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TO

THE RIGHT REVEREND

BENJAMIN MOORE, D. D.

Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New-York;

THIS EXPOSITION

OF THE

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, &c

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

PREFACE.

THE design of the following pages is to show the beauty, harmony, excellency, and usefulness of the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, &c. and to render the whole sufficiently clear and intelligible to the meanest capacity.

That such a performance is much wanted, cannot be denied; for it is well known that the Book of Common Prayer is little understood by some, and but negligently used by others, even of our own communion; and that our opponents have, from time to time, raised a variety of objections against it, hoping thereby to lessen its credit, and to bring it into disuse.

The consideration of these great evils has induced me to publish this Exposition, wherein the prayers and administration of the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of our church are illustrated, ob

jections answered, and advice is humbly offered, both to the younger clergy and the laity, for promoting true devotion in the use of these forms.

To render this attempt successful, I have endeavoured to comprise as much information as possible in a small volume.-I have also divided the book into suitable chapters, and arranged the subjects of it in the same order in which they are placed in the Book of Common Prayer.-The form of it, by way of question and answer, was chosen, because it is a method best adapted to convey instruction, and to impress on the mind the truths which it inculcates.

The first chapter is intended as an introduction to the work. Of the other chapters, it will be needless to add any thing more concerning them than what is contained in the table of contents.-At the end of the book is annexed an alphabetical index of the ecclesiastical writers cited in this Exposition, and the times when they flourished; as also an explanation of some words and terms therein used, in order to

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