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One, Catholic, and Apostolic: Samuel Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church

Paul V. Marshall

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ISBN 10: 0898694477 / ISBN 13: 9780898694475
Published by CHURCH PUBLISHING INC, 2004
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Title: One, Catholic, and Apostolic: Samuel Seabury...

Publisher: CHURCH PUBLISHING INC

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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This first new book on Bishop Seabury in more than a decade, One, Catholic, and Apostolic: Samuel Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church is a fascinating story of the first bishop in the Episcopal church.

In 1783, Seabury was chosen by the clergy of Connecticut to seek ordination to the episcopate in England. After a year of negotiation, Seabury found it impossible to obtain Episcopal orders from the Church of England because, as an American citizen, he could not swear allegiance to the crown. He then turned to the non-juring bishops of the Episcopal church in Scotland and was ordained on November 14, 1784. As part of his negotiation with the Scottish bishops Seabury agreed to incorporate the Communion Service from the Scottish Prayer Book into a new American Prayer Book, thereby establishing a pivotal component in American Anglican Liturgy. When he returned to America, he was recognized as the first Bishop of Connecticut.

Using Seabury's persona and thought as central themes, distinguished historian and Bishop of Bethlehem (PA) Paul Marshall argues that liturgy cannot be understood simply by studying texts, and so he explores the complex personalities, motivations, loyalties and prejudices that went into the formation of the Episcopal church and the creation of its liturgy. (300 pp Paperback, includes CD-ROM appendix.)

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Although Samuel Seabury is not an instantly recognizable name today, he was the pioneering figure in adapting Anglicanism to the American way of life in the touchy days after the Revolutionary War, when any sort of sympathy to the Union Jack was considered unpatriotic. Many of the reasons that Episcopalians are slightly different from Anglicans in liturgy and outlook can be traced to Seabury, the first Episcopal bishop in America. Marshall, an Episcopal bishop himself, used to teach liturgics at Yale Divinity School, so he brings to this academic biography a keen sensitivity for a maverick fellow bishop as well as an obvious love for the sacraments and the Book of Common Prayer. He ably chronicles Seabury's dedication, exhausting work and willingness to withstand personal criticism as he carried out his vision. One unusual aspect of this book is that it comes with an accompanying CD-ROM containing Seabury's correspondence, some relevant historical documents and other primary sources.
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