The Book of Common Prayer, with annotations by C. K. Robertson and a preface by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, is part of the SkyLight Illuminations series. In 1549 Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII's Archbishop of Canterbury, oversaw the creation of the BCP. Since then it has been revised and seen plenty of use as a devotional classic and as a staple for public worship by the 80 million Anglican Christians around the world. As Desmond Tutu points out, the community of believers makes this work a treasure as all share in "common needs, hopes, and prayer."

No doubt, each reader will have his or her own favorite prayers from the BCM. Ours is one from the church in Aotearoa, New Zealand that speaks to those who are aging and facing the uncertainties of "life's last quarter:"

"God of the unknown,
as age draws in on us, irresistible as the tide,
make our life's last quarter the best that there has been.
As our strength ebbs, release our inner vitality,
all you have taught us over the years;
as our energy diminishes
increase our compassion, and educate our prayer.
You have made us human to share your divine life;
grant us the first-fruits;
make our life's last quarter the best that there has been.
Amen."