Liturgical Changes 2018

The PCC, which met on the 20th of November 2018, considered the liturgical provision in our Parish and decided that it was time to move to Common Worship, which, together with the Book of Common Prayer, is the only authorised form of public worship in the Church of England.

This meant that we also switched from the Roman to the Anglican lectionary. New sheets for the Eucharist in Traditional and Contemporary language were issued and all the necessary Altar Books and Lectionaries were purchased by the Churchwardens.

The changes officially took effect from Sunday 2nd of December 2018 (Advent 1) which marked the beginning of the Liturgical year. The impact of this regularisation on the congregation was minimal in terms of new things to learn and in many ways it  meant going back to forms of response people were already accustomed to (e.g. "I am not worthy to receive you" rather than "that you should enter under my roof", or "This is the word of the Lord" rather than "The word of the Lord").

The PCC asked the congregation to be patient for the first few Sundays and to follow closely the Order of Service until they felt confident with the new wording.