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    1979 U. S. Book of Common Prayer: ASCII Version



The 1979 Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) is available on the Web in ASCII text form - that is, as simple text just as if it was typed on a typewriter - at a number of locations.

  • It can be found as a single large text file at Wiretap (Size is about a megabyte), or at sacred-texts.com.
  • Additionally, the text file is available here ZIP compressed (size is 314K).
  • It is also available here in eleven parts, all about 100 KBytes in size. They are, specifically:
    • BCPINFO.TXT -- the "Readme" with duplicate Table of Contents
    • BCPOFFCE.TXT -- the Daily Office and front matter (p. 1 - 155)
    • BCPCOLCT.TXT -- the Collects (p. 157 - 263)
    • BCPSPECL.TXT -- Special services and Baptism (p. 264 - 314)
    • BCPEUCHR.TXT -- The Eucharist (p. 315 - 409)
    • BCPASTRL.TXT -- Pastoral Offices (Marriage, Burial) (p. 411 - 507)
    • BCPEPSCL.TXT -- Episcopal Offices (Ordinations, etc.) (p. 509 - 579)
    • BCPSALT1.TXT -- The Psalter, Psalms 1 - 75 (p. 581 - 691)
    • BCPSALT2.TXT -- The Psalter, Psalms 76 - 150 (p. 692 - 808)
    • BCPPRAYR.TXT -- Prayers and Thanksgivings, Catechism, Historical Documents, Tables (p. 809 - 885)
    • BCPLECTN.TXT -- Lectionary (p. 887 - 1001)

Once you have one of the parts on-screen, click on File/Save As... on your browser's menu and it will be saved onto your disk drive. Please note that these files were originally transcribed by hand, and, as such, have a fair number of typos, which have not been corrected.

Below is an example of the BCP in ASCII text:

<An Order for Compline>

*The Officiant begins*

The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect
end. =Amen.=

*Officiant* Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

*People* The maker of heaven and earth.

*The Officiant may then say*

Let us confess our sins to God.

*Officiant and People*

Almighty God, our heavenly Father:
We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


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