Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Book of Common Prayer for E-Sword

CAS receives a steady stream of Anglican visitors seeking a digitized copy of the Book of Common Prayer for e-Sword Bible software. "The Book of Common Prayer is one of the major works of English literature. Since its introduction in the mid-1500's it has exerted enormous influence on the religious and literary lives of all who speak the English language."

The Book of Common Prayer is on many e-Sword users' wish lists. While I don't recall seeing a complete copy in e-Sword format, part does exist.

1662 Lectionary from the Book of Common Prayer

Andrew on Esnips offers the 1662 Lectionary from the Book of Common Prayer. Andrew doesn't offer much of a description, so that's about the limit of our knowledge on his file.

Converting the Book of Common Prayer to E-Sword

As the Book of Common Prayer already exists in in digital text form, no one needs to scan and spell check the Book of Common Prayer. All one really needs to do is start with a blank e-Sword topical (.top) file and copy an existing version of the Book of Common Prayer into it and format the text as desired. Its not an overnight project, but it is possible, especially since there are 70 million Anglicans worldwide and 2 million are here in the United States. Surely there is one dedicated Anglican or a small group of Anglicans willing to transform the Book of Common Prayer into e-Sword format.

There's about 360 pages in the version of the Book of Common Prayer I reviewed online, so that means a lone dedicated Anglican could convert the entire Book of Common Prayer into e-Sword format in one year at a rate of one finished page per day. Up the standard to two finished pages per day and the project is done in six months. Throw a small team at it and the project could be done in a month or less.

e-Sword files are simply Microsoft Access databases with the .mdb extension changed to one of the many e-Sword file extensions. Using Access one can easily import and append tables. If every one on a team had clear understanding of their start and end points, each member could work on their own portion. One team member could be responsible for importing and completing the assembly of the final file.

I will leave comments open on this post to facilitate anyone wishing to undertake the holy quest of converting the Book of Common Prayer into e-Sword format.

Source: Book of Common Prayer

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