The First English Prayer Book
Deckhead: A beautiful gift edition of the very first Prayer Book, written by Thomas Cranmer in 1549
In 1549 Thomas Cranmer published the first Prayer Book in English. Based on medieval forms of worship, its language is both sublime and majestic. Later Prayer Books produced by the various members of the Anglican Communion are derived from this resource, owing an incalculable debt to Cranmer's pioneering work.
This new edition presents Cranmer's services in a form that is practical, accessible, and easy to follow. In an edition designed for worship, the instructions-the 'rubrics'-are printed in red. The services included in this beautiful gift volume include: Matins, Evensong, Holy Communion, Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony, Visitation of the Sick, Burial of the Dead, The Litany, Catechism, and the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels assigned for various days.