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Eco-Justice Resolutions
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Authorize Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Resolution 2012-A055 for the 77th General Convention
of the Episcopal Church, USA, July 2012
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Resolution 2012-A055:
Authorize Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention make available liturgical materials entitled "Daily Prayer for All Seasons," found in the Blue Book report of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, with the following changes, for publication and distribution for use by individuals and in congregations and other church groups wishing to pray or meditate throughout the day, snf be it further

Resolved, that the General Convention Office work with the SCLM to perfect the Spanish and French translations of this resource.

Introduction Blue Book, pp. 353-354
p. 353: Retitle the Section as "How to Use These Materials" and begin it on a separate page.

p. 353 Present last paragraph, last sentence: Each hour has a name ..."

p. 354 Strike the last sentence of the present first paragraph and begin a new paragraph to read:

Adaptations for prayers, lessons, meditations, and hymns may be made to suity the occasion. The questions that are provided for meditations are only suggestions. They may be freely adapted, other questions may be used, or a period of silence may be kept.

Page 354 In the Section entitled, "Format for the Hours," make the following addition:

Entering and Going out (or Closing): the same simple, short call-and-response, which emphasizes the spiritual ork of the hour

Changes in the Texts of the Services
Proposed changes for All Seasons"
For Compline and Vigils in all seasons, change the heading of the final section of the service from to "Closing" (Blue Book, pp 368, 369; 383, 384; 398, 399; 413, 414; 428, 429; 441, 442; 456, 457; 469, 470)
[editor's note: links pertain to the Daily Prayers for Creation]

Proposed changes by Season
Advent
Prime
p. 357 Prayer

O Holy One, thank you for coming to us anew this day. Prepare our hearts and reawaken our love for you as we discern your call within us. May we join with you in making level the path for all people. Amen.

p. 358 Prayer
God of Hope, you call us from the exite of our sin with the good news of restoration; you build a highway through the wilderness; you come to us to bring us home. Comfort us with the expectation of your saving power, made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christmas
Prime
p. 373 Prayers:
Reverse the order of the first 3 four-line petitions, so that each begins as follows:

  • Wonderful Counselor, whose glory is beyond ...
  • Mighty God, whose power girds ...
  • Prince of Peace, whose righteousness is like ...

Last petition:
Emmanuel, whose arm is long to save, we lift before you now:

Vespers
p. 380 Confession, third line:

when what we need is your love in our hearts.
p. 381 Prayers first petition:
For all who are oppressed,
May we proclaim the justice of God's Kingdom.

Epiphany
Lauds
p. 386
Opening:
Arise, shine for your light has come,
    And the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

Prayer 2nd line: Drawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid

Closing:

Arise, shine for your light has come,
    And the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

 

Lent
p. 400 (Introduction)

Figuring out how to keep a holy Lent can be a challenge, but if we move beyond the popular conceptions (and misconceptions), Lent holds the possibility for real change–or, to use the church's word, conversion–in our lives, as well as for rich and lasting spiritual growth. (The word "lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ""lencton," referring to the springtime of the year when the days grow longer and warmer and brighter.

Lent emerged in our history as a season of final preparation for those who would be baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter. The entire Christian community was highly invested in walking alongside those who were about to commit their lives to Christ. In time, the season took on some extra layers of meaning, and many people now associate it with listening for a deeper awareness of our own sin–how we fall short of the ideals God sets before us–and the need for ongoing reprentance and amendment of life.

That said, joy in the new life we have found in the Christian faith should never be overwhelmed by our struggles to live out that faith or our awareness of the ways we fall short. WE can see Lent as an opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives. In Lent we step back and consider the ways we need to reprent, to turn around—to be converted.

During Lent we as individual Christians and as a church–the Body of Christ–consider our spiritual health. How are we living the gospel in our lives, our homes, our churches, our towns, our schools, our places of work? What areas of growth or signs of renewal should we celebrate with gratitude and joy? In what ways have we fallen short, grown stagnant or cold-hearted, or failed to love God by embracing new life when we encounter it? These are the kinds of questions we ask ourselves during the weeks of Lent.

Lauds
p. 401 Opening: Remove Typo after "Lord,"

Prime
p. 403 Prayers Loving God, in our faith we pray:
For reconciliation between the violated and the violent,
     That we may rest in your peace.
For generosity between rich and poor people everywhere
     That we may share the abundance of your creation.
For the growth of love between broken peoples and nations,
     That we may shape our common life as your kingdom.
For mutual respect between immigrants and insiders,
     That we may welcome your image in all who come to us.
For protestion for the weak and humility for the strong,
     That we may serve others as you serve us in Christ.

Vespers

p. 410 Meditation "This only do I ask of your extreme kindness. That you convert me wholly to you and you allow nothing to prevent me from wending my way to you."

Hopy Week
Prime
p. 417 Praide: Restore missing space between stanzas 2 and 3 of the hymn.

p. 418 Prayers: Line 5: in this most holy of weeks ...

Easter
Lauds
p. 431 Prayer
Risen Lord, be my light, my life, and my hope.
Come: enlighten my darkness and bring me life by your life. Amen.

Prime
p. 433 Prayers: In the work we do this day,
May the risen Christ teach us.
In the challenges we face this day,
May the risen Christ guide us.
Through the people we meet this day,
May the risen Christ renew us.

p. 433 Prayer: Jesus our friend and savior: Guide us in this new day, that we may know God's desire for us and gain strength and courage to live as beloved children of God. Amen.

Ordinary Time: Creation

Lauds

p. 444 Prayer:

Many and great, O God, are thy works,
maker of earth and sky;
thy hands have set the heavens with starrs;
they fingers spread the mountains and plains.
Lo, at thy word, the waters were formed;
deep seas obey thy voice.

Grant unto us communion with thee,
thoug star-abiding one;
come unto us and dwell with us;
with thee are found the gifts of life;
Bless us with life that has no end,
eternal life with thee.

Wakantanka taku nitawa
tankaya qaota;
mahpiya in eyahnake ca,
makakin he duowanca.
Mniowanca sbeya wanke cin,
hena ovakihi.

Prime

p. 445 Scripture: 2nd line: much fruit, because, apart from me you can do nothing...

Ordinary Time: Rest

Prime

p. 458 Prayer: beginning, last word of 4th line:
trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next.
Amen

Vigils

p. 468 Meditation text formatting needs correction

Notes

Advent
Note 3: add alt. after Revised Common Lectionary Prayers

Epiphany
Note 39 remove after "Brightest and Best."

Easter
p. 473-474 Notes 105 and 106 actually belong in the next section: Ordinary Time:
Creation

p. 473 Note 105 also needs the following change:
105 Many and Great "Dakota Hymn" / Lacquiparle by Joseph R. Renville (1842), paraphrased by R. Phillip Frazier (1929). alt. Hymnal 1982, Hymn 385


Proposer: Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

Explanation:

Just as the Book of Common Prayer is threaded throughout with familiar scripture, this new resource draws heavily on the collects, rhythms and patterns that those who have used and love the BCP's daily office will recognize. This new resource is intended as a complement to the Daily Offices and Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families in the 1979 BCP, to encourage individuals and small groups, particularly those not already using the full Daily Offices, to take time to pray during the day.

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