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Author of the Ritual Reason Why,Liturgy of

the Church of Sarum,etc., etc.

LONDON
BASIL MONTAGU PICKERING

196 PICCADILLY

1877

138. 3. 4:1

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TO THE

BISHOPS

IN VISIBLE COMMUNION WITH

THE SEE OF CANTERBURY

WHO DO NOT SIT UNDER

THE UPAS TREE OF

THE ACT OF UNIFORMITY ;

AND TO

THE CLERGY OF THE LOWER HOUSE

OF CONVOCATION

THIS

TENTATIVE ESSAY

TOWARDS

A Modus Vivendi

FOR THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

WHO, DISCARDING THE TRADITIONS OF THE LAST THREE

CENTURIES, ACCEPT ex animo HER APPEAL

TO PRIMITIVE CATHOLICITY,

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.

PREFACE.

The following compilation is the result of a conviction, long cherished and profound, that the only adequate settlement of the controversy which is now raging on the question of Ceremonial in the Church of England, will be found in the Legalization of the Liturgy of 1549 (or some modification of it) with the limits of allowable Ritual clearly laid down. So, and so only (as it seems to me), will congregations have Christian liberty of worshipping God with more or less of Ceremonial circumstance according to their spiritual needs, and the evils which cannot but ensue from continued litigation, and the promulgation of "judgments” at once one-sided, contradictory, and inadequate, be averted. I

put forth this view some years ago ;* and the subsequent course of events has convinced me more and more of its soundness. Indeed, nothing but the intensity of the conviction could justify me in coming forth before the world as in any sense-however humbly-the compiler of a Liturgy. I am thankful to say that nothing in the following pages is my own, but the adaptation and arrangement of well-known and authoritative materials.

A few words will be desirable (1) as to the intention of the present compilation ; (2) as to its advantages (me judice); and (3) as to the principles upon which it has been arranged.

* In a pamphlet entitled “Pax Super Israel,” published by Mr. Palmer, and now out of print.

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