It’s easy to see that the things we believe shape the way we pray and worship—but the opposite is also true. What we pray and how we worship shapes what we believe. When you get right down to it, the way we pray shapes even more than our beliefs: It shapes our lives. For hundreds of years, Anglicans have participated in—and been shaped by—a shared liturgy, passing it forward from one generation to the next through The Book of Common Prayer. As we participate in traditional Common Prayer, we join with Christians of the past in shared practice and belief. And as long as we do so, this living faith of the dead continues to express itself in the practice of the living.