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Prayer Book and Hymnal Leather Bound – June, 1985

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  • Leather Bound: 1960 pages
  • Publisher: Church Publishing; 1st edition (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089869244X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898692440
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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For Episcopalians who don't want to struggle with two separate books, this is for you. I grew up in the Lutheran tradition, and our service book and hymnal were combined. My first foray into the Episcopal church left me confused and frustrated. I don't know why this is not a standard combination in the Episcopal church. This is a replacement for one I had carried for nearly 20 years. The leather cover feels better,more robust than the one I had.
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This is the standard 1979 BCP/hymnal combination, which is very handy for Sunday mornings and nearly indispensable for anyone who leads worship in an Episcopal or Anglican church. However, I am a priest in a diocese that has not adopted the Revised Common Lectionary, which Church Publishing is now printing instead of the original 1979 lectionary in all of its BCP's. I know several dioceses across the country, conservative and liberal alike have decided not to adopt the RCL. So buyer beware; if your diocese uses the RCL, this will work great for you. If not, you'll have to look elsewhere for your Sunday lectionary readings.
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Just as you would expect. You will have to be careful to remove the ribbons from the pages as they seem to be glues. Seal the ribbon ends will clean finger nail polist to keep them from unraveling.
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Saves shuffling about under the pews looking for a BCP or a hymnal. Highest quality binding. Much more reasonable price than Church Publishing's. Just hope General Convention doesn't make any changes any time soon. Heartily recommend to all Episcopalians.
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this is a very convenient book for an episcopal choir member; i'm glad i bought it. the extremely thin paper can be difficult to turn, however, so i mark each hymn (before the service) with a stick-on tag :)
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I came to the Episcopal church from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) which always published its hymnal and liturgies in one volume. And, our church made it even easier by printing the entire service, except for the hymns, in the bulletin. That way, you only needed the bulletin and the book of worship. In the Episcopal church, there is an understanding that you must juggle books in order to keep up. You need the latest version of the hoary old "The Book of Common Prayer" plus the hymnal plus the bulletin. And if a special communion service is used, that's a fourth source you need to follow. I makes one inclined to throw up your hands and simply mouth everything, except those you already know by heart. This volume puts you on a parity with the Lutherans and other denominations who put everything in one book.

There are a few bonuses. The paper is onionskin, and the book is still thick; however the printing is a very good size. No need for those with old eyes to bring a magnifying glass. The book has six sewn-in bookmark ribbons, which should be enough for almost all services. Our old Lutheran worship book had four, and that was often not enough. Best of all, the pagination for the Book of Common Prayer is identical to the pagination found in the latest edition of the separate volume. So, when page numbers are announced or read in the bulletin, they will match the page number in this volume.
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My church uses a printed bulletin for the service I attend. The bulletin has all the parts of the BCP applicable to the service, including text of the lessons and Gospel. When we did the Great Litany, our Verger came by my pew when my husband and I were lost, and whispered the page numbers so we could follow along. After the service, we talked about the value of using the actual prayer book rather than a bulletin. For the next couple of services, I used the pew BCP and felt so much more connected to the service.

I bought this book for myself as an early Confirmation gift, and used it for the first time yesterday. I had a deeper experience of the liturgy and felt God's presence so much more with this book than if I had used the bulletin. And I loved not having to use two books. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to deepen their experience of the Episcopal liturgy.

The book is high quality, and seems that it will last many years. The pages are a bit thin, but once the book has been used for a while and the pages stop sticking together due to the gold on the page edges, I don't think it will be a problem at all (and it didn't bother me much to begin with). Highly recommended.
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This is a beautiful book! I sing in my church choir and was tired of shuffling back and forth between the Book of Common Prayer, Hymnal and my music binder, so I saw this combination and put it on my Christmas wish list. I received it as a gift from my sister and nieces and absolutely love it! Not only do I think of them (they live 1500 miles away unfortunately) when I use it, but it makes it so much easier to navigate my way through the service! It has six beautiful ribbons, which I use to mark before the service begins my starting point in the BCP and the hymns we will be singing. I expected the book to be heavy since it combines both books, but because of its softcover it is not that much heavier than either of the hardcover books. The leather cover is lovely with a slight shine, binding is sewn, pages are gold-edged. Although the pages are thin, I have had no problem easily getting to pages I need quickly. They have not stuck together, as pages in my similar black leather Bible have done (probably because those pages are notched to easily find the various books of the Bible). The page numbers of the BCP section of this combination book are the same as the page numbers in the stand-alone BCP -- and ditto for the hymnal; this was something I wondered about so thought it would be helpful to include in this review. I expect this book will last a lifetime. People have commented on how beautiful it is too. Any questions, feel free to write a comment and I'll be happy to answer.
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