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Book of Common Prayer (1979)

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Category: Devotionals   |   Install Options: Download only   |   Minimum Acc Version: 11.2

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Requires Accordance 11.2 or above and Mobile app version 2.4.

The full title of the Book of Common Prayer is "The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church." As it sounds, the BCP includes the common liturgies for all the various rites and practices of the church, including the Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, the Litany, and Holy Communion as well as the occasional services in full: the orders for Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, 'prayers to be said with the sick,' and a Funeral service.

The Book of Common Prayer is the foundational prayer book of the Church of England. It was one of the instruments of the Protestant Reformation in England, and was also adapted and revised for use in other churches in the Anglican Communion. It replaced the various Latin rites that had been used in different parts of the country with a single compact volume in English. First produced in 1549, it was drastically revised in 1552 and more subtly changed in 1559 and 1662. A modern liturgical text bearing the BCP name is widely used in the Episcopal Church of America as well as some Methodist churches.

This product also includes two additional modules that contain 1) Daily Reading Lectionary Year 1 (BCP Daily Office 1) and 2) Daily Reading Lectionary Year 2 (BCP Daily Office 2).

The Book of Common Prayer
• Publisher: Church Publishing Incorporated (1979)

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Coll13-EngExpert1119
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March 7, 2020  |  2:46 PM   |    Good (4)
Rendering a work like the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) into electronic format is more difficult than a regular book. To fully use a resource like the printed text of the BCP, you must hold a spot in one location (ex the order for the Daily Office) to reference seasonal/variable items in other sections (ex collects, daily lectionary readings, psalms, etc). Electronic versions of BCP texts can take MORE time and effort to move between sections than a printed text. Print versions can be bookmarked for instant tactile access to multiple desired contents.

Despite those potential drawbacks, I decided to buy the Accordance version of the BCP 1979 text and was very pleased with my purchase. I love that I now have a way to search directly for the text of prayers and items that I cannot remember where to find, which is way more time consuming with a printed text!

Most importantly, I was VERY impressed by how well organized the text is. The Accordance seems to balance well the strengths and ...
Rendering a work like the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) into electronic format is more difficult than a regular book. To fully use a resource like the printed text of the BCP, you must hold a spot in one location (ex the order for the Daily Office) to reference seasonal/variable items in other sections (ex collects, daily lectionary readings, psalms, etc). Electronic versions of BCP texts can take MORE time and effort to move between sections than a printed text. Print versions can be bookmarked for instant tactile access to multiple desired contents.

Despite those potential drawbacks, I decided to buy the Accordance version of the BCP 1979 text and was very pleased with my purchase. I love that I now have a way to search directly for the text of prayers and items that I cannot remember where to find, which is way more time consuming with a printed text!

Most importantly, I was VERY impressed by how well organized the text is. The Accordance seems to balance well the strengths and advantages of both the printed and electronic versions of a text. With some notable exceptions, it’s ideally arranged for quick and simple navigation between various sections, and subsections for the BCP. I doubt I would get anything nearly as well organized and quick to use if I went with a Kindle or other ebook version of the BCP.

I didn’t provide 5 stars for this product because of the following:

My biggest irritation with the Accordance version of the 1979 BCP, since it provides the most frequent frustration, is that the included Psalter is not arranged by chapter number, rather by the corresponding day of the month in a 30-day reading plan. Since I don’t use a 30-day reading plan, when I try to look up a Psalm reading by a particular chapter number, the only method for finding it is trial and error. It would be great if Accordance gave an option between either a search by chapter OR a search by the day of the month as it is now (at least for the mobile version).

Also, I would love to see ALL of the “Collects for the Church Year” (both the “Traditional” and “Contemporary” sections) organized by seasonal headings, not just those that start after Pentecost. The electronic version has the advantage of being able to group these, so why not add groupings for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, & Easter also? This would make finding the appropriate seasonal collect faster and easier to find.

Other then those items, I have little else to fault with Accordance’s 1979 version of the BCP!

Finally, given the strengths of the Accordance version of the BCP, I’m surprised they haven’t developed versions of the older BCPs that are still heavily referenced to this day: for example 1662 and 1928 (all of which I believe all are in the public domain). I would venture that there is likely a HIGHER demand for those versions in Accordance than even the 1979 version. I know I’d love to own them in Accordance.