English Protestant reformers believed every Christian should be able to
read the Bible and understand the Church's teaching. They created a
resource, the Book of Common Prayer, that has served as a guide for
Anglican worship and Christian instruction since 1549.
The Book of Common Prayer includes worship services (liturgies), collections of prayers, creeds (statements of belief), a catechism
(outline of Christian teachings),
a psalter (the Biblical Psalms) and a calendar
of the Church year (list of dates Christians celebrate, such as Christmas and
Today, the Episcopal Church, USA still uses the Book of Common
as the basis for its communal worship and life.