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Our Prayer Book in History, Literature, and Church Lore
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Excerpt from Our Prayer Book in History, Literature, and Church Lore: With Some Reminiscences of Parson, Clerk, and Sexton, in the Olden Times Prayer Book of the Anglican Church has too long been regarded as a battlefield for controversialists, and too little regarded as a rich casket of devotion; but in addition to its value in this respect, it has now attained an historic character, and has interwoven with its pages the memories of three centuries and a half. It is like a building which has passed through the period of a raw and new appearance, and has become weather-stained and venerable in its aspect, and stands like a noble oak garlanded with the verdant ivy of many associations. Laying aside, then, for a time, its position as a guide to public services and an aid to private devotion, it seems to me that an interesting little volume may be put together which should note the peculiar customs and traditions which have gathered round our Church Services in the last three hundred years, to trace the allusions to our Prayer Book which are found in English literature, and lastly, to record any curious local Church practices and -survivals- which still exist, or have existed till within recent days, and some of which are so quaint as to arouse an innocent smile. During the past few years many interesting circumstances and illustrations have rewarded my enquiries on this aspect of the Prayer Book, and shed light on its history and meaning, so as to encourage me in the hope that my first series of notes may be found interesting, and may perchance be followed by a desire on the part of Churchmen for a second series. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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