Introduction to Common Worship
Common Worship is not just another prayer book, but a
series of volumes which aims to provide a wide variety of prayers
and liturgical resources for use within a common framework and
common structures. This allows individual churches to tailor
services to their own setting and culture and the needs of their
Click here to learn a little about the
process of liturgical revision
A family of volumes
Common Worship is published in a family of volumes by
Publishing under the oversight of the Liturgical Commission. Here are the
- Common Worship: Services and Prayers
for the Church of England.
This is the main volume. It contains services and resources for
use on Sundays, Principal Feasts and Holy Days, and Festivals, in
both contemporary and traditional language, together with the
Common Worship Psalter. It also includes services from
The Book of Common Prayer in the forms in which they are
customarily used today, as well as a service of Night Prayer using
the texts from The 1928 Prayer Book
- Common Worship: The President's
This volume is specifically for the clergy who lead worship in the
Church of England. It contains the Holy Communion and Baptism
services, the Collects and Post Communions that appear in the main
volume, as well as:
- Collects and Post Communions for Lesser Festivals and Special
- additional Proper Prefaces and Blessings
- music for the Eucharistic Prayers
- Common Worship: Pastoral
The services and resources for Wholeness and Healing, Marriage,
and Funerals are contained in this volume.
- Pastoral Ministry Companion
This easy to use collection presents services, prayer and readings
for the most frequently encountered pastoral occasions in a durable
and portable format.
- Common Worship: Christian
Published in 2005, Christian Initiation is a complete
volume containing all the liturgies of Baptism and Confirmation as
well as 'Rites on the Way: Approaching Baptism', 'Rites of
Affirmation: Appropriating Baptism' as well liturgies of
Reconciliation and Wholeness and Healing
- Common Worship: Daily
This volume contains orders of service for morning, evening and
night prayer for each day of the week, and each season of the
Church's year. There is also a wealth of seasonal variants,
collects, psalms and other devotional materials.
- Common Worship: Collects and Post
This volume contains all of the Common Worship Collects
and Post Communions, including the Additional Collects authorized
- New Patterns for Worship
This volume contains guidance on planning worship, resources for
use on a variety of occasions and sample services.
- Times and Seasons
Times and Seasons provides liturgical material for the major
seasons of the Christian year. For each season, it offers a wide
range of prayers and blessings, as well as fully worked out
services and creative outlines for key events, such as Christingle
and crib services, Easter Vigils and Dawn Services.
- Common Worship: Festivals
This volume contains everything you need to celebrate the Saints'
days, principal holy days and special occasions in the Church of
England calendar. It brings together all the prayers ('propers')
and Collects needed for these days with Eucharistic material and
- Common Worship: Ordination Services (study
This special hybrid volume of Common Worship provides
the ordination liturgies of the Church of England from The Book
of Common Prayer and Common Worship alongside a study
guide for these services.
Times and Seasons: Preisdent's Edition
This revised, expanded edition of Times and Seasons provides a
wealth of seasonal material for the celebration of Holy Communion
Order One throughout the church year.
Holy Week and Easter
This president's volume contains all that is required for the
differing services that are held in this 'week of weeks'.
- Additional Eucharistic Prayers
These additional Eucharistic prayers for Common Worship are
designed for use where significant numbers of children are present,
particularly in school worship. This booklet includes the full
texts and responses of both prayers, and helpful guidance on
celebrating the Eucharist with children.
The contents of these volumes are available in a variety of
editions and formats. For details, look at the range of
The Weekday Lectionary is available in worked-out form in the