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Resources for Juneteenth


Juneteenth Prayers from Three prayers appropriate for Juneteenth

Juneteenth Liturgy from the Episcopal Diocese of California: Includes a liturgy compiled by the Vivian Traylor Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians as well as links to resources on the history of Juneteenth, how to teach about it, and other ways to mark the occasion.


A Prayer for Juneteenth
by the Rev. Joshua P. Steele, slightly edited

Almighty God, you rescued your people from slavery in Egypt, and throughout the ages you have never failed to hear the cries of the captives. We remember before you our siblings in Galveston, Texas who on June 19, 1865 received the glad tidings of their emancipation. Forgive us for the many grave sins that delayed that liberating word and have quieted it in the many years since. Anoint us with your Spirit to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Those planning liturgies need to have useful information to inform their work, and ECCT wants to help.

Below you will find a link to “Authorized Liturgical Resources.” This searchable list of resources, including Books of Common Prayer, Lectionaries, Marriage Liturgies, Expansive Language liturgies, and more, includes links to digital versions of the resource, where available, as well as indicating if the bishops’ permission is required prior to their use. In addition, if General Convention has specifically addressed the use of any resource, we have tried to provide these details, including the year and legislative reference number in the “Additional Information” link.

This resource list is not necessarily comprehensive and is always evolving. If you have questions or comments, please contact the bishops’ office.