“I have used the prefaces which Steve Lipscomb has written and believe them to be a wonderful contribution to the rich liturgical tradition of the Episcopal Church.”—The Right Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, Bishop of Kansas
The Book of Common Prayer provides a only limited number of prefaces for use in the regular Sunday liturgy. This new resource, the result of several years of local use and revision by the author, provides a proper offertory sentence and proper preface for the Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) in the Eucharist for the Sundays in liturgical year A, drawn from the appointed readings and themes of the day. Included are texts for the offertory sentences and prefaces, together with all prefaces pointed for chant. This liturgical enrichment, intended as a complement to the prefaces and offertory sentences in the Prayer Book, will strengthen the teaching themes of the day.
These Proper Prefaces are offered by Church Publishing as a resource for those congregations that wish to embrace this kind of liturgical enrichment. Dean Lipscomb states in his Introduction that congregations should consult their bishop before using these Prefaces.
The prefaces and offertory sentences for Year B will be published and available on this site in Spring 2011, for use beginning in Advent 2011.