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“Sacerdotes autem et Levitæ filii Sadoc, qui custodierunt ceremonias sanctuarii mei, cum errarent filii Israel a me, ipsi accedent ad me ut ministrent mihi, et stabunt in conspectu meo ut offerant mihi adipem et sanguinem, ait Dominus Deus. Ipsi ingredientur sanctuarium meum, et ipsi accedent ad Mensam meam ut ministrent mihi, et custodiant ceremonias meas.”—Ezech. xliv., 15, 16.

PREFACE.

No one will seriously contend that the rubrics of the Prayer Book are so full and explicit that no further directions are required for rendering its offices. The many ceremonial and devotional guides which have been drawn up for the use of the clergy, from Bishop Andrewes' Notes, down to the elaborate work attributed to Canon Liddon, and subsequently, are ample evidence of how inadequate has been felt to be the guidance provided by the mere letter of the rubrics. Indeed it is quite impossible to render any office of the Prayer Book if regard be paid only to the bare directions therein contained. And, as a matter of fact, there never has been a Bishop or Priest who has not freely supplemented the directions of the Prayer Book, either from his own sense of the fitness of things or from such knowledge of the Church's traditional ceremonial as he possessed. Therefore no apology whatever is

. offered in presenting these volumes, as they are simply an attempt to interpret the rubrics of our Communion Office where they are ambiguous and where they are insufficient to provide further guidance by reference to the ancient ceremonial customs of the Church.

Of the need of manuals of instruction in the duties of the sacred ministry there can be no question. While the curriculum of our seminaries has been greatly

1 Notes on the Book of Common Prayer, Minor Works, Ang. Cath. Lib. p. 141.

: The Priest to the Altar, or Aids to the Devout Celebration of the Holy Communion, chiefly after the Ancient Use of Sarwm. 8vo. Pri vately printed, n. d.

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