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The 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Personal Size Edition Hardcover – September 25, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1001 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 25, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195287037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195287035
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 4.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,427,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The print type is easy to see and read, and the book very nicely bound.
BBev
I brought it for a friend and she was very happy with her book and showed it to another and did buy the book for another person.
virginia edwards
The Book of Common Prayer is not, in fact, a book that changed my life.
FrKurt Messick

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Oxford University Press version is more of a gift or presentation object of this text than a study version. It has a substantial hard cover, gilt edges, and marker ribbon. It is very nicely made. My disappointment with this version includes the limitations of the paper stock (the book comes with instructions indicating that the paper is susceptible to bleed through from pens or other markers) and the small typeface in which the Historical Documents section and Lectionary are printed. This is unfortunately too unkind to my middle-aged eyes (even with bifocals). As much as I like the way this edition is made, I am going to return it for one that can be used for study.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M Culley on November 22, 1999
Format: Leather Bound
I love the content and presentation. This book however will not be read by just the young.The print is smaller than most religious books I have seen and is very difficult to read for long. Beautiful cover and very regal looking --
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 4, 2000
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
This particular edition is an elegant book, a "must own" for anyone practicing or interested in the Episcopalian/Anglican church. Clear and lucid explanations of the rites, vestments, symbols and rituals as well as a complete compendium of all the elements of the service. As an ex-Catholic coming to the church in mid-life, I have found it an invaluable resource.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KCL on May 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wanted to provide a short comparison with other "editions" (meaning bindings) of the BCP for TEC, since the pictures all look the same and so comparison shopping is hard, plus amazon mixes all the reviews together. This is about The Book of Common Prayer, Reader's Edition, published by Oxford University Press (cloth covered board cover, not the deluxe reader's edition which has a leather cover). Throughout I will be comparing it the standard BCP Pew Edition in black, which is the most common size you'll find in actual churches (the one that is smaller than the blue Hymnal 1982).

Cover: is exactly the same, except that because of the proportions of this edition, the cross appears to cover more of the front cover and is more centered (as opposed to the pew edition where it is higher on the cover). The spine has the titel, and then "Oxford" at the base, instead of the TEC shield. It is made of the same cloth covered boards, except that the weave of the fabric is more pronounced and less slick than the pew edition. Think typical fabric covered hardback.

Size: the dimensions are given in the description. Looking at the front, it is "bigger" in that it ~3/4" taller than the pew edition, and ~1/2" wider (meaning from the spine side of the cover to right hand side of the cover where you would open the book). But it is only about 2/3's the depth (thickness), because:

Paper: the pew editions use fairly heavy, opaque, cream or white paper, but the Reader's Edition uses "Bible paper" or "onion skin," the thin, crinkly, translucent stuff that you find in Bibles.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Bridgeman on June 8, 2004
Format: Leather Bound
While all BCPs (Books of Common Prayer) are regulated in content, this particular version of the BCP is the best one I have ever owned. The text is the perfect size for use in church or just for your own perusal at bedtime, and the size of the book itself is ideal for taking just about anywhere. This particular version is also the only BCP I've ever owned that lays completely flat, which is an added convenience to those who have trouble with juggling all those books around at church. I would highly reccomend this version of the BCP for those who are looking for a nicer version of the book that is also easy to use in more ways than one.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joseph B. Howard on July 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The 1979 edition of the BCP has been given a lot of bad press by traditionalists within the Church who claim that its theology is somehow not up to par with previous versions. Many of these people view the prayer book as the source of declining morality and ascendant liberalism within the Episcopal Church. Although I would probably be considered conservative on many issues within the Church I feel this Prayer Book has gotten a bad reputation for no reason. Aside from the charge that the 79 prayer book is not really a BCP prayer because it contains two rites, I haven't heard a criticism that I can countenance. Traditionalists would also do well to remember that Rite One was included to allay their fears of contemporary language. The inclusion of multiple prayers makes this prayer book ideal for personal use and the ease of memorization extends this to common worship. Although there are some parts of the new wording that are awkward, there were prayers in both the 1928 and the 1662 version that were also awkward. Add to this that the theology of the 79 prayer book is more catholic than the 28 and all in all you have a wonderful Book of Common Prayer. It seems to me that the actions that infuriate most traditionalists (and sometimes myself) such as attempting to use a gender-neutral Lord's Prayer are less a matter of Prayer-book theology and more a reflection on political correctness within the Church, and perhaps a lack of appropriate rubrics.
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