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Philadelphia, June 7, 1815. 1 A tereby certify, that this edition of the Comm2 Prayer Book, the Aniv.es, Offices, and Metre Psalms and Hymns, has been duly compared with a Standard Book, and corrected, by a Presbyter of this Diocese, appuinted by the Standing Committee thereof.

BENJAMIN DORR, President of the Standing Committee of the

Diocese of Pennsylvania.

TENOX LIBRARL

NEW YORK

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

1. The Ratification of the Book of Com- | 16. The Ministration of Baptism to such as

mon Prayer.

are of Riper Years, and able to answer

for themselves.

1 The Preface.

17. A Catechism; that is to say, an 11-

3. The Order how the Psalter is appoint- struction to be learned by every Person

ed to be read.

before he be brought to be confirmed

by the Bishop.

4. The Order how the rest of the Holy

Scripture is appointed to be read. 18. The Order of Confirmation, or Laying

on of Hands upon those that are bap

5. Tables of Lessons of Holy Scripture, tized, and come to years oi' Discretion.

to be rend at Morning and Evening

Prayer throughout the Year.

19. The Form of Soleranization of Natri.

mony.

6. The Calendar.

20. The Order for the Visitation of the

7. Tables and Rules for the Moveable Sick.

and Immoveable Feasts, together with

the Days of Fasting and Abstinence 21. The Communion of the Sick.

throughout the Year.

22. The Order for the Burial of the Dead.

8. Tables for finding the Holydays.

23. The Thanksgiving of Women after

9. The Order for Daily Morning Prayer. Child-birth, commonly called, Tho

Churching of Women.

10. The Order for Daily Evening Prayer.

24. Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea.

11. Prayers and Thanksgivings upon sev-

eral Occasions, to be used before the 25. A Form of Prayer for the Visitation

two final prayers of Morning and of Prisoners.

Evening Service,

26. A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving

12. The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to to Almighty God, for the Fruits of this

be used throughout the Year.

earth, and all the other Blessings of his

merciful Providence.

13. The Order for the Administration of

the Loru's Supper, or Holy Commu- 27. Forms of Prayer to be used in Familien

nion.

28. Selections of Psalms, to be used ic-

4. The Ministration of Public Baptism of stead of the Psalms for the Day, at the

Infants, to be used in the Church.

discretion of the Minister.

16. The Ministration of Private Baptistu o 29 The Psalter, or Psalms of David.

Children, in Houses.

THE RATIFICATION OF

THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.

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.

PREFACE.

IT T is a most invaluable part oi that blessed

liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, that in his worship, different forms and usages may without offence be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire; and that, in every Church, what cannot be clearly determined to belong to Doctrine must be referred to Discipline; and therefore, by common consent and authority, may be altered, abridged, enlarged, amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient for the edification of the people, “according to the various exigencies of times and occasions."

The Church of England, to which the Protestant Episcopal Church in these States is indebted, under God, for her first foundation and a long continuance of nursing care and protection, hath, in the Preface of her Book of Common Prayer, laid it down as a rule, that "The particu. lar forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites ang Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent and altera. ble, and so acknowledged, it 13 but reasonable that upon weighty and important considerations, according to the various exigencies of times and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein, as o those who are in places of

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authority should, from time to time, seem either necessary or expedient.'

The same Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in her Articles and Homilies, de. clared the necessity and expediency of occasional alterations and amendments in her Forms of Public Worship; and we find accordingly, that, seeking to “ keep the happy mean between too much stiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admitting variations in things once advisedly established, she hath, in the reign of several Princes, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time of Edward the Sixth, upon just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, yielded to make such alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times were thought convenient; yet so as that the main body and essential parts of the same (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 different reviews and alterations hath been, as she further declares in her said Preface, "to do that which, according to her best understanding, might most tend to the 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 seek occasion, of cavil or quarrel against her Liturgy.” And although, according to her judg. ment, there be not “any thing in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine, or which a godly man may not with a good conscience use and submit unto, or which is not fairly defensible, if allowed such just and favourable construction

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