The 1979 Book of
Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) is available on the Web
in ASCII text form - that is, as simple text just as if it was typed on
a typewriter - at a number of locations.
- It can be found
as a single large text file at Wiretap
(Size is about a megabyte), or at sacred-texts.com.
the text file is available here ZIP compressed
(size is 314K).
- It is also available
here in eleven parts, all about 100 KBytes in size. They are, specifically:
-- the "Readme" with duplicate Table of Contents
-- the Daily Office and front matter (p. 1 - 155)
-- the Collects (p. 157 - 263)
-- Special services and Baptism (p. 264 - 314)
-- The Eucharist (p. 315 - 409)
-- Pastoral Offices (Marriage, Burial) (p. 411 - 507)
-- Episcopal Offices (Ordinations, etc.) (p. 509 - 579)
-- The Psalter, Psalms 1 - 75 (p. 581 - 691)
-- The Psalter, Psalms 76 - 150 (p. 692 - 808)
-- Prayers and Thanksgivings, Catechism, Historical Documents, Tables
(p. 809 - 885)
-- Lectionary (p. 887 - 1001)
Once you have one
of the parts on-screen, click on File/Save As... on your browser's menu
and it will be saved onto your disk drive. Please note that these files
were originally transcribed by hand, and, as such, have a fair number
of typos, which have not been corrected.
is an example of the BCP in ASCII text:
Order for Compline>
*The Officiant begins*
The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect
*Officiant* Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
*People* The maker of heaven and earth.
*The Officiant may then say*
Let us confess our sins to God.
*Officiant and People*
Almighty God, our heavenly Father:
We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and
word, and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our
offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to
the glory of your Name. Amen.