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devotion, it acknowledges candidly the riches of the new ages, and mingles with the old chants and prayers the free thoughts and stirring lyrics which are the peculiar fruit of our Protestant life, and the cheering proof that inspiration is a living power and not a dead tradition. Here the minister is encouraged to use his mind not only in selecting the treasures of sacred wisdom, and also in reading his own elaborate compositions, but in uttering his own spontaneous convictions in extempore speech. Equally free is the method of devotion here favored, and we accept fully the three kinds of prayer which Bunsen so earnestly urges as the practice of the ancient church—Silent Prayer, Free Prayer, and Short Forms, sanctioned by custom, watchwords, as it were, either for the minister alone, or for the clergy and people jointly.
In what we have done we have followed the leadings of our own education and position, and not set ourselves up as the framers of a new liturgy or the founders of a new church. We have preferred to keep within our own circle, and not sought to introduce any symbols or phrases that would make a battle-ground of our altar of devotion. Without being bigots or radicals, we can keep our own accustomed place as lovers of the old piety and friends of the new freedom, as believing in the Church of the Future, because we believe in the divine seed in the Church of the Past and Present. Three names are of themselves enough to justify our conviction and hope of the better times coming, and to cheer the champions of a brave fellowship and a broad faith. Channing, Robertson, Bunsen! these men, whom we love for what they hoped, as well as for what they did, would not despise the intention, if they could not praise the success of a work so humble as ours.
S. O. NEW YORK, January 21, 1862.
F. A. F.
REGULAR ORDER OF SERVICE.
I. Organ Voluntary. II. Introductory Sentences : Minister. III. Chanted Psalm. In the order of the Month (not named)—
· 1. Sunday, “O come;" 2. “O be joyful;" 3. “ Be mer
ciful ;” 4. “Blessed be the Lord;" 5. I was glad.”
Or Hymn in the same order, without being read. IV. Prayer. V. Chanted Hymn. In the order of the Month (not read)
1. Thrice Holy; 2. Glory in the Highest ; 3. Te Deum ;
4. Hosanna ; 5. Alleluia.
Or the versified Hymns in like order, as given. VI. Reading of Scriptures.
It is desirable that, once a month, the Commandments be read as printed, as part of the Scripture Lessons; and that the reading of Scripture end with the “Christian
Faith” from the New Testament, as often.
The Congregation stand during the singing, and kneel or sit with bowed head in prayer.
At the beginning of Morning Prayer, the Minister shall read one or more of the following sentences of Scripture :
UR help cometh from the Lord, which made
heaven and earth. Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and
be unto all that thou hast. Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name, give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness which he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
Hide thy face from my sins; and blot out all mine iniquities.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws which he set before us.
Likewise I say unto you, There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Hear what Christ the Lord said: He that heareth my word and believeth on Him that sent me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open
the door, I will come unto him. Verily I say
say unto you, that in this place one is greater than the temple, Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?