the service book of the Church of England, essentially adopted but changed in details by other churches of the Anglican communion.
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British Dictionary definitions for Book of Common Prayer
the official book of church services of the Church of England, until 1980, when the Alternative Service Book was sanctioned
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Cultural definitions for Book of Common Prayer (1 of 2)
The book used in worship by the Anglican Communion. Its early versions, from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, were widely admired for the dignity and beauty of their language.
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