The author reflects on the reality that Anglicans are divided by the hymn and prayer books they use (and do not use). "Perhaps we could create a new prayer book structured like a hymnbook. It would contain all the prayers for the Communion service taken from all the approved sources .... And all these prayers would be numbered, just like the hymns in a hymnbook, to enable us to assemble them as we wish. What a treasure house. There would be something for everybody, as opposed to the present politicized system where the winner takes all". This "new book of worship for Holy Communion ... would be called the BAP (Book of Alternative Prayers). Its cover would be brown (a mixture of red and green) and it would be used by the whole community for the single Sunday morning service, starting at 10:15 a.m."
The author "is a Toronto architect and liturgical consultant".
That approval be given for the BAS Evaluation Commission to continue its work in accordance with the mandate of the 1989 General Synod and report to the 1995 General Synod; and
that $95,000 be approved to fund its work.
A vote by Orders was requested by six Synod members from New Westminster: Rev. Ralph Blackman, Mr. Robert Dickson, Archbishop Douglas Hambidge, Mr. Tod Maffin, Archdeacon Lou Rivers and Archdeacon Bill Stephens.
"This account of the lively process behind Canadian Prayer Book revision provides a clear historical context for the continuing evolution of liturgy in the Anglican Church of Canada. Focusing particularly on the eucharistic rite in the `Book of Common Prayer', William Blott outlines the theological and ecclesiological issues behind the evolution of Anglican faith and practice in Canada". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface dated Toronto, December 1997 / William R. Blott -- The English background to revision -- Prayer Book revision in the United States -- The Canadian background to revision -- The first Canadian revision -- Revision begun: The establishment of principles and practice -- The revision of Morning Prayer and the Holy Eucharist -- The inter-revision period -- The second revision: procedure and people -- The 1952 rite -- Reaction to the 1952 rite -- The Carrington proposal -- Analysis of the 1962 revision -- Thanksgiving and consecration -- Conclusion -- Bibliography.
Bishop Berry reported that a Pastoral Letter is to be prepared and submitted to the Primate for distribution in early September, 1985.
It is to be stressed in the Pastoral that the Book of Common Prayer is the official Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Canada. Wide use of the Lectionary throughout the Canadian Church will be urged. All clergy and laity will be encouraged to look at the theological focus and practical instructions regarding how to take the Services.
That a Pastoral Letter be distributed to the whole Canadian Church in September, urging the use of the Book of Alternative Services, and encouraging study at the parish, deanery and diocesan levels of theological focus and practical instructions regarding the taking of Services. CARRIED #3-2-85
It was agreed that those Dioceses which have guidelines on the use of the Book of Alternative Services should send a copy of the guidelines to the Primate for distribution to all the Bishops.
Text of Pastoral Letter issued September 1985 (as in Official binder)
The Bishops of the Church send greetings to all our people as we begin to use the new official Book of Alternative Services, authorized by the General Synod of 1983 at Fredericton, New Brunswick.
We write to all our people mindful that the Book of Common Prayer is the official prayer book of the Church but that, in line with most of the Anglican Communion and with other Christian traditions, new liturgical forms are being used. New expressions of faith and worship relevant to our understanding of God's purpose in this world, and adapted to the communication needs of our age have resulted in our Book of Alternative Services which offers new possibilities and resources for worship and nurture.
The Book of Alternative Services has been approved after fourteen years of experimentation. It combines an ecumenical dimension of worship together with the Common Lectionary, which should be of great value to the whole Church.
We are aware of the need for the care and sensitivity in introducing the Book of Alternative Services into the life of the Church, and we ask the clergy to provide guidance and instruction on its contents and to encourage congregations to participate in its regular use and evaluation.
The opportunity is before us to use a new vehicle of liturgical expression and it is offered to the whole Church with the prayer that we might grow in faith and in the worship of God.
We commend it for personal and congregational use.
The author, a deacon, writes about the challenges and opportunities of organizing large liturgical gatherings. "Large liturgies, not usually found in Anglican parish churches on Sunday mornings, present problems that require careful and specific attention to: for example, decisions need to be made about who is in charge, who assigns liturgical roles, the use of non-traditional space and symbols on a large scale to ensure good sight lines and high-quality audio capabilities, and how to manage large numbers of people at communion". The discussion is divided into seven main sections: authority, hospitality, assigning roles, deacons, logistics of communion, space and movement, and conclusion.
Includes a very short addendum at the end "Peter Wall responds" by the Dean of Niagara, who was Worship Co-ordinator for the 37th General Synod held in St. Catharines in May-June 2004.
At head of cover title: Towards a renewed understanding of Christian initiation.
"The Worship and Doctrine Committee [sic i.e. Doctrine and Worship Committee] of the Anglican Church of Canada. Chairman: The Rt. Rev. H.V.R. Short. Task Force on Christian Initiation: The Rev. H.B. Barrett, The Very Rev. D.J. Carter, The Rev. Dr. F.W. Crabb, The Rev. Dr. W.R.K. Crockett, The Rev. P.W. Davison, Dr. J.R.H. Dempster (Chairman), The Rt. Rev. J.T. Frame, Mr. J.M. Hattersley, The Rev. H.J. McSherry. General Editor: The Rev. A. Gordon Baker". -- t.p.
Bibliography: p. 12.
"In 1971 and again in 1973, General Synods of the Anglican Church of Canada passed resolutions leading towards the adoption of a new practice and a new rite for christian initiation. A further resolution of the 1973 Synod called for intensive study of this subject throughout the Canadian church. The documents and rites collected in this booklet were prepared by the Christian Initiation Task Force of General Synod's Committee on Doctrine and Worship, and were presented by that committee to the 1971 and 1973 General Synods. They are published in this form by the committee (with only minor editing) to make them generally available through the church, as a first step in enabling the study called for by the Synod. Also included for reference are the major resolutions on christian initiation passed by the two General Synods. This will be followed by publication of a more extensive study guide on christian initiation". -- Preface.
Contents: Report to General Synod, 1971 -- Resolution of General Synod, 1971 -- Report to General Synod, 1973 -- Resolution of General Synod, 1973 -- An Order for Holy Baptism -- A Form for the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows and for Commitment to Christian Service -- A Form for the Reception of Persons from another Christian Denomination -- Bibliography.
Printed text of rubrics/instructions in liturgies (pp. 15-26) printed in blue ink.
1. That the name of the Committee be changed to the Committee on Public Worship.
2. That the Committee on Public Worship should give attention not only to the texts for Worship and Ceremonial of Worship, but also to the whole process of the renewal of Worship in our Church, to facilitate this renewal by means of information, by better communication and by assuming a further educational task.
3. Its particular functions would be:
(a) to continue the present responsibilities of the Prayer Book Revision Committee.
(b) to provide information about texts and ways of experimentation in worship in the contemporary church.
(c) to collect information and evaluation about how the church is working at worship.
(d) to develop and maintain communication with diocesan liturgical authorities, among the dioceses, and with the House of Bishops: with the United Church and Anglican Liturgical Commission on Worship, and to report to General Synod.
4. That the Committee on Public Worship should have a close relationship (staff and secretarial help) with one of the appropriate divisions in the New structure of Church House (e.g. the proposed Local Ministry Division). CARRIED in both Houses.