Liturgy & the Book of Common Prayer

For Episcopalians, also referred to as “Anglicans”, we trace our history to the Church of England, and so share with Anglicans around the world the practice of worship that is grounded in The Book of Common Prayer. Often, we refer to our worship as “liturgy,” a word deriving from the Greek leitourgia, which means “the work of the people.” Liturgy is both the public prayer and worship of the people of God gathered in community and the texts and rites than enable this public worship to take place. As such, our worship is both ancient and modern, following worship traditions that are nearly two thousand years old, while at the same time contemporary to our own time.