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Book of Common Prayer

1928 Book of Common Prayer

To the Glory of God

Link this site to those in need and those you love, set Christ's fire through the world as angels sing the true King herald.  

Matthew 28: 18-20

(The Great Commission)



   Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the title of a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Communion, and by other Christian churches historically related to Anglicanism. The original book, published in 1549 in the reign of Edward VI, was a product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome. It 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, funeral service and scripture from the Old and New Testament. 


     The 1549 book was  succeeded by a reformed revision in 1552 under the same editorial hand, of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. It was used a few months, as after Edward VI's death in 1553, his half-sister Mary I restored Roman Catholic worship. Mary died in 1558 and, in 1559, Elizabeth I reintroduced the 1552 book.  In 1604, James I ordered some further changes...

   In the course of Divine Providence, the American colonies became independent with respect to civil government, their ecclesiastical independence was necessarily included.   The General Convention of 1789 which put forth the first American Prayer Book was careful to affirm that "this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline or worship; or further than local circumstances require." [Preface to Prayer Book of 1789, p. vi.] The framers of the constitution of the church and the compilers of her Prayer Book were alike determined to preserve a continuity with the reformed Church of England. It is significant that some of the most important changes in the new American Standard Prayer Book of 1928 are taken from the First Prayer Book of Edward VI published in 1549.

   The American 1928 Book of Common Prayer served the Church for fifty years, from 1928 until 1979. We are presenting this 1928 photographic version in the hope that it will motivate, improve, and intensify the worshiper's celebration to glorify the one true God. 

(Above taken from many sources)

This prayer book site is a page for page photocopy of a very old and used 1928 Prayer Book.  As with most 1928 prayer books, its use was discontinued by congregations when the 1979 prayer book was accepted.  Some books were rescued, this being one of them, by Anglicans, who enjoyed rich text and devotion to scripture. This book was used until the cover and  pages could no longer survive the rituals of prayer.  The  prayerful devotion can be seen in the page photos which adds a rich texture to an internet  prayer site.   

 1928 Book of Common Prayer   

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