Anglican Church of Canada Moves Closer to Removing “For the Conversion of the Jews” from Book of Common Prayer

The Anglican Church of Canada took a major step forward in approving the removal of a prayer for the conversion of the Jews from its Book of Common Prayer.

At the Church’s General Synod, held in Vancouver, British Columbia last month, the Anglican body approved a measure meant to change the prayer in question.

Presently, the Anglican Church of Canada’s Book of Common Prayer has an entry titled “For the Conversion of the Jews,” which asks God to “open their hearts that they may see and confess the Lord Jesus to be thy Son and their true Messiah, and, believing, they may have life through his Name.”

“Take away all pride and prejudice in us that may hinder their understanding of the Gospel, and hasten the time when all Israel shall be saved; through the merits of the same Jesus Christ our Lord,” concluded the prayer.

The General Synod approved a replacement prayer, titled “For Reconciliation with the Jews,” which among other things asks God for forgiveness for “violence and wickedness against our brother Jacob.”

“Take away all pride and prejudice in us, and grant that we, together with the people whom thou didst first make thine own, may attain to the fulness of redemption which thou hast promised; to the honour and glory of thy most holy Name,” concluded the prayer.

The proposed change to the official liturgy must still be approved by the following General Synod, scheduled to be held in 2022, before it can be implemented.

The Right Reverend Bruce Myers, Anglican Bishop of Quebec who introduced the motion at General Synod, explained to The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday that the prayer was created by the Prayer Book Society of Canada with input from the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus.

“The General Synod just concluded in Vancouver last month gave near-unanimous approval to this proposed change, so I’m hopeful that it will receive a similar level of support when it’s brought before the General Synod again in 2022 for second reading,” said Bishop Myers.

“After that the change to the prayer would become official, the existing prayer would cease to be authorized, and future printings of the Book of Common Prayer would include the new version.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski