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Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy

Bridget Nichols

BA, MA, PhD

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Bridget Nichols grew up in South Africa and studied English Literature and Classics in Cape Town. She taught in the English Department of the University of the Witwatersrand before pursuing doctoral research at the University of Durham.

Here, her interest in liturgy took shape through study of Reformation and modern liturgies of the Church of England, focused on their interpretation in performance. Her doctoral dissertation was published as Liturgical Hermeneutics: Interpreting Liturgical Rites in Performance (Peter Lang, 1996) and her interest in language and liturgy has continued to lead in a number of directions.

Bridget was Lay Chaplain and Research Assistant to three Bishops of Ely from 1998–2017. She is a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College, where she contributes to the MA in Christian Liturgy. From 2012 to 2017 she was a member of the Academic Board of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, which oversees research degrees awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury. She is a Consultant to the C of E Liturgical Commission.

She joined the staff of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in July 2017.

She is currently particularly interested in two areas of inquiry: what it means to describe liturgical language as ritual language; and in the relationship of worshipping communities with authority, embodied in the perceived conflict between authorised and locally or spontaneously generated language in worship.

She hopes to return to the fifth– and sixth–century Psalter collects, edited by Dom Louis Brou for the Henry Bradshaw Society, to explore baptismal imagery as evidence of actual liturgical practice.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Societas Liturgica, (President 2019-2021), Society for Liturgical Study, The Society for Reformation Studies.

I am a trustee of The Alcuin Club (a society that exists to promote liturgical study and publication).

I am reviews editor of Anaphora (the journal of the Society for Liturgical Study) and a Consultant to the C of E Liturgical Commission

Research Interests:

Anglican liturgy; liturgical language; liturgy and ritual; worship and authority; psalter collects

Dissertations Supervised:

MTh dissertation on Table Fellowship (CITI)

MTh dissertation on spiritual direction and mindfulness (CITI)

MTh dissertation on Patrician pilgrimage routes in Ireland (CITI)

MTh dissertation on the migrant and refugee crisis (CITI)

MTh dissertation on memory and restoration in a Belfast parish (CITI)

MTh dissertation on the Eucharist as embodied experience (CITI)

Publications
Books
(ed.) The Collect in the Churches of the Reformation (London: SCM, 2010)

Literature in Christian Perspective: becoming faithful readers (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2000)

Liturgical Hermeneutics: Interpreting Liturgical Rites in Performance (Frankfurt, Bern, New York, Paris, Vienna: Peter Lang, 1996) [published doctoral dissertation]

Book Chapters
‘Afterword’ in James Steven (ed.) Wrestling with a Godly Order: Encounters with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (Salisbury: Sarum College Press, 2015) 109–115

‘Prayer’ in Juliette Day and Ben Gordon–Taylor (eds) The Study of Liturgy and Worship (London: SPCK, 2013) 43–52 ‘

A Tune Beyond Us Yet Ourselves: Ordinary Worship and Ordinary Theology’ in Jeff Astley & Leslie J. Francis (eds) Exploring Ordinary Theology: Everyday Christian Believing and the Church (Farnham, Surrey & Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2013) 159–167

(With Ann Loades) ‘The Liturgical Body and the Gift of Presence’, in Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley (eds) Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) 252–264

‘The Collect in English: Vernacular Beginnings’ in Bridget Nichols (ed.) The Collect in the Churches of the Reformation (London: SCM, 2010) 11–34

‘An Anglican Experiment in Appreciating the Liturgy: The Easter Day Collect (First Holy Communion) in The First Prayer Book of Edward VI’ in James G. Leachman OSB & Daniel P. McCarthy OSB (eds) Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology (Farnborough, Hampshire: St Michael’s Abbey Press, 2008) 141–160

‘Exchanges of Nature: Worship, Liturgy and Formation’ in Stephen Burns & Natalie Watson (eds) Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades (London: SCM Press, 2008) 250–260

‘Liturgy as Literature’ in Andrew Hass, David Jasper and Elizabeth Jay (eds) The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) 669–687

(With Carolyn Headley) ‘Wholeness and Healing’ & ‘Reconciliation and Restoration’ in Paul Bradshaw (ed.) A Companion to Common Worship vol. 2 (London: SPCK, 2006) 142–179

‘Intolerable Burdens: The Anxiety of Influence & the Prayer Book Tradition’ in David M. Loades (ed.) Word and Worship: Essays Presented to Margot Johnson (Oxford: Davenant Press, 2005) 85–95

‘Humanity Fully Represented Before God: A Liturgical Approach’ in Harriet Harris and Jane Shaw (eds) The Call for Women Bishops (London: SPCK, 2004) 139–152

‘Collects and Post Communion Prayers’ in Paul Bradshaw (ed.) A Companion to Common Worship vol. 1 (London: SPCK, 2000) 179–224

‘Freedom in Order: the language of the Church of Scotland Book of Common Order 1994’ in Bryan Spinks and Iain Torrance (eds) To Glorify God: Essays on Modern Reformed Liturgy (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1999) 241–255

‘F.E. Brightman’ in Christopher Irvine (ed.) They Shaped Our Worship: Essays on Anglican Liturgists (London: Alcuin Club/SPCK, 1998) 35–41

Articles

‘The Nativity and Crucifixion in Christian Art: Encounter, Interpretation and Devotion’ Challenging Religious Issues 16 (2020) 8-14 http://www.st-marys-centre.org.uk/resources/challengingreligiousissues

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‘Revision, Resourcing and Representation: Contemporary Trends in Liturgical Provision’ Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal 3.4 (2019) 18-35

‘The Feast of the Holy Innocents and Anglican Remembering’ Anaphora 13.1 (2019) 1-28

‘What makes liturgical language ritual language?’ Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal 3.2 (2019) 5-20

With Cathy Hallissey and David Gillespie ‘The Path to Effective Ministry 1: Discerning Vocation’ Search 42.2 (2019) 95-103

‘Highways to Zion: Rediscovering Scripture through Liturgical Prayer’ Anaphora 12.1-2 (2018) 35-66

‘Last rites: the sacramental surrender of the penitent self in John Donne’s ‘Hymn to God the Father’/‘Hymn to Christ’ International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 18.2-3 (2018) 265-276

‘From Common Prayer to Common Ancestor: The Quest for Anglican Identity and the Legacy of the Reformation’ New Blackfriars 99 (2018) 232–247 7. DOI: 10.1111/nbfr.12346

‘Unto the Throne of the Heavenly Grace: The Journey of Penitence in The Book of Common Prayer’ Faith & Worship 81 (2017) 6–17

‘Whom do you Seek? Role, Ritual and Representation in Liturgical Action’ Anaphora 10.2 (2016) 27–58

‘Intercommunion: A Church of England Perspective’ One in Christ 50.1 (2016) 7–21

‘Worship: Receiving, Developing and Living Tradition’ Challenging Religious Issues 10 (Spring 2016) 8–13

‘Charles Wesley’s Place Among the Mystics’ Methodist Sacramental Fellowship Bulletin 141 (Epiphany 2014) 2–13

‘Anglicans and the Idea of Liturgical Reform’ Anaphora 7.2 (2013) 31–51

‘Transfiguring Scripture, Transfiguring Liturgy’ Anaphora 6.2 (2012) 19–34

‘Collectes Psalmiques et Liturgie Baptismale des Premiers Siècles’ (tr. Michel Corsi) La Maison–Dieu 271.3 (2012) 65–87

(With Jeff Astley) ‘The Formative Role of the Book of Common Prayer’ (Part I) Prayer Book Society Journal (Trinity 2011) 8–10; (Part II) Prayer Book Society Journal (Michaelmas 2011) 8–11

‘Instruction, Improvisation and Imagination: A Foray into the Psalter Collects of the African, Roman and Spanish Traditions’ Anaphora 4.2 (2010) 29–52

‘Scripture, Time and Narrative in the Proper Prefaces of “Common Worship”’ Studia Liturgica 39.1 (2009) 122–128

“Set The Daye of Deathe Before Your Yyes” – Formation for Dying in the English Reformation Church’ Anaphora 3.1 (2009) 35–56

‘Research and Liturgical Revision: the Case of F.E. Brightman’ Anaphora 1.1 (2007) 43–54

‘Liturgy and Imagination’ Anvil 21.4 (2004) 258–268

‘Too Great for Words to Bear: Confession in the Liturgy’ In Illo Tempore (The Bulletin and Liturgical Review of Ushaw Library) 19 (September 2002) 4–13

‘The Picture of Health’ Studies in Christian Ethics 15.1 (2002) 40–53

‘In Form of Prayer is Change: Where Should We Look for Liturgical Stability’ Ushaw Library Bulletin and Liturgical Review 14 (December 2000) 3–13

‘Women and Liturgical Reform: The Case of St Margaret of Scotland’ Ushaw Library Bulletin and Liturgical Review 11 (March 2000) 3–13. Reprinted in Priscilla Papers (Winter 2008) 23–27

‘Intolerable Burdens: The Anxiety of Influence and the Prayer Book Tradition’ Ushaw Library Bulletin and Liturgical Review 9 (August 1999) 3–14. Reprinted in David M. Loades (ed.) Word and Worship (Oxford: Davenant Press, 2005) 85–95

‘Blasts of Vain Doctrine: Cranmer’s New Collect for St Mark’s Day’ Ushaw Library Bulletin and Liturgical Review 6 (May 1998) 4–13

‘The Bible in Liturgy’ Studia Liturgica 27 (1997) 200–216 ‘Liturgy and Language: Some Issues in Aesthetics and Ethics’ Ushaw Library Bulletin and Liturgical Review 4 (June 1997) 4–13

Encyclopaedia Articles
‘Anglican Liturgy’ in Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski (eds) The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Volume 16 (Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter) 2018 https://doi.org/10.1515/ebr.liturgy Short

Articles

‘The Collect for Purity’ Soundboard: The E–zine of Church Music Dublin 38 (January 2019) 6

Weekly column on the Sunday lectionary for The Church Times, Advent 2014 – Christ the King 2017.

Short Studies
The Mystical Verse of Charles Wesley (Exeter: Methodist Sacramental Fellowship, 2015)

Psalter Collects (Ely: Jericho Press, 2011)

Alistair MacGregor & Bridget Nichols Deliver Us From Evil (Durham: Ushaw College Library, 2003)

Alistair MacGregor & Bridget Nichols New and Contrite Hearts (Durham: Ushaw College Library, 2002)

Alistair MacGregor & Bridget Nichols The Eucharistic Epiclesis (Durham: Ushaw College Library, 2001) [‘Introduction’pp. v– xii]

Book Reviews

Stephen Burns & Bryan Cones (eds) Liturgy with a Difference: Beyond Inclusion in the Christian Assembly (London: SCM Press, 2019) Modern Believing 61.3

Peter Gant Seeing light: a critical enquiry into the origins of resurrection faith (Durham: Sacristy Press, 2019) Rural Theology 18.1 (2020) 65-66

Ralph McMichael The Eucharistic Faith (London: SCM, 2019) Rural Theology 18.1 (2020) 66-67

Andrew Bishop Eucharist Shaping and Hebert’s Liturgy and Society: Church, Mission and Personhood (Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2016) Modern Believing 60.4 (2019) 365-367

Jan-Heiner Tück, tr. Scott G. Hefelfinger A Gift of Presence: The Theology and Poetry of the Eucharist in Thomas Aquinas (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018) Journal of Theological Studies, NS, Vol. 0, Pt 0, May 2019 doi/10.1093/jts/flz087/5513311

Jo O’Donovan RSM (ed.) Bright Wings, Dappled Things: Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ & Photographs by Fr Francis Browne SJ (Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2018) Search 42.2 (2019) 147-148

Bryan Cummings The Book of Common Prayer: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) Modern Believing 60.2 (2019) 193-195

Peter Matheson & Alastair Hulbert (eds) In Your Loving is Your Knowing: Elizabeth Templeton – Prophet of Our Times (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2019) Church Times 29 March 2019 24

Nicholas Wolterstorff Acting Liturgically: Philosophical Reflections on Religious Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) Modern Believing 60.1 (2019) 93-95

Albert Gerhards & Benedikt Kranemann, tr. Linda Maloney Introduction to the Study of Liturgy Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017 Anaphora 12.1–2 (2018) 236–239

Peter Matheson & Alastair Hulbert (eds) In Your Loving is Your Knowing: Elizabeth Templeton – Prophet of Our Times (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2019) Church Times 29 March 2019 24

Nicholas Wolterstorff Acting Liturgically: Philosophical Reflections on Religious Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) Modern Believing 60.1 (2019) 93–95

Bryan Spinks The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgy: The Book of Common Prayer 1559–1906 (London: SPCK, 2017) Alcuin Club Collections 92 Search (Autumn 2018)

Anna de Lange, Trevor Lloyd, Tim Stratford & Ian Tarrant Reimagining Worship: Renewing Worship in a Changing Church (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2017) Modern Believing 59.4 (2018) 397–399.

Declan Marmion, Salvador Ryan & Gesa E. Thiessen (eds) Remembering the Reformation: Martin Luther and Catholic Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017) Irish Theological Quarterly 83.3 (2018) 276–277

Stephen Platten Animating Liturgy: The Dynamics of Worship and the Human Community (Durham: Sacristy Press, 2017) Modern Believing 59.3 (2018) 265–267

David Jasper The Language of Liturgy: A Ritual Poetics (London: SCM, 2018) Church Times 11 May 2018, 26

Brian P. Flanagan & Johann M. Vento (eds) Liturgy and Power (The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society vol. 62, 2016) (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, Modern Believing 59.2 (2018) 163–165

Alcuin Reid Liturgy in the Twenty–First Century: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016) Modern Believing 59.1 (2018) 90–92

Michael Perham The Way of Christ–likeness (London: SCM, 2016) Modern Believing 58.4 (2017) 418–420

Brannon Hancock The Scandal of Sacramentality: The Eucharist in Literary and Theological Perspectives (Cambridge: James Clarke, 2014) Modern Believing 58.1(2017) 72–74

Dinah Livingstone The Making of Humanity: Poetic Vision and Kindness (London: Katabasis, 2017) Church Times 22/29 December 2017. 47

Terence Cuneo Ritualised Faith: Essays on the Philosophy of Liturgy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) Anaphora 11.1 (2017) 104–107

Andy Angell Intimate Jesus: The Sexuality of God Incarnate (London: SPCK, 2017) Church Times 23 June 2017

Malcolm Guite Parable and Paradox: Sonnets on the sayings of Jesus and other poems (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2016) Praxis News of Worship 2017

Marion Ann Taylor & Heather E. Weir (eds) Women in the Story of Jesus: The Gospels through the Eyes of Nineteenth–Century Female Biblical Interpreters (Grand Rapids MI: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2016) Church Times 27 January 2017

Stephen Mark Holmes Sacred Signs in Reformation Scotland: Interpreting Worship, 1488–1590 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) The Journal of Theological Studies 67.2 (2016) 840–842; doi: 10.1093/jts/flw110

Guiseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead (eds) A Sociology of Prayer (Farnham, Surrey & Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2015) Anaphora 10.1 (2016) 110–113

Ronald Grimes The Craft of Ritual Studies (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) Anaphora 9.1 (2015) 96–99

Cally Hammond The Sound of the Liturgy: How Words Work in Worship (London: SPCK, 2015) Modern Believing 56.3 (2015) 345–347

Andrew Davison Why Sacraments? (London: SPCK, 2013) Ecclesiology 11.2 (2015) 253–254

Heather Walton Writing Methods in Theological Reflection (London: SCM, 2014) Church Times 20 March 2015

James K.A. Smith Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013). Theology 117 (November/ December 2014) 447–448

Juliette Day Reading the Liturgy: An Exploration of Texts in Christian Worship (London: Bloomsbury, 2014). Church Times 11 July 2014

Daniel Swift Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) Anaphora 8.1 (2014) 77–80

Mark Earey Beyond Common Worship (London: SCM, 2013) Modern Believing 55.2 (2014) 199–201

Keith Pecklers Liturgy: An Illustrated History (Paulist Press, 2013) The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 13.2 (2013) 167–170

Maggi Dawn Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women Bishops and the Church of England (London: DLT, 2013) Church Times 3 May 2013

Oloph Bexell (ed) The Meaning of Christian Liturgy: Recent Developments in the Church of Sweden (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2012) Modern Believing 54.2 (2013) 165–166

Katharine Jefferts Schori Gathering at God’s Table: The Five Marks of Mission in the Feast of Faith (London: SPCK, 2012) Church Times 29 March 2013

Frank C. Senn Introduction to Christian Liturgy (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2012) Modern Believing 54.1 (2013) 81–82

Thomas O’Loughlin Making the Most of the Lectionary: A User’s Guide (London: SPCK, 2012) Theology 116(1) (2013) 70–71

Brian Cummings (ed) The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559 and 1662 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) Anaphora 6.2 (2012) 84–87

Paul A. Janowiak Standing Together in the Community of God: Liturgical Spirituality and the Presence of Christ (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2011) Modern Believing 53.3 (2012) 343–345

Aidan Nichols Lost in Wonder (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011) Praxis News of Worship 34 (Summer 2012) 4

Jane Rogers Vann Worship Matters: A Study for Congregations (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011) Modern Believing 53.2 (2012) 226–227

Martin D. Stringer Rethinking the Origins of the Eucharist (London: SCM Press, 2011) International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 12.1 (2012) 89–91

Paul Avis (ed.) The Journey of Christian Initiation: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives (London: Church House Publishing, 2011) Church Times 6 April 2012

Anton Usher Replenishing Ritual: Rediscovering the Place of Rituals in Western Christian Liturgy (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2010) Anaphora 5.2 (2011) 72–74

Trevor Beeson The Church’s Other Half: Women’s Ministry (London: SCM Press, 2011) Church Times 25 November 2011

Chris Thorpe & Jake Lever Touching the Sacred: Art and Prayer to Inspire Worship (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2010) Modern Believing 52.3 (2011) 69–71

Evelyn Underhill Worship (London: James Clarke, 2010) International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 11.1 (2011) 103–106

Martyn Percy, Christina Rees & Jenny Gaffin (eds) Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2010) Church Times 28 January 2011

George Guiver Vision upon Vision (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2009) Anaphora 4.1 (2010) 83–86

Joanna Collicutt McGrath Jesus and the Gospel Women (London: SPCK, 2009) Church Times 2 April 2010

James Leachman (ed.) The Liturgical Subject (London: SCM, 2008) Anaphora 3.2 (2009) 94–98

Ali Green A Theology of Women’s Priesthood (London: SPCK, 2009) Church Times 30 October 2009

Gordon Jeanes Signs of God’s Promise: Thomas Cranmer’s Sacramental Theology and the Book of Common Prayer (London: Continuum, 2008) The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 9.2 (2009) 151

Austra Reinis Reforming the Art of Dying (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007) Anaphora 1.2 (2007) 79–82 Eamon Duffy Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers 1240–1750 (New Haven & London: Yale U.P., 2006) Anaphora 1.1 (2007) 87–89

Bryan D. Spinks Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006) & Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006) International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 7 (2006) 65–67

Jeff Astley Exploring God–talk: Using Language in Religion (London: DLT, 2004) Praxis News of Worship (March 2005)

Susan J. White A History of Women in Christian Worship (London: SPCK, 2004) Outlook 17 (Autumn 2004) 17–18

Paul Sheppy Death, Liturgy and Ritual. Vol. I (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003) & Death Liturgy and Ritual. Vol. II ( Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004) International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. Vol. 4.2 (2004) 187–188

Karl Simms Paul Ricoeur (London: Routledge, 2002) Literature and Theology 18 (2004) 116–117