W 186 Ordination Rites in Common Worship

The ordination services were the last of the Common Worship services to be authorised by Synod - and only after some controversial debates there and in revision.

This study looks at some of the main issues in the history of the development of the Ordinal, examines (not uncritically) how these have found their place in the new services, and explains how in practice ordinations might take place.
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Author: Colin Buchanan

Colin Buchanan was on the Liturgical Commission from 1964 to 1986, and in the General Synod 1970-1985 and, in the House of Bishops, 1990-2004. He was thus involved in the whole history of liturgical revision in the Church of England, within which he has taken a close interest in baptismal issues. He was the chair of the Group for Renewal Of Worship (GROW) from 1970 to 2003, and in that capacity founded Grove Books and led the Group in inaugurating the Grove Booklets on Ministry and Worship in 1971, and has written many himself.

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