The Anglican Liturgy. Rationale

Saturday December 1 st 2018  Seminar  9.00a.m.

Senses and Sensibilities   What are we doing on Sunday mornings.?

Facilitator Rev. Andrew Rampton.

There was a great turnout from the local parishioners, other Anglicans and United Church members to this seminal event. Andrew`s profound knowledge, his effortless competence  in History, and sense of humour made the morning an eventful occasion.

He spoke about the changes made in the 1970`s from the Church of England Book of Common Prayer(B.C.P.) by various Commonwealth countries to better reflect their jurisdictions. Canada was the last to change in 1981 and depended heavily on the Episcopalian version(USA), with the publication of the Book of Alternative Services.(B.A.S.). Unfortunately the instructions to the Clergy were not given until 5 years later and by then every cleric had their own version of what the Liturgy intended and being human were not about to change.

The old Christian Church sense of order  is that of an uncluttered altar : candles , the ciborium, the chalice ( we do not need to see the sterling silver collection) were  mandatory observances. The placement  of the offerings after the blessing is  ABA ( anywhere but the altar).  The selection of the Holy sacraments – the Body and Blood of Christ, however can be varied to mimic the country. The bread usually a wheat product, a wafer or loaf can replaced by rice product if wheat unavailable  and if grapes are not available e.g. in Norway beer may or can be substituted for wine, garnered laughter and a sense of `that`s all right` from guests. Likewise he mentioned that certain of East Syrian traditions by comparison different from the West Syrian rituals but both have been insinuated into certain aspects of the liturgy as did  influence of the Jewish tradition of the Torah placement in regards to the position for reading the gospel. He pointed out that the Gospel was the climax to the readings of the old and new testament readings and therefore the music accompaniment and phraseology and tempo (forte) should ensure that is understood.

Finally as we move into prayers of the  Eucharist, the Presider is de facto intervening  to God on our behalf and therefore his voice should be different,  thus the singing of the Eucharistic Prayers is preferable.(SBAC members benefit from this because of Andrew`s musical expertise in voice).

The crowd mingled for coffee and refreshments afterwards, and were     invited to attend future sessions on Anglican history and traditions in 2019.