An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Jones, Bayard Hale

(July 23, 1887-Apr. 27, 1957). Liturgical scholar. He was born in Golden, Colorado. He studied at the University of California, Harvard, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, General Theological Seminary, and Oxford. Jones was ordained deacon on June 11, 1913, and priest on Mar. 25, 1914. He served parishes in California and Reno, Nevada. With Bishop Edward Lambe Parsons, he produced The American Prayer Book: Its Origins and Principles (1937), one of the first Anglican publications that reflected current liturgical scholarship and movements. In 1939 he joined the faculty of the School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee. He was a member of the Liturgical Commission from 1934 until his death. Committee members gave him principal credit for the 1943 Daily Office Lectionary, for which he published the rationale in The American Lectionary (1944). In 1950 he became editor of the Prayer Book Studies of the Liturgical Commission. Later volumes give him principal credit for the following five studies: Prayer Book Studies II (The Liturgical Lectionary), IV (The Eucharistic Liturgy), IX (The Calendar), X (The Solemnization of Matrimony), and XII (The Prayers for the Minor Holy Days). A series of essays, Dynamic Redemption (1961), was published posthumously, and chapters from a projected book on origins of Christian liturgies appeared in the Anglican Theological Review. Some of his proposals for revision were incorporated in the 1979 BCP and in later editions of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. He died in Sewanee.

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