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SEVEN CANONICAL HOURS:
DEVOTIONS, ACTS OF CONTRITION,
FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE,
Chiefly from Ancient Sources.
PREPARATORY TO AND AFTER HOLY COMMUNION.
“Seven times a day do I praise Thee."-Pf.cxix. 164.
OXFORD: T. AND G. SHRIMPTON, BROAD STREET.
LONDON: J. H. PARKER, 377, STRAND;
138. cl. 395.
THE Prayers and Devotions contained in this book are mostly derived from ancient sources. Those following aster “the Hours” are chiefly from St. Augustine and the works of our early English Divines; some are from the services of the Greek Church ; a few are from other and private sources. Alterations have also been made in some where it seemed necessary in order to make them fitting for the present book. The Hymns are mostly taken, by the kind permission of their publisher, from the translations in “The Hymnal Noted.”
There is one particular point in which this selection differs from many others of the kind, namely, in the setting apart a space of time in each Office for silent, mental, or unprecomposed prayer, any of which terms perhaps will sufficiently denote that which is here intended. And the strict compliance with this is strongly urged; for it has been often found, that persons have come so to lean on precomposed forms of prayer, that they have been unable to utter forth to God in their own words the wants of their souls. The diligent use of Mental Prayer is so constantly recommended by the Saints of God, that no opportunity should be lost for insisting upon it. The whole principle of this pause, which is here enjoined, is granted by the Rubric in the Service for the Ordering of Priests, wherein, before the finging the “Veni Creator,” the Bishop is bidden to desire the congregation “ secretly in their prayers to make their humble supplications to God . . . for the which prayers there shall be silence kept for a space.” The use therefore of this, as enjoined in the present book, cannot be objected to.
The prayers, devotions, and intercessions, which
after “the Hours,” may be added thereto according to the will of those who use them. They are mostly expressive of the warm love and earnest devotion of the heart which consciously loves God, and is loved by Him, which rejoices in the personal knowledge of reconciliation and forgiveness through the meritorious Sacrifice of God's dear Son; others give vent to the penitence which the soul feels at the perception of her own short comings, or are intercessions with God on behalf of various objects.
On Fridays and during Lent, the “ Prayers commemorative of the Passion and Work of our Blessed Lord,” and “ for Obedience to the Will of God," may be used ; the Acts of Contrition and of Faith will be useful for penitents; in the Acts of Love the soul aspires to perfect union with God. Let care be had that the heart go along with the words of the lips.
To the use of faithful and loving souls this book is commended, with the earnest prayer that it may be blessed to the peace, and encouragement, and sanctification of many.
Thanks be to God.
St. Andrew's Day,