FIND THE PLACES IN THE CHURCH SERVICE.
Begin with MORNING PRAYER, page 1.
After the Venite, page 6.
2. Turn to the Psalter for the PSALMS FOR THE MORNING OF THE DAY OF THE
MONTH, pages 329 to 508.
3. After the 1st Lesson, turn to the TE DEUM, page 7, or to the BENEDICITE
4. After the 2d Lesson, turn to the BENEDICTUS, page 10, or JUBILATE DEO,
page 11 and follow to end of MORNING PRAYER; if LITANY is said turn to
5. For the COMMUNION OFFICE, page 221.
6. After the Commandments, turn to the COLLECT, EPISTLE, AND GOSPEL FOR
THE DAY, pages 53-220.
Begin with EVENING PRAYER, pages 16 to 21.
2. Turn to the Psalter, and read the PSALMS FOR THE EVENING OF THE DAY
OF THE MONTH, pages 329 to 508.
3. After the 1st Lesson, CANTICLES On pages 22 or 23,
4. After the 2d Lesson, the remainder of the EVENING PRAYER, pages 23-29
Baptism of Infants
Baptism of Adults
Office of Confirmation
Office of Holy Matrimony
of the Dead
303, 305, 312, 509 to the end.
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 entire;
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 people,
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 acknowledged, it is but reasonable that upon weighty and important
considerations, according to the various exigencies of times and occasions,
such changes and alterations should be made therein, as to those who are
in place of authority should, from time to time, seem either necessary
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 menu between
too much stiffness in refusing, and too much easiness in admitting 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 some 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) have still been continued firm and unshaken.
Her general aim in these different reviews and alterations
hath been, as she further declares in her said Preface, to do that
which, according 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 anything in it contrary to the Word of God, or to sound doctrine,
or which godly man may not with a good conscience use and submit unto,
or which is not fairly defensible, If allowed such just and favorable
construction as in common equity ought to be allowed to all human writings
yet upon the principles already laid down, it cannot but be supposed that
further alterations would in time be found expedient. 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 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
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 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
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 earnestly
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
THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH.
Order for Morning Prayer, the Litany, and the Order for the Administration
of the Lords 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
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 lit, in which case
none other shall be used.
HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.
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.
TABLE OF PROPER PSALMS ON CERTAIN DAYS.
Sunday of Advent.
4, 16, 17
OF SELECTIONS OF PSALMS.
1, 15, 91
31 to v.7, 91, 134
ORDER HOW THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.
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 EveningPrayer; except only the Movable Holy-days, which are not in
the Calendar; and the Immovable, 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.
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.