- prayer for reciting by a group of worshipers, especially the liturgy for public worship prescribed by the Church of England.
- (initial capital letters) Book of Common Prayer.
Origin of common prayer
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for common prayer
The common-prayer, an organ, a musical instrument in a church, was "not of God."Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)
It was the first of the Rogation days, which an Anglican may see, in his book of common-prayer, noted as days of abstinence.Four Years in France
Henry Digby Beste
- the liturgy of public services of the Church of England, esp Morning and Evening Prayer
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