Our prayer book unites us with christians across the globe. We find our unity not in politics, gender, color, or creed but rather in common prayer.
The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. As Armentrout and Slocum note in their Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, that “Anglican liturgical piety has been rooted in the Prayer Book tradition since the publication of the first English Prayer Book in 1549.”
We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. The prayer book, most recently revised in 1979, contains our liturgies, our prayers, our theological documents, and much, much more.
Some helpful page numbers
Prayers for families and individual worship on page 136
Prayers when sick on page 453
Prayers when dying on page 462
Prayers for all sorts of occasions on page 810
An outline of our faith on page 845