The ACNA has released their “Texts for Common Prayer.” It’s something I’ve mentioned from time to time over the years. But it’s obvious; if the ANCA plans to be a real church and a real Anglican province, they need to have a real prayer book. The danger has always been that liturgists who were clumsy, revisionist or both would get into the process and ruin this important task.
I am pleased to report that, at least at one point, the ACNA has succeeded in undoing the dirty work of the 1979 BCP: they have excised the “Contract on the Episcopalians” from the baptismal rite. You can read the new ACNA rite here but they’ve opted to revert to a more traditional Anglican approach of giving the world, the flesh and the devil the boot in baptism.
As most of my readers know, I believe that people should be of “riper age” before being baptised. But the “Contract on the Episcopalians” has stuck in my craw for a long time, and kudos to the ACNA for putting it out of its misery.