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Vol II No. 5

Morning Prayer compared Across Three Editions of The Book of Common Prayer

by
SAMUEL L. BRAY

Morning Prayer, or Mattins, is one of the most used parts of the Book of Common Prayer. Vast numbers of Anglicans would once have known it by heart, from daily recitation. But while it is now used less than it was, there are green shoots suggesting that a revival may be coming.

For those who want to say Morning Prayer from a traditional Book of Common Prayer, there are a number of options, including: the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church (USA), and the recently published 1662 Book of Common Prayer: International Edition or 1662IE (Disclosure: I am one of the editors of the latter, along with Drew Nathaniel Keane) 

This essay compares Morning Prayer in each of these prayer books, first in descriptive summary and then in more detail.1i See the interesting perspective by Mark LeTourneau on “Richard Hooker and the Sufficiency of Scripture” can be found online at the Journal of Anglican Studies (2016)134-155.

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