Definition of Book of Common Prayer in US English:

Book of Common Prayer

noun

  • The official service book of the Church of England and, with some variation, of other churches of the Anglican Communion. It was compiled by Thomas Cranmer and others and first issued in 1549.

    • ‘The four daily services are based very closely on The Book of Common Prayer, with psalms and canticles wisely chosen from the breadth of the whole tradition.’
    • ‘That is the question the man is asked in the traditional wedding service according to The Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘I just got a copy of the Book of Divine Worship, the official adaptation for the Book of Common Prayer for Catholic use.’
    • ‘Yet sometimes, late at night, I reach for the Book of Common Prayer on the shelf by my bed.’
    • ‘But I came to value the Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘Being the fifth Sunday of the month, there will be a ‘new’ Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer in All Saints Church, Ballinakill, on Sunday, October 31.’
    • ‘In the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer the former is referred to as the ‘declaration of consent’.’
    • ‘Most famous of all is the Book of Common Prayer, which has long been in use in the Church of England.’
    • ‘The Church of England adopted The Book of Common Prayer compiled by Thomas Cranmer.’
    • ‘The event also saw the launch of a new Book of Common Prayer, containing services in traditional and modern language.’
    • ‘As expressed in the catechism in the Book of Common Prayer, the mission of the church is made explicit as the body of Christ.’
    • ‘In the Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer the link between baptism and ministry is succinct and clear.’
    • ‘The service consists of Morning Prayer from the Church of England's 1662 Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘The questions he poses are the last two questions of the baptismal covenant in the Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘Compared with the Book of Common Prayer, modern prayer books in the Anglican Communion are grossly overweight.’
    • ‘The unbinding of the Book of Common Prayer means the revision of, or perhaps the recreation of, our liturgical practices under the light of the spirit.’
    • ‘An amended version of the Book of Common Prayer was approved by the Church of England.’
    • ‘The first printing press was established in Ireland by Humfrey Powell in 1550, who published The Book of Common Prayer in Dublin.’
    • ‘Finally, please do not ignore the ‘Baptismal Covenant’ in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘The Book of Common Prayer pronounces a man and a woman ‘man and wife’.’