Book of Common Prayer


Book of Common Prayer

Definition of BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

:  the service book of the Anglican Communion

First Known Use of BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

1549

Book of Common Prayer

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Liturgical book used by the churches of the Anglican Communion. First authorized for the Church of England in 1549, it went through several versions; the 1662 revision has remained the standard (with minor changes) throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. The Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S. adopted a liturgy in contemporary language in the 1970s.

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