Liturgy & Worship
This page features the work of the Liturgy Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia. For more information on the Commission, its mandate and membership, please click here.
Most Australian Anglicans use A Prayer Book for Australia (APBA) as the basis for our common prayer. The Book of Common Prayer of 1662 (BCP) continues as a benchmark. Printed Prayer Books, past and future, can’t cover all the situations where Anglicans want to pray together in public. The Liturgy Commission of General Synod provides supplementary resources that may be used, with appropriate diocesan permission, along with APBA. From this page, you will be able to click through to a wide range of useful material.
As we pray, so we believe – it’s an old maxim that explains why Anglicans take so much care in the words we use for common prayer. Baptism is one of the two sacraments given to us by Jesus Christ. Here you will find supplementary material for the APBA Baptism service, and material relating to Confirmation, Reaffirmation of baptismal promises, and Reception into the Anglican Church from other Christian traditions.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter
The most solemn and joyful times of the Christian year need special resources.
Here you will find orders for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
‘Do this in remembrance of me’ – and Anglicans love to obey this commandment of Jesus when we celebrate Holy Communion – also known as the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist. Here you will find supplementary eucharistic material for use when children are present, Great Thanksgivings both ancient and more recent, and more.
Themes and Events
Here you will find prayers for various occasions, including Anzac commemorations, prayers for the care of the planet and each other, and many simple thanksgivings and prayers that can be adapted to suit your local circumstances. You can also use them as templates or models for your own prayerful response to the local context you know best.
Marriage and Funerals
Life’s big transitions need special prayers. We make a public, life-long commitment to the one we love. We say farewell to the people we love who have died. You will find resources here to supplement those in A Prayer Book for Australia.
Spiritual care for God’s people is offered in many liturgical ways across our lifetime. Here you will find prayers and resources for times of joy, sorrow, crisis and thanksgiving.
From time to time, the Liturgy Commission is asked to come up with advice, guidelines and recommendations. Good theological foundations make for good liturgy. In this section you will find guidelines for how to approach ‘special’ Sundays, suggestions on how to make services more accessible to visitors, advice on celebrating local saints and heroes, wisdom on how the Lectionary works, and much more.