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THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.
bisa mest invaluable part of that blessed liberty wherewith Chrut had define that in his worship
, different forms and usges may without from bei abovej
, provided the substance of the faith be kept entire ; and that in every Cazad
, Hat cannot be clearly determined to belong to Doctrine mug berketrend to Resipline; and therefore
, by common consent and authority, may be used aligd enlarged, amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may sem Due ce vecante for delication of the people, "according to the various exigencies of time ad
and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church zerica, in Convention, this 16th Day of October, in housand seven hundred and eighty-nine. their present Session, set forth A Book of Common of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies · blish the said book : And they declare it to be the :quire, that it be received as such by all the members all be in use from and after the first day of October, pusand seven hundred and ninety.
Te Church of England, to which the Protestant Episopal Charch in the sitesi indebted, under God, for her first foundation and a long antauaper of NING C
y care and protection, hath, in the Preface of her Book of Comma Prague, blit down as a rule, that “The Particular Forms of Divine Worship and the Pia and Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own zature indiferent and alterable, and so acknowledged, it is but reasonable that fyon weighty and important considerations, according to the varios engoues of dizes and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made tberein, as to those who are in places of authority should, from time to time, seem either nemary epedient." The same Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in ber Articles and Brles declared the necessity and expediency of occasional alterations and mendments in her Forms of Public Worship; and we find accordingly, that, eking to "keep the happy mean between too much stiffness in refusing, and to zand easiness in admitting variations in things once advisedly establisherl she hatha, in de reign of several princes
, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time of Edward the Sixth, upon just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, gielded to make such alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times Fre thought convenient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts of the scuze (as well in the chiefest materials, as in the frame and order thereof) have still been continued firm and unshaken."
Her general aim in these different Reviews and Alterations hath been, as she further declares in her said Preface, "to do that which, according to her best understanding, might most tend to the preservation of peace and unity in the Church; the procuring of reverence, and the exciting of piety and devotion in the worship of God; and, finally, the cutting off occasion, from them that seek occasion, of caril or quarrel against her Liturgy." And although, according to her judgment, there be not “ any thing in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine, or which a gedly man may not with a good conscience use and submit unto, or which is not fairly defensible
, if allowed such just and favourable construction, as, in common equity, ought to be allowed to all human writings;" yet upon the principles already laid down, it cannot but be supposed, that further alteration would in time
part of that blessed liberty wherewith CHRIST hath made ship, different forms and usages may without offence be ubstance of the faith be kept entire ; and that, in every
clearly determined to belong to Doctrine must be referred fore, by common consent and authority, may be altered, ded, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient people, "according to the various exigencies of times and
zland, to which the Protestant Episcopal Church in these
alterable, and so acknowledged, it is but reasonable that portant considerations, according to the various exigencies of such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to s of authority should, from time to time, seem either necessary
hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in her Articles and he necessity and expediency of occasional alterations and
Forms of Public Worship; and we find accordingly, that, happy mean between too much stiffness in refusing, and too nitting variations in things once advisedly established, she hath, al princes, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time h, upon just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, ch alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times nient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts of the e chiefest materials, as in the frame and order thereof) have still n and unshaken." n in these different Reviews and Alterations hath been, as she n her said Preface, “to do that which, according to her best ight most tend to the preservation of peace and unity in the curing of reverence, and the exciting of piety and devotion in the and, finally, the cutting off occasion, from them that seek occasion, against her Liturgy." And although, according to her judgment, y thing in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine, or an may not with a good conscience use and submit unto, or which ensible, if allowed such just and favourable construction, as, in ought to be allowed to all human writings;" yet upon the principles un, it cannot but be supposed, that further alteration would in time
HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.
lingly, a commission for a review was issued in the d good work miscarried at that time; and the Civil ght proper to revive it by any new commission. · Divine Providence, these American States became Civil Government, their Ecclesiastical Independence ! the different religious denominations of Christians full and equal liberty to model and organize their 1 of worship, and discipline, in such manner as they for their future prosperity ; consistently with the country. was, in the first place, drawn to those alterations in essary in the prayers for our Civil Rulers, in consend the principal care herein was to make them the proper end of all such prayers, namely, that n, and understanding to execute justice, and to People “may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all
15 Procree shall be read through once every month, as it is there appointed, het br Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February it shall be read caly to de twenty-eighth or twenty-ninth day of the month. Aded wheras January, March, May, July, August, October, and December, have me and thaty days apiece : it is ordered, that the same Psalnas shall be read the last biyot be said months which were read the day before ; so that the Psalter may lepio gain the first day of the next month ensuing.
2nd whereas the 115ch Psalm is divided into twenty-two Portions, and is over
The Hinister, instead of reading from the Psalter as divided for Daily Morning
, shall be weed
PROPER PSALMS ON CERTAIN DAYS.
111 118 6 102 ASCENsion-Day,
4 32 130
100 64 WHITSUNDAY,
e in review before the Convention, they could not ce the happy occasion which was offered to them by any worldly authority whatsoever) to take a ice, and to establish such other alterations and leemed expedient. ate all the different alterations and amendments. ped, the reasons of them also, upon a comparison Prayer of the Church of England. In which it
far from intending to depart from the Church of doctrine, discipline, or worship; or further
54 The Minister may use one of the Selections, instead of any one of the above Portions
eing brought to a conclusion, it is hoped the d by every true Member of our Church, and eek, candid, and charitable frame of mind ; ; seriously considering what Christianity is, e; and earnestly beseeching ALMIGHTY GOD endeavour for promulgating them to mankind § and majestic manner, for the sake of JESUS
HOW THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED TO BE READ
THE OLD TESTAMENT is appointed for the First Lessons at Morning and
, both at Morning and Evening Prayer; except only the Moveable Pests which are not in the Calendar ; and the Immoveable
, where there is a blank ket 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 Psalms or Lessons are appointed, then the Psalms and Lessons of ordinary course appointed in the Psalter and Calendar, if they be different
, shall be omitted for that time. Note also, That the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, appointed for the Sunday, shall serve all the week after, where it is not in this Book otherwise ordered.