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i The Ratification of the Book of that are baptized, and come to
Common Prayer.

Years of Discretion.

2 The Preface.

19 The Form of Solemnization cf

3 The Order how the Psalter is ap. Matrimony.

pointed to be read.

20 The Order for the Visitation of

4 The Order how the rest of the Ho- the Sick.

ly Scripture is appointed to be read. 21 The Communion of the Sick.

5 Tables of Lessons of Holy Scrip- 22 The Order for the Burial of the

ture, to be read at Morning and Dead.

Evening Prayer throughout toe 23 The Thanksgiving of Women af


ter Child Birth, commonly called,

6 The Calendar.

The Churching of Women.

7 Tables and Rules for the Moveable 24 Forms of Prayer to be used at

and Immoveable Feasts, together Sea.

with the Days of Fasting and Ab- 25 A Form of Prayer for the Visita.

S..nence throughout the Year. tion of Prisoners.

8 Tables for finding the Holy Days. 26 A Form of Prayer and Thanks.

9 The Order for Daily Morning giving to Almighty God, for the


Fruits of the Earth, and all the

10 The Order for Daily Evening other Blessings of his merciful Pro



Ti Prayers and Thanksgivings upon 27 Forms of Prayer to be used in Fa.

several Occasions, to be used be- milies.
fore the two final Prayers of Morn-123 Selections of Psalms to be usec)
ing and Evening Service.

instead of the Psalms for the Day.

12 The Collects, Epistles, and Gos- at the Discretion of the Minister.

pels, to be used throughout the 29 The Psalter, or Halms of David


30 Articles of Religivn, as establish.

3 The Order for the Administration ed by the Bishops, the Clergy, and

of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Com- Laity of the Protestant Episcopai


Church in the United States of

4 The Ministration of Public Bap- America, in Concention, on the

tism of Infants, to be used in the twelfth Day of September, in the

Year of our Lord 1801.

15 The Ministration of Private Eap. 31 The Form and Manner of Ma.

tism of Children in Houses.

king, Ordaining, and Consecrating

16 The Ministration of Baptism to Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.

such as are of Riper Years, and 32 The Litany and Suffrages.

able to answer for themselves. 33 The Order for the Administration

17 A Catechism ; that is to say, an of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Com-

Instruction to be learned by every munion.

Person before he be brought to be 34 The Form of Consecration of a

confirmed by the Bishop.

Church or Chapel.

To The Order of Confirmation, or 35 An Office of Institution of Mini

Laying on of Hands upon those iers into Parishes or Churches.

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IT is a most invaluable part of that blessed liberty wherewith Christ hain

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 Doetrine must be referred to Discipline; and therefore, by common consent and authority, may be allered, abridged, enlarged, amended, or otherwise disposed of, as may seem most convenient for the edification of the people, * according to she 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 Particular Forms of Divine Worship, and ide Rites and Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent and alterable, and so acknow. ledged, it is 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 to those who are in places of avthority should, from time to time, seem either necesary or expedient."

The same Church hath not only in her Preface, but likewise in her Articles and Homilies, declared the necessity and expediency of occasiona! alterations and amendments in her Forms of Public Worship ; and we find! accordingly, that, seeking to“ keep the happy mean betu een too much atiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admitting variations in things once advisedly esta olished, she bath, in the reign of several Princes, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time of Edward the Sixth, upou just and weighty considerations her thereunto moving, yielded to make suca alterations in some particulars, as in their respective times were :hovghi convenient : yet so as that the main body and essential parts or de 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 saic 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." Anu although, according to her judgment, 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, as, in common equity, ought to be allowed to all human writings;" yet upon the principles already .ad down, it cannot but be supposed, tl.ai further alteration would in tinie be found expedient. Accordingly, a commission for a review was issued in the year 1689 : But this great and good work miscarried at that time; and the Civil Authority has not since thought proper to revive it by any new Commission.

But when in the course of Divine Providence, these American Stales be. came independent with respect to Civil Government, their Ecclesiastical Independence was necessarily included ; and the different religious denoininations of Christians in these States were left at full and equal liberty to model and organize their respective Churches, and forms of worship and disapane, in such manner as they might judge most convenient for their future prosperity ; consistently with the Consti:ution and Lawe of beb Country.

The attention of this Church was, in the first place, drawn o those alte rations in the Liturgy which became necessary in the Prayers for our Civil Rulers, in consequence of the Revolution. And the principal care herein was to make them conformable to what ought to be the proper end of all such prayers, namely, that " Rulers may have grace, wisdom, and understand. ing to execute justice, and to maintain truth ;" and that the People “ may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty."

Pui 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 esta. blish such other alterations and amendments therein as might be deemed ex. pe tient.

It seems unnecessary to enumerate all the different alterations and amend. ments. They will appear, and it is to be hoped, the reasons of them also, uvon 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 circınıstances re quire.

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 io mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting and majerlic manner, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Duviour.

(7) The ORDER how the PSALTER is appointed to le read. THE Psalter shall be read through once every Month, as it is there

appointed, both for Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February shall be read only to the twenty-eighth or twenty-ninth Day of the Month.

And whereas January, March, May, July, August, Ociober, and Decem. ber, have one-and-thirty days a-piece : it is ordered, that the same Psalms shall be read the last Day of the said Months which

were read the Day be. fore; 80 that the Psalter may begin again the first Day of the next Month ensuing.

And whereas the 119th Psalm is divided into twenty-two Portions, and is over-long to be read at one time; it is so ordered, that at one time shall not be read above four or five 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.

Aud on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appointed either by the Civil or by the Ecclesiastical Authority, the Minister may appoint such Psalms an he shall think fit in his discretion, unless any shall have been appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority, in a Service set out for the Occasion; which, in that case, shall be used, and no other.

Morning. Evening: 1

Morning. Evening. Christmas-Day, Ps. 19 Ps. 89 Easter-Day, Ps. 2 Ps, 113



114 85 132


118 Ask-Wednesday, 6 102 Ascension Day, 8

24 32 130


17 33 143


103 (iood-Friday, 22

64 Whitsunday,


101 40 88


145 54 The Minister may use one of the Selections, instead of any one of the bove Portions,

:The ORDER how 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 ince, as in the Calendar is appointed.

The New Testament is appointed for the Second Lessons at Morning and Cvening Prayer.

And to know what Lessons shall be read every Day, look for the Day of Ine Month in the Calendar following, and there ye shall find the Chapiere that sha'l be read for the Lessons, both at Morning and Evening Prayer ; except only the Moveable Feasts, which are not in the Cadendar; and the Immoveable, where there is a blank left in the Column of Lessons; the proper Lessons for all which Days are to be found in the table of Proper Lessons.

Aud, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, the same rule is to obtain ar in reading the Psalms.

And the same discretion of choice is allowed on occasions of Ecclesiastica) Conventions, and those of Charitable Collections. And Note, 'That whensuever Proper Psalms or Lessons are appointed, then the Psalms anu Lessons of ordinary course appointed in the Psalter and

Calendar, if they be different, shall be omitted for that Time. Wote, also, That the Collect, Epistle, and Guspel, appointed for the wunday.

shall serve all the Week after, where it is not in this book otherwise ordereit.

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"TABLES of LESSONS of Holy Scripture, to be read at Moming and

Evening Prayer throughout the Year.


let Lesson. Ad Lesson Ist Lesson. 2d Lesson
I S. in Ad.

Luke 1 to v.39 Isa. 2 Rom. 10 5 1 v. 39 21

12 3


3 to v.19 28 to v. 23 14 4 30 Matt. 3 to v.13

32 I Cor. 1 1S. af. Ch. 35 Luke 2 v. 25


2 2 41 Mark 1 to v.16

42 Heb.

2 i S.af. Eph. 44 Matt. 2 v. 13

45 1 Cor. 3

John 1 v. 29 52 to v. 13 13 3

4 v. 12


2 Cor. 4 4 57 Luke4v. 14to33


5 61 Matt. 5

62 Gal. 2 6


66 Sep. Sund. Jer, 5

7 Jer. 22

Eph. Sex. Sund. 35 Luke 7 v. 19

36 Quin. Sund. Lam. Mark 6 tov. 30 Lam. 3 to v. 37

3 1 S.in Lent. Jer. 7 Matt. 10 Jer. 9

4 2 Ezek. 14 Luke 10 coy. Ezek. 18

5 3 20 to v. 27 Mark 9 to v.30 20 v. 27

6 Mic, 6 Luke 19 v. 28 Hab. 3 Phil. 1 Hag. 2 to v. 10 21

Zec. 13

3 Daniel 9 Mat. 26 Mal. 3 and 4 Heb. 5 to v.11 Easter-Day. Exod. 12 to v. 37 Rom. 6 Exod. 12 v. 37 Acts 2 v. 22 IS.af. Eas. Isaiah 43 Acts 1 Isa. 48 1 Cor. 15 2 Hos. 13

3 Hog. 14 Coloss. 1
Joel 3 v. 9
5 Mic. 4

3 5

6 Nah. 1 1 Thes. 3 Zech. 8 8 v. 5 Zec. 10

4 S. af. Asc. Joel 2

John 17 Zeph. 3 2 Theg. 3tov.17 Whitsund.

Deut. 16 tov. 18 Acts 4 to v.36 Isa. 11 Acts 19 tov.21 Trin. Sund. Gen.

Matt. 3



1 John 5 IS.af. Trin. 3 Acts 9 to v. 32


1 Tim. 6 9 to v. 20 10

15 to v. 192 Tim. 2 37 11

42 3 & 4 to v. 9 43 14


Tit.2&3toy. 10 49 15


Heo. 10 Exod. 3 17 Exod. 5

11 9 20


12 14 21


13 Num. 16 26 Num. 22

James 1 23 28 24

2 Deut. 4 10 v. 41 Mat.18 Deut. 5

3 6 20



34 t Peter !
Jos. 23
Mark 4


24 16 Judges 4


Judges 5 1 Sam.12 Luke 13 1 Sam. 17 2 Sam. 12


2 Sam. 19 19

1 Kings 8 tov.22 20 IKin.Sv. 221062|2 Peter 1 20 17 John 3

2 21 2 Kings 5

2Kings 19

3 Daniel 6


Daniel 7 1 John 1 Prov. 1


Prov. 2 3

8 11 11

12 13 16

14 Jude. 15

16 12 John.


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