Prayer Book

A 'prayer book' is a book containing prayers and perhaps devotional readings, for private or communal use, or in some cases, outlining the liturgy of religious services. Strictly speaking books containing mainly orders of religious services, or readings for them are "service books" or "liturgical books" not prayer-books, but the term is often used very loosely. Prayer books may be Holy books, as well.

The following are among the many books to which the term may loosely refer in various churches or religions, although in strict usage a prayer book is likely to mean a miscellaneous book of prayers as opposed to the standard service books as listed in the second group below:

Actual prayer books:

  • Saint Augustine's Prayer Book, in the Episcopal Church
  • Vatican Croatian Prayer Book, a Croatian vernacular prayer book
  • Book of Common Prayer (BCP), first published in 1549 for the Church of England
  • Siddur, in Judaism

Service & liturgical books:

  • Breviary or Missal, in Roman Catholicism
  • Agenda (liturgy), in Lutheranism
  • Common Worship, in Anglicanism
  • Alternative Service Book (adopted in 1980), in the Church of England
  • Directory of Public Worship, adopted in certain areas of the Church of England in the 17th century
  • Book of Hours

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History Of Christianity In England - Separation From Papal Authority - Reformation - Cranmer, Parker and Hooker
... was fully spurred on by the publication of the first vernacular prayer book, the Book of Common Prayer, and the enforcement of the Acts of Uniformity, establishing English ... of Canterbury, the principal author of the first prayer book, and continued by others such as Matthew Parker, Richard Hooker and Lancelot Andrewes ... reformed position, which was reflected in the development of the second prayer book (1552) and in the Forty-Two Articles ...
Minhag America
... The prayer book was accepted by the majority of Reform congregations in the western and southern United States ... The roots of the prayer book date back to a program he laid out in The Occident (vol ... how Wise's use of the title Minhag America was deliberately intended to show that his prayer book was superseding the "Minhag Ashkenaz", "Minhag Sefard" and "Minhag Polen" (the German, Spanish and Polish ...
Mishkan T'filah - Development
... Gates of Prayer was criticized as being a non-cohesive collection of prayers, resulting in a prayer book that was too large, and for its retention of ... To address these issues, some congregations prepared their own prayer materials (often with edits to neutralize gender) or continued use of the Union Prayer Book ... groups of volunteers were asked to keep journals regarding their experiences in prayer services as part of gaining insights into what worked well in the existing GOP prayer book, to prepare ...
Temple Beth Israel (Sharon, Pennsylvania) - Move To Reform
... changed synagogue ritual, adopted the Union Prayer Book, and added a choir and organ ... on Friday nights he followed the Reform service in the Union Prayer Book, using an organ, while on Saturday mornings he followed the services from an ...
Beit Warszawa Synagogue - Beit Warszawa Today
... The program continues to produce talented Polish speaking prayer leaders in a unique course ... Great effort was invested in translating into Polish key essays concerning Jewish prayer and prayer leadership ... and training of this course will prepare a new generation of prayer leaders some of its members are pursuing further Jewish education ...

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