This is in follow-up to my recent post encouraging ACNA clergy and laity to ask the ACNA Liturgy Task Force to place “miserable offenders” back into the Daily Office General Confession. I submitted my post and a brief email to the ACNA Liturgy Task Force and, understandably, received an automatic-reply. I will republish this automatic response below but I want to highlight two aspects of the reply, namely the scope of review for the Task Force and the upcoming deadline to submit feedback.
First, in the words of the Liturgy Task Force, “[t]he Daily Office and Holy Eucharist are in a ‘final’ form” but they are still considering feedback received prior to November 1, 2018. Therefore, please submit your feedback (such as including a more expansive Daily Office for Family Prayer and re-inserting “miserable offenders” in the General Confession) as soon as possible.
Second, when submitting feedback, make sure it is “in discreet, focused comments or simple bullet-point proposals on certain words and phrases within a rite.” In other words, keep it short and sweet! The more feedback that is received on targeted changes, such as adding “miserable offenders” to the Daily Office General Confession, the greater the likelihood these changes will be made.
Although there is a Nov. 1st deadline for feedback regarding the Daily Office and Eucharist liturgies, please note that feedback and comments regarding “the Initiatory (Baptism and Confirmation) and Pastoral Rites (Holy Matrimony, Thanksgiving for a Child, Healing, Time of Death and Burial)” are due August 6th according to the ACNA website.
Remember, to send feedback to the ACNA Liturgy Task Force, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the automatic-reply from the Task Force:
This is an automatic reply, but, my name is Ben Jefferies, and I am the secretary to the Liturgy Task Force.
Thank you for taking the time to offer feedback on the ACNA liturgies; it is most welcome!
Feedback on all of the rites appearing in the Book of Common Prayer (2019) is appreciated, and all feedback will be considered by the Liturgy Task Force throughout the revision process that concludes at the end of this year.
The Daily Office and Holy Eucharist are in a “final” form, and the deadline for feedback has officially passed. However, in order to make the newly approved “final” rites as good, true to principle, and useful as they can be, the Liturgy Task Force will still consider focused feedback received between now and Nov 1, 2018.
Because all rites have preliminary approval of the College of Bishops, feedback in essay form and requests for global re-consideration can no longer be accepted. Please offer feedback in discreet, focused comments or simple bullet-point proposals on certain words and phrases within a rite.
May God bless you for your concern and love for his Church,