This page provides a set of links to useful materials on the law of liturgy in the Church of England. This includes the law of the Eucharist, but the law of baptism, marriage, burials, and ecumenical projects can be found on other pages either already available or in preparation.

Whereas it is hoped that these links will be of assistance to those applying the law in this area, each case has its own specific set of facts and so where ambiguities or uncertainties exist it is suggested that assistance may be sought from the relevant Diocesan Registrar. Contact details for your Diocesan Registrar can be found at

Statutory Materials


Authorized Liturgy

  • The Book of Common Prayer
  • Canons B2, B4, and B5 refer to Approved and Commended forms of service. A list of such can be found here.
  • The texts and rubrics of Common Worship can be found here

Regulations and Guidance

Legal Opinions of the Legal Advisory Commission of the Church of England


  • Bursell, R. D. H. Liturgy, Order and the Law(Oxford, 1996)
  • Doe, N. The Legal Framework of the Church of England(Oxford, 1996)
  • Hill, M. Ecclesiastical Law 4thedition(Oxford, 2018) Chapter 5.


  • Re St Thomas, Pennywell[1995] 2 WLR 154 (reservation of the Sacrament, ius liturgicum)
  • Re All Saints Monkwearmouth[2011] 14 Ecc LJ 318 (communion by extension)