Definition of prayer book in English:

prayer book


  • A book containing the forms of prayer regularly used in Christian worship, especially a Book of Common Prayer.

    • ‘There are toddlers, feeble octogenarians walking while reading a prayer book, and even a pilgrim with a brass trumpet who is eager to serenade the company.’
    • ‘That means people who have used the manuals from June 2000 until January 2001 are without a prayer book for Lent, Easter and springtime.’
    • ‘To be sure, the prayer book used on the Sabbath and festival days was chock-full of petitions for the day when God would gather His people from the four corners of the world and draw them to the land He holds so dear.’
    • ‘Peter goes to his Roman Catholic church every Sunday, and every day he reads from a prayer book.’
    • ‘He didn't take the service from the prayer book.’
    • ‘In this context, the Psalter has a special place, since it served as the prayer book of the early church.’
    • ‘At the same time, the ritual magnetism of night drew them to gatherings that included extemporaneous elements of worship as well as the prayer book.’
    • ‘The opening passage of a thousand-year-old Christian prayer book discovered in Ireland does not say that doomsday is near.’
    • ‘Following some history and a broad look at what an Anglican prayer book likely contains, the author considers particular rites in more detail.’
    • ‘He ordered that they should use a new prayer book for their church services.’
    • ‘Indeed, one might almost think of the Book of Revelation as the hymnal, prayer book, and guide to the ceremonies of heavenly worship.’
    • ‘Cranmer and a commission each drafted a scheme for a prayer book, and these were discussed in Edward VI's reign, leading to the successive issue of the Prayer Books of 1549 and 1552.’
    • ‘During Jefferson's presidency a friend observed him on his way to church, carrying a large prayer book.’
    • ‘The prayers are based on the English prayer book.’
    • ‘This volume fits my twin criteria: solid scholarship, combined with a sense of why the psalter is the prayer book of the synagogue and of the church.’
    • ‘Use of the prayer book is prominent in the midst of all of this.’
    • ‘The recovery of the Eucharist as the normative liturgy of the Lord's Day is another significant development of the 1979 prayer book.’
    • ‘When Charles determined to force the Anglican prayer book on the fiercely Calvinist Scots, it sparked open rebellion.’
    • ‘The man sat down next to me and opened his worn prayer book.’
    • ‘The Scots wanted simple and plain prayer services while the new prayer book required more ritual and grandeur.’
    service book
    book of common prayer
    missal, breviary
    machzor, siddur
    ordinal, primer
    formulary, euchologion, euchology
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prayer book