Where is the New Prayer Book?

The ACSA Liturgical Committee has become aware that there is a widespread assumption that a ‘new’ Prayer Book has been produced and it is available now.

Many of those placing orders for Celebrating Sunday, the new experimental supplemental liturgical resource with materials for Advent through Pentecost have done so assuming that it is the New Prayer Book.

The Committee is calling upon everyone involved in liturgy and the leadership of worship, to help correct this misunderstanding.

Expecting a New Prayer Book is an appropriate eagerness that we welcome-  however, such an expectation will only be met after many years of hard work.

The New Prayer Book has been called for by the Synod of Bishops and Provincial Synod – and is a goal which the Liturgical Committee is diligently pursuing.

However revising APB 1989 is a process, one that will require the involvement of the whole Church, much work, and many years. During those years the Liturgical Committee will be producing several supplemental liturgical resources authorised for experimental, trial use. Celebrating Sunday is the first in this series of publications.

These supplemental resources will be the result of a process of wide consultation among the people of ACSA and will reflect the diverse styles of worship common to our Church while maintain the characteristic features of Anglican Worship.

The ACSA Liturgical Committee looks forward to continued communication with everyone involved in the worship we offer and with eagerness anticipates your involvement in this exciting and historic process of Revision and Renewal.

The Prayer Book Revision Sub-Committee
of the ACSA Liturgical Committee
All Saints Day 2016

4 Responses to Where is the New Prayer Book?

  • Lovely liturgy can’t wait to see final edition. Keep it up

  • We welcome these initiative and we would love to be updated throughout. We are aware that it is a process that will unfold with time. May I request a copy of the draft that is available now.

    • Thank you for your message. My apologies for the delay in replying.
      Yes the process will take some time and we don’t have a final date when the new Prayer Book will be ready. The Liturgical Committee produced its first publication of the revision process last year, Celebrating Sunday – under Southern Skies in an African voice. This publications contains new material for the Seasons of the Year for Sundays and for a Sunday Evening Prayer. There are a number of new ideas, new prayers, – such as designing the Advent wreath in the shape of the Southern Cross stars, etc.
      it is available from the Publishing Committee for R125 + R48.70 postage. You can send an order to orders@anglicanchurchsa.org.za or order through the on-line system on the website.
      Regards
      Cynthia Botha

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