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March 24, 2011
The Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) issued a statement March 24 concerning inconsistencies between the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) and the Holy Week liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer. The statement was prepared during the commission's March 15-19 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. It recommends that Episcopal Church congregations use the RCL readings...
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November 16, 2007
In early June, on an otherwise routine Monday morning, I received a call from my friend Sam, who lives in Arkansas. I felt a chill at the sound of Sam's voice, and with good reason: Sam had called to tell me that his wife, Dana, had died in her sleep the previous night. Dana was not just a casual friend. She had become part of my family's life about 30 years ago, when she joined St....
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June 27, 2007
Memories of the American Revolution will be invoked July 1 when Christ Church in Philadelphia uses in worship its Revolutionary Book of Common Prayer, which its vestry altered on July 4, 1776 crossing out the name of King George.   The Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Altering of the prayer book was an act of civil...
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June 19, 2007
The Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) intends to publish a collection of essays in connection with its plan to revise the Book of Common Prayer's rites of confession and reconciliation. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer M. Phillips, a SCLM member who will edit the collection, said that some of the questions potential essay writers might consider include how the needs...
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June 16, 2006
Revise the Book of Common Prayer and more young people might show up at General Convention, a youth contingent told members of the Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee at a June 16 hearing on resolution D061. "Our prayer book is already outdated and it is hard for my generation to relate to everything in it," said a youth, identified only as Hannah, from Northern California. She...
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December 6, 2004
The Convocation of American Churches in Europe has announced the release of a German/English edition of Selected Liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer. The translation was completed by a team of clergy and lay people at Episcopal parishes in Munich and Frankfurt, and represents an historic contribution to the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion at large. This is the fifth such...
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May 1, 2004
The Episcopal Church, having its roots in the Church of England, is also an Anglican Church. Like all Anglican churches, the Episcopal Church is distinguished by the following characteristics: Protestant, Yet Catholic Anglicanism stands squarely in the Reformed tradition, yet considers itself just as directly descended from the Early Church as the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches....