Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer forms the basis of prayer and worship within the Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer has gone through a number of editions, not only in England where it originated in the mid-1500s, but in all the places where the various Churches of the Anglican Communion are now active. As the official representative of the Anglican Communion in the United States, the Episcopal Church has had its own Book of Common Prayer since the American Revolution; prior to that, it was part of the Church of England. There have been four editions of the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer is the one currently used throughout the Episcopal Church. It contains forms and rubrics used by the church for prayer and worship including the Holy Eucharist and the Daily Office. It is a primary symbol of the unity of our church. Even though we are many and diverse, we come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.

"It is a most invaluable part of that blessed ‘liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,’

that in his worship different forms and usages may without offence be allowed,

provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire."

(Book of Common Prayer, p. 9)