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Preliminary Report of Liturgical Committee, 1889


Report of Liturgical Committee, 1889


Proposed Alterations and Additions in
the Book of Common Prayer

Proposed Book of Offices






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Thanks are due to Richard Mammana, who obtained and transcribed the text.



    Resolved, That a Commission of Five Bishops, five Presbyters, and five Laymen be appointed, to report at the next triennial meeting of the General Convention suitable forms 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 the Book of Common Prayer, the same, if approved, to be set forth by the General Convention as a Book of Offices allowed for use under authorization by the Ordinary and not as a part of the Book of Common Prayer.
    Resolved, That the resolutions reported by the Joint Committee on Liturgical Revision contained in “Schedule B continued,” be referred to the Joint Committee on Liturgical Revision above proposed.
    Resolved, That so much of Schedule B as has not been acted upon by both Houses, be referred to the Joint Committee on Liturgical Revision.

    The Committee was appointed as follows:
    The Bishops of Albany, New Hampshire, and Pittsburgh, and the Assistant Bishops of Mississippi and New York;
    The Rev. Drs. Davies, Gold, Hart, Egar, and Swope;
    Messrs. Sheffey, McWhorter, Woolworth, Gilbert, and Jackson.



This book is composed of two sections: first, several proposed changes for the upcoming revision of the Book of Common Prayer, and, second, a proposed Book of Offices, described in the Resolution on the left. Both of these were to be acted upon at the next General Convention, in 1892. It should be noted that most of the changes resulting in the 1892 BCP had already been approved at the Conventions of 1886 & 1889 and so are not given here. We do have a description of all changes made and when they were approved.

The Book of Offices was apparently not approved, as one did not appear until 1914, and then in somewhat different form.

Of the proposals for the revision of the BCP, those which were not approved are set off in the text in red brackets. As one can see, the majority of the changes porposed here never made it into the 1892 Book of Common Prayer.


    The “Joint Committee” of fifteen “on Liturgical Revision” was appointed by the General Convention of 1886, first, to report a Book of Offices (for which purpose the matter contained in what was known as “Schedule B continued” was referred to them); and, secondly, to consider “so much of Schedule B as had not been acted upon by both Houses.”
    The Committee have devoted much time to the duties entrusted to them, and their meetings have been largely attended. But it has seemed best to postpone the final Report until the decisions which have been reached can be revised and recast by the whole Committee. In the meantime, it is thought advisable to publish to the Church, in an informal way, the outline of the Report which, with such modifications as shall hereafter be agreed to, will be presented to the General Convention in October next. The Committee have ordered this prefatory note to be prefixed to the preliminary report.­­­­
    It is not necessary to explain the action of the Committee under the plain directions of the resolutions given above; but it seems wise to call attention to what they have felt to be the lines on which their work should be laid out.
    In preparing a Book of Offices, they have endeavored to provide forms and prayers, not only for special days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, but also for other times and occasions for which there is no provision made in the Book of Common Prayer; and, in attempting to supply the needs most generally felt, they have utilized as far as possible the material contained in “Schedule B continued.” No offices have been provided for special Episcopal functions, because it has seemed wiser that any suggestion of uniformity in offices of that kind should come from the concerted action of the Bishops themselves.
    As to the changes in the Book of Common Prayer, the reference to this Commission of “so much of Schedule B as was not finally acted upon by both Houses,” shows that the Convention contemplated the possibility of postponing final action in certain matters connected with the revision of the Prayer-book until the Convention of 1892. For if the Convention of 1889 should accept any of the proposals which were adopted in 1886 by the House of Bishops, but on which the House of Deputies took no action, it would accept them as new matter in a legislative action, and final action could not be taken till 1892. Among the propositions thus referred to the Committee, and which they now recommend for adoption, may be mentioned the introduction of a Lesson into the Confirmation-office, the provision for shortening the service in certain cases in the Communion of the Sick, and certain verbal changes in the Order for the Consecration of a Church.
    Taking these facts into consideration, the Committee have felt at liberty to put into shape and propose certain additional changes, including some which failed to be acted upon three years ago from lack of time to consider them, and others which seem necessary to complete and make clear the changes finally adopted in 1886; and they have added others which they believe have commended themselves to many who wish to make the action of the Convention this year so far complete as virtually to close the revision of the Book of Common Prayer in 1892, in order that a Standard Book may be published then, to remain intact for (perhaps) the second century of our existence as a national Church.
    The work of the Committee thus commended to the consideration of American Churchmen includes, therefore, three distinct things, which ought to be examined, each without prejudice to the other:
    First, Certain “additions and alterations in the Book of Common Prayer,” partly presented three years ago, but either postponed or not fully considered then for lack of time, and partly proposed for the first time now.
    Secondly, The alteration, in form, of some changes adopted at the last Convention, but not yet actually incorporated into their place in the Standard Book.
    Thirdly, A Book of Offices, which is intended to provide for such occasional services and prayers as are not or cannot be included in the Book of Common Prayer, at least till their value has been tested by long experience; which must have the authorization of each Bishop for use, in whole or in part, in his Diocese, and which can easily be altered from time to time.
    As to the Book of Offices, the Committee have sought material from the best sources within their reach, and, as has been said, have endeavored to provide such services and prayers as seem to be generally demanded by the Church. In the more careful and critical matter of the Book of Common Prayer, the Committee have had constantly in mind the importance of perpetuating and strengthening the bond of a common use in England, Scotland, and Ireland, in the British colonies, and in the United States. They have not lost sight of the peculiar link which binds us to the Church in Scotland. And they have been guided, in some most important points, by action perfected in the Convocations of the Church of England in their two Houses, and awaiting the assent of the Parliament and the Crown to become the law of the realm. At the same time, they have constantly endeavored, without departing from primitive liturgical use, to adapt the invariable principles of Divine Service to the needs of the age and the country in which we live.

For the Committee,
William Croswell Doane,







    In the final report to the General Convention, each proposed alteration or addition will be introduced as a Resolution, in the following form:
    Resolved, the House of Bishops [or Deputies] concurring, That the following change be made in the Book of Common Prayer, and that the proposed alteration [or addition] be made known to the several Dioceses, in order that the same may be adopted in the next General Convention, in accordance with Article 8 of the Constitution, as follows:





    1. That the word “Proper” be inserted before the word “Lessons” in the heading of the Tables of Lessons for Sundays, for Holy-days, and for the forty days of Lent; and that “A Table of Proper Lessons” be inserted in the Table of Contents.




[    1. That in the Morning and Evening Prayer, after the response “And our mouth shall show forth thy praise,” there be inserted:

Minister: O God, make speed to save us.
Answer: O Lord, make haste to help us.]

    And that, between the response “And grant us thy salvation” and the versicle “O God, make clean our hearts within us,” there be inserted:

    Minister: O Lord, save the State.
    Answer: And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
    Minister: Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
    Answer: And make thy chosen people joyful.
    Minister: O Lord, save thy people.
    Answer: And bless thine inheritance.
    Minister: Give peace in our time, O Lord.
    Answer: [Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.] The approved response is: For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.

[    2. That in the rubric before the Venite, after the words “the following Anthem,” there be inserted “or else the ninety-fifth Psalm.”]
[    3. That the rubric:
    ¶ After which shall be said or sung the following Hymn,
be removed to a place immediately before the Te Deum.]
[    4. That the twelfth, sixteenth, and twenty-eighth verses of the Te Deum be changed to read as follows:
    Thine honourable, true, and only Son;
    When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
    O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.]
[    5. That there be added to the rubric before the Benedicite this note:
    But Note, That it shall suffice to use the first two and the last six verses.]
[    6. That the rubric before the Benedictus be changed to read as follows:
    ¶ And after that shall be said or sung the Hymn following; but Note, That, save from the first Sunday in Advent to Septuagesima, it shall suffice to use the first four verses.
    And that the Benedictus be printed without any space between the fourth and the fifth verses, and be followed by the rubric “¶ Or this Psalm” and the Jubilate.]
[    7. That, in the Prayer for All Conditions of Men, for the words “thy holy Church universal” there be substituted “the good estate of the Catholic Church.”]
    8. That the Prayer for All Conditions of Men and the General Thanksgiving, wherever they occur, be printed with the bracketed clause and marginal note, as now provided in Morning Prayer.
[    9. That, in the third deprecation in the Litany, for the words “From all inordinate and sinful affections” there be substituted “From fornication, and all other deadly sin.”]
    10. That the words “Here endeth the Litany” be omitted.



Red brackets indicated proposed changes which were not adopted.


    A. That the following be added to the Prayers:
    1. After the Prayer for those who are to be admitted to Holy Orders. [See Notification, 1883, pages 58, 59.]

For Fruitful Seasons.

To be used on Rogation-Sunday and the Rogation-Days.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast blessed the earth that it should be fruitful and bring forth everything that is necessary for the life of man, and hast commanded us to work with quietness, and eat our own bread; Bless the labours of the husbandman, and grant such seasonable weather that we may gather in the fruits of the earth, and ever rejoice in thy goodness, to the praise of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.

O GRACIOUS Father, who openest thine hand and fittest all things living with plenteousness; We beseech thee of thine infinite goodness to hear us, who now make our prayers and supplications unto thee. Remember not our sins, but thy promises of mercy. Vouchsafe to bless the lands and multiply the harvests of the world. Let thy breath go forth that it may renew the face of the earth. Show thy loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and so fill us with good things that the poor and needy may give thanks unto thy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

[    2. After the Prayer for a Person or Persons going to Sea. [See Notification, 1883, page 56.]

For a Person, or Persons, on a Journey.

O GOD, who art everywhere present, we commend to thy almighty protection thy servant for whose preservation on his journey our prayers are desired. Guard him, we beseech thee, from sickness, and from all the dangers of the way; deliver him in his temptations; and conduct him in safety to his journey’s end; with a grateful sense of thy mercies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.]

    3. After the Prayer to be used at the Meetings of Convention. [See Notification, 1883, page 77.]

For the Unity of God’s People.

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord: that as there is but one Body and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    4. After the preceding. [See Notification, 1883, page 57.]

For Missions.

O GOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to them that are far off and to them that are nigh; Grant that all men everywhere may seek after thee and find thee. Bring the nations into thy fold, and add the heathen to thine inheritance. And we pray thee shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect, and to hasten thy kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[    5. After the preceding. [See Notification, 1883, page 61.]

An Intercession for those who labour in the Gospel.

O LORD, without whom our labour is but lost, and with whom thy little ones go forth as the mighty; We humbly beseech thee to prosper all works in thy Church undertaken according to thy holy will, [especially ———,] and grant to thy labourers a pure intention, patient faith, sufficient success upon earth, and the blessedness of serving thee in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.]

    B. That the following be added to the Thanksgivings:

    6. [See Notification, 1883, page 65.]

For a Child’s Recovery from Sickness.

ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks for that thou bast been graciously pleased to deliver from his bodily sickness the child in whose behalf we bless and praise thy Name, in the presence of all thy people. Grant, we beseech thee, O gracious Father, that he, through thy help; may both faithfully live in this world according to thy will, and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[    7. [See Notification, 1883, p. 66.]

For a Safe Return from Voyage or Travel.

MOST gracious Lord, whose mercy is over all thy works; We praise thy holy Name that thou hast been pleased to conduct in safety, through the perils of the great deep [or his way], this thy servant, who now desireth to return his thanks unto thee in thy holy Church. May he be duly sensible of thy merciful providence towards him, and ever express his thankfulness by a holy trust in thee, and obedience to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    And that the Thanksgiving for a Safe Return from Sea be omitted.]




    That there be inserted in the Book of Common Prayer, after the Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several occasions, A PENITENTIAL OFFICE FOR ASH-WEDNESDAY, as in the Notification to the Dioceses (1883), pp. 67-70, and in the Book Annexed as Modified (1885), pp. 57-60, except that, at the end, instead of the Benediction, the following be substituted:

Then the Minister shall say,

O GOD, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive; Receive our humble petitions; and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us; for the honour of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

THE Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, both now and evermore. Amen.

    And that there be omitted from the Book of Common Prayer the second rubric after the Collect for Ash-Wednesday, and the Prayers which follow it.




    1. That, after the rubric following the general title, there be inserted:
    ¶ The Collect appointed for any Sunday or Holy-day may be said at the Evening Service next before.

[    2. That, after the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, there be added:
    ¶ This last Collect, Epistle, and Gospel shall always be used upon the Sunday next before Septuagesima.]

    3. That the Gloria Patri be printed at the end of the Easter Anthems.

    4. [Schedule B, Res. 39; Journal, p. 397.] That, in place of the rubric after the Gospel for the Sunday next before Advent, there be substituted:
    ¶ If there be more than twenty-five Sundays after Trinity, the services of some of those Sundays that were omitted after the Epiphany shall be taken in to supply so many as are here wanting. And if there be fewer than twenty-five Sundays, the overplus shall be omitted.

[    5. That the Collect for Saint John the Evangelist’s Day be amended to read as follows:

MERCIFUL Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church, that it, being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.]

    6. That, after the Gospel for Christmas-day, there be inserted:

    ¶ If in any Church the Holy Communion be twice celebrated on Christmas-day, the following Collect, Epistle, and Gospel may be used at the earlier Service.

The Collect.

O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of thine only Son Jesus Christ; Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. Titus ii. 11.

THE grace of God that bringeth salvation. . . . Let no man despise thee.

The Gospel. St. Luke ii. 1.

AND it came to pass in those days . . . . good will toward men.

    7. That, after the Gospel for Easter-day, there be inserted:

    ¶ If in any Church the Holy Communion be twice celebrated on Easter-day, the following Collect, Epistle, and Gospel may be used at the earlier Service.

The Collect.

O GOD, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy; Grant us so to die daily from sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. v. 6-8.

KNOW ye not that a little leaven . . . . the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Gospel. St. Mark. xvi. 1.

WHEN the sabbath was past . . . . for they were afraid.




    1. That, in place of the rubric immediately before the Decalogue, finally adopted in 1886, the following be inserted.

    ¶ The Decalogue and Suffrages may be omitted, provided they be said once on each Sunday. But Note, that whenever they are omitted, [the Minister and People shall say, Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us; after which] the Minister shall say the Summary of the Law beginning, Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith.

[    2. That, after the words “Glory be to thee, O Lord,” there be added:

¶ And after the Gospel,

Thanks be to thee, O Lord.]

[    3. That, in place of the rubric before the Offertory Sentences, these two rubrics be inserted:

    ¶ Then shall follow the Sermon. After which, the Minister, when there is a Communion, shall return to the Lord’s Table and say.

    Let us make our offerings to the Lord with reverence and godly fear.

Then shall begin the Offertory, saying one or more of the Sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient. And Note, that these Sentences following, as he thinketh most convenient. And Note, that these Sentences may be used on any other occasion of Public Worship when the alms of the People are to be received.]

[    4. That the word “militant” be omitted from the words preceding the prayer which follows the Offertory, so that they shall read:
    Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church.]

[    5. [See Schedule B, Res. 18; Journal, pp. 674, 388.]
That, in the Prayer for the Church, in place of what follows the words “any other adversity,” there be inserted:
    And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants, who, having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labours. And we yield unto thee most high praise and hearty thanks for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all thy saints, who have been the choice vessels of thy grace and the lights of the world in their several generations; most humbly beseeching thee to give us grace to follow the example of their stedfastness in thy faith, and obedience to thy holy commandments, that at the day of the general resurrection, we, and all they who are of the mystical body of thy Son, may be set on his right hand, and hear that his most joyful voice: Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.]

[    6. That the following rubric be placed immediately after the Prayer for the Church:
    ¶ Here the Priest shall pause for a space, in order that such as are so minded may withdraw.]
[    7. That it be provided that the Proper Preface for Ascension-day be used for nine days after.]
[    8. That the Prayer of Humble Access with its rubric be removed to a place immediately before, the Administration and after the rubric, ¶ Here may be sung a Hymn.]
[    9. That, in the Prayer of Consecration, instead of the words “we and all others who shall be partakers,” there be substituted “whosoever shall be partakers.”]
[    10. That the first word of the third Collect at the end of the Office be changed from “Direct” to “Prevent.”]
[    11. That, at the end of the Communion-office, the following rubric be inserted after the first rubric:
    ¶ There shall be no celebration of the Lord’s Supper, except there be some to communicate with the Priest.]




[    1. [Schedule B, Resolution 34; Journal, p. 395.]
That, instead of the question in the several Offices for the Ministration of Baptism, “Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles’ Creed?” with its answer, there be substituted the following:
    Minister. Dost thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth?
    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried: that he descended into hell, and the third day rose again from the dead: that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: and that from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead?
    And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost: the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints: the Forgiveness of sins: the Resurrection of the body: and the Life everlasting?
    Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.]

    2. That the Thanksgiving after the Lord’s Prayer in the Office of Adult Baptism, be the same as in the Office of Public Baptism of Infants, the word “Infant” being changed to “Persons,” and the other italicized words being changed to the plural number.

    3. That, in the second rubric at the end of the Office of Adult Baptism, for the word “performed,” there be substituted the word “administered”; and that there be added to the rubric these words:
    And in case of great necessity, the Minister may begin with the questions addressed to the candidate and end with the thanksgiving following the baptism.

    4. That the following be placed as an additional rubric at the end of the Office of Adult Baptism:
    If any person be in doubt concerning his baptism, he may be baptized in the manner herein appointed; saving that, at the immersion or the pouring of water, the Minister shall use this form of words:

IF thou art not already baptized, N. I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.




[    That, after the first answer in the Catechism, “N. or M.” there be added:
    [Here let the child distinctly pronounce his Christian name.]]




    1. [See Schedule B, Res. 19; Journal, pp. 674, 384.]
That, after the Preface and the Presentation of the Candidates, there be inserted:
    ¶ Then the Bishop, or some Minister appointed by him, may say,
    Hear the words of the Evangelist Saint Luke, in the eighth Chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.

WHEN the Apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (for as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

[    2. [See Schedule B, Res. 20; Journal, pp. 675, 385.]
That, before the present question and answer, there be inserted:
    ¶ Then shall the Bishop demand of those who are to be confirmed, these questions following.

The Bishop.
DO ye here, in the presence of God and of this congregation, renew the promise and vow of your baptism, and acknowledge yourselves bound to renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the sinful desires of the flesh, so that ye will not follow nor be led by them?
And every one shall audibly answer,
I do.
    The Bishop. And to believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith as contained in the Apostles’ Creed?
Answer. I do.
    The Bishop. And to keep God’s holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of your life?
Answer. I do.

Or this.]

[    3. That, in place of the present question and answer with their rubrics, there be inserted:

The Bishop.
DO ye here, in the presence of God and of this congregation, renew the promise and vow of your baptism, solemnly ratifying the same, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe and to do all those things which ye then undertook, or your Sponsors then undertook for you?
And every one shall audibly answer,
I do.

Then shall the Bishop confirm them on this wise.]

[    4. That, after the form at the laying-on of hands, there be inserted:
    ¶ Or else, all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall make a Cross on the forehead and lay his hands upon the head of every one severally, saying,

I SIGN thee with the sign of the Cross, and I lay mine hands upon thee, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Confirm, O Lord, this thy Child [or, this thy Servant] with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.]




    1. [See Schedule B, Res. 21; Journal, pp. 675, 385.]
   That, between the word “which” and the words “is commanded” in the Exhortation, there be inserted:
—is an honourable estate, instituted of God in the time of man’s innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church: which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and —

[    2. That, in the rubric before the Blessing, for the word “Minister” there be substituted the word “Priest.”]



[    1. That the following prayer be inserted after the Prayer for a sick Child:

A Prayer for Patience under Suffering.

ALMIGHTY God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified; Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.]

    2. That the Commendatory Prayer be changed by the omission of the words: “And teach us who survive, in this, and other like daily spectacles of mortality . . . bring us to life everlasting.”

[    3. [See Schedule B, Res. 22; Journal, pp. 675, 386.]
That the following be inserted as an additional Commendatory Prayer, the heading being changed to “Commendatory Prayers for a sick Person at the point of departure.

INTO thy hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend the soul of thy servant, now departing from the body. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and at the last iinto the glorious estate of thy chosen saints in heaven. O most merciful Jesus, none can perish whom thou takest into thy charge; Receive, we beseech thee, thy servant’s soul in peace. Amen.]




[    1. [See Schedule B, Res 23; Journal, pp. 675, 386.]
That the last sentence of the first rubric be changed so that it shall read thus:
    But if the sick person be not able to come to the Church, and yet is desirous to receive the Communion in his house; then he must give timely notice to the Minister, signifying also how many there are to communicate with him; and all things necessary being prepared, the Priest shall there celebrate the Holy Communion, beginning with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel following; the Priest first pronouncing,
and that there be inserted after the rubric and before the Collect:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.]

    2. [See Schedule B, Res. 24; Journal, pp. 675, 387.]
That, between the second and the third of the rubrics after the Gospel, there be inserted:
    ¶ In the times of contagious sickness or disease, or when extreme weakness renders it expedient, the following form shall suffice:
    “Ye who do truly,” etc.; The Confession and the Absolution;     “Lift up your hearts,” etc., through the Sanctus; The Prayer of Consecration, ending with these words, “partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood;” The Communion; The Lord’s Prayer; The Benediction.

[    3. That in the first, second, fourth, and fifth of the present rubrics at the end of the Communion of the Sick, for the word “Minister” there be substituted “Priest.”]




    [See Schedule B, Res. 25; Journal, pp. 675, 389, 392.]
[    1. That, after the opening sentences, there be inserted:

And he may add:

JESUS called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. St. Luke xviii. 16.

THEY shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Rev. vii. 16, 17.]

    2. That, in place of the rubric and Anthem after the sentences, there be substituted the following rubric, followed by the 39th and the 90th Psalms in full, with the Gloria Patri at the end of each:
    ¶ After they are come into the Church, shall be said or sung one or both of these Psalms following.

    3. That in place of the rubric “¶ Then the Minister shall say the Lord’s Prayer,” there be substituted:

Then the Minister shall say,

Lord, have mercy upon us.
    Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

    4. That at the end of the office, after “The Grace of our Lord,” etc., there be added:

Additional Prayers.

MOST merciful Father, who hast been pleased to take unto thyself the soul of this thy servant [or, this child]; Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that having served thee with constancy on earth, we may be joined hereafter with thy blessed children in glory everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD Jesus Christ, who by thy death didst take away the sting of death; Grant unto us thy servants so to follow in faith where thou host led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in thee, and awake up after thy likeness, to be satisfied with At; through thy mercy, who livest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O ALMIGHTY God, who art found of those who seek thee in loneliness, and whose portion is sufficient for the sorrowful soul; Pour out thy blessing, we pray thee, upon these thy bereaved and afflicted servants. Keep thou their feet from falling and their eyes from tears. Let not thy grace of patience fail them, nor thy love forsake them; but do thou so encourage, comfort, and sustain their hearts, that in the country of peace and rest they may, when the end cometh, find an everlasting home; for his sake who hath gone thither to prepare a place for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    5. [See Schedule B, Res. 26; Journal, pp. 676, 392.] That, at the end of the Office for the Burial of the Dead, there be added:


    The same office may be used; but in the Sentence of Committal, the Minister shall say, We therefore commit his body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for the general resurrection, etc.
And that the corresponding paragraph be omitted at the end of Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea.




    1. That the Anthem be conformed to the Prayer-Book version of the Psalter; that there be inserted, for the fourth verse of the Anthem, the seventh verse of Psalm cxlvii.; and that the Gloria Patri be printed at the end of the Anthem; as follows:

O PRAISE the LORD, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
    The LORD doth build up Jerusalem, and gather together the outcasts of Israel.
    He healeth those that are broken in heart, and giveth medicine to heal their sickness.
    O sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praises upon the harp unto our God:
    Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men;
    Who giveth fodder unto the cattle, and feedeth the young ravens that call upon him.
    Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Sion.
    For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, and hath blessed thy children within thee.
    He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the flour of wheat.
    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    2. That the special Thanksgiving be changed to read as follows:

MOST gracious God, by whore knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; We yield thee unfeigned thanks and praise for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of the fruits thereof, and for all the other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee, give as a just sense of these great mercies; such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.




    1. [See Schedule B, Res. 27; Journal, pp. 676, 392.] That the “Selections of Psalms for Holy Days,” which immediately precede the Psalter, be omitted.
    2. [See Schedule B, Res. 28; Journal, pp. 676, 393.]
That, in the Psalter, the numbers of the Psalms be printed in common numerals, and that the Parts of Psalm 119 be numbered.
    3. That the Canticles and the Psalms be in every case printed with the musical colon, as in the English book.




    That the Ordinal be amended, as follows:

[    (a) That, in the first rubric of each of the three services, the words “after Morning Prayer is ended” be omitted.]
[    (b) That the second rubric in the Making of Deacons and in the Ordering of Priests begin thus:
    ¶ And after the sermon, a Priest shall present]
[    (c) That, in place of the second rubric after the Notice to the People, in the Ordering of Deacons, the following be inserted:
    ¶ Then the Bishop, commending such as shall be found meet to be ordered to the Prayers of the Congregation, shall, with the Clergy and People present, say the Litany, ending with the Prayer, “We humbly beseech thee, O Father”; save only that after this place, “That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons,” etc., this suffrage shall be said:
    That it may please thee to bless these thy servants now to be admitted to the Order of Deacons, and to pour thy grace upon them; that they may duly execute their Office, to the edifying of thy Church, and the glory of thy holy Name;
    We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.]
[    (d) That the same change be made in the Ordering of Priests, the word “Priests” being substituted for “Deacons” in the suffrage.]
[    (e) That, in the corresponding rubric in the Consecration of Bishops, after the words “the Litany,” there be inserted, “ending with the Prayer, ‘We humbly beseech thee, O Father.’”]
  (f) That, in the Ordering of Deacons, for the words “to baptize infants,” there be substituted “to baptize.”]
    (g) That, in the Ordering of Priests, in the rubric following “Take thou Authority to preach the Word of God,” etc., after the words “When this is done,” there be inserted, “the Nicene Creed shall be said, and —”
    (h) That, in the Consecration of Bishops, the opening words of the rubric following the Gospel be changed to read thus:
    ¶ Then shall follow the Nicene Creed, and after that the Sermon; which being ended, the Elected Bishop
    (i) That, in the Consecration of Bishops, the longer paraphrase of the Veni, Creator Spiritus, be omitted, and that, in place of the rubric “¶ Or this,” there be inserted:
    ¶ Or else the longer paraphrase of the same Hymn, as in The Ordering of Priests.
[    (j) That The Litany and Suffrages and The Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper be omitted from the Ordinal.]




    1. That the Gloria Patri be printed at the end of Psalm xxiv.
    2. [See Schedule B, Res. 29; Journal, pp. 676, 393.].
    That, in the first prayer, the words “the performance of” be omitted.
    3. That, in place of the four rubrics after the Gospel, there be inserted:
    ¶ For the last Collect, immediately before the final Blessing, the Bishop shall say this Prayer.
    4. [See Schedule B, Res. 30; Journal, pp. 676, 393.]
    That, in the last prayer before the Benediction, in place of what follows the words “the saints upon the earth,” there be substituted:
    Grant, we beseech thee, that in this place now set apart to thy service, thy holy Name may be worshipped in truth and purity through all generations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




[    That the word “Direct,” at the beginning of the prayer before the Lord’s Prayer, be changed to “Prevent.”]




[    1. That the following be added to the Form of the Solemnization of Matrimony:

    ¶ If the Holy Communion be celebrated at the time of the Marriage, immediately after the Blessing shall be sung or said this Psalm following.

Psalm cxxviii. Beati omnes.
[The Psalm to be printed in full, with the Gloria Patri.]

    ¶ Then shall be said the service for the Holy Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, who by thy power didst create our first parents, and by thy consecration didst knit them together in holy wedlock; Vouchsafe to send thy blessing upon all those who are joined together in thy holy Name, and so fill them with thy grace, that obeying thy will, and continuing always in safety under thy protection, they may abide in thy love unto their lives’ end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Eph. v. 22.

WIVES, submit yourselves . . . . that she reverence her husband.

The Gospel. St. John ii. 1.

AND the third day there was a marriage . . . . and his disciples believed on him.]

[    2. That the following be added to the Order for the Burial of the Dead:

Psalm cxvi. Dilexi, quoniam.
[The Psalm to be printed in full, with the Gloria Patri.]

    ¶ Then shall be said the service for the Holy Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following.

The Collect.

O MERCIFUL God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth, shall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who also hath taught us, by his holy Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for them that sleep in him; We meekly beseech thee, O Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness; that, when we shall depart this life, we may rest in him, as our hope is this our brother doth; and that, at the general Resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in thy sight; and receive that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, saying, Come, ye blessed children of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv. 13.

I WOULD not have you to be ignorant . . . . comfort one another with these words.

The Gospel. St. John vi. 37.

ALL that the Father giveth me . . . . I will raise him up at the last day.]

[    3. That the following be inserted after the Service for Thanksgiving-day:


The Collect.

O GOD, who didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle. Eph. ii. 19.

NOW therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone; in whom all the building, fitly framed together, growth unto an holy temple in the Lord; in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Gospel. St. John xiv. 23.

JESUS said, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my Name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.

    ¶ The Proper Preface shall be that for Whitsun-day, omitting the words as at this time. ]


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