Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Book of Common Prayer and Administration…

The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Saraments With Other… (1662)

by Church of England

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
749412,418 (4.18)9

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 9 mentions

Showing 4 of 4
When I was a child I wasn't allowed to read anything frivolous on Sundays, so I used to read my illustrated Bible and the prayer book - I particularly liked the tables for working out the date for Easter, and the bits about who you couldn't marry. Also the language is beautiful, shame they've replaced it with banal everyday version. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Oct 8, 2013 |
From an interview with Terry Waite, British hostage negotiator in Beirut who was himself held hostage 1987-1991, talking about how he kept himself sane in captivity:

“...I’d been brought up as an Anglican...and had been brought up with the Book of Common Prayer. The language of that was very, very helpful. I had unconsciously memorised it as a choir boy. If I can just give you an example of what I mean from one of the great old collects of the prayer book:

“Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night...

“That is very, very meaningful when you’re sitting in darkness. That collect not only has meaning but it also has poetry and rhythm. There is a relationship between identity, language and prayer; somehow they help you hold together at your centre.

“Some people may find this strange, but I never engaged in what is called extemporary prayer during that time. I felt that if I did I would begin to, sort of, go down down a one-way track, reveal my own psychological vulnerability and just get into the business of saying, ‘Oh God, get me out of here’—which isn’t prayer at all. That’s just like being a child. So by falling back on that which I knew, the Prayer Book and the balance of that, I was able to keep a bit more balance in my mind and also maintain some degree of inner balance.”

(Sheridan Voysey, Open House pp 7–8)
2 vote | Iacobus | Jan 27, 2009 |
Cover title: Common Prayer
  fredheid | Mar 6, 2006 |
This edition is a reprint of the 1662 version, with appendices taken from the 1549 copy, in order to proclaim the value of this work once more and to recognise it for what it is - a liturgical and literary masterpiece. What a loss to the Church and to culture that the Church of England overthrew centuries of tradition in favour of a less resonant and dumbed down liturgy in the 1970's. Shame!
1 vote antimuzak | Oct 18, 2005 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
This is the 1919 revision of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, prepared for use in the Church of England in Canada, later the Anglican Church of Canada.  Do not combine with any other versions of the BCP.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805022848, Hardcover)

A finely made edition of one of Western civilization's most enduring works--the essential prayerbook for millions of Christians--graced by 185 color medieval illuminations gathered from museums and libraries throughout the world. This edition, in stunning literary English, goes back to the first modern version. Sewn full-cloth binding with colored endpapers and a silk ribbon marker.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:15 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

This edition is a reprint of the 1662 version, with appendices taken from the 1549 copy, in order to proclaim the value of this work once more and to recognise it for what it is - a liturgical and literary masterpiece.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
34 wanted3 free
22 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.18)
1 3
3 6
3.5 1
4 13
5 24

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,187,427 books! | Top bar: Always visible