Episcopalians for Traditional Faith is dedicated to preserving and increasing use of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer within the Episcopal Church.
Welcome to the new website of Episcopalians for Traditional Faith (ETF), your source for information about The 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
ETF, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, is expanding The Prayer Book Project, which includes publication of The ETF 10th Anniversary Edition of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Click on "GOOD BOOKS" and purchase the hardcover or paperback 1928 Book of Common Prayer for yourself and your church.
Why is the 1928 BCP important?
Unlike recent "experimental" or "provisional" rites, the 1928 BCP relies on the Word of God. It is inspired by holy scripture, with passages from the Old and New Testaments included in every service. Over each year, the entire Bible is read through use of the 1928 BCP. This American Prayer Book is unique to The Episcopal Church. It is the direct descendant of the first BCP, published by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and adopted in 1549 by the British Parliament as the official liturgy. It embodies Anglican culture and civilization as well as a religion that has endured for more than 2,000 years. National Church revisionists' efforts to attract new members in the name of "inclusiveness" or "diversity" have failed miserably. Before the revisionists rewrote the Prayer Book, the Episcopal Church boasted a membership of more than 3 million. Now fewer than 700,000 show up in Episcopal churches on Sunday. It would be interesting to see if a return to traditional worship would reverse this trend. If parish priests were to re-introduce the 1928 BCP, we could see a resurgence of membership come to worship with the quintessentially Anglican and American Prayer Book