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Gospel and Order in the Rule of St Benedict

  • Norman Boakes (a1)


Members of the Church of England are part of an ordered Church with a given liturgy. That order is deeply embedded in our story and today all clergy and lay ministers function and carry out their ministries on the authorisation of the bishop of the diocese. The Church of England is an institution which has its rules, laws and codes of conduct. Because we have no doctrinal formulations of our own, the liturgy in the Church of England expresses much of our theology. While there have been many changes in liturgy, a given liturgy, or a liturgical structure within which certain texts are prescribed, is part of how we are.



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1 C Hardman, ‘The Church's servant, and not its master’, Church Times, 9 March 2018, p 14.

2 Romans 13:3–5.

3 Cited in Benner, E, Be Like a Fox (London, 2017), p 261.

4 Gula, R, ‘The wisdom of boundaries’ in Keenan, J and Kotva, J (eds) Practice What You Preach (Plymouth, 1999), pp 81100 at p 89.

5 W Everett, ‘Serving the Church and facing the law’ in Keenan and Kotva, Practice What You Preach, pp 268–279 at p 271.

6 Ibid, p 274.

7 ‘Concerning the service of the Church’ in The Book of Common Prayer 1549 and 1662.

8 Waal, E de, Seeking God (London, 1984).

9 Chittester, J, The Rule of St Benedict (New York, 2005), p 29.

10 Ibid, p 51.

11 Ibid, p 165.

12 Ibid, pp 43–45.

13 Ibid, p 48.

14 Ibid, pp 177, 179.

15 Williams, R, ‘Foreward’ in The Principles of Canon Law Common to the Churches of the Anglican Communion (London, 2008), p 11.

16 Hardman, ‘The Church's servant’.

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Ecclesiastical Law Journal
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