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Liturgical Resources

Liturgical Resources

In addition to The Book of Common Prayer and The Book of Occasional Services, the following are a number of liturgical resources that are available in The Diocese of West Tennessee and guidelines for those that require Bishop Johnson’s approval. Questions should be directed to the Rev. Canon Chip Davis at cdavis@episwtn.org.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Click here to download the 2017 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

BCP 1979 Eucharistic Lectionary

Worshiping communities wishing to use the lectionary for Sundays and Holy Days as originally printed in the Book of Common Prayer (1979) may do so, with the permission of Bishop Johnson by virtue of General Convention 2012 Resolution B009.

Enriching Our Worship

General Convention 2012 authorized Enriching Our Worship (click here to download Resolution A057). Approval for individual use should be submitted to Bishop Johnson.

Holy Women, Holy Men

This work is the first major revision of the liturgical calendar of The Episcopal Church in more than 40 years, originally authorized at General Convention 2009. It is the official revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts and was reauthorized for trial use by General Convention 2012 Resolution A051. All commemorations in Lesser Feasts and Fasts have been retained, and many new ones added. Three scripture readings (instead of current two) are provided for all minor holy days.

Marriage

Consents for Remarriage

If either or both the bride or groom have previously been married, the consent of the Bishop is required before any marriage can occur.

Please read the Guidelines for Consent of the Bishop for Remarriage [Title I, Canon 19.3(c)] before filling out the Consent for Remarriage Form. Please mail the completed form and all documents (please be sure that you have an original, certified copy of the final decree) to Canon Chip Davis in the Diocesan Office.

  1. A solemnization of any marriage under Title I, Canon 19, should be reported to the Bishop within ten (10) days after the wedding on the form provided with the Consent.

Marriage Equality Policy

Click here for Bishop Johnson’s policy on Marriage Equality in the Diocese of West TN.  This policy will take effect on the First Sunday of Advent 2015 (November 29, 2015).

Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music

Click here to access the webpage of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church for further information.

Feast of Constance & Her Companionsconstance

Memphis suffered periodic epidemics of yellow fever, a mosquito-borne viral infection, throughout the 19th century. The worst of the epidemics occurred in the summer of 1878, when 5,150 Memphians died. Five years earlier, a group of Episcopal nuns from the recently formed Sisterhood of St. Mary arrived in Memphis to operate the St. Mary’s School for Girls, which was relocated to the cathedral site. When the 1878 epidemic struck, a number of priests and nuns (both Protestant and Catholic) and doctors stayed behind to tend to the sick and dying. The Episcopal nuns’ superior, Sister Constance, three other Episcopal nuns, and two Episcopal priests are known throughout the Anglican Communion as “Constance and Her Companions” or the “Martyrs of Memphis”. Added to the Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts in 1981, their feast day (September 9) commemorates their sacrifices.

At the 31st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Tennessee, the Diocese memorialized its encouragement of all diocesan parishes and missions to remember Constance and Her Companions on or near September 9. No additional approval is required from Bishop Johnson.

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