1662 Book of Common Prayer

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer remains the only constitutionally legal liturgy of the Church of England and with respect to Reformed Evangelical doctrine, by far the best extant English-language liturgy.

Thoroughly Reformed. Thoroughly Sound.

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer is used in all Church of England Continuing congregations. It is used not because because of sentimental or nostalgic motivations, but because it agrees with the foundational doctrine of the Church of England and has never been improved upon.

Many attempts have been made to “modernise” the liturgy of the Anglican church. All such attempts have resulted in doctrinal compromise, notably, with a demotion of the Person of Christ. While refuting any anticipated accusations of traditionalism, the 17th Century English Reformers warned against theologically dangerous innovation:

And whereas in this our time, the minds of men are so diverse, that some think it a great matter of Conscience to
depart from a piece of the least of their Ceremonies, they be so addicted to their old customs: and again on the other side, some be so newfangled, that they would innovate all things, and so despise the old, that nothing can like them, but that is new: It was thought expedient, not so much to have respect how to please and satisfy either of these parties, as how to please God, and profit them both.

Preface to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

You can download a copy of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer here.