Thursday, 1 April 2010


Unlike last year's edition, the Canterbury Church Book and Desk Diary for 2010 includes a politically incorrect collect for Good Friday:

O merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live: Have mercy upon thine ancient people the Jews, and upon all who have not known thee, or who deny the faith of Christ crucified; take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy fold, that they may be made one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
That is taken from the 1928 revised version of the Book of Common Prayer.

The Collect for Good Friday in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which remains the permanently authorised liturgy of the Church of the nation, is even more politically incorrect. It begins with the same affirmation of God's gracious love for mankind and His desire for the conversion of sinners, but the intercession at the heart of it is different:

Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord

For 'Turks', read Muslims and for 'true Israelites' read the spiritual descendants of Abraham, namely believers in his promised Offspring, Jesus Christ (see Galatians 3v15-29). The authorised BCP Collect thus includes a specific prayer for the conversion of Muslims to Christ and by its imprecation that converted Muslims, together with Jews, atheists and errant Christians, may be numbered among the 'true Israelites' it denies that Islam is an 'Abrahamic' faith.

How long before this authentically Anglican prayer is banned as 'Islamophobic' under European 'hate speech' legislation?


  1. When will people understand that a prayer such as this comes from the heart with love and hope for those in darkness and not out of malice?

  2. Thanks for this Julian. Since I retired, is there anyone out there who still uses the 1662 Collects and Readings for Good Friday???