Double Witness of the Church

Double Witness of the Church

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Gloria in Excelsis has never been accurately fixed. By some it has been ascribed to Telesphorus, Bishop of Rome, A. D. 150; by others to Hilary, Bishop of Poictiers in the fourth century. We know, however, that it is more than 1500 years old in the Eastern Church, and the Church of England has used it either at the beginning or end of the Liturgy for above 1200 years, f The Benediction is found in some form in all ancient services, and the one with which our service concludes is a judicious enlargement of that which was used in the English Church before the year 6004 In the same way, did our limits permit, we could go through the Baptismal Service, and point out the origin of its different parts. Some of these--like the vows of renunciation and the profession of faith--are of primitive antiquity, while the remainder can generally be found in the ancient Manuals of Salisbury and York, or in manuscripts which were used more than nine hundred years ago. Let us turn to the Psalter. The manner of reading or singing the Psalms responsively, as we now do, prevailed in very ancient times. We showed in the last Lecture that thus the Song of Moses was used, after the passage of the Red Sea, when the people sang, "and Miriam and all the women answered them." In this way, too, we know that Ibid. p. 156. f Ibid. p. 159. % Ibid. p. 161. Ibid. p. 173. many of the Psalms of David were chanted forth in the service of the Temple. Such, for instance, was Psalm cxxxvi., where the first part of each verse was sung by the Levites, while the chorus, "For his mercy endureth forever," was the response of the people. From them the early followers of our Lord inherited these hymns of praise, and ever since the times of the Apostles, more

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