WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RITE I AND THE RITE II SERVICE?
In the Episcopal Church, Rite 1 & Rite ll both come from the adoption of the new Book of Common Prayer in 1979 which provides the services of Morning and Evening Prayer, the Holy Eucharist, and the Burial Office in both traditional language and contemporary language rites. The traditional language rites are known as Rite 1, and the contemporary language rites are known as Rite 2.
The Rite 1 liturgies reflect the language and piety of the Elizabethan era and the first BCP, although the structure of these liturgies also reflects the influence of modern liturgical scholarship. Rite 1 is very similar to the 1928 version, keeping the older English language (thee, thou, etc) with little updates to the Creed and prayers. The Confession, and Prayers of Consecration remain the same although updated versions are allowed. We have in the past offered a Rite I service, but currently do not. We will use Rite I for funerals of those who prefer it.
The Rite 2 liturgies reflect more fully the influence of the liturgical movement and contemporary theology. Rite 2 liturgies tend to reflect greater sensitivity for inclusive language issues. The proper liturgies for special days (such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday), pastoral offices (such as the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage), and Episcopal services (such as ordinations) are printed in contemporary language in the BCP.
At Trinity, the Rite II service includes Acolytes lighting the candles, Hymns, Prelude/Postlude. Layreaders read the first lesson, the Psalm, the second lesson, and the Prayers of the People. The celebrant reads the Gospel. Chalice Bearers assist the Celebrant with Holy Eucharist..