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This breviary restores to the Anglican liturgical experience the antiphons, responsaries, hymns, and readings from the Church Fathers that Cranmer removed from the first prayer books. Furthermore, this breviary stands as a sign of the Anglican relationship with the Roman Catholic Church: on one hand, it signals a confluence of practice; on the other, the difference in readings (and therefore theology) for some of the recent feasts illustrates where the Anglican churches have retained a more ancient tradition. Of course, in the aftermath of the liturgical upheavals of the mid-20th century and the reforms that took place at Vatican II, the breviary itself stands as a witness to the Anglican retention of Western church traditions even where the Roman Catholic Church has moved in new directions.  
 
This breviary restores to the Anglican liturgical experience the antiphons, responsaries, hymns, and readings from the Church Fathers that Cranmer removed from the first prayer books. Furthermore, this breviary stands as a sign of the Anglican relationship with the Roman Catholic Church: on one hand, it signals a confluence of practice; on the other, the difference in readings (and therefore theology) for some of the recent feasts illustrates where the Anglican churches have retained a more ancient tradition. Of course, in the aftermath of the liturgical upheavals of the mid-20th century and the reforms that took place at Vatican II, the breviary itself stands as a witness to the Anglican retention of Western church traditions even where the Roman Catholic Church has moved in new directions.  
  
The breviary has seen new life in recent years. It is back in circulation again, and is being used by Episcopalians, Anglicans, Roman Catholics of the Anglican Ordinariates, Western Orthodox, and more. There is a vibrant online community dedicated to its use, including an active Facebook page and several blogs. This renewed interest indicates that, rather than simply being a relic of a by-gone age, the breviary has a place in the spiritual lives of modern people worth preserving and nurturing.  
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The breviary has seen new life in recent years. It is back in circulation again, [http://www.anglicanbreviary.net available in a handsome printed edition], and is being used by Episcopalians, Anglicans, Roman Catholics of the Anglican Ordinariates, Western Orthodox, and more. There is a vibrant online community dedicated to its use, including an active Facebook page and several blogs. This renewed interest indicates that, rather than simply being a relic of a by-gone age, the breviary has a place in the spiritual lives of modern people worth preserving and nurturing.  
  
 
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