for answers and more questions: Out of the Question, Church Times, 3rd floor, Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0TG.

questions@churchtimes.co.uk

We ask readers not to send us letters for forwarding, and those giving answers to provide full name, address, and, if possible, telephone number.

Forthcoming Events

18 May 2021
Lift Up Your Voices, Lift Up Your Hearts
Speakers include John Bell, Noel Tredinnick and Helen Bent.

27 May 2021
Book launch: God is not a White Man
Chine McDonald in conversation with Sanjee Perera.

More events

Job of the Week

Clerical

Appointments

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)