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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 alteration would in tiine 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 Ecclesiastica) Independence was necessarily included; and the different religious denominations of Christians in these States were left at full and cqual liberty to model and organize their respective Churches, and forms of worship, and dis. cipline, 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 necessary 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 and honesty."

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 what. soever) to take a 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 alşo, 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 fur frorn intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential print of doctrine, discipline, or worship; or further than local circumstances require.

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 endeavor for promulgating them to mankind in the clearest, plainest, most affecting and majestic manner, for the sake of Jesus CHRIST, our blessed Lord and Saviour.

HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ

TF PSALTER shall be read through once every month, as it is there appointed, both for Morning and Evening Prayer. But in February it shall be read only to the twenty-eighth or twenty-ninth day of the month.

And whereas January, March, May, July, August, October, and Decem, ber, have one-and-thirty days apiece: it is ordered, that the same Psalms shall be read the last day of the said months which were read the day before; so that the Psalter may begin again the first day of the next month ensuing.

And whereas the 119th Psalm is divided into twenty-two Portions, and is over-long to be read at one time; it is so ordered, that at one time shall not be read above four or five of the said Portions.

The Minister, instead of reading from tho Psalter as divided for Daily Morn. ing and Evening Prayer, may read one of the selections set out by this Church.

And, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appoinied either by the Civil or by the Ecclesiastical Authority, the Minister may appoint such Psalms as he shall think fit in bis discretion, unless any shall have been appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority, in a Service set out for the occasion; which, in that case, shall be used, and no other.

PROPER PSALMS ON CERTAIN DAYS.
MORNING. EVENING.

MORNING. EVENING. CHRISTMAS-DAY, Psalas 19 Psalms 89 EASTER-DAY, Psalms 2 Psalms 113

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110

114
85
132

118 Ash-WEDNESDAY,

ASCENSION-DAY,

24 130

15 143

21

103 GOOD-FRIDAY,

64 WHITSUNDAY,

48

104 88

145 54 The Minister may use one of the Selections, instead of any one of the above Portions.

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111

102

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THE ORDER HOW THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.

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THE OLD TESTAMENT is appointed for the First Lessons at Morring and Evening Prayer; so that the most part thereof will be read every year once, as in the Calendar is appointed.

The New TESTAMENT is appointed for the Second Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer.

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 (ind the chapters that shall be read for the Lessons, both at Morning and Evening Proyer'; except only the Moveable Feasts, which are not in the Calendar; and the imioveable, where 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.

And, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, the same rule is to obtain as in reading the Psalms.

And the same discretion of choice is allowed on occasions of Ecclesiastical Conventions, and those of Charitable Collections. And Note, That whensoever Proper Psalins or Lessons are appointed, then the Psalms and Lessons | TABLES OF LESSONS OF HOLY SCRIPTURE, TO BE READ AT MORN

of ordinary course appointed in the Psalter and Calendar, If they be different, shall be omitted for Note also, That the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, appointed for the Sunday shall serve all the week aiter, where it is not in this Book otherwise ordered

that time.

ING AND EVENING PRAYER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

A TABLE OF LESSONS FOR SUNDAYS.

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I v. 39
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14 4 «

Matt. 3 to v.13

32 1 Cor. 1 1 S.aft. Christ.

Luke 2 v. 25

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2 2 « 41 Mark 1 to v. 16

42 Hebrews 2 1 S. aft.Epiph. 44 Matthew 2v, 13

45 1 Cor. 3 2 " 51 John Iv. 29 “ 52 to v. 13

13 3 54 Matthew 4 v. 12

55 2 Cor. 4 « 57 Luke 4 v.14 to 33

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5 56 61 Matthew 5

62 Galatians 2 6 «

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7 Jer. 22

1 Sexages. Sund.

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Luke 7 v.19

36

2 Quin. Sunday. Lament. 1 Mark 6 to v.30 Lam 3 to v.37

3 1 S. in Lent. Jeremiah 7 Matt 10 Jeremiah 9

4 2 " Ezekiel 14 Luke 10 to v. 25 Ezekiel 18

5 3 20 to v. 27 Mark 9 to v. 30

20 v. 27

6 4 Micah 6

Luke

19 v.28 Hab. 3 Phil. 5 Haggai 2 to v. 10 21 Zech. 13

3 6 « Daniel 9

Matt.

26 Mal. 3&4 Heb. 5 to v. 11 Easter-Day. Exod. 12 to v.37 Romans 6 Exodus 12 v, 37| Acts 2 v. 22 1 S. aft. Easter. Isaiah 43 Acts 1 Isaiah 48

1 Cor.

15 2“ Hosea 13

8 Hosea 14 3“ Joel 3 v. 5 Micah

3 4 « Micah 5

6 Nahum 1 1 Thes. 3 Zech. 8

8 v.5. Zech. 10 Sund. aft. Asc. Joel 2 John 17

Zeph. 3 2 Thes. 3 to v. 17 Whitsunday. Deut. 16 to v. 18 Acts 4 to v.36 Isaiah 11 Acts 19 to v. 21 Trinity Sund. Genesis 1 Matthew 3 Genesis 2 1 John 5 1 S.af. Trinity.

Acts 9 to v. 32

6 1 Tim. 6 2 «

9 to v. 20

10

· 15 to v. 192 Tim. 2 3 "

37
11

42

4 3 & 4 to v.9 4 4

43
14

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49
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Exodus 3
17 Exodus 5

11 74

9
20
10

12 86

14
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15

13 9 « Numb. 16

26
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23
28
24

2
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Deut. 4to v.41 Matthew 18 Deut.

5

3 12 «

6
20
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25

34 1 Peter
15 "
Joshua 23 Mark

Jushua 24 16"

Judges
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13 Judges 5 17 "

1 Sam. 12 Luke 13 1 Sam. 17 18 2 Sam. 12

15 2 Sam. 19 19" 1 Kings 8 to v.22

20

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17 John
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2 Kings 5
7 2 Kings 19

3 22" Daniel 6

8 Daniel 7 1 John 23 « Proverbs 1

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St. Andrew.

Proverbs 20 Proverbs 21 St Thomas.

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2 to v. 15 Titus 3 v. 4 to 9 St. Stephen

1 Lesson Proverbs 28 Eccles. 4

2 Lesson Acts 6 v.8 & ch.7 to v.30 Acts 7v.30 to 55 St. John

1 Lesson Ecclesiastes 5 Eccles. 6
2 Lesson Revelation 1

Rev.
Innocents.

Jeremiah 31 to v. 18 Wisdom 1 Circumcision.

1 Lesson Genesis 17 to v. 15 Deut. 10 v. 12

2 Lesson Romans 2 Col. 2 Epiphany. 1 Lesson Isaiah

Isaiah 49 2 Lesson Romans 11 John 2 to v. 12 Conversion of St. Paul. 1 Lesson Wisdom 5 Wisdom 6

2 Lesson Acts

22 tov. 22 Acts 26 to v. 24 Purification of Virgin Mary. Wisdom 9

Wisdom 12 St. Matthias.

19 Ecclus. 1 Aonunciation of Virgin Mary, Ecclus.

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1 Lesson Isaiah 59 Jonah 3
2 Lesson Luke

6 v. 20 2 Peter 3 Monday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 10 Hosea 11

2 Lesson John 14 Tuesday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 11 to v.30

12 2 Lesson John

15 Wednesday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 11 v. 30

13 2 Lesson John 11 v. 45 Thursday before Easter. 1 Lesson Daniel 12 Jeremiah 31

2 Lesson Joho

13 Good Friday,

1 Lesson Genesis 22 to v. 20 Isaiah 52 v. 13 & ch.53 2 Lesson John

18 Philip 2 Easter-even.

1 Lesson Zechariah 9 Exodus 13

2 Lesson Luke 23 v. 50 Hebrews 4 Monday in Easter week. I Lesson Exodus 16 Job 19 2 Lesson Matthew 28

Acts 3 Tuesday in Easter-week. 1 Lesson Isaiah 26 to v. 20 Isaiah 12

46 2 Lesson Luke 24 to v. 132 Cor. 5 St. Mark.

Ecclus.

4 Ecclus. 5 St. Philip and St. James. 1 Lesson

7 2 Lesson John

1 v. 43 Ascension. 1 Lesson 2 Kings 2

Deut. 10 2 Lesson Luke 24 v. 44 Ephesians 4 to v. 17 Monday in Whitsun-week. 1 Lesson Genesis 11 to v. 10 Numbers 11

2 Lesson 1 Corinthians 12 1 Cor. 14 to v. 26 Tuesday in Whitsun-week. 1 Lesson 1 Samuel 19 v. 18 Deut. 80 2 Lesson 1 Thes. 5

Galatians 5
St. Barnabas.

1 Lesson Ecclus. 10 Ecclus. 12
2 Lesson Acts

14

Acts 15 to v. 36 1 Lesson Malachi 3 Malachi 4

2 Lesson Matthew 3 Matthew 14 to v. 13 St. Peter.

1 Lesson| Ecclus. 15 Ecclus.
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3

Acts 4 St. James.

Ecclus. 21 Ecclus. 22 St. Bartholomew.

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38 Su Michael.

1 Lesgon Genesis 32 Daniel 10 v. 5 2 Lesson Acts

12 to v, 20 Jude v. 5 to 16 St. Luke.

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12 3“

25
3 to v. 19 28 to v 23

14
44
30 Matt. 3 to v. 13

1 Cor. 1 1 S.aft. Christ.

Luke 2 v. 25

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2 2“

Mark 1 to v. 16

42 Hebrews 2 i S. aft.Epiph. 44 Matthew 2 v. 13

45 1 Cor. 3 24

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55 2 Cor. 4 4 « 57 Luke 4 v.14 to 33

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62 Galatians 2 6“

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6

66 Septua Sund. Jeremiah 5

7 Jer. 22 Eph.

1 Sexages. Sund.

Luke 7 v.19

36 Quin. Sunday. Lament. 1 Mark 6 to v.30 Lam 3 to v.37 1 S. in Lent Jeremiah 7 Matt 10 Jeremiah 9

4 2 «

Ezekiel 14 Luke 10 to v. 25 Ezekiel 18 3 “ 20 to v. 27 Mark 9 to y. 30

20 v. 27 4 " Micah 6 Luke 19 v.28 Hab. 3

Phil. 1 5 Haggai 2 to v. 10

21 Zech. 13 6 «

Daniel 9 Matt. 26 Mal. 3&4 Heb. 5 to v. 11 Easter-Day. Exod. 12 to v.37 Romans 6 Exodus 12 v. 87 Acts 2 v. 22 1 S. aft. Easter. Isaiah 43

Acts 1 Isaiah 48 1 Cor. 15 24 Hosea

3 Hosea 14

Col.

1 3“ Joel 3 v. 9

Micah 4 « Micah 5

6 Nahum 1 1 Thes. 3 5“ Zech. 8 8 v.5 Zech. 10

4 Sund, aft. Asc. Joel 2 John 17 Zeph. 3 2 Thes. 3 to v. 17 Whitsunday. Deut. 16 to v. 18 Acts 4 to v.36 Isaiah 11 Acts 19 to v. 21 Trinity Sund. Genesis 1 Matthew 3 Genesis 2

1 John

5
1 S.af. Trinity.
3 Acts 9 to v. 32

6
1 Tim.

6 2 «

9 to v. 20

10

4 15 to v. 19 2 Tim. 2 3

37
11

42 4 3 & 4 to v. 9 4 "

43
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45 Tit. 2&3 to v.10 5 «

49
15

50 Heb. 10
6 "
Exodus 3
17 Exodus 5

11 7 "

9
20
10

12 8 66

14
24
15

13
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26
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James 10 4

28
24

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11 "
Deut. 4to v.41 Matthew 18

Deut.
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3 12 "

6
20

7
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23

9

6 14 “

33
25

34 1 Peter 1
Joshua 23 Mark

Joshua 24

2 16 " Judges 4

Judges

3 17 « 1 Sam. 12 Luke

1 Sam. 17

4 18 " 2 Sam. 12 15 2 Sam. 19

5 19" 1 Kings 8 to v.22

20

1 Kgs. 8 v.22062 2 Peter 20 «

17

John 21" 2 Kings 5

7 2 Kings 19 224 Daniel 6

8 Daniel

1 John 1 Proverbs 1

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