The Best Prayer Book in Print

Of all the Christian prayer books (in English), the Church of New Zealand has the best one.

It’s actually a bilingual prayer book. It includes prayers in Tongan. I don’t speak (or read) Tongan. The prayers and translation of the Psalms in English, though, are the best.

The collect for today (5th Sunday in Lent):

Jesus, they hung you on a cross
because you love sinners.
Save us from our self-righteousness
and from our contempt for those who differ from us.

It’s direct, no-frills language. It’s true to the story. It allows zero room for fundamentalism.

I seldom use a prayer book. Except for Episcopalians on Sunday, I don’t know many people who do.

But for the rare occasion when you might want one, this one is it.