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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:

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.’

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(c)). 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.


Liturgical dates for 2015

There is a tradition of announcing at this time of the year the principal dates of the ecclesiastical calendar.

Greg Kandra at ‘Don’t forget to chant the date of Easter this Sunday’ lists the dates and the usual formula.

Of course nowadays you can just use a printed almanac — or even an online one such as mine.


Religious Architecture

It is intended to say quite a bit at Thinking Liturgy on the subject of church architecture. Meanwhile, here is an interesting collection of pictures of

PHOTOS: See the award winners for stunning religious architecture

Take a visual journey of sacred spaces around the world through the winners of the 2014 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture, given out by Faith & Form, the interfaith journal on religion, art and architecture.

A five-member jury of artists, architects, liturgical designers and clergy handed out 32 awards from 134 submissions.

From the press release:

“Jury members agreed that religious art and architecture are flourishing throughout the world, and that artists, architects, liturgical designers, students, and others are exploring ways to balance tradition with new demands of religious practice. The landscape of sacred space is changing, along with dramatic shifts in organized religion.”

The designs will probably not be welcomed by all, and they include places other than Christian ones. They are also largely, but not exclusively, North American.