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The 1928 Prayer Book

“I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety, than the Common Prayer of the Church of England: […] the language of it [is] not only pure, but strong and elegant in the highest degree.” - John Wesley, 1784

“The Book of Common Prayer is not just a collection of services, with some annexed articles and regulations. It is the authority, the only effective authority, for Anglican beliefs. The simplicity and relative brevity of the book, additionally made these beliefs accessible” – Edward Norman, 2004

We have in the words of the liturgy "the accumulated wisdom and beauty of the Christian Church, the garnered excellence of the saints. We are by them released from the accidents of time and place. Above all we are preserved against the worst dangers of selfishness: in the common prayer we join together in a great fellowship that is as wide as the world; and we are guided, not by the limited notions of our own priest, nor by the narrow impulses of our own desires, but by the mighty voice that rises from the general heart of Christendom” - Percy Dearmer, 1912

“ The Book of Common prayer […] is full of scripture from one end to the other, and built altogether upon it; […] nothing therein is found contrary to the decrees and practice of the apostolic, nay the universal Church. [The collective prayers are] so elevated that it leads us above the narrow views and petty prejudices of party into the calm and holy atmosphere of heaven” – Bishop John Medley, 1893

It breathes solid, scriptural, and rational piety

It is the accessible authority of Anglican belief

It is guided by the collective wisdom of Christian tradition

It upholds Biblical truth and uplifts the Christian heart