Book of Common Prayer

noun phrase

: the service book of the Anglican Communion

Examples of Book of Common Prayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The performances will be preceded by a litany for the dead, a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer traditionally used on All Souls’ Day and during times of mourning, for remembrance of all those who have died over the past year. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Book of Common Prayer was in 1549

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“Book of Common Prayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Book%20of%20Common%20Prayer. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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