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Overview This compact yet comprehensive prayer book is a cherished resource for Episcopalians everywhere and the perfect choice for wide distribution in schools and for use as a pew prayer book. The Holy Eucharist, the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord's Day and other major Feasts, and Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, as set forth in this book, are the regular services appointed for public worship in this Church. The Economy Edition includes the Revised Common Lectionary. The cover is embossed with an elegant gold cross.
Publishers Description PrefaceIt is a most invaluable part of that blessed liberty wherewith Christ bath made us free, that in his worship different forms and usages may without offence be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire; and that, in every Church, what cannot be clearly determined to belong to Doctrine must be referred to Discipline; and therefore, by common consent and authority, may be altered, abridged, enlarged, amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient for the edification of the people, according to the various exigency of times and occasions.The Church of England, to which the Protestant Episcopal Church in these States is indebted, under God, for her first foundation and a long continuance of nursing care and protection, hath, in the Preface of her Book of Common Prayer, laid it down as a rule, that The particular Forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites and Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent, and alterable, and so acknowledged; it is but reasonable that upon weighty and important considerations, according to the various exigency of times and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to those that are in place of Authority should, from time to time, seem either necessary or expedient.The same Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in her Articles and Homilies, declared the necessity and expediency of occasional alterations and amendments in her Forms of Public Worship; and we find accordingly, that, seeking to keep the happy mean between too much stiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admitting variations inthings once advisedly established, she hath, in the reign of several princes since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time of Edward, the Sixth, upon just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, yielded to make such alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times were thought convenient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts of the same (as well in the chiefest materials, as in the frame and order thereof) have still been continued firm and unshaken.Her general aim in these different reviews and alterations hath been, as she further declares in her said Preface, to do that which, according to her best understanding, might most tend to the preservation of peace and unity in the Church; the procuring of reverence, and the exciting of piety and devotion in the worship of God; and, finally, the cutting off occasion, from them that seek occasion, of cavil or quarrel against her Liturgy. An although, according to her judgment, there be not any thing in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine, or which a godly man may not with a good conscience use and submit unto, or which is not fairly defensible, if allowed such just and favourable construction as in common equity ought to be allowed to all human writings; yet upon the principles already laid down, it cannot but be supposed that further alterations would in time be found expedient. Accordingly, a Commission for a review was issued in the year 1689: but this great and good work miscarried at that time; and the Civil Authority has not since thought proper to revive it by any new Commission.But when in the course of Divine Providence, these American States became independent with respect to civil government, theirecclesiastical independence was necessarily included; and the different religious denominations of Christians in these States were left at full and equal liberty to model and organize their respective Churches, and forms of worship, and discipline, in such manner as they might judge most convenient for their future prosperity; consistently with the constitution and laws of their country.The attention of this Church was in the first place drawn to those alterations in the Liturgy which became necessary in the prayers for our Civil Rulers, in consequence of the Revolution. And the principal care herein was to make them conformable to what ought to be the proper end of all such prayers, namely, that Rulers may have grace, wisdom, and understanding to execute Justice, and to maintain truth; and that theeople may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty. peBut while these alterations were in review before the Convention, they could not but, with gratitude to God, embrace the happy occasion which was offered to them (uninfluenced and unrestrained by any worldly authority whatsoever) to take a further review of the Public Service, and to establish such other alterations and amendments therein as might be deemed expedient.It seems unnecessary to enumerate all the different alterations and amendments. They will appear, and it is to be hoped, the reasons of them also, upon a comparison of this with the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. In which it will also appear that this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline, or worship; or further than local circumstancesrequire.Arid now, this important work being brought to a conclusion, it is hoped the whole will be received and examined by every true member of our Church, and every sincere Christian, with a meek, candid, and charitable frame of mind; without prejudice or prepossessions; seriously considering what Christianity is, and what the truths of the Gospel are; and earnestly beseeching Almighty God to accompany with his blessing every endeavour for promulgating them to mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting and majestic manner, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour.Philadelphia, October, 1789
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.36" Width: 4.54" Height: 1.04" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1985
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0866839313 ISBN13 9780866839310
Reviews - What do customers think about Book Of Common Prayer Personal Ecomony Edition Black?
Beautiful Liturgy, Easy to Follow Aug 21, 2002
The 1979 Book of Common Prayer returned the Eucharist to a place of primacy in the Episcopal Church. It replaced the beautiful Phos Hilaron in the Evening Prayer, brought Compline back to the liturgy and provided a variety of services for congregations, families and individuals.
What, precisely, the below reviewer MEANS by "no longer Christian" is quite beyond me. As for "totally junking the creeds" he might try opening to pages 53, 66, 96, 120, 292, 304, 416 or 496 on which the Apostle's Creed appears...Or maybe pages 326, 358, 519, 529 and 541 where the Nicene Creed is printed. If anything the Episcopal Church will keep the Creeds long after fundamentalist Christians have forgotten that they exist.
I'd also take exception with the notion that the 1979 BCP is "No longer in touch with a 2,000 year tradition of faith." If anything this edition restored a great deal of the Patristic Church's ceremony and solemnity. The traditions bemoaned below might refer to the quaint use of "thy" and "thou" in the 1928 version. I certainly don't see any loss of Christian morals there. As for Christian identity, most of the text of the BCP is taken straight from the Bible - the whole thing is basically the Bible turned into prayer.
The 1979 BCP isn't a perfect book - nothing touched by human hands can ever be. It is, however, a book that invites the worshipper to prayer...and that's all it aims to do.
Why I became an Epsicopalian--and a revived Christian May 21, 2001
The exquisite poetry and praise of the Book of Common Prayer speaks to all Christians--except perhaps those of the 1928 vintage. Prayers for all people in their daily life and work remind us that we are not only to be Christians of action, but also contemplation.
Portable Liturgy Jan 3, 1999
This edition of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is perfect for the worshipper on the go. It is very compact in size and it is hardback so it will last longer. This is the perfect book for anyone wanting a closer walk with God. You can use it to pray at morning, evening, noon, and late at night. This is the ideal BCP for anyone taking Christian Education classes.
This is the one book that always travels with me. Nov 22, 1998
This is a liturgical resource of wonderful depth, compact in size and hardcover so you can take it with you everywhere. Whether you are an Episcopalian or not, you can use it to meditate, reflect and pray at dawn, mid-day, evening and before sleep, as is the habit of monastic orders. The BCP also provides the daily liturgy Episcopalians celebrate daily, on a global basis.I'm a Catholic, but I use the BCP that way, since the liturgy parallels our own. For those of you whose faith life is magnified knowing people all over the world are praying exactly the same thing you are, in exactly the same words, on the same day, the BCP is a treasure. For those of you planning wedding liturgies, BCP is what my Methodist wife, her pastor and I decided to use at our own wedding. check it out. In the back of the BCP you'll find the Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle for reading the New Testament used by many churches--Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Methodist--among others. The Common Lectionary tells you what scriptures will be read, every day of the year, at daily services.