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| The Ratification of the Book 16 The Ministration of Baptism to

of Common Prayer

,

4 such as are of Riper Years

1 The Preface

,

5 and able to answer for

The Order how the Psalter is themselves

appointed to be read, 7| 17 A Catechism; that is to ay, an

! The Onder how the rest of the Instruction to be learned by

Holy Scripture is appointed to

be read

7 brought to be confirmed by

b Tables of Lessons of Holy Scrip

171

ture

, to be read at Morning 18 The Order of Confirmation, or

and Erening Prayer through Laying on of hands upon

8

those that are baptized, and

101

come to years of discretion, 175

Tables and Rules for the Movea 19 The form of Solemnization of

ble and Immoveable Feasts,

Matrimony,

together with the days of 20 The Order for the Visitation of

Pasting and Abstinence

throughout the year,

16/21 The Communion of the Sick, 18

& Tables for finding the Holy-days, 1722 The Order for the Burial of the

9 The Order for Daily Morning

Dead

Prayer

,

21 23 The Thanksgiving of Women

1 The Order for Daily Evening

after Childbirth, commonly

Prayer

,

called, The Churching of

li. Prayers and Thanksgivings

Women,

190

upen several occasions

, to be | 24 Forms of Prayer to be used at

used before the two final Sea

prayers of Morning and 25 A Form of Pryer for the Visita-

39

tion of Prisoners,

13 The ColectsEpistles

, and

26 A Form of Prayer and Thanks

Gospels to be used throughout

giving to ALMIGHTY GOD, for

the fruits of the earth and all

13 The Order for the Administra the other blessings of his

merciful providence

,

206

Holy Communion, 145 27 Forms of Prayer to be used in

Families,

207

tism of Infants, to be used in 28 Selections of Psalms, to be tased

the church,

158

instead of the Psalms for the

15 The Ministration of Private

Day, at the discretion of the

Baptism of Children in Minister

,

211

bouses

,

162/ 29 The Psalter

, or Psalms of David, 228

tion of the Lord's Supper, or

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con of the Book 16 The Ministration of Baptism to

Prayer,

4 such as are of Riper Years,

5 and able to answer for

ow the Psalter is

themselves,

166

be read,

717 A Catechism; that is to say, an

ow the rest of the

Instruction to be learned by

Ture is appointed to

every person before he be

7 brought to be confirmed by

ssons of Holy Scrip

the Bishop,

171

- read at Morning 18 The Order of Confirmation, or

-ng Prayer through

Laying on of hands upon

ar,

8 those that are baptized, and

ar,

10 come to years of discretion, 175

Rules for the Movea 19 The form of Solemnization of

Immoveable Feasts,

Matrimony,

177

with the days of 20 The Order for the Visitation of

and Abstinence

the Sick,

179

1621 The Communion of the Sick, 185

inding the Holy-days, 17 22 The Order for the Burial of the

for Daily Morning

Dead,

186

21 23 The Thanksgiving of Woinen

r for Daily Evening

after Child-birth, commonly

29 called, The Churching of

and Thanksgivings

Women,

190

everal occasions, to be 24 Forms of Prayer to be used at

Jefore the two final

Sea,

192

of Morning and 25 A Form of Prayer for the Visita-

ng Service,

39 tion of Prisoners,

ollects, Epistles, and 26 A Form of Prayer and Thanks-

Is, to be used throughout

giving to Almighty God, for

ar,

44 the fruits of the earth and all

der for the Administra-

the other blessings of his

f the Lord's Supper, or

merciful providence,

205

Communion,

145 27 Forms of Prayer to be used in

nistration of Public Bap-

Families,

207

of Infants, to be used in 28 Selections of Psalms, to be used

hurch,

158 instead of the Psalms for the

Ministration of Private

Day, at the discretion of the

ism of Children in

Minister,

211

162129 The Psalter, or Psalms of David, 228

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It is a most invaluable part of that blessed liberty therewith Carur haft made as free that in his worship, different forms and usages may without Gener de allowed

, provided the substance of the faith be kept entire ; and that in reny Church, what cannot be clearly determined to belong to Doctrine mast bowe gebete! to Discipline; and therefore , by common consent and outbacity

, nary bone released, abridged , enlarged, amended

, or otherwise disposed of as may send ses cartes for the edification of the people

, "according to the various exigencies of tizen mad occasions."

The Church of England, to which the Protestant Episcopal Church in the States is indebted

, under Gon

, for her first foundation and a leg antimace k nursing care and protection, bath , in the Preface of her Book of Conton Prayer

, haid it down as a rule

, that “The Particular Forus of Divine Western and the Rites and Ceremonies appointed to be ned therein

, being things in their own nature indifferent and alterable

, and so acknowledged, it is best reasonable they upon weighty and important considerations, according to the varios emigracies et times and ocasions

, such changes and alterations sboald be made thesein, as the those who are in places of authority should

, from time to time, secto either necomery or expedient."

The same Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in ber Articles al
Homilies

, declared the necessity and expediency of occasional alteratzes el amendments in her Forms of Public Worship; and we find acetanghs, then seeking to “ keep the happy mean between too much stiffness in refutang, al much easiness in admitting variations in things once advisedly established the harde in the reign of several prínces

, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the box of Edward the Sixth, upon just and weighty considerations her theseranto nering, yielded to make such alterations in some particulars as in their respective time were thought convenient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts of the saune (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 diferent Reviews and Alterations hath been, as she further declares in her said Preface, " to do that which, according to ber best understanding

, might most tend to 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 serk occasion of caril or quarrel against her Liturgy." And although, according to her judgmenta 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, of which is not fairly defensible

, if allowed such just and favourable construction, 23, 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 titne

THE PREFACE,

valuable part of that blessed liberty wherewith Christ hath made his worship, different forms and usages may without offence be d the substance of the faith be kept entire; and that, in every annot be clearly determined to belong to Doctrine must be referred and therefore, by common consent and authority, may be altered, ged, amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient ion of the people, "according to the various exigencies of times and

h of England, to which the Protestant Episcopal Church in these
ted, under God, for her first foundation and a long continuance of
ind protection, hath, in the Preface of her Book of Common Prayer,
s a rule, that "The Particular Forms of Divine Worship, and the
eremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own
erent and alterable, and so acknowledged, it is but reasonable that
y and important considerations, according to the various exigencies of
ccasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to
e in places of authority should, from time to time, seem either necessary
1.."

Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in her Articles and declared the necessity and expediency of occasional alterations and ts in her Forms of Public Worship; and we find accordingly, that, “keep the happy mean between too much stiffness in refusing, and too ness in admitting variations in things once advisedly established, she hath, yn of several princes, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time rd the Sixth, upon just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, o make such alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times ught convenient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts of the

well in the chiefest materials, as in the frame and order thereof) have still atinued firm and unshaken." general aim in these different Reviews and Alterations hath been, as she declares in her said Preface, "to do that which, according to her bes: anding, might most tend to the preservation of peace and unity in th 1; the procuring of reverence, and the exciting of piety and devotion in th p of God; and, finally, the cutting off occasion, from them that seek occasio Jor quarrel against her Liturgy." And although, according to her judgme be not“ any thing in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine, 1 a godly man may not with a good conscience use and submit unto, or wh t fairly defensible, if allowed such just and favourable construction, as non equity, ought to be allowed to all human writings;" yet upon the princi dy laid down, it cannot but be supposed, that further alteration would in

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HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.
IN PSALTER shall be read through once every month, as it is there appointed,
but for Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February it shall be read only to
de trenty-eighth or twenty-ninth day of the month.
And whereas January, March

, May
, July

, August, October, and December, have ce and thirty days apiece : it is ordered that the carne Psalms shall be read the last day of the said months which were read the day before; so

so that the Psalter may begin gain the first day of the next month ensuing.

Land whereas the 11ộth Palm is divided into twenty-two Portáong and is over
Lengto be read at one time; it is so ordered that at one time shall not be read above
bater er fre of the said Portions.
The Minister

, instead of reading from the Psalter as divided for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, may read one of the Selections set out by this Church. dana Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appointed either by the Civil or by de Salesastical Authority

, the Minister may appoint such Psalms us be shall Gif in his discretion

, unless any shall have been appointed by the Eocesiastical ditkait , in a Service set out for the occasion ; which, in that case

, shall be pred and no other

PROPER PSALMS ON CERTAIN DAYS.
Morning. Evening

Morning. Erening CHUTMAS-Dav , Psalms 19 Psalms 89 Easter-Dar, Psalmos 2 Psalms 113 45 110

57 132

III As-WEDNESDAY,

6 102 Ascension-DAY, 8 34 130

15 143

21 GoD-FRIDAT, 22 64 WHITSUNDAY, 88

115 54 The Minister may use one of the Selections

, instead of any one of the above

THE ORDER

HON THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED TO BE READ

THE OLD TESTAMENT is appointed for the First Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer; so that the most part thereof will be read every year pace, a in the Calendar is appointed.

Tx New Testament is appointed for the Second Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer. and to know what Lessons shall be read every day, look for the day of the month in the Calendar following

, and there ye shall find the chapters that shall be read for the Lessons both at Morning and Evening Prayer; except only the Moveable Prastes which are not in the Calendar; and the Immoveable

, where there is a blank ked 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 Eoclesiastical
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, il they be different

, shall be omitted for that time. Note also , That the Collect

, Epistle

, and Gospel appointed for the Sunday, shall Berre all the week after, where it is not in this Book otherwise ordered.

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