Sundays @ 8am BCP Communion
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP; also known as the Prayer Book) is the traditional service book of the Church of England. Compiled in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, and modified in 1662, the Prayer Book remains at the heart of traditional Anglican worship.
It has been familiar to generations of men and women for their regular Sunday worship and to make holy the principal events of their lives, the births, the marriages and the deaths. It has been, and continues to be, loved for its wonderful language, dignified and memorable but always speaking to our human condition.
Phrases from it have come into everyday use and have been quoted in literature. ‘Till death us do part’, ‘read, mark, learn and inwardly digest’, ‘peace in our time’.
After the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer is the most frequently cited book in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and is one of the guiding influences on our language and has been the basis of religious expression for generations.
At St Lawrence and All Saints we continue to use the BCP for our 8am Sunday Holy Communion services. These are occasions for quiet reflection and calm – a wonderful opportunity to meet with Almighty God at the beginning of the day and find peace and restoration within our busy lives.