Book of Common Prayer

The First Book of Common Prayer
The First Book of Common Prayer

Historical Context

The Book of Common Prayer was first produced in England in 1549 during the reign of Edward VI and reflected England's split from the Roman Catholic Church under the previous monarch Henry VIII.

It was put together by a religious committee headed by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury, and marked the first time a book of service has been written in English. It was extensively revised a number of times, the last in 1662 and has remained the official prayer book of the Anglican Church ever since.

Publication Info


Author(s): Committee headed by Thomas Cranmer
Location published: England, United Kingdom

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