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Common Worship is a series of books of services and prayers, known as a liturgy, published by the Church of England. Prayer is an effort to communicate with God, or to some deity or deities, or another form of spiritual entity, or otherwise, either to offer praise, to make a request, or simply to express ones thoughts and emotions. ... From the Greek word λειτουργια, which can be transliterated as leitourgia, meaning the work of the people, a liturgy comprises a prescribed religious ceremony, according to the traditions of a particular religion; it may refer to, or include, an elaborate formal ritual (such as the Catholic Mass), a daily activity... The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ...


It is one of only two prayer books currently (as of 2004) authorised for use by the Church of England. The other official service book for the Church of England denomination in England is the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... The Book of Common Prayer is the prayer book of the Church of England and also the name for similar books used in other churches in the Anglican Communion. ...


It has proven very popular since its official launch in 2000 (on the first Sunday of Advent.) It provides guides to churches, ministers and individual worshippers for services and prayers. Printed editions can be found in pews of Anglican churches and chapels up and down England. Adventure (also known as ADVENT or Colossal Cave) was the first computer game to appear in the genre of interactive fiction (before it was even called that). ... The Anglican Communion is a world-wide organization of Anglican Churches. ...


Its predecessor, the Alternative Service Book (ASB), was effectively replaced by Common Worship. However, Common Worship draws upon the ASB, the BCP and other Anglican prayer books for style and content. Unlike the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, Common Worship uses modern twentieth century language.


It also includes services and prayers not found in older prayer books, such as a service of thanksgiving for a child. (In 1662, it was assumed that all children brought to church would be baptised as infants. Modern practice is more inclusive.)


See also

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Common Worship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1584 words)
Common Worship is the name given to the series of services authorised by the General Synod of the Church of England and launched on the first Sunday of Advent in 2000.
Like the ASB, Common Worship is mostly in modern language (though it retains versions of the Eucharist and other material in the language and using the structure of the BCP).
Common Worship bears more than a passing resemblance to the pre-Reformation church of which Cranmer commented 'many times there was more business to find out what should be read than to read it when it was found out'.
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