Following a brief commentary by Bishop Short, it was
That the Holy Eucharist, An Alternative Canadian Use herewith submitted as Canadian Anglican Liturgical Series #4, be approved as an alternative form to the Book of Common Prayer service.
An amendment to the motion was
Moved by: The Rev. Canon E.R. Fairweather
Seconded by: The Rev. Canon R.E. Ivany
That, following the words, 'Canadian Anglican Liturgical Series #4', the words, 'and the Second Service of the Episcopal Church and the Third Service of the Church of England', be inserted.
The Mover and Seconder of the original motion agreed to accept the amendment as part of the motion.
Moved by: The Rt. Rev. M.L. Goodman
That the motion be tabled.
As there was no Seconder to the motion, it was not accepted.
A second amendment to this motion was
Moved by: The Rev. J. Hattersley
Seconded by: Miss Betty C. Graham
That the word "approved" be deleted, and the word "commended" be inserted in its place.
The Mover and Seconder agreed to this amendment. The motion will now read:
That the Holy Eucharist, An Alternative Canadian Use herewith submitted as Canadian Anglican Liturgical Series #4, and the Second Service of the Episcopal Church and the Third Service of the Church of England, be commended as alternative forms to the Book of Common Prayer service.
1. That, under the direction of the House of Bishops, more latitude be extended to the clergy in the use of the services of the Prayer Book, especially variations from the order of Evening Prayer; and that special forms of services for use, particularly in mission areas, be prepared and duly authorized; the same to be printed in full in consecutive order and in booklet form. CARRIED in both Houses.
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.
March 9, 1994 -- A new survey in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle has confirmed the results of an earlier, nationwide survey of Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and Book of Alternative Services (BAS) usage, according to the BAS Evaluation Commission.
The Commission, meeting March 5 to 8 , received a report of a survey conducted in Qu'Appelle in which parishioners in each parish were given an opportunity to express their opinions.
More than 1,500 parishioners responded -- more than 10 percent of the number of members on parish rolls in the diocese, and almost half the average weekly attendance at worship. The report indicated widespread use of both the BAS and BCP and, in general, satisfaction with the pattern of worship which involves the two books.
The Rt. Rev. Eric Bays, who chairs the commission, says it has nearly completed its information-gathering. Among other things, the Commission has examined material held in the Archives of General Synod, which included hundreds of letters received following the publication of the BAS; and working groups have spent time preparing a detailed analysis of various parts of the book.
It has received limited response to its publication "Thinking about the Book of Alternative Services," and is urging further study and reflection on the issues raised in this document in hope of receiving further response.
The Commission is moving now from collecting information to formulating its report and recommendations to General Synod.
Also in this meeting, the Commission:
- considered a report from the Native Ministries council in the Diocese of Calgary, which raised questions about the understanding of liturgical services in aboriginal communities. The Commission agreed that aboriginal concerns will be included in their final report and recommendations;
- discussed concerns raised by women;
- considered ecumenical issues;
- discussed the framework of the final report.
The Commission will hold its final meeting in February, 1995.
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For further information, contact: Eric Bays, Bishop of Qu'Appelle, (306) 522-1608
Be it resolved that this General Synod requests the House of Bishops to discuss the authority of a Bishop Ordinary with regard to the development and use of alternate forms of rites, ceremonies and services in the Diocese, and to inform the Church at large and in particular the General Synod Standing Committee on Doctrine and Worship of the conclusions reached. CARRIED
[Recorded as No. 136 in Acts of Synod, p. 72. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
That this National Executive Council authorize the publication of a Book of Alternative Services as submitted, subject to editorial revision only, that is spelling, punctuation and grammer, etc., re-wording of sections in the light of discussion at this meeting, re-wording for simplification and clarity of the introductions, for use, where permitted by the diocesan bishop; at least until the thirty-second General Synod, as authorized by the General Synod, 1983. CARRIED Unanimously
Mr. Lloyd explained publication procedures, to be published for approximately $8.00 - format, type-face, etc. has not been changed since formulation at Fredericton.
There was discussion as to the binding of the book - hard cover vs. soft cover - three-ring binder, and it was suggested that at some point a decision should be made as to the separate printing of Services.
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.