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The 1960 Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church of Ghana


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This Book is the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England (1662) revised in accordance with the common usage of the Anglican Church of Ghana, without prejudice to a revision (if undertaken) by the Church of the Province of West Africa. It was authorized for use in the Diocese of Accra by the Bishop on the First day of July in the Year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and sixty,


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This small Book of Common Prayer from the Anglican Church of Ghana was most likely necessitated by Ghana's independence in 1957, which would have required replacement or removal of Prayers for the Queen. In addition, there were also a few changes in the Eucharist reflecting the Anglo-Catholic nature of the Diocese, as described in Modern Anglican Liturgies, 1958-1968, by Colin Buchanan:

"In Ghana (diocese of Accra) the tradition has always been Anglo-catholic, and the Accra Prayer Book (1960) reflects and standardizes this tradition, even if somewhat unusually as far as the eucharist is concerned. The whole 1662 rite is included in its original structure, but after the Sanctus comes Benedictus Qui Venit and a rubric which implies that the 'Western' canon is then said secretly as far as Quam Oblationem. This is followed by Humble Access and the Prayer of Consecration of 1662 aloud, and then (according to the rubric) comes the Unde et Memores to the end of the canon secretly (whilst the worshippers say secretly in English an anamnesis from [the 1929 Scottish BCP])."

Other than these minimal changes, and some additions to the Calendar, this BCP follows the 1662 almost exactly.

We also have the entire book available as PDF graphics (size=9.4MB). There is extractable text, but this text has not been proofread and undoubtedly contains errors. The PDF file omits Hymns Ancient and Modern, which is bound up with this book.


I. The Preface
2. Concerning the Service of the Church
3. Concerning Ceremonies. Why some be abolished and some retained.
4. The Order how the Psalter is appointed to be read.
5. The Table of Proper Psalms (1928).
6. The Table of Lessons (1955, Revised). (portion)
7. The Calendar.
8. Tables and Rules for the Feasts and Fasts through the whole Year .
9. The Order for Morning Prayer
10. The Order for Evening Prayer
11. The Creed of S. Athanasius
12. The Litany
13. Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several occasions
14. The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used at the Ministration of the Holy Communion, throughout the Year
15. The Order of the Ministration of the Holy Communion
16. The Order of Baptism both Publick and Private
17. The Order of Baptism for those of Riper Years
18. The Catechism
19. The Order of Confirmation
20. The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony
21. The Order for the Visitation of the Sick, and the Communion of the Sick
22. The Order for the Burial of the Dead
23. The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth
24. A Commination, or denouncing of God's anger and judgements against Sinners
25. The Psalter
26. Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea
27. The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons
Articles of Religion
A Table of Kindred and Affinity



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