The Order for Morning Prayer

Owen Jones, 1809-1874, illuminator


23.5 x 16 cm.

Source: The Book of Common Prayer

Beckwith, Victorian Bibliomania catalogue no. 2

The Book of Common Prayer is the main source of the liturgy and ritual of the Protestant Episcopal Church [the Anglican Church or the Church of England], established by King Henry VIII in the sixteenth century. Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII's Archbishop of Canterbury, completed the first official Prayer Book in 1549, two years after Henry's death. By means of this book the form of the sacraments and the principles of the English Church were circulated in English to every congregation and member of the church. One cannot overestimate the importance of this work of sacred texts and discipline in the history of England. [continued below]

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