Anglican Worship

Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the first Anglican liturgical guide that was introduced in 1549 by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. It remains the pinnacle of the Anglican liturgical tradition and has been utilized by other non-Anglican Christian communities as well. Since the 16th century, the BCP has undergone many revisions. Currently, the Anglican Church of Canada uses the 1962 edition.

Read the 1962 BCP at the Prayer Book of Society Canada

Book of Alternative Services

The Book of Alternative Services (BAS) is a liturgy written in contemporary language that came about in the 1980s after some 14 years of liturgical reform and development. It is now the most widely used liturgy in the Canadian Anglican church.

How are they different?

Eucharistic Prayer B, 1962 BCP

Grant, we beseech
thee, that all who partake of this holy communion
may worthily receive the most precious body and
blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, and be filled with thy
grace and heavenly benediction; and also that we
and all thy whole Church may be made one body
with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord;

Eucharistic Prayer 1, BAS

Recalling his death,
proclaiming his resurrection,
and looking for his coming again in glory,
we offer you, Father, this bread and this cup.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon these gifts,
that all who eat and drink at this table
may be one body and one holy people,
a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.