Charles Walker (liturgist)

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Charles Walker (d. 1887[1]) was a liturgist and author. He was associated with St Michael's, Brighton, in the 1860s.[2]

The ritual reason why[edit]

Walker wrote and edited two editions of the book The Ritual Reason Why (1st Edition, 1866; Second enlarged Edition, 1868 - published by J.T. Hayes of 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden). This book was "designed to give a rationale of ceremonial worship" in the Church of England. Walker was moved by the conviction that "much of the opposition to ritual" in the Anglican Church was "due to a mistaken or inadequate view of its meaning and intention." Further, he noted that "Scripture itself teaches us the duty of instructing the people in the rationale of divine ceremonial; the objective end of which it is that it 'may be a sign among us, that when our children ask – what mean ye by these things,' we may 'Answer them.'" (Joshua 4:6).[3]

Other works[edit]

Other publications include: The Liturgy of the Church of Sarum; The Services of the Church; Oswald, the Young Artist – a Tale for Boys ("inculcating the necessity of a reverential attention when assisting in the public worship"); A Prayer Book for the Young; and Devotions on the Communion of Saints.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Keep News and Blog". The Keep. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory. London: Horace Cox. 1888. 
  3. ^ a b Walker, Charles 1868. The ritual reason why. London: J.T. Hayes

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