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N York, June 1, 1832 I DO HEREBY CERTIFY, that this edition of the Common Prayer Book, Book of Ofices, &c., (having been compared with the standard books, and corrected by the same,) is perunitted to be published as an edition duly compared and corrected by a suitable person appointed for that purpose, as the canon directs.
BENJAMIN T. ONDERDONK, Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in
the State of Nero York.
PIERCY & REED, PRINTERS,
9 Spruce-St., N. Y.
Page 1 The Ratification of the Book 16 The Ministration of Baptism of Common Prayer,
4 to such as are of Riper 2 The Preface,
5 Years, and able to answer 3 The Order how the Psalter
131 is appointed to be read, 7 17 A Catechisin; that is to say, 4 The Order how the rest of
an Instruction to be learn. the Holy Scripture is ap
ed by every person before pointed to he read,
7 he be brought to be con. 5 Tables of Lessons of Holy
firmed by the Bishop, 135 Scripture, to be read at 18 The Order of Confirmation, Morning and Evening
or Laying on of hands upon Prayer throughout the
those that are baptized and year,
8 come to years of discretion, 138 6 The Calendar,
10 19 The form of Solemnization of a Tables and Rules for the
140 Moveable and Immoveable 20 The Order for the Visitation Feasts, together with the
of the Sick,
142 days of Fasting and Arti 21. The Communion of the Sick, 146
nence throughout the year, 1622 The Order for the Burial of 8 Tables for finding the Holy.
the Dead, :
1723 The Thanksgiving of Women 9 The Order for Daily Morn: after Child-birth, common. ing Prayer,
21 ly called, The Churching 10 The Order for Daily Evening
27 24 Forms of Prayer to be used 11 Prayers and Thanksgivings
at Sea, .
151 upon several occasions, to 25 A Form of Prayer for the be used before the two final
Visitation of Prisoners,
156 prayers of Morning and 26 A Form of Prayer and Evening Service,
35 Thanksgiving to Almighty
God, for the fruits of the
earth and all the other
39 blessings of his merciful 13 The Order for the Administra
161 tion of the Lord's Supper, 27 Forms of Prayer to be used
or Holy Communion, . 115 in Fainilies,
used instead of the Psalms
tion of the Minister, 166 Baptism of Children in 29 The Psalter, or Psalms of houses,
RATIFICATION OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER..!
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.
THIS Convention having in their present Ses 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 ono thousand seven hundred and ninety.
It is a most invaluable part of that blessed liberty 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
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 deople, "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 acknow. ledged, it is but reasonable that upon weighty and important considerations, according to the various exigencies of tirnes and occasions, such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to those who are in places of authority should, from time to tiine, 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 inean between too much Btiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in adniitting 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 sume 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) bave still been continued firm and unshaken.'
Her general aim in these differunt Reviews and Alterations hath been, as she further declares in her said Preface, "to do that which, aocording 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 doctrine, or which a godly man may not with a good conscience use and submit unto, or which is not fairly 1"
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