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Bishop’s Note: December 20, 2018 – 2019 BCP The Prayers of the People

In our examination of the 2019 Book of Common Prayer’s service of Holy Eucharist, last week we looked at the role of the Nicene Creed. This week I’d like to look at the Prayers of the People.

In the 2019 BCP we will have two basic forms of the Prayers of the People: one in the Standard Text Eucharist and one in the Renewed Ancient Text. Having only two options is unlike the 1979 BCP, which has several different options. The 2019 BCP does allow for prayers not found in the text, but they must include:

The universal Church, the clergy and people
The mission of the Church
The nation and all in authority
The peoples of the world
The local community
Those who suffer and those in any need or trouble
Thankful remembrances of the faithful departed and of all the blessings in our lives.

What jumps out to me is the role of the deacon and laypeople in leading this section of the service. The entire worship service follows a set form and practice that we refer to as “liturgy,” which means: “work of the people.” It is appropriate that laypeople read the passages of Holy Scripture (apart from the reading of the Gospel,) and lead the prayers of the people if a deacon is not present. The Rubrics (I mentioned rubrics last week) for the Prayers of the People state:

The Deacon or other person appointed says these prayers….

It is the traditional role of the Deacon both to make the needs of the world known to the People of God and to assist the People of God in meeting the needs of the world. Because of this, we begin with prayer; asking God to bless, provide, preserve, protect, and heal those in need.

The Prayers conclude by inviting the people to offer their own prayers, either silently or aloud, and then the celebrant wraps up the prayers with the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

I pray you all a very blessed fourth Sunday of Advent,. and a very Merry Christmas!

Bishop Menees


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Bishop @ Church of the Epiphany

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Diocesan Office Closes at Noon for Christmas Eve

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Diocesan Office Closed for Christmas Day

December 31
Diocesan Office Closes at Noon for New Year's Eve

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