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And Administration of the Sacraments
of the Church
ACCORDING TO THE USE OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
T CERTIFY that this edition of the Book of
Common Prayer has been compared with a certified copy of the Standard Book, as the Canon directs, and that it conforms thereto.
Custodian of the
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Tables of Proper Lessons of Holy Scripture.
The Forin of Solemnization of Matrimony.
THE RATIFICATION OF
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 seyen hundred and ninety.
TT is a most invaluable part of that blessed liberty
1 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 tre 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 particular forms of Divine Worship, and the Rites and Ceremonies appointed to be used therein, being things in their own nature indifferent and alterable, and so acknowledged, 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 place 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 between too much stiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admitting variations in things once advisecily established, she hath, in the reign of several Princes, since the first compiling of her Liturgy in the time of