Prayer book

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A prayer book is a book containing prayers and perhaps devotional readings, for private or communal use, or in some cases, outlining the liturgy of religious services. Books containing mainly orders of religious services, or readings for them are termed "service books" or "liturgical books", and are thus not prayer-books in the strictest sense, but the term is often used very loosely. A religion's scriptures might also be considered prayer books as well.

Jewish prayer books[edit]

In Judaism, the Siddur is a prayer book "containing the three daily prayers; also the prayers for Shabbat, Rosh-Chodesh and the festivals."[1]

Christian prayer books[edit]


Breviaries are prayer books used in many Christian denominations by believers to pray at fixed prayer times the canonical hours seven times a day, a practice that has its roots in Psalm 119:164.[4]

Daily devotional[edit]

Throughout the year, and especially during certain seasons of the Christian liturgical kalendar such as Advent and Lent, many Christians pray a daily devotional, which contains a prayer for each day along with a reflection on a passage from the Christian Bible.

Notable prayer books[edit]

The following are among the many books to which the term may loosely refer in various churches, although in strict usage a prayer book is likely to mean a miscellaneous book of prayers as opposed to the standard service books as listed in the last group below:

Actual prayer books



Service & liturgical books

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mindel, Nissan. "The Prayer Book: The Siddur". Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  2. ^ Mary Cecil, 2nd Baroness Amherst of Hackney (1906). A Sketch of Egyptian History from the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Methuen. p. 399. Prayers 7 times a day are enjoined, and the most strict among the Copts recite one of more of the Psalms of David each time they pray. They always wash their hands and faces before devotions, and turn to the East.
  3. ^ Shehimo: Book of Common Prayer. Diocese of South-West America of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. 2016. p. 5. We pray standing upright while facing East as we collect our thoughts on God.
  4. ^ "Prayers of the Church". Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  5. ^ Hollinger-Janzen, Lynda (26 March 2008). "Anabaptist prayer book globally embraced". Mennonite Mission Network. Retrieved 5 August 2020.