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Accordingly, a commission for a review was issued in the year 1689 : but this great and good work miscarried at that time; and the Civil Authority has not since thought proper to revive it by any new commission.

But when in the course of Divine Providence, these American States became independent with respect to civil government, their ecclesiastical independence was necessarily included; and the different religious denominations of Christians in these States were left at full and equal liberty to model and organize their respective Churches, and forms of worship, and discipline, in such manner as they might judge most convenient for their future prosperity; consistently with the constitution and laws of their country.

The attention of this Church was in the first place drawn to those alterations in the Liturgy which became necessary in the prayers for our Civil Rulers, in consequence of the Revolution. And the principal care herein was to make them conformable to what ought to be the proper end of all such prayers, namely, that “Rulers may have grace, wisdom, and understanding to execute justice, and to maintain truth”; and that the people “may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty.”

But while these alterations were in review before the Convention, they could not but, with gratitude to God, embrace the happy occasion which was offered to them (uninfluenced and unrestrained by any worldly authority whatsoever) to take a further review of the Public Service, and to establish such other alterations and amendments therein as might be deemed expedient.

It seems unnecessary to enumerate all the different alterations and amendments. They will appear, and it is to be hoped, the reasons of them also, upon a comparison of this with the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. In which it will also appear that this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline, or worship; or further than local circumstances require.

And now, this important work being brought to a conclusion, it is hoped the whole will be received and examined by every true member of our Church, and every sincere Christian, with a meek, candid, and charitable frame of mind; without prejudice or prepossessions; seriously considering what Christianity is, and what the truths of the Gospel are; and earn

rnestly beseeching Almighty God to accompany with his blessing every endeavour for promulgating them to mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting and majestic manner, for the sake of JESUS CHRIST, our blessed Lord and Saviour.

THE
HE Order for Morning Prayer, the Litany, and the Order for the Administration

of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion, are distinct Services, and may be used either separately or together; Provided, that no one of these Services be habitually disused.

The Litany may be used either in place of the Prayers that follow the Prayer for The President of the United States in the Order for Morning Prayer, or in place of the Prayers that follow the Collect for Aid against Perils in the Order for Evening Prayer.

On any day when Morning and Evening Prayer shall have been said or are to be said in Church, the Minister may, at any other Service for which no form is provided, use such devotions as he shall at his discretion select from this Book, subject to the direction of the Ordinary.

For Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appointed by the Civil or by the Ecclesiastical Authority, and for other special occasions for which no Service or Prayer hath been provided in this Book, the Bishop may set forth such Form or Forms as he shall think fit, in which case none other shall be used.

THE ORDER HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ. THE NHE Psalter shall be read through once every month, as it is there appointed,

both for Morning and for Evening Prayer. And when a month hath one-and-thirty days, it is ordered that the same Psalms shall be read on the last day of the said month which are appointed for the day before.

The Minister shall, on the days for which they are appointed, use the Proper Psalms, as set forth in the Table of Proper Psalms. But Note, That, on other days, instead of reading from the Psalter as divided for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, he may read one of the Selections set out by this Church.

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ANNUNCIATION.

89

131, 132, 138

91, 103

34, 148

ST. MICHAEL'S.

GOOD FRIDAY.

22, 40, 54

69, 88

ALL SAINTS' DAY.

1, 15, 146

112, 121, 119

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THE ORDER HOW THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE

IS APPOINTED TO BE READ. THE

HE Old Testament is appointed for the First Lessons, and the New Testament

for the Second Lessons, at Morning and Evening Prayer throughout the Year. And to know what Lessons shall be read every day, look for the day of the month in the Calendar following, and there ye shall find the Chapters that shall be read for the Lessons both at Morning and at Evening Prayer; except only the Movable Holy-days, which are not in the Calendar; and the Immovable, where there is a blank left in the column of Lessons; the Proper Lessons for all which days are to be found in the Table of Proper Lessons.

If in any Church, upon a Sunday or Holy-day, both Morning and Evening Prayer be not said, the Minister may read the Lessons appointed either for Morning or for Evening Prayer.

At Evening Prayer on Sunday, the Minister may read the Lesson from the Gospels appointed for that day of the month, in place of the Second Lesson for the Sunday.

Upon any day for which no Proper Lessons are provided, the Lessons appointed in the Calendar for any day in the same week may be read in place of the Lessons for the day.

On Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, especially appointed, and on occasions of Ecclesiastical Conventions and of Charitable Collections, the Minister may appoint such Lessons as he shall think fit in his discretion.

HYMNS AND ANTHEMS. YMNS set forth and allowed by the authority of this Church, and Anthems

in the words of Holy Scripture or of the Book of Common Prayer, may be sung before and after any Office in this Book, and also before and after Sermons.

HYM

TO BE READ AT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

A Table of proper Lessons for Sundays.

SUNDAYS.

MORNING.

EVENING.

Lam...

ii... 26

FIRST LESSON. SECOND LESSON. FIRST LESSON. SECOND LESSON. In Advent. 1 Isaiah....1 to v. 28 Luke ....1 to v. 26 Isaiah.

2 Revelation

1 2

.5 to v. 26
1 v. 26 to 57

24

2 3

25
1 v. 57
28 to v. 23

3 4

30 to v. 22
.3 to v. 23

32

22 After Christmas. 1

35
2 v. 25

40 Hebrews
2
41 to v. 22 Mark ....1 to v. 16

42 to v. 22 | 1 Corinthians .. After Epiphany. 1 41 v. 6 Matthew....2 v. 13

45 Romans

10 2 51 John.. .1 v. 29

52 to v. 13 1 Corinthians

3 3 54 Matthew ....4 v. 12

552 Corinthians 4 .56 to v. 9 Luke ..4 v. 14 to 33

59

5 5

61
7 v. 19

62 Galatians

2 6 65 v. 8 Mark ....6 to v. 30

66

3 Septuagesima. Jeremiah 5 v. 10 Matthew 5 Jeremiah ..22 v. 13 Ephesians. 1 Sexagesima.

35
6
36

2 Quinquagesima.

1 to v. 17
7 Lam. .... 3 to v. 37

3 In Lent. 1 Jeremiah 7 to v. 21 10 Jeremiah 9 to v. 25

4 2 Ezekiel 14 Luke. 10 to v. 25 | Daniel

31..5 v. 15 & 6 to v. 10 3 .18 v. 20 Mark.. 9 to y, 30

5 Romans

14 4 Micah. 6 John.. .5 v. 24

6 Philippians 1 5

Zechariah
...... 13 Luke

21
7 to v. 19

3 6 9 v. 9 Matthew

9 John 11 v. 17 & 12 to

v. 20 Easter-day. Exodus 12 to v. 29*

28 Exodus 15 to v. 22* Acts ........2 v. 22 After Easter. 1 Isaiah 43 to v. 22 Acts

1 Isaiah .. 48 to v. 20 1 Cor. ....15 to v. 23 2 Hosea ... 13 to v. 15

3 Hosea. .... 14 Colossians...... 1 3 Joel..........3 v. 9 .4 to v. 36 Micah 3 v. 9 & 4 to

3

V. 8
Micah.
5
5 Nahum

11 Thessalonians 3
5
Zechariah
8
6 Zechariah
10

4 After Ascension. Joel... 2 v. 21 John

17 || Zephaniah .... 3 Heb 4 v.14 & 5 to v.11 Whitsunday. Deuteronomy 5 Hebrews 12 v. 14 | Isaiah 10 v. 33 & 11 Acts .... 19 to v. 11 Trinity: Genesis 1 & 2 to v. 4 Matthew 3 | Genesis ..2 v. 4 1 John

5 After Trinity. 1

3 Acts
8 v. 2

611 Timothy.

6 2 .8 v. 20 & 9 to v. 20

9 to v. 32

15 to v. 19 2 Timothy. ... 2 3

37
10

42

...... 3 & 4 to v. 9 43 11

45 Titus 2 & 3 to v. 10 5 49

50 Hebrews
6

Exodus
...... 3
15 to v. 31 Ex. 5 v.5 & 6 to v. 9

11 7 ... 9 v. 13 17 ...... 10 v. 21 & 11

12 8

14
20 v. 7

17

13 9 Numbers 16 to v. 41

24 Numbers
22 James.

1 10 23 & 24 to v. 2

26
24

2 11 Deut..... 4 to y. 25 Matthew 18 Deut... 4 v. 25 to 41

3 12 6 ...19 v.27 & 20 to v. 17

7

4 13

.9 v. 9

23
32 to v. 44

5 14

33
25
31 1 Peter

1 15 Joshua 23 Mark

Joshua
24

2 16 Judges 4 13 Judges

5

3 17 1 Samuel 12 Luke 13 1 Samuel 17

4 18 1 Chronicles.. 17 15 2 Samuel 12 to v. 24

5 19 1 Kings ..3 to v. 16 19 to v. 28 2 Chronicles,... 62 Peter

1 20 17 John 3 to v. 23 1 Kings

18

2 21

19
7 || 2 Kings .......
5

3 22 2 Kings

19

.8 to v. 18 2 Chronicles .... 36 1 John 23 Proverbs 1 9|| Proverbs 2

2 24

3
10 to v. 31

8

3 25

9
11 to v. 47

11

4 26

15
15

16 2 John Next before Advent. Malachi 3 &

16 Eccles

.... 11 & 12 Jude

.

..14

...... 10

* Note, That the Old Testament Lessons appointed for Easter-day may be interchanged, the one for the other,

at the discretion of the Minister.

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St. Andrew. Numbers 10 v. 29 John..l v. 29 to 43 Isaiah

55 John..12 v. 20 to 42 St. Thomas. 2 Kings..6 v. 8 to 24 Mark ...... 16 v. 9 2 Kings

7

........ 14 to v. 15 Nativity.

Isaiah ....9 to v. 8 Luke 2 to v, 15 Isaiah.. 7 v. 10 to 17 Tit. 2 v. 11 & 3 to v. 9 St. Stephen.

Genesis ..4 to v. 17 Acts..6 & 7 to v. 17 2 Chr. 24 v. 15 to 26 | Acts .. 7 v. 17 to 55 St. John. Exodus 33 v. 7 John..13 v. 21 to 36 Isaiah.

6 2 John...... Holy Innocents. Jeremiah 31 to v. 18 Matthew 18 to v. 15

49 v. 13 Mark..10 v. 13 to 28 Circumcision. Genesis. .17 to v. 15 Romans .... 2 v. 17 Deut.......10 v. 12 Colossians...... 2 Epiphany.

Isaiah.
60

11 Isaiah 49 to v. 14 Luke.. 3 v. 15 to 28 Conversion of St. Paul. Wisdom ........ 5 Acts .... 22 to v. 22 Jeremiah 1 to v. 11 Acts

26 Purification of the

Virgin Mary. 1 Samuel 3 Gal. 3 v. 15 & 4 to v.8 || Haggai .. 2 to v. 10 1 John....3 to v. 9 St. Matthias.

2 v. 27 John.......
.6 v. 47 Isaiah
22 v. 15

2 v. 15 Annunciation of

the Virgin Mary. Genesis .. 3 to v. 16 Luke.. 1 v. 39 to 57 1 Samuel 2 to v. 11 John ....1 to v. 19 Ash-Wednesday. Isaiah.

58

15
Jonah..........

3 Hebrews 12 to v. 18 Monday before Easter. Genesis 3 v. 20 & 4 John

14 Numbers 20 to v. 14 1 Cor. ..10 to v, 12

to v. 17 Tuesday before Easter. Numbers 21 to v. 10

15 Lev... 16. v. 6 to 25 Hebrews..9 to v. 16 Wednesday before Easter. Zechariah.... 11

13 Genesis 37 v. 3 to 29 1 Peter 1 to v. 22 Thursday before Easter. Exodus 16 v. 4 to 16

6 v. 27

.14 v. 14 Hebrews........ 7 Good Friday. Genesis. .22 to v. 19

18 Isaiah 52 v. 13 & 53 1 Peter

2 Easter-even. Isaiah..38 v. 9 to 21 Luke .23 v. 50 Exodus

13 Hebrews

4 Monday in Easter-week. Exodus ....15 v. 22

24 to v. 13
Job
19 Mark

16 Tuesday in

Easter-week, Isaiah .. 26 to v. 20 John....21 to v. 15 2 Kings 13 v. 14 to 22 John ...... 21 v. 15 St. Mark.

62 Mark ....1 to y. 21
Ezekiel .. 1 to v. 15 Acts 12 v. 24 & 13 to

v. 14 St. Philip and St. James 61 John..6 v. 22 to 59 Zechariah

4

15 to v. 32 Ascension-day. 2 Kings ..2 to v. 23 Luke...... 24 v. 44 | Daniel. .7 v. 9 to 15 Ephesians 4 to v. 17 Monday in

Whitsun-week. Genesis. .11 to v. 101 Cor.......14 v. 20 || Num...ll v. 16 to 31 1 Corinthians 12 Tuesday in Whitsun-week. Ezekiel .... 36 v. 25 Acts .. 2 v. 12 to 22 || 1 Samuel .. 19 v. 18 Galatians

5 St. Barnabas. Malachi..2 to v. 11

4 v. 23 | Isaiah 40 to v. 12 Acts 13 v. 43 & 14 to

V. 19 St. John Baptist. .3 to v. 13 Matthew

3 | Malachi..3 v. 13 & 4 Matthew 14 to v. 13 St. Peter, Ezekiel ...... 34 John

21 Zechariah...... 3 Acts.... tv. 8 to 23 St. James. 2 Kings ..1 to v. 17 Luke ...... 9 v. 46 | Jeremiah 26 to v. 16 Mark..1 v. 14 to 40 Transfiguration.

Exodus....

34 v. 29 2 Corinthians....3 | Malachi......4 v. 2 Matthew 17 to v. 14 St. Bartholomew. Genesis .28 v. 10 John ...... 1 v. 43 Deut. ... ...18 v. 15 1 Pet.lv.22 & 2to v.13 St. Matthew. 1 Kings

19 Luke........5 v. 27 1 Chr. 29 to v. 20 Mark........2 v. 13 St. Michael.

Genesis

32 Acts....
12 to v. 24 | Daniel.

10 v. 4 Rev. .. 14 v. 6 & 15 St. Luke.

Ecclesiasticus 38 to Luke ....1 to v. 24 Isaiah.......... 38 Acts......1 to v. 15 St. Simon and

St. Jude. Isaiah..28 v. 9 to 19 John ......14 v. 15 || Jeremiah 3 v. 12 Jude All Saints. Wisdom..3 to v. 10 Heb...11 v. 32 & 12 Wisdom ..5 to v. 17 Rev..... 19 to v. 17

to v. 7

V. 15

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