prayer book


Definition of prayer book

: a book containing prayers and often other forms and directions for worship

Examples of prayer book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mary received her prayer book shortly before her life took a series of dramatic turns. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Prayer Book Owned by Mary, Queen of Scots, Is Up for Sale," 9 June 2020 The most interesting find was a manuscript from the 15th century, which National Trust curator Anna Forrest believes was part of a portable prayer book that may have belonged to Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, the builder of Oxburgh Hall. Allen Kim, CNN, "Archaeologists find rare artifacts under floorboards of English manor house," 19 Aug. 2020 As the Financial Times notes, the prayer book is one of around 14 surviving manuscripts owned by the Scottish queen. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Prayer Book Owned by Mary, Queen of Scots, Is Up for Sale," 9 June 2020 At these services, a special prayer book for the High Holidays is read from and a Torah portion is read and discussed. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "When Is Rosh Hashanah? Time to Mark Your Calendars.," 10 July 2020 Discourage sharing of items typically used in worship and services, like prayer books, cushions and prayer rugs. Trisha Thadani,, "Newsom issues plan for places of worship in California to reopen at limited capacity," 25 May 2020 These measures include no longer offering wine at communion, switching from challah loaves to rolls to avoid sharing and tearing bread, and replacing prayer books with Xeroxed hymn sheets. Kaya Yurieff And Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Finding God online: People turn to live-streaming religious services during coronavirus pandemic," 13 Mar. 2020 Above the goat heads, a man’s elbow rests on the handle, holding a prayer book, in repentance, the wall text tells us, for their slaughter. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s ground-level view of modern Mexico," 12 Mar. 2020 At the beginning of the service for Passover, found in the special prayer book just for this holiday called, the Haggadah, its customary for the youngest child to recite the four questions. Southern Living, "Tips for Hosting a Virtual Seder and Other Ways to Celebrate Passover Right Now," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of prayer book

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prayer book was circa 1529

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4 Sep 2020

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“Prayer book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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prayer book


English Language Learners Definition of prayer book

: a book that contains prayers and other writings used in church services

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