The Book of Common Prayer
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Llyfr Gweddi Gyffredin
the Book of Common Prayer in Welsh

 

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England was used as the Prayer Book in Wales for many years, and was translated into Welsh almost immediately after its adoption. In fact, the Welsh translation of the Book of Common Prayer has gone thourgh more printings than any other translation, except for French.

The text used here has two sources: a Welsh-only Book published in Oxford in 1896 for the Psalter and Ordinal, and a Welsh / English (parallel column) Prayer Book published in 1938 for everything else. Accordingly, the prayers for the reigning monarch and royal family refer to King George VI and his family (Queen Victoria in the Ordinal); this has not been updated. The 1938 book omits the Ordinal. Both of these books appear to be completely identical translations for those portions they have in common. The 1896 text appears in David Griffiths' Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer as 192:61, and the 1938 text as 192:67.

We also have older all-Welsh Prayer Books from 1788 and 1746 (see title pages at right). Apparently the Welsh translation was updated in 1841, but cursory examination of the two texts indicates that very few changes were made, aside from changes in the titles of some services. The 1788 printing is Griffiths 192:36; the 1746 is Griffiths 192:27. Google Books also has a Welsh / English Prayer Book online, published in 1823 by the Clarendon Press of Oxford (Griffiths 192:47), and a Welsh-only Prayer Book from 1860 (Griffiths 192:57). Additionally, the Internet Archive has a Welsh / English BCP from 1883 (Griffiths 192:58). All of these are in PDF graphics format - that is, the text is presented as if it was pictures.

Welsh contains three characters which are not part of the normal character set used in HTML. These three characters are printed below twice:

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Although I am of Welsh extraction, I know no Welsh, and, while the text has been spell-checked, it is likely that there will be some errors remaining. When these are found, please let me know and I will make the corrections. Understand also that this is an old translation, using the approximate Welsh equivalent of Elizabethan English. Accordingly, spelling and usage differences from Welsh as it is currently used can be expected.

 

Title page for Welsh BCP, 1940
Title page, 1938 BCP

 

Title page from Welsh BCP, 1788
Title page, 1788 Welsh BCP

Title page, Welsh BCP & Bible, 1746
Title page, 1746 Welsh BCP & Bible

 

BANNAU Y LLYFR HWN.
CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK

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Y Rhagymadrodd
The Preface

 
Am Wasanaeth yr Eglwys.
Concerning the Service of the Church
 
Am Seremoniau, paham y diddymmwyd rhai, ac y cedwir eraill.
Concerning Ceremonies, why some be abolished and some retained
 
Y Drefn pa wedd y gosodir darllain y Psallwyr.
The Order how the Psalter is appointed to be read
 
Y Drefn pa wedd y gosodir darllain y rhan arall o’r Ysgrythyr Lân.
The Order how the rest of the holy Scripture is appointed to be read
 
Taflennau o’r Llithiau a'r Psalmau prïod.
A Table of Proper Lessons and Psalms
 
Y Calendar, gyd â Thaflen y Llithiau.
The Calendar, with a Table of Lessons
 
Taflennau a Threfnau y Gwyliau a’r Ymprydiau trwy'r holl flwyddyn.
Tables and Rules for the Feasts and Fasts through the whole Year
 

Trefn y Weddi Foreol.
Order for Morning Prayer

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Trefn y Weddi Brydnhawnol.
Order for Evening Prayer

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Credo Sant Athanasius
Creed of Saint Athanasius

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Y Litani.
The Litany

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Gweddiau a Dïolchiadau ar amryw achosion.
Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several Occasions

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Y Colectau, yr Epistolau, a'r Efangylau, a arferir trwy’r Flwyddyn.
The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels to be used throughout the Year
 
Trefn Gweinyddiad Swpper yr Arglwydd, neu y Cymmun Bendigaid.
Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion
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Gweinyddiad Bedydd Cyhoedd Plant bychain, i’w arfer yn yr Eglwys
Administration of Public Baptism of Infants, to be used in the Church
 
Gweinyddiad Bedydd Neillduol Plant mewn Tai gartref.
Administration of Private Baptism of Children, in Houses
 

Gweinyddiad Bedydd y rhai a fo mewn Oedran addfedach.
Administration of Baptism to such as are of Riper Years

 

Y Catecism.
The Catechism

 

Trefn Conffirmasiwn.
Order for Confirmation

 

Ffurf Gweinyddiad Prïodas.
Form of Solemnization of Matrimony

 

Y Drefn i ymweled â’r Claf.
The Visitation of the Sick

 

Cymmun y Claf.
Communion of the Sick

 

Trefn Claddedigaeth y Marw.
Order for the Burial of the Dead

 

Dïolwch Gwragedd ar ol esgor Plant.
Thanksgiving of women after Child-birth

 

Y Comminasiwn, neu Gyhoeddiad Digofaint a Barnedigaethau Duw yn erbyn Pechaduriaid.
A Commination, or denouncing of God's anger and judgments against Sinners

 

Y Psallwyr, neu Psalmau Dafydd.
The Psalter, or Psalms of David
Psalmau 1-49; 50-101; 102-150

 

Ffurfiau o Weddi i'w harfer ar y Môr.
Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea

 
Ffurf a Dull gwneuthur, urddo, a chyssegru Esgobion, Offeiriaid a Diaconiaid
Form & Manner of Making, Ordaining, & Consecrating Bishops, Priests, & Deacons
 

Ffurfiau o Weddi ar Gylchwyl dydd Dyfodiad y Brenhin i'r Orsedd.
Forms of Prayer for the Anniversary of the day of Accession of the Reigning Sovereign

 

Y XXXIX. Erthyglau Crefydd, a’u Taflen.
39 Articles of Religion, and Tables [of Kindred and Affinity]

 

All the above files (except the Psalter & Ordinal) in WordPerfect format, zip compressed

Last Updated: 19 April 2009

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