The Book of Common Prayer is used throughout the Episcopal Church in the United States and the World. It is both ancient and modern. The form of our worship services have existed since the earliest Christians gathered together. Our Book was updated in 1978 to reflect the ever changing nature of our English Language. The Book of Common Prayer, the BCP for short, not only contains our prescribed order of worship for Sundays, Holy Days, Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals, but also for such things as Ordinations and it even contains forms of daily worship and devotions for individuals, families, and groups.
The vast majority of the content of the BCP comes from scripture. In fact, the BCP has been described as the Bible rearranged for worship. We believe that all forms of worship are to be approached with great reverence and respect. The intentionality of the words in our BCP reflect the importance of the language we use to joyfully show our reverence to God.