The Book of Common Prayer
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    The 1918 Canadian
Book of Common Prayer

 

This is the first Book of Common Prayer for the Anglican Church of Canada (then known officially as "The Church of England in the Dominion of Canada"); prior to this the 1662 BCP of the Church of England was used. It is generally a very conservative revision of the 1662 BCP. Very little was changed in the main services (Morning and Evening Prayer, the Litany, and Holy Communion), although a number of occasional services were added, as may be seen in the Table of Contents below. The main reason for the lack of substantive change from the 1662 BCP was disagreements between the "low church" and "high church" parties. The high church party wanted a revised eucharistic rite along the lines of the 1549 liturgy (much as later appeared in the C of E 1928 BCP), while the low church party wanted to keep the 1662 with few, if any, changes. The result was that very few changes were made. Further information on the development of this book may be found in The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer, p. 186ff. A 1914 draft of this book is online from the Internet Archive.

This Book, while agreed to in 1918, was not authorized for use until Easter, 1922. It was in use in Canada until a revised BCP was issued in 1959. Like American BCP's since 1892, the pagination in all printings (nearly all of which were all done by the Cambridge University Press) is identical.

The original copy used here is a large and fairly elaborate printing, probably intended to be used as an altar book. The pages measure 29 x 19cm, and rubrics are in red, rather than the usual italics. It appears in David Griffiths' Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer as 1922/2. The PDF files below are intended to duplicate this book as closely as possible.
 


 

 

Title page, 1918 Canadian BCP

 

THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK

1. The Preface to the Canadian Revision of 1918 . . . vii
2. The Preface prefixed at the Revision of 1662 . . . viii
3. Concerning the Service of the Church . . . xi
4. Concerning Ceremonies, why some be abolished and some
retained . . . xiii
5. The Order how the Psalter is appointed to be read . . . xv
6. The Order how Holy Scripture is appointed to be read . . . xvi
7. Tables of Lessons . . . xviii
8. Table of Proper Psalms . . . lii
9. The Calendar . . . liii
10. Tables and Rules for the Feasts and Fasts through the whole Year . . . lvi
11. The Order for Morning Prayer . . . 1
12. The Order for Evening Prayer . . . 20
13. The Creed of Saint Athanasius . . . 35
14. The Litany . . . 39
15. Prayers and Thanksgivings upon Several Occasions . . . 48
16. The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used at the Ministration of the Holy Communion, throughout the Year . 69
17. The Order of the Ministration of the Holy Communion . 265
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18. The Order of Baptism both Publick and Private . . . 292
19. The Order of Baptism for those of Riper Years . . . 310
20. The Catechism, with the Order for Confirmation . . . 321
21. A Table of Kindred and Affinity . . . 337
22. The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony . . . 338
23. The Order for the Visitation of the Sick, and the Communion of the Sick . . . 351
24. The Order for the Burial of the Dead . . . 368
25. The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth . . . 384
26. A Commination, or denouncing of God's anger and judgements against Sinners . . . 388
27. The Psalter . . . 399
28. Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea . . . 595
29. The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons . . . 609
30. Forms of Prayer for the Anniversary of the day of Accession of the Reigning Sovereign . . . 649
31. Articles of Religion . . . 657
32. The Form of Service for Dominion Day and other Occasions of National Thanksgiving . . . 676
33. Service for Children . . . 679
34. Special Service for Missions . . . 685
35. The Form of Thanksgiving for the Blessings of Harvest . . . 695
36. The Form of Institution and Induction . . . 701
37. The Office for Laying the Foundation Stone of a Church or Chapel . . . 711
38. The Form of Consecration of a Church or Chapel . . . 717
39. The Form of Consecration of a Church-yard together with a Church . . . 727
40. The Form of Consecration of a Church-yard or Cemetery separately . . . 728
41. Forms of Prayer to be used in Families . . . 731
42. The Act for the Uniformity of Common Prayer*. . . 741

* In official copies and in desk copies.

 


 

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