Church of the Redeemer Celebrations
Church of the Redeemer Celebrates 400th Anniversary of King James Bible 17th-century service, Biblethon, film events, and lectures part of fall celebration events
The Church of the Redeemer is joining churches around the world this year in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication and enduring legacy of the Kings James version of the Holy Bible. Since 1525, when William Tyndale produced the first printed translation of the New Testament in English, there have been numerous translations of the Bible. No previous version, however, was as influential as the 1611 translation, commonly referred to as the King James Bible.
This year, 2011, marks the 400th anniversary of the 1611 publication and the Church of the Redeemer has planned several opportunities for parishioners and the entire community to learn about the origins of the King James Bible and gain a deeper understanding of its impact around the world.
On Sunday, October 9, during the 7, 9, and 11 o’clock worship, the Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, Rector, will preach on the significance of the King James Bible. Services will be modeled after the 17th-century service of Holy Communion using the liturgy from the 1559 Book of Common Prayer that would have been used by King James I and the divines assembled for the Hampton Court Conference. Scripture readings will come from the authorized version (after 1611) of the Bible, and music will be contemporaneous to the period. At 10:15 a.m., a segment of the film, “The Book that Changed the World: The Amazing Tale of the Birth of the King James Bible,” will be shown during the Rector’s Class. Two more segments of the film will be shown at the same time on successive Sundays, October 16 and 23.
Beginning Monday, October 10, the Church of the Redeemer will host a “Biblethon,” that will include continuous readings from the King James Bible starting at 7 a.m., and concluding at 6 p.m., for a period of approximately ten days. Downtown area clergy and members of the religious community are being invited to join the Biblethon readings which will take place inside the entrance of Redeemer’s Gillespie Hall at 222 S. Palm Avenue.
Speakers situated along the terrace will allow passers-by to hear the readings taking place, and all are welcome to stop and listen, watch the readings. A superior facsimile of the first edition of the King James Bible will be on display during these readings, along with Redeemer’s oversized 1950 pulpit edition of the King James Bible.
In early December, Redeemer will host a community lecture presented by Dr. Stuart Prall, an authority on the Tudor and Stuart periods of English history. Dr. Prall will discuss the origins of the King James Bible, and share fascinating insights into the impact the Bible has had on not just the Anglican church, but on the English language itself.
On December 13, a screening of the film, “The Book that Changed the World: The Amazing Tale of the Birth of the King James Bible,” will take place at 4 p.m. The 90-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by a panel of anniversary committee members.