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  • Series: Book of Occasional Services
  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: CHURCH PUBLISHING INC (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898694094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898694093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's amazing how much you can learn from this book.
bogaxemom
It is an oft-quoted joke that if you ask an Anglican to pray, the Anglican will first reach for a book.
FrKurt Messick
So this new edition is a great addition to the canon!
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It is an oft-quoted joke that if you ask an Anglican to pray, the Anglican will first reach for a book. Reality is, as it often is, twice as true and half as funny, but for a particular reason. The Anglican liturgical style is very rooted in tradition, and while innovation is acceptable, it must be done in full recognition and appreciation of the past. The primary book used during worship services is the Book of Common Prayer, a book that has remained the centre of Anglican worship in various formats since the 1600s. Each national church has the option of modifying the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for itself; some nations opt to leave services that are less common, Occasional Services if you will, to a separate book.

This book, the Book of Occasional Services (BOS), is that book for Episcopalians, the American branch of the official Anglican communion. It is updated every three years for the most part, in response to developments at the triennial General Convention. Many Episcopalians can go through most of their church lives never realising this book exists -- many of the services here are performed so infrequently that the typical Sunday attender who doesn't go to much more than Sundays will likely never encounter them. However, this puts forth the real richness of Anglican worship possibilities. In this book one finds some more 'catholic' services -- Maundy Thursday, Stations of the Cross, Tenebrae, as well as other services.

The book is divided into three broad sections: The Church Year, Pastoral Services, and Episcopal Services. The Church Year deals with those services that come round once a year outside of typical Sunday or major holiday observances (those are contained in the BCP proper).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on May 9, 2005
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There is no doubt that if you are Anglican (Episcopal) clergy, this book is a must have. It contains rubrics and services not in the Book of Common Prayer but still fairly common. It would also be highly useful for those involved in planning Anglican liturgies, whether they do so from the perspective of the ordained or not. Others will find much less use for it but it could still be useful or even interesting if that is where your interests lie.

Speaking as a member of the United Methodist clergy, I find it useful as a guide for planning some things which our refferences do not directly address. I also find it useful to come up with variations on things our books do address. The healing service it contains has been of particular use. We have a similar rite but are very free to adapt. This book helped in that adaptation.

I also like this book just for the simple fact that I am interested in liturgy. As such, the subject matter is of interest to me.

People from a non-liturgical background will find very little in this book to recommend it. The people who will find use for it are probably aware of it already.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Malia on March 24, 2007
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I decided to update. The BOOS that I had been using was the 1991 edition. The 2003 BOOS has a few more services for commissioning of ministries, but what I was pleasantly surprised to see was a new section with services in French and Spanish!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Spencer on March 26, 2009
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I was disappointed in this so-called update to The Book of Occasional Services - 1994. The only thing updated was a Spanish language section of the services. So if you have a 1994 BOS, don't bother to purchase this one. Of course, if you don't have one, I'd buy the 1994 one used, unless you have need of the Spanish language section.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry on February 20, 2007
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i highly recommend this book that carries on from 2003 for the next 3 years,no changes have been made. A great resource for rites that arent usually done often within the episcopal church(book of common prayers),these rites deserved their own book for the unique style of conducting small but important ceremonies that mainstream episcopalians dont know of, but are beautiful ways of conducting services, well informative and educational services within the U.S. Episcopal church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By freyourself on March 2, 2013
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One of the best books I've ordered through Amazon! I say this because I'm new to the church, and I like that there are services I can read and embrace, and that some of the services are translated in Spanish and French in the back of the book! :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 29, 2003
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This is a book put out by the Episcopal church (the American branch of the Anglican communion), and it gets revised frequently by the General Convention (which comes round once ever three years). The latest edition is 1994; however, the changes tend to be minor, and older editions such as this one still have the integrity and most of the material of the later ones, and thus are valuable books to have.
It is an oft-quoted joke that if you ask an Anglican to pray, the Anglican will first reach for a book. Reality is, as it often is, twice as true and half as funny, but for a particular reason. The Anglican liturgical style is very rooted in tradition, and while innovation is acceptable, it must be done in full recognition and appreciation of the past. The primary book used during worship services is the Book of Common Prayer, a book that has remained the centre of Anglican worship in various formats since the 1600s. Each national church has the option of modifying the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for itself; some nations opt to leave services that are less common, Occasional Services if you will, to a separate book.
This book, the Book of Occasional Services (BOS), is that book for Episcopalians, the American branch of the official Anglican communion. Many Episcopalians can go through most of their church lives never realising this book exists -- many of the services here are performed so infrequently that the typical Sunday attender who doesn't go to much more than Sundays will likely never encounter them. However, this puts forth the real richness of Anglican worship possibilities. In this book one finds some more 'catholic' services -- Maundy Thursday, Stations of the Cross, Tenebrae, as well as other services.
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