09 June 2016
The Book of Common Prayer was adopted by the Church of England on 9 June 1549
The Book of Common Prayer was adopted by the Church of England in the reign of Edward VI on 9 June 1549. A product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome, it was the first prayer book to include complete forms of service for worship in English, rather than Latin. These include orders for baptism, marriage and burials and confirmation, and thus represents a significant turning point in the religious and literary life of the country.