Format for Worship Services
In the Episcopal Church, worship is what defines us, the center of who we are. Worship in Episcopal churches is conducted according to the Book of Common Prayer (the “BCP”), but the book allows a wide range of possibilities in how the worship might be conducted: simple or elaborate, formal or informal, spoken or sung.
In any Diocese, the Bishop is in charge of the worship and sets certain guidelines for how it is conducted. These guidelines are spelled out in a document called a “Customary.” In the Diocese of Hawai‘i, Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick has specified that “the only authorized forms for public worship in the Diocese are those approved by the canons of the Episcopal Church and action of the General Convention.” Congregations are to conduct worship according to the Book of Common Prayer; they may also use Enriching Our Worship, if the clergy-in-charge of the congregation informs the Bishop and later sends him an evaluation of the materials.
The Bishop’s Customary may be found HERE.
Bishop Fitzpatrick has authorized translations of the Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer in Ilokano and in Chuukese for use in the Diocese. The Episcopal Church itself has authorized a Hawaiian Eucharistic liturgy. It may be be found on their website in both Rite I and Rite II.
The Episcopal Church has a variety of supplementary liturgical books authorized by the General Convention. All of these are published by Church Publishing and may be ordered through Cokesbury. They are as follows:
A number of online resources exist for Episcopal worship. Those related to music may be found on the Music page. Others are listed here:
Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer can be found at a number of sites online:
Saying the Daily Office
These sites are updated each day to provide that day’s form for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, including the Scripture readings. Both of the sites listed have both a website and an app for mobile devices.
Online Bible resources may be found HERE.