This unit offers an in-depth study of A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA) (1995). The unit places APBA in the trajectory of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 1662, and An Australian Prayer Book (AAPB) (1978) and explores subsequent authorised materials. The unit also evaluates this text in light of subsequent International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) initiatives and Anglican Communion counterpart rites and explores ways that APBA is inclusive of the church in mission. Students will gain a clear sense of APBA in relation to other Anglican liturgical rites; its explicit and implicit theologies; its sifting of and standing in relation to the history of the Anglican tradition and contemporary consensus around the Instruments of Communion. Students will also critically examine its enactment in a variety of contexts. Particular attention will be given to the gospel sacraments, daily prayer and a sample of pastoral services.

Unit Code: DL9009T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate understanding of the scope, contents and ecology of A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA)


Demonstrate understanding of its use of rubrics, and the limits and theological range of APBA


Critically engage with various enacted practices of the APBA


Articulate the relationship of APBA to BCP, AAPB, and Anglican Communion rites emerging from the IALC


Articulate ecumenical comparisons to other churches’ liturgical resources, especially the Roman Catholic Church and Uniting Church in Australia, which with the ACA are the three largest Christian bodies in this country


Construct theologically congruent local/particular services from APBA’s resources.

Unit sequence

DL8200T Introduction to Liturgical Thought and Practice


Forum activities and discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1500 words

1500 25.0

Essay 1500 words

1500 25.0

Written Presentation (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 23 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-27 11:17:25 +1000