|The Book of Common Prayer|
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GENERAL CONVENTION, 1889.
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.
The Committee was appointed as follows:
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.
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.”
For the Committee,
In the final report to the General Convention, each proposed alteration or addition will be introduced as a Resolution, in the following form:
I. IN THE TABLES OF LESSONS.
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.
II. IN THE ORDER FOR DAILY MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER AND THE LITANY.
[ 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.
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.
[ 2. That in the rubric before the Venite, after the words “the following Anthem,” there be inserted “or else the ninety-fifth Psalm.”]
Red brackets indicated proposed changes which were not adopted.
III. IN THE PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS UPON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.
A. That the following be added to the Prayers:
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.]
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.]
IV. A PENITENTIAL OFFICE.
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.
V. IN THE COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS.
1. That, after the rubric following the general title, there be inserted:
[ 2. That, after the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, there be added:
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:
[ 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.
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.
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.
VI. IN THE ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER.
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:
[ 5. [See Schedule B, Res. 18; Journal, pp. 674, 388.]
[ 6. That the following rubric be placed immediately after the Prayer for the Church:
VII. IN THE BAPTISMAL OFFICES.
[ 1. [Schedule B, Resolution 34; Journal, p. 395.]
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:
4. That the following be placed as an additional rubric at the end of the Office of Adult Baptism:
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.
VIII. IN THE CATECHISM.
[ That, after the first answer in the Catechism, “N. or M.” there be added:
IX. IN THE ORDER OF CONFIRMATION.
1. [See Schedule B, Res. 19; Journal, pp. 674, 384.]
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.]
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,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,
¶ Then shall the Bishop confirm them on this wise.]
[ 4. That, after the form at the laying-on of hands, there be inserted:
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.]
X. IN THE SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.
1. [See Schedule B, Res. 21; Journal, pp. 675, 385.]
[ 2. That, in the rubric before the Blessing, for the word “Minister” there be substituted the word “Priest.”]
XI. IN THE VISITATION OF THE SICK.
[ 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.]
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.]
XII. IN THE COMMUNION OF THE SICK.
[ 1. [See Schedule B, Res 23; Journal, pp. 675, 386.]
Lord, have mercy upon us.
2. [See Schedule B, Res. 24; Journal, pp. 675, 387.]
[ 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.”]
XIII. IN THE ORDER FOR THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
[See Schedule B, Res. 25; Journal, pp. 675, 389, 392.]
¶ 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:
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.
4. That at the end of the office, after “The Grace of our Lord,” etc., there be added:
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:
AT THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD AT SEA.
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.
XIV. IN THE FORM OF PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING.
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.
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.
XV. IN THE PSALTER, ETC.
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.
XVI. IN THE ORDINAL.
That the Ordinal be amended, as follows:
XVII. IN THE CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH.
1. That the Gloria Patri be printed at the end of Psalm xxiv.
XVIII. IN THE INSTITUTION OF MINISTERS.
[ That the word “Direct,” at the beginning of the prayer before the Lord’s Prayer, be changed to “Prevent.”]
XIX. ADDITIONAL COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS.
[ 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.
¶ Then shall be said the service for the Holy Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following.
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.
¶ Then shall be said the service for the Holy Communion, with the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel here following.
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:
AT ECCLESIASTICAL CONVENTIONS.
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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