The Book of Common Prayer
United States England Scotland Ireland Wales Canada World

    The English Rite
by F. E. Brightman


The English Rite: being a synopsis of the sources and revisions of the Book of Common Prayer, by Frank Edward Brightman, was published in 1915, and consists primarily of a four-column comparison of three editions of the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer (1549, 1552 & 1662) and any source material, usually in Latin. It also includes a 225-page introduction giving a history of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and its sources. It is in two volumes, totalling over 1000 pages, the first volume covering the Introduction and the BCP up to about the first half of the Collects, Epistles and Gospels, and the second volume containing the rest.


Volume 1:
Explanation of Types and Signs Used in the Synopsis
Addenda and Corrigenda

    A Synopsis of the Sources and Revisions of the Book of Common Prayer
Front matter
Mattins (Morning Prayer)
Evensong (Evening Prayer)
Quicumque vult (Athanasian Creed)
Prayers & Thanksgivings
Collects, Epistles & Gospels (to Tuesday in Whitsunweek, or after Pentecost)

Volume 2:
Collects, Epistles & Gospels (from Trinity Sunday)
Holy Communion
Public Baptism
Private Baptism
Baptism of Those of Riper Years
Catechism & Confirmation
Visitation & Communion of the Sick
Burial of the Dead
Purification (Churching) of Women
A Commination
  Making of Deacons
  Ordering of Priests
  Consecrating of Bishops

Appendix: Bidding of the Bedes & Rogation

The two volumes are presented as two files of PDF graphics which may be downloaded using the links at right. There is extractable text, but this text has not been proofread and undoubtedly contains errors. The Synopsis of Sources & Revisions is presented as double pages, so that the four columns may be easily compared.

a typical page
A typical page (much reduced in size)


Title Page

Title page

Read or download:
Volume 1 (25 MB)
Volume 2 (12.5 MB)

Last Updated: 11 November 2020

Web author: Charles Wohlers U. S. EnglandScotlandIrelandWalesCanadaWorld