Guess what's no longer linked on the Episcopal Church USA's page for Women's Worship Resources? Both items highlighted in yesterday's Weblog: "A Women's Eucharist: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine" and the "Liturgy for Divorce." You can actually still read both, but they're now orphan pages, apparently unlinked from within the Episcopal Church website. (Though Weblog should add that they're now linked from just about every conservative Anglican weblog in the country.) One of those liturgies remaining is a "Station of the Cross," which includes these lines from Jesus:
I do not want to die
I was not born for this to die a shameful, lonely death.
This was not my calling.
Yet, it is not death itself that I reject.
I die because all creatures die
though it is very hard to leave this world I love;
And even harder still to die like this
because my love was not received.
New, however, is an introduction to the worship resources:
This resource section is intended to provide a space for women to share their voices with one another. It is a work-in-progress and its shape will continue to emerge as we move forward. These are not official liturgies of the Episcopal Churchrather, they are a gathering of voices. Our hope with this section is to simply begin a conversation around women and our liturgical tradition as it is now. Please use them for study, dialogue, questions, ponderings, and gathering communities of worship.
These are liturgies, litanies, rituals, rites, prayers, and morefor women, by women (mostly). They are an offering to open the awareness of the many voices and needs that exist among people in the church as we all strive to find expressions of our life, love and faith in God. Some are reciprocal ...