Excerpt from The English Liturgy, and Our Duties in Respect of It: A Sermon Preached in the Parish Church of Kidderminster, on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1862
There is no request or supplication wanting in the ordinary prayers of our Prayer-book that I know of - ex cept one, and that is, a more explicit and direct peti tion for missionaries; there is positively nothing in the form for Morning and Evening Prayer which we can think of to ask according to God's will, which is not there asked for - not one single thing. There is a very careful apportionment of the subjects of worship, of con fession, of prayer, ' of praise, of humble dependence on our part; there is an entire absence of tediousness, if we give ourselves to prayer, such as no continuous prayer, poured forth extempore for the same length of time, ever fails to bring; there is such an intermixture of Scriptural language with our prayers and praises, as leaves nothing in that sort to be desired. Look into any page of the English Prayer-book, in a book which has Scripture references at the side, and judge for yourselves.
It has sometimes been said that for the poorer and less learned sort there are many phrases and words in the Prayer-book difficult to comprehend. I say first, in answer to this, that I have never heard any extempore prayer at length in my life in which there were not far greater difficulties; and secondly, I say that the most difficult passages for untaught people in our Prayer book, such as the solemn adjuration in the Litany, where we say, By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation; by Thy holy Nativity and Circumcision; by Thy Bap tism, Fasting, and Temptation, where there is only one primitive word of our forefathers, the rest being all Greek or Latin, - I say that this, and other hard pas sages in the Prayer-book, become by the ordinary teach ing of any parish school (and it is to be hoped thisteaching will not cease) as familiar to poor men's thoughts as their own vernacular tongue.
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