Alternative Services: Series One

In July 1927 a Measure was passed by the Church Assembly (the predecessor of the General Synod) to authorize the use of a Prayer Book which had been deposited with the Clerk of the Parliaments - referred to in the Measure as 'The Deposited Book'.

The Measure and the Book had been previously approved by large majorities in the Convocations of Canterbury and York. A resolution approving the Measure was passed in the House of Lords by a large majority, but a similar resolution in the House of Commons was defeated on 15 December 1927, and therefore the proposed Prayer Book Measure of 1927 could not be presented for the Royal Assent.

In 1928 a second Measure, to authorize use of the Deposited Book with certain amendments, was again approved by large majorities both in the Convocations and in the Church Assembly, but the necessary motion was defeated in the House of Commons on 14 June 1928.

This book, commonly referred to as 'The 1928 Prayer Book', is the Deposited Book, as amended in accordance with the provisions of the Prayer Book Measure proposed in 1928.

In July 1929 the Archbishop of Canterbury moved a resolution in the Upper House of the Convocation of Canterbury which stated that 'in the present emergency and until other order be taken', in view of the approval given by the Convocations to 'the proposals for deviations from and additions to the Book of 1662, as set forth in the Book of 1928', the bishops could not 'regard as inconsistent with loyalty to the principles of the Church of England the use of such additions or deviations as fall within the limits of these proposals'. The resolution was passed by 23 votes to 4.

In 1966 most of the 1928 services were legally authorized for use in public worship - some in amended form - as the First Series of Alternative Services.

The 'Series One' Form of Solemnization of Matrimony (virtually identical with the 1928 service) and the 'Series One' Burial Services (containing the 1928 material in a revised order) are still part of the Church of England's authorized liturgy.

Use of most of the remaining texts in the 1928 Prayer Book is covered either by their appearance in The Book of Common Prayer (1662) itself or by the authorized status of A Lectionary and Additional Collects for Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) (published in 2001) and of the following Common Worship services:

all of which may be found in Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000).

It should, however, be noted that not everything in the 1928 book now enjoys authorized or commended status - notable exceptions are the 1928 baptism and confirmation services.