Book of Common Order

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1 The directory of worship drawn up by J. Knox in 1556 for the English Protestant congregation in Geneva. Appointed for use in Scotland by the General Assembly in 1562, it was replaced by the Westminster Assembly's ‘Directory of Public Worship’ in 1645.

2 In modern times the title has been revived for various service-books, none of them mandatory, used in Scotland by Churches of the Presbyterian tradition. Following the union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church in 1929, the 1940 Book of Common Order was authorized by the General Assembly. The 1979 Book of Common Order was a revision of the 1940 Book. In 1994 a new book, called Common Order, was published.

Subjects: Christianity.

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