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the Bishop, with the Omiffion of Infant Bapa tism, and its Sponsors, and of private Baptism; the Substitution of more authentick Collections instead of our Church Catechism; the Omiffion of the Office for Matrimony, of the Churching of Women, and of the Services for State Days, with some Things added out of the Apoflolical Constitutions, and the like ; I dare bere also
, folemnly appeal to all the truly Learned and Judicious, whether every individual Alteration be not made in Compliance with the earliest Settlements, Laws, and Liturgick Forms now Extant in the Churcb : And that in
every Thing this Liturgy might be more truly Primitive, and Christian, and Compleat, I have procured from many of my learned and pious Friends, of several Persuasions, no small Asistance in order to its Correction, improvement, and inoffensive Reception among all good Men. I do not indeed bereby pretend, that this is entirely a new Dehgn. The very learned Dr. Hicks, at the End of his Christian Priestbood, bas given the World already the entire Communion Service of the first Liturgy; with a plain Declaration of his Opinion in Favour of it; in which Opinion be is well known to be Jupported by the concurrent Sentiments of not a few of the most eminent Members of our Church. The Reverend and Pious Mr. Ed. ward Stephens also kas not only declared bimJelf with great Zeal of the fame Opinion, but did a&tually draw u jeve al Years ago an excellent Liturgick Form for its Celebration, in
a great Agreement with that original Liturgy, and its correspondent Form in the Scotch Liturgy, and did moreover a&tually put it in Practice, and that openly in London, for many years together, to bis own, and his congregation's great Comfort and Satisfaction. Nay, the very learned and pious Dr. Grabe was so great an Admirer of the fame Eucharistical Form, that while be durft not receive the Communion in Publick, on Account of its prefent Deviation from all the Primitive Liturgies in some part of that Celebration, be did it, to bis great joy and Satisfaction, with Mr. Stephens in that particular Congregation. And as to the Opinions of the Learned, whether of this, or of other Churches about it, take the same Mr. Stephens's Account, in thejë Words : Having, says be, published a Liturgy,
intitled, +The Liturgy, + Of Prayers for the
< of the Ancients repreDead, Dedication.
sented, as near as well may be, in English Forms; not much dif
ferent (only a little more compleat) from • that Reftitution of the true English Li
turgy attempted by the Scotch, with the Aptance of the Principal of the English Bilhops, Anno 1637. i presented it to fome of the Principal learned Men, first of the
English, who much approved it, and wished • it restored by Law; then of the Lutherans, ' who also approved it, and declared their satisfa&tion to communicate in that Form; and
• at last of the Roman Catholicks, who had i no Exception to the Matter or Form of it.
All that seems necessary to be added here by me, is this, that I cannot but earnestly wish, that all those learned Persons who will not be able to disapprove of this Design in Theory, would be fo Honest, and so Christian, as with me to endeavour to reduce it to Practice also: That somewhat like this might be introduced into all Disenting Meetings, as much better, and less offenhve to publick Authority, than any of the usual Extempore Prayers; and into private Families, even the Chapels of Noblemen themselves, where it may be certainly used without the least Pretence of Disobedience to such publick Authority; and where even the Law allows several more than the ordinary Family to be present also. Nay, I hould think it ought to be lo far from any Offence to the good Men of this Church, if it were publickly used by any of the Clergy in their Parises also, that they should rather unite zealously for such its Introduction, it being nothing but their own established Liturgy made moie exactly Chriftian and unexceptionalle. I conclude with the remarkable Words of the Prophet Jeremiah v. 16. which are very apposite to my prefent Purpose ; and I beartily wish they might make fome Impresion on the Christian World. Thus faith the Lord; stand ye in the Ways and see, and ask for the old Paths, where is the good Way, and walk therein, and
THE whole Church in every Place ought to be diftinguished
into the Catechumens, the Penitent, and the Faithful.
The proper Persons to Administer in all the folemn Parts of Publick Worship are the Bishops, and in their Abfence, and by their Permission, the Presbyters; and both as ministred to by the Deacons.
The Pofiure in Prayer is kneeling, on all Days but the Lord'sDays, and between Easter and Pentecoft; on which it is ftanding; as a memorialof Christ's Refurrection.
The Hours for secret Prayer are the Third, Sixth, and Ninth; ir Memory of Christ's Condemnation, Crucifixion, and Death at those Hours; and the Lord's Prayer is ever to be then used.
Solemn Days are Festivals, greater and leffer; and Faits greater and leser.
The greater Festivals are Easter-day, and the Eighth Day after it; the Afcenfion, and Pentecost; with all Lord's Days.
The lesser Festivals are the Sabbath-Days, or Saturdays ; with the 50 Days from Easter to Pentecoft; besides the Feast of the Nativity, and the Days of the Apofles, &c.
The great Faft is but one, that of Paffion-Week; especially Fridaġ, and Saturday till Day-break; to be celebrated by abftaining from Flesh and Wine, and by extraordinary Devotion and Alms giving:
The leffer Fafts, called also Days of Abftinence, or Stations, are all Wednesdays and Fridays; excepting those between Easter and Pentecoft ; with Lent, or the five middle Days before PaffionWeek; to be celebrated, by fafting till the Ninth Hour, or till E. vening, and by proper Devotions.
Públick Prayers are to be used Morning and Evening every Day: At noon on Wednesdays and Fridays the Penitential Office or Litany may
be added; as on the Lord's Day is the folemn Communion Ser. rvice to be used, about the fame Time.
The Church is to meet together on Mondays, for the Exercise of Cbriftian Discipline, according to the Laws of the Gospel.
Eafter-day is now the next Lord's day after the 14th Day of the Jewish, or Lunar firft Month; which Month begins with the New-moon just before, or just after the vernal Equinox ; that jo the 14th Day or full Moon may ever fall into Pafion Week.
The Lefons may be taken from the ufual Tables and Calendars; with such Alterations as peculiar Circumftances shall require; the Prayer of Manasses, may be read instead of the History of Bell and the Dragon.
When any Lessons or Portions of the four Gospels are read, it is to be done by a Priest or Deacon; and the Congregation is to stand up.
Other suitable Collet's or Prayers may be added at the Discretion of the Bishop or Presbyter that officiates, provided they be facred Forms, or exadly agreeable thereto; or else used bere in oiber Offices; at least in their Composition unexceptionable.
The Men and Women are to fit feparate in the Pablick Asemblies.