This is the amazing, 175 year story starting from the first service of Holy Communion in 1814 in Aotearoa New Zealand; through ritual controversies, fights, disputes, and ecclesiastical court cases; parishioners throwing the processional cross in the river because they objected to the novelty of having a procession; to the heady quarter of a century that culminated in A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (carefully and clearly presenting draft by draft through the various revisions). The story is from one of the most liturgically conservative, conforming Anglican churches to being one of the most radical and varied.
This thesis was abbreviated as a 44 page Joint Liturgical Study, Alcuin GROW #21 The Anglican Eucharist in New Zealand, 1814-1989.
Many of you know that I have trying to convert the digital version of my thesis from the Wordstar file on five-and-a-quarter-inch floppy disks (from the days when “cut and paste” actually was cut and then paste – with glue). Some of you have been offering me suggestions on how to convert the Wordstar file to third-millennium technology. But yesterday, having made some more time on Waitangi Day (our national holiday), after working on this for some time some more, I finally abandoned this direction, and surprised myself with how easy it was to produce the PDF of the thesis instead.
So enjoy reading the story.
As well as this blog post announcing the online availability of my thesis, I have produced a permanent page for it: The Anglican Eucharist in New Zealand 1814-1989.