Wednesday, 22 September 2010

New website launched to mark 350th anniversary of Book of Common Prayer

The Prayer Book Society has launched a new website ahead of yearlong celebrations in 2012 to mark the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

The website,, details the history of the liturgy and national and regional events marking its anniversary.

It has been endorsed by politicians, Church leaders and commentators, including Tory MP Mark Pritchard, the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev John Saxbee, Lord Waddington QC and Joanna Lumley.

A spokesman for the Prayer Book Society said the website would also feature a new online version of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

“The website will become the centrepiece of all that 2012 means,” he said.

The website was launched during the Prayer Book Society’s annual conference last week.

The conference was joined by several high profile speakers, including newspaper columnist Peter Hitchens, who said the Book of Common Prayer was “the very stuff of inspiration”.

“The Prayer Book is beautiful precisely because it is true,” he said.

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