Western Rite Liturgy Page

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Introduction

This small library exists to hold liturgy texts connected to my experience with the former Holy Comforter Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas.

Gregorian Rite according to the Society of Clerks Secular of St. Basil

This version is produced by the Holy Innocents Orthodox Church in Louisiana and available at their web site. The liturgy, prefaces, and other related texts can be found in their Liturgical Index.

Gregorian Rite according to the Holy Orthodox Church / American Jurisdiction (1981)

This version corresponds to the printed edition of 1981. It is online in the following formats:

An adaptation of the American BCP for Orthodox Use

As a point of interest, Bishop +Walter, who is now with the Lord, adapted the Communion service from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for use in his Western Rite Orthodox Church. He removed some things, such as the reciting of the Ten Commandments, and he revised the Invocation, turning it into a somewhat more explicit Epiklesis. He also removed the filioque from the Creed. I do not know whether his changes reflected the influence of an older Anglican text.

The result is a somewhat shorter Liturgy that he intended to be more accessible to modern-day Americans. He named it the "Salisbury Rite". I have been told that this name can be misleading. It is not a reconstruction of ancient texts from England. Rather, it is a modification of the 1928 BCP. I once prepared a side-by-side comparison of the two liturgies viewable in Adobe Acrobat format.

Whether it is a good idea to modify liturgies in this way has been the subject of some debate. For some thoughtful questions by the highly-respected Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, see Some thoughts on the "Western Rite" in Orthodoxy. 

The text of the Liturgy as unformatted ASCII text (25KB).

The rest of the files are in PDF format. To view or print them you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available from Adobe's Web Site. Adobe and Acrobat Reader are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated
 
The PDF files are given in four formats: 

Reading Order
Presented as single pages in natural reading order.
Printing Order
Arranged for double-sided printing on 8.5" by 11" paper, then folding the results in half to make a folded booklet. 
Cover
Contains a single cover page, held separate so the booklet covers can be printed on different paper if desired. 
Large Print

The American 1928 Book of Common Prayer

For reference, here are links to two other web sites (not produced by me) containing texts of the American 1928 Book of Common Prayer, which is in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition:




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