A006 Authorize the Book of Occasional Services, 2021
Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,
That the 80th General Convention authorize for optional use throughout this Church A Scriptural Way of the Cross; On Maundy Thursday; When Persons Leave a Congregation; Presentación de un(a) Niño o Niña (Presentation of a Child); Quinceañera (The Celebration of Fifteen Years); The Founding of a Church: Ground Breaking; The Founding of a Church: Laying of a Cornerstone; Commissioning a Church Planter, Missioner, or Mission Team; A Liturgy for the Opening of a New Congregation; Setting Apart Secular Space for Sacred Use; A Litany of God’s Mission for the Church; Consecration of Chrism Apart from Baptism; Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows, Reception as a Priest or Deacon, and Restoration to the Ordained Ministry; and be it further
Resolved, that the 80th General Convention authorize the publication of the revision of that certain document entitled The Book of Occasional Services, prepared by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and published by The Church Hymnal Corporation in 1979, and last revised in 2018.
The Book of Occasional Services, 2018 was presented by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to the 79th General Convention as Resolution 2018-A218. Portions of The BOS 2018 were referred back to the SCLM for further revision, requesting that the SCLM report on this work to the 80th General Convention. Portions of this volume were made digitally available to the church for use in the 2018-2021 triennium.
Additionally, Resolution 2018-A283 directed the SCLM to collaborate with the Department of Ethnic Ministries to provide liturgies for additional pastoral rites, including but not limited to Quinceañera and Presentación, to be authorized for use in The Episcopal Church.
Finally, in Resolution 2018-C024, the 79th General Convention directed that The BOS 2018 be translated into the primary languages currently in use in this church.
The copy of The Book of Occasional Services 2021, presented as Supplementary Material to the report to the 80th General Convention of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (otherwise known as the "blue book" report), is offered in response to these directions of General Convention.