Hundreds of responses have been received since “working texts” – approved for use by the College of Bishops – began to appear in 2013. There have been numerous affirmations, as well as suggestions for consideration of deletions, alterations, or additions to the working texts.
The Liturgy Task Force is now undertaking the task of evaluating and incorporating the feedback, and of finalizing the texts that are, God willing, to be printed in the Book of Common Prayer (2019).
Here are the important deadlines:
Church-wide Feedback sought on:
The Great Litany
Occasional Prayers & Thanksgivings
Holy Baptism with Confirmation
Renewal of Baptism Vows
Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child
Rites of Healing: Reconciliation, Laying-on-of-hands, Communion of the Sick
Ministry to the Dying
Prayers for a Vigil
Burial of the Dead
Institution of a Rector
Consecration and Dedication of a Place of Worship
Special Liturgies: Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Sunday, Holy Day and Commemoration Lectionary
Calendar of the Christian Year
Significant Feedback Deadlines:
April 6, 2018 (Easter Friday): Liturgy Task Force meets April 9-13 for in depth consideration of all feedback then in hand
August 15, 2018 (St. Mary's Day): Liturgy Task Force finalizes recommendations for College of Bishops Meeting (September 4-6) on Prayer Book
November 1, 2018 (All Saints): Drop-dead date for Feedback. Liturgy Task Force and Bishops Review Panel will prepare final sign-off on texts for College adoption in January.
N.b. – The extensive feedback received on the Daily Office, Holy Eucharist and Collects of the Christian Year was incorporated into final texts, approved by the College of Bishops in January 2018, and is reflected in the texts now available on line.
Archbishop Duncan sharing the Liturgy Task Force's mandate.