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Copyright, 1910 By The University Press of

Sewanee Tennessee

EDITOR'S PREFACE

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HE object of this series is to provide for the

clergy and laity of the Church a statement, in convenient form, of its Doctrine, Discipline and Worship — as well as to meet the often expressed desire on the part of Examining Chaplains for textbooks which they could recommend to Candidates for Holy Orders.

To satisfy, on the one hand, the demand of general readers among the clergy and laity, the books have been provided with numerous references to larger works, making them introductory in their nature; and on the other hand, to make them valuable for use in canonical examinations, they have been arranged according to the Canons of the Church which deal with that matter.

It is the earnest hope of the collaborators in this series that the impartial scholarship and unbiased attitude adopted throughout, will commend themselves to Churchmen of all types, and that the books will therefore be accorded a general reception and adopted as far as possible as a norm for canonical examinations. The need of such a norm is well known to all.

And finally a word to Examining Chaplains. They will find that the volumes are so arranged that it will

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be possible to adapt them to all kinds of students. The actual text itself should be taken as the minimum of requirement from the Candidate, and then, by reference on their part to the bibliographies at the end of each chapter, they can increase as they see fit the amount of learning to be demanded in each case. It has been the endeavor of the editor to make these bibliographies so comprehensive that Examining Chaplains will always find suitable parallel readings.

If in any way the general public will be by this series encouraged to study the position of the Church, and if the canonical examinations in the different dioceses can be brought into greater harmony one with another, our object will be accomplished.

ARTHUR R. GRAY.

PREFACE

T'Candidates for Holy Orders in their study of

\HE primary purpose of this volume is to guide

Candidates for Holy Orders in their study of
the History and the Contents of the Book of Common
Prayer as it has been set forth for use in the Ameri-
can Church. To this end, I have followed the
method of familiar lectures, such as can be inter-
rupted by question and answer; assuming through-
out that the reader has an acquaintance with the
Book, but that he wishes to be informed as to its
origins, its principles, its purposes, and some of the
details of its phraseology and use. I have endeav-
ored, therefore, to answer the questions which such
a reader might be minded to ask, and to suggest to
him lines of inquiry for more thorough study. It
will be evident that in such a method many matters
will receive attention which are of comparatively
little importance, and liturgical scholars will see
that this book lacks balance and perspective; but I
hope that the defect will be in part excused by some
little addition to its interest and to its practical use-
fulness. Moreover, in such a hand-book it is fre-
quently necessary to express an opinion; but t
should not be thought that the present writer con-
siders all his opinions of equal value, or indeed that

he would attach undue importance to any opinion of
his own.

It must be left to the reader to distinguish
between opinions and statements of historical or theo-
logical facts.

There are few books as interesting or as valuable
as the Book of Common Prayer. “The difficulties that
people find with the Prayer Book," says the author of
Ecclesia Discens, "are mainly due to their not using
it as it was intended to be used, systematically and
continuously. In one sense it is hard to master, be-
cause it contains a great deal that is worth learning.
A practical acquaintance with the year of worship
which it provides and with some of its occasional
offices is a liberal education in the things necessary
to salvation."

Te deprecor, bone Jesu, ut cui propitius donasti
verba tuae veritatis dulciter haurire, dones etiam
benignus aliquando ad te fontem omnis veritatis per-
venire et adorare semper aute faciem tuam.

S. H.

Berkeley Divinity School,
St. Luke's Day, 1909.

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