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PARALLEL TO THE TEXT
LATE SENIOR FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
WITH A PREFACE BY THE
Right Rev. E. HAROLD BROWNE,
SOMETIME LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER.
LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND
ACCORDING TO THE USE OF
The Church of England:
THE PSALTER, OR PSALMS OF DAVID,
POINTED AS THEY ARE TO BE SUNG OR SAID IN CHURCHES ;
FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING, ORDAINING, AND
PROBABLY at no period, since the Reformation, has the national Church occupied the attention of intelligent men in foreign lands and of all classes in our own land, to so large an extent as she dues at the present day. Her internal strength has, of late years, been marvellously recruited; and, as a consequence, her energies have rapidly expanded. But her growing activity, encouraging as it is to her faithful members, has stimulated the attacks of opponents, who have exaggerated the peculiarities of her ritual into defects or distorted them into blemishes. On the one hand she has been assailed as inclining too much to the practices and doctrines of the Church of Rome; on the other as having too little sympathy with the primitive usages of Christianity. In each of these cases her Prayer-book is made the chief object of attack. Hence we are of opinion that an intimate acquaintance with the history of the formation of the Prayerbook, as well as with the contents of its Offices, is a most desirable, we had almost said an indispensable, element in the education of all churchmen.
Many volumes, illustrating the different Services of the Prayerbook, are to be found on the shelves of theological libraries. But these stores of knowledge are not, generally, within reach of the ordinary lay members of our Church, and are, sometimes, not easy of access even to the clergyman. Under these circumstances it has appeared to us that a portable edition of the Prayer-book, accompanied by compendious notes, arranged, as far as possible, face to face with the text illustrated, was wanted in our ritualistic literature. We have tried to supply this want by the present work. In the notes we have endeavoured to shew the position which our Service-book holds