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Resolution Number: 2012-A055
Title: Authorize Daily Prayer for All Seasons
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention make available liturgical materials entitled "Daily Prayer for All Seasons," found in the Blue Book report of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, with the following changes, for publication and distribution for use by individuals and in congregations and other church groups wishing to pray or meditate throughout the day; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention Office work with the SCLM to perfect the Spanish and French translations of this resource.

Introduction Blue Book, pp. 353-354:

p. 353: Retitle the Section: "How to Use What's Here" as "How to Use These Materials" and begin it on a separate page.

p. 353: Present last paragraph, last sentence: "Each hour has a name …"

p. 354: Strike the last sentence of the present first paragraph and begin a new paragraph, to read:

Adaptations for the prayers, lessons, meditations, and hymns may be made to suit the occasion. The questions that are provided for the meditations are only suggestions. They may be freely adapted, other questions may be used, or a period of silence may be kept.

p. 354: In the Section entitled, "Format for the Hours," make the following addition:

Entering and Going out (or Closing): the same simple, short call-and-response, which emphasizes the spiritual work of the hour

Changes in the Texts of the Services

Proposed changes for "All Seasons”

For Compline and Vigils in all seasons, change the heading of the final section of the service from "Going Out" to "Closing" (Blue Book, pp. 368, 369; 383, 384; 398, 399; 413,414; 428, 429; 441, 442; 456,457; 469, 470)

Proposed changes by Season



p. 357 Prayer:

O Holy One, thank you for coming to us anew this day. Prepare our hearts and reawaken our love for you as we discern your call within us. May we join with you in making level the path for all people. Amen.

p. 358 Prayer:

God of hope, you call us from the exile of our sin with the good news of restoration; you build a highway through the wilderness; you come to us to bring us home. Comfort us with the expectation of your saving power, made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



p. 373 Prayers:

Reverse the order of the first 3 four-line petitions, so that each begins as follows:

  • Wonderful Counselor, whose glory is beyond...
  • Mighty God, whose power girds...
  • Prince of Peace, whose righteousness is like...

Last petition:

  • Emmanuel, whose arm is long to save, we lift before you now:


p. 380 Confession, third line:

when what we need is your love in our hearts.

p. 381 Prayers first petition:

For all who are oppressed,

May we proclaim the justice of God’s Kingdom.



p. 386

Opening :

Arise, shine for your light has come,

And the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

Prayer 2nd line: Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid.


Arise, shine for your light has come,

And the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.


p. 400 (Introduction)

Figuring out how to keep a holy Lent can be a challenge, but if we move beyond the popular conceptions (and misconceptions), Lent holds the possibility for real change--or, to use the church's word, conversion--in our lives, as well as for rich and lasting spiritual growth. (The word “lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "lencton," referring to the springtime of the year when the days grow longer and warmer and brighter.)

Lent emerged in our history as a season of final preparation for those who would be baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter. The entire Christian community was highly invested in walking alongside those who were about to commit their lives to Christ. In time, the season took on some extra layers of meaning, and many people now associate it with listening for a deeper awareness of our own sin--how we fall short of the ideals God sets before us--and the need for ongoing repentance and amendment of life.

That said, joy in the new life we have found in the Christian faith should never be overwhelmed by our struggles to live out that faith or our awareness of the ways we fall short. We can see Lent as an opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives. In Lent we step back and consider the ways we need to repent, to turn around—to be converted.

During Lent we as individual Christians and as a church—the Body of Christ—consider our spiritual health. How are we living the gospel in our lives, our homes, our churches, our towns, our schools, our places of work? What areas of growth or signs of renewal should we celebrate with gratitude and joy? In what ways have we fallen short, grown stagnant or cold-hearted, or failed to love God by embracing new life when we encounter it? These are the kinds of questions we ask ourselves during the weeks of Lent.


p. 401 Opening: Remove Typo after "Lord,"


p. 403 Prayers:

Loving God, in our faith, we pray:

For reconciliation between the violated and the violent,

That we may rest in your peace.

For generosity between rich and poor people everywhere,

That we may share the abundance of your creation.

For the growth of love between broken peoples and nations,

That we may shape our common life as your kingdom.

For mutual respect between immigrants and insiders,

That we may welcome your image in all who come to us.

For protection for the weak and humility for the strong,

That we may serve others as you serve us in Christ.


p. 410 Meditation: "This only do I ask of your extreme kindness. That you convert me wholly to you and you allow nothing to prevent me from wending my way to you."

Holy Week


p. 417 Praise: Restore missing space between stanzas 2 and 3 of the hymn.

p. 418 Prayers: Line 5: in this most holy of weeks …



p. 431 Prayer:

Risen Lord, be my light, my life, and my hope.

Come: enlighten my darkness and bring me life by your life. Amen.


p. 433 Prayers: In the work we do this day,

May the risen Christ teach us.

In the challenges we face this day,

May the risen Christ guide us.

Through the people we meet this day,

May the risen Christ renew us.

p. 433 Prayer: Jesus, our friend and savior: Guide us in this new day, that we may know God’s desire for us and gain strength and courage to live as beloved children of God. Amen.

Ordinary Time: Creation


p. 444 Prayer:

Many and great, O God, are thy works,

maker of earth and sky;

thy hands have set the heavens with stars;

thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.

Lo, at thy word the waters were formed;

deep seas obey thy voice.

Grant unto us communion with thee,

thou star-abiding one;

come unto us and dwell with us;

with thee are found the gifts of life.

Bless us with life that has no end,

eternal life with thee.

Wakantanka taku nitawa

tankaya qaota;

mahpiya kin eyahnake ca,

makakin he duowanca.

Mniowanca sbeya wanke cin,

hena ovakihi.


p. 445 Scripture: 2nd line: much fruit because, apart from me you can do nothing…

Ordinary Time: Rest


p. 458 Prayer: beginning, last word of 4th Line:

trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next. Amen.


p. 468 Meditation text formatting needs correction.



Note 3: add alt. after Revised Common Lectionary Prayers


Note 39 remove alt. after "Brightest and Best."


p. 473-474 Notes 105 and 106 actually belong in the next section: Ordinary Time: Creation.

p. 473 Note 105 also needs the following change:

105 Many and Great "Dakota Hymn" / Lacquiparle by Joseph R. Renville (1842), paraphrased by R. Phillip Frazier (1929). alt. Hymnal 1982, Hymn 385

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, 2012 (New York: General Convention, 2012), pp. 714-718.