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    The 1892 U. S. Book of Common Prayer


1892 BCP Title Page

The Prayer Book of 1892 was the second for the Episcopal Church, and served for over 35 years, until 1928. We are presenting this electronic version of the U. S. 1892 Book of Common Prayer in hopes that it will prove useful and instructive to the Church. Parishes might find it useful in recreating historical services, for example, to celebrate the anniversary of the parish. Others might find it instructive to compare the changes, additions, and deletions, which have taken place in the various versions of the Book of Common Prayer.
    The 1892 Prayer Book was a conservative revision, meaning that little of substance was changed from its predecessor, the 1789 BCP. Perhaps for this reason its tenure was relatively short, being replaced by a much more extensive revision in 1928.
    The entire 1892 Book of Common Prayer is presented below in both HTML and PDF (Adobe Acrobat) formats. The HTML files are best for viewing on screen; the PDF files work best for printing and will look more like the original.
   The font used for the HTML files is Century Schoolbook, which is widely available and seems to be a fairly close match to the original. Century and Georgia (part of the standard Windows distribution) are allowed as alternatives. It is recommended that you have one of these fonts installed on your computer for best viewing.
    Unlike the 1789 Book (but like the 1928 and 1979 Books), all printings of the 1892 edition were essentially identical in layout, pagination, typography, etc.

Several printings of this book are available from Google Books and the Internet Archive:
James Pott, New York (Griffiths 1892/13)
Eyre & Spottiswoode for E & JB Young (Griffiths 1893/14)
T Nelson & Sons (Griffiths 1896/8)
James Pott, New York, 1896    new
by the Oxford Univ. Press (Griffiths 1897/12)
Female Prot. Epis. PB Soc., Philadephia, 1903    new
James Pott, New York (Griffiths 1907/7)
Bp White PB Soc., Philadelphia (1921, Griffiths 1892/18)
The Pointed Prayer Book (1899, Griffiths 1896/7), in which the Psalms are "pointed" for singing; also available from the Internet Archive.

We also have the 1892 Standard Book in PDF format, along with an article describing the genesis of that book and the 1892 BCP in general.

For those interested in the history of this book, there are a number of books and articles available which describe how this book came to be. On this site we have:

The historical portions of Liturgiae Americanae
The 1889 Proposed Alterations & Additions, and Book of Offices (most of which was not adopted), and
The final 1892 Alterations and Additions, which describes in detail all the changes made and when they were made.
Two articles from the American Church Review of 1882, from authors who both favored revision, but from rather different perspectives.
Additionally, Google Books has:
The 1880 Report of the Committee charged with devising this revision.
The Alterations and Additions from 1883, t
The Book Annexed of 1883 (Griffiths 1884/8, the BCP as proposed in 1883 - substantially different from what was finally adopted), which contain the proposed changes as of those dates.

Google Books and the Internet Archive both have a Concordance to the 1892 Book of Common Prayer.

Additionally we have A Book of Offices, published in 1914-17, the predecessor of today's Book of Occasional Services. This book has a number of lesser-used services which didn't make it into the Book of Common Prayer. It is also available as PDF graphics from the Internet Archive. A similar book is the Holy Cross Missal, published in 1920 for the Order of the Holy Cross, which contains "Propers and Commons of Various Feasts and Fasts not Included in the Book of Common Prayer together with . . . Requiems, and Other Votive Masses".

The 1892 Book of Common Prayer was translated into many languages, probably more than any other edition - typically to serve immigrant populations. We have online portions of the 1892 B. C. P. translated into French, German, Italian, Ojibwe and Cheyenne. Another site has portions of the 1892 B. C. P. translated into Swedish, Hungarian, and Tigara (an native Alaskan tongue). These and others may be found on our Languages page.

Finally, we also have the Campaign Prayer Book, an abridgement of this Book, along with several additional prayers, which was published for use in the Armed Forces in World War I.



1. The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer  iv PDF
2. The Preface  v PDF
3. Concerning the Service of the Church, with the Order how the Psalter and the rest of the Holy Scripture is appointed to be read  vii PDF
4. Tables of Proper Lessons of Holy Scripture  ix  
5. The Calendar, with Tables of Lessons of Holy Scripture  xii  
6. Tables and Rules for the Movable and Immovable Feasts, together with the Days of Fasting and Abstinence throughout the Year  xxiv  
7. Tables for finding the Holy-days  xxv  
8. The Order for Daily Morning Prayer 1 PDF
9. The Order for Daily Evening Prayer 16 PDF
10. The Litany  30 PDF
11. Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several Occasions 37 PDF
12. A Penitential Office for Ash-Wednesday 48 PDF
13. The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used throughout the Year 52 PDF
14. The Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion 221 PDF
15. The Ministration of Public Baptism of Infants, to be used in the Church 244 PDF
16. The Ministration of Private Baptism of Children, in Houses 251 PDF
17. The Ministration of Baptism to such as are of Riper Years, and able to answer for themselves 257 PDF
18. A Catechism; that is to say, an Instruction, to be learned by every Person before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop  266 PDF
19. The Order of Confirmation, or Laying on of Hands upon those that are baptized, and come to years of Discretion 273 PDF
20. The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony 277 PDF
21. The Order for the Visitation of the Sick 281 PDF
22. The Communion of the Sick 292 PDF
23. The Order for the Burial of the Dead 294 PDF
24. The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth; commonly called, The Churching of Women 302 PDF
25. Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea 305 PDF
26. A Form of Prayer for the Visitation of Prisoners 312 PDF
27. A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the Fruits of the earth, and all the other Blessings of his merciful Providence  319 PDF
28. Forms of Prayer to be used in Families  322 PDF
29. The Psalter, or Psalms of David  329 PDF
    The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating Bishops, Priests, and Deacons  509 PDF
    Litany and Suffrages 530 PDF
   Holy Communion 534 PDF
    The Form of Consecration of a Church or Chapel 546 PDF
    An Office of Institution of Ministers into Parishes or Churches 550 PDF
Articles of Religion 555  

All the above files, in WordPerfect 6.0 format, ZIP compressed (674K).
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