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The Church of England is changing the 400-year-old rule about Sunday worship services



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By Associated Press

LONDON ̵

1; The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking churches and revised priests and overruled a 400-year-old rule requiring all churches to worship every Sunday.

According to the Canon Law of 1603, the priests had to hold morning and evening prayers and each Sunday a liturgy in each church they supervised.

But after decades of diminishing attendance, many priests are now responsible for several churches, especially in rural areas. So far, they needed the permission of a bishop not to hold Sunday worship services in every church.

The change was approved on Thursday at a meeting of the ruling Synod of the Church.

Bishop of Willesden Pete Broadbent, who proposed the amendment, said it "just changes the rules to make it easier for people to do what they already do. It stops the bureaucracy."


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