Prayer Book III: Holy Week and the Liturgical Year - 2023.04A

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Prayer Book III: Holy Week and the Liturgical Year - 2023.04A

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Jason Fout

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

Bibliography - to buy or otherwise have access to:

J. Neil Alexander, Celebrating Liturgical Time: Days, Weeks, Seasons. (New York: Church Publishing. 2014.)
Leonel Mitchell, Planning the Church Year. (Philadelphia: Morehouse. 1991.)
Leonel Mitchell, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and the Great Fifty Days: A Ceremonial Guide. (Boston: Cowley Publications. 1996.)
John H. Westerhoff, III. A Pilgrim People: Learning Through the Church Year. (New York: Church Publishing. 2005.)

Available in hard copy or for free online:

  • The Book of Common Prayer (1979)
  • The Book of Occasional Services (2018)

Students may also want to have access to:

  • The Hymnal 1982
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing II
  • Voices Found
  • Wonder, Love, and Praise
  • El Himnario
  • My Heart Sings Out
  • Enriching Our Music 1 & 2

Save these dates and times for Zoom meetings: 

Tuesday evenings -

6:00-7:00 pm CT, April 11 

7:00-8:30 pm CT, May 2 & 23, 2023

Jason Fout (Seabury ’01) is Associate Professor of Anglican Theology at Bexley Seabury. Fout joined the faculty in 2009. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was ordained a priest in 2001, and has served in the Diocese of Western Michigan and the Diocese of Ely (Church of England), and is presently licensed in the Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio. Fout teaches courses on Anglican theology and ethics, Christology, and liturgics as well as a course on urbanism, architecture and city planning for church and community leaders. He also teaches the Learning from London travel course on contemporary mission and evangelism. His research interests include constructive theology, particularly Christology and issues around divine and human agency; theological exegesis of scripture; historical and contemporary Anglican theology; theological analysis of the built environment; Scriptural Reasoning; and missional theology.

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Jason Fout