Liturgy for Living

Revised Edition

Charles P. Price, Louis Weil

Nov/2000, 240 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819218629

A classic and accessible guide in the field of Episcopal liturgy.

Originally published in 1979, Liturgy for Living remains a time-tested classic exploration of history, theology, and spirituality that shapes Anglican liturgy and specifically The Book of Common Prayer. Writing for all Episcopalians—pastors, seminarians, and laity—Professor Charles Price and Louise Weil uncover the riches of various liturgy, including Holy Baptism, Confirmation, the Daily Office, the Holy Eucharist, and the various pastoral offices. This edition contains an extensive and updated bibliography, a glossary of liturgical terms, and a list of internet website addresses that contain documents, further bibliographic information, and links to other websites—all related to liturgical studies.

“The worship of the Christian community, properly understood and done, leads worshipers to act out in their lives the love of God, which is at the heart of our worship. Worship also provides the power and the sustenance which makes this style of living possible. This Christian style of living, moreover, drives those who are committed to it back to the worship of God, to find forgiveness and strength...When this interdependent relationship is understood, the power of worship is illuminated and the power to live increased.”—From the Preface

Charles P. Price was a distinguished professor on the faculty of the Virginia Seminary for many years. Professor Price was also a long-time member of the Standing Liturgical Commission, and made significant contributions to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as well as texts for the 1982 Hymnal. He died in 1999.


Louis Weil was the James F. Hodges Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. His ministry has included missionary and academic work in Latin America. In his work as a teacher of liturgy he has lectured on five continents. He was a member of the Standing Liturgical Commission from 1985-1991. He died in 2022.

"This highly readable overview explores the meaning of worship from a theological, historical, and spiritual perspective. It then examines the history, theology, and meaning of specific Anglican liturgies."—Cokesbury Good Books

"Originally published in 1979, this book remains a time-tested classic exploration of the history, theology and spirituality that shapes Anglican liturgy and specifically the Book of Common Prayer." —Episcopal Life, March 2001

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