The Bible in Church English Authorised Version of 1611
Holy Bible
Authorised Version (1611)

“COME unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30.

See also Ecclesiasticus 51:23-27.

“FOR centuries the Bible has been a wholesome and strengthening influence in our national life, and it behoves us in these momentous days to turn with renewed faith to this Divine source of comfort and inspiration.”

King George VI

A foreword to a Bible issued to the Armed Forces,

September 15, 1939


Messiah: The Story of Redemption

A collection of Biblical quotations by Charles Jennens, to music by George Frideric Handel, telling of the King of Glory who came to give Light to those in darkness and to open the Gates of Heaven.

Various Prayers
in Church English

The Prayer of the Heart

The Creed

The Lord’s Prayer

The Trisagion Prayers

Hail, Gladdening Light

The Song of the Theotokos

The Song of Simeon

The Great Doxology

Some Prayers of St Bede


For practical advice on prayer, see ‘Let us learn to pray’ (, compiled in three parts from the the writings of St Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894).

A Prayer of St Bede

AND I pray thee, merciful Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously granted me sweet draughts from the Word which tells of Thee, so wilt Thou, of Thy goodness, grant that I may come at length to Thee, the fount of all wisdom, and stand before Thy face for ever.

St Bede of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow (c. 673-735), at the close of his History of the English Church and People.

Of Christ

CHRIST is that Morning Star
which, when the night of this age is past,
promises to his saints the light of life,
and opens everlasting day.

St Bede of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow (c. 673-735), in his Commentary on the Revelation of St John the Divine.

See posts on this website by or based on the writings of St Bede

* This calendar shows the date according to the Church Calendar used in England until 1752 (OS or ‘Old Style’), and still used by the Russian Church and the Holy Mountain of Athos in Greece.

From The Psalms

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 27:8-9

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(8th century)
The Cross of Christ speaks, and tells of the amazing transformation from sign of shame to sign of redemption.
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