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The Church of England changes the 400-year-old rule regarding Sunday services



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603 the priests were asked to offer morning and evening prayers and a communion service every Sunday in every church they administered.

But after decades of denial of attendance, many priests are now responsible for many churches, especially in rural areas. Until now, they need permission from a bishop not to hold Sunday services in every church.

The change was approved Thursday at a meeting of the church's leading Synod.

Bishop of Willesden Pete Broadbent, who proposed a change, said that "just changing the rules to make it easier for people to do what they do. It's stopping the bureaucracy."


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