|The Book of Common Prayer|
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.
Several printings of this book are available from Google Books and the Internet Archive:
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 online the historical portions of Liturgiae Americanae, and the 1889 Proposed Alterations & Additions, and Book of Offices (most of which was not adopted), and the final Alterations and Additions, which describes in detail all the changes made (also available from Google Books). Also we have two articles from the American Church Review of 1882, from authors who both favored revision, but from rather different perspectives. Additionally, Google Books has both the 1880 Report of the Committee charged with devising this revision, the Alterations and Additions from 1883, 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.
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).
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.
All the above files, in WordPerfect 6.0 format, ZIP compressed (674K).
All the above PDF files as one single file (size = 6.8MB)
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