Timothy WillardComment

Timothy WillardComment
Despite the quality of language that strikes us nowadays as majestic, grandly alienated, perhaps what it most notable about the words of the Prayer Book are their simplicity and directness. C. S. Lewis called this “pithiness”; I would add “coziness” or “comfortability.” The Prayer Book was a handbook of worship for a people, not for a priesthood, and its job was to replace and improve, without entirely abolishing, those ancient collective rites of worship that bound people together in the English Catholic Church. The marriage service, for instance, was a medieval liturgy that long predated the final form it found in the Book of Common Prayer. For centuries people had been plighting their troth in words not dissimilar to Cranmer’s. It availed Cranmer nothing to invent a liturgy that threw out that history and erected, by force of rhetorical grandeur, a verbal screen of altar between the priest and his congregation. Though there is a theological sternness to Cranmer’s prayers, there is also an approachability about them; ordinary phrases and familiar biblical similes are used.
— James Wood, from his introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of the BCP (via bookofcommonprayer)

Tim's authored four books, including the children's book Shine So Bright and the critically acclaimed Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society. He studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis for his PhD under Alister McGrath. When he's not scratching poetry, or chasing the scholar's craft, you can find him carving up the trails of the nearest national forest on his Salsa El Mariachi 29er.

He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and three pixie-daughters, and two acres of Great Horned Owls.