Best of British
"A Prayer for All Seasons is a small but beautiful gift book for a friend, confirmand, an ordinand or one's own bedside table for night prayer. It contains simply those beautiful unequalled gathering prayers which are the Collects of the English Prayer Book. Heart opening and heaven opening they are set amidst a series of beautiful woodcut engravings from the 1903 Altar Service Book (McManus and Staley) which are a devotional treasure in themselves. ... There are powerful Forewords and Afterwords by The Prince of Wales and the Bishop of London – memorable phrases abound – and a splendid introduction by playwright Ian Curteis (President of the Writers Guild). For many new readers and old alike, though, the dozen pages on the origin, history, authorship and themes of these great players by Canon H.J. Burgess will be as great an incentive to own this volume as any."
Faith and Heritage
"Immediately attractive. Buttressed at both ends with pages written by distinguished friends of the BCP. A luxury edition, but well worth the money."
The Prayer Book Society Newsletter, No 93
"Beautifully illustrated with wood engravings throughout. A splendid gift for a young person yet to discover the treasury of Cranmer's prayers. A succinct and moving foreword by the Prince of Wales, and equally thoughtful afterword by the Bishop of London, and a sensitive introduction by Ian Curteis, all combine to draw us through the enduring beauty of the Collect into the very presence of the Divine."
Reverend Jonathan Redvers Harris, in Parson & Parish
"These beautifully constructed prayers express our deepest thoughts and desires in our relationship with God, yet with such economy of language and such clarity of meaning that their very simplicity masks the skill of their composition."
W.A. Bull, in Faith & Worship
"... prefaced with enthusiasm by the current Prince of Wales, the future Supreme Governor of the Church of England. ... Cranmer's gift was to help generation to worship, as well as to worship in beautiful English. ... These jewelled miniatures are a chief glory of Anglicanism, a distinguished development of this genre of brief prayer. ... they have proved an enduring vehicle of worship. Ian Curteis presents the collects in a sumptuous little volume."
"This new edition, boasts a clearer layout by four useful and informative sections on their origin and essential characteristics; their structure and content; their teaching; and their authorship."
George Curry, in English Churchman
"... illustrated by beautiful wood engravings ... foreword by the Prince of Wales ... introduction by Ian Curteis. Essays on the origin and essential characteristics of the collects, their structure and contents, their teachings, the origin or authorship of each and if that is not enough an afterword by the Bishop of London. Buy it."
The Anglican Catholic
"Beautifully illustrated ... Characteristics, structure, content, teaching and origins are explored giving a greater insight into the collects' meaning and purpose. It was a joy to read. This is an invaluable source of prayer for every occasion."
Diocesan Mothers Union Newsletter