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Resources that may be helpful

As per April 2019:

The most common book for rites used by Episcopalians is the current edition of The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), and it can be supplemented with other worship books as authorized by General Convention, such as Enriching Our Worship. For an online version of the BCP, click: Here.

Another authorized book (authorized by General Convention), is the Book of Occasional Services (BOS). Its purpose is in its title. It contains rites that are used on special occasions. You can download a pdf file of The Book of Occasional Services 2018, Here.

All Holy Eucharists are accompanied by Scripture readings and a prayer for the specific occasion, in a table that lists the readings and related prayers, called a "lectionary".  Also, special days are observed and specific liturgical colors are associated with various days. One good way to keep on top of it all is to get a liturgical calendar or a liturgical datebook with the liturgical colors for the current year. Many people turn to the Church Publishing Web site (an Episcopal Church outlet), to purchase these items.

Short of that, and an unofficial way that might be helpful, are the following two links:

For a liturgical calendar of Episcopal special observances (combined volumes of recent trial books), click: Here

For Lectionarypage.net, click: Here.

An important book relating to Scripture readings for Special days is Lesser Feasts and Fasts (LFF) or its equivalent version. The current edition is Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006, and the current trial edition is Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018, which can be downloaded as a pdf file, Here. 2018 was the year that General Convention authorized the most recent edition for trial use (for the three year period until the next General Convention). The BCP sets the priorities for when days are observed if there is a question about priority.


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