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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: 19.8 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 9 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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By S. Martin on 17 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely edition, but it may be useful to know before you buy that it is according to the use of the American Episcopal Church, and is not the Church of England's 1928 BCP.
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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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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.
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
A Nice Edition of the 1928 BCP 11 May 2001
By Daniel J. Arquilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice edition of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. I decided to buy this copy when I realized that the personal edition with imitation leather cover that I bought many years ago really was not suitable for study purposes. (I prefer hardcover books.) This is a "pew edition". The size of the book is good for general reading, and the binding seems sturdy. The burgundy cloth cover gives the book a rich appearance. However, in place of the usual certification, there is only a disclaimer stating that this edition was photoreproduced from a certified book; hence the type is not very crisp, and the pages have a "photocopied" look to them. But that's okay. I really like this book.
Please note that this edition does not come with the gift box illustrated with the catalog entry. The cover has a gold Latin Cross, and the title is on the spine.
Please note, I am not an Episcopalian, only a student of liturgy.
77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
This is the 1928 edition 19 Sept. 2000
By David Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For all who are interested, this is a copy of the 1928 Episcopal prayer book. While I don't want to become a part of the prayer book debate here, many prefer it to the 1979 edition. The 1928 edition's language is more traditional. The attitude is more penitential, and I believe some church holidays are given more pages (though the list of holidays only has the major feasts).
This copy is a nice, burgundy, hardcover edition of the 1928 edition by Oxford University Press. There are presentation, confirmation, and baptism pages in the front of the Bible, and 2 string bookmarks. The text is genuine 1928 edition Book of Common Prayer. I have checked, and this is probably the most affordable 1928 edition on the market today.
84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
A strong tradition... 30 May 2004
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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. Similarly, the Articles of Religion which conclude the 1928 BCP are placed under the ambiguous heading of 'Historical Documents' in the later BCP.
Not having been raised on either the 1928 or 1979 Book of Common Prayer, I feel somewhat objective about seeing the merits and shortcomings of each version; however, some who see value or shortcomings in either one are reflecting a more general feeling about the church in general - rare is the person who opposes women's ordination who supports the 1979 BCP over the 1928. I have both, side by side on my shelf, together with the Australian Prayer Book, the New Zealand Prayer book, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and the 1559 Book of Common Prayer, which shows a grand tradition of diversity and continuity in the Anglican liturgy. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer has a significant place as a strong link between past and present, and is a must-have for students of, and those who generally love, the liturgy.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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