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English, to be followed by one of without Litany or Communion the five Collects, and the Blessing ; from the Anthem. but on other days the service shull Here endeth the Order for Evening proceed as in Morning Prayer, Prayer.
THE LITANY, OR GENERAL SUPPLICATION.
This is to be chanted, or said in the Council,) this verse shall be parish churches, on Wednesdays inserted to be said only when Parand Fridays, at Morning Prayer, liament is sitting. on Ash Wednesday, and in Passion “ That it may please thee to send Week, both morning and evening, thy blessing upon the Great Council at the Saturday Evening Ante- of the Nation now assembled in ParVespers, unless Christmas Day liament; and direct and prosper all should fall upon a Saturday; at their consultations, to the advancethe Ante - Vespers of Principal ment of thy glory, the good of thy Feast Days, having such ; and at church, and to the safety, honour, and other times, when directed by the welfare of our Sovereign and his doOrdinary, immediately after the minions.” Anthem, or after the second Col- We beseech thee, fc. lect ; if there be Altar Service also, Instead of the General Thanksthe Altar Service to follow the giving, this verse is here (after the Litany; provided, however, that now last) inserted. on Festival Days falling on a Li- “ That it may please thee to give tany Day, the Litany shall be us that due sense of all those blessomitted, except any Ante-Vespers ings, both spiritual and temporal, Litany that
be directed in this which, in thy mercy, thou hast vouchbook.
safed to us, that our hearts may be O God, &c. (as in Prayer Book, unfeignedly thankful; and that we down to the end of the verse about may show forth thy praise, not only the Trinity, instead of which say, or with our lips, but in our lives.” else explain in the margin, in what We beseech thee, fc. sense it is that we pray for the I Then as in Prayer Book to the dead.")
end of the Lord's Prayer, after “ Remember pot, Lord, nor take which the Priest shall say, vengeance of our sins and offences; O Lord, deal not with us accordneither visit us for the offences of our ing to our sins. forefathers;* spare us, good Lord, Answer. Neither punish us as our &c. (as in Prayer Book.)
iniquities deserve. After this verse, (for the Lords of
* Even the emendation I have ventured upon, I should hold to be highly objectionable, without an explanation in the margin, in every edition of the Prayer Book. I mean only temporal consequences to children from the faults of their parents, a bad constitution from the father's intemperance, poverty from the father's extravagance, bad reputation from the father's crimes, ignorance from the father not having caused his son to learn that befitting his situation, &c.; but to include spiritual consequences, seems to me such a misgiving of the promise in the 18th chapter of Ezekiel, as to be impious. It is true, that temporal evil consequences seem sometimes to make all the difference in the faith and morals of the child; but this difficulty is for the God of justice and mercy, not us, to deal with.
Then, as in Prayer Book to the end of the Prayer, “We humbly beseech thee, &c.," after which, the
Prayer of St. Chrysostom, and the Valediction shall immediately follow as a conclusion of the Litany.
The Order for short Morning and Altar Service, with or without
Communion, for Sundays and other Holy Days commanded by the
Ordinary. I To be used in all Cathedrals, und Sermon, to be followed by the Sa
in the Churches of such large crament of the Lord's Supper, or parishes as the Ordinary shall di- not, as the case may be, always, rect, at eight, nine, and ten of the in either alternative, saying the clock.
Catholic Prayer, and one of the I The Priest kneeling at the north five Collects and Blessing, pre
side of the altur, shall, after the ceded by the Gloria in excelsis, Lord's Prayer, and the Collect for being repeated by both Priest and Grace, as in preceding Morning people, unless there can convenientServices, and the Collect, “ Al- ly be sung an appropriate authomighty God, unto whom &c.," rized metrical psalm or hymn. stand up and say to the people, And the Clergy, in their domici
Dearly beloved brethren, let us liary visits, shall encourage those now make our humble confession to
who can only come in their ordiAlmighty God, meekly kneeling upon nary, or working upparel, not to our knees.
let that hinder them, provided they Then shall follow the Confession bring the more important thing, and Absolution, as in Morning contrite hearts, for herein, with Prayer; then the 19th Psalm, said all our superior light, (as we beevery verse by both Priest and
lieve we have generally,) may the ple, or by the Priest alone, the congregations of many chapels in people only joining in the Gloria this country, belonging to the RoPatri; then as in full Communion man branch of the Catholic Church, Service, only without music, to the rise up in judgment against us.
SERVICE FOR ASH - WEDNESDAY.
The Order for Morning Prayer. I The Service to be as on other prin
Minister. cipal Fast Days, except when Now seeing, &c., (as in Prayer herein otherwise appointed.
Book.) Proper Psalms as in Table.
After the First Lesson, shall be Proper Lessons.
sung, or chanted, the Miserere in | For the first, the reader shall say, English.
Brethren, it is thought good, that · The Second Lesson. 1 John, ch. at this time, (in the presence of you i. beginning at ver. 5. all,) should be read &c. (as in Com- Then shall follow the De profundis. mination Service.)
s In the Litany, after the Lord's Cursed &c.
Prayer, the Minister shall omit And the people shall answer and the rest of that service, and say, say, Amen, after each verse.
O Lord, save thy servants ;
Answer. That put &c., (as in Commination Service.)
Minister. Let us pray.
O most mighty God, &c.
both Priest and people.
Turn thou us, &c., (as in Commination.)
Then the Minister alone shall say,
The Lord bless us, &c., (as in ditto.) | All the foregoing, from the Lord's
Prayer in the Litany, shall be used on all other principal Fast
Days. 1 In the Commu:ion Service, the
same as in Prayer Book,ercept that for the Gospel, shall be read the 18th, 19th, and 20th verses of the 2nd ch. of St. Mark.*
THE ORDER FOR EVENING
First Lessons. First Vespers. Jeremiah ch. xxiii. ver. 16–32, (both inclusive.)
Second Vespers. Ditto, ch. xxvi. first sixteen verses.
Second Vespers. Ditto ch. iv.
Here I may
THE COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS. My plan about these would be to ment more gratifying. retain all (with the exception of the remark how happy I am to find that Gospel for Ash-Wednesday,) but to I have been able to try to improve so alter their arrangement, as for our public worship in so many details Epistles and Gospels to more corres- of it with so few new materials. If pond with their respective Collects, I have succeeded, it is a proof of the and to change the places of some few, excellency of the matter of our Lito make them more in character with turgy, (using the word in the popular the seasons in which they are read. sense,) of which some, I believe well I think this not very difficult to ac- meaning men, would throw aside the complish; if I am mistaken, a few greater half. It has been well reof the Epistles and Gospels might marked, that without Sermon ostenbe changed for others, which, how- sibly, the frequenters of our Church ever, I should reluctantly do, as the always hear much of the Scriptures antiquity of their use would naturally expounded, if they attend to the make a little alteration of arrange- | meaning of our prayers; all tenacity within reason is therefore natural. | David, to be, according to the flesh, The Easter Day Hymns, instead of the mother of thy Son our Lord, we the Venite exultemus, I would pro- thank thee, as on this the day of her pose to use, Morning and Evening, Nativity, for such unspeakable mercy; not only on Easter Day, but also on and we humbly beseech thee, O Lord, the two following days, as also on to grant to us, thy servants, the gift Low Sunday. It only remains, for of thy heavenly grace; that we, to this part of the subject, to suggest whom the Blessed Virgin's childthe following Collect, Epistle, and birth was the beginning of redempGospel, as also Lessons, for the 8th tion, may obtain final salvation, of September, the Nativity of the through the merits, and for the sake, Blessed Virgin Mary.*
* I am confident that few, when they reflect, will not agree with me, that innovation is justifiable here, upon every principle of common sense. In our Prayer Books we find for the Gospel a part of the 6th chapter of St. Matthew, which refers most evidently to private or “ secret" fasting not to be seen of men.” What would be thought of a preacher, who, in guing in defence of public worship, should take for his text the 6th verse of the above chapter of St. Matthew ? In like absurd manner might we argue in favour of extemporary prayer in public, and in the first pers.m plural, from the private (though in the temple, which was open at all times,) ejaculations of the Pharisee and the Publican, which, at any rate, were in the first person singular. The instances of scepticism I have witnessed, from the parties being thrown in the way of hearing, either a careless or an uncandid application of scriptural language, are quite frightful to reflect upon. Let us hope, that, for the future, sincere ministers of all sects will remember the importance of fair interpretation, which is their obvious interest as well as duty.
of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the only
name under heaven given The Collect.
among men, whereby we must be O Lord, who didst wonderfully saved." Amen. make prophecy a testimony of thy For the Epistle. Genesis ch. iii. Son, by selecting the Blessed Virgin vers. 14 and 15. Mary, of the race of Abraham, of the The Gospel. Matthew ch. i. first Tribe of Juda, of the noble stem of sixteen verses.
Second.-Luke, ch. i., v. 26 to 56, First.- Isaiah, ch. viii. v. 10 to 15, (both inclusive.) (both inclusive.)
Evening. Second.--Galatians, ch. iv.
First.-Proverbs, ch. xxxi. beginMorning.
ning at v. 10. First.-Genesis, ch. xxiv. v. 50. Second.—John, ch. xix, v. 25 to
27, (both inclusive.)
* I am quite aware of the great prejudice of most Protestants against any thing in honour of the Virgin Mary, arising from what we contend (properly I think) to be most unwarrantable innovations by the See of Rome. But the abuse of a thing is no argument against its right use; and really when we read some of the portions of Scripture I have selected for Lessons, and see by them that the Virgin's title of " Blessed throughout all generations” is conferred in language rather more marked of the two, than a similar appellation applied by our Lord to St. Peter, (Matthew xvi. 17,) upon receiving a divine inspiration, whose festival we keep; and, moreover, when we remember that we keep feasts in honour of some, not Apostles, as St. Stephen, Innocents, &c., I do not see how we can consistently omit the observance of this day, the Annunciation and Purification (according to all hitherto published reasons for retaining those two days only) not being sufficient. We acknowledge the Roman Catholic Church to be a branch, however corrupted, of the true tree, and admit her ministers, who recant, without fresh ordination, (though she will not acknowledge us to be a true Church ;) therefore to hesitate about what appears to be right, from fear of seeming to imitate another branch of the Catholic Church, is to my mind very like attempting to “divide Christ.” (1 Cor. i. 13.) And I may add, that two common questions with Roman Catholics, in reference to this day, would puzzle some to satisfactorily answer. “ Do you mean by your non-observance to try to disannul prophecy ?". “ Or do you mean to acknowledge yourselves heretics ?"
THE MINISTRATION OF PUBLIC BAPTISM OF INFANTS, TO
BE USED IN THE CHURCH. All that I have to observe upon short, but conclusive (as I believe it this office, is to suggest the sub- might be) form, the Baptists being stance of the 30th Canon being in- | very zealous in trying to make conserted at the conclusion; and also a verts. vindication of Infant Baptism, in a
A CATECHISM, i. e. &c. &c. That question,
“ You said,” &c. did not our Saviour add another reto end thus: “Repeat the Chris- markable expression? tian summary of them.”
Answer.— Yes. He said, there is Answer.
none other commandment greater 1. Thou shalt love the Lord, &c. than these. 2. And the second is like &c.
Question.- What dost thou chiefly On these two commandments learn by these commandments ?
&c.-St. Matthew, ch. xxii., Answer.- learn &c. &c. (and v. 37, &c.
as in Prayer Book to the end.) Question.- According to St. Mark,
CONFIRMATION. There are only the necessary verbal alterations in the opening wanted here.
MATRIMONY. As a question of mere taste, Mr. tion, viz." that they may live together Price may be right in his first sugges.
: so long in godly love and honesty, that tion ; but as a matter of theological they may see their children christianly propriety, I doubt it. I cordially, and virtuously brought up." however, agree to his other emenda
THE ORDER FOR THE VISITATION OF THE SICK. I Alter“ Remember not,” &c. (as and the Lord shall raise him up; and in altered Litany.)
if he have committed sins, they shall I Then the Minister shall say, be forgiven him.” Therefore let us Dearly beloved, the apostle, St.
now pray: James, doth instruct us, in the time Lord "have mercy &c., (as in of sickness, after this sort: “ Is any Prayer Book down to the Absolution, sick among you ? let him call for the before which the following Prayer to elders of the church; and let them be inserted.) pray over him, anointing him with Almighty and ever living God, who oil in the name of the Lord. And hast commanded us, by thy holy the prayer of faith shall save the sick, | apostle, to anoint the sick in thy