It was moved by Mr. W. St. Clair Low, seconded by Rt. Rev. H.R. Hunt,
That this General Synod approves in principle the preparation of a version of the present Book of Common Prayer in contemporary English and to this end requests the Committee on the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer to make available within the next twelve months such a version of the Administration of Holy Communion and the Order for Morning and Evening Prayer for permissive use subject to the consent of the Diocesan Bishops.
That the said motion be referred to the Committee on Revision of the Prayer Book for consideration and report. The amendment was put and CARRIED in both Houses.
Moved by the Bishop of Niagara, seconded by Mr. N.H. Moody,
That the allocation of the Peter Larkin Foundation gift be made as follows: to the Primacy Fund $177,601.30 (making a total capital fund of $300,000); to the Anglican Foundation of Canada $170,000; M.S.C.C., for new work overseas, the balance (approximately $40,000 to $50,000).
Moved in amendment, That the balance in the Peter Larkin Foundation gift, after the proposed grant to the Primacy Fund of $177,601.30 be equally divided between The Anglican Foundation of Canada, and the M.S.C.C. for new work overseas. CARRIED
That this Executive Council expresses its appreciation of the work of our Chaplains in the Armed Services and sends its greetings to them, and its best wishes for God's continued blessing upon them in their important ministry, and would further couple with this resolution a warm tribute to the Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris, Bishop of Brandon, on the devoted and able leadership he provides to this area of the Church's mission as our Bishop Ordinary to the forces. CARRIED
The Chairman, Bishop R.L. Seaborn reported that the Committee had been largely involved in its Worship Task. Some study had been done on the Doctrinal Commission Report and a statement would be forwarded to the General Commission. The Committee expressed some confusion with its relationship to the House of Bishops concerning Doctrine. The Bishop reported that a Task Force was attempting to assess contemporary liturgies, but as yet there were no conclusive results.
Bishop Seaborn reported the following resolutions.
Task Force on General Synod Worship
1) That the Committee accept the recommendation of the Task Force for the opening Eucharist to be held in the hotel and that representatives be empowered to visit the Hotel and make the necessary arrangements.
2) That the committee accept the recommendations of the Task Force with regard to the new rite for the opening service.
3) That a daily Eucharist be held as an integral part of the Synod sessions, that an opening period of worship of approximately 20 minutes be held daily in the setting of Morning Prayer at the start of sessions and that Compline be held at the conclusion of the evening session.
4) That this committee recommend to NEC and to the House of Bishops that two services of Intercommunion be planned according to orders.
Baptism, Confirmation and Christian Initiation
NOTICE OF MOTION WAS GIVEN
1) That this committee recommends that Water Baptism in the name of the Trinity be regarded not only as the Sacramental means of admission to the Christian community and faith in Christ, but also as the valid means of admission to and reception of the Holy Eucharist.
2) That this notice of motion be received for discussion at the September meeting and that a task force is to be appointed to work on this area meanwhile.
3) That the Chairman bring this motion to the attention of the Bishops of the Canadian Church for their information and comment.
That the report of the Doctrine and Worship Committee be received. CARRIED
That NEC authorize the Task Force on Worship at General Synod to proceed with provision for Worship at General Synod as outlined generally in their report; to do so in consultation with the Bishop of Niagara and in liaison with the Committee on Organization. CARRIED
The suggestion was made that a representative of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) might be invited to preach at the Opening Service of General Synod.