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Rituals and Worship

Sacred Time

Anglican corporate worship takes place weekly on the Lord's Day (Sunday), and follows a calendar of feast days, holy days, and seasons, commemorating individuals and also events in the life of Christ.

Sacred Space

While some Anglicans have no concept of sacred space, many regard a space as sanctified when it is set apart for sacred activities, such as the Eucharist. Anglo-Catholic Church architecture retains elements from medieval designs, transformed for modern worship.

Rites and Ceremonies

The Book of Common Prayer is the main book of Anglican rites and ceremonies. Anglican ceremonies are centered on the great sacraments of Eucharist and baptism, as well as other sacramental rites.

Worship and Devotion in Daily Life

Anglicanism encourages formal, corporate prayer and Bible reading through forms set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. Daily individual prayer and Bible reading, and also informal corporate devotional gatherings, are also encouraged.


The cross is the leading symbol in Anglicanism. After a history of disputes and trends, Anglican churches today range from austere to heavily ornamented with symbolic materials.