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Prayer book revisions

BCP, 1979

The General Convention of 2018 proposed a Revised Book of Occasional Services, Expansive Language Liturgies, and an updated Marriage Liturgy. These documents – some of them are quite lengthy – can be viewed or downloaded here. Please keep in mind that these are PROPOSED revisions, and nothing has been settled yet.

BCP 1760

One of the Resolutions coming before our Diocesan Convention this October is the Prayer Book and Hymnal Revision Forum, which states in part:

Resolved, That the 170th Convention of the Diocese of California encourage congregations to study and utilize as appropriate to their context the new and revised liturgical texts approved by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, including expansive-language texts for Holy Eucharist Rite II, The Book of Occasional Services 2018, and Marriage Rites for the Whole Church (Liturgical Resources 2); and be it further

BCP Chinese-English

Resolved, That this diocesan convention, recognizing that Resolution A068 of the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church called for bishops to “engage worshiping communities in experimentation and the creation of alternative texts to offer to the wider church” and urged every diocese “to create a liturgical commission to collect, reflect, teach and share these resources” with the Episcopal Church Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, call upon the Bishop Diocesan to appoint a liturgical commission consisting of lay and ordained members to carry out the tasks identified in Resolution A068, to include at least three lay and three ordained members, at least one of whom is skilled in music; …

All of the Diocesan proposed resolutions are here. A helpful article about the proposed revisions is here.

The Prayer Book has been modified many times and into many languages, from the first Anglican Book of Common Prayer in 1549 to the current Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, 1979. The first Episcopal prayer book was established in 1789 with the words, “It is but reasonable that upon weighty and important considerations, according to the various exigency of times and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein [to forms of public worship]… (BCP, pg. 9).

On September 8, EJ Hilliard will present to us the proposed resolutions, including this one. Please join us at 9:15am in the Education Room for this important discussion.