The on-going motu proprio discussion thread has made its way around to Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (the paraliturgical adoration of Jesus in the consecrated host most often attached to Solemn Evensong) and has brought up questions for me on use and official policies.
As we all know, the BCP is the official source for all public liturgies within the Episcopal Church supplemented by the Book of Occasional Services.
Neither of these contain Benediction.
That means that to officially do Benediction, the parish must receive permission from the bishop or else do it under the radar.
My sense is that most bishops turn a blind eye to parishes doing Benediction—but I don’t know that for sure. So, here are my questions:
- Are there any Episcopal dioceses where the bishop has given permission for Benediction?
- How does your bishop handle Benediction (if at all)?
- Has anyone heard of a bishop disciplining diocesan clergy for doing Benediction?