Prayer Book III: Holy Week and the Liturgical Year

Online: March 25 – May 20, 2019
In Person: April 6, 2019 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault

The rhythms of the church year guide us annually through the great stories and themes of the Christian faith. But why do Episcopalians follow a liturgical calendar? Where did the idea come from, and how has it changed through the centuries? How do the liturgies in our Book of Common Prayer express the important themes of faith, and how can they be part of the church’s missional, outward focus? This course will offer an in-depth study of the rhythms and themes of the church year, with particular attention to the liturgies of Holy Week.


  • Familiarity with (and ability to talk about) the liturgical year and lectionary cycles
  • Ability to plan and participate in the liturgies of Holy Week, with attention to each faith community’s size and context, and with understanding of theology underlying liturgical choices
  • Understanding liturgy, particularly during Holy Week, as both an expression of the faith of the church and also an opportunity for missional engagement with the community

Instructor: The Rev. Lydia Huttar BrownIMG_9334

The Rev. Lydia Huttar Brown is a priest in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. She has taught liturgy courses and workshops at United Theological Seminary and the ECMN School For Formation. She was part of the editorial and writing team for the liturgical resource books Changes: Prayers and Services Honoring Rites of Passage and Enriching Our Worship 5: Liturgies and Prayers Related to Childbearing, Childbirth, and Loss.

Required Resources:

  1. The Hymnal 1982 — I strongly recommend the 2-volume accompaniment edition which contains indexes and other very helpful resources for liturgical planning
  2. Westerhoff, John H. A Pilgrim People: Learning Through the Church Year (New York: Church Publishing, 2005).
  3. Mitchell, Leonel L. Praying Shapes Believing: A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer (Revised edition — Seabury Books, 2016).
  4. Mitchell, Leonel L. Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and the Great Fifty Days: A Ceremonial Guide. (Boston: Cowley Publications, 1996).
  5. Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (Church Publishing, 2010) OR A Great Cloud of Witnesses: A Calendar of Commemorations (Church Publishing, 2016).

Strongly Suggested (You will want them for your reference in the future):

  1. Hatchett, Marion J. Commentary on the American Prayer Book (HarperOne, 1995)
  2. Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2006 (This is the most recent edition)
  3. Episcopal Church supplemental hymnals:
    • Voices Found
    • Lift Every Voice and Sing II
    • My Heart Sings Out
    • Wonder, Love, and Praise

Cost: $300 | Click here to register.
First course? Click here to register for free!