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The Episcopal Church


Current (1979) Edition:



 The Episcopal Church is the representative of the Anglican Communion in the United States, and also in several other countries. It has had its own Book of Common Prayer since the American Revolution; prior to that, of course, it was part of the Church of England.There have been four editions of the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer; all are presented here, starting with the latest and going back to the first.

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RTF, WordPerfect, MSWord, and PDF formats
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Enriching Our Worship
: Free PDF's are now available for each of the five volumes.

The Book of Occasional Services  New!

I Will Bless You and You Will be a Blessing: Resources for the blessing of same-sex relationships. Also in French and Spanish.

The Anglican Service Book: The contemporary language portions of the 1979 BCP put into traditional language, along with other material of interest primarily to Anglo-Catholic parishes. updated!

Liber Precum Publicarum: The 1979 U. S. Book of Common Prayer in Latin.

Portions of the BCP in Vietnamese, from St. Patrick's Church in Virginia

Niobrara Wocekiye Wowapi, parts of the 1979 BCP in Lakota

Adadosligi gigoweli, portions of the 1979 BCP in Cherokee.

The Standard Book

Libro de Oración Común, The 1979 BCP in Spanish is available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format from the Episcopal Church Center. Also available are Holy Women, Holy Men and the Book of Occasional Services in Spanish.

 Le Livre de la Prière Commune, the 1979 BCP in French, available as a PDF from Church Publishing.

Litiji Kreyol La: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 in Kreyol, or Haitian Creole.

Holy Communion in Hmong, Ilocano, and Vietnamese, from the Episcopal Church's Asiamerica Ministries Office.     New!

Holy Communion in Tagalog     New!

Holy communion, Rite II, in Japanese     New!

The New Liturgy (1966), the first in a series of Trial Eucharist services leading up to the 1979 BCP.

A Functional Liturgy (1961): From the Order of the Holy Cross, and by a member of the committee which developed the 1979 BCP



Older Editions:

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1928 in HTML, WordPerfect 6.0, and PDF formats.
The Standard Book, D. B. Updike's classic of typography (PDF only) updated!
Livre des Prières Publiques: The 1928 Edition in French. 
Libro de Oración Común: The 1928 Edition in Spanish
Livro de Oração Comum: The 1928 Edition in Portuguese, for use in Brazil
Wocekiye Wowape: the 1928 Edition in Dakota updated!
A Service of Compline (1914)
Holy Communion & Morning Prayer, with additional prayers, in Chinese updated!
The Proposed Revision of the Book of Common Prayer (1925)
A Suggested Order for The Administration of the Lord’s Supper (1935).
A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors from WW II
The Armed Forces Prayer Book from the Korean War updated!
The Book of Offices (1949), the immediate predecessor of the Book of Occasional Sercices
The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: an American Edition of "The Grey Book" (1933), another predecessor of the Book of Occasional Services.
Service Book for the Diocese of New Jersey (1940), similar to the Book of Offices above

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1892  in HTML, WordPerfect 6.0, and PDF formats  
The 1892 Edition in Tigara (an Alaskan Eskimo tongue).
The 1892 Edition in Swedish
The 1892 Edition in Hungarian
The 1892 Edition in Bontoc Igorot (A Philippines tongue)
The Standard Book (PDF only)
Das allgemeine Gebetbuch: The 1892 Edition in German updated!
Libro della Preghiere Comuni: The 1892 Edition in Italian
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Cheyenne
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Koyukon
(a language of Alaska)
A Book of Offices (1914): the predecessor of The Book of Occasional Services updated!
A Book of Offices and Prayers for Priest and People
The Holy Cross Missal (1920), published for the Order of the Holy Cross
The Campaign Prayer Book: For use in WW I
Proposed Alterations & Additions, and Book of Offices, of 1889.
The People's Book of the Holy Eucharist
(1914) from the Diocese of Fond du Lac     New!

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1789 in HTML WordPerfect 6.0, and PDF formats.
The 1871 Standard Edition: The last standard, in PDF.
The 1845 Standard Edition, in PDF
1795 "first folio", or altar book, in PDF
The 1790 "First Edition": the very first printing of the 1789 BCP, in PDF
Livre des Prières Publiques: The 1789 Edition in French.
The Book of Common Prayer in Mohawk
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Ottawa
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Dakota

Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Norwegian
Portions of the Book of Common Prayer in Swedish
Soldiers' Prayer Books from the Civil War: two books used by Union soldiers
The Book of Common Prayer of the Confederacy: The BCP in the South during the Civil War
Prayers from the BCP,
translated into Oneida

Blue BCP Icon 1786 Proposed BCP in HTML and WordPerfect 6.0 formats

Bishop Seabury's Communion Office (1786) in HTML or PDF formats

The Prayer Book of King's Chapel, Boston (1785)

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Holy Eucharist, from the 1979 U. S. Book of Common Prayer, in Hawaiian.

Portions of the 1662 Church of England BCP, in Hawaiian (1862-3).
Includes the Preface to the 1863 Hawaiian Book of Common Prayer, written by King Kamehameha, in English and Hawaiian.

Last updated: 26 Feb. 2015

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