Reshaping the Liturgy

  • G. J. Cuming


The alternative services of Series Two, unlike those of Series One, appeared over a period of years. The first instalment (1966) consisted of Morning and Evening Prayer, Burial, and Thahksgiving after Childbirth, with an unfinished draft of Holy Communion. Burial met with opposition from the Evangelical party over prayer for the dead, and was rejected. So also, for no apparent reason, was Thanksgiving after Childbirth. Morning and Evening Prayer, a conservative revision, was passed, though docked of a large section of prayers, thanksgivings and litanies. Holy Communion, though intended only as a progress report, was given a very warm welcome, and an overwhelming demand was made for its immediate authorization. The Liturgical Commission held one further meeting to finish the draft, after which the service was returned to the Church Assembly.


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  1. C. O. Buchanan, Further Anglican Liturgies 1968–1975 (Nottingham 1975). 24 Communion services, with useful introductions.Google Scholar

Alternative Services: Second Series

  1. Morning and Evening Prayer; Intercessions and Thanksgivings; Thanksgiving after Childbirth; The Burial of the Dead; A Draft Order for Holy Communion (1965). The first drafts.Google Scholar
  2. *Holy Communion (1967: AS 220).Google Scholar
  3. Morning and Evening Prayer (1967: AS 210).Google Scholar
  4. Baptism and Confirmation (1968: AS 230, 231, 240).Google Scholar
  5. Morning and Evening Prayer Revised (1971: AS 212, 213).Google Scholar
  6. Holy Communion Series One and Two Revised (1976: AS 127).Google Scholar

Joint Liturgical Group

  1. The Calendar and Lectionary (1967).Google Scholar
  2. The Daily Office (1968).Google Scholar
  3. Initiation and Eucharist (1972).Google Scholar
  4. Liturgical Commission, Modern Liturgical Texts (1968). First drafts in ‘you-form’.Google Scholar

Alternative Services: Third Series

  1. *Holy Communion (1973: GS 48; AS 320, 323).Google Scholar
  2. Funeral (1975: GS 147; AS 360, 362).Google Scholar
  3. Morning and Evening Prayer (1975: GS 215; AS 310).Google Scholar
  4. Collects (1977: GS 230; AS 302).Google Scholar
  5. Marriage (1977: GS 228; AS 350).Google Scholar
  6. Ordination (1978: GS 327; no booklet).Google Scholar
  7. Initiation (1979: GS 343; AS 330).Google Scholar
  8. Calendar and Lectionary (1979: GS 292; no booklet).Google Scholar
  9. Holy Communion Revised (1979: GS 364; AS 20).Google Scholar
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  11. An Alternative Service Book (1976: GS 284). Report of a working party.Google Scholar
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  15. The Liturgical Conference 1969 (1969).Google Scholar
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  17. General Synod Report of Proceedings, vols i–xi (1970–80).Google Scholar
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  20. The Welsh and Irish services are still (1979) in booklet form.Google Scholar
  21. The Book of Common Prayers According to the Use of The Episcopal Church (New York 1979). Google Scholar
  22. An Australian Prayer Book (Sydney 1978).Google Scholar
  23. Books: 7, 10, 11, 17, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 53, 59, 78, 79, 87, 89, 97, 98, 100, 118, 129, 207, 208.Google Scholar
  24. Articles: 139, 149, 167, 168, 176, 178, 179, 193, 203.Google Scholar
  25. * The dates are those of authorization for use; the GS numbers are those of the draft forms submitted to Synod by the Liturgical Commission; the AS numbers are those of the final published forms. Intermediate stages were denoted by capital letters, e.g. GS 364F. The Series Two draft reports had no numbers.Google Scholar

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