Prayer book is one of the most important types of religious literature. This year Isle of Man celebrates the 250th anniversary of the first prayer book published in Manx Gaelic.
StampNews.com encourages our readers to throw a look at the sparkling set of five stamps that marks this event. Local artist Julia Ashby Smyth has focused on a selection of Manx words and religious emblems most closely associated with the spiritual aspects of Christmas and winter festival.
The Book of Common Prayer is the short title of a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Communion, as well as by the Continuing Anglican, "Anglican realignment" and other Anglican churches. The original book, published in 1549 (Church of England 1957), in the reign of Edward VI, was a product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome.
Prayer books, unlike books of prayers, contain the words of structured (or liturgical) services of worship. The work of 1549 was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English.
The first Manx translation of the Book of Common Prayer was made by Bishop John Phillips of Sodor and Man in 1610. A more successful "New Version" by Bishop Mark Hildesley (1698–1772) was in use until 1824 when English liturgy became universal on the island.