Thursday, August 4, 2011
The ACiNA's New Ordinal
The article related to the approval of this new ordinal can be found, here. A PDF copy of the ordinal, itself, can be viewed, here.
Those who have been waiting for a new Book of Common Prayer for the newly formed (still forming?) denomination will have to wait a bit longer. However, I'm sure they will find the ordinal to be of interest.
I know that many have been waiting to see how the new ordinal will deal with women's orders. What kind of language will they use? This has been of special concern for some of my friends in the Reformed Episcopal Church. The following information, printed in "General Information and Notes . . ." is telling:
"Throughout the entire ordinal, language referring to the number of ordinands (he/them) has been placed in italics. This is to aid the presider in shifting plural language to singular, and singular to plural. This is also the case when referring to the gender of the ordinand (in the liturgies for the ordination of Deacons and Priests)."
Indeed, the singular masculine has been used in italics, throughout. - REC folks will be happy about that, but not so happy about the above quoted note.
This issue of women's orders is (as I understand it from some of my REC friends) a major issue that could determine whether the ACiNA will be able to hold together as a cohesive group.
In fact, the idea that the Archbishop presented in his recent address to the new denomination (viz., that members now think of themselves as ACiNA first and whatever originating group second) seems to me to be wishful thinking. The fact that the REC, for example, continues to identify itself as the Reformed Episcopal Church and continues to elect a presiding bishop seems to imply that they still view themselves as REC first and ACiNA second.
How does an REC priest view things? They have their own bishop, then the presiding bishop of the REC, and then the Archbishop of the ACiNA. And how do the REC bishops view matters (and how are they viewed by others)? They are all a part of the ACiNA bishops; equal with each other, but then there is their own presiding bishop.
Anyway, this post was supposed to simply report the new ordinal. I confess that this latter stuff comes from an idea for a post that I was wanting to write, but never got around to writing. - Still any REC comments would be quite welcome!
Hope you enjoy the ordinal!