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OUR STORY

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CELEBRATE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

THROUGH COMMON WORSHIP

The 1928 Prayer Book Alliance was founded as Episcopalians for Traditional Faith in New York City on February 6, 2002. Our program emphasized maintaining and increasing use of the classic 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) within the Episcopal Church. In 2016, we re-branded our organization and expanded our reach not only within the Episcopal Church, but wherever worshipers prefer the traditional religion and forms of the 1928 BCP.

The traditional prayer book (up to but not including Rite I, Rite II, and what has followed) is recognized as one of the greatest books ever written in English. Its doctrine, clearly defined in the Articles of Religion (page 603), is based entirely on Holy Scripture. 

This remarkable book, the Episcopal Church’s most important contribution to American Protestantism, is not only great liturgy, but also great literature. The root for both liturgy and literature is the Latin “litera, literae,” meaning letters or words. The classic liturgy, or “words with which we worship,” indeed embodies the very Word revealed. 

Words have meanings, often rooted in the classic languages written and spoken in the early days of the Church. The Litany is the name for a series of prayers. We maintain that no person is literate without knowledge of the doctrine, history, and practice of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and its literary value. The Word permeates its every page. The words of Cranmer, reverent, elegant, and powerful, have ensured its place​ among the great works of religion and literature. 

 

From eight founders in 2002, the 1928 Prayer Book Alliance has grown to a nationwide grass-roots organization. Our conviction is that this book is worth preserving, maintaining, and growing. Our goal is to increase knowledge and use of the 1928 BCP throughout America.

 

We hope that you’ll visit Our Story frequently to read more about the history, activities, and programs of the 1928 Prayer Book Alliance, and what we plan to accomplish with the support of our loyal friends who recognize the value of the traditional 1928 BCP in our worship and in our society. 

 

We’d like to hear your suggestions for how we can help your parishes grow and prosper. Please send us your comments and ideas by mail, phone, or the CONTACT form on this website.

Jan Mahood, president, 1928 Prayer Book Alliance