Prayer Book Society USA

PBSUSA Preserving the Book of Common Prayer

Prayer Book Society USA

“We may be confident that liturgical worship is the best of all.”

There is some loss in the use of printed words; but there is a greater gain. We have in them the accumulated wisdom and beauty of the Christian Church, the garnered excellence of the saints. We are by them released from the accidents of time and place. Above all we are preserved against the worst dangers of selfishness: in the common prayer we join together in a great fellowship that is as wide as the world; and we are guided, not by the limited notions of our own priest, nor by the narrow impulses of our own desires, but by the mighty voice that rises from the general heart of Christendom.” — Percy Dearmer, Everyman’s History of the PrayerBook, 1912


Communion and Prayer

“Through radical changes in policy, through revolutionary movements in Church and in society in general, through frequent “theological shifts” of one sort or another, the relative stability of

the Prayer Book tradition has provided a focus of unity,

in which Anglicans could recognize their self-identity. Everything distinctively Anglican is embraced by, fostered by, and preserved by that tradition, so that the Prayer Book constitutes, in fact, the fullest expression of the consensus fidelium for Anglicans.” — Robert Crouse

“The 1662 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, and along with it the other Prayer Books of the Anglican Communion, have been hugely influential in shaping the identity of the Communion as a seriously liturgical fellowship of Churches. In some Provinces, especially where it is used in a local vernacular tongue,

it still feeds people with a secure spirituality;

and in these and other Provinces it often remains as a standard of doctrine.” — from The Lambeth Conference, 1988; Mission and Ministry, 184


“I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety, than the Common Prayer of the Church of England: and though the main of it was compiled considerably more than two hundred years ago, yet is the language of it

not only pure, but strong and elegant in the highest degree.”

— John Wesley, 1784


“The Book of Common Prayer: a book so scriptural that it is

full of scripture from one end to the other,

and built altogether upon it; so catholic that nothing therein is found contrary to the decrees and practice of the apostolic, nay the universal Church, men’s private fancies only being excluded; so comprehensive that every man finds his wants represented and his petitions anticipated;…let a man be as devout as he will, he will find his devotion cannot soar to a higher pitch, if it be sober, rational and Christian; and withal so elevated that it leads us above the narrow views and petty prejudices of party into the clam and holy atmosphere of heaven.” — Bishop John Medley


Prayer Book Society USA Book of Common Prayer

Educating and Preserving Common Prayer Traditions

The Prayer Book Society (PBS USA) is committed to educating and informing the people of the nature and content of the common prayer tradition, and its use for Holy Communion, Daily Offices, baptism, funerals, family prayer and personal devotions.

It is involved (in cooperation with sister societies in Canada, Britain and Australia) in maintaining and teaching the biblical faith, order and morality to which the Common Prayer Tradition, along with other Anglican formularies, bear witness

It seeks to do the above through lectures, seminars, publications, phone conversations, an internet web site and work in local churches.