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St. Luke the Evangelist.
Any General Thanksgiving Day specially appointed. Note—These are divided into principal Feast Days, and Festivals of the 2nd Class. The principal Feast Days have double Vespers on the Vigil, or Eve, before ; first, at half-past three, and secondly, at half-past seven o'clock, except in the cases specified in the Table of Vigils, &c. The 2nd Class of Festivals have only Vigil Vespers at half-past three (in choirs only.) Neither have more than the half-past three o'clock Vespers on the day of the Festival. The principal Feast Days are-Easter Day, Easter Monday and Tuesday; Ascension Day, Whit-Sunday, Whit-Monday and Tuesday; Trinity Sunday, and Christmas Day, and the two days following Christmas Day; also any of the above, and likewise the King's and Queen's Birth-days, falling on a Sunday (only,) except the Annunciation falling on Palm Sunday, and not including ordinary Sundays. Any of the Feasts of the 2nd Class falling upon week-days of Lent, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdaye, in Advent, Ember Days, or other Fast Days, are not observed as Feasts that year, though the Collect of the Feast Days may be added, and also the Epistle and Gospel used, if there be none specially belonging to the Fast Day. The Annunciation falling on Palm Sunday, the Collect only of the former to be added. The three Political Festivals, and any special General Thanksgiving Festival, have no Vespers, either on the day, or before, except when either of them falls upon a Sunday, in which case an Evening as well as Morning form of Prayer, appropriate to the festival, shall be used. Some feasts have no Vigil, as the following table shows; and two or more feasts coming together, as at Easter, Whit-Sunday, &c., the Vigil and Ante-Vespers for one shall serve for all.-Ordinary Sundays, though not principal Feast Days, have double Vespers notwithstanding, except when one falls on the 26th of December. *
* The reader will observe that I have changed the dates of the Commemorations of the Holy Innocents, of St. Thomas, St. Stephen, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Matthias. My reasons are these, (though I am well aware of what are sometimes advanced as reasons for their being placed as we find them ;) the portions of scripture referring to, and used on, these Feasts, carry internal evidence that they are inconsistently placed ; and some of them, upon the old plan, interfere with Fast Days, which, if possible, should be avoided. Therefore I put the Holy Innocents a few days after the Epiphany, when we may suppose that Herod, finding that he was “mocked” by the “ wise men, issued his savage order; St. Thomas, and St. Stephen, so that they may always come after Easter Tuesday, St. John the Evangelist, so that it may correspond with the part of the 21st chapter of his gospel, selected as the gospel of the day; and St. Matthias at what we may suppose, referring to the suicide of Judas, a probable time of his election, (taking Easter as falling on the latest day possible, the 25th of April, to prevent occasional confusion.) There is, however, another day, the Annunciation, which I have not touched, being so much mixed up with our legal and other transactions, which I would place in October, being between the Nativity of the Virgin and Advent. The present day has nothing but a too scrupulous exactness as to time to support it-I say too scrupulous, because we might, upon such a principle, keep the first day of
A TABLE OF THE VIGILS, FASTS, AND DAYS OF ABSTINENCE,
TO BE OBSERVED IN THE YEAR.
Vigil or Feast Day shall be kept upon the Saturday, and not upon the
These also are Days of Fasting and Abstinence.
The Ember Days, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday before the
The Three Rogation Days, being the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Holy Thursday, or the Ascension of our LORD.
All the Saturdays in the year, except Christmas Day, (which falling upon
Any specially appointed Fast Days.
First Class, (Fasting.)
Passion Week, commencing the eve before Palm Sunday, and ending after first Vespers on Easter Eve, (double Vespers throughout, except Palm Sunday, which is not included as a fast day.)
The 30th of January, (double Vespers in Cathedrals and Collegiate Churches only.)
Any special General Fast, (double Vespers.)
Note-On these solemn days of humiliation and fasting, the chanting and singing shall be performed in a minor key without the organ. the Feast of Pentecost on Saturday, and make Lent begin six days later, and include the Sundays, together with several other things which will occur to the reader. At all events, I have proposed that it shall not not interfere with Lent Fasts.
Second Class. (Abstinence.)
THIRD CLASS. (Abstinence.)
LESSONS. There are few who do not acknowledge the propriety of a revision of the Lessons; yet there seems to be a great want of suggestion concerning them. It would take me, though I have thought a great deal on the subject these twenty years, a month to go fully into the subject, which time cannot now be given to it, the question about the temporalities of the Church being pressing. I am sorry that last year Mr. Uvedale Price, of part of whose suggestions it will be seen I have availed myself, spoke so diffidently, in his clever pamphlet, of his abilities for the task, for I know very few so equal to it, or with such a fund of ecclesiastical knowledge. The outline of my plan is this :—To have proper Lessons (1st and 2nd both) for all Sundays, Feasts, and Fasts, (including the 27th Sunday after Trinity:) to exclude some, both in the Old and New Testament, which, from certain expressions, are inexpedient to be read, (as the 35th chapter of Genesis, and the 7th chapter of the 1st Corinthians;) and on some ordinary days also, from their proximity to Christmas, Easter, v. C., to have proper lessons, as sometimes they are, upon
the present plan, very much out of keeping with the season. For the rest of the year I would make a careful selection from the Old and New Testament, and also include some from the Apocryphal Books, (but not all now admitted,) which contain a great deal of useful matter, both as to morals and history, though unfortunately some of them contain passages highly objectionable. _I think all Episcopalians (at least) would regret the disuse of the book of Ecclesiasticus for instance.
CHANTS FOR PARTICULAR DAYS. On the Eves before principal Feast Days Humphries's Grand Chant. On the Morning of ditto
Jones's Grand Thanksgiv
ing Chant. On the Afternoon of ditto
Ebdon's Grand Thanksgiv
ing Chant. For principal Fast Days, and for Funerals . Beethoven's Chant.
Note.—The Miserere and De profundis may be chanted, or sung as a Service. For Fast Days of the 2nd Class
Chant by Purcell; or Chant
by Attwood. For Athanasian Creed on Trinity Sunday in the Communion Service
Humphries's Grand Chant.
THE ORDER FOR MORNING PRAYER WITH COMMUNION.
(Half-past 11 o'clock.) | First the minister shall chant, (if q Then, all kneeling down, the people
in a cathedral or collegiate church,) shall, with an audible voice, join or read, one, or more, of these sen- the Minister, in the Lord's Prayer, tences, &c. &c. (as in the Book of or Prayer for the Adopted,t both Common Prayer.)
here, and wheresoever else it occurs Note.-Those sentences marked in divine service. thus, * are for fast days only; the
Our Father, &c. other are for any occasion.
Note that, on principal feast When the wicked man, &c.
days, in cathedral and collegiate I acknowledge my trangression, churches, from this point the re&c.
sponses shall be accompanied with Hide thy face, &c.
the organ, as shall also the EvenThe sacrifices, &c.*
ing Prayer,and Litany at the anteRend your heart, &c.*
vespers, preceding such principal To the Lord, &c.
feast day. O Lord correct, &c.*
Priest. O Lord, &c. Repent ye, &c.
Answer. And our mouth, &c. I will arise, &c.
Priest. O God, &c. Enter not, &c.
Answer. O Lord, &c. If we say, &c.
| Here all standing up, the Priest Dearly beloved brethren, &c. &c. (as in Prayer Book, down to) the Glory be, &c. throne of the heavenly grace, (and Answer. As it was, &c. add) “meekly kneeling upon your Priest. Praise ye, &c. knees, and saying after me.” (vide Answer. The Lord's name, &c. Communion Service in Prayer Book.)
(As in Prayer Book.) [ A general confession, &c.
Then shall be chanted this psalm Almighty and most merciful Fa- following, except on Penitential ther, &c. (as in Prayer Book.)
Psalm Days, or when any other ! Or this.
hymn is specially appointed. Almighty God, Father of our Lord
Venite Exultemus, &c. Jesus Christ, &c. (as in ditto, Com
Psalm 95. munion Service.)
O come, &c. (as in Prayer Book.) Then shall the Priest (or the Then shall be chanted the psalms Bishop, being present,) stand up, of the day, or any specially apand turning himself to the people, pointed, as the case may be, each pronounce this absolution.
psalm concluding with the Gloria Almighty God, the Father of our Patri in English. Lord Jesus Christ, &c. (as in Prayer T Then shall follow the First Les
son, after which the hymn proper q Or this.
to the day. Almighty God, our heavenly Fa- | Note, that before every Lesson, ther, &c. (as in ditto, Communion &c. (as in Prayer Book Rubric.) Service.)
Then shall be read the Second ( The people shall answer here, &c. Lesson, to be followed by the pro
(as in Prayer Book.)
upon the Articles, for an explanation of this phrase.
The following are the hymns to be Then shall follow these two Colsung after the Lessons, as directed lects; the first for peace, the in the Tables of Services.
second for grace to live well. Te Deum &c.
O God, who art the author, &c. We praise thee, &c.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, &c. Benedictus.
(As in Prayer Book.) Blessed be the Lord, &c.
| Then shall the Minister, or MiJubilate Deo.
nisters, proceed to the Lord's taO be joyful, &c.
ble; and the altar service, either Magnificat.
with, or without Communion, shall My soul doth, &c.
commence the choir by singing the Nunc dimittis.
“ Gloria in excelsis" in English, if ; Lord, now lettest thou &c.
it be a principal feast day; or, if Cantate Domino.
it be not a festival of the first () sing unto the Lord, &c.
class, the “ Sanctus” in English. Deus Misereatur.
Note.- Where choral services canGod be merciful &c.
not be performed, an authorized (As in Prayer Book.) metrical psalm or hymn shall be And,
here substituted. Miserere mei, Deus. Psalm 51.
Sanctus. Have mercy upon me, &c.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of And,
hosts, heaven and earth are full of De profundis. Psalm 130. the majesty of thy glory: glory be to Out of the deep, &c.
thee, O Lord most high. Amen. (As in Prayer Book Psalms.)
Gloria in excelsis. Where the choir is not equal to Glory be to God on high, &c. (as in the performance of these hymns as Prayer Book, Communion Service.) services, they shall be chanted ; So many as &c. and where services are in use, it And if &c. shall be optional with the Minister, The same order &c. or Præcentor, to have the two last The table, &c.* sung as minor key services, or Our Father, &c. chanted.
The Collect. Then the Minister shall say to the Almighty God, &c. (as in Prayer people, who shall kneel with him, Book, Communion Service.) The Lord be with you.
| Then shall be chanted the 19th People. And with thy spirit.
Psalm, all standing up. Minister. Let us pray.
Forasmuch as the people of God, Lord, have mercy upon us.
under the old covenant (the moral Answer. Christ, have mercy &c.
precepts of which are still binding Minister and People. Lord have,&c. upon Christians) had given them, | Then shall follow the Lord's with awful solemnity an abridgPrayer.
ment of the Law, commonly known Our Father, &c.
by the name of the Ten Command| Then the Priest, all still kneeling, ments, one of which, the fourth, shall say,
was always considered, by the more O Lord, show thy mercy, &c.
pious of the Jewish Church, to inAnswer. And grant us thy salvation. clude in spirit, though not in the (And the other suffrages as in Prayer
letter, all the solemn days enjoined, Book.)
as in like sort the holy apostle * Some slight alterations are required in these Rubrics ; in the term “ naughty life," in that part referring to a canon ; and, instead of “ standing at the north side,” I would say, “ kneeling."