Tuesday, January 3, 2012

GOE Question 1

Crusty Old Dean is not much of a fan of the General Ordination Exam, but he has to say that this is a pretty good question.

Set 1: Liturgy and Church Music

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LIMITED RESOURCES:A printed one-volume annotated Bible, a printed 1979 Book of Common Prayer, a printed Book of Occasional Services and printed authorized Episcopal hymnals but no electronic or Internet resources.

The proper liturgies of the Paschal Triduum , Maundy Thursday evening, Good Friday and Easter (Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Day) , are often said to be one liturgy celebrated in three segments, like three acts of the same play. As rector of a parish that observes the Triduum, you will need to plan these liturgies.

In an integrated 1,500-word essay:

1. Using the rites themselves, explain what the paschal mystery is and how it is brought to life through your choices of music, movement, symbols and use of space.

2. Explain how your choices communicate both the unity of the three days and the distinctiveness of each liturgy.


  1. It's fairly similar to one from an ancient set of GOE questions that COD's W and I had to answer. Yes, indeedy, a very good, practical question.

  2. I swear i answered the same question in 2000 Rosa Lee! A good question, and worth the re-run.

  3. Decent question, but again I ask why no electronic resources. If I told my parish secretary she couldn't use Rite Brain, she would quit on the spot.


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