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Does your parish use the Agnus Dei as part of it's Sunday Eucharist (It counts even if it's in English. I am just using the Latin because that is the technical name for it.)? If so, every week or only on select occasions?
I note that a version of it is in Rite I of the 1979 BCP, but that Rite II doesn't explicitly include it.
If one scrolls down a bit, the Agnus Dei is also there in "Additional instructions" under "An Order for Celebrating the Holy Eucharist", which is a condensed Eucharist not intended to be the principle celebration on a Sunday (Presumably this could be done before or after parish events during the week if desired, or for a daily mass). It's not necessarily clear whether these additional instructions are only applicable to that shorter service or to all services.
For our postulants, priests and other clergy, or anyone who took some seminary courses or had the opportunity to access liturgical supplements and other material- What were you taught about the Agnus Dei and it's usage? I'm thinking of not just the technical rules governing it's use (I assume most reasonable things could be inserted by a priest with a cooperative congregation even if not present in the prayer book- in practice even if not in theory.), but also what you were taught, told, or had communicated to you by implication about it's theology and whether it was unofficially encouraged, discouraged, or not mentioned during your time in seminary (and beyond, really, from bishops, conventions, and so forth.).
For anyone- Was there a reason that this was not included in the main part of any of the four Rite II Eucharist Prayers included in the 1979 Prayer Book? If so, what was it? Because it is present in older Episcopalian liturgies, it seems like taking it out as the default option was probably a decision rather than an oversight. I'm thinking perhaps there was a theological consideration.
What are the odds that this could get back into one or more of the official Eucharistic Prayers as the default in the next prayer book? If the odds are not good, is there a possibility that some sort of adaption of the prayer that mitigates some of the objections that might arise to it might make it's way in? Does the liturgical committee have a viewpoint on this that it is has expressed or implied?
My guess is that perhaps the notion of Jesus as sin-eater and sacrificial lamb was intended to be downplayed by it's exclusion as the d... keep reading on reddit ➡