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“One convenient and meet order, rite and fashion of Common and open Prayer and administration of the Sacraments .... at this time, by the aid of the Holy Ghost, with one uniform agreement is of them concluded .... in a book entitled, The Book of the Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the Church after the use of the Church of England."" --2 and 3 Edward VI. c. 1. [1549.]
“ Our general aim therefore in this undertaking was, not to gratify this or that party in any their unreasonable demands; but to do that which to our best understandings we conceived might most tend to the preservation of Peace and Unity in the Church ; the procuring of Reverence, and exciting of Piety and Devotion in the Publick Worship of God; and the cutting off occasion from them that seek occasion of cavil, or quarrel against the Liturgy of the Church.”—Preface to the Book of Common Prayer. [1662.]
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER ;
HISTORICAL, RITUAL, AND THEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY
ON THE DEVOTIONAL SYSTEM
The Church of England.
EDITED BY THE
REV. JOHN HENRY BLUNT, M.A.,
AUTHOR OF “ DIRECTORIUM PASTORALE,” “HOUSEHOLD THEOLOGY," &c. &c.
“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and
walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."-JEREMIAH vi. 16.