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Liturgy

Prayer for reconciliation with the Jews up for first hearing at Canadian General Synod

Anglican Church of Canada will consider replacing the “prayer for the conversion of the Jews” with a “prayer for reconciliation with the Jews.”

30 May 2019

US-based Episcopal Church to create Spanish, French and Haitian Creole translations of BCP

New translations of the US-based Episcopal Church’s 1979 Book of Common Prayer are being prepared in Spanish, French and Creole.

04 March 2019

Centenarian honoured by Canadian Lutheran and Anglican Churches for liturgical work

A distinguished liturgist approaching her 100th birthday is to be honoured by Lutheran and Anglican Churches in Canada for her work.

01 June 2018

Mothers’ Union offers liturgy to help churches mark Mothering Sunday

The Mothers’ Union has released a free Eucharistic liturgy and other resources to help churches mark Mothering Sunday, on 11 March.

10 January 2018

Churches face liturgical “conundrum” with Christmas Eve falling on Advent IV

The Episcopal News Service surveyed churches to ask how they were scheduling services for Advent IV and Christmas Eve on 24 December.

21 December 2017

Bahrain Dean wins Cyprus and Gulf hymn competition

A hymn written by the Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Bahrain has won a competition to mark the 40th anniversary of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.

24 October 2016

Debate continues on Confirmation in New Zealand

The traditional Anglican initiation rite of Confirmation has “lost its pivotal role” for many Anglican churches in New Zealand, a report to the province's General Synod said.

26 May 2016

Prayers for Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday

Her Majesty The Queen has approved prayers written for the celebration of her 90th Birthday later this year. Two prayers (or Collects) have been published in traditional and modern forms for use in services marking the national celebrations in April and June; and two graces have been published for use as thanksgivings at the start of other celebrations.

04 February 2016

Wife of Henry VIII wrote BCP prayer

A Canadian university professor has discovered that the prayer for the Monarch, contained in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and retained by many provinces, in one form or another, was written by Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, and selected for use in the BCP by Queen Elizabeth I.

12 November 2015

Research demonstrates benefits of corporate singing as new website highlights choral evensong

Singing helps people to form new friendships and relationships faster than other forms of social engagement; according to research from Oxford University’s department for experimental psychology, which suggests that religious groups benefit from corporate singing during services.

28 October 2015