The Book of Common Prayer
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    1789 U. S. Book of Common Prayer:
The 1845 Standard


Before the 1892 Edition of the U. S. Book of Common Prayer, minor changes in the Book could be made by each General Convention. These changes were then reflected in the next "Standard Edition" of the Book of Common Prayer, to which all printings of the Book of Common Prayer were to be compared. Such Standard Editions were produced in 1793, 1822, 1832, 1838, 1845, and 1871. This is therefore the fifth such set of changes.

The changes made in these editions were mostly quite minor - typographic, slight rearrangements, etc. This particular edition is no different - changes made here include removing a separate title for the Litany, restoring printing the rubrics in italics, adding several capital letters to the Confessions, Creeds, and the Lord's Prayer, and others of a similar nature. A summary of these changes is given by Frederick Gibson in The Standard Editions of the American Book of Common Prayer, and in a more complete fashion in the Journal of General Convention, 1868, beginning on p. 446. The almost obsessive attention to detail given to this particular edition caused Gibson to call it "by far the most carefully prepared edition of all our Standards".

This book is listed in David Griffiths' Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer as 1845/36, and is presented here as PDF graphics. There is text "behind" the graphics, but that has not been proofread and undoubtedly contains errors. Note that this book is nearly identical in layout to the next 1871 Standard, even down to page and line breaks.

Because of the large size of the file, the book is also available for download in parts.

The entire book (size=73 MB)
All Services (24 MB)
Collects, Epistles & Gospels (18 MB)
The Psalter & Selections of Psalms (19 MB)
Psalms in Metre & Hymns (12 MB)


title page



1. The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer.
2. The Preface.
3. The Order how the Psalter is appointed to be read.
4. The Order how the rest of the Holy Scripture is appointed to be read.
5. Tables of Lessons of Holy Scripture, to be read at Morning and Evening Prayer throughout the Year.
6. The Calendar.
7. Tables and Rules for the Movable and Immoveable Feasts, together with the Days of Fasting and Abstinence throughout the Year.
8. Tables for finding the Holydays.
9. The Order for Daily Morning Prayer.
10. The Order for Daily Evening Prayer. (followed by the Litany)
11. Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several Occasions, to be used before the two final prayers of Morning and Evening Service.
12. The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used throughout the Year.
13. The Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion.
14. The Ministration of Public Baptism of Infants, to be used in the
]5. The Ministration of Private Baptism of Children, in Houses.
16. The Ministration of Baptism to such as are of Riper Years, and able to answer for themselves.
17. A Catechism; that is to say, an Instruction to be learned by every
Person before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop.
18. The Order of' Confirmation, or Laying on of hands upon those that are baptized, and come to years or Discretion.
19. The Form of Solernnizati0n of Matrimony.
20. The Order for the Visitation of the Sick.
21. The Communion of the Sick.
22. The Ortler for the Burial of the Dead.
:23. The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth, commonly called, The Churching of Women.
24. Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea.
25. A Form of Prayer for the Visitation of Prisoners.
26. A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God , for the Fruits of the earth, and all the other Blessings of his merciful Providence
27. Forms of Prayer to be used in Families.
28. Selections of Psalms, to be used instead of the Psalms for the Day, at the discretion of the Minister.
29. The Psalter, or Psalms of David.


The Ordinal

The Form and Manner of Making Deacons (includes Ordinal Preface)
The Form and Manner of Ordering Priests
The Form of Ordaining or Consecrating a Bishop
Litany and Suffrages
Holy Communion
The Form of Consecration of a Church or Chapel
The Office of Institution of Ministers into Parishes or Churches



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