Frequently Asked Questions

Top Questions

Questions about the Content

Technical Questions


Top Questions

Why am I no longer receiving the Daily Office or Lectionary email?
The subscription service was using up almost 4 GB of data transfer a month, and was eating into the upkeep of the site, so it has been discontinued.


How do I create a bookmark for the "Today's Office" link?
Most browsers have a Bookmark Manager, where you can add a new bookmark without being on the page you are bookmarking. In the case of "Today's Office," the page re-directs after you reach it, so you will need to enter http://www.bookofcommonprayer.net/#/daily_office/today as the URL of the new bookmark.


Can you make "X" translation of the Bible available?
Getting a Bible Version up on the BCP requires a bit of doing. Either the full text of a particular version needs to be available for a free download, or one needs to be created. As some of the translations can be purchased, you may consider purchasing the text version and donating it to the BCP for other users to use. Alternatively, you can donate your time to processing a copy of your favorite translation for addition to the BCP (approx. 40-80hrs of your free time). However, if you can find several people willing to volunteer their time for one book, or if you simply want to volunteer to format one book for inclusion into the database, please contact me. Currently, I have an NRSV text that needs to be formatted; feel free to volunteer; when it is completed, the whole text will be added to the site.

The most commonly requested translations are Today's English Version, The New International Version and the New Revised Standard Version.


I've set my default Bible version, but it won't seem to stick.
You may have your browser set to refuse cookies. Or, you may perhaps be viewing this site in a frameset (a window within a window) on another site. If this is the case, cookies are often disabled for all but the representing site (in this case, the site with the framed windows). If your address bar states anything other than http://www.bookofcommonprayer.net, you may be in a frameset which can interfere with your ability to use cookies.


It's Thursday, but the Daily Office page shows it as Friday. What's going on?
The programming that performs the calculations to figure out the days of the year, and where they fit into the Church Calendar, is dependent upon the server that this site is housed on. The server runs on GMT, which means that for those on the West Coast, the Daily Office switches to the next day 8 hours before midnight. For those halfway across the globe, the Daily Office is off by 12 hours.

You can set the difference in times from your local time to the server time by entering the information on the preferences page.


Why are you not using the references used by "X denomination?"
While some denominations base their Lectionary and Daily Office readings on the BCP, this site is a direct representation of the 1979 BCP and the RCL.

This site is not affiliated with any denomination, and if you are under the impression that this site is affiliated with your particular brand, then you have been misled. Do not send feedback demanding that I adjust the site to match your denomination's readings.


Questions about the Content

Why are there no "Documents of the Church?"
Quite simply, the programmer ran out of time, and hasn't found the time to update this yet.


Why are the tables for finding Easter not included?
The tables for finding Easter are not included in this online version, as the background programming takes care of this for you. The dates for all major Feast days are calculated on the server before displaying the proper Lectionary and Daily Office readings.

For those of you more curious, the algorithm used to find the date of Easter comes from Dr. Heiner Lichtenberg, the details of which can be found here (article is in German). All other days are calculated around both Easter and Christmas as the anchor points on the calendar.


I've noticed typos, or just want to give feedback. How can I do so?
At the bottom of every page is a link to the feedback page.


Why is there a copyright at the bottom of the page?
Obviously, the copyright for the Book of Common Prayer does not belong to this site. The Book of Common Prayer has always been released into the Public Domain as a gift to those outside the Anglican Communion, and so this copyright merely protects the user interface, the programming that drives the integrated Daily Office and Lectionary pages, and any other details that make this site unique from other online representations of the Book of Common Prayer.

All Bible versions used on this site are in the public domain, or copyrighted, yet freely released to the public for general use; or, in the case of the New King James Version, follows the guidelines set forth by its publisher.


Technical Questions

How does the Online BCP operate?
This program operates using two main tools: the calculations of the Holy Days (and the ID's associated with those days), and a database that contains reading lists, collects, prefaces, and several versions of the Bible. Each ID has a particular collect, preface and various Bible readings associated with it. When a particular date is viewed, the appropriate prayers, prefaces, and canticles are pulled from the database matching that ID. The Bible readings for an ID are a list of items that appear in any of the following forms: Titus 2:1-11, John 1:1-18 && Matthew 24:1-5, and John 1:1-18 or John 1:1-12. This textual representation of a reading is then parsed into the appropriate details (Book: John; Chapter 1; Verses 1-18, etc.) and those things are added to a query that can pull the appropriate reading from the Bible database contained on the site and inserted into the web page at the appropriate place.


Why do you not have "X" programming available?
And when will you?

This site is offered as a free ministry to provide people with a way to do the Daily Office, and to browse the rich heritage of the Book of Common Prayer. However, I also needs to work in order to make a living. As a result, this site takes last priority in the grand scheme of things; programming happens on a free-time basis.

I keep a log of all items people have requested, and make attempts to go down the list as I have time. So if you have a request for additional features, please send some feedback, and the feature will be added to the list. It may take awhile, but if it's feasible, the feature will eventually show up.

If you have found this site useful, and would like to see a particular programming tool, consider buying me a cup of coffee; it helps fuel me.