Those who attend the 7:45 service of the Eucharist during the program year are the experts on this piece of news, because they use the BCP – the Book of Common Prayer – throughout the year. But this summer, both to conserve paper and to familiarize the rest of our parish family with this great worship resource, our service leaflets are referring to pages in the BCP for parts of the service rather than printing them in their entirety.
Did you know that every English-language BCP, no matter where it is printed or what it looks like, has the exact same page structure? Page 355 is where the Rite Two service of the Holy Eucharist begins, for example. If you want to know the responses for the Prayers of the People, Form VI, turn to page 392. But a handy reference for parts of the service is not all you’ll find in the BCP. Page through it (or check it out online at http://bcponline.org – the page numbers are the same even here!) and you’ll find prayers for just about every facet of life, starting on page 810; an Outline of the Faith, or catechism, starting on page 845; and even tables for finding dates of Holy Days, starting on page 880. Interested in what a service of thanksgiving for a child’s birth or adoption looks like? Turn to page 439. Morning Prayer begins on page 37 for Rite One, and 74 for Rite Two.
It is a trove of both doctrinal information and heartfelt worship. Take a look!