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
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
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.