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And Administration of the Sacraments
of the Church
ACCORDING TO THE USE OF
THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The Psalter or Psalms of David
CERTIFY that this edition of the Book of
Common Prayer has been compared with a certified copy of the Standard Book, as the Canon directs, and that it conforms thereto.
Custodian of the
1. The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer.
3. Concerning the Service of the Church, with the order how the Psalter
and the rest of the Holy Scripture is appointed to be read.
11 The Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or Holy
THE RATIFICATION OF
By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant
Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this Sixteenth Day of October, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
This Convention having, in their present session, set forth A Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, do hereby establish the said Book: And they declare it to be the Liturgy of this Church: And require that it be received as such by all the members of the same: And this Book shall be in use from and after the First Day of October, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.
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 could not but, with gratitude to God, embrace the happy occasion which was offered to them (uninfluenced and unrestrained by any worldly authority whatsoever) 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 hoped, 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 far 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 examined by every true 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 endeavour for promulgating them to mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting and majestic manner, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST, our blessed Lord and Saviour.