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'ACCORDING TO THE USE
Protestant Episcopal Church
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
JAMES POTT & CO., 14 & 16, ASTOR PLACE,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by
The Trustees of the Fund for the Relief of Widows and Orphans of deceased Clergymen, and of aged, infirm, and disabled Clergymen, of the Protestan Episcopal Church in the United States of America,
In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in General Convention, held in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy four, it was Resolved: That future Editions of the Hymnal shall be printed so as to conform to the Revised Edition presented by the joint Committee on the Hymnal, and that no other Hymns be allowed in the public worship of the Church except the Hymnal as thus revised, and such hymns and psalms as are now ordinarily bound up with the Book of Common Prayer: provided that any congregation may continue to use the Editions of the Hymnal heretofore published, until farther action of the Convention.
I do hereby certify that this Edition of the Revised Hymnal having been by me compared and corrected by the Standard Book, as the General Convention has directed, is permitted to be published accordingly.
On behalf of the Trustees of the Fund for the relief of Widows and
LLOYD W. WELLS, Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
HOUSE OF BISHOPS.
BALTIMORE, MD., October, 1871.
Resolved: That this Hymnal shall not be bound up with the Book of Common Prayer, until order to that effect shall be taken by the General Convention.
NEW YORK, October, 1874.
Resolved: That this Hymnal now revised and adopted shall be free to be printed and published by all responsible publishers, who shall obtain a license to that effect from the Trustees of the Fund for the Relief of Widows and Orphans of deceased Clergymen, and of aged, infirm, and disabled Clergymen, and who shall assure to such Trustees a payment, to be applied for the uses of said fund, equivalent to ten per cent. upon the retail selling price: and that the copyright of the Revised Hymnal shall vest in said Trustees, subject however to the farther order of this Convention: Also, that the Trustees be authorized to superintend the revision and publication of the revised Editions of the Hymnal, with power to make the typographical and literary changes necessary to conform it to the Committee's Report made to this Convention.
From the Journal.
Attest: HENRY C. POTTER, Secretary of the House of Bishops. Concurred in by the House of Deputies.
WILLIAM STEVENS PERRY, Secretary.
CANON 23 OF TITLE 1 OF THE DIGEST.
OF CHURCH MUSIC.
Sect. 1. The selections of the Psalms in metre, and Hymns which are set forth by authority, and Anthems in the words of Holy Scripture, are allowed to be sung in all congregations of this church before and after Morning and Evening Prayer, and also before and after Sermons, at the discretion of the Minister, whose duty it shall be by standing directions, or from time to time, to appoint such authorized Psalms, Hymns, or Anthems as are to be sung.
Sect. 2. It shall be the duty of every Minister of this church, with such assistance as he may see fit to employ from persons skilled in music, to give order concerning the tunes to be sung at any time in his church; and especially it shall be his duty to suppress all light and unseemly music, and all indecency and irreverence in the performance, by which vain and ungodly persons profane the service of the Sanctuary.
Adopted in General Convention, 1874.
HENRY C. POTTER, Secretary of the House of Bishops.
WILLIAM STEVENS PERRY, Secretary of the House of Deputies.