While the best from its English traditions was preserved, the Australian Church recognised the need to develop new liturgies to reflect the realities of modern life and the demand for a specifically Australian prayer accounting for uniquely local conditions. [Liturgy is a Greek word meaning 'a community's characteristic activity'. It has come to be understood primarily as the form of public worship and ritual]. A range of new services written in modern language with a selection of prayers and alternative words for special occasions and particular needs were trialed over more than a decade. The production of An Australian Prayer Book (AAPB) in 1978 was the culmination of a prolonged revision of liturgy. Another revised liturgy was published as A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA) in 1995. Although these newer books are used throughout the Australian Church, the BCP remains the standard for what Anglicans believe and an inspiration for what they do together.
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