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What is the Book of Common Prayer?

Anglican liturgy

Book of Common Prayer: A permanent feature of the Church of England's worship and a key source for its doctrine.

The Anglican Church enjoys liturgical and non-liturgical styles of worship and prayer. Liturgical worship and prayer is much more formal, with set songs and prayers. During services, many Anglican churches read from the Book of Common Prayer, which was written for the Church in the 16th century. 

The book contains instructions and set prayers for::

The Book of Common Prayer has been a key source of doctrine (Church teachings about core beliefs), so is regarded as very important. Many Christians also value the book for its beautiful language.

To read the 1662 edition of the Book of Common Prayer click here: The Book of Common Prayer 1662