The Book of Alternative Services (BAS) and other authorized liturgical resources of The Anglican Church of Canada are available for download below. Hymn books such as Common Praise (1998) are not available for download (due to copyright); however, most resources can be purchased in hard copy format through the Anglican Church of Canada eStore.
Questions about publications and copyright can be directed to the General Synod’s publications email account.
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The Book of Alternative Services, despite its name “alternative,” has become the primary worship text for Sunday services and other major liturgical celebrations of the Anglican Church of Canada. 2020 marked the 35th anniversary of its publication.
Alternative Collects for Years A, B & C of the Revised Common Lectionary and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion.
For All the Saints is a resource to accompany the Calendar of Holy Persons in the BAS. It includes propers for memorials, commemorations, and saints’ days, along with biographical information and primary source readings. Additions made to the BAS Calendar since the latest revision of For All the Saints (in 2007) are provided below and include resources authorized by General Synod:
- February 26: Florence Li Tim-Oi
- April 5: Emily Ayckbowm
- April 5: Memorializing the Covenant, 1994
- June 21: National Indigenous Day of Prayer
- August 6: Memorializing the Apology, 1993
Gathering Rites for the Paschal Cycle for the Paschal Season (Lent and Easter), a particularly important time in the liturgical calendar to focus on the process of initiation-into-Christ, as our communities reaffirm their own baptismal vocation and prepare to initiate new members into baptismal living in community.
Inclusive Language Liturgical Psalter and Inclusive Language Liturgical Psalter, Pointed
The Council of General Synod in March of 2019 commended the use of this Inclusive Language Liturgical Psalter, where permitted by the Ordinary.
Occasional Celebrations is a collection of resources for certain pastoral and seasonal occasional services, including additional funeral rites, celebrations of new ministries, and home blessing rites.
Pray Without Ceasing: Morning and Evening Prayer for the Seasons of the Church Year and for Ordinary Time.
Public Distribution of Holy Communion by Deacons and Lay People is a collection of guidelines and liturgies prepared by the Doctrine and Worship Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada. This resource provides a temporary solution to the growing need for weekly gathering around book and table, word and sacrament, when a priest is not available.
Supplementary Eucharistic Prayers, Services of the Word, and Night Prayer is the most substantial addition to the BAS. Authorized by General Synod in 2001, it contains additional rites for Sunday services.
Certain liturgies from the BAS and supplements have also been translated:
From the Diocese of Montreal, Liturgical resources in English and French.
Other textsLiturgical texts for trial use and evaluation