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Additional liturgical materials for baptism

As repor­ted on the main TA blog the House of Bish­ops of the Church of Eng­land met at Bish­op­thorpe Palace in York on Monday and Tuesday.

Amongst lots of oth­er busi­ness, the State­ment issued by the House con­tains this paragraph:

The House of Bish­ops received a report from the Litur­gic­al Com­mis­sion on the use of addi­tion­al texts for use in ser­vices of Bap­tism fol­low­ing the pilot­ing of new mater­i­als in par­ishes. The House heard that the feed­back from the par­ishes to the use of the texts had been largely pos­it­ive and wel­com­ing. Fol­low­ing a debate and minor amend­ments to the text the House voted for the new texts to pro­gress to being debated by Gen­er­al Synod.

This is the nor­mal route for any mater­i­al which comes under the terms of the Wor­ship and Doc­trine Meas­ure 1974, i.e., any mater­i­al which is altern­at­ive to text in the 1662 Book of Com­mon Pray­er — any draft is first reviewed by the House of Bish­ops, and only when agreed by that House is it intro­duced into the Gen­er­al Synod.

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