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The Printed Text of Prayers or Meditations1

The Printed Text of Prayers or Meditations1

Chapter:
(p.396) The Printed Text of Prayers or Meditations1
Source:
Katherine Parr
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226647265.003.0011

Queen Katherine Parr's “Prayers or Meditations,” registers as an ambitious, even an autonomous attempt to provide English readers, especially King Henry VIII, with a private counterpart to the English Litany that Archbishop Thomas Cranmer published in 1544. Through Parr's systematic selections and alterations, the connotations of spirituality are wrenched from a perceptibly traditional to an emergently Reformist cast. Divergences in theological and psychological outlook widen as Parr excerpts and reworks her source. However, reformation thought does not seem a likely source for the insistent dependency and submissiveness expressed by the soul in the book. It figures grace as the vital empowerment by which God opens in the sin-marred human soul, the only conduit to a positive relation between the two.

Keywords:   Katherine Parr, meditations, prayers, spirituality, Bible, litany, Thomas Cranmer, reformation

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