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Book of Common Prayer

'The doctrine of the Church of England is gounded in the holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal.' Canon A5

The BCP is included in these pages under the heading of Doctrine because it is part of the "formularies" of the Church of England. This fact is striking in itself because the Doctrine of the Church is not defined simply by docrtrinal statements but also by its liturgy.

>>The text of the Book of Common Prayer (1662)

On the Prayer Book

See also

Liturgy - BCP

An English Prayer Book - text of Church Society's modernisation of the Prayer Book liturgy.


Articles Relevant to this issue

The Book of Common Prayer. Cross†Way article (2012) by Lee Gatiss.

Archbishop Cranmer’s Immortal Bequest: The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England: An Evangelistic Liturgy. Churchman article by Samuel Leuenberger.

‘For the More Explanation’ and ‘For the More Perfection’: Cranmer’s Second Prayer Book. Churchman article by Roger Beckwith.

Time to take off the blinkers - Doctrinal critique of the BCP. Cross†Way article by John Cheeseman.

Prayer Book Development to 1662. Churchman article (1962) by Geoffrey Bromiley.

The Psalms in Anglican Worship. Cross†Way article by Richard Sherratt.

The Prayer of Humble Access. Churchman article by Katie Badie.

The use of the term "Priest" in the Prayer Book. Church Association Tract 232.

Is there Popery in the Prayer Book, historically considered? Church Association Tract 16 by T. P. Boultbee.


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