Practice of Worship

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Practice of Worship

Winter 2020, four Fridays at 1:10 p.m.

  • January 17
  • January 24
  • January 31
  • February 28

Practice of Worship is a series of two-hour seminars on practical liturgics – texts, vestments, music, all the details of putting together a worship service. We look at the Book of Alternative Services and get to know the various rites, both Eucharistic rites and the various offices (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, pastoral offices). We study the lectionary and become familiar with its format and use. We study Common Praise, the Anglican Church of Canada’s hymnal, and get to know its content; we learn how to select hymns for worship, balancing their liturgical function, textual relevance and musical qualities.

That and much more awaits students in Practice of Worship. These non-credit workshops are required of postulants, highly recommended for students contemplating ordained ministry, and open to all who wish to study the practical details of creating effective and beautiful Anglican worship.

The texts for this course are the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) and Common Praise. Please bring your own BAS and Common Praise to the sessions; this is the time to make notes in your prayer book and hymnal, to mark them up and keep track of the things we discuss. You don’t expect other classes to provide your textbooks, and Practice of Work is the same. Your own copies of these liturgical books will be valuable throughout your ministry.