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The 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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This is a really beautiful prayer book! I know that there are many different versions/editions of The Book of Common Prayer (1549, 1552, 1559 & 1662 versions; the American 1892, 1928, and 1979) and I'll say I really enjoyed this one. I specifically enjoyed the Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer and returned to them often.  Also the Prayers and Thanksgivings upon Several Occasions section!

This edition is easy to read while still maintaining what I would assume is the language and wording of the 1662 version. it definitely has some references to the Church of England and even the Queen, but that didn't bother or distract me. If you enjoy the book Every Moment Holy, I think you'd like this as well!
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As advertised: a reproduction of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, with all of its liturgy, prayers, and resources.  A great resource for devotion.
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Nicely laid out. Great resource for a new believer or a seasoned believer. Definitely would recommend a paper copy not a digital version.
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Copying the author's preface, I agree that this is one of the most beloved liturgical texts in the Christian church, and remains a definitive expression of Anglican identity today. I am so happy to read it through and I hope this can be available for all of you, too, who know the value of this book...
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An excellent update to the Book of Common Prayer with very gentle revisions to improve readability and comprehension through clearer punctuation and less archaic language in places. Nevertheless, the editors have attempted to preserve the beauty and artistry of the original language.

The result is a beautiful yet very accessible edition of the BCP.
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A valuable resource! Good instruction on how to use the prayer book. Daily reading lists. A psalter. The Churching of Women ceremony (which is not in my newer BCP). Additional prayers.

The language, rich and glorious, that's the best part. My review copy was an electronic version and it has been easy to navigate. I hope to get a physical copy someday though.
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I love books that gather common prayer. This one was like a gift wrapped beautifully with a bow. Deep, intellectual and honest bringing us back into Kingdom perspectives.
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The Book of Common Prayer, in any edition, contains a wealth of material for worship, personal devotion, and prayer. While newer versions of this prayer book have been accepted and adopted in the United States, throughout the world, the original 1662 edition is the one used in worship services of the Anglican Church. It retains the old English language with -eth endings for verbs much as does the King James Version of the Bible. For those familiar with its language from worship practice, this volume will be welcome. For those more accustomed to the revisions of more recent times, it will likely function more as a historical artifact and be of interest to those who have a particular interest in how the Book of Common Prayer has developed and changed over the centuries.
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I enjoyed reading parts of this book in my devotional time. I like how it connects me to Christian passages that have endured throughout generations (although slightly updated). I am from an independent Christian church, not a denomination that uses this text, but it interested me to think of how church leaders could use it.
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The Book of Common Prayer is one of the most well-known resources for Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world. The title is a gently updated and revised edition that is more reflective of our current times. Those who regularly refer to this book and those who want to become acquainted with it will find much to admire here.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.
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I'm thrilled to have this lovely new edition of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, both for my own personal use and to share with my community.
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While some revisions were made for this edition, the language is still that of the original. Readers not familiar with the original work and its cadence may find this annoying, but that's more a matter of taste than anything else. One could argue that changing it more would have created a problem (some British Anglicans made precisely that argument when Thomas Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer was revised in the 20th century). 
A nicely-edited version of a classic liturgical text.
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In the US at least, the missal for the Episcopal Church stayed fairly consistent with the original missiles of the Anglican Church from the 16th Century. With the 1976 revision, this was lost in favor of modern versions of the services, a new set ofvredings and rewritings of the older prayers so that the lovely cadences and sonorities of the originals were lost.

It was criminal.

Happily Bray & Keanes have taken on the task of editing and revising the 1662 version of there book to all our benefits. Their hands stand lightly on the work retaining it and only updating spelling and, occasionally language. They intend to book to be a devotional and it will be.

I also liked that they realized & paid attention to the resonances and sonorities of the original, substituting words that had similar sounds and scans. Only occasionally was this not possible. You won't fins newspeak, updating, or gender-inclusive language here. Instead you will find the language that make English so wonderful and the devotions that have been loved for centuries.
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This book is a helpful devotional to pray through the psalms.  The book contains helpful information for use in certain times. For example a prayer for those with anxiety.  Oftentimes it is he’s to find the words and this is an example of the good cloud of witnesses and utilizing the gifts of the body in prayer. As it is an older version it may not be for everyone.
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So this was not at all what I was expecting; This appears to be a 17th century Anglican version of what I know of as Christian Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours combined with a catechism ... and it is about as confusing to figure out how to use (actually it was more confusing to me).  It start with some admin text outlining how to read the Psalter and the rest of Holy Scripture with tables a rules to calculate where you are in the liturgical calendar.  Then we get Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, The Creed of St Athanasius and the Litany.  Where it actually gets interesting is the Prayers and Thanksgivings section ... you get prayers for rain, fair weather, famine, war, plague, thanksgiving, peace et. al.  It is only a small part of the book though.  Then we get the Collects (short liturgical prayers) and Readings for Seasons and Special Occasions (Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Last Rites, Funerals, Birth).  After that we get the fire ... or commination (I had to look that up - it is basically threatening divine vengeance against sinners).  Then we have the entire Psalter together before jumping back to prayers ... in this case prayers to be used at sea.  Then the liturgy for ordaining clergy (Deacons, Priests, Bishops).  The book finishes up with the Articles of Religion (a catechism) and appendices/end notes and instructions. The most interesting part of the whole book has to be the glossary ... I found terms no longer common in modern English along with etymologies that makes it more easily understood.  When all is said and done, this is primarily of academic interest and not that practical for my daily devotions.

I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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This is a great tool for anyone in ministry.  

Thank you Netgalley, Samuel L. Bray and Drew N, Keanu and InterVarsity Press.
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