Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This person is ahead of the Church

This morning I received this query:

I'm looking for a Book of Common Prayer that includes the new liturgies for Blessing of a Same-Sex Covenant and Thanksgiving for Adoption. I'm not sure how to tell which of your books are published recently enough to include these. Do you have suggestions of which edition I should purchase?
Thank you!

Here is my reply:

Hi N****,
Thank you for your message and query about a prayer book.
You are ahead of the rest of the Church in your desire for a prayer book that includes the new same-gender service of blessing.
There is a book that was authorized to be published by the Episcopal Church General Convention in July 2012. It is I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing. You may view that book on our website by clicking on this link https://www.episcopalbookstore.com/product.aspx?productid=7322

Before the parts of that book that consist of the blessing ritual can be added to the Book of Common Prayer 1979 it will require the successful voting of acceptance of at least one (for some additions to the BCP formal acceptance at two consecutive General Conventions are required) at the next General Convention in 2015. If it is then approved to be added it generally takes at least six months for the publishers to update and print the new edition of the book. If and when that happens we will be offering the new books for sale as they become available.

All of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 that we offer on our website https://www.episcopalbookstore.com/category.aspx?categoryid=216 are the most up-to-date editions.
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