Herbert M. Luckock
Herbert Mortimer Luckock (1833–1909) was an Anglican priest in the Church of England.
Herbert Mortime Luckock was made a Canon of Ely Cathedral in 1875, and principal of Ely Theological College. In 1892 he was appointed the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral until his death in 1909.
In his book Studies in the History of the Book of Common Prayer, his purpose is to trace the movements and influences of which it was the product, down through the Anglican Reform, the Puritan Innovations, the Elizabethan Reaction, and the Caroline Settlement. The four chapters have little to do with the contents of the Prayer Book, but three of the five appendices respectively compare the Gallican Liturgy with the Sarum Missal, contain the "Order of the Communion" drawn up in 1548, and point out the changes introduced into the Prayer Book in 1662.
Luckock authored the following works:
- Tables of Stone (1867)
- After Death, the State of the Faithful Dead and their Relationship to the Living (1879)
- Studies in the History of the Prayer Book (1881)
- An Appeal to the Church not to withdraw her Clergy from Universities (1882)
- Footprints of the Son of Man as traced by St. Mark (1884)
- The Bishops in the Tower, a Record of Stirring Events affecting the Church and Nonconformists from the Reformation to the Revolution (1886)
- The Divine Liturgy, being The Order for Holy Communion, historically, doctrinally, and devotionally set forth (1889)
- The Intermediate State between Death and Judgment (1890)
- John Wesley's Churchmanship (1891)
- Who are Wesley's Heirs? (1892)
- History of the Church in Scotland (1893)
- History of Marriage, Jewish and Christian, with especial Reference to its Indissolubility and certain forbidden Degrees (1894)
- Footprints of the Apostles as traced by St. Luke (2 vols., 1897)
- Four Qualifications for a Good Preacher (1897)
- The Characteristics of the Four Gospels (1900)
- Beautiful Life of an Ideal Priest; or, Reminiscences of Thomas Thelluaon Carter (1902)
- Life and Works of Dr. Johnson (1902)
- Spiritual Difficulties in the Bible and Prayer Book: Helps to their Solution (1905)
- Eucharistic Sacrifice and Intercession for the Departed (1907)
Luckock also edited Bishop J. R. Woodford's Great Commission: Twelve Addressee on the Ordinal (London, 1886) and Sernwna (2 vols., 1887).
Works by Herbert M. Luckock
The Book of Common Prayer is the service guide used by the Catholic church for worship, sacraments, ordinations, etc. It was first written by Thomas Cranmer in 1549 under Edward VI of England. In 1881 Herbert Luckock published Studies in the Book of Common Prayer, a historical look at the evolution of the book, which has been revised and reprinted many times. He chronicles the Anglican Reform, Puritan Innovations, Elizabethan Reactions, and the Caroline Settlement with a chapter each. Luckock's work does not discuss any of the content of The Book of Common Prayer; rather, he is concerned with discovering how the content got there. His histories are very complete and include examinations of the people, events, theology, and politics that affected the formation of the book. The accounts are meticulously researched and as fascinating as they are lengthy. Luckock has written many works and was a respected teacher, college president, and Dean of Lichfield Cathedral. His record of The Book of Common Prayer is a tool that should be utilized by all who are familiar with this centerpiece of Anglican worship.
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