Gathering the Crumbs: Calendar and News

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer might sit in decaying splendor, but its spine will not likely rest unopened anytime soon. Although Common Worship has recently begun to displace this liturgical monument, the 1662 has remained the (mostly) official prayer book of the Church of England for 350 years. And so here at Nashotah House we are celebrating “Gathering Crumbs Under Thy Table:” a five-part series commemorating the 350th anniversary of the 1662.

Perhaps you have already thought about the 1662, slumbering on a back shelf in your church library. But the English is, well, nigh on Shakespearean and not many can tell you about it. Praying from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is not like watching a Television—chances are you grew up with one of those, so you’d know what to expect if you brought one home. But, the 1662? It would be like asking a congregation to enact Macbeth in Lode English off the cuff. So, where to start?

This is why we’ve mustered the veteran Right Reverend Michael Eric Marshall VIII, retired Bishop of Woolrich, London, England to answer all your questions (and a few you’ve never thought of) about praying with the 1662.

On the 26th of July, 2012, we would like to invite you to saunter on down to Saint Mary’s Chapel in a quiet corner of the beautiful Nashotah House campus for a 5:00 PM Solemn Eucharist and a 6:00 PM Champagne Toast and Rare Book Display.

Think of it as a very strange and beautiful birthday party. In the English Reformers’ work there is a reverence—devotion, even craftsmanship. And we want to celebrate this well-tuned instrument of corporate worship. With our savvy and skillful tour guides, we just might gain some old-school wisdom throughout an evening of (not so common) worship.

Feel free to check out our calendar of scheduled events:

28 March 2012

The Very Rev. Frank F. Limehouse, III

Dean, Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama

5:00 p.m. Solemn Eucharist & Sermon

6:00 p.m. Champagne Toast and Rare Book Display


26 July 2012

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Eric Marshall

VIII Bishop of Woolrich (ret.), London, England

5:00 p.m. Solemn Eucharist & Sermon

6:00 p.m. Champagne Toast and Rare Book Display


9 September 2012

Evensong According to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

Presented by Cathedral Church of All Saints & the Cathedral Choir, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Choral Evensong in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is jointly hosted by Nashotah House and The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

3:30 p.m. Organ Prelude

4:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

5:00 p.m. Reception


20 September 2012

The Rev’d R. Leigh Spruill

Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee

5:00 p.m. Solemn Eucharist & Sermon

6 p.m. Champagne Toast and Rare Book Display


24 October 2012

24 October 2012

The Rev’d Andrew C. Mead, OBE, DD

Rector, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

5:00 p.m.  Solemn Evensong & Sermon



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Tyler Blanski ( is a housepainter, author and musician who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is 29 years old, and dedicated to discovering Christ’s activity in our lives—whether it’s our relationships, our imaginations, or our jobs. He wants to help build God’s Kingdom, brick by brick. He is the author of "Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred" (Upper Room Books, 2010). Zondervan just published his new book "When Donkeys Talk," a holy pilgrimage into an Anglican understanding of the sacraments. He blogs at: