to 1801, the Prayer Book of the Church of Ireland was nearly
identical to that of the Church of England, and, then from 1801
until 1871 they were completely identical as the two Churches
were united. After 1871, however, the Church of Ireland became
independent and disestablished, and so developed its own Prayer
Book in 1878. There was a revision in 1926, which is presented
here. This book, and a more recent Alternative Prayer Book, were
a single Book of Common Prayer in 2004.
of the changes made in 1878 include:
of all the "black-letter Saints" from the lectionary
in the Prayers and Thanksgivings
of the Athanasian Creed
Baptism, parents may be sponsors of their own children
are not required in Confirmation
question is added to the catechism specifying that there is no
transubstantiation of the bread and wine
number of services have been added, including a Thanksgiving for
Harvest, Institution of Ministers, Consecration of a Church, Consecration
of a Burial ground, and the Visitation of Prisoners
the most distinct feature is the adding of the Canons at the end,
which tend to emphasize the 'Protestant' nature of this Church;
the Church of Ireland has always seemed to wish to distinguish
itself as clearly as possible from the dominant Roman Catholic
are a number of additional minor changes from the 1662 BCP.
Book was revised, but not extensively, in 1926. St. Patrick and
the Transfiguration were added to the calendar; the order of services
was rearranged somewhat; The Commination and Visitation of the Sick
Services were completely changed; the Visitation of Prisoners service
removed, and a service for the Burial of Children was added.
1926, a number of minor changes were made, most of which were
concerned with Ireland's gaining independence and leaving
actual text presented here was taken from a Book published in 1936
by the APCK, the title page of which may be seen at left. Reference
is made to a more recent edition for any changes made since that
time. Prayers for the Royalty, however are from the 1936 Book, and
so refer to George VI and his family.
We also have the entire book available as PDF graphics. There are bookmarks for navigation and extractable text; note, however, that the text has not been proofread and undoubtedly contains errors. See below for a link.