Three sealed the deal: the marks of the devotional life in the Book of Common Prayer were the same as those that had marked the monastic lives of all those former religious who were swelling the church. And as we have said all along, those marks were adapted for life in the family and village; lives of regular people.
This influence is hard to ignore. Of course, once this occurred to me, I found scholars and theologians were ahead of me by hundreds of years! My favorite past Anglican theologian, Martin Thornton, wrote a book called English Spirituality in which he says this very thing.
So, for you and me this influence is helpful. We are meant to be shaped by a life of common prayer and reading, growing toward maturity in Christ while living out our common faith in common lives of parenting and marriage, singleness and jobs, golf courses and retirement homes.
Thank God for such a rich history. We are heirs to a legacy of life in Christ lived along a simple pattern that allows us to grow while living in freedom within the world where we are called to be as Christ in the boardroom and the playground and the pew and the grocery store.
Our worship is still deeply marked by the simplicity and beauty of the monastic and the laughter and joy of daily life.