The Prolocutor presented the following address, which was ADOPTED by the Synod standing:
To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty:
This General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada, assembled in its twentieth triennial session meeting in Montreal under the Presidency of His Grace, the Archbishop of Quebec, desires to renew to Your Majesty its deep and abiding loyalty to the Throne and its devotion to Your Majesty's person.
Coming as we do from all parts of this Dominion, we know the happiness which the visit of Your Majesty and your husband His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh brought to the people of Canada. Only two months ago Your Majesty, with the President of the United States, opened the St. Lawrence Seaway, an event of outstanding importance to our country and its economic development. On that historic occasion, millions of our people were able to see and hear Your Majesty through the modern miracle of radio and television, and afterwards, in your journeying throughout this this vast country, people in cities, towns and hamlets in East and West and in the far North, were able to see Your Majesty in person as their Queen, and to realize afresh that we are part of a world-wide Commonwealth of nations living in freedom and peace.
Upon the clergy of this Church is laid the duty of prayer for Your Majesty and for the Commonwealth and Empire. To pray for Your Majesty and for the continued unity and prosperity of the Commonwealth is a task well within the compass of our loyalty. In it we lead a loyal and devoted laity many of whom proved that loyalty by service in Your Majesty's Forces, as did many of the clergy.
That Your Majesty will long reign over us as our Queen is the fervent prayer of all your Canadian people and in presenting our humble duty to Your Majesty this General Synod joins with all the people of Canada in gratitude to Almighty God for the leadership of Your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family and for the maintenance of those high ideals of life which are the fruit of the Christian faith.
[CARRIED in both houses.]
A telegram was then read from the Prime Minister of Canada as follows:
I wish to extend my warmest greetings and good wishes to the House of Bishops, the Lower House, and General Synod, as the twentieth session opens. The momentous decisions in the choice of Primate and the revision of the Book of Common Prayer, concerning as they do the two million Anglicans in this country, carry much significance far beyond your own communion.
All Canadians wish you well. (signed) John G. Diefenbaker.
"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.
That the Primate be asked to name a small sub-committee of the General Committee on the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer which shall act with the General Secretary of General Synod in preparing for the Cambridge University Press an exact copy of the changes in the Draft Prayer Book 1959 authorized by this General Synod.
"That the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in its 21st session held in the City of Kingston, in the Province of Ontario, having approved in second reading the Book Annexed to Canon XXVI as the authorized Book of Common Prayer for use throughout this Church; Place on record its whole-hearted thanks to Mr. W.D. Bowen of the Cambridge University Press for his exact and unremitting care in the preparation of this Book for printing; and our gratitude that there has been afforded to us one so qualified in liturgical knowledge and so faithful and effectual in his task. CARRIED in both Houses.
Be it further Resolved That Section 1 of Canon XXVI as enacted at said Twentieth Session be now confirmed and made effective on a day to be proclaimed by the Primate under the provisions of the Sub-section 2 of Section 6 of the Declaration of Principles. CARRIED in both Houses Nem. Con.
Be it Resolved that the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church of Canada hereto annexed which was considered and approved by the General Synod at the Twentieth Session of the Synod held in the year of our Lord 1959, be again approved at this the Twenty-first Session of said Synod, held at Kingston in Ontario in the month of August A.D. 1962, as the authorized Book of Common Prayer for use throughout said Church. CARRIED in both Houses Nem. Con.
THAT this General Synod instruct the appropriate authorities to take the necessary steps for the introduction at the next Synod of legislation repealing the last rubric at the end of the Prayer Book Service of Confirmation, and substituting a rubric stating appropriate conditions for admission to Communion and request the House of Bishops to approve and encourage the giving of dispensation by diocesan bishops from the requirements of the rubric until it is repealed.
CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 56
[Text of last rubric at the end of the Confirmation Service (p. 561) in the Book of Common Prayer (1959): "And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed".]
Moved by Brig. A.E. McB. Bell-Irving, seconded by The Ven. D.P. Watney
"That Whereas, to quote the Original Preface (1549) of the Book of Common Prayer, 'St. Paul would have such language spoken to the people in the Church, as they might understand, and have profit by hearing the same';
"And Whereas it has been the endeavour of the compilers and revisers of the Canadian Book of Common Prayer, in the quoting of Holy Scripture, to use such translations as by common consent are most acceptable to, and understandable by, those who are to worship with the book;
"Now Therefore Be It Resolved That this General Synod call to the attention of the Prayer Book Revision Committee the New English Bible recently published, and suggest that consideration be given by the Committee to the adoption of this translation for all quotations from the New Testament in subsequent editions of the Canadian Book of Common Prayer; and that similar consideration be given in regard to the quotations from the Old Testament as and when the Old Testament New English Bible Translation becomes available.
That the motion of Brig. AE. McB. Bell-Irving regarding the use of the new English Bible in subsequent editions of the Canadian Book of Common Prayer be referred to the Upper House. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Synod stood for a suitable prayer by the Primate, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Prayer Book of 1662.
Contents: Gloria in Excelsis / Howard Buchner -- A Community Eucharist from Trinity College: Music for the Alternative Texts of the Holy Eucharist.
A Community Eucharist divided into sections: Gloria in Excelsis / Howard Buchner -- Kyrie -- Trisagion -- Sanctus -- Kyrie -- Trisagion -- Sanctus.
"This music was composed for the Friday morning eucharist in the chapel at Trinity College, Toronto, by the former dean of divinity at the college, the Reverend Canon Howard W. Buchner." -- p. 4 and p. 10.