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defensible, if allowed such just and favorable construction, as, in common cquity, ought to be allowed to all human writings ;" yet upon the principles already laid down, it cannot but be supposedl, that further alteration would in time be found expedient. Accordingly, a commission for a review was issued in the year 1689: but this great and good work miscarried at that time; and the Civil Authority has not since thought proper to revive it by any new commission.

But when in the course of Divine Providence, these American Staten became independent with respect to Civil Government, their Ecclesiastical Independence was necessarily included; and the different religious deno. minations of Christians in these States were left at full and cqual liberty to model and organize their respective Churches, and forms of worship, and discipline, in such manner as they might judge most convenient for their future prosperity ; consistently with the Constitution and Laws of their country.

The attention of this Church was, in the first place, drawn to those alterations in the Liturgy which became necessary in the prayers for our Civil Rulers, in consequence of the Revolution. And the principal care herein was to make them conformable to what ought to be the proper end of all such prayers, namely, that "Rulers may have grace, wisdom, and anderstanding to execute justice, and to maintain truth; and that the People "may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty."

But while these alterations were in review before the Convention, they wuld not but, with gratitude to God, embrace the happy occasion which was offered to them (uninfluenced and unrestrained by any worldly authority what soever) to take a further review of the Public Service, and to establish such other alterations and amendments therein as might be deemed expedient

It seems unnecessary to enumerate all the different alterations and amendments. They will appear, and it is to be hopèd, the reasons of them also, upon a comparison of this with the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. In which it will also appear, that this Church is fur from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, 'discipline, or worship; or further than local circumstances require.

And now, this important work being brought to a conclusion, it is hoped the whole will be received and exainined by every trụe Member of our Church, and every sincere Christian, with a meek, candid, and charitable frame of mind; without prejudice or prepossessions; seriously considering what Christianity is, and what the truths of the Gospel are; and earnestly beseeching ALMIGHTY GOD to accompany with his blessing every endeavor for promulgating them to mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting and majestic manner, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST, our blessed Long and Saviour.

HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ

TH PSALTER shall be read through once every

month, as it is there appointedy both for Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February it shall be read only to the twenty-eighth or twenty-pinth day of the month.

And whereas January, March, May, July, August, October, and Decem. ber, have one-and-thirty days apiece: it is ordered, that the same Psalms shall be read the last day of the said months which were read thc day before; so that the Psalter may begin again the first day of the next month ensuing.

And whereas the 119ih Psalnr is divided into twenty-two Portions, and is over-long to be read at one time; it is so ordered, that at one time shall not be read above four or five of the said Portions.

The Minister, instead of reading from the Psalter as divided for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, may read one of the Selections set out by this Church.

And, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appointed either by the Civil-or by the Ecclesiastical Authority, the Minister may appoint such Psalms as he shall think fit in his discretion, unless any shall have been appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority, in a Service set out for the occasion; which, in that case, shall be used, and no other.

PROPER PSALMS ON CERTAIN DAYS.
MORNING. EVENING.

MORNING. EVENING CARISTMAS DAY, Psaims 19 Psalas 89 EASTER-DAY, Psalms 2 Psalıns 118

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110

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114 05 132

111

118 Ash-WEDNESDAY,

102 ASCENSION-DAY, 8
130

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102 GOOD-FRIDAY,

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WHITSUNDAY,

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149 54 The Minister may use one of the Selections, instead of any one of the above Portions.

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THE ORDER HOW THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED TO BE READ

THE OLD TESTAMENT is appointed for the First Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer; so that the most part thereof will be read every year once, as In the Calendar is appointed.

TAB New TESTAMENT is appointed for the Second Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer.

And to know what Lessons shall be read every day, look for the day of the month in the Calendar following, and there ye shall find the chapters that shall be read for the Lessons, both at Morning and Evening Prayer; except only the Moveable Feasts, which are not in the Calendar; and the Immoveable, where there is a blank left in the column of Lessons; the proper Lessons for all which days are to be found in the Table of Proper Lessons.

And, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, the same rule is to obtain as in reading the Psalms.

And the same discretion of choice is allowed on occasions of Ecclesiastical Conventions, and those of Charitable Collections. And Note, That whensoever Proper Penlmá or Lessons

are appointed, then the Psalms and Lesome of ordinary course appointed in the Psalter and Calendar, if they be different, shall be omitted fou that time Note also, That the

Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, appointed for the Sunday shall serve all the weak after, where it is not in this Book otherwise orderech

ING AND EVENING PRAYER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

A TABLE OF LESSONS FOR SUNDAYS.

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42 Hebrews 2 1 S. aft. Epiph. 44 Matthew 2 v. 13

45 1 Cor. 3 2“ 51 John I v. 29 52 to v. 13

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55 2 Cor. 4 57 Luke4v.14 to 33

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Eph. 1 Sexages. Sund. 35 Luke 7 v.19

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3 1 S. in Lent Jeremiah 7 Mail 10 Jeremiah 9 2 «

Ezekiel 14 Luke 10 to v. 25 Ezekiel 18 3 “ 20 to v. 27 Mark 9 to v. 30

20 v.27 4. Micah 6 Luke 19 v.28 Hab.

Phil 1 5 « Haggai 2tov. 10 21 Zech. 13

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Daniel 9 Matt. 26 Mal. 3&4 Heb. 5 to v. 11 Easter-Day. Exod. 12 tov.37 Romans 6 Exodus 12 v, 37 Acts 2v.22 1 S. aft. Easter. Isaiah 43

Acts
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1 Cor.

15 24 « Honea 18

3 Hosea 14 Cole 1 3 « Joel 3 v. 9 5 Micah

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6 Nahum 1 1 Thes. 3 5 « Zech. 8 8 v. 5 Zech. 10

4 Şund. aft. Asc Joel 2

17 Zeph. 3 12 Thes. Stov. 17 Whitsunday. Deut. 16 to v.18 Acls 4 to v.36 Isaiah 11 Acts 19 lo v. 21 Trinity Sund. Genesis 1 Matthew 3 Genesis 2 1 John 5 1 S.af. Trinity.

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A TABLE OF LESSONS FOR HOLY-DAYS

HOLY-DAYS.

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St. Andrew.

Proverbs 20 Proverbs 21 St. Thounas

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1 Lesson Isaiah 9 to v.8 Isaiah 7v.10 to17 2 Lesson Luke

2 to v. 15 Titus 3 y 4 to 9 1 Lesson Proverbs 28 Ercles.

2 Lesson Acts 6 v.8&ch.7 to v.30 Acts 77.30 to 55 St. John 1 Lesson Ecclesiastes 5

Eccles. 6 2 Lesson Revelation 1

Rev. 22 Innocents.

Jeremiah 31 to v. 18 Wisdom 1 Circumcision.

1 Lesson Genesis 17 to v. 15 Deut. 10 v. 12 2 Lesson Romans 2

Col. 2 Epiphany.

1 Lesson Isaiah 60 Isaiah 49

2 Lesson Romans 11 John 2 to v. 12 Conversion of St Paul. 1 Lesson Wisdom 5

Wisdom 6 2 Lesson Acts

22 to v. 22 Acts 26 to v. 24 Purification of Virgin Mary. Wisdom 9

Wisdom 12 St. Matthias.

19 Ecclus.' 1 Annunciation of Virgin Mary. Ecclus. 2

3 Ash Wednesday.

1 Lesson Isaiah 59 Jonah 3
2 Lesson Luke

6 v. 20 2 Peter 3 Monday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 10 Hosea

2 Lesson John

14 Tuesday before Eastern 1 Lesson Daniel 11 to v. 30

12 2 Lesson John

15 Wednesday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 11 v. 30

13 2 Lesson John

11 v. 45 Thursday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 12 Jeremiah 31

2 Lesson John

13 Good Friday.

1 LessonGenesis 22 to v. 20 Isaiah 52 v. 13&ch.53 2 Lesson John

18 Philip 2 Easter-even. 1 Lesson Zechariah 9

Exodus 13 2 Lesson Luke 23 v. 50 Hebrews 4 Monday in Easter-week. 1 Lesson Exodus 16 Job 19 2 Lesson Matthew 28

Acts 3 Tuesday in Easter-week. 1 Lesson Isaiah 26 to v. 20 Isaiah 12

2 Lesson Luke 24 to v. 13 2 Cor. 5 St. Mark.

Ecclus.

Ecclus.

5 St. Philip and St. James. I Lesson

7

9 2 Lesson John Ascension.

1 Lesson 2 Kings

2

Deut. 10 2 Lesson Luke 24 v. 44 Ephesians 4 to v. 17 Monday in Whitsun-week. I Lesson Genesis 11 to v. 10 Numbers 11

2 Lesson 1 Corinthians 12 1 Cor. 14 to v. 26 Tuesday in Whitsun-week. 1 Lesson 1 Samuel 19 v. 18 Deut. 30 2 Lesson 1 Thes. 5

Galatians 5
St. Barnabas.

1 Lesson Ecclus. 10 Ecclus. 12
2 Lesson Acts

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Matthew 14 to v. 13 St. Peter.

1 Lesson Ecclus. 15 Ecclus. 19
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Ecclus. 21 Ecclus. 22 St. Bartholomew.

24 St. Matthew.

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1 Lesson Genesis 82 Daniel 10 v. 5 2 Lesson Acts

12 to v. 20 Jude v. 5 to 18 St Luke.

Ecclus. 51 Job 1
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A TABLE OF LESSONS FOR JANUARY.

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7
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8 v. 18
9 to v. 18
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A TABLE OF LESSONS I'OR MARCH.

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44 10 v. 14
44 v, 14 20 to v. 17 -45 to v. 16

Gen. 45 v. 16 Matt. 20 v. 17 Gen. 46
Purification

21 to v. 23
of Virgin 47 to v. 13 21 y. 23 47 v. 13
Mary. 48

22 to v. 23
50 to v. 15 22 v. 23 50 v. 15 2 Cor.
Exodus 1 23

Exodus 2
3
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4 to v. 18
6 to v. 14

6 v. 14

8 to v. 16 8 v. 16 26 v. 36

9 to v. 13 9 v. 13

10 to v, 12 10 v. 12

11 12 to v. 37

12 v. 37 13

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14 v. 15

15
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17
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Gal.

21 to v. 18 21 v. 18

22 to v. 10 22 v. 16

23 to v, 20 23 v. 20 6 v. 30

32 to v. 15 7 to v. 24 32 v. 15 St. Matthias

7 v. 24

Eph. 33

8 to v. 27 34 to'v. 27 34 v. 27 8 v. 27 40 Lev.19to v.19

9 to v. 30 Lev. 19 v. 19 24

9 y. 30 25

26 to v. 21 10 to v. 32 26 v. 21 Rum. * Noie, that except in every leap-year, February hall 28 days only.

A TABLE OF LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY,*

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OF LESSONS FOR APRIL
A TABLE

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