The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies, of the Church: According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America; Together with the Psalter Or Psalms of David
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Excerpt from The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies, of the Church: According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America; Together With the Psalter or Psalms of David
The attention of this Church was, in the first place, drawn to those alterations in the Liturgy which became necessary in the Prayers for our Civil Rulers, in consequence of the Revolution. And the principal care herein was to make them conformable to what ought to be the proper end of all such prayers, namely, that Rulers may have grace, wisdom, and understanding to execute justice, and to maintain truth; and that the People may lead quiet and peaceable lives, in all godliness and honesty.
But while these alterations were in review before the Convention, they could not but, with gratitude to God, embrace the happy occasion which was offered to them (uninfluenced and unrestrain ed by any worldly authority whatsoever) to take a further review of the Public Service, and to establish such other alterations and amendments therein as might be deemed expedient.
It seems unnecessary to enumerate all the different alterations and amendments. They will appear, and it is to be hoped, the reasons of them also, upon a comparison of this with the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. In which it will also appear, that this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, disci pline, or worship; or further than local circumstances require.
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