The College of Bishops authorizes the use of four new working liturgical texts for the province.
The new working texts are rites for Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
“We are trying to get all the working texts put together, approved by the College, and in circulation,” the Most Rev. Bob Duncan, chair of the Task Force, told the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America during their annual meeting on June 24, 2015 in Vancouver. More working texts are in preparation and will come before the College of Bishops in the next year. Integration of feedback will be the focus in 2017 and 2018 with a goal of having a new Prayer Book by 2019.
The Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force recommended in their provincial report that all adult members of the Anglican Church in North America make a profession of faith with the laying-on-of-hands by their bishops. This approach was adopted by the College of Bishops in the Preface to Confirmation.
The working texts for the rites of both Holy Baptism and Confirmation open with short exhortations and dialogues that allow for the clear teaching of each rite, the Task Force noted. In addition, the Nicene Creed is used in the Confirmation rite, but not in the combined rite.
Links to the new working texts are below:
The members of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force are: