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Resolution Number: 1979-A133
Title: Adopt The Draft Proposed Book of Common Prayer--Second Reading
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Submitted
Final Text:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That The Draft Proposed Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, the forms of making, ordaining, and consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, the form of Consecration of a Church or Chapel, and the office of institution of ministers, and Historical Documents of the Church, including the Articles of Religion, published on February 2, 1976 by the Church Hymnal Corporation, as amended by the 65th General Convention, is hereby adopted and declared The Book of Common Prayer of this Church pursuant to Article X of the Constitution.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Denver, 1979 (New York: General Convention, 1980), p. C-8.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author:
Originating House: House of Bishops
Originating Committee: Committee on Prayer Book and Liturgy

House of Bishops

On the third day, the Bishop of Utah, Chairman of the Committee on the Prayer Book and Liturgy, requested the Rt. Rev. Chilton Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Liturgical Commission, to come to the platform for the purpose of moving Resolution A-133, as follows:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the Draft Proposed Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, the forms of making, ordaining, and consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, the form of Consecration of a Church or Chapel, and the office of institution of ministers, and Historical Documents of the Church, including the Articles of Religion, published on February 2, 1976 by the Church Hymnal Corporation, as amended by the 65th General Convention, is hereby adopted and declared The Book of Common Prayer of this Church pursuant to Article X of the Constitution.

The motion was seconded by the Bishop of Dallas.

After discussion, the motion carried.

Resolution adopted

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #20]

Those requesting to have negative votes on the Prayer Book Resolution recorded are: the Bishop of Fond du Lac, Bishop Haden, the Bishop of Georgia, the Bishop of Lexington.

House of Deputies

In the afternoon of the third day, HB Message #20 was referred to the Committee on Prayer Book and Liturgy.

On the fourth day, the Committee on Dispatch of Business submitted its Report #8, and moved the adoption of the following Resolution:

Resolved, That there be set at this time a Special Order of Business for the purpose of hearing and acting on the Report of Committee #14 on the Prayer Book, concerning Message #20 from the House of Bishops relating to the Proposed Book of Common Prayer, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 1979.

Resolution adopted

In the afternoon session of the fourth day, the Chairman of Dispatch of Business called for Report #2 of the Committee on Prayer Book and Liturgy.

Deputy Ralph Spence, Chairman of the Committee, moved concurrence with House of Bishops Message #20 on adoption of the Proposed Book of Common Prayer on Second Reading.

The Chair recognized Deputy Walker Taylor (East Carolina) who presented a minority Report as follows:

"I recognize the great value of the Proposed Book.

I appreciate its lasting contribution to the worship of the Church.

I have diligently studied and used it since 1976, when I voted for it on first reading.

Now, however, having gone through this process, my personal preference is the 1928 Book--largely for the reason that 'a thing of beauty is a joy forever.'

Therefore, I will vote against the adoption of the Proposed Book."

The Secretary certified that he had complied with the provisions of Article X of the Constitution and had notified all jurisdictions within six months following the 65th General Convention of the adoption on First Reading of a Proposed Book of Common Prayer.

Debate followed and speakers were heard on both sides of the question.

A vote by Orders (ballot #3) was taken.

The Secretary announced the results of the vote by Orders (ballot #3) on House of Bishops Message #20 (Adoption of the Proposed Book of Common Prayer on the Second Reading).

The vote was:

Clergy Yes--107   No--1   Divided--2    
Lay Yes--99   No--2   Divided--6

Two clerical deputations requested to be polled.

The results were as follows:

Diocese of Northwest Texas: Clerical
     
Hungerford   Yes
Birdwell   No
Wilson   Yes
Hulsey   Yes
     
Vote: Yes
     
Diocese of Springfield: Clerical
     
White   Yes
Heistand   No
Reed   Yes
Malottke   No
     
Vote: Divided

Resolution adopted

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #31)

Abstract:   The 66th General Convention adopts The Draft Proposed Book of Common Prayer, published on February 2, 1976 by the Church Hymnal Corporation, as amended by the 65th General Convention, and declares it the Book of Common Prayer.
Notes:  

For information concerning typographical errors and editorial corrections made in successive printings of The Proposed Book of Common Prayer since the first reading of the text in 1976, see Journal, 1979, p. AA-158 and p.AA-168ff.