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About Common Prayer

Why worship? In this superb new collection of essays, lay people, clergy, poets, theologians, musicians, novelists, and scholars offer personal, profound, and provocative reflections on their experience of worship in The Episcopal Church. Through their flesh-and-blood stories of longing, loss, and love, we encounter the God who meets us in common prayer. 

“If Anglicanism claims to be catholic and reformed, then this winsome volume has the best of both: catholic in liturgy, protestant in testimony. Open this volume and meanwhile open your heart to be strangely warmed by the quirky, the moving, the profound, and the playful.”

Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

“In these pages you will see the Way of Jesus—the Way of Love—in reflections and recollections that both move the heart and inspire the spirit.” 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
    Presiding Bishop & Primate of
    The Episcopal Church 

“This gracefully edited collection is a window into the transformative experience of shared liturgy in all its particularity, difficulty, and beauty. May these honest reflections open the eyes of our faith.”

Sara Miles
author of Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion  and City of God: Faith in the Streets.

“In an age where the cacophony of uncertainty and despair seems to come from everywhere,  this collection of essays provides the assurance that when the many voices are lifted in praise together, hope is certain to emerge. Everyone who cares about the health and future of the church will be excited to turn to this resource, which so beautifully answers the question, ‘Why do we still need the church?'”

Pan Conrad, clergy-in-charge at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Glen Burnie, MD, and scientific co-investigator to the NASA Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 missions.

Editors of this collection, Joseph S. Pagano and Amy E. Richter are Episcopal priests, appointed missionaries for The Episcopal Church, and serve as lecturers in theology at the College of Transfiguration in Makhanda/Grahamstown, South Africa. They are married to each other and keep a blog about their ministry as Episcopal Volunteers in Mission at

Meet the Authors of Common Prayer.