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TEACHER'S PRAYER BOOK
The Book of Common Prayer,
INTRODUCTIONS, ANALYSES, AND NOTES
ALFRED BARRY, D.D., D.C.L., Principal of King's College, London ; Canon of Westminster;
and Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen.
In the Introductions and Notes to the TEACHER'S PRAYER Book I have endeavoured to keep strictly to the object indi. cated by the title ; and, without any attempt at original research or exhaustive treatment, to supply to Churchmen, and especially to those who have to give religious teaching, some knowledge of the origin, the principles, and the substance of the Prayer Book, which they are continually using, and which, perhaps through that very familiarity, is apt to be imperfectly understood. I have therefore not thought it necessary to encumber its pages, and embarrass its readers, with quotations from authorities, although I have made free use of the many excellent works, ancient and modern, on the Prayer Book itself, and on Christian Antiquities, which are now within the reach of the student, and have embodied in the book the results of the study and teaching of some years. I have also had the advantage of being allowed to submit the sheets to the supervision of my friend and colleague, Archdeacon Cheetham; whom I have to thank for many valuable corrections and suggestions, although I must not lay on him any responsibility for what is written here.
On the many controverted subjects which have necessarily presented themselves, while I have not attempted to conceal my own opinion, I have desired, as far as possible, to fix the attention of my readers mainly on what is historically certain, or is plainly expressed in the words of the Prayer Book ; and on all other points to give them, not so much my judgment, as sufficient materials for forming a judgment of their own. Having done this as thoroughly and as tersely as I could, I now send the book in the earnest hope and prayer that it may conduce to the serious and intelligent use of the Prayer Book, which has been for centuries the treasure of English devotion, and which, alike by its substance and by its tone, has largely determined the history of the Church of England and of English Christianity.
A. B. King's College, London,
August 3, 1882.
THE BOOK OF
COMMON PRAYER ,
AND ADMINISTRATION OF
RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH,
ACCORDING TO THE USE OF
The Church of England;
TOGETHER WITH THE
PSALTER OR PSALMS OF DAVID,
POINTED AS THEY ARE TO BE SUNG OR SAID IN CHURCHES;
AND THE FORM AND MANNER OF MAKING, ORDAINING,
AND CONSECRATING OF BISHOPS, PRIESTS,
PRINTED BY GEORGE E. B. EYRE AND WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE,
Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.
EDINBURGH: 16, ELDER STREET.