Resolved, That this Board refers the matter of the publication of Cree literature to the Executive Committee for the benefit of all Cree-speaking members of the Church of England in Canada and that this Board urges strongly that steps be taken to meet the need.
Bishop Berry distributed forms to all the Bishops regarding the translations of the Book of Alternative Services into French. He requested that the Bishops return the completed forms to him before the end of the meeting, or send them to the Reverend Paul Gibson, Church House, Toronto.
That this House express its deep appreciation to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for its diligent and devoted service and to the Anglican Book Centre for its great care and expertise in the publication of the Book of Alternative Services. CARRIED #4-9-85
Resolved, that Message No.24, re the Cree and Esquimo Dictionaries, be concurred in and that the Committee from the Lower House be: Ven. Archdeacon Renison, Rural Dean Fraser, Rev. E. Ahenakew, Mr. G.B. Nicholson, Chancellor Bury.
No.20 - Cree and Esquimo Dictionaries
That the Lower House concurring, the General Synod, while placing on record its great appreciation of the life-long labours of the Ven. Archdeacon McKay and Rev. E.J. Peck, in the Dioceses of Saskatchewan and Moosonee respectively, and recognizing the value of the Cree and Esquimo Dictionaries compiled by them and recently completed, desires to have the said Dictionaries published as their Memorial and suggests the appointment of a Special Joint Committee of both Houses to take the necessary steps for the raising of the required funds and for the printing and publishing of the said Dictionaries at the earliest possible date.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.20 from the Upper House, re "Cree and Esquimo Dictionaries," and names the following as members on the Joint Committee: Ven. Archdeacon Renison, Rev. Rural Dean Fraser, Rev. E.J. Ahenakew, Mr. G.B. Nicholson, Chancellor Bury.
That the following be the representatives of the Upper House upon the Joint Committee on this subject, viz: The Primate (ex-officio), The Bishop of Saskatchewan (Convener), The Bishop of Keewatin, The Bishop of Mackenzie River, The Bishop of Moosonee, The Bishop of Yukon, The Bishop of Athabasca.
That this General Synod commend the work of the Comite liturgique episcopale francophone (CLEF) and approve the French translations of the Eucharist, Baptism, Marriage and Funeral liturgies of the Book of Alternative Services for publication and use where permitted by the Ordinary. CARRIED Act 61
A French version of the Book of Common Prayer to meet the needs of French-speaking Anglicans in Canada has been published by a committee of the Anglican Church of Canada under the chairmanship of Rt. Rev. R.L. Seaborn, Bishop of Newfoundland.
Five thousand copies of the book, bearing the title, "Le Recueil des Prieres de la Communaute Chretienne" have been printed. The translation is the work of Rev. Prof. J.C. Kirby of Montreal Diocesan Theological College and J.H. Bieler, former deputy minister of finance for the province of Quebec. They received the active collaboration of a number of noted French-Canadian scholars.
The book, produced in a hard-bound edition by Ryerson Press, Toronto, has been about five years in preparation.
Translation of the Prayer Book into Japanese, largely for Japanese-speaking Canadians on the West Coast, now has been completed and production is expected to be started shortly.
On being welcomed by the Primate to the meeting at this point, Mr. W.R. Kay, Chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee, presented the following actions approved by that body at its recent meeting:
(1) Prayer Book in Japanese
Approval has been given to the following proposals:
(a) The production costs for 1,000 copies of the Japanese edition of the Prayer Book, up to a maximum of $3,500, be charged to the Prayer Book Royalties account (Anglican Book Centre will assume costs over $3,500, if any).
(b) The books be given to Anglican Book Centre, free of charge, to sell them at cost.
(c) The selling price of the Japanese edition of the Prayer Book be set at $3.00 a copy, with Anglican Book Centre having full responsibility for handling and distribution.
(2) General Synod Year Book
(a) That Anglican Book Centre be responsible for paying all printing costs and setting the selling price of the Year Book.
(b) That the $2,000 subsidy from the 1968 Assessment for the production of the Year Book be added to that for the office of the General Secretary of General Synod for editorial services rendered.
(c) That advertising revenue from the Year Book be paid directly to the Anglican Book Centre.
"That this General Synod authorize the Doctrine and Worship Committee to complete the preparation of `A Book of Alternative Services', containing the following:
A General Introduction, The Calendar of the Church Year, The Divine Office - Morning and Evening Prayer, Occasional Prayers, Holy Baptism, The Reconciliation of a Penitent, The Holy Eucharist, The Holy Eucharist - A form in the language of the Book of Common Prayer 1962, Communion under Special Circumstances, The Proper Sentences, Prayers and Readings for the Church Year, The Weekday Lectionary and A Short Table of Psalms and Readings, The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, Ministry to the Sick, Ministry at the Time of Death, The Funeral Liturgy, Family Prayers, Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child, The Blessing of Oil, Confirmation, the Ordinal, A Service of Thanksgiving on the Anniversary of a Parish or on the Feast of Dedication
and to present the complete material to the National Executive Council for permission to publish for use, where authorized, by the Diocesan Bishop at least until the 32nd General Synod."
Bishop Lackey offered the services of the Diocese of Ottawa to translate the Eucharist and Baptism Rites into French.