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THE

PRIEST'S PRAYER BOOK

THE

Priest's Prayer Book

CONTAINING

Private Prayers and Intercessions ; Occasional, School,
and Parochial Offices; Offices for the Visitation
of the Sick, with Notes, Readings, Collects,

Hymns, Litanies, etc., etc.

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LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON

NEW YORK AND BOMBAY

1897

All rights reserved

PREFACE

This Volume is designed as an Appendix to the Book of Common Prayer, and to provide the parochial Clergy with Offices and Collects for those occasional ministrations for which no formal or authorized provision has been made. Nearly all matter which may be found in the Prayer Book itself has consequently been omitted, but by a simple method of croes references the Officiant is enabled to utilize such portions of the Book of Common Prayer as are available for the case in hand.

The Offices, and particularly those for the Visitation of the Sick, are based on ancient models, and are constructed so as to allow of the greatest plasticity in their use. In structure these forms consist of two parts, one invariable, designed as a framework; the other, changeable within certain limits, to admit of diversity. A rigid and invariable form, even if appropriate, either causes wearisome repetition, or compels the substitution of one that is inappropriate, for the sake of change; and this inconvenience makes itself especially felt when the Priest has to pay constant visits to a single case, or else to many cases of the same type.

As all the Offices of the Sick are identical in construction, an analysis of one of them will serve to indicate the method of using each of the others. That for a Blind Person (p. 61) is selected because of its necessarily special character, which might seem to preclude variety of treatment, and either to enforce the use of a stereotyped formula, or else to require the substitution of matter having but little direct bearing on the case.

It begins with the Invocation of the Holy Trinity, the Our FATHER, and the Creed. Then follow three pairs of versicles, the first of which

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