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Published from the Stereotype Plates of the Auxiliary New York Bible
and Common Prayer Book Society, and to be had at their Depository,
Protestant Episcopal Press Buildings, No. 46 Lumber-Street, in rear
of Trinity Church.

No. 46 Lumber St.

New-York, July 2, 1826

hereby certify, that this Edition of the Book of Common Prayer, and Ad. rati havi d with a standard

(having been compared with a st
ted to be published, as an Edition duly

I Do ministration of the Sacraments, &c., Book, and corrected by the same,) is permit compared and corrected by a suitable Person appointed for that purpose, as the Canou directs. © JOHN HENRY HOBART,

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1 The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer. 2 The Preface. 3 The Order how the Psalter is appointed to be read. 4 The Order how the rest of the Holy Scripture is appointed to be read. 5 Tables of Lessons of Holy Scripture, to be read at Morning and Evening Prayer throughout the torti". G The Calendar. 7 Tables and litules for the Moveable and Immoveable Feasts, together with the Days of Fasting and Abstinence throughout the Year. 8Tables for finding the Holy-Days. 9. The Order for Daily Morning Prayer. 10 The Order for Daily Evening Prayer. 11 Brayers and Thanksgivings upon several Occasions, to be used before the two final Prayers of Morning and Evening Service. 12 The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used throughout the

13 The Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or liolv Communion. 14 The Ministration of Public Baptism of Infants, to be used in the Church. 15 The Ministration of Private Baptism of Children in Houses. 16 The Ministration of Baptism to such as are of Riper Years, and able to answer for themselves. 17. A Catechism ; that is to say, an Instruction to be learned by every Person before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop. 18. The Order of Confirmation, or laying on of Hands upon those

that are baptized, and come to Years of 1)iscretion. 19 The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony. 20 The Order for the Visitation of the Sick. 21 The Communion of the Sick. 22 The Order for the Burial of the Dead. 23 The Thanksgiving of Women after Child-Birth, commonly called, The Churching of Women. 24 Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea. 25 A Form of Prayer for the Visitation of Prisoners. 26 A form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the Fruits of the Earth, and all the other Blessings of his merciful Providence. 27 Forms of Prayer to be used in Families. 28 Selections of Psalms, to be used instead of the Psalms for the Day, at the Liscretion of the Mimister. 20 'The Psalter, or Psalms of David. 30 Articles of Religion, as established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Epis. copal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, on the twelfth Day of September, in the Year of our Lord 1801. 31 The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and ConsecraBishops, Priests, and Deacons. 32 The Litany and Suffrages. 33 The Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion. 34 The Form of Consecration of a Church or Chapel. 35 An Office of Institution of Ministers into l’arishes or Churches.

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By the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, this 16th Day of October, in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

HIS 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. 4

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is a most invaluable part of that blessed liberty where with 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 un these States is indebted, under GOD, for her first foundation and s long continuance of nursing care and protection, hath, in the Presace of her Book of Common Prayer, laid it down as a Rule, that “The Particular Forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites and Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indiffer. ent and alterable, and so acknowiedged, 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 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, declared 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 be tween too much stiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admit. ting 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.”

er 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 judgment, there be not “any thing in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doct;ine, 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 laid down, it cannot but be supposed, that further alteration would in time be found ex

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