Post # 1
I am doing the programs for a friends ceremony and I need some help from people that are more familiar with religious ceremonies.
The reverend gave my friend the order of the ceremony and after every piece/segment he said BCP 420-something. We finally figured out BCP means Book of Common Prayer. Do I include this in the program? I feel like I have never seen it written like “Vows BCP 423”, “Exchange of Rings BCP 424” before. And I kind think it looks weird?
Also what is a “Collect”? Do I include this as separate or is it part of the opening address? Also, the “Peace”, does this get a mention in the program or is it an assumed sort of thing?
Help please ASAP! I have to order these tonight! 🙂
Post # 3
It all depends. what is the size of the program? Is it a booklet/ multi page program? Or just a single sheet? You dont have to include that in the program though I wouldnt. I think th program should only state the main parts of the day rather than just every single thing thats happening
Post # 4
It’s not multi-page. Just like a piece of paper folded in half, so a front, a back and then the inside 2 faces pages. I can fit everything right now, I just don’t know what needs to be in there and what doesn’t. Like will guests be going “when is he saying the Collect?” if I leave it out?
So I am OK to leave out the BCP page number stuff? It looks really dumpy with it in there.
Post # 5
You could use the BCP thing. Or if (as seems likely) they are all in the Book of Common Prayer, you could just use, “Vows (page 423).” Trust me, no one will think they are referring to the prayer book of the Lutheran Church down the street. 😉 If you’re being really detailed, you could say something at the top like, “Page numbers refer to pages in the Book of Common Prayer.” The only other numbers you would typically have in an Episcopalian ceremony would be hymn numbers, and you could mark them something like:
“Glory, love, and praise, and honor,” Hymn 300
The Collect is the prayer that goes like this:
Celebrant: “The Lord be with you.”
People: “And also with you” or “And with your spirit.”
Celebrant: “Let us pray.”
I would list the Collect separately if a lot of the guests are Episcopalians, as they will know what it means.
Post # 6
@2dBride: THANK YOU! I ended up putting “Book of Common Prayer, page 234” after the first one and then just “Page 234” after all the others. Looks much better and I’m glad it will make sense! Cheers for the quick tutorial on the religious stuff too!