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The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide

Charles Hefling


This book surveys the contents and the history of the Book of Common Prayer, a sacred text which has been a foundational document of the Church of England and the other churches in the worldwide community of Anglican Christianity. The Prayer Book is primarily a liturgical text—a set of scripts for enacting events of corporate worship. As such it is at once a standard of theological doctrine and an expression of spirituality. The first part of this survey begins with an examination of one Prayer Book liturgy, known as Divine Service, in some detail. Also discussed are the rites for weddings, or ... More

Keywords: Book of Common Prayer, Prayer Book, Morning Prayer, sacrament, Church of England, Anglican, Divine Service, liturgy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190689681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190689681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Hefling, author
Former Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College