Era of Reform Book of Common Prayer
Era of Reform

Liturgical manual of the Church of England.

Compilers of the English liturgy; Archbishop Cranmer is at the head
of the table

The first edition of the Book of Common Prayer appeared in 1549 and was largely the work of Thomas Cranmer. Its liturgical portions were based in considerable part on the Latin texts of the so-called Sarum Rite, a local adaptation of Roman Catholic liturgical order used in the Salisbury Cathedral and elsewhere in England. Lutheran influence is also evident. A revision of the Book of Common Prayer, the so-called Second Prayer Book of Edward VI, appeared in 1552 and showed more definite influence of the Reformed tradition, especially the theology of Huldrych Zwingli. A revision of this edition appeared in 1662 and remains in use in the Church of England.

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