See also:book of the
See also:Church of England . One of the most important steps taken pt the Reformation was the compilation and
See also:provision of a comprehensive service book for general and compulsory use in public worship in all
See also:cathedral and
See also:parish churches throughout the Church of England . Apart from alterations in detail, both as to
See also:doctrine and ritual, which will be referred to later, the following
See also:main advantages were achieved from the very first and apply to all
See also:editions of the Prayer Book equally . r . The substitution of the
See also:English language for the Latin language, which had hitherto been in universal and almost
See also:complete use, and in which all the old service books were written . 2 . Unification and ' simplification . The number of books required for the performance of divine service in pre-Reformation days was very large; the most important being the
See also:Missal for the service of
See also:Holy Communion or the Mass; the Breviary for the daily service or performance of the divine
See also:office; the
See also:Manual for the minor sacramental offices usually performed by the parish
See also:priest; and the Pontifical, containing such services as were exclusively reserved for performance by the
See also:bishop . Many of the contents of these larger volumes were published in
See also:separate volumes known by a
See also:great variety—over one hundred—different names . The Prayer Book represents in a much condensed and abbreviated
See also:form the four chief
See also:ancient service books, viz.: the Missal, Breviary, Manual and Pontifical . In addition to a multiplicity of books there was much variety of use . Although the Sarum Use prevailed far the most widely, yet there were separate Uses of
See also:York and
See also:Hereford, and also to a less degree of Lincoln,
See also:Bangor, Exeter,
See also:Wells, St Paul's, and probably of other dioceses and cathedral churches as well .
See also:Cranmer's preface " Concerning the Service of the Church " expressly mentions the abolition of this variety as one of the things to be achieved by a Book of
See also:Common Prayer . It says: " And whereas heretofore there hath been great diversity in saying and singing in Churches within this
See also:Realm; some following
See also:Salisbury Use, some Hereford Use, and some the Use of Bangor, some of York, some of Lincoln; now from henceforth all the whole Realm shall have but one Use." We will next enumerate the
See also:sources from which the Prayer Book was compiled . 1 . It has been already indicated that the older pre-Reformation service books formed the main
See also:quarry, especially those according to the Use of Sarum .
See also:Morning and Evening Prayer, including the psalter and the lessons, were taken from the Breviary,
See also:Matins being compiled out of Nocturns (or Matins), Lauds and
See also:Prime; and Evensong out of Vespers and Compline . The
See also:Order of Holy Communion, including the collects, epistles and gospels, was taken from the Missal . The sacramental and other offices which occupy a position in the Prayer Book between the Order of Holy Communion and the Psalms were taken from the Manual; and the services for consecration or ordering of bishops, priests and deacons were taken from the Pontifical; but in all cases not only with a
See also:change of Latin into English, but with numerous alterations, omissions and additions . 2 . The reformed Latin Breviary of
See also:Cardinal Quignon,
See also:Francis de Quifiones, a Spaniard, a Franciscan and cardinal of the Holy
See also:Cross, brought out a reformed Latin breviary with papal sanction in 1535 . A second and revised edition appeared in 1537 . It met with considerable favour, and was adopted into use in many places, without, however, winning universal acceptance, and in 1558 papal sanction was withdrawn and it ceased to be printed . From this reformed breviary the compilers of the Prayer Book borrowed the following .
(a) Many passages—almost verbatim—in the preface " Concerning the Service of the Church." It would occupy too much space to
See also:print them in parallel columns here . (b) Making the
See also:Sunday and Holy-
See also:day services identical in structure with the week-day services . (c) The removal of all antiphons and responds . This refers to Quignon's first edition only . (d) The increased amount of Holy Scripture read . Quignon provided a first lesson from the Old Testament; a second lesson from the New Testament; and on
See also:Saints' Days a third lesson from the Lives of the Saints, though this lesson was also occasionally taken from Holy Scripture . (e) The prefixing to every service a form of confession and absolution . The idea, not the actual language, is borrowed by the Prayer Book . (f) The substitution of the Athanasian Creed for the Apostles' Creed on certain days instead of the former being an addition to the latter . So in the Prayer Book, when used, the Athanasian Creed is substituted for, not added to, the shorter creed . (g) The
See also:assignment of three Psalms to each
See also:hour suggests the
See also:average number and arrangement of the Psalms in the Prayer Book at Matins and Evensong . 3 .
The Mozarabic Missal . (a) The four
See also:short prayers preceding the prayer for the consecration of the
See also:water in the office for the public
See also:baptism of infants are adapted from the benediction of the font in the Mozarabic
See also:Liturgy (
See also:Migne, Pat .
See also:Lat. torn. lxxxv. col . 465) . The evidence for this borrowing is still plainer in the larger form of prayer for this purpose provided in the first book of
See also:Edward VI . The Mozarabic Liturgy was printed and published under Cardinal Ximenes in 1500, and may well have been in Cranmer's hands; whereas the Missale gallicanum, a Gallican Sacramentary, containing the same prayers with slight variations, was first published by Cardinal Thomesius in 168o and must have been unknown to Cranmer . (b) According to F .
See also:Procter and W . H .
See also:Frere (A New
See also:History of the Book of Common Prayer, p . 375:
See also:London, 1902), the use of the plural number instead of the singular in the form of the opening versicles of Morning and Evening prayer is a following of Mozarabic usage . But we have been unable to verify this statement .
(c) Many of the new collects introduced into the Prayer Book, though not transferred bodily from any Mozarabic service book, are modelled upon a Mozarabic
See also:pattern, and preserve some Mozarabic ideas and phrases, e.g. the references to the Second Advent in the collects for the first and third Sundays in Advent take their
See also:tone from the Mozarabic Advent services . The collect for
See also:Christmas Day is based on a collect for Christmas Day Lauds in the Mozarabic Breviary (Migne, Pat . Lat. torn. lxxxvi., col . 122) . The collect for the first Sunday in
See also:Lent is based on a preface (Inlatio) in the Mass for the Wednesday after the fifth Sunday in Lent (ibid., tom. lxxxv., col . 382) . The collect for the first Sunday after
See also:Easter is based upon an " Alia Oratio " (ibid., col . 517), and an " Oratio ad pacem " (col . 518) for the Saturday in Easter week . The collect for St Andrew's Day is based on a Missa in the Mozarabic Mass for the same festival (ibid., col . 159) . Other examples might be given, but this is hardly the place for complete details .
(d) The many addresses, beginning with " Dearly beloved brethren " (" the Scripture moveth us," &c.), introduced into most of the services in the Prayer Book, correspond to the addresses which, under the title of " Missa," and generally addressed to " fratres dilectissimi " or "
See also:carissimi," form
See also:part of every Mozarabic Mass . (e) The prayer of consecration in the Order of Holy Communion, especially as regards the recital of the words of institution commencing " Who in the same
See also:night," &c., follows a Mozarabic rather than the Sarum or
See also:model in several respects, but the same features are found in the consecration prayer in the
See also:Brandenburg-Nurnberg agenda of 1533, and it is doubtful whether the
See also:Anglican borrowing is from a Mozarabic or a Lutheran source . Possibly both the Anglican and Lutheran formulae are derived independently from the Mozarabic; because, as we have seen, a Mozarabic missal was certainly in Cranmer's hands and studied by him . 4 . Eastern Liturgies . These were certainly known to Cranmer, but it is remarkable how little he borrowed from them . (a) The prayer which was placed at the end of the
See also:Litany in 1549, and now stands as the last prayer but one at the end of Matins and Evensong, as well as of the Litany, was undoubtedly borrowed from the Liturgy of St
See also:Chrysostom, where, as likewise in the Liturgy of St
See also:Basil, it forms the prayer of the third
See also:antiphon after the Deacon's Litany in the Mass of the Catechumens . (b) The concluding prayer of Matins and Evensong, " The
See also:Grace of our
See also:Lord," &c., which was added in 1662, may have been taken from Greek liturgies . It is the opening salutation in the Mass of the Catechumens in the Clementine Liturgy, where it occurs again, as it does in the Greek Liturgies before the " Sursum corda "; though there is no evidence to prove that it was not taken directly from Holy Scripture (2
See also:Cor. xiii . 14) . (c) The Epiklesis or invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the elements, must have been copied from an Eastern Liturgy . It occurs in the 1549 Prayer Book, but has been omitted in all subsequent editions .
It runs thus: " Hear us, 0 merciful
See also:Father, we beseech Thee, and with Thy holy Spirit and word vouchsafe to bltess and sancttify these Thy gifts and creatures of
See also:bread and
See also:wine, that they may be unto us the
See also:body and
See also:blood of Thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ." This is not an exact
See also:translation of any known epiklesis, and Cranmer altered its position from after to immediately before the words of institution . (d) Four petitions in the Litany . " That it may please Thee to illuminate all Bishops, Priests and Deacons," &c . (altered in 1661 from all Bishops, pastors and ministers) and " That it may please Thee to give to all nations unity, peace and concord," and " That it may please Thee to succour, help and comfort all that are in danger,
See also:necessity and tribulation," and That it may please Thee to preserve all that travel by
See also:land or by water, all
See also:women labouring of
See also:child, all sick persons, and
See also:children, and to show Thy pity upon all prisoners and captives ! " are almost certainly modelled on corresponding petitions in the Deacon's Litany in the Liturgy of St Chrysostom (ed . F . E . Brightman, p . 362, i . 35, and p . 363, lines 4, 17, 15) . At least, they resemble far more closely the Greek petitions than they do any corresponding Latin petitions in the Old Sarum Litany .
5 . Lutheran and other
See also:Protestant service books . The most considerable quantity of the new material which was imported into the Prayer Book was
See also:drawn from Lutheran and Genevan service books . The Litany, for example, in the Prayer Book is based upon the
See also:medieval Latin Litany, but great variation both in substance and language and by way of addition and omission, are made in it . These variations are largely borrowed from and closely follow the language of various Lutheran litanies, especially that given in the consultation of Archbishop Hermann of Cologne issued in 1543 . Lutheran influence can likewise be traced in way of variation introduced into the baptismal and other sacramental or occasional offices . So in the Communion service the most striking departures from ancient precedent have a Protestant origin . The introduction of the Ten Commandments in 1553 seems to be derived from the order of service published by Valerandus Pollanus (Pullain) in 1551; and that of the Comfortable Words in 1549 is borrowed, though all the texts chosen are not identical, from the Consultation of Hermann . It is impossible to pursue this subject here further in detail . 6 .
See also:Original compositions of the compilers of the Prayer Book, not traceable to ancient or 16th-century originals . These are not numerous .
They include most of the collects on Saints' Days, for which, though no
See also:direct evidence of authorship is as yet forthcoming, Cranmer is probably responsible, and certain other collects, such as that for the Royal
See also:Family (Archbishop
See also:Whitgift); that for the high
See also:court of parliament (Archbishop Laud); that for all conditions of men (Bishop
See also:Gunning), &c . We proceed to describe next the various stages through which the Book of Common Prayer has passed and the leading features of each revision . Of changes preceding the first Prayer Book it will only be necessary to mention here: (a) The compiling and
See also:publishing of the Litany in English by Cranmer in 1544 . (b) Royal injunctions in
See also:August 1547 ordering the
See also:Epistle and
See also:Gospel to be read in English at High Mass . (c) A royal proclamation, dated the 8th of
See also:March 1548, imposing for use at the coming Easter The Order of the Communion . This was an order or form of service in English for the communion of the
See also:people in both kinds . It was to be inserted into the service after the communion of the priest, without making any other alteration in the Latin Mass . It comprised the long exhortation or
See also:notice to be given on Sunday, or on some other day, previous to the Communion, the longer exhortation, and the shorter invitation, the confession, absolution, comfortable words, prayer of humble
See also:access, formulae of administration and the concluding peace, all as they exist at
See also:present, though with variations of some importance . The first complete vernacular Book of Common Prayer was issued in 1549 . It was carried through both houses of parliament by the 21st of
See also:January 1549, by an
See also:Act of Uniformity which made its use compulsory on and after the following Whit-Sunday . The exact date of the giving of the royal assent, and the question whether this Book received the assent of Convocation, are
See also:historical points of difficulty and uncertainty which cannot be treated at length here . Some of the chief points of difference between this and subsequent Prayer Books were the following: Matins and Evensong began with the Lord's Prayer, and ended with the third collect; there were no alternative Psalm-
See also:canticles for
See also:Benedictus, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; the Athanasian Creed was introduced after the Benedictus on six festivals only, and in addition to the Apostles' Creed; the Litany was placed after the Communion service, for which an alternative title was given, viz.: " commonly called the Mass." Introits were provided for use on every Sunday and Holy-Day; after the
See also:offertory intending communicants were directed to " tarry still in the
See also:quire or in some convenient place nigh the quire "; in the prayer " for the whole state of Christ's church," the blessed Virgin Mary was commemorated by name among departed saints; prayer for the departed was explicitly retained; also an invocation of the Holy Spirit before the words of institution, the prayer of
See also:oblation immediately following them .
The mixedchalice was ordered to be used, and the Agnus Dei to he sung during the Communion of the people . A large selection of short scriptural
See also:post-Communions was provided . Unleavened bread was to be used and placed not in the
See also:hand but in the mouth of the communicant . The sign of the cross was to be made not only in the eucharistic consecration prayer, but also in Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony and the Visitation of the Sick . Reservation for the sick and
See also:unction of the sick were retained; and exorcism, unction, trine
See also:immersion and the chrisom were included in the baptismal service . The prayer in the
See also:burial service, as in the Communion service, contained distinct inter-cessions for the departed; and a form of Holy Communion was provided for use at funerals with proper introit, collect, epistle and gospel . As to
See also:vestments, in the
See also:choir offices, the
See also:surplice only was to be used; the
See also:hood being added in cathedrals and colleges; and by all graduates when preaching, everywhere . At Holy Communion the officiating priest was to
See also:wear " a
See also:white Albe plain with a vestment or
See also:Cope," and the assistant
See also:clergy were to wear " Albes with tunicles." Whenever a bishop was celebrant he was to wear, " beside his rochette, a surplice or albe, and a cope or vestment," and also to carry " his pastoral
See also:staff in his hand, or else
See also:borne or holden by his
See also:chaplain." The mitre was not mentioned . The ordinal was not attached to this Prayer Book at its first appearance, but it was added under another act of parliament in the following
See also:year, 1550 . It was very similar to the present ordinal except that the words " for the office and
See also:work of a Priest in the Church of
See also:God, now committed unto thee by the Imposition of our hands " were wanting, and the chalice or
See also:cup with the bread were delivered, as well as a Bible, to each newly-ordained priest . We pass on to 1552 when a new and revised edition of the Prayer Book was introduced by an act of parliament which ordered that it should come into use on All Saints' Day (Nov . 1) .
The alterations made in it were many and important, and as they represent the furthest point ever reached by the Prayer Book in a Protestant direction, they deserve
See also:special mention and
See also:attention . 1 . The
See also:introductory sentences, exhortation, confession and absolution were prefixed to the Order for Morning Prayer daily throughout the year and ordered to be read before Evening Prayer as well . Alternative Psalms were provided for Benedictus, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis . 2 . Numerous and most important alterations were made in the Order for Holy Communion, in the title of which the words commonly called the Mass " were
See also:left out . (a) The Introits were omitted . (b) Gloria in excelsis was transferred from near the beginning to near the end of the service . (c) The ten commandments with. an
See also:expanded tenfold
See also:Kyrie eleison were introduced . (d) The long new English
See also:canon of 1549 was split up into three parts: the first part becoming the prayer for the church militant; the second part becoming the prayer of consecration, the third part, or prayer of oblation, becoming the first post-Communion collect; the epiklesis or invocation of the Holy Ghost upon the elements was entirely omitted . (e) The mixed chalice, the use of the sign of the cross in the consecration prayer; the
See also:commemoration of the blessed Virgin Mary and of various classes of saints were omitted . (f) The Agnus Dei and the post-Communion anthems were omitted .
(g) The words of administration in the 1549 book were abolished, viz.: " The body of our Lord Jesus Christ which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto
See also:life," and " The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which was
See also:shed for thee preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life," and the following words weresubstituted: " Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanks-giving," and " Drink this in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for thee, and be thankful." (h) A long rubric was added at the end of the service explanatory of the attitude of kneeling at the reception of Holy Communion, in which it was stated that " it is not meant hereby that any adoration is done, or ought to be done, either unto the sacramental bread and wine there bodily received, or to any real and essential presence there being of Christ's natural flesh and blood," &c . (i) Exorcism, unction, trine immersion and the chrisom were omitted from the baptismal service . (k) Unction and communion with the reserved
See also:sacrament were removed from the services for the visitation and the communion of the sick . (1) Prayers for the dead and provision for a celebration of Holy Communion at a funeral were removed from the burial service . (m) The vestments retained and ordered under the Prayer Book of 1549 were abolished by a new rubric which directed that both at the
See also:time of Communion and at all other times of ministration a bishop should wear a
See also:rochet and that a priest or deacon should have and wear a surplice only; (n) on the other hand, the directions as to daily service were extended to all clergy and made much stricter, (o) and the number of days on which the Athanasian Creed was to be used was raised from six to thirteen . The main
See also:objects of these drastic alterations have been thought to have been two-
See also:fold . 1 . To abolish all ritual for which there was not scriptural
See also:warrant . If this was their
See also:object it was not consistently or completely carried out . No scriptural warrant can be found for the use of the surplice, or for the use of the sign of the cross in baptism, both of which were retained . 2 . To make the services as unlike the pre-Reformation services as possible .
This object too was not fully attained; no liturgical precedent can be found for the violent dislocation of certain parts of the Order for Holy Communion, especially in thecase of the prayer of oblation and of the Gloria in Excelsis; but the orders for Morning and Evening Prayer and the Holy Communion retained features of the Breviary and Missal services, the bulk of their component material being still drawn from them . While the alterations, therefore, were violent enough to alarm and offend the Catholic party, they were not violent enough to satisfy the extreme Puritan party, who would no doubt have agitated for and would probably have obtained still further reformation and revision . But this Prayer Book only lived for eight months . It came into use on All Saints' Day (Nov . 1) 1552, and on the 6th of
See also:July 1553 Edward VI. died and was succeeded by his
See also:sister Mary, under whom the Prayer Book was abolished and the old Latin services and service books resumed their place . On the
See also:death of
See also:Queen Mary and the accession of her sister
See also:Elizabeth (Nov . 17, 1558) all was reversed, and the Book of Common Prayer was restored into use again . The Act of Uniformity, which obtained final
See also:parliamentary authority on the 28th of
See also:April 1559, ordered that the Prayer Book should come again into use on St
See also:John the Baptist's Day (
See also:June 24, 1559) . This was the second Prayer Book of
See also:King Edward VI., with the following few but important alterations, which, like all the alterations introduced at subsequent
See also:dates into the Prayer Book, were in a Catholic rather than in a Protestant direction . r . Morning and Evening Prayer were directed to be " used in the accustomed place of the church,
See also:chapel or
See also:chancel, instead of " in such place as the people may best hear." 2 . The rubric ordering the use of the rochet only by the bishop and of surplice only by a priest or deacon was abolished .
The eucharistic vestments ordered in the first Prayer Book of Edward VI. were brought back by a new rubric which directed that " the
See also:minister at the time of the communion and at all other times in his ministration, shall use such vestments in the church as were in use by authority of parliament in the second year of the reign of King Edward the VI. according to the act of parliament set in the beginning of this book . 3 . In the Litany the following petition found in both the Edwardian Prayer Books was omitted " from the tyranny of the bishop of Rome and all his detestable enormities,
See also:good Lord deliver us." 4 . In the Communion service the two clauses of administration found in the first and second Prayer Books of King Edward's reign were combined . 5 . The rubric explanatory of " kneeling for reception," commonly known as " the Black Rubric " was omitted . 6 . In the Ordinal in the rubric before the
See also:oath of the queen's
See also:sovereignty the words " against the power and authority of all
See also:foreign potentates " were substituted for " against the usurped power and authority of the Bishop of Rome," and in the oath itself four references to the bishop of Rome, by name, were omitted . There were a few more minor alterations, without doctrinal or
See also:political significance which need not be described in detail here . The only further addition or alteration made in Queen Elizabeth's reign was in 1561, when all the present black
See also:letter Holy Days were added to the Kalendar except St
See also:George (April 23) Lammas (Aug. r), St Laurence (Aug . 1o) and St
See also:Clement (Nov . 22), which already existed, and except St Enurchus (
See also:Sept .
7), added in 1604, and the
See also:Venerable Bede (May 27) and St
See also:Alban (June 17) added in 1662 . A smouldering and growing Puritan discontent with the Prayer Book, suppressed with a
See also:firm hand under Queen Elizabeth, burst out into a flame on the accession of King
See also:James I. in 2603 . A petition called the millenary petition, because signed by no less than one thousand ministers, was soon presented to him, asking, among other things, for various alterations in the Prayer Book and specifying the alterations desired . As a result the king summoned a
See also:conference of leading Puritan divines, and of bishops and other leading Anglican divines, which met under his
See also:presidency at Hampton Court in January 1604 . After both sides had been heard, certain alterations were determined upon and were ordered by royal authority, with the general assent of Convocation . These alterations were not very numerous nor of great importance, but such as they were they all went in the direction of catholicizing rather than of puritanizing the Prayer Book; the one exception being the substitution of some chapters of the canonical scriptures for some chapters of the Apocrypha, especially of the book of
See also:Tobit . Other changes were: r . The addition of one more black letter
See also:Saint's Day, viz.: Enurchus (by error for Evurtius) on the 7th of
See also:September . This was a small but a very extraordinary and an inexplicable change to make . The only explanation offered, which is a pure guess and seems barely possible, is that it was desired to place some mark of dignity upon a day which during the
See also:late reign had been kept with great festivity as the birthday of Queen Elizabeth . 2 . The words, " The absolution to be pronounced by the minister alone " at Morning and Evening Prayer, were altered to " The Absolution, or Remission of Sins, to be pronounced by the priest alone,
See also:standing; the people still kneeling." 3 .
A prayer for the royal family was added after the prayer for the king, and a petition was added in the Litany to the same effect, both exhibiting slight verbaldifferences from the prayer and petition as used to-day . 4 . Thanksgiving prayers were added for
See also:rain, for
See also:weather, for plenty, for peace and victory . 5 . Important alterations were introduced into the service for the private baptism of children in houses, with the object of doing away with
See also:lay baptism and securing the administration by the minister of the parish, or some other lawful minister . 6 . The confirmation service was entitled and explained thus: " The Order of Confirmation, or Laying on of Hands upon Children Baptized, and able to render an account of their faith according to the Catechism following." 7 . The concluding portion of the Catechism, consisting of eleven questions on the sacraments, was now added . There were other slight changes of a verbal kind, involving no doctrinal or political significance and which therefore need not be described here . The next important stage in the history of the Prayer Book was its
See also:total suppression in 1645 for a
See also:period of fifteen years . " the
See also:Directory for the Public Worship of God in the Three Kingdoms " being established in its place . The restoration of King
See also:Charles II. in 166o brought with it toleration at once, and soon afterwards complete restoration of the Prayer Book, but not exactly in the same form which it had before .
Non-conformists pressed upon the king, either that the Prayer Book should not be re-introduced, or that if it were re-introduced, features which they objected to might be removed . The result was that a conference was held in 1661, known from its place of
See also:meeting as the Savoy Conference, the church being represented by twelve bishops and the Nonconformists by twelve eminent Presbyterian divines, each side accompanied by nine coadjutors . The objections raised from the
See also:Nonconformist point of view were numerous and varied, but they were thoroughly discussed between the first meeting on the 15th of April and the last on the 24th of July 1661; the bishops agreeing to meet the Puritan wishes on a few minor points but on none of fundamental importance . Later in the year, between the loth of
See also:November and the loth of
See also:December, Convocation assembled and under-took the revision of the Prayer Book . In the earlier part of the following year the book so revised came before parliament . No amendment was made in it in either
See also:house and it finally received the royal assent on the 19th of May 1662, being annexed to an Act of Uniformity which provided for its coming into general and compulsory use on St Bartholomew's Day (Aug . 24) . The alterations thus introduced were very numerous, amounting to many hundreds, and many of them were more important than any which had been introduced into the Prayer Book since 1552 . Their general tendency was distinctly in a Catholic as opposed to a Puritan direction, and the two thousand Puritan incumbents who vacated their benefices on St Bartholomew's Day rather than accept the altered Prayer Book bear eloquent testimony to that fact . It is impossible to give here an exhaustive
See also:list of the alterations: but the following were some of the
See also:principal changes made in 1662 . (a) The preface " It hath been the wisdom of the Church of England," &c., composed by
See also:Sanderson, bishop of Lincoln, was prefixed to the Prayer Book . (b) The authorized version of the Bible of 1611 was taken into use, except in the case of the Psalms, where the great Bible of 1539–1540 was retained as much smoother for singing, and in parts of the Communion service .
(c) The rubric preceding the absolution in Morning and Evening Prayer, viz.: " The absolution to be pronounced by the minister alone," was altered into " The Absolution, or Remission of Sins, to be pronounced by the priest alone, standing; the people still kneeling." (d) In the Litany the phrase " Bishops, Pastors and Ministers of the Church," was altered into " Bishops, Priests and Deacons," and in the clause commencing " From allsedition and privy
See also:conspiracy," &c., the words "
See also:rebellion " and "
See also:schism " were added . (e) Among the " Prayers and Thanksgivings upon several occasions," were added the two Ember week prayers, the prayer for the high court of parliament, the collect or prayer for all conditions of men, the general thanksgiving, and that For restoring Public Peace at Home." (f) In the Communion service two rubrics were prefixed to the prayer " for the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in
See also:earth " ordering the humble presentation and placing of the
See also:alms upon the Holy Table, and the placing thereon then of so much Bread and Wine as the priest shall think sufficient; and (g) the commemoration of the departed was added to the prayer itself . (h) The rubric explanatory of the posture of kneeling for reception, known as the Black Rubric, which had been added in 1562, but omitted in 1559 and 1604, was re-introduced ; but the words " to any real and essential presence there being of Christ's natural flesh and blood " were altered to " unto any
See also:Corporal Presence of Christ's natural Flesh and Blood "—a very important and significant alteration which affected the meaning of the whole rubric . (i) Rubrics were also added ordering the manual acts by the priest in the prayer of consecration, and the covering of the
See also:remainder of the consecrated elements after Communion with a fair
See also:cloth . (k) A new office was added for the Ministration of Baptism to such as are of riper years . (1) A rubric was prefixed to the Order for the Burial of the Dead, forbidding that order to be used " for any that die unbaptized, or excommunicate, or have laid violent hands upon themselves." (m) In the " Ordering of Priests," and " the Consecration of Bishops," in the
See also:formula for ordination, after the words, " Receive the Holy Ghost," these words were added " for the Office and Work of a Priest (or Bishop) in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the Imposition of our hands." (n) The ornaments rubric, regulating the vesture of the clergy was thrown into its present shape, referring back not to 1604 or 1559 or 1552, but to the first Prayer Book of Edward VI. in 1549 for the
See also:rule to be followed . The above are the important alterations, among numerous others of minor significance, introduced into the Prayer Book in 1662 . Their general trend is obvious . It is not in the Puritan direction, but intended to emphasize and to make more clear church doctrine and discipline, which in
See also:recent years had become obscured or decayed . No substantial alteration has been made in the Prayer Book since 1662, but two alterations must be chronicled as having obtained the sanction of the Convocations of Canterbury and York, and also legal force by act of parliament . In 1871 a new Lectionary was substituted for the previously existing one, into the merits and demerits of which it is not possible to enter here; and in 1872, by the Act of Uniformity Amendment Act, a shortened form of service was provided instead of the present form of Morning and Evening Prayer for optional use in other than cathedral churches on all days except Sunday, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Good
See also:Friday and Ascension Day; provision was also statutably made for the separation of services, and for additional services, to be taken, however, except so far as anthems and
See also:hymns are concerned, entirely out of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer . In the year 1907 letters of business were issued by the
See also:Crown to the Convocations inviting and enabling them to make alterations in the Prayer Book (afterwards to be embodied in an act of parliament) .
These letters were issued in compliance with the second recommendation (1906) of the RoyalCommission on Ecclesiastical Discipline, viz.: that " Letters of business should be issued to the Convocations with instructions: (a) to consider the preparation of a new rubric regulating the ornaments (that is to say, the vesture) of the ministers of the church, at the times of their ministrations, with a view to its enactment by parliament; and (b) to
See also:frame, with a view to their enactment of parliament, such modifications in the existing
See also:relating to the conduct of Divine Service, and to the ornaments and fittings of churches as may tend to secure the greater
See also:elasticity which a reasonable recognition of the comprehensiveness of the Church of England and of its present needs seems to demand." A few words are added in conclusion about the state services . Until the year 1859 they were four in number . 1 . A Form of Prayer with Thanksgiving to be used yearly upon the Fifth Day of November, to commemorate the happy deliverance of King James I. and the Three Estates of England from the
See also:Gun-powder Plot in 1604 . 2 . A Form of Prayer with
See also:Fasting to be used yearly on the Thirtieth Day of January, to commemorate the Martyrdom of the Blessed King Charles the First in 1649 . 3 . A Form of Prayer with Thanksgiving to be used yearly on the Twenty-ninth Day of May, to commemorate the Restoration to the
See also:throne of Kirig Charles the Second in 166o . 4 . A Form of Prayer with Thanksgiving to be used yearly on the Day of the Accession of the reigning Monarch . The first three of these services were abolished in 1859 by royal warrant—that is to say by the exercise of the same authority which had instituted them . The
See also:fourth form of service was retained in its old shape till 1901, when a new form, or rather new forms of service, having been prepared by Convocation, were authorized by royal warrant on the 9th of November .
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