A Key to the Knowledge and Use of the Book of Common Prayer

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byJohn Henry Blunt

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 Excerpt: ...God."--Joel i. 14. AS the Festivals of the Church originated in the joy of Easter, so the Fasts originated origin of in the sorrow of Good Friday. Christian Fasts. The institution of fasting, and the observance of Fast Days was, indeed, handed down to the Christian Church from the Old Dispensation our Lord adopted while He lived on earth; and He told His disciples that they should fast (as they afterwards did) when the Bridegroom should be taken away from them. In the Primitive Church many Fast Days were observed, and with great strictness. "There are those," wrote St. Chrysostom (a.d. 347--407) "who rival Primitivemodes one another in fasting, and show a mar-of fasting. vellous emulation in it. Some, indeed, who spend two whole days without food; and others who reject from their tables the use of wine, oil, and every delicacy, and, taking only bread and water, persevere in this practice during the whole of Lent." Many such testimonies to the habits of the early Church of Christ show that the later habits of the Church are such as the Apostles are likely to have originated; and that a Church without Fasts would be very unlike that which they established. The Church of England, therefore, continued the observance of them at the Reformation, set forth two instructive Homilies on the subject of fasting, and inserted in the Prayer Book a list of the days to be kept. This list comprises the following days:--1. All Fridays. 2. The week-days of Lent. 3. The Ember days. 4. The Rogation days. 5. The Evens or Vigils. § 1. Fridays. The Sundays being memorial days of our Lord's Resurrection, the Fridays are, likewise, memorial days of His Death; and have been so observed from the earliest ages of Christianity. And as Easter Day is the crow...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 Excerpt: ...God."--Joel i. 14. AS the Festivals of the Church originated in the joy of Easter, so the Fasts originated origin of in the sorr...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217670075

ISBN - 13:9780217670074

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