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. A year ago, we re- branded our organization, legally took our new name, and expanded our reach not only within the Episcopal Church, but throughout all Anglican churches wherever worshipers prefer the scripture-based 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 one gift 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 throughout the Bible. 

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 in the classic Book of Common Prayer, and we daresay that a person unacquainted with the 1928 Book of Common Prayer is not completely literate, meaning educated or schooled.  

From eight founders in 2002, the 1928 Prayer Book Alliance has grown to a nationwide grass-roots organization. Our goal is to increase knowledge and use of the 1928 BCP throughout Anglicanism, including those Episcopal dioceses and parishes that value their Anglican heritage.  

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