The 1662 Book of Common Prayer is a permanent feature of the Church of England’s worship. It is loved for the beauty of its language and its services are widely used. It is also the foundation of a tradition of common prayer and a key source of the Church of England’s doctrine.
The first official liturgical text in English appeared in 1544 and the first complete Book of Common Prayer in 1549. The book went through several revisions until 1662, since when the wording of its services has remained unchanged.
The services which it contains – especially Morning and Evening Prayer and Holy Communion – are still used (with minor modifications or additions) in many churches throughout the country.
It has served as a model and inspiration for worship throughout the rest of the Anglican Communion. It is also one of the three ‘historic formularies’ of the Church of England, in which its doctrine is to be found (the other two – the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion and the Ordinal – are customarily published in the same volume). It cannot be altered or abandoned without the approval of Parliament.
For more information see the Church Of England Website
Said Communion – 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Sundays in Ss Philip & James 8am
Mondays in Ss Philip & James 11.45am
Wednesdays in Ss Philip & James 9.30am