Bishops of Monmouth
Alfred Edwin Monahan, an Irishman who had been Vicar of Monmouth since 1912 and Archdeacon since 1930 became Bishop of Monmouth in 1940. He was a firm churchman of authoritarian personality who attracted and repelled according to taste, but he was a strong and effective teacher, preacher and spiritual director. He taught and published his teaching on the Communion of Saints; Prayer for the faithful departed and the esteem in which Christians should hold Christ's mother. The Prayer Book of 1928 was the basis for his compilation, The Churchpeople's Prayer Book. Bishop Monahan not only accepted the principle of reservation of the blessed sacrament in church but he also permitted devotional services of Benediction.