The Book of Common Prayer

Prayer Book, King James Bible and Shakespeare

The most readily identifiable feature of the Anglican Church is the Book of Common Prayer. No theological treatise or confession of faith expresses the essence of Anglicanism more than the Prayer Book, and with the King James Bible (another Anglican gift to the world) and Shakespeares writings, it is one of the three primary documents which shaped the modern English language.

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer, first published in 1549, was largely the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer. Out of the many rites and ceremonies of the medieval Church, Cranmer produced a book for public worship in the language of the people. The Prayer Book contains the liturgy for the Holy Communion, prayer offices for various times of day, rites of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Visitation of the Sick, Burial, rites for the Ordination of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, as well as material for certain other occasions. In the Book of Common Prayer all the essentials of worship according to the historic ancient Church are present.

Since 1549, the Book of Common Prayer has undergone many revisions and adaptations to suit it to the time, locale, and culture in which it is being used. The services in use now at Trinity Church are taken from the Book of Common prayer as ratified in 1979 by the Episcopal Church.

Christ-centered Parish

Trinity Church, Nevada City is a Christ-centered parish desiring to make the Liturgy relevant to the daily lives of people. Our worship life together is centered on the conviction that all we do as individuals and as a Christian community must begin with Christ and be sustained by the life-strengthening food of Word and Sacrament, especially the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


Worship, however, is not an end but a beginning; we go forth from the Altar renewed to be living witnesses to what we have personally experienced. We hope that you and your family will enter into the life of the parish. The increasing sense of fulfillment and ever-deepening inner growth which comes from church membership is in direct proportion to a persons interest and involvement. May your association with Trinity Church be a meaningful and joyful experience, and may our Lord continually dwell in your heart.

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