We’ve been down this path before (recently), but this time things go (much) further! The NZ Lectionary Booklet for 2019 (image above) has CW (Church of England’s Common Worship) readings for today’s feast day of St Luke the Evangelist.
Common Worship has absolutely no status in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The Lectionary Booklet itself states:
On a few occasions where provision is not made in RCL or in ANZPB/HKMOA [A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa], material has been included from Common Worship, an adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary for use in the Church of England (CW).Lectionary 2019 page 2
The thing is: provision IS made in ANZPB/HKMOA for the feast of St Luke:
But wait – it gets worse! There’s an online version of ANZPB/HKMOA. And this has for Saint Luke the Evangelist:
To become part of A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa requires the lengthy, complex “twice round” process (General Synod Te Hinota Whanui – diocesan synods & hui amorangi – General Synod Te Hinota Whanui again; a year’s wait). To my knowledge (and from those I’ve asked), this has not happened.
Previously, there was a revised ANZPB/HKMOA ready to be printed, but this revision had not gone through our agreed process. From this site, we spearheaded the stopping of the presses. The issue is not what is presented as the product – the issue is that we have an agreed process that is not being followed.
The involvement of all those in our agreed decision-making process is a taonga, a treasure of our church. The process prevents inappropriate clericalism, and our agreements eschew an abuse of hierarchy.
If I am incorrect about the process not having been followed – please correct me in the comments and I will amend this post. If I am incorrect, then the online Prayer Book needs to revert to the one we have agreed to.
I am writing directly to some people holding responsibility for these things on our behalf – not everyone can be expected to keep up with what is written here 🙂
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