Bible and Common Prayer Book Society collaborates with Church Publishing Incorporated to provide resources to Spread the Gospel to worshipping communities

Bible and Common Prayer Book Society
Posted Sep 12, 2019

The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society is collaborating with Church Publishing Inc. (CPI) to widen the net for providing Episcopal worship resources throughout the world.

This collaboration will provide complimentary access to CPI’s popularRitePlanning, an online worship planning tool that offers a simpler and easier way to plan liturgies and create parish bulletins, to qualified worshiping communities worldwide.

“For more than 200 years, the Bible and Common Prayer Book Society has generously helped and provided for the worshipping needs of congregations everywhere,” notes the Rev. Dr. David G. Henritzy, Director.

Now, this innovative move has allowed Church Publishing’s popular Rite Planning series to be available through the Bible and Common Prayer Book Society.  RitePlanning offers a comprehensive library of liturgical and musical resources that includes The Book of Common Prayer, The Book of Occasional Services 2003, Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006, The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, The Hymnal 1982 (including service music), Lift Every Voice and Sing II, and much more. It also offers fully customizable templates and content for special services and celebrations.

“We are very pleased to continue our work with The Society and are grateful for their efforts to bring critical worship resources to Episcopal parishes and other organizations they serve,” said Mark Dazzo, SVP and Publisher of CPI. “RitePlanning offers an easy to use interface, coupled with CPI’s comprehensive liturgical library, that will result in time-savings on the user’s part and a richer and more engaging worship experience for the entire congregation.”

“Church Publishing has made it possible for us to make their newest product “Rite Planning” available to parishes which request it,” Henritzy said. “This downloadable program allows a parish to assemble a Sunday bulletin with cut-and-paste ability from the entire contents of the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal, and others.”

“This unique collaboration will benefit congregations throughout the Episcopal Church,” commented Board President Stephen Storen.   “We are thankful for this opportunity to serve, and we are thankful for the generosity of Church Publishing.”

About Church Publishing Incorporated
Founded in 1918 and headquartered in New York City, Church Publishing Incorporated is the publisher of official worship materials, books, music, and digital ministry resources for the Episcopal Church, in addition to being a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace.

The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society
Known as the Society, prayer books and hymnals are provided at no charge, with free shipping and handling.

Henritzy noted that there are needs for materials in all languages.  “We recently sent a significantly large donation of The Book of Common Prayer and The Bible, both in Spanish, to the Diocese of Puerto Rico,” he said.  “Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria and the books are highly appreciated.”

Nationally and internationally, the Bible and Common Prayer Book Society imposes no restrictions geographically, theologically or in languages.

Multi-language materials are provided.  And, if the Society doesn’t have the requested books, Henritzy said efforts are made to secure what is needed.

Who is eligible for books? As noted on the website: worshipping communities, new starts, parishes needing to replace worn-out books, financially struggling or expanding parishes, parishes which have suffered from natural disasters such as flood, fire or earthquake.

“Worshipping communities” are defined as: local congregations; congregations in the Armed Forces served by Episcopal Chaplains; congregations served by Chaplains who are priests or deacons of the Episcopal Church and ministering in prisons, nursing homes and other health-related facilities; educational institutions, such as colleges and universities; and other worshiping communities on a case-by-case basis.

Participate in this ministry
To request materials: see here. Among the required items: a letter signed by an authorized representative of the requesting organization; the books or worship resources being asked for and the quantity; written concurrence/approval of the request by the Diocesan Bishop in whose jurisdiction the requesting organization is located.

For more information: check the website at

To offer a donation: check the website at

To contact Henritzy:

Note: interviews can be arranged with recipients and donors

For more information:
The Rev. Dr. David G. Henritzy, Director