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 well along in 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:
The working texts on which comprehensive feedback is presently particularly sought are:
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
Occasional Prayers & Thanksgivings
Calendar of the Christian Year
Daily Office Lectionary
Significant Feedback Deadlines:
August 12-17, 2018: Liturgy Task Force finalizes on all of the above 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.
September - October Feedback:
Institution of a Rector
Consecration and Dedication of a Place of Worship
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. Additionally, final texts of the Great Litany, and Lent and Holy Week Rites, with feedback incorporated, are now ready to go to the September 2018 College of Bishops Meeting.
Archbishop Duncan sharing the Liturgy Task Force's mandate.