1. Liturgical Texts for Trial Use and Feedback
Faith, Worship, and Ministry produced a number of additional and optional liturgical resources that were subsequently authorized for trial use and evaluation. We are looking for your feedback on these texts. The collection includes:
- An Inclusive Language Psalter – a version of the BAS Psalter (including a version that is ‘pointed’ for Anglican chant)
- A collection of seasonal forms for daily office: Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer
- A full three-year set of Collects for Sundays (years A, B, and C) to better harmonize with the Revised Common Lectionary, as well as seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and Prayers after Communion
- Blessings and Thanksgivings over the Waters
You can access these texts and a feedback form at: https://www.anglican.ca/about/liturgicaltexts/trialuse/
2. Principles for Liturgical Revision:
Are you curious about how we are going about the review of, and creation of, new liturgical texts to accompany what we have at present? The document, Liturgical Principles: Principles for the Revision of the Contemporary Language Liturgical Texts was approved by the General Synod of 2010. It is a comprehensive treatment of the principles by which we operate when considering additional materials or writing new texts. It can be found at: https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/Liturgical-Principles-and-Agenda.pdf
3. Calendar of Holy Persons
Have you ever wondered what the Calendar of Holy Persons is about, or how additions come to be made to it? In 2010, the General Synod authorized the inclusion of Florence Li Tim Oi and Emily Ayckboom to the BAS Calendar, and created National Aboriginal Day of Prayer (now National Indigenous Day of Prayer) as a major feast of the church. Now, Faith, Worship, and Ministry invites dioceses to reflect on their own practices of commemorations and memorials: Who are the holy persons in your local history, whom you uphold with thanksgiving to God? See For All the Saints, which can be downloaded and printed for use by study groups.
4. Medical Assistance in Dying
Today’s dominant culture is uncomfortable with talking about the realities of death. How can we think about and talk together about the end of life that comes through sickness and old age? Now that Medical Assistance in Dying is an option in limited personal situations within the health care system, there is a more complex set of realities to consider, in which faith and values come to play in decision making that is often taking place in stressful contexts. In Sure and Certain Hope and its companion Study Guide were created to encourage Anglicans to talk together – in families and in parish groups – about our faith and values facing all sorts of decisions in relation to the end of our lives. See https://www.anglican.ca/faith/focus/ethics/pad/ for these and other resources.
Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, June o1, 2018