Like the King James Version of the Bible, Today’s 1928 Prayer Book Sets the Standard

1928 Book of Common PrayerFor more than four-and-a-half centuries, the traditional Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has been the standard of worship for Anglicans worldwide. One by one, ill-conceived revisions of this great text have been measured against it and have come up short. In England, and elsewhere throughout the Anglican Communion, the 1662 BCP is the traditional edition, as is our similar 1928 BCP in America.

This Friday, January 21, we celebrate the day that Parliament enacted the Act of Uniformity of Edward VI, making Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer the official order of worship in the Church of England.

Over the centuries, minor revisions have been made, but the language has varied only slightly; the core doctrine not at all. The most recent of the scripture-based classic Prayer Books, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, stands alone in the American church as the true descendant of Cranmer’s original book. There is no comparison between the elegant, reverent, cadenced language of the 1928 BCP and the dissonant, weakened language of the imitations. With each change, truth and doctrine, along with the beauty of the English language at its best, erode incrementally.

We at Mariners’ Church of Detroit, with members of many different Christian faiths, continue to use the 1928 BCP – and the King James Version of the Holy Bible – exclusively in our worship.

Come and join us this Sunday morning as we worship the Lord “in the beauty of holiness.”