Friday, 6 May 2016

Further resources for the Queen's 90th birthday

Church House has published online a set of Liturgical Resources for the Celebration of HM The Queen’s Ninetieth Birthday containing: Notes of Guidance; an outline service; collects and graces; and suggested readings.

The resources are available as a PDF here

The notes say:

It is hoped that many churches and communities will be able to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. This leaflet contains, by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter, the Outline of the Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving which will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10 June 2016. Churches are invited to use elements of this outline in their own preparations, especially the bidding prayer, intercessions, and act of thanksgiving in the appendices. In addition to the resources below, St Paul’s has commissioned the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, to compose a choral anthem, I love all beauteous things, which can be used in the context of a celebration service and is now available.

Also included here are the Collects which The Queen has been pleased to approve for use in services celebrating her birthday, and Graces for use at church and community gatherings. Finally, the Liturgical Commission suggests a number of appropriate readings suited to a celebratory service.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Thanksgiving for the Queen's ninetieth birthday

The Liturgical Commission has prepared two collects (one in traditional language and the other in modern language) for use at services celebrating the ninetieth birthday of HM the Queen, which falls on 21 April this year. These have been approved by the Queen, and the Commission has asked that they be circulated as widely as possible. The Commission has also provided two graces for use at church and community gatherings such as street parties.

Collects:
Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Heavenly Father,
as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
receive our heartfelt thanks
for all that you have given her in these ninety years
and for all that she has given to her people.
Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,
and as you gather us together in celebration,
unite us also in love and service to one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Graces:
Bountiful God, giver of all good gifts,
we give thanks for the many years and long reign of our Queen;
Bless our food, our neighbourhood,
and our enjoyment of each other’s company.
Help us to learn from Queen Elizabeth’s commitment to her people,
so that our community may be strengthened
and all may flourish.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the King of love.

Gracious God, give our Queen continued wisdom and strength
to carry out the promises she has made;
and bless (this food, and) those who are gathered here,
that, sustained by service for others,
we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life.
[With words from The Queen’s First Christmas Broadcast, 1952]

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Thanksgiving for the longest reign

The Liturgical Commission has drafted two prayers for use to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history, on 9 September this year. These have been approved by Buckingham Palace, and the Commission has asked that they be circulated as widely as possible.

Prayers for use when HM The Queen becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history (9 September 2015)

A Collect for use after the Collect of the Day at BCP services
Almighty God, who hast set our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth upon the throne of this realm, and given her to surpass all others in the years of her reign: Receive our heartfelt thanks for her service to her people, confirm and encourage her in the continuance of the same, and keep her in thy heavenly wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who took the form of a servant for our sake, and reigneth now in glory with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

A modern-language prayer drawing on Philippians 2
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant,
we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people,
and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her:
encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good,
until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom. Amen.

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Monday, 13 July 2015

New baptismal texts; and rules on eucharistic ministers

The General Synod of the Church of England, meeting in York, yesterday gave final approval to the additional baptismal texts. The texts are authorized from 1 September 2015.

The synodical report reads:

CHRISTIAN INITIATION: ADDITIONAL TEXTS FOR HOLY BAPTISM IN ACCESSIBLE LANGUAGE (GS 1958B AND GS 1958X)

Article 7 business Final Approval

The Bishop of Sodor and Man (Chair of the Steering Committee) moved:

‘That the liturgical business entitled “Christian Initiation: Additional Texts for Holy Baptism in Accessible Language” be finally approved for a period from 1 September 2015 until further Resolution of the Synod.’

The final vote was approved after a division of houses, with the voting figures below:

House of Bishops: For - 23, Against - 1, Abstentions - 1,
House of Clergy: For - 114, Against - 6, Abstentions - 5,
House of Laity: For - 126, Against - 10, Abstentions - 6,

The Synod also approved new regulations on the authorization of people to assist in the administration of Holy Communion. The rules allow the bishop, on the application of the incumbent or priest in charge, to authorize named individuals. The bishop may also give the priest general authority to allow people to administer (with PCC agreement), and this may include children who have been formally admitted to Communion before Confirmation. Children in church schools may be authorized with the agreement of the head teacher rather than the PCC. The full rules are in the linked file. The new regulations come into force on 1 October 2015, and revoke the old 1969 rules.

ADMINISTRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION REGULATIONS (GS 1992)

Regulations under Canon B 12 Article 7 business

The Bishop of Sodor and Man (the Rt Revd Robert Paterson) moved:

‘That the Administration of Holy Communion Regulations be approved.’

which was approved.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Topical prayers from the Liturgical Commission (2)

The Liturgical Commission has provided prayers and other material for a number of forthcoming occasions.

These are:

  • The Baptism of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (on 5 July)
  • The 70th anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August)
  • The 70th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan) (2 September 15 August)
  • The centenary of the execution of Edith Cavell (12 October)

The text of the material for the first three is in the previous post. This post contains the material for Edith Cavell.

Commemoration of Edith Cavell: 12 October

Edith Cavell, the daughter of a priest, trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital and in 1907 became the director of a nursing school in Belgium. When Germany was poised to invade Belgium, Edith returned to be with the nurses she had trained, and she insisted that their calling was to care for all, friend and foe alike. From November 1914 Edith assisted British and Allied troops to escape from enemy occupied territory into the neutral territory of Holland. Edith was arrested for assisting Allied soldiers to escape. A chaplain celebrated the Eucharist the night before she was shot and killed by a German firing squad on October 12 1915. She was hurriedly buried in a grave outside Brussels, but her body was reburied at Norwich Cathedral, following a state funeral at Westminster Abbey in May 1919. Her example inspired many, and she soon became a popular heroine and a model of selfless service. There are memorials to her opposite the National Portrait Gallery in London, and at Norwich Cathedral.

Prayers

God of compassion, as we recall the fearless courage of your servant Edith Cavell, give us a heart to serve and to care even for those who abuse and despise us. Remove from us all fear, hatred, and bitterness, and give us that life-giving love that loves to the uttermost and seeks the good of all, through Jesus Christ who came to seek and to save the lost. Amen.

God our Father, we thank you that you call women and men to share the passion of your Son, and to witness to your truth in adversity. As we recall the courage and single-mindedness of Edith Cavell, may we show forth your costly reconciling love, and be strengthened to serve you in one another, through the one through whom we are made one with you and one another, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Come Lord Jesus and abide with us. Be with us in the evening hour and protect us through the dark hours of the night. Comfort all who are in dangerand those who watch and wait. Help us to be still, and to hold to your promise that in the end your purposes will be fulfilled, our anxieties dispelled, and our fears calmed, in the name of him whose love casts out fear, Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, your Son said that whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do for him. May we, like your servant Edith Cavell, bring relief to those who are in need, comfort to those who are afraid, and healing to all who are in pain. This we ask in the name of him who came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Biblical Readings link to all Readings

Wisdom 3.1-7
Isaiah 43.1-7
Jeremiah 11.18-20

Psalm 3
Psalm 35.1-5
Psalm 77.1-12

1 Peter 4.7-15
Hebrews 11.32-40
1 John 4.13-21

Matthew 10.16-22
Matthew 25.31-40
Luke 6.20-36
Luke 10.25-37
Matthew 25.31-40

Responsory

​​Let not your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid
O death, where is your sting?
​​The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
​​Let not your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
​​Christ has been raised gloriously from the dead.
​​O death, where is your sting?

Prayers for the Eucharist

Invitation to Confession

​​The saints were faithful even unto death,
​​and now dwell in the joy of heaven.
​​As we recall their courage,
​​so we confidently ask for God’s mercy,
and confess our sins and weaknesses
in penitence and faith.
​​

Penitential Kyrie

​​Lord, we fail to see that whatever we do for the least of all, we do to you.
​​Lord, have mercy.
​​Lord, have mercy.

Lord, we hold back from giving ourselves and in doing your will,
Christ, have mercy.
​​Christ, have mercy.

​​Lord, we falter in following the way of the cross.
​​Lord, have mercy.
​​Lord, have mercy.

​​

Collect

​​Eternal God,
​​whose servant Edith Cavell placed her duty to you above all things
​​and laid down her life in protection of others:
​​make us, after her example, steadfast in all adversity,
​​and abide with us until, with all your faithful ones,
​​we share the joy of heaven;
​​through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
​​who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
​​​​​ (Norwich Cathedral)

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia
The one who endures to the end will be saved.
Alleluia.

The Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said, ’Do not be troubled, and let not your hearts be afraid, my peace I give to you, and my peace I leave with you.’
​​The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Post Communion Prayer

​​Lord God, on the night before he died,
your Son accepted the cup of suffering.
Strengthened by this Eucharistic food,
may we spend and be spent in your loving service,
and at the end be brought, with Edith Cavell,
to sit at your table in the heavenly Kingdom;
through him who laid down his life for us,
and now ever lives to make intercession for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

​​God give you strength to show forth
the passion of Christ, with all the saints,
and to love others both in word and in deed.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be with you, now and always. Amen.

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Topical prayers from the Liturgical Commission (1)

The Liturgical Commission has provided prayers and other material for a number of forthcoming occasions.

These are:

  • The Baptism of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (on 5 July)
  • The 70th anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August)
  • The 70th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan) (2 September 15 August)
  • The centenary of the execution of Edith Cavell (12 October)

The text of the material for the first three is in the full post. The material for Edith Cavell is separated into a post of its own.

On the baptism of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge: 5 July

Faithful God,
we thank you for your love,
and for your presence at every stage of our lives.
We pray for Princess Charlotte.
Fill her Christening day with joy and celebration.
As she is baptised into the Christian faith,
strengthen and support her parents and godparents.
Through their love and prayers,
help her to know your love and care
surrounding her now and always.
We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayer for Hiroshima

commemorating the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the 6 August, 1945 (Feast of the Transfiguration)

God, you are the Father of all the families of the earth,
and call the nations to live in peace and unity.
We remember with sorrow the devastating destruction and death
unleashed on this day upon the city of Hiroshima,
and later upon the city of Nagasaki.
We pray for the people of Japan,
and all whose lives are disfigured by war.
We pray for ourselves,
the often unwise stewards of the powers of the universe.
Transfigure the lives and cities scarred by conflict
by the revealing of your glory
and move us by your uncreated energies
to advance your sovereign purpose of peace.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ,
our light and our salvation. Amen.

A Prayer for VJ Day

God our Father,
in the dying and rising of your Son Jesus Christ,
you have brought life and salvation out of cruelty and death.
We mark Victory in Japan
in gratitude for the courage of the Allied forces
who suffered for freedom in the Far East campaign
and in sorrow for all that hinders the coming of your kingdom of peace.
Give us wisdom to learn from the bitter memories of war,
and hearts that long for the unity of all nations.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus,
in whom there is no east or west, no north or south,
but one fellowship of love across the whole earth.
Amen.

A Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation

Heavenly Father,
you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ
to continue his work of reconciliation
and reveal you to the world.
Forgive us the sins which tear us apart;
give us the courage to overcome our fears
and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

[Common Worship: Times and Seasons, p 140]

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Liturgy for the reburial of a king

The remains identified as those of King Richard III were re-interred yesterday in Leicester Cathedral in a service broadcast live on Channel 4.

The order of service for the re-interment is available as a pdf file on this page, or (direct link to pdf).

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Additional Texts for Holy Baptism (GS 1958A)

The Agenda for the February sessions of the General Synod was published recently. On Thursday afternoon, the Alternative Baptism Texts return to the Synod after the revision committee stage:

The following items (full details of which are contained in Special Agenda II — see page 9) will be taken:

600 Alternative Baptism Texts (GS 1958A)
— Report of the Revision Committee (GS 1958Y)

and the note on page 9 says:

ALTERNATIVE BAPTISM TEXTS (GS 1958A)
Article 7 Business
Consideration of a Report by the Revision Committee (GS 1958Y)
The Chair of the Revision Committee (the Bishop of Truro) to move:
600 ‘That the Synod do take note of this Report.’

Notes:
1. Notice of motions for re-committal under the provisions of Standing Order 77(a) must be given in writing to the Clerk to the Synod by not later than 5.30pm on Tuesday 10 February 2015 (Standing Order 10©). Any such motions will appear on a Notice Paper.

2. If no such motion is carried, the liturgical business will automatically stand committed to the House of Bishops under Standing Order 77(f).

The texts (GS 1958A) and the report of the Revision Committee (GS 1958Y) can be found with other papers for this group of sessions here.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

More Canadian trial liturgy

I noted earlier the publication by the Anglican Church of Canada of trial Year A Collects ‘from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ’.

The Canadian Church has added considerably more resources to that page in the intervening period. It now contains

  • Morning and Evening Prayer: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
  • Trial Use Liturgical Psalter
  • Trial Use Collects and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion from Advent to the Baptism of Christ — Year B
  • Trial Use Collects and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion from Advent to the Baptism of Christ— Year A
  • Trial Use Collects from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ — Year A

In the Canadian Church each diocesan bishop can authorize the this material for trial use in their diocese, and the task Force encourages feedback on their use.

(Thanks to Rod Gillis for drawing my attention to the new material. As before, I welcome readers sending suggestions of suitable links either by email or as a comment on an existing article.)

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War

The Church of England has produced a set of Liturgical Resources for use at services commemorating the anniversary of World War One. They are available here as part of a section of the website dedicated to the commemoration.

  • Readings, Prayers, Hymns, Art and Music:
    Word / PDF
  • An outline for a service around a First World War memorial:
    Word / PDF
  • Propers for a Requiem Eucharist:
    Word / PDF
  • Vigil Service for either 3 or 4 August, 2014:
    Word / PDF

A candle-lit vigil of prayer and an act of solemn reflection to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War will be held in Westminster Abbey on 4 August 2014. The service is one of a number of events being announced by the Government to mark the centenary of the Great War. Drawing upon Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark that “the lights are going out all over Europe”, the Abbey will mark the centenary by moving from light into darkness, until one candle remains at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, which will be extinguished at 11.00pm to mark the moment at which Britain entered the war.

UPDATE
Westminster Abbey has now published the Order of Service for the Vigil Service. It can be found as a pdf file on this page. You can access the pdf directly here

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Additional Texts for Holy Baptism (GS 1958)

Updated with press reports

The additional texts for baptism were considered by the General Synod, meeting at York, on Sunday afternoon, and sent to a revision committee, which is the normal process. The official report records that:

Drafts for First Consideration introduced by the House of Bishops

The Chair of the Steering Committee, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, moved:

‘That the liturgical business entitled “Additional texts for Holy Baptism” be considered for revision in committee.’

The motion was approved by the Synod.

Press reports

There is coverage of this in some of Monday’s papers:

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Friday, 27 June 2014

trial Canadian Collects

The Anglican Church of Canada is trialling some new collects

The [Canadian] General Synod of 2010 mandated Faith, Worship, and Ministry to establish a Liturgy Task Force to work on the revision of our contemporary language liturgical texts. This Task Force has, in turn, been authorized by the Council of General Synod to release the first phase of its new texts for trial use and feedback as they become available. These draft materials — beginning with Collects for Sundays — are encouraged for use where permitted by the diocesan bishops. We ask that those who use them also participate in the process to feed back your evaluation of the resources to the Liturgy Task Force for its consideration in the final editorial phase.

The text of the Collects for use this year (Year A) ‘from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ’ can be downloaded as a pdf via the above link. Unlike the Collects in Common Worship which are determined by the named Sundays after Trinity, these prayers are aligned to the Sunday reading cycle.

(Thanks to Phillip Tovey for drawing my attention to this. Readers are welcome to send suggestions of suitable links either by email or as a comment on an existing article.)

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

baptismal texts: press comment

Updated Sunday morning

There is some press comment today on the draft baptismal texts published yesterday.

Reports say that “sin” removed in the original trial in January has now been reinstated, and that the response from parishes trialling the texts was positive, with more than 90 per cent saying the congregation had been “more engaged” with the new liturgy and there was praise for its “unchurchy” language.

The Times: Sin makes return in revamped baptism
The Daily Telegraph: ‘Sin’ is back but ‘the Devil’ optional in new Church of England baptism service
The Guardian: No devil in detail of Church of England’s new baptism service
The Daily Mail: Church puts the ‘sin’ back into traditional baptism services

Sunday update: Tim Stanley blogs for the Telegraph Hey, Church of England: if you want to become a Christian, you have to renounce the Devil — an article that contains numerous errors of fact, but which does represent the Church’s dilemma.

(Some of these reports are behind paywalls.)

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Additional liturgical materials for baptism: texts

The baptismal texts to be considered by the General Synod next month are now available on the Church of England website. This material is scheduled to be considered on the afternoon of Sunday 13 July.

Following the period of experimental use, various changes were made by the Liturgical Commission and sent for consideration by the House of Bishops. The text agreed by the Bishops is now published as GS 1958 and includes an Introduction, the proposed texts themselves, and a proposed timetable for authorization. The timetable is:

2014
July — November: Revision Committee meets

2015
February: Revision stage at the General Synod
May: House of Bishops (if no further revision stage)
July: Reference to Convocations and House of Laity (if required)
July: Final approval at General Synod (if no further revision stage)

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Additional liturgical materials for baptism

The Agenda for the July meeting of the General Synod is now available and contains the following snippet:

Update (4 June): The Agenda has been revised and the updated agenda is here but it does not yet contain the actual texts to be introduced at the Synod. The timetable for Sunday is the same as in the original agenda.

Sunday 13 July

EITHER
(if Article 7 Reference Meetings are not required)
2.30 pm – 6.15 pm
Archbishops’ Council’s Annual Report 2013
Liturgical Business
    Additional texts for Holy Baptism – First Consideration
Churches’ Mutual Credit Union (CMCU): Presentation

OR
(if Article 7 Reference Meetings are required)
4.00 pm – 6.15 pm
Liturgical Business
    Additional texts for Holy Baptism – First Consideration
Churches’ Mutual Credit Union (CMCU): Presentation

At the moment the papers pertaining to this liturgical business are not available. We’ll add details when this is published.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Additional liturgical materials for baptism

As reported on the main TA blog the House of Bishops of the Church of England met at Bishopthorpe Palace in York on Monday and Tuesday.

Amongst lots of other business, the Statement issued by the House contains this paragraph:

The House of Bishops received a report from the Liturgical Commission on the use of additional texts for use in services of Baptism following the piloting of new materials in parishes. The House heard that the feedback from the parishes to the use of the texts had been largely positive and welcoming. Following a debate and minor amendments to the text the House voted for the new texts to progress to being debated by General Synod.

This is the normal route for any material which comes under the terms of the Worship and Doctrine Measure 1974, i.e., any material which is alternative to text in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer — any draft is first reviewed by the House of Bishops, and only when agreed by that House is it introduced into the General Synod.

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