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Common Worship: This replaces the Alternative Service Book; liturgies will be available at this C of E site as they are developed. Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer from Common Worship with with today's readings are also available from the Church of England

Alternative Service Book (ASB): several sections available in RTF format; other Church of England liturgical resources are available here as well.

News of Liturgy archive: All issues of the newsletter, which primarily focussed on Church of Englad liturgy, and was published from 1975-2003.   new

Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Cornish (1980)

The Shorter Prayer Book (1946)

A Parish Communion Book (1940). A moderate Anglo-Catholic revision.   new

The Churchpeople's Prayer Book (1935) From Wales, but also used in England.   new

The Communion Service As It Might Be (1935). An Anglo-Catholic adaptation of the 1928 service   new

Common Prayer for Children (1931)   new

1928 Proposed Book of Common Prayer. Approved by the Church, but rejected by Parliament.

1923 Draft Book of Common Prayer. The initial attempt at revision, leading up to the 1928 Proposed Book   new

The "Orange Book". A response to the 1923 Draft from the Alcuin Club.   new

Little Missal for the Laity (1916), an Anglo-Catholic Communion service.   new

A Prayer Book Revised, a proposed revision from 1913, said to be by Percy Dearmer, along Anglo-Catholic lines. (from the Internet Archive)

Statutory Common Prayer (1901), a "true" copy of the 1662 BCP, without any of the unauthorized changes which had crept in over the years.   new

The Convocation Prayer Book (1879), an attempt by the Convocations of York & Canterbury to modify certain rubrics only. (from Google Books)

(Proposed) Amendments to the Book of Common Prayer (1861): Proposals to move the Prayer Book in a decidedly Protestant direction.      new

Abridgement of the Book of Common Prayer (1773): A proposal from Benjamin Franklin & Sir Francis Dashwood.   new

Liturgies of the Nonjurors: The Communion office, a BCP, and descriptions of these 18th-century liturgies.     updated!

1689 Proposed Book of Common Prayer: The "Liturgy of Comprehension".

Forms for the Consecration of Churches and Churchyards, by Lancelot Andrewes (1620), and as passed by Convocation (1712).
 

 

 The Church of England is, of course, the "mother church" of all the churches in the Anglican Communion. We have here the texts (or links to the texts) of all Church of England Books of Common Prayer dating back to the first, in 1549 - plus quite a bit of other related material. Everything is presented here more or less chronologically, starting with the newest.

Links in bold are on this site.

1662 Book of Common Prayer:
  • The complete 1662 Book of Common Prayer, in HTML format, from Lynda Howell.; also in PDF format (note that this is a single very large file)
  • The Church of England now has the complete 1662 BCP online.
  • The 1662 BCP, as printed by John Baskerville in 1762; in PDF format 
  • The 1662 BCP, as engraved and printed by John Sturt in 1717; as PDF graphics.
  • The making of the 1662 BCP, a transcription of the manuscript attached to the 1662 Act of Uniformity; also the marked-up 1636 BCP approved by Convocation in 1661.
  • The 1662 Book as a series of B/W pictures in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, from a 1771 printing (Griffiths 1771/2).
  • The Internet Archive has several 19th and late 18th century Books of Common Prayer online. All are in PDF graphics and plain text formats (the text files will have errors).
    • A "current" (1953) standard copy, from OUP (Griffiths 1913/3); includes the English Hymnal
    • 1936: Cambridge U Press for SPCK, with prayers for Edward VIII;
    • 1921, Collins Clear-Type (Griffiths 1921/1)
    • about 1915, Eyre & Spottiswoode (Griffiths 1862/2);
    • 1906, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1906/3)
    • An elaborate and richly decorated edition from Essex House Press (Griffiths 1904/1)
    • one from about 1892, which includes many marginal notes (Griffiths 1892/1);
    • Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of the BCP (Griffiths 1891/1)
    • 1880's: Cambridge U Press for SPCK (Griffiths 1882/5)
    • The Book of Common Prayer Revised (Griffiths 1874/10): a "low-church" proposal
    • late 1800's: Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1871/5)
    • 1866; "The Prayer Book Interleaved with Historical Illustrations and Explanatory Notes", Cambridge U. Press & Rivingtons (Griffiths 1866/3)
    • 1863, richly decorated, publ. Bickers & Bush (Griffiths 1863/22);
    • 1850 with notes by Richard Mant, publ. Rivingtons (Griffiths 1850/24);
    • 1850, richly illustrated, publ. J Murray (Griffiths 1850/26); also 1845 printing (Griffiths 1845/24)  new
    • 1839, Oxford U Press
    • "The Pictorial Edition", publ. C Knight, 1838 (Griffiths 1838/24)
    • another "illuminated" edition, publ. R Ryley, 1838 (Griffiths 1838/26)  new
    • 1816, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1816/7);
    • 1816, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1816/8);
    • 1811, "The Christian's Best Companion", with notes (Griffiths 1811/18);
    • 1810, John Reeves (Griffiths 1810/2)
    • about 1808, Cambridge U Press (one of the first stereotyped printings);
    • 1794, Good & Harding, London (Griffiths 1794/9)
    • ~1789, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1789/4?)
    • 1777, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1777/5)
    • 1753, Baskett, London (Griffiths 1753/1)
    • and 1666, J Field, Cambridge, incl. KJV Bible (Griffiths 1666/1)
  • Google Books also has a number of 18th and 19th century printings online. All are as PDF graphics and may have lines cut off, pages out of order and possibly missing, etc.
    • The Prayer Book Interleaved with Historical Illustrations and Explanatory Notes, by WM Campion & WJ Beaumont (1898 13th ed., Griffiths 1898/3)
    • 1891, Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of the (1662) BCP (Griffiths 1891/1)
    • 1880, The Convocation Prayer Book, being the BCP ... with Altered Rubrics (Griffiths 1880/2)
    • Oxford U Press, 1869 (Griffiths 1865/5)
    • Oxford U Press, 1868 (Griffiths 1866/4)
    • Oxford U Press, 1866 (Griffiths 1866/7)
    • Oxford U Press, 1866 (Griffiths 1866/8)
    • Oxford U Press, 1865 (Griffiths 1865/9)
    • 1865, in Pitman shorthand (Griffiths 1865/15)
    • The Arranged as Said Edition of the BCP, 1864 (Griffiths 1864/10)
    • 1862, Oxford U Press, The BCP ... Together with the Proper Lessons for Morning & Evening Prayer; also 1857 printing; 1855 printing; 1852 printing
    • 1859, Oxford U Press for SPCK (Griffiths 1859/8)
    • The Whole BCP ..., Prayer Book & Homily Soc. (Griffiths 1857/30)
    • The BCP ... for General Use (Griffiths 1855/28)
    • one from 1853, with elaborate woodcut borders by Mary Byfield, publ. Pickering (Griffiths 1853/22) ; also similar 1863 printing of R&A Suttaby (Griffiths 1863/22)
    • in phonography (i. e., Pitman shorthand - 1853, Griffiths 1853/24); also from the Internet Archive, 1869 (Griffiths 1869/9);
    • 1852, "with illustrations, chiefly from the Old Masters", Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1852/31) ;
    • BCP "text taken from the Manuscript Book originally Annexed to Stat. 17 & 18 Car. II c. 6 with an Historical Introduction & Notes", by Archibald John Stephens, Vol. 1, 1849; Vol. 2, 1850; Vol. 3, 1854 (Griffiths 1849/22)
    • 1852, Oxford U Press
    • 1846, Eyre & Spottiswoode
    • 1844, Pickering, London; in blackletter (Griffiths 1844/32)
    • 1840, Cambridge U Press for SPCK
    • 1840, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1840/19a)
    • 1840 with notes by Richard Mant, publ. Parker & Rivingtons (Griffiths 1840/23a) also 1849 printing;
    • 1838, with color illustrations (Griffiths 1838/26)
    • 1837, Oxford U Press for SPCK (Griffiths 1837/16);
    • 1836, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1836/10)
    • 1831 from Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1828/10);
    • 1829, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1829/10);
    • 1827, Oxford U Press
    • 1825, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1825/13)
    • 1825, "with Notes" by Bp. Richard Mant (Griffiths 1825/20)
    • 1824, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1824/18);
    • 1823, Bartlett & Hinton, Oxford (Griffiths 1815/19)
    • 1822, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1822/14)
    • 1822, J McGowan, London (Griffiths 1822/19)
    • 1818, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1818/14)
    • three edited with notes by Sir John Bayley (1813, Griffiths 1813/1; 1816, Griffiths 1816/1 and 1824, Griffiths 1824/1);
    • 1816, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1816/2)
    • 1815, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1815/12);
    • 1814, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1814/6) ;
    • 1810, J Christophe, Verdun (France) ed. JB Maude (Griffiths 1810/16)
    • 1809 "with an introduction" by Rev. Richard Warner (Griffiths 1809/13);
    • 1800, London, "illustrated with notes" (Griffiths 1800/8)
    • 1799, London, "with notes" (Griffiths 1799/6)
    • 1798, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1798/7)
    • 1797, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1797/6)
    • 1797, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1797/7)
    • 1797, London (Griffiths 1797/9)
    • 1796, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1796/5)
    • 1794, Newcastle, "with notes & annotations" (Griffiths 1794/10) 
    • 1793, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1793/4)
    • 1793, Bath, "illustrated with notes" (Griffiths 1793/12)
    • 1792, T Davison, London, "with Notes" (Griffiths 1792/9)
    • 1792, J Jarvis, London (Griffiths 1792/11)
    • 1791, J Jarvis, London (Griffiths 1791/13);
    • 1791, P Didot, Paris, with "Preferatory Introductions" (Griffiths 1791/16)
    • 1790, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1790/1)
    • 1790, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1790/6)
    • 1790, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1790/9)
    • 1790, The Christian's Companion, or the BCP... with notes ... (Griffiths 1790/12)
    • 1789, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1789/1);
    • 1787, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1787/4) 
    • 1784, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1784/2);
    • 1784, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1784/3)
    • 1783, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1783/6)
    • 1783, A new Family Prayer-book containing the BCP ... (Griffiths 1783/10)
    • 1779, The BCP ... Illustrated & Explained ... (Griffiths 1779/8)
    • 1778, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1778/4)
    • 1778, The Christian's Universal Companion, containing the Whole Book of Common Prayer ... (Griffiths 1778/6)
    • 1777, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1777/1)
    • 1774, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1774/3)
    • 1773, Abridgement of the BCP ... (Griffiths 1773/7);
    • 1772, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1772/3);
    • 1772, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1772/4)
    • 1771, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1771/5); incl. KJV Bible
    • 1770, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1770/12) 
    • 1769, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1769/2) 
    • 1768, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1768/6)
    • 1768, A New & Correct Edition of the BCP [with] Alterations & Amendments ... (Griffiths 1768/10)
    • 1765, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1765/3);
    • 1765, An Exposition on the BCP with Notes ... (Griffiths 1765/8)
    • 1763, Baskett, London (Griffiths 1763/2)
    • 1762, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1762/12)
    • 1762, Baskerville, Cambridge (Griffiths 1762/4) 
    • 1762, Baskerville, Cambridge (Griffiths 1762/8)
    • 1761, Baskerville, Cambridge (Griffiths 1761/1)
    • 1761, Baskerville, Cambridge (Griffiths 1761/2)
    • 1761, The Christian Common Prayer Book, or Universal Liturgy (Griffiths 1761/5);
    • 1760, Cambridge U Press (Griffiths 1760/8)
    • 1756, A Watkins, Edinburgh (Griffiths 1756/9)
    • 1750, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1740/2); incl. Constitution & Canons
    • 1745, J Bentham, Cambridge (Griffiths 1745/7)
    • 1737, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1737/3);
    • 1731, HM Printers, London (Griffiths 1731/2
    • 1730, in shorthand (Griffiths 1730/7)
    • 1729, HM Printers, London (Griffiths 1729/2)
    • 1729, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1729/7)
    • 1721, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1721/3)
    • 1720, J Baskett, London (Griffiths 1720/2)
    • 1720, J Watson, Edinburgh (Griffiths 1720/5)
    • 1719, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1719/6);
    • 1716, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1716/4)
    • 1712 & 1710, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1712/4 & 1710/5)
    • 1710, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1712/6)
    • 1707, Bill & Newcomb, London (Griffiths 1707/2)
    • 1706, Bill & Newcomb, London; includes "At the Healing"& Canons (Griffiths 1706/1)
    • 1703, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1703/6);
    • 1701, Oxford U Press (Griffiths 1701/3)
    • 1693, C Bill, London (Griffiths 1693/2)
    • 1681, J Bill et al., London (Griffiths 1681/1)
    • 1675, J Bill et al., London (Griffiths 1675/2)
  • Holy Communion in large type.
  • Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (from the 1662 book), and Compline with today's readings are available on the Church of England's web site.
  • Variations in the 1662 Book: Yes, there have been changes over the years - now you can date that old Prayer Book.
  • The 1662 BCP in Latin.
  • The 1662 BCP in French 
  • The 1662 BCP in Spanish
  • The 1662 BCP in Hebrew
  • The 1662 BCP in Dutch
  • Portions of the 1662 BCP in Esperanto
  • Evening Prayer in Manx
  • Portions of the BCP in a French - English diglot, prepared at the request of Henri Christophe, king of Haiti.
  • The 1662 Book has been translated into many languages. Links to all may be found on our Other Languages page. Several of these are on the web thanks to Project Canterbury. Another site hosts the 1662 Book in Manx Gaelic. The Internet Archive has the 1662 BCP in Arabic (1902, Griffiths 8:9) "Ecclesiastical" Greek (1923, Griffiths 45:8), and in Eskimo, or Inuktitut (1900, Griffiths 32:2), all in PDF. Google Books additionally has the 1662 BCP in Mohawk (1842, Griffiths 111:8). There are many others.
  • Evening Prayer in Jèrriais - a French dialect of the Channel Is.
  • We also have the 1918 Canadian BCP (very similar to the 1662 book) in Ukrainian.
     

1662 Book of Common Prayer
Title page of the 1662 BCP, as currently printed

 

"Griffiths" refers to books listed in David Griffiths' Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer.

Jeremy Taylor's Communion Office (1658)
For use during the Commonwealth

1559 Book of Common Prayer
The Elizabethan Book

1552 Book of Common Prayer
The second Prayer Book of Edward VI

Merbeke's Book of Common Prayer Noted (1550)   
The Book of Common Prayer put to music

1549 Book of Common Prayer
The first Book of Common Prayer

The Order for the Communion 1548 
The first communion service in English.

Exhortation & Litany (1544)
The first liturgy in English

The Sarum Missal: The Communion service commonly used in the English Church before the Book of Common Prayer; in Latin and English.

The Directory for the Public Worship of God, which replaced the Book of Common Prayer between 1645 and 1660, is more of an outline of worship than a fixed liturgy, in keeping with its Puritan background. It is available online, from (not surprisingly) two conservative Presbyterian groups, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Google Books has an original 1645 printing online, in PDF graphics.

Ever wonder what those Homilies referred to in the 39 Articles really are? They are actual sermons, which are now online in ZIPped form. They are also available from the Anglican Library.


Title page of the first Book of Common Prayer, 1549

Last Updated: 23 March 2014

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