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Lectionary Defies General Synod Wish

Advent 3 2015

This is one of those blogposts (it’s go-slow, summer-holiday time here down under) that is written specially for those who think that the primary focus of those interested in liturgy is when to use “of”, or “in”, or “after”; how to hold your fingers and hands at particular points; and whether to light Advent wreath candles clockwise or counterclockwise. It is also written specially for those who think that I have no sense of humour.

As you know, General Synod Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW) “after detailed consideration” wanted church-wide discussion about its decision that, for example, we all say “of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter’ and ‘in Lent and Ordinary Time”.

Regulars here will realise that if you are going to lie awake at night deciding whether to use “of” or “in” or “after” – I am not in favour of the solution our GSTHW proposes.

Furthermore, no diocesan synod supports the decision of GSTHW (a majority need to for the GSTHW decision to go to the next stage of debate). What makes this extra poignant/fun is that this year our church’s official lectionary publication has gone out of its way to do the opposite of GSTHW’s wish. Someone has gone to all the effort to change the database for the lectionary booklet from what the lectionary booklet had and the format that GSTHW actually wanted (Sunday OF Advent – see image below) and altered everything to the very thing that GSTHW didn’t want (Sunday IN Advent – see image above)!!!

And in the intervening time (between the “of Advent” time and “in Advent” time), rather than just having “Sundays of Epiphany” (as wished by GSTHW), the lectionary booklet has four Sundays of THE Epiphany before leaping, without an explanation, to the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (with no account of what happened to the other 4 Ordinary Time Sundays!)

Life in the Anglican Church of Or.

LOL!

Advent 3 2014

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Epiphany 2015

Epiphany Jesus Mafa

Let us pray (in silence)      [that we may manifest God’s love for all]

Pause

God, [or God of mystery]
by the leading of a star,
on this day you revealed your only begotten one
to the gentiles,
lead us,
who have already come to know you by faith,
all the way to the contemplation of the beauty of your glory,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Read more about the history, usage, and reflection on this Epiphany prayer here.

Epiphany Chalk House Blessing

Click the link for all you need, and all you need to know about blessing a house at Epiphany.

Proclamation of Easter on the Feast of Epiphany

Click the link for the traditional proclamation of the date of Easter on the Feast of Epiphany.

image: Jesus Mafa

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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2015

deacon proclaims

We can use the ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day. It still has value as a proclamation of the centrality of…Continue Reading

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Of or In

committed to excellense

A bill was passed at General Synod Te Hinota Whanui 2014 (GSTHW14) that we only refer to Sundays ‘of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter’ and ‘in Lent and Ordinary Time’. There was “detailed consideration” of the Bill at GSTHW14. Having now passed this first hurdle, this Bill now goes for further careful debate and voting…Continue Reading

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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2014

Easter blessing of the baptism font

We can follow the ancient tradition and announce the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. This proclamation highlights the centrality of the resurrection of Christ in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of faith which are celebrated each year. The proclamation may occur after the Gospel, homily, or after…Continue Reading

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Advent Wreath in the Christmas Season?

Advent wreath

Recently I was asked on twitter what to do with the Advent Wreath during the Christmas Season. I asked the community on facebook and twitter and was so interested in the variety of good ideas that I am making this into a blog post. You can add other ideas into the comments below. The origin…Continue Reading

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Epiphany Proclamation 2013

There is an ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. This proclaims the centrality of the resurrection of Christ in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of faith which are celebrated each year. The proclamation may occur after the Gospel, homily, or after the…Continue Reading

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