General Synod has voted to keep the three persons of the Trinity at the heart of its Eucharistic collects.
As it stands this will apply to each revision from this point onward.
New sets of collects will now be required to include at least one Trinitarian option for every Sunday and holy day in the church’s Calendar.
The motion passed after a short discussion which affirmed current flexibility in the use of different sources of prayer.
Here is the text of the motion as approved:
Mover: The Ven Canon A Starky
Seconder: The Rev’d B Dawson
THAT this General Synod / te Hinota Whanui
notes plans for a revision to A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa which would align printed collects with the Revised Common Lectionary, reducing the current provision of three collects per celebration (Sundays, Holy Days) to one collect per celebration (Sundays, Holy Days),
(1) has been intended to be a helpful revision which brings our prayer book's printed pages into line with common usage of the Revised Common Lectionary,
(2) means that not all celebrations would be provided with a collect following the traditional norm of addressing God, the First Person of the Trinity, through Christ, in the Spirit inherited from the early Church via Cranmer and so shared with the rest of the Anglican Communion; and
that in any revision of A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa each Sunday and Holy Day be provided, in the text, with at least one collect which follows the taonga/treasure of Trinitarian collects (that is, addressed to God, the First Person of the Trinity, through Christ, in the Spirit); and that, as far as possible, such a collect be provided in Te Reo Maori as well as English.