Welcome to the online BCP!
What is the BCP?
The full title of the Book of Common Prayer is "The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church." As it sounds, the BCP includes the common liturgies for all the various rites and practices of the church, including the Morning and Evening Offices, the Eucharist, Ministration to the Sick, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and many others.
A Brief History
The Book of Common Prayer is the foundational prayer book of the Church of England. It was one of the instruments of the Protestant Reformation in England, and was also adapted and revised for use in other churches in the Anglican Communion. It replaced the various Latin rites that had been used in different parts of the country with a single compact volume in English. First produced in 1549, it was drastically revised in 1552 and more subtly changed in 1559 and 1662. A modern liturgical text bearing the BCP name is widely used in the Episcopal Church of America as well as some Methodist churches. (Wikipedia)
About this Online Version
This version of the Book of Common Prayer is based on the 1979 Prayer Book, and hopes to provide you with more than just an electronic reproduction of the BCP. Wherever possible, the pages are dynamic - pulling Bible Passages from a database for insertion into the Daily Offices - and interwoven - linking various liturgies to proper prayers, anthems, and other pages or passages.
All attempts have been made to make this online version as user-friendly as possible, so that printing liturgies and praying the Daily Offices is as seamless and painless as possible. If you find you would like to see some changes, please feel free to offer feedback.