The ACNA to Release New Prayer Book in - The Anglican Diocese South CarolinaDespite an outward lack of any giftedness, Gump always seems to fall forward and find himself in places reserved for much more dignified and skilled folks. Yet there I am, along with PhD scholars and bishops. In this piece, I simply want to share some of what that group is doing and answer a few of the most common questions as we head toward publishing a new Book of Common Prayer BCP. I also want to remind you that we have, at the diocesan level, a Liturgy and Common Worship Commission. I pray this is the start of a conversation, one perhaps already engaged among the clergy.
Book of Common Prayer (2019) Introduction
The ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer (BCP): A Rookie Anglican Guide
It contains the written liturgies for almost any service that would be held at an Anglican church. These include:. Basically, with just a Bible and a Prayer Book, you should have all the text you need to hold Anglican worship services. The liturgical movement of the 20th century and the ecumenical rapprochement in the second half of that century had an immense impact on the Prayer Book tradition. Eucharistic prayers in particular were influenced by the re-discovery of patristic texts unknown at the Reformation, and often bore little resemblance to what had for centuries been the Anglican norm. Baptismal theology, especially in North America, was affected by radical revisions to the received Christian understanding, and came perilously close to proclaiming a gospel of individual affirmation rather than of personal transformation and sanctification p. The Book of Common Prayer is the product of the new era of reform and restoration that has created the Anglican Church in North America.
What makes this text particularly significant is that it is the first consciously post-liturgical movement Book of Common Prayer authorized by an Anglican ecclesial body. More recently, there has been an online exchange regarding the relationship of the BCP to the Church of England Book of Common Prayer, and whether the is in fact faithful to the doctrine and worship of the see here , here , and here. Particularly for those of us in the Episcopal Church committed to preserving classical Anglican worship as our own church body gingerly embarks on liturgical revision, the BCP provides a helpful example. It shows the potential strengths of retrieving the Anglican liturgical tradition while warning us against creating a dichotomy between a supposedly-unified classical Anglican liturgical past and the twentieth-century liturgical movement. I hope that despite our very real differences with the Anglican Church in North America, this prayer book will be taken seriously by Episcopalians in our own processes of liturgical revision. It preserves the four-fold pattern of the Book of Common Prayer, but modifies morning and evening prayer especially so that they follow traditional forms in contemporary language.
Clergy and Staff. The Anglican Standard Text is presented in contemporary English and in the order for Holy Communion that is common, since the late twentieth century, among ecumenical and Anglican partners worldwide. What this preface does not state is that the beloved BCP is a minor adaptation of the earlier Elizabethan Prayer Book. First , the Rubrics or instructions on how the liturgy was to be used were clarified. So what does this all mean?