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The 1928 Book of Common Prayer [Leather Bound]

Oxford University Press
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30 Aug 2007
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is a treasured resource for traditional Anglicans and others who appreciate the majesty of King James-style language. This classic edition features a Presentation section containing certificates for the rites of Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage. The elegant burgundy hardcover binding is embossed with a simple gold cross, making it an ideal choice for both personal study and gift-giving.

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer combines Oxford's reputation for quality construction and scholarship with a modest price - a beautiful prayer book and an excellent value.


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  • Leather Bound: 611 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; Slp edition (30 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195285255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195285253
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong tradition 31 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Leather Bound
For many Episcopalians (the American version of official Anglicans), the 1928 version of the Book of Common Prayer is still the most prized worship and liturgical form around. When the 'new' Book of Common Prayer was adopted in 1979 (merely the latest in a lengthening line of Prayer Book revision done by the church in America in the past three hundred years), whole parishes balked (and walked) because of the changes; faithful within the church looked for various means of preserving their beloved version of the BCP - my own church had a '1928 Service' every Wednesday afternoon.
The book is not arranged in as user-friendly a manner as the more recent revision (which itself leaves something to be desired in various ways), but it isn't the ordering that causes such devotion to this text. Despite the fact that much of the 'Shakespearean' language of this liturgy is retained in the Rite I form in the newer BCP, there are key differences that make this book the standard bearer to many conservative and traditional Episcopalians.
Like any BCP version, it has the principle services of the church - Communion, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Marriage rite, Funeral rite, the Psalter, the Calendar. It also has rites not included in updates - the churching of women, for example; neither will one find inclusive language in the orders of ordination here, for women were not admitted to the three-fold ordained ranks of bishop, priest and deacon while this book was primary. It also contains the collects, epistles and gospel readings for Sundays and major feast days, omitted as well from the later BCP.
The catechism is vastly changed from this to the 1979 revision - it is worth comparing the two to see how changes have taken place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the US version 8 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The beauty and poetry of the language are just as you would expect from the BCP but just a warning.

The Kindle version is the American version and while I am sure that the US president needs all the prayers he can get, as an Englishman I would prefer to have the prayers for the Queen and Royal family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tradition 18 Mar 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Leather Bound
For many Episcopalians (the American version of official Anglicans), the 1928 version of the Book of Common Prayer is still the most prized worship and liturgical form around. When the 'new' Book of Common Prayer was adopted in 1979 (merely the latest in a lengthening line of Prayer Book revision done by the church in America in the past three hundred years), whole parishes balked (and walked) because of the changes; faithful within the church looked for various means of preserving their beloved version of the BCP - my own church had a '1928 Service' every Wednesday afternoon.
The book is not arranged in as user-friendly a manner as the more recent revision (which itself leaves something to be desired in various ways), but it isn't the ordering that causes such devotion to this text. Despite the fact that much of the 'Shakespearean' language of this liturgy is retained in the Rite I form in the newer BCP, there are key differences that make this book the standard bearer to many conservative and traditional Episcopalians.
Like any BCP version, it has the principle services of the church - Communion, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Marriage rite, Funeral rite, the Psalter, the Calendar. It also has rites not included in updates - the churching of women, for example; neither will one find inclusive language in the orders of ordination here, for women were not admitted to the three-fold ordained ranks of bishop, priest and deacon while this book was primary. It also contains the collects, epistles and gospel readings for Sundays and major feast days, omitted as well from the later BCP.
The catechism is vastly changed from this to the 1979 revision - it is worth comparing the two to see how changes have taken place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present 3 Mar 2013
Format:Leather Bound|Verified Purchase
This was bought as a confirmation gift and was perfect. The person I gave it to was absolutely delighted and thrilled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a newer continuing Anglican - this is a good book ! 29 Aug 2007
By C. M. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound|Verified Purchase
I spent a while on an Amazon waiting list trying to get an Oxford Press 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Since that didn't work out, I spent some time looking on eBay for a used copy - and saw all of the legitimate 1928 BCP's getting snapped up by others at $30 or more for particularly fine versions.

After observing this demand for months, I was dismayed to find out that with the millions of volumes of Amazon offerings, this particularly valuable book was relatively difficult to obtain. Thus, I was very pleased on a visit to Amazon for another purchase to see this edition with the notation IN STOCK (when I wrote this review in 2007, the message said "one left - more on the way" but now [2010] Amazon appears to be keeping the book regularly available, praise God).

I think non-continuing Anglicans don't realize this is the official Prayer Book for a number of churches and denominations; to them, this may be yet another edition of a book for which a "newer, better" edition exists (newer not always being better). Also, that our numbers are growing as more individuals and parishes confront the issues concerning current politics and controversies. Frankly, amidst the plethora of misinformation concerning translations and allegedly "evolving" editions, I have now learned how faithful this 1928 BCP is - the Nicene Creed, as well as other prayers, are faithful to the words spoken by centuries of Anglicans. For those searching for faithfulness in worship despite politics and agendas, for Americans and many other English-speakers, this is the version to get.

As for the book itself... The picture here is that of the box. The actual book is hard-cover, and well-bound - with two ribbon markers (which we Anglicans need!). The typeface is similar to actual older editions. Please note that this edition is the 1928 version approved by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA; also, that the Nicene Creed has the pesky typo from the "approved" version (it should read "one HOLY Catholic and Apostolic church").

I am very satisfied and pleased that this BCP is readily available. I pray that Amazon will continue to supply these fine volumes to a hungry market, and that we of faith will tell others so that this 1928 BCP remains readily available.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Anglican Spirituality in a Heirloom Treasure 29 Mar 2000
By Dr. S. W. Raulerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound
This beautifully crafted Book of Common Prayer testifies to its durability as a source of classical Anglican/Episcopal theology and worship and is yet another fine example of Oxford University Press'craftsmanship. This edition sustains OUP's tradition of excellence both in binding and quality printing..in short, this is a book one just likes to hold. The elegance of the Elizabethan prayers and other contents make this prayerbook a classic for all Christians seeking the beauty of Elizabethan English and its poetic cadences and for those who seek also a deeper appreciation of the richness of Anglican spirituality.
This is the kind of volume you and yours can appreciate generation to generation...it is a lasting heirloom, literally and metaphorically... a treasure.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to behold and to hold! 15 Jun 2003
By "wayne270" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound
I'm absolutely thrilled to discover this book in print once again! This is the cherished Book of Common Prayer I was raised with as an Episcopalian, and when the Episcopal Church abandoned this version for its contemporary revision, it cast aside one of the most beautiful works of literature ever printed. I am able once again, as an Anglican in America, to enjoy the 1928 BCP in my worship, which is made even more special with this wonderfully crafted leather version. I can only describe this book as remarkable. The gilded pages are crisp and thin as an onion skin, yet lay open willingly upon the soft leather cover, which nestles on the hand. The book marks are very convenient. Though this book is of paramount significance to all Anglicans and traditional Episcopalians, I cannot imagine any Christian not being comforted and inspired by this magnificent work, which is companion to the King James version of the Bible. Among the highlights of the 1928 BCP the reader will appreciate, in addition to Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Holy Communion, are the Collects, Epistles and Gospels used throughout the Christian calendar year, Holy Baptism, Matrimony, Confirmation, Catechism, The Psalter or Psalms of David, and forms of prayer for families for all occasions. This is a complete work that every Christian should explore.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition 19 Oct 2007
By Blakely Spillar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound
While I was hoping that this book wasn't "bonded" leather it was. However, because the book was a hard cover, the leather didn't really matter. It's a nicer looking prayer book than the more popular cloth prayer books. Oddly, two of the pages were glued together in the "morning prayer" section and am not sure if that was just a defect of my copy or if it is a defect of all. But besides that the two page markers, the gilded edges and the book as a whole is great.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book and Its Cover 10 May 2011
By Rev. Fr. Alan Andraeas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Leather Bound|Verified Purchase
I'm a traditional Anglo-Catholic priest who, like many other conservative Anglicans, prefer the older BCPs to the current version of 1979 for style and theological reasons. I have a hardcover copy and decided that I would like a newer, flexible, leather copy. I saw the product description which includes the phrase "Burgundy Bonded Leather." I considered this description to be equivalent to any other product I would buy with 'bonded leather' (e.g., Bibles). I received the BCP only to find that "Burgundy Bonded Leather" means a bonded leather surface glued to a hardcover stock. I searched in vain for any other leather edition of the 1928 BCP (including a search of the Oxford University Press website); no one makes it with a flexible leather cover. Oxford did at one time -- and many sites make a link to that particular product -- but all supplies have been exhausted. The closest is a printer who binds a 1928 BCP with a KJV Bible and a diocese within an Anglican communion that prints their own version with a leather cover but which also includes an "Authorized for use by..." title page with the name of that communion. Overall, the BCP is beautifully crafted. I only regret that the product description doesn't fully clarify what kind of cover is meant by "bonded leather."
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