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The 1662 Book of Common Prayer: International Edition

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The Book of Common Prayer (1662) is one of the most beloved liturgical texts in the Christian church, and remains a definitive expression of Anglican identity today. It is still widely used around the world, in public worship and private devotion, and is revered for both its linguistic and theological virtues.

But the classic text of the 1662 prayer book presents several difficulties for contemporary users, especially those outside the Church of England. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer: International Edition gently updates the text for contemporary use. State prayers of England have been replaced with prayers that can be used regardless of nation or polity. Obscure words and phrases have been modestly revised—but always with a view towards preserving the prayer book’s own cadence. Finally, a selection of treasured prayers from later Anglican tradition has been appended.

The 1662 prayer book remains a vital resource today, both in the Anglican Communion and for Christians everywhere. Here it is presented for continued use for today’s Christians throughout the world.

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  • Features updated text for contemporary use
  • Includes a selection of treasured prayers from later Anglican tradition
  • Contains an update to one of the most beloved liturgical texts in the Christian church
  • The Prefaces
  • How the Psalms and Scriptures Are to Be Read
  • The Tables, Rules, and Calendar of Lessons
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • The Creed of St. Athanasius
  • The Litany
  • Prayers and Thanksgivings
  • The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels
  • The Holy Communion
  • Baptism Both Public and Private
  • Baptism for Those of Riper Years
  • The Catechism, with Confirmation
  • The Solemnization of Matrimony
  • The Visitation and Communion of the Sick
  • The Burial of the Dead
  • The Thanksgiving of Women after Childbirth
  • A Commination
  • The Psalter
  • Forms of Prayer to Be Used at Sea
  • The Ordinal
  • Articles of Religion
  • The Editors to the Reader
  • Appendices
    • A Sermon on the Salvation of Mankind
    • Additional Prayers and Thanksgivings
    • Additional Rubrics
    • An Alternative Table of Lessons
    • The Glossary
By sensitively updating the language and adapting the content for use by the worldwide Anglican Communion, this 1662 Book of Common Prayer, International Edition, makes a most welcome contribution toward making the classical liturgy of Anglicanism accessible to younger people and to a wider audience. Those who use it will rediscover a liturgical tradition that has shaped the spiritual life of generations of faithful Anglicans and be strengthened in their faith as they make their pilgrim way to the celestial city.

—Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School

I think this is a beautiful project, and one that will be useful to churches and families that want to take advantage of the great beauty and theological power of the old prayer book, without being distracted by irrelevant or obscure language.

—Alan Jacobs, Baylor University

The official prayer book of the Church of England remains the revised version of 1662. And beyond the United Kingdom, the 1662 edition continues to wield enormous influence in the Anglican Communion as well as in other churches around the world. Believers who still wish to pray from this time-tested prayer book now have a gorgeously produced, reader-friendly edition with which to do so. A greater gift for lovers of the Book of Common Prayer can hardly be imagined.

—Wesley Hill, associate professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania

  • Title: The 1662 Book of Common Prayer: International Edition
  • Authors: Samuel L. Bray, Drew Nathaniel Keane
  • Edition: International Edition
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Pages: 767
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Prayer books; Episcopal Church › Liturgy--Texts; Anglican Communion › United States--Liturgy--Texts
  • ISBNs: 9780830841936, 9780830841929, 0830841938, 083084192X
  • Resource ID: LLS:BKCOMMPRAY1662INT
  • Resource Type: Service Book
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T22:14:25Z


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  1. Mal Walker

    Mal Walker


    I have greatly enjoyed my physical copy of this work and its exciting to see it made available on logos. IVP have done a good job updating the language so that the 1662 BCP can be more easily used by those unfamiliar with the older language. Yet they did so with restraint, aiming in their words to 'gently update the text for contemporary use.' I believe they achieved this. A couple other highlights. The sermon (taken from the Book of Homilies) was an great choice to include in the appendix. This specific sermon is referenced in Article 11 of the 39 Articles of Religion, its inclusion makes the sermon immediately available for reference. And the sermon itself is an edifying read, modeling how to handle God's word well and preach it to others. The glossary is a very helpful inclusion, and I refer to it almost every time I use the BCP. The 'Additional Prayers' are also a great resource, and I have enjoyed reading and praying them. Lastly, IVP has made available on their website a large number of free resources associated with this edition of the 1662 BCP - from a complete list of textual changes, beginners guides to morning and evening prayer, even pointed copies of the psalms and canticles for singing. These resources make the 1662 BCP much more accessible for both the individual and corporate use. How can this be improved? This resource is a prime candidate for use with the lectionary feature in logos. Both its daily office lectionary used in morning and evening prayer, as well as the Sunday lectionary. That no version of the 1662 BCP is yet included in this feature appears to be an oversight, given that the 1662 BCP is the standard - authorized for use all over the globe. I would love to see the 1662 Daily and Sunday Office lectionaries inlcuded within the Logos lectionary feature.


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