Who is Book of Common Prayer?

  • (noun): The Anglican service book of the Church of England; has had several revisions since the Reformation and is widely admired for the dignity and beauty of its language.

Book Of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer is the short title of a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Communion, as well as by the Continuing Anglican, "Anglican realignment" and other Anglican churches. The original book, published in 1549 (Church of England 1957), in the reign of Edward VI, was a product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome. Prayer books, unlike books of prayers, contain the words of structured (or liturgical) services of worship. The work of 1549 was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English. It contained Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, the Litany, and Holy Communion and also the occasional services in full: the orders for Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, 'prayers to be said with the sick' and a Funeral service. It also set out in full the "propers" (that is the parts of the service which varied week by week or, at times, daily throughout the Church's Year): the Collect and the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Sunday Communion Service. Old Testament and New Testament readings for daily prayer were specified in tabular format as were the Psalms; and canticles, mostly biblical, that were provided to be said or sung between the readings (Careless 2003, p. 26).

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Anglican Devotions - Book of Common Prayer
... The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the foundational prayer book of Anglicanism ... In addition to the authorized Prayer Book of the Church of England, most member churches of the Anglican Communion now have their own official versions ... use contemporary alternatives to the Prayer Book, such as Common Worship (Church of England), or the Book of Alternative Services (Anglican Church of Canada) ...
Episcopal Church (United States) - Worship and Liturgy - Book of Common Prayer
... The Episcopal Church publishes its own Book of Common Prayer (BCP) (similar to other Anglican prayerbooks), containing most of the worship services (or liturgies) used in the Episcopal Church ... The full name of the BCP is The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church Together with The Psalter or Psalms ... revision as the "official" BCP and required churches using the old (1928) prayer book to also use the 1979 revision ...
Book Of Common Prayer - Copyright Status
... As the Book of Common Prayer is long out of copyright, it can be freely reproduced in most of the world ... Publishers are licensed to reproduce the Book of Common Prayer under letters patent which prohibit anyone other than the holders (and those authorized by them) from printing, publishing ... University Press the right to produce the Book of Common Prayer independently of the Queen's Printer ...

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