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those inserted in the services; Prayers; Selections from the Psalms, arranged for responsive reading; Selections with Chants; Anthems, and Hymns. Nothing has been omitted which is known to be wanted; and nothing inserted which is not desired by some. Three editions of the book are published. The first, designated, for convenience, the “Boston Edition,” preserves the name JEHOVAH in its original forms, wherever it occurs in passages from The Word; in the second, to be known as the “New York Edition,” the name LorD is used for JEHOVAH, as in the English Bible; the third, called the “Psalter Edition,” is like the New York Edition, but contains a fuller collection of Prayers, including the Litany, also the entire book of Psalms, divided into portions for daily morning and evening readings, and arranged to be read in alternate verses. . The other editions contain twenty-one selections from the Psalms, arranged to be read by alternate lines. The first thirteen of these selections may be used for the Morning Service on the thirteen Sundays of each quarter; leaving the next three for occasional Evening Services. The seventeenth lesson is suitable for Thanksgiving Day, the eighteenth for Christmas, the nineteenth for Good Friday, the twentieth for Easter. The use of the lessons is not limited, however, to this arrangement. Those who prefer to have the reading of the Commandments preceded by a short introductory lesson, will find the following selections useful for that purpose. Thirteen lessons are recommended, to correspond to the number of Sundays in each quarter. These may be abbreviated, if shorter lessons are preferred, by omitting some of the verses. They are all from the Book of Deuteronomy, (1) iv. 1–14, 40; (2) iv. 23–40; (3) v. 22–33; (4) vi. 1–13, 17; (5) vi. 17–25; (6) vii. 1–11; (7) vii. 11—viii. 1; (8) viii.; (9) x. 12—xi. 1; (10) xi. 8–21; (11) xi. 22–32; (12) xxx. 1–10; (13) xxx. 11–20.
The Selections include all that were in general use in the Liturgy, with a few additions. The Chants also are in great part from the Liturgy; but they have been thoroughly revised, and many excellent chants, new and old, have been added, by Prof. GEORGE J. WEBB, to whom the Church has been indebted almost from the beginning for guidance in the appropriate singing of sacred words.
The Selections and Chants are followed by a number of Chant Anthems by Mr. Webb, which offer a new and promising musical form for the words of Scripture songs; also by a small collection of good Anthems, selected with special reference to congregational use.
A carefully chosen collection of Hymns, the most suitable for the New Church that could be found, is printed with appropriate music, which also has been revised and approved by Mr. Webb.
JOHN WORCESTER, J. C. AGER, FRANK SEWALL, JAMES REED, C. H. MANN, WILLARD G. DAY, S. F. DIKE, CHAUNCEY GILES, EDWIN GOULD.
INTRODUCTory SENTENCEs AND PRAYERs:
() JEHOVAH, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honor dwelleth.
How lovely are thy tabernacles, O JEHOVAH of Hosts.
BLEssFD are they that dwell in thy house, they are continually praising Thee.
I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy : in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
LET the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O JEHOVAH, my Strength and my Redeemer.
Lo thy mercies come also unto me, O JEHowAH, even thy salvation according to thy Word.
O SEND out thy light and thy truth : let them lead me; let them bring me into thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
PEACE be within thy walls; prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.