"Published for the General Synod of the Church of England by CIO Publishing, 1980". -- verso of t.-p.
Liturgical Commission Chair: The Very Rev. R.C.D. Jasper.
Includes bibliographical references.
"Since 1965, when the Prayer Book (Alternative and Other Services) Measure was passed, the Church of England has experimented with many forms of service alternative to those in the Book of Common Prayer. The main result of all this experiment has been the Alternative Service Book 1980. The Liturgical Commission has now prepared a Commentary on the Book in the light of its experience ion compiling the services, drawing on the valuable Introductions which accompanied them when presented initially to the Convocations and the House of Laity and subsequently to the General Synod. The Commission also indicates how the services have been modified in recent years in the light of experimental use". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Robert Cantuar i.e. Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury [and] Stuart Ebor i.e. Blanch, Archbishop of York -- Members of the Liturgical Commission -- The Background to the Alternative Service Book -- The Calendar, Rules to Order the Service, and Lectionary -- Morning and Evening Prayer -- Prayers for Various Occasions -- The Collects -- Holy Communion Rite A -- Holy Communion Rite B -- Thanksgiving: (i) for the Birth of a Child : (ii) after Adoption -- Baptism and Confirmation -- The Marriage Service -- Funeral Services -- The Ordinal -- The Liturgical Psalter -- The Language of Worship.