Although a formal break with the Papacy came about during the time of Henry VIII, the Church of England continued to use liturgies in Latin throughout his reign, just as it always had.
However, once Henry died and the young Edward VI attained the throne in , the stage was set for some very significant changes in the religious life of the country. And so a consultation of bishops met and produced the first Book of Common Prayer.
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It is generally assumed that this book is largely the work of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer pictured below , but, as no records of the development of the prayer book exist, this cannot be definitively determined. This prayer book was in use only for three years, until the extensive revision of However, much of its tradition and language remains in the prayer books of today, as may be seen by even a cursory examination of the text.
The title page of the original edition is pictured at right.
The reprint uses completely the original language and spelling, which are largely retained here. The only modernizations in the text presented here are as follows: When a vowel would, in modern usage, be followed by an "m" or "n", this was occasionally indicated in the original text by the vowel-macron, or the vowel with a horizontal line over it, and the "m" or "n" was omitted. As the vowel-macron is not part of the standard ASCII character set, these characters have been replaced by their modern equivalents; i.
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The letters "j" and "v" were typically represented in the original by "i" and "u", repectively. The text here replaces "i" and "u" with "j" and "v", as appropriate. The lower case "s" was often represented by something which looks much like a modern-day "f"; the modern "s" is used everywhere here.
If a word is obscure or has a different meaning today, the modern equivalent or spelling is noted in brackets.
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The reader will quickly notice that spelling was not standardized then as it is today. Many words are spelled a variety of different ways within the text.
This can be easily seen in the Benedicite omnia opera in Morning Prayer, where "Lord" sometimes has a final "e", and sometimes not, and sometimes is capitalized, and sometimes not; and "praise" is usually, but by no means always, spelled with a "y" instead of "i". In any older book printed several times, as this one was, there will inevitably be a number of textual variations.
We have indicated many of these, as collected in The Two Liturgies By far the most variance is found in the Grafton printings. Variants found in more than one printing, other than obvious differences in spelling, typos, etc.
The source text for these PDF files was a true facsimile probably the only one ever made of the BCP privately printed in We have a page of technical notes for these PDF files, if you are interested.
Note that these files are fairly large - up to a megabyte - and so may take a while to download. Gibson, Bishop of Gloucester. The Communion Service is also available online in modern spelling.
Two original texts and a number of reprints are available online, from either the Internet Archive or Google Books, typically as PDF graphics:. The Act of Uniformity , which was the measure in Parliament specifying that this book, and this book alone, was to be used for all church services, is now online. A Table and Kalendar for Psalmes and Lessons, with necessary rules perteinyng to the same.
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The Ordre for Matins and Evensong , throughout the yeare. The Introites, Collectes, Epistles and Gospelles , to be used at the celebracion of the lordes Supper and holy Communion through the yere, with proper Psalmes and Lessons, for diverse feastes and dayes.
The Supper of the Lorde and holy Communion , commonly called the Masse. Of Baptisme , bothe publique and private. Of Confirmacion , where also is a Catechisme for children.
Of Matrimony. Of visitacion of the sicke , and Communion of the same.
Of Buriall. The purificacion of women.
A declaracion of scripture, with certein prayers to bee use the firste daye of Lent , commonlye called Ashwednesdaie. Of Ceremonies omitted or reteyned.
Certein notes for the more plain explicacion, and decent ministracion of thinges conteined in this boke. These links lead to standard HTML pages. Archbishop Cranmer in his later years.
The Book of Common Prayer. United States. The Book of Common Prayer - Web author: Charles Wohlers.