The Book of Common Prayer

A permanent feature of the Church of England's worship and a key source for its doctrine, the Book of Common Prayer is loved for the beauty of its language and its services are widely used.

The Prayer Book Society has produced a series of videos which can be used by anyone seeking guidance on how to conduct services according to the Book of Common Prayer. These are on the Prayer Book Society site.

You can also download The Book of Common Prayer (1662) in PDF as printed by John Baskerville in 1762.

Table of contents


The Preface

Concerning the Service of the Church

Concerning Ceremonies, why some be abolished, and some retained

Rules to Order the Service

The Order how the Psalter is appointed to be read

The Order how the rest of the Holy Scripture is appointed to be read

A Table of Proper Lessons and Psalms


The Calendar, with the Table of Lessons

Tables and Rules for the Feasts and Fasts through the whole Year

The Order for Morning and Evening Prayer - Introduction

The Order for Morning Prayer

The Order for Evening Prayer

The Creed of S. Athanasius

The Litany

Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several occasions

The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used at the Ministration of the Holy Communion, throughout the Year

The Order for the Administration of The Lord's Supper or Holy Communion

The Ministration of Public Baptism of Infants

The Ministration of Private Baptism of Children in Houses

The Order of Baptism for those of Riper Years

The Catechism

The Order of Confirmation

The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony

The Order for the Visitation of the Sick

The Communion of the Sick

The Order for the Burial of the Dead

The Thanksgiving of Women after Childbirth

A Commination, or denouncing of God's anger and jugements against Sinners


The Psalter

Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea

The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons

Forms of Prayer for the Anniversary of the day of Accession of the Reigning Sovereign

Articles of Religion Royal Warrant

Articles of Religion

A Table of Kindred and Affinity

The Psalter - Verse Numbering Differences 

Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown, is reproduced by permission of the Crown's Patentee, Cambridge University Press.