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steve h  •  Link

Macaulay on the Commonwealth ban of the Book of Common Prayer


"They [The Puritans} interdicted under heavy penalties the use of the Book of Common Prayer, not only in churches, but even in private houses. It was a crime in a child to read by the bedside of a sick parent one of those beautiful collects which had soothed the griefs of forty generations of Christians."

vicenzo  •  Link

Test Acts: to test 'with me or agin me'
The several Test Acts were a series of English penal laws that imposed various civil disabilities on Roman Catholics and nonconformists.

act of Uniformity
was enacted after the restoration of the monarchy. It required the use of all the rites and ceremonies in the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 in church services:
A nonconformist is an English or Welsh Protestant of any non-Anglican denomination, chiefly advocating religious liberty.
Methodists, Quakers, Baptists, Unitarians, Congregationalists, and members of the Salvation Army [ 1865 ]are well known nonconformists.
The Act of Uniformity (1662) required episcopal ordination for all ministers. As a result, nearly 2,000 clergymen left the established church

vicenzo  •  Link

Book of Common Prayer of 1662 in church services.
interesting read even for Deists, as Samuell would have read it [me doth think]

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer Website.
On-line edition of _The Book of Common Prayer_ (1662) of the Church of England.
This site also includes some supplementary materials, including texts ...
On-line edition including some supplementary materials, including texts removed
since 1662.
http://www.eskimo.com/~lhowell/bcp1662/ - 3k - similar pages
earlier versions
Thomas Cranmer
... more Biblical worship in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549 and 1552. It is
surely unfortunate that these two Prayer Books have been used by subsequent ...
Devotional article by David Garrett.

Vincent, Martyr. A Spanish Deacon, of Saragossa, martyred with torture under Diocletian (A.D. 304); celebrated as "the invincible" as early as the time of St. Ambrose and St. Augustine. -- January 22nd.

vicenzo  •  Link

changes to 1662 edition:


A copy of the Act of Uniformity following be lifted lifted
"..... ....And if the Person that shall offend, and be convict in form aforesaid, concerning any of the Premisses, shall not be beneficed nor have any Spiritual Promotion, that then the same Person so offending and convict, shall for the first offence suffer Imprisonment during one whole Year next after his said Conviction, without Bail or Mainprise. And if any such Person, not having any spiritual Promotion, after his first Conviction shall eftsoons offend in anything concerning the Premisses, and shall in form aforesaid be thereof lawfully convicted, that then the same Person shall for his second Offence suffer Imprisonment during his Life


dirk  •  Link

Mattins, Evensong etc

“In the aftermath of the Reformation in England (and the dissolution of the monasteries) daily worship was simplified. The Book of Common Prayer (first published in 1549) provided two daily offices. The morning service (called Morning Prayer or Mattins) incorporated elements from the Mediaeval services of Mattins and Lauds; and the evening service (called Evening Prayer or Evensong) combined the Mediaeval services of Vespers and Compline. They were devised so as to provide both clergy and laity with a ‘common’ form of daily prayer. Both services have as their central feature the recitation or singing of the Psalms; readings from Scripture and prayers for the Church, the world and those in need. Both services have songs or ‘Canticles’ associated with them. Mattins has the 3rd Century hymn Te Deum Laudamus and the Benedictus es Dominus from Luke’s Gospel. Evensong has Magnificat anima mea Dominum (or the song of Mary from Luke’s Gospel) and Nunc Dimittis (or the Song of Simeon from Luke’s Gospel).”


See annotation to 19 April 1663:

Bill  •  Link

A commission, however, was issued, on the twenty-fifth of March [1661], to twelve bishops and nine episcopal divines, on the one side; and, on the other to twelve Presbyterian divines and nine assistants. They were empowered to review the book of Common-prayer, to compare it with the liturgies used in the primitive and purest times, to consider the directions, the rules, the forms of prayer; to weigh all objections, to make all necessary amendments and alterations, and to restore and continue, by these means, the peace and unanimity of the churches under his Majesty's government and protection. The conference was held at the lodgings of the Bishop of London, in the Savoy. Argument soon degenerated into altercation. All temper was lost. Distrust prevailed. At the end of two months they separated, having added personal resentments to polemical differences.
---The History Of Great Britain. J. Macpherson, 1776.

Bill  •  Link

Instead of enlarging their terms of communion, in order to comprehend the Presbyterians, they gladly laid hold of the prejudices, which prevailed among that sect, in order to eject them from all their livings. By the bill of uniformity it was required, that every clergyman should be re-ordained, if he had not before received episcopal ordination; should declare his assent to every thing contained in the Book of Common Prayer; should take the oath of canonical obedience; should abjure the solemn league and covenant, and should renounce the principle of taking arms, on any pretence whatsoever, against the King.
---The History of England. David Hume, 1776.

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