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- courasion FOR THE Festivals AND FASTS




Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church in the State of New-York.

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Southern District of .\ew-York, ss. *

Be IT REMEMBERED, That on the first day of May, in the forty-first year of (L.S.) the Independence of the United States of - America, John Henry Hobart, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereos he claims as Proprietor, in the words following, to wit: “..A Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Principally selected and altered from JWelson’s Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England. With Forms of Devotion.” In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned;” and also to an Act, entitled “An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors' and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.” THERON RUDD, Clerk of the Southern District of JWew-York.

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I” drawing up the following volume, the Editor took for his guide the excellent work of Nelson on the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England. Considerable change, however, has been made in the ar

rangement, the matter, and style of the original work.

The evidences of the Christian Religion, and the constitution of the Christian Church are discussed in preliminary instructions; and on the latter subject much useful matter has been selected from Stevens’s Treatise on the Church, from Potter on Church Government from which the preceding tract is compiled, and from the excellent work of Daubeny on the same subject. In the Chapter on Sunday will be found an explanation and illustration of the Liturgy of the Church, connected with directions for the use of it; and on every Festival and Fast an explanation is given of the particular service for the day. These parts of the work are principally compiled from the various and excellent commentaries on the book of Common Prayer, and from a small tract, entitled, Directions for a devout and decent Behaviour in the Public Worship of God. The Devotions are chiefly selected and altered from a book distinguished for its primitive and servent piety, entitled, Devotions in the Ancient Way of Offices,

published by Dean Hickes. The above are some of

the principal particulars in which the present work differs from that of Nelson; and the humble hope is cherished, that they will be found useful improvements. The method of question and answer has been preserved; as it is calculated to awaken inquiry, to give variety and force to illustration and reasoning, and particularly to fix the attention of the young, for whose instruction books of this kind are peculiarly useful and

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