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WILLIAM GILSON HUMPHEY, B.D.,

LATE FELLOW OP TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,

TICAB OF NOBTHOLT, MIDDLESEX, AND EXAMINING CHAPLAIN

TO THE LOBD BISHOP OP LONDON.

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PREFACE.

rpHE following pages have been composed for the use of the theological student, but not without the hope that they may also be acceptable to that large and increasing class among the laity, who desire to be intelligent as well as faithful members of the Church. When applied to the great purpose for which it is intended, our Liturgy needs little comment; it is adapted to the wants and feelings of all; it is simple in its style, and not above the comprehension of the unlearned and the ignorant. But when studied by the light of history, it assumes a widely different aspect. It is found to be rich in memorials of the past. It derives a great part of its contents from a remote antiquity. It is a witness to the faith, the devotional habits, and sometimes to the trials and afflictions of our Christian forefathers. It bears on its surface the marks of many conflicts and controversies, which have

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