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the close of each session of the General Convention, appoint two of their members to certify the changes, if any, made in the Canons, and to report the same, with the proper arrangement thereof, to the Secretary, who shall print the same in the Journal."
The Time of the Digest of Canons taking effect. "These Canons shall take effect on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord 1860; from and after which day all other Canons of this Church are hereby and shall be deemed to be repealed; provided, that such repeal shall not affect any case of a violation of existing Canons committed before that date; but such case shall be governed by the same law as if no such repeal had taken place.”
Proposed Amendment of Article III. of the Constitution. The present Article is as follows: "ARTICLE III. The Bishops of this Church, when there shall be three or more, shall, whenever General Conventions are held, form a separate House, with a right to originate and propose acts for the concurrence of the House of Deputies, composed of clergy and laity; and when any proposed act shall have passed the House of Deputies, the same shall be transmitted to the House of Bishops, who shall have a negative thereupon; and all acts of the Convention shall be authenticated by both Houses. And in all cases the House of Bishops shall signify to the Convention their approbation or disapprobation (the latter with their reasons in writing) within three days after the proposed act shall have been reported to them for concurrence; and in failure thereof, it shall have the operation of a law. But until there shall be three or more Bishops, as aforesaid, any Bishop attending a General Convention shall be a member ez officio, and shall vote with the clerical deputies of the Diocese to which he belongs; and a Bishop shall then preside."
The following proposed Amendment was not adopted : “Whenever General Conventions are held, the Bishops of this Church shall form a separate House, with the right to originate and propose acts for the concurrence of the House of Deputies, and all acts must pass both Houses."
Proposed Amendment of Article VI. of the Constitution. The Article as it now stands is as follows: “Art. VI. The mode of trying Bishops shall be provided by the General Convention. The Court appointed for that purpose shall be composed of Bishops only. In every Diocese, the mode of trying Presbyters and Deacons may be instituted by the Convention of the Diocese. None but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of admonition, suspension, or degradation from the ministry, on any ciergyman, whether Bishop, Presbyter or Deacon.”
The proposed Amendment, which was as follows, was not adopted :
"Art. VL The mode of trying Bishops shall be provided by the General Convention. The Court appointed for that purpose shall be composed of Bishops only. In every Diocese, the mode of trying Presbyters and Deacons may be instituted by the Convention of the Diocese, but the General Convention may establish a Court of Appeals for the revision of the decision of the Diocesan Courts. None but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of admonition, suspension, or degradation from the Ministry on any clergyman, whether Bishop, Presbyter, or Déacon. Such Court of Appeals not to revise the determination of any question of fact."
Typographical Errors in the authorized Revision of the Holy
“The Committee to whom, at the last General Convention, was referred the subject of Typographical Errors in the authorized revision of the Holy Scriptures, with a view to the proposed standard for this Church, respectfully report:
“That since the last meeting of a General Convention, much progress has been made towards the attainment of a standard Bible for the Church of this country; an object which the various acts of the great Council of the Church, through a long period of time, manifest to have been generally desired, and which at no period was more desirable than at present. Your Committee are of opinion that the present standard, declared such at the Convention of 1823, being that of Eyre and Strahan, printed by Woodfall, should, with the exception of the typographical errors, be the basis of the proposed standard; that in order to avoid wbatever typographical errors may there exist, the edition of Oxford Press of 1832 should be followed in the text, as it appears from the testimony of the Superintendent of that Press, delivered before a Committee of the House of Commons, that a high premium offered for the detection of each error, has resulted in the detection of but three in the lapse of the last twenty years. Your Committee, therefore, recommend the passage of the following resolutions:
“Resolved, That the House of Bishops concurring, a Joint Committee be appointed, to whom shall be submitted the proof-sheets of the proposed standard as they consecutively appear from the Press of the New York Bible and Common Prayer Book Society, after having undergone the examination of a typographical corrector, who shall be guided by the present standard of this Church, except the typographical errors to be corrected by the edition of 1852, printed at Oxford.
"2d. That a typographical corrector be appointed to carry out the above resolution.
“3d. That the Joint Committee have authority to issue the Bible so printed as the standard edition of this Church."
The above resolutions were adopted.
Jurisdiction of the Missionary Bishops of the North-West
and South-West. The following resolutions were adopted: “Resolved, That all those portions of our country north of a line running along the northern boundary of the Cherokee country and New Mexico until it reaches the Diocese of California, not yet organized into dioceses, or included within Missionary Districts, be within the jurisdiction of the Missionary Bishop of the North-West.
“Resolved, That all those portions of our country south of a line running along the northern boundary of the Cherokee country and New-Mexico until it reaches the Diocese of California, not yet organized into dioceses, or included within Missionary Districts, together with Arkansas, be within the jurisdiction of the Missionary Bishop of the South-West.”
Hymnody and Psalmody of the Church. A Joint Special Committee of five were appointed, to consider and report at the next session of the General Convention, upon the whole subject of the Hymnody and Psalmody of the Church, and especially to inquire and report whether any improvement can be introduced into our present collection of Hymns and Metrical Psalms.
General Theological Seminary. The following resolution was adopted : “That a Committee of Five be appointed to examine and report to the next session of the General Convention, whether it be advisable or practicable to effect a severance of the General Convention from its direct connection with the General Theological Seminary, and, if so, the best mode by which that severance can be effected."
Lay Movement in Aid of the Church. The following resolutions were adopted : “Resolved, That the present state of the Church, and of the world around it, emphatically appeals not only to the clergy but to the laity, earnestly and actively to employ their time and means to the best of their ability in supporting and invigorating the Christian efforts of this Church in all its departments,
"Resolved, That a Committee, consisting of one layman from each Diocese, of whom five shall constitute a quorum, be appointed, who shall during the recess of this General Convention, devise and carry out such means and measures as they may deem advisable, calculated to impress upon them specially the impe
rative wants of the Church ; of Ministers who must be supplied from their body; of money, which is more needed than ever, to meet the increased expenditures of the Church ; of earnest and holy zeal in the cause of Christ, which is needed most of all, and which, if aroused to its proper tone, will insure the supply of the other two needs referred to."
The following persons were appointed to constitute that Committee :
“ Messrs. S. B. Ruggles, of New-York; Alex. Duncan, of Rhode Island; Sam. H. Huntington, of Connecticut; Washington Hunt, of New-York; J. C. Garthwaite, of New Jersey ; Robt. H. Gardner, of Maine; Simeon Ide, of New Hampshire; Edward A. Newton, of Massachusetts; Isaac H. Redfield, of Vermont: Wm. Welch, of Pennsylvania ; S. F. Dupont, of Delaware; J. Mason Campbell, of Maryland; D. H. Conrad, of Virginia ; Thos. Ruffin, of North-Carolina ; R. F. W. Allston, of South-Carolina ; James Potter, of Georgia ; George R. Fairbanks, of Florida ; Robt. F. Bunker, of Alabama ; George S. Yerger, of Mississippi; W. N. Mercer, of Louisiana ; E. B. Nichols, of Texas; F. B. Fogg, of Tennessee; A. H. Churchill, of Kentucky; Bellamy Storer, of Ohio; James Morrison, of Indiana ; Daniel Hough, of Missouri; H. P. Baldwin, of Michigan; A. L. Pritchard, of Wisconsin; H. B. Richards, of Iowa; H. F. Wells, of Mary. land; Ed. Stanly, of California ; Judge Otis, of Ilinois, and David Hunter, of Kansas."
Increase of the Ministry. The following resolutions were adopted : “Whereas, the rapid, growing demand, in all parts of the country, for the services of the Church, and the present impossibility of supplying regular Clerical services in parishes and congregations already in existence, make it imperatively necessary that the Church should, through this General Convention, adopt some measures promotive of an immediate increase of the ministry, therefore,
"Resolved, That the Parochial clergy be earnestly requested to bring the Church's pressing need of additional laborers before their respective congregations at least once a year, or oftener, if thought expedient; also to solicit offerings for the education of indigent candidates for Holy Orders, and at all suitable times, and in all suitable ways, to impress the Church's want upon the minds of the young.
"Resolved, That it be recommended to the clergy to urge upon their congre. gations the duty of bestowing upon the training schools and colleges of the Church a more liberal and effectual patronage, and that the heads and teachers of our institutions of learning be invoked to lend their aid in such forms as their judgments may approve, in the great work of supplying pious and well-educated candidates for Holy Orders.”
The Memorial. The Special Committee on the Memorial reported the fol. lowing preamble and resolution:
"Whereas, The preamble and resolution adopted by the House of Bishops on the 18th day of the last session of the General Convention, in relation to the use of the Book of Common Prayer, and published in the Journal of the said Convention, has disturbed the uniformity of worship which should prevail throughout our Church, and have been received in various parishes as lawful authority for deviating from the Rubrics.
"And Whereas, in the opinion of this House, no such change can lawfully be made, except by the joint action of both Houses, in General Convention, made known to the several dioceses, and adopted in the manner prescribed by the Constitution of the Church : therefore,
" Resolved, That the House of Bishops is hereby respectfully requested to reconsider the said preamble and resolutions, and instead of any separate action upon the subject-matter, to send down to this House such proposals for any change of worship as it may deem expedient, to be acted upon in the manner required by the Constitution of the Church for making alterations in the Book of Common Prayer.
"The following are the resolutions adopted by the House of Bishops at the last General Convention, on which the above preamble and resolutions are based :
" Whereas, The use of the Book of Common Prayer, as regulated by custom, has special reference to established parish churches, and to a population already incorporated with the Church.
"And Whereas, our actual work is, or should be, among many not yet connected with our congregations, or where there are no established parishes, and where said parishes are yet in their infancy.
"And Whereas, there are, or may be, in different dioceses, peculiar emergencies arising out of the character or condition of certain portions of the population, which demand some special services.
“And Whereas, the Book of Common Prayer should be so used as most effectively to cherish true devotion, and set forth the Gospel and work of Christ, and contribute to the extension of His kingdom among men.
“And Whereas, the House of Bishops have heretofore expressed opinions as to usages which may be allowed under existing rubrics and Canons; therefore,
" Resolved, as the opinion of the Bishops,
"1. That the order of Morning Prayer, the Litany, and the Communion Service, being separate offices, may, as in former times, be used separately, under the advice of the Bishop of the diocese.
“2. That on special occasions, or, at extraordinary services, not otherwise provided for, ministers may, at their discretion, use such parts of the Book of Common Prayer, and such lesson or lessons from Holy Scripture as shall, in their judgment, tend most to edification.
"3. That the Bishops of the several dioceses may provide such special services as in their judgment shall be required by the peculiar spiritual necessities of any class or portion of the population within said dioceses, provided that such services shall not take the place of the services or offices of the Book of Common Prayer in congregations capable of its use.
"4. That in view of the desirableness of union amongst Christians, and as a pledge of willingness to communicate and receive information tending to that end,