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Book of Common Prayer

Official prayer book of church of England. Contains order of service for morning and evening prayer, eucharist, baptism, matrimony, burial, confirmation and other rites, the psalter and (from 1552) the ordinal. 1549 First Prayer Book of Edward VI (enforced by Act of Uniformity) 1550 Ordinal 1552 Second Prayer Book of Edward VI. Recast Holy Communion Service; included introductions to morning and evening prayer; ordered the use of surplice instead of vestments in the ornaments rubric; removed references to 'mass' and 'altar'; included, without parliamentary authority, so-called 'black rubric' or declaration on kneeling during the communion. 1553 Mary I repealed Prayer Books and restored old services.1559 Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer.