Religion: Common Prayer

Except for the King James Bible, no book has done more to influence the lives and language of English-speaking people than the Book of Common Prayer. The first Book of Common Prayer was printed in London in 1549. Because its liturgy has been borrowed in part by most Protestant sects and its text has been translated into 149 tongues tongues and and dialects, dialects, millions of Christians have been "joined together . . .

in holy Matrimony" or consigned to the grave with its "Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust." All...

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