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Book of Common Prayer
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1. Significance

The Book of Common Prayer is the church order of the Church of England (Anglicanism). It contains the services of daily Morning and Evening prayer, the Sunday Eucharist (or Lord’s Supper), baptism, ordination, and additional rites. Composed originally by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1549, the prayer book together with the Book of Homilies (which he also composed) and the Articles of Religion (Thirty-Nine Articles) insured the Protestant character of the Reformation in England. The Boo…

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Null, John Ashley, “Book of Common Prayer”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017722>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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