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- proper n. The book containing the liturgy of the Church of England; compiled by Thomas Cranmer in 1549 following the Act of Uniformity.
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- n. the Anglican service book of the Church of England; has had several revisions since the Reformation and is widely admired for the dignity and beauty of its language
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The book's very title had already announced its to a Protestant shocking conclusion: that "searching the Scriptures," along with the Book of Common Prayer, would yield not the "obvious" conclusion--namely, that Protestantism was the way to go--but that the Scriptures themselves adequately demonstrated that the Roman Catholic Church was the one true church.
King's Chapel, if you're unfamiliar with it, is a liberal Christian church in the Unitarian Universalist Association that started out, way back in 1686, as the first Anglican church in New England; it became independent and unitarian in the 1780s, but has continued to use the Book of Common Prayer in its own distinctive way ever since.
For in that time the same church hierarchy has ruthlessly suppressed the King James Bible, along with the Book of Common Prayer.