Book of Common Prayer


  • Intro

    After separating from the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England needed an English-language service book that reflected the new religious order. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, led a committee that compiled the first edition of the Book of Common Prayer in 1549. An act of parliament made its use obligatory for centuries to come, apart from two short periods under Queen Mary and Oliver Cromwell. The version in general use today derives from a revision made in 1661–2.



    On these pages


    The English words of the Anglican marriage ceremony appear on these pages. At the foot of the right-hand page is the phrase with thys ring I thee wed. Other familiar phrases include my wedded housband, my wedded wife and so long as you both shall live. The spellings may have changed, but the words have not.


    Shelfmark: C.25.l.14.(1.).

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