More Liturgical Changes December 7, 2016 News Two posts to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s weblog provide greater details about the SCLM’s plans for two books widely used by congregations, clergy, and laity of the Episcopal Church: Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006 During the 2016-2018 triennium, the Calendar of Commemorations workgroup of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) will be working to propose updates to “Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006” for consideration by General Convention in 2018. The criteria for inclusion will be those set forth on pages 491-493 of “Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006,” which is the official calendar of commemorations of the Episcopal Church. … General Convention 2015 made “A Great Cloud of Witnesses” available for private devotion or local use, but because it was not authorized as an official liturgical resource of the church, the SCLM does not plan to update it. However, local congregations have considerable flexibility in using commemorations that are appropriate to their local context, regardless of whether they appear on the church’s official calendar, and the existence of such local observances can be important to the convention’s decision to add a commemoration to the churchwide calendar. The guidelines for local calendars and memorials and procedures for national recognition are available on pages 494-495 of “Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006.” Read the rest. The Book of Occasional Services 2003 New liturgies to be developed for consideration of the 2015 General Convention include: Las Posadas Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Lunar New Year Our Lady of Guadalupe Blessing of Holy Water Rubric and Directions for Short-Form House Blessing Quinceañera Reincorporation after Traumatic Absence St. Francis Day/Blessing of the Animals Naming Rite for Receiving or Claiming a New Name Read the rest.