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The Book of Common Prayer
OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
ADAPTED FOR GENERAL USE IN OTHER
“ As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch have erred; so also the Church of Rome hath erred not only in their living and manner of ceremonies, but also in matters of faith."
Article xix. “ At all times traditions and ceremonies may be changed according to the diversities of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be ordained against God's word.”
PERFECT form of devotional service can never be made by man; nor could any one be framed, which would satisfy the tastes of all, or not offend the
scruples of some. But every human being, feeling the neceffity of the aid of such a service, muft earnestly desire to have one, which shall help him to unburden the sorrows of his soul, and to cherish his holy joys; which shall. encourage his trust in infinite goodness, assist his penitence in the consciousness of guilt and unworthiness, and fill him with love and gratitude to God and his Christ, for all the blessings of nature, of providence and of grace.
In the elements and structure of the liturgical service of the Church of England, there is a happy adaptation to carry forward all these high and spiritual objects. The esteem and reverence in which it has been almost universally held, not merely by persons, whose professional duty it is to be familiar with it, but by all the thoughtful and serious amongst the laity, young and old, rich and poor, learned and ignorant, is a decisive proof of its intrinsic excellence. Making every allowance for the effect of early impressions and associations, it would not have had this
hold on the affections, if its internal merit had not y endeared it to those who habitually used it.