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The Book Of Common Prayer: 1662 Version: 1662 Version (Includes Appendices from the 1549 Version and Other Commemorations) (Everyman's Library Classics) Hardcover – 27 May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman; New Ed edition (27 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857152417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857152418
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This Everyman edition of the English Book of Common Prayer, specially produced to mark the 450th anniversary of Cranmer's first Prayer Book must surely rank as one of the best I have seen. A scholarly introduction by Diarmaid MacCullough charts the history of the English Prayer Book and, together with a detailed chronology, gives us a detailed background to what must surely rank as one of the great books of the world.
In addition to the standard 1662 Prayer Book Services, there is an appendix containing the communion rite or 'Mass' from the first English liturgy of 1549 and this serves to illustrate clearly the relationship between this first English service and the Latin medieval rites which it replaced. Harder to justify and of less historical importance is the 1549 Burial Service which also appears in the appendix. Additionally, the appendix also contains three State Services which were used by Royal Warrant between 1662 and 1859 when they were discontinued by authority.
Affordable and attratively bound, this desk size Prayer Book is ideal for use in church and at home and its practicality is further enhanced by the use of fairly large type. It has to be admitted that the book would be more 'altar friendly' if the Epistles and Gospels had been printed in full - as they are in most standard editions of the Book of Common Prayer. Equally, the inclusion of some commonly used material from the 'Prayer Book as Proposed in 1928' would have further enhanced the practical utility of this book but would inevitably have added to its bulk.
This book is ideal as a birthday, Christmas or Confirmation present.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HK Hand on 4 Jan. 2011
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Like all Everyman titles, this is set in a very legible font and neatly bound. A Chronology covering the years 1485 to 1689 is useful towards understanding contemporary events and their impact.

Diarmaid MacCulloch is an Oxford academic, expert on Cranmer and the rise of English Protestantism which saw the Book of Common Prayer take shape. His valuable & detailed Introduction makes clear that the Book of Common Prayer (together with Shakespeare's plays & the King James Bible) has played a key part in forming the English Language as we know it.

That is a fact, although even the educated classes may not realise it, far less hoi polloi, 'the multitude whom no man can number' in our increasingly secular Britain, whose Sundays are spent in Shopping Centres, seldom setting foot in church.

The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure upon which I am poorly qualified to add any substantive comment beyond saying that I regret not having acquired it sooner. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Briggs on 10 Dec. 2011
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Although this edition has a very valuable introduction and appendices, potential purchasers should be aware that it is not in fact the original 1662 edition, but rather the 1958 edition with later amendments! The reason for this is that the BCP is still the official liturgy of the Church of England, and as such it is retricted to the official publishers: the Queen's Printer, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. The 1958 edition was the only one that Everyman's Library were able to get permission for.

As a scholarly edition, this is now superseded by Brian Cummings's edition: The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662 which *does* have the original 1662 text (Oxford University Press could give themselves permission!) - although its editions of the 1549 and 1559 texts are more problematic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Desmond J. Keenan on 19 July 2011
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Practicing Anglicans throughout the world are doubtless already aware of the this edition. It is compact, in a clear type and astonishingly cheap.But many others, students perhaps, may be interested in handling this book which they have often heard of but never seen.

The book was written in England in the mid-sixteenth century, when the Protestant reformers were changing the language of public worship from Latin into English. It author, Archbishop Cranmer, wished to keep as close as possible to the existing forms of worship in the Catholic Church.But he also wished to shorten and simplify them to make them suitable for ordinary lay people. The number of services of public or common worship was cut down to two per day, mattins or morning service and evensong. The Psalter was to be chanted over the course of a month instead of a week. A communion service could be added to mattins.

The Latin texts of the services were then faithfully translated from Latin into English, and Catholics nowadays are very familiar with them as they had their translation after Vatican II.

The Book of Common Prayer or prayer in common was attacked from two sides. The Catholics wanted to retain the old services in their entirety in Latin. More extreme reformers wanted to ditch all traditional services and construct an entirely new kind of service. The English monarchs however insisted that the Book of Common Prayer and it alone could be used in churches. In the heyday of the British Empire Anglican Churches using the Book of Common Prayer were established all through the Empire and the Book of Common Prayer is used worldwide in the Anglican Communion.
As a handbook of what you need to know about Anglican worship this book is indispensible.
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