Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music releases survey on two marriage liturgies

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is inviting Episcopalians to complete an online survey as part of its effort to gather data on the church’s response to two marriage liturgies that were authorized for trial use at the 2015 General Convention.

One of the liturgies—The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2—is a gender-neutral version of the marriage service in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The other—The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage—was originally approved in 2012 for blessing same-sex unions, then revised in 2015 to include vows of marriage.

Both liturgies are contained in Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will be a Blessing, Revised and Expanded 2015, which was authorized by the passage of Resolution A054.

The resolution also directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to monitor the use of these materials and report its findings to the 2018 General Convention.

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La Comisión Permanente de Liturgia y Música les invita a los episcopales a llenar una encuesta en línea como parte de su esfuerzo de recopilar datos sobre la respuesta de la iglesia a dos liturgias matrimoniales que fueron autorizadas para uso provisional en la Convención General de 2015.

Una de las liturgias—La celebración y la bendición de un matrimonio 2—es una versión con género neutro del servicio matrimonial en el Libro de Oración Común de 1979. La otra—El testimonio y la bendición de un matrimonio—se aprobó originalmente en 2012 para bendecir las uniones de personas del mismo sexo, y luego se revisó en 2015 para incluir votos de matrimonio.

Ambas liturgias se contienen en Recursos Litúrgicos 1: Te bendeciré y serás bendición, revisado y ampliado en 2015, que fue autorizada por la aprobación de la Resolución A054.

La resolución también ordenó a la Comisión Permanente de Liturgia y Música que monitoree el uso de estos materiales e informe sus conclusiones a la Convención General de 2018.

Request for Prayers on Racial Justice and Reconciliation

In response to Resolution A182, the SCLM is continuing the process of gathering liturgical resources to be suitable for inclusion for the prayers of the people that speak to issues of racial injustice and reconciliation.

The SCLM envisions this as a Church-wide project. We are eager to learn about the ways the Church has already been praying about racial reconciliation and hope to share online various prayers that can be used in The Prayers of the People.

We know there are many excellent prayers already in local use. We would like to begin to collect these resources and connect with the people who developed them.

If you are aware of any prayers that have been used or developed within your local context that speak to racial reconciliation, please send these to us by emailing Athena Hahn by March 20.

We also welcome you to contact us if you know of people in your diocese or parish who have written or are working on such prayers, please send us their contact information and encourage them to share their work with us.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns in regards to this work on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music please email Christopher Decatur, chair, Racial Reconciliation and Justice workgroup of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Interview with the Rev. Keith Griffiths, a member of the Provincial Liturgical Commission in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Resolution A169 of the 2015 General Convention directed the SCLM “to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the 79th General Convention.” To gather information and opinions to shape its conversations, the members of the SCLM are interviewing Anglican partners who have recently revised their prayerbooks.

Second in the series is a January 2017 interview with the Rev. Keith Griffiths, a member of the Provincial Liturgical Commission in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, which is currently undertaking liturgical revision.

Interview with the Rt. Rev. Harold Miller, bishop of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland

Resolution A169 of the 2015 General Convention directed the SCLM “to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the 79th General Convention.” To gather information and opinions to shape its conversations, the members of the SCLM are interviewing Anglican partners who have recently revised their prayerbooks.

First in the series is an October 2016 interview with the Rt. Rev. Harold Miller, bishop of Down and Dromore in Northern Ireland, who chaired the Church of Ireland’s Liturgical Advisory Committee during the development of its 2004 Book of Common Prayer.

Four Possible Paths for the Book of Common Prayer

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) will be sending to General Convention 2018 four different paths forward for its consideration in regards to the Book of Common Prayer and liturgical renewal.  It will request that General Convention 2018 select one of the four paths that will chart the SCLM’s course for the 2018-2021, and 2021-2024 triennia.  The SCLM is looking for a clearly articulated (and funded) mandate for its work going forward.  The four paths are:

1) Full and comprehensive revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer beginning after the 2018 General Convention;

2) Creation of comprehensive Book(s) of Alternative Services and no revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, with work beginning after the 2018 General Convention;

3) Intensive church-wide conversation between the 2018 and 2021 General Convention about whether a revision of the Book of Common Prayer is needed or desirable; to what extent; and whether, if revision is not desirable, the Episcopal Church should instead develop significant supplemental liturgical resources, such as a Book of Alternative Services;

4) A step back from efforts toward comprehensive liturgical revision or creation of new liturgies, and an accompanying commitment to deepening the collective understanding of – and engagement with – the theology of our current liturgies.

In shorthand, four possible paths forward are:

  • Revise Book of Common Prayer
  • Create Book(s) of Alternative Services, and leave the BCP 1979 alone
  • More talking, listening, researching, and discerning
  • Deepening our relationship with the 1979 BCP

In addition, General Convention 2018 could choose to combine path #2, #3, or #4 with another option, which is to develop “technical fixes” to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  Technical fixes are adjustments in grammar, punctuation, and word choice that do not change the theology, poetry, or intended meaning of the text.  (for example: in Eucharistic Prayer C – changing “you made us the rulers of creation” to “you made us the stewards of creation” or adding the matriarchs along with the patriarchs).  The SCLM will offer to General Convention 2018’s consideration a clear and detailed definition of the meaning of “technical fixes” and a list of specific examples.

The option that General Convention chooses will shape the ways in which the SCLM gathers information from the wider church after 2018.

A news release regarding our plans, and describing some of the methods of data collection we envision, was sent on December 5 to the wider church.

Resolution A169 of the 2015 General Convention directs the SCLM “to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the 79th General Convention.”

 

 

Book of Occasional Services Revision

Between now and General Convention in 2018, the SCLM’s Book of Occasional Services Committee will carry out Resolution A059 of the 2015 General Convention, which directs the SCLM to “continue its work on a comprehensive revision of the Book of Occasional Services, to seek widespread input on the table of contents and scope of the revision, and to report on its progress to the 79th General Convention.”

New liturgies to be developed for consideration of the 2015 General Convention include:

Las Posadas
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos
Lunar New Year
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Blessing of Holy Water
Rubric and Directions for Short-Form House Blessing
Quinceañera
Reincorporation after Traumatic Absence
St. Francis Day/Blessing of the Animals
Naming Rite for Receiving or Claiming a New Name

Liturgies to be revised include:

Liturgical Materials Honoring God in Creation
Seasonal Blessings
Concerning the Advent Wreath
Advent Festival of Lessons and Music
Station at a Christmas Creche
Christmas Festival of Lessons and Music
Candlemas Procession
Tenebrae
Preparation for Adults for Holy Baptism
Concerning the Catechumenate
Admission of Catechumens
During the Catechumenate
Enrollment for Candidates for Baptism
During Candidacy
The Presentation of the Creed
The Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer
Concerning Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
Preparation of Baptized Persons for Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant
Welcoming Returning Members and Members Baptized in Other Traditions
Enrollment for Lenten Preparation
Maundy Thursday Rite of Preparation for The Paschal Holy Days
The Preparation of Parents and Godparents for the Baptism of Infants and Young Children
A Public Service of Healing
Recognition of Ministries in the Church and in the World
Distribution of Holy Communion by Lay Eucharistic Ministers to persons who are ill or infirm

If you would like to submit a liturgy to the SCLM’s Book of Occasional Services Committee, please email it to Ana Hernández at ana@anahernandez.org.