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OFFICES OF WORSHIP
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE
THE MORAVIAN CHURCH.
TAIRD EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED,
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1891, by THE BOARD OF ELDERS OF THE NORTHERN DIOCESE OF THE CHURCH OF THE
UNITED BRETHREN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C,
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION.
This book is intended for use in the Church-schools including in this term the Sunday-schools and Bible-classes, the parochial and the boardingschools, and the Theological Seminary-in the catechetical classes, in meetings for prayer and praise, and in family worship and private devotion.
In the prefaces to the first and second editions, issued in 1866 and 1872, the principles which guided the compilers in the selection of hymns were stated, substantially, as follows:
1. “A choice principally of hymns that are suitable for purposes of worship. In the ordinary exercises of the Sunday-school and the other religious meetings for the young, too little attention is in general bestowed upon this point. It is a matter of great importance that congregations of children and young persons are made to feel that they are taking part in a service of actual devotion and worship, and therefore the hymns used should help to inspire this feeling.
2. “For the most part, standard hymns have been selected, a principle which follows naturally from the preceding. The hymns which children and youth are to learn and to sing, should be such as are of permanent worth. Once incorporated into the memory they will remain there through life, and be a treasure of Scriptural doctrine, of warning and comfort, which will never be exhausted, and become increasingly valuable with added years and experience.
3. “Regard was had to such hymns as are suitable for religious instruction in the catechetical class, and in preparing candidates for Confirmation."
In preparing the third edition, revised and enlarged, the following additional principles were borne in mind :
4. Special regard for the requirements of morning and evening worship in the family and in the schools of the Church.
5. Special regard for the requirements of meetings for praise and for prayer, whether social or public; whether for young persons or for those of maturer years; whether for awakening, for quickening, or for building up in the faith.
6. The incorporation of a large quantity of music, by which the work became a Tune-book as well as a Hymn-book, caused the insertion of many hymns for general and special occasions of congregational worship, notably in connection with the Christian Year.
7. Finally, a number of hymns were inserted for special reasons; for example, some for use in the private devotions of young and old, some on account of historical association, some because of special music connected with them, etc.
By the application of these principles to the vast treasury of Christian song, the present collection assumed its proportions, that it might meet the