Hours of Prayer (A Collection of Private Devotions) English Orthodox Liturgy of 1560

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English Orthodox Liturgical supplement of 1560.
A Collection of Private Devotions:
In the practice of The Ancient Church
called The Hours of Prayer
as they were after this manner published by authority
of Queen Elizabeth, 1560.
Taken out of the Holy Scriptures, the ancient Fathers,
and the Divine Service of our own church.
Reprint from 1627 version.

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BCP Hours of Prayer in PDF Format(click to download)


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Buy a copy: Cosin’s 1627 version “Collection of Private devotions.”


This liturgy is canonical and orthodox, for all the people to unite in worship in their common tounge.

The whole Western Rite Orthodox community understands that the English Liturgy (1549 Book of Common Prayer) was widely considered a Canonical Orthodox Liturgy. Before the Bolshevik revolution the Holy Synod of Russia in 1907 agreed to it, with some small considerations in the structure.

These Brotherly advices were considered and adapted by the 1928 version of the Book of Common Prayer.

This liturgy has been augmented with material from the Sarum Missal, Gothic Missal, York rite, and 1718 Scottish Non-Juror liturgy. An epiclesis from the Gothic Missal is included. 

Note: The non-Juror Bishops had concrete recognitions of the British church acknowledged across the Patriarchates, under protection of Tsar Peter the Great. These had all agreed on the antiquity and superiority of the Orthodox church of Britain(Culdees) in the West. Most consider Britain to have remained directly subordinate to the Jerusalem Patriarchate, but with some independence. While others considered the Glastonbury See of Britain to be always an independent lead of the church across the world, especially in its thriving church regions which Rome could not penetrate. Several at least consider the much larger Cathedral(Abbey) of Glastonbury to have been equal to Constantinople, as for it’s popularity it was called the second Rome, among other high recognitions the world over. The Glastonbury Tor was called a pyramid and the Monks there were called Egyptian by those authoring the stories of St Patrick and Patrick’s Irish (Culdean Primates from Armagh) successors who at their climax had the tradition to leave Ireland to lead the Monks at Glastonbury. Ireland being another one of the harder Jurisdictions to penetrate, and being one of many safe havens for our English and Scottish Orthodox. Still all were agreed that the Orthodox English are successors of the First Century Orthodox Church of the Celts (Culdees), as planted by Christ’s Uncle St Joseph of Arimathea and by Aristobulus(assistant of the Holy Apostle St Andrew). In our church we have also the traditions and historical records demonstrating these were accompanied by other Apostles of Jesus Christ and numerous First Century Saints.

English Orthodox Private Devotions For the Hours of Prayer, as Published in 1560, added footnotes of Scripture and Church Fathers in 1626