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Joint Liturgical Studies

Joint Liturgical Studies offers a valuable contribution to the study of liturgy. Each issue considers a particular aspect of liturgical development, such as the origins of the Roman rite, Anglican Orders, welcoming the Baptised, and Anglican Missals. It is aimed at all with an academic interest in worship.

It is published twice a year in partnership with the Alcuin Club, which promotes the study of Christian liturgy, and the Group for Renewal of Worship (GROW).


Volume 79: Eighteenth-Century Anglican Confirmation

Philip Tovey

Phillip Tovey published in 2014 a major study, Anglican Confirmation 1662-1820. During his research he had unearthed far more evidence than could be used in the main volume, and he has provided from it this Study which supplements that major work, yet at the same time stands as illuminating research in its own right.

The organizing principle which underlies the work is his thesis that the nineteenth-century Tractarians had a vested interest in playing down the spiritual life of eighteenth-century Anglicanism, in which interest they alleged the indolence of the bishops. This prejudice enabled them to exalt by contrast the impact of their own Anglo-catholic movement, and became the received account of eighteenth-century practice, as exemplified particularly in the essay by S. L. Ollard in the 1925 SPCK volumes on Confirmation, and never seriously questioned since.

Phillip Tovey, however, has gone untiringly to primary sources and has emerged with a much brighter account, one highlight among which retraces the first ever visit of a Church of England bishop to the Channel Islands in 1818. The overall thrust of his historical evidence is to show how responsibly confirmation was ministered in the eighteenth century, even while it was neither reckoned a sacrament nor, in the last analysis, was deemed absolutely necessary for admission to communion.

Other recent volumes

no 78: Further Essays in Early Eastern Initiation by Paul F. Bradshaw & Juliette Day

no 77: Liturgical Language and Translation by Thomas O'Loughlin

no 76: Gaudentius of Brescia on Baptism and the Eucharist by Dominic Keech

no 75: Admission to Communion: The Approaches of the Late Medievals and the Reformers by Mark Dalby

no 74: Rites Surrounding Death: The Palermo Statement of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation 2007, edited with introduction and commentary by Trevor Lloyd


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