Thursday, May 18, 2017

Living into the Prayer Book an Option 4 Manifesto

Living into the Prayer Book an Option 4 Manifesto

In the name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen. We communicants of the Episcopal Church a part of the Anglican Communion a branch of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of God, passionate about the church’s mission and our tradition of worship, do call upon our brothers and sisters in Christ to choose option 4 and step back from liturgical revision and commit to exploring the theology of the current prayer book in greater depth.
But in so doing we are explicitly not in favor of continuing the status quo. Rather we favor a radical living into the prayer book, including the daily offices. To this end we call upon the communicants, families, parishes, diocese and national church to embrace the following program of reform.
Individual and Family Worship
a) That every communicant of this church following The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles pray in the words the Lord himself hath taught us: in the morning, at noonday and in the evening.
b) That every family have morning and evening worship, when they are not joining their congregation for that purpose, using the devotions for individuals and families or the daily office from the Book of Common Prayer.

Parish Worship
c) That every parish have a program to help their communicants and families to implement the forgoing.
d) Every parish that has paid full time clergy should have Morning and Evening Prayer daily, with the litany on Wednesday and Friday.
e) On Sundays every parish that has paid full time clergy should have Matins, Mass, Litany, and Evensong.
f) Larger parishes should also serve Sext and Compline on Sunday.
g) Parishes that have full time paid clergy, should serve matins, mass and evensong on the Feasts of the Incarnation and of the Evangelists and Apostles.
h) On Sundays parishes without full time paid clergy should have Matins, Litany and Ante Communion at the least.
i) Every parish without paid full time clergy should have Morning OR Evening Prayer daily, with the litany on Wednesday and Friday.
j) The Decalogue, the Exhortation, and the penitential order should be used at the principal mass monthly, except during the 12 days of Christmas and from Easter Sunday to Trinity.
k) More Collects: the Book of Common Prayer tradition appoints seasonal collects for Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. They should be used along with the collect of the day.
l) That each of the forms for the prayers of the people should be used, either rotating them by week or seasonally.
m) That the additional prayers should be used liberally at the conclusion of the office. They could be rotated in a formal pattern or the minister could use those that seemed appropriate but they should be used.
n) Every parish that has more than one Mass a week should use both Rite I and Rite II every week.
o) That all six of the Eucharistic canons of the Book of Common Prayer should be used, even prayer C.
p) That the “I believe” and “we believe” versions of the creed of the Holy Fathers of the 1st and 2nd Ecumenical Councils should be used alternating ether seasonally or every other Sunday.
q) Parishes should not use supplemental materials when the Book of Common Prayer  provides a full order of service (i.e. not for Matins, Mass, Litany, Sext, Evensong, and Compline), but should feel free to use them for the holy days and special services etc.

The Dioceses
r) Every Diocese should help the parishes to implement the forgoing.
s) That the cathedrals in every diocese should take the lead in implementing the forgoing in their worship.

The Standing Committee on Liturgy and Worship
t) Should print a book of the traditional Sarum office hymns for all the hours and other traditional Anglican hymns for Matins and Evensong.
u) Should print a book of lections for Sext and Compline with readings for each day of the year.
v) Should print a book of minor propers for the Eucharist for Sundays and the Feasts of the Incarnation and of the Evangelists and Apostles.

The General Convention
w) That following the canons for revising the Book of Common Prayer a rubric should be inserted into the Book of Common Prayer allowing gender neutral expressions in place of gendered ones except for the names of the persons of the Most Holy Trinity.
x) That a same sex marriage service CLOSELY based on the current marriage service be developed and then following the canons for revising the Book of Common Prayer be inserted after the current marriage service.

Parishes Wanting Additional Revision of the Book of Common Prayer
y) Should fully implement points b-q and when produced use the resources in points t-v.
z) After at least 3 years of living into the prayer book fully, should then in consultation with their Ordinary explore the tradition of our worship. This could include a year worshiping with the Sarum Missal in English. Four months each worshiping with the 1549, 1552, and 1559 Books of Common Prayer. Then Six months worship with each of the 1662 and 1789 Books of Common Prayer. Then send a year worshiping with the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. With this knowledge they will be in a better position to recommend revisions in keeping with our tradition.

Extremius

Many will no doubt say that this is an overly ambitious program. Do we have the energy to say the office daily? Can parishes be expected to find a server for mass on the Feasts of the Incarnation and of the Evangelists and Apostles? Will people come?


We respectfully submit that if we do not have time to do what the Book of Common Prayer and the tradition of the Church Catholic clearly calls for, we do not have time to waste on prayer book revision.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Map Proposed Diocese


List of Proposed Diocese              2013 (ASA)          2014 (ASA)          Combined from               

Northern New England                 10,185                   10,921                   (Combined ME, NH, VT)
Massachusetts                                 21,300                   20,617                   (Combined MA & W. MA)
Southern New England                 21,029                   20,089                   (Combined CT & RI)
Northern New York                        17,240                   16,685                   (Albany, C. NY, Rochester, & W. NY)
New York                                         18,727                   18,009
Long Island                                     14,156                   13,685
New Jersey                                       21,516                   20,816                   (Newark and New Jersey)
Western Pennsylvania                      8,438                     8,195                     (C. Penn, NW Penn, Pittsburg)
Pennsylvania                                  17,320                   16,706                   (Penn & Bethlehem)
Maryland & Delaware                   16,551                   16,273                   (Maryland, Del, Easton)
Washington                                     13,813                   13,330
North East Virginia                        23,953                   23,669                   (VA)
Virginia                                            16,833                   16,557                   (S. VA, S.W. VA, WV)
Kentuckey & Tennessee                20,369                   19,856                   (Lex, KY E. TN, W. TN, TN)
North Carolina                                21,246                   20,944                   (NC & W. NC)
South & East Carolina                   26,056                   16,664                   (SC, U. SC, East Carolina)                              
Georgia                                             21,488                   21,068                   (Atlanta & GA)
Alabama                                            15,655                   15,549                   (Cent Gulf & AL)
Florida                                               21,933                   21,542                   (Cent FL & FL)
Southeast Florida                            12,442                   12,478
Southwest Florida                           12,952                   12,718
New Orleans                                     11,013                   10,787                   (LA & MS)
Ohio & Indiana                                19,873                   19,053                   (OH, S. OH IN, Indianapolis)
Michigan                                          12,894                   12,344                   (MI, E. MI, W. MI)
Illinios                                               14,692                   13,760                   (Springfield & Chicago)
Wisconson & N. Michigan               7,024                     6,867                     (Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Milwau, N MI)
The Five States                                 15,321                   14,557                   (MN, NE, ND, SD, IA)
The Rockies                                      18,535                   18,091                   (CO, MT, WY) (UT, ID, Spokane)  
Arkansas & W. LA                             7,997                     7,897                     (AK, W. LA)
Dallas & Fort Worth                        12,717                   12,894                   (Dallas & Ft. Worth)
Kansas & Oklahoma                         9,936                     9,620                     (OK, KS, W. KS)
West Texas & Rio Grand                14,605                   14,256                   (N.W. TX, W. TX, Rio Grande)
Texas                                                  25,254                   25,286
Missouri                                              7,290                     7,118                     (MO & W. MO)
Alaska                                                  1,573                     1,463
San Diego & Arizona                      14,491                   14,330
California & Nevada                       20,940                   20,416                   (CA, N. CA, El C. R., San J, NV)
Olympia & Oregon                          16,791                   16,120                   (Olympia, OR, E. OR)
Hawaii                                                  3,106                     3,003

Los Angeles                                       16,435                   16,078

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Devotions for Individuals and Families

Devotions for Individuals and Families
In the Morning

From Psalm 51
Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall show thy praise.
Make me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence, * and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again, * and stablish me with thy free Spirit.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


A Reading
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

A period of silence my follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Apostles' Creed may be said.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be they Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, thou hast brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with Thy mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of Thy purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
At Noon

From Psalm 113
PRAISE the LORD, ye servants; * O praise the Name of the LORD.
2 Blessed be the Name of the LORD * from this time forth for evermore.
3 The LORD’S Name is praised * from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
4 The LORD is high above all nations, * and his glory above the heavens.

A Reading
O God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you; for in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength. Isaiah 26:3; 30:15

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be they Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect
Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved; for your mercies' sake. Amen.
or this
Lord Jesus Christ, you said unto your apostles, "Peace I give to you; mine own peace I leave with you:" Regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit thou livest and reignth, now and for ever. Amen.

In the Early Evening

This devotion my be used before or after the evening meal.

Phos Hilaron
O Glading Light of the Holy Glory of the Immortal Father, Heavenly, Holy, Blessed Jesus Christ! Now that we have come to the setting of the sun and behold the vesper light, we sing thy praises God Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Meet it is for Thee at all times to be hymned with undefiled voices, O Son of God, Giver of life. Therefore the whole creation doth glorify Thee!

A Reading
It is not ourselves that we proclaim; we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus' sake. For the same God who said, "Out of darkness let light shine," has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation--the revelation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be they Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect
Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.
At the Close of Day

Psalm 134
BEHOLD now, praise the LORD, * all ye servants of the LORD;
Ye that by night stand in the house of the LORD, * even in the courts of the house of our God.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, * and praise the LORD.
The LORD that made heaven and earth * give thee blessing out of Sion.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen.

A Reading
Lord, you are in the midst of us and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9,22

The Nunc
Lord, you now have set your servant free *
    to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
    whom you have prepared for all the world to see;
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
    and the glory of your people Israel.

Prayers for ourselves and others may follow. It is appropriate that prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, and penitence for our sins, be included.

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be they Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect
Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angles dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.


Prayer in Space

Prayer in Space
¶ The Morning and Evening Service to be used daily in space, shall be the same which is appointed in the Book of Common Prayer.

At Matins

The following Antiphon maybe used with the Venite

 (Alleluia!) THE heavens declare the glory of the Lord * O come, let us adore him (Alleluia!)

The following Canticle may be used after the old testament reading in place of the Te Deum except on Sundays and other Feasts and during Lent

 LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world; * thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies, * that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, even the work of thy fingers; * the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? * and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou madest him lower than the angels, * to crown him with glory and worship.
Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands; * and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet:

A Collect

O Almighty God, who’s power dost hold the planets in their courses and every particle in existence, we ask for the blessing and protection to cross the vastness of thy creation that we may make many worlds fit places for our habitation and to spread thy gospel to those creatures made in thine image that know it not, all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord who with thee and Holy Ghost live and reign unto the ages of ages, Amen.

At Evensong

This hymn maybe sung as the opening hymn after the versicles

Eternal ruler of the all who’s power extends to great and small
Who guides the stars with steadfast law who’s least creation fills with awe
O Grant thy mercy and thy grace to those who venture into space

The following Canticle may be used after the old testament reading in place of the Magnificat except on Saturdays & Sundays and other Feasts and during Advent and Lent

O PRAISE the LORD from the heavens: * praise him in the heights.
2 Praise him, all ye angels of his: * praise him, all his host.
3 Praise him, sun and moon: * praise him, all ye stars and light.
4 Praise him, all ye heavens, * and ye waters that are above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the Name of the LORD: * for he spake
the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever: * he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.

Additional Prayers

¶ This prayer is especially appropriate for use in ships of war.

O ETERNAL Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens, and rulest the whole of creation; who hast set the laws of nature to govern every particle, until the universe comes to an end; Be pleased to receive into thy Almighty and most gracious protection, the persons of us thy servants, and the Fleet [or Ship] in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the space, and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass through space upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our worlds may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the green hills of earth, with the fruits of our labour; and, with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies, to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  
At the Burial of the Dead in Space.

¶ The Office in the Common Prayer Book may be used; only instead of these words, [We therefore commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, &c.] say,

WE therefore commit the body or our brother/sister to the deapths, to be returned to the source from which its elements came, looking for the resurrection of the body, when space shall give up her dead, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who at his coming shall change our vile body, that it may be like his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself. 

A Eucharistic Prayer for Use in Space
This Eucharistic Prayer may be used in Space and at Earth bound space facilities at the discretion of the celebrant.

After the Comfortable words, the Celebrant faces the people and sings or says

                     The Lorde be with you.
 Answer.       And with thy spirite.
Priest:            Lift up your hearts.
Answer:         We lift them up unto the Lord.
Priest:            Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
Answer:         It is meet and right so to do.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

O’ God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, thou art worthy of glory and praise.
Glory to thee for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.
By thy will they were created and have their being.

From the primal elements thou brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. Thou made us rulers of creation. But we turned against thee, and betrayed thy trust; and we turned against one another.
Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in thy sight

Again and again, thou called us to return. Through prophets and sages thou revealed thy righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent thy only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill thy Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.
By his blood, he reconciled us.
By his wounds, we are healed.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

Celebrant and People

 HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of, hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory:
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. 
Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lord:
Glory to thee, O lord in the highest.

The Celebrant continues

And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by thy Son, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by thy Holy Ghost to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the
forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to thee this sacrifice of thanksgiving,
We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.

Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see thy hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the
world in his name.
Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.


Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. AMEN.