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restrained by any worldly authority whatsoever)
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 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 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 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 Saviour.
HOW THE PSALTER IS APPOINTED TO BE READ.
THE Psalter shall be rear! through once every month, as It is there appointed, both coo l 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 December, 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 beforej so that the Psalter may begin ■gain the first day of the next month ensuing.
And whereas the 119th Psalm is divided into twenty-two Portions, md 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 the Psalter as divided for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, may read one of the Selections set out by this Church.
And, on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, appointed either by the Civil or by the Eecleslastical Authority, the Minister may appoint such Psalms as >>e shall think fit in his discretion, unless any shall have been appointed by the Ecclesiastical Antnority, in a Service set out f tr the Occasion; which, in that case, shall be used, and no other.
The Minister may use one of the Selections, instead of any one of the above Portions.
HOW THE REST OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IS APPOINTED
rE OH Testament is appointed for the First Lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer; so that the most part thereof will be read every year once, as in the Calendar ■
The New Testament is appointed F tbe Second Lessons Prayer
Ant to know what Lessons shall be read every day, look for the day of the month IK tbe Calendar following, and there ye shall find the Chapters that shall be read fur tbe Lessons, both at Morning and Evening Prayer; except only the Moveable Feasts, which are not in the Calendar; and the Immoveable, where there is a blank left in tbe eolemn of Lessons; the Proper Lessons fur all which days are to be found to the Tabla V I Lesson*.
And, on days of Fasting and Thanksgiving, the same rule is to obtain as in reading OM I
And SoU. Thai whensoever Proper Psalms or Lessons are appointed, then the P uad I^esaons of ordinary course appointed in the Psalter and Calendar, if they be different, •ball be omitted for that time.
Sou alto. That the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, appointed for the Sunday, shall serve l the Week after, where II a not in this Book Otherwise ordered.