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OLD CATHOLIC PRAYER-BOOK,
DONE INTO ENGLISH, AND COMPARED WITH
THE OFFICES OF THE ROMAN AND
OLD GERMAN RITUALS.
Orford and London:
JAMES PARKER AND CO.
[The Original was published at Bonn (P. Neusser), 1875,
under the following title:-]
PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO THE DECREES OF THE
FIRST TWO SYNODS OF THE OLD CATHOLICS OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE.
Munich, June 23, 1876.
ALTHOUGH not a member of the Synod, and therefore having had no hand in the composition of this "Ritual," I perceive with pleasure by the translation that the interest taken by many members of the Church of England in the Reformatory Movement called "Old Catholic" is still unabated.
J. DOELLINGER, D.D.
[THE Catholisches Rituale forms the first of a series of vernacular Prayer-Books for the Old Catholics of Germany. Other offices are in preparation, including a revised Missal (Beschlüsse der zweiten Synode der Altkatholiken des deutschen Reiches, Bonn, 1875, pp. 13, 14). The Rituale consists of a translation of the offices contained in the Roman Manual, and of one service (Confirmation) contained in the Roman Pontifical, for the reasons assigned on p. 66; to which are added, in an Appendix, certain prayers for special occasions. An Introduction and Notes explain and defend the various changes which have been made, especially the substitution of the vernacular for the Latin language. The modern Roman, and some of the old German offices, have been printed in this volume in parallel columns, to exhibit accurately the variations which have taken place in the text and rubrics; and the following editions have been made use of for that purpose :
I. Agenda Ecclesiastica, non pastoribus solum et capellanis verum etiam omnibus sacerdotibus summo opere necessaria, ac tali distincta ordine. Modus baptizandi Catechuminos, Modus inungendi infirmos, Exorcismus salis et aquæ, De solemnizatione matrimonii. Ad introducendum nuptam. Ad introducendum mulierem post partum. Insunt et alia secundum diocesim Coloniensem." (G. L. on vellum, per Petrum Quentell, 4to., Coloniæ, 1521; British Museum, c. 41. d.)
2. Agenda S. Coloniensis Ecclesiæ, jussu et auctoritate Reverendissimi et Sanctissimi D.D. Ferdinandi, Archiepiscopi Coloniensis, etc. ad usum archdiocesis Coloniensis evulgata." Coloniæ Agrippinæ, Anno M. DC. XXXVII.
3. "Agenda Ecclesiæ Moguntinensis, per Reverendissimum in Christo Patrem, et amplissimum Principem ac Dominum Wolfgangum, Archiepiscopum Moguntinum, etc., necessariis quibusdam additionibus auctior, et multis locis emendatior jam denuo typis evulgata, A.D. M.D.XC." (Brit. Mus., 3366. bb.)
4. "Liber Agendorum secundum antiquum Úsum Metropolitanæ Salisburgensis Ecclesiæ, mandato et sollicitudine Reverendissimi et Illustrissimi D.D. Joan. Jacobi Archiepiscopi ac Principis Salisburgensis, et S. Sedis Apostolica Legati, A.D. M.D.LXXV." (Brit. Mus., 3365. b.)