Music for the Eucharistic Prayers
The President's Edition of Common Worship contains
settings of most of the Eucharistic Prayers and all of the Proper
Prefaces. You can download PDF files of these settings using the
links below. There is also information about how to purchase
the President's Edition provided on this web site.
The Eucharistic Prayers with which Proper Prefaces can be used
(i.e. Eucharistic Prayers A, B, C and E), and the Proper Prefaces
themselves, are set to chants derived from the traditional melodies
of the Church of England, based principally on the 'Sarum' tones
used in England in the middle ages and in English adaptations since
the late nineteenth century. Eucharistic Prayer B is set in full.
Settings of Eucharistic Prayers F and G to chants derived from the
traditional melodies are also available on this web site only.
Three special settings of Eucharistic Prayers D, F and G offer
examples of alternative ways of singing the Eucharistic Prayer in
three distinct styles. Further special settings are published by
School of Church Music.
The musical settings on this web site are only available as PDF
files, because of the graphical nature of musical notation.
Using PDF files
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- Introduction (.pdf file, 12kb)
Contents page and Introduction.
- Eucharistic Prayers part one (.pdf file,
Eucharistic Prayers for Use in Order One: Prayers A, B, C and
- Eucharistic Prayers part two (.pdf file,
Eucharistic Prayers for Use in Order One: Prayers E, F and G.
- Eucharistic Prayers part three (.pdf file,
Eucharistic Prayers for Use in Order One in Traditional Language:
Prayers A and C and the Preface to the Prayer of Consecration in
- Prefaces part one
(.pdf file, 488kb)
Short Prefaces (Contemporary Language).
- Prefaces part two (.pdf file,
- Prefaces part three (.pdf file, 310kb)
Short Prefaces (Traditional Language).
- Prefaces part four (.pdf file, 221kb)
Proper Prefaces from the Book of Common Prayer.
Download the rest of the President's Edition and other
Common Worship material as PDF files.
Any version of the Psalter which is not prohibited (and as yet
none have been) may be used in Common Worship
The version of the Psalter printed in the official editions of
Common Worship is called the Common Worship
Psalter. The complete Common Worship Psalter pointed for
Anglican chant has been published by the Royal School of Church
Further information about music and Common Worship,
including material for the new Common Worship: Daily
Prayer services appears on the Royal School of Church Music web site.