Full Legislative History
Resolution Number: 1979-A058
Title: Authorize Continued Work on the Prayer Book
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the Standing Liturgical Commission be requested, and is hereby authorized to continue this work, namely:

  1. To continue to study the refinement of the lectionaries of the Book of Common Prayer in consultation with other Churches;
  2. To continue to study criteria for the inclusion of names of persons and events to be commemorated in the Calendar;
  3. To make its expert knowledge of the contents of the Book of Common Prayer available to all inquirers;
  4. To assist and, when necessary or feasible, to participate in the process of translating the Book of Common Prayer into other languages;
  5. To continue the preparation of portions of the service music for the Book of Common Prayer in cooperation with the Standing Commission on Church Music;
  6. To maintain close liaison with the Standing Commission on Church Music and to assist it when requested;
  7. To maintain close contact with liturgical bodies of other Churches with a view to mutual enrichment of worship;
  8. To encourage and, when requested, to assist by advice and editorial comment the publication of scholarly studies bearing on materials contained in the Book of Common Prayer;
  9. To cooperate actively in the work of diocesan liturgical and music commissions, especially with the Annual Conference of Chairmen of these bodies, by participation in their meetings and giving advice when requested;
  10. To continue the work already initiated to preparing an Altar Edition of the Book of Common Prayer;
  11. To continue to assist in the preparation and publication of the folio edition of The Standard Book of Common Prayer; and
  12. To continue to review all liturgical texts presently authorized, so that where appropriate the language of a future revision of the Book of Common Prayer may be as free as possible of all language which may be construed as being limiting in its application to all God's people; and
  13. To report to the General Convention on all aspects of its work and experience.
Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Denver, 1979 (New York: General Convention, 1980), p. C-171.