In his introduction to this book, George Appleton writes: ‘we offer this Oxford Book of Prayer to all those who value the religious experience of mankind . . . and who believe that man has a spiritual nature which is constantly seeking its source and the creating of a human society purposed by the Creator for this world and the world beyond.’

Well over one thousand prayers are included in this book, spanning many centuries and drown from the spiritual traditions of every part of the world.

Their tone ranges from colloquial simplicity to elaborate eloquence, but all display that basic human attitude of humility towards the Creator which characterizes prayers.

A subject index makes this book easy to use when planning public worship or private contemplation.