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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898694475
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Key to Abbreviations in the Notes xv
Chapter 1 Samuel Seabury among the Revisionists 1
Chapter 2 Another World: The Connecticut Church 24
Chapter 3 The Search for an American Ecclesiology 53
Chapter 4 Character 81
Chapter 5 Middletown 110
Chapter 6 The Southern Prayer Book 149
Chapter 7 The Communion Office of 1786 181
Chapter 8 Difficult People 207
Chapter 9 Slouching toward Unity 236
Conclusion 264
Bibliography 267
Index 275
Appendix (on CD-ROM)
Appendix A-1 Middletown, Boston, and the Proposed Book
Appendix A-2 The Structure and Content of the Book
Appendix A-3 Individual Alterations
Appendix A-4 The Communion Office
Appendix A-5 Convention Deputations
Appendix B-1 Letters (Various Correspondence of the Period)
Appendix C-1 to C-5 Various Historical Documents (including the Concordat with Scotland)
Appendix C-6 "First Mitre in the West"
Appendix D-1 Printed Works of Samuel Seabury
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