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"Practical Prayer Book"
FOR THE FAITHFUL IN GENERAL
COMPLETE BOOK OF INSTRUCTION FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE
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o the honour and glory of Monica's child—the saintly Founder of the Augustinian Order-the illustrious son of St. Ambrose in the Faith-the indefatigable Bishop of Hippo (Algiers), in Africa-the Defender of the Christian religion, against Pagans; of the Catholic Faith, against Heretics; of the Law and the Prophets, against the Manichaans; of the Divinity of Jesus Christ, against the Arians; of the Unity of the Church, against the Donatists; and of Grace, against the Pelagians and semi-Pelagians—is this Work þumbly and reverently dedicated.
N attempting to supply a want long felt by a vast number who revere the name and glory in the patronage of St. Augustine, on account of their association with his illustrious Order and with the Archconfraternity of the Sacred Cincture, the Compiler of this MANUAL has by no means confined himself to that consideration alone. While effecting this desideratum, as a primary object, he has also sought to meet the requirements of a still larger majority of English-speaking Christians who do not happen to be members of the Archconfraternity, by furnishing them with a practical and complete manual of prayer.
It may be conceded at once that, speaking generally, there is no such need; that we have in our days almost a surfeit of prayer-books and works for devotional purposes; and amongst them-ay, even occupying no mean place, too-the popular and favourite "Catholic Piety" of Dr. W. Gahan of our Order, a prayer-book which has seen over 50 editions, and 500,000 copies.
But despite this, when the reader examines the present MANUAL, and especially regards the Calendar and the numerous indulgences summarised thereupon; and, furthermore, when he considers the information concerning them conveyed by its pages, and the facility offered for gaining such a treasury of spiritual benefits, the Compiler trusts he will escape any note of censure for introducing to the general public another Prayerbook, or Manual of Devotion.