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Book of Common Prayer
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The Book of Common Prayer is the most common name of the prayer book used in the Anglican Communion in regular worship (§2). Along with the Bible, it has something of the status of a standard of faith among Anglicans.

The Book of Common Prayer is a product of the English Reformation (§2.4) and may be compared with the service books of other Reformation churches. It was first introduced in 1549 under the leadership of Archbishop T. Cranmer (1489–1556) in order to provide the English church with a suitable order of worship. It included morning and evening prayer, the Psalms, a lectionary, the Eucha…

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Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Book of Common Prayer”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B389>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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