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Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Book of Common Prayer now online

Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), archbishop of Cant...Image via Wikipedia
The full text of the Book of Common Prayer has been added to the worship pages of the Church of England website. It can be found here.

The first official liturgical text to appear in English was the Litany in 1544. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer (above) went on to complete the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549. The Prayer Book went through several revisions until the present version of 1662, which remains the Church of England's official liturgy and a key doctrinal standard.

The Revd Peter Moger, the Church of England’s National Worship Development Officer and a well known figure in our diocese from the many workshops he has led, says: “The Book of Common Prayer has fed the hearts and minds of generations of Anglicans. This development - which will make access to Prayer Book texts so much easier - is to be applauded.”

Readers will likely already be aware that the texts of Common Worship, the contemporary authorized liturgies of the Church of England, mostly in a modern idiom, can also be found on the Church of England website here.

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1 comment:

  1. There is a website with the BCP in many languages at It is a worth a look and a link. +Terry