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Traditional Anglican Choral Prayers Reach the iPod Generation
ASHEVILLE, NC – Two Asheville residents bring the Bible to life in a new traditional Anglican online resource called The Cradle of Prayer. Soprano Stacy Stephens and The Rev. Paul Blankinship record choral prayers and song for individuals to downlo
The Cradle of Prayer is a place to connect to the ancient order of life in prayer through the complete morning and evening prayer service including confession, reading of The Lord’s Prayer, the Psalms, and prayers from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Select scriptures from the King James Bible are read for the corresponding day, complemented by professionally recorded prayers and song – all ready to download and enjoy in the privacy of home, car, or on the iPod.
Cradle services became available just in time for Advent, and complete liturgy recordings will continue until morning and evening services are made available for the entire calendar year. Each day’s download includes the traditional morning and “evensong”
This project was founded by Asheville soprano Stacy Stephens, who opens each service with a seasonal verse of a hymn. “Years ago I fell in love with the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and kept wondering how I might bring it to life for people of all faiths to enjoy,” Stephens said. She has worked with the Asheville Lyric Opera in its recital series, and most recently debuted with the Brevard Philharmonic, singing music from My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.
The Rev. Paul Blankinship of All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River reads the prayers and Psalms for each service. “So many people desire to pray better.” said Blankinship. “I do, too, and these services let me pray great things and grow into them.”
Sample recordings are available on The Cradle of Prayer Web site, where prayers can be recited along with the priest and pastor and will soon be available for 365 days a year. http://www.CradleofPrayer.org
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