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Rites are prescribed for various sacraments, offices, and occasions in liturgical churches such as the Episcopal Church. The rites of the Episcopal Church are found in the BCP. Authorized services and texts for optional use are found in the BOS. Other rites may be approved for trial use prior to full approval for use in the worship of the church. The term may also designate a particular collection of liturgies. In the 1979 BCP, Rite 1 liturgies are traditional language services and Rite 2 liturgies are contemporary language services. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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