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More Canadian trial liturgy

I noted earlier the publication by the Anglican Church of Canada of trial Year A Collects ‘from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ’.

The Canadian Church has added considerably more resources to that page in the intervening period. It now contains

  • Morning and Evening Prayer: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
  • Trial Use Liturgical Psalter
  • Trial Use Collects and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion from Advent to the Baptism of Christ — Year B
  • Trial Use Collects and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion from Advent to the Baptism of Christ — Year A
  • Trial Use Collects from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ — Year A

In the Canadian Church each diocesan bishop can authorize the this material for trial use in their diocese, and the task Force encourages feedback on their use.

(Thanks to Rod Gillis for drawing my attention to the new material. As before, I welcome readers sending suggestions of suitable links either by email or as a comment on an existing article.)

1 comment

  • Rod Gillis says:

    A ” comment lite” as I have used the daily office material for Advent, Xmas, Epiphany, without delving much into the sources. The material groups the D.O. material around seasonal themes. It is easier to use than is the material in the 1985 Alternative Canadian Book. The latter tends towards “more time taken to look up what should be said, than saying it when it has been found”.

    The affirmation of faith sections, continues with the practice of allowing the Hear O Israel as an alternative to the Apostles Creed. I like the option. Interesting that the Hear O Israel which has a didactic function in the opening of the Canadian BCP Communion order is now in the affirmation of faith section in the D.O.. I like that! The new D.O. also adds a third alternative ( see below for example) which is certainly interesting.

    Having said all this, I continue to prefer a resource I’ve been using for some time ( supplemented with the lectionary) which is, The Rhythm of Life; Celtic Daily Prayer by David Adam.

    The following example is from the the affirmation of belief section:

    “It is not true that we must accept
    inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty,
    death and destruction.
    This is true: The deaf hear, the dead are raised to life,
    the poor are hearing the good news.
    It is not true that violence and hatred
    should have the last word
    and that war and destruction have come to stay forever.
    This is true: Death shall be no more,
    neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more….” etc.*

    *Alan Boesak as quoted by Janet Morley, ed., Bread for Tomorrow: Prayers for the Church Year (1992), 31.

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