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even M'hen on other days of the week it is not ; and
in the daily Office the hymns, &c. are varied, as for
a day of peculiar solemnity^." So Bingham'^ con-
siders that " the Greek Church received the day as
they found it delivered to them by the Jews, among
whom it was always a festival."

We may here pause for a moment to notice how
the introductory portion of the ancient Greek Offices
— if we may assume its antiquity on the grounds here
alleged — illustrates or confirms the corresponding
part of the Western Church's ritual, and of our own
more especially.

Few parts of the existing Daily Services of the
English Church have been more severely criticised,
on the score of supposed novelty, and departure from
the customs of the Church elsewhere, than the peni-
tential introductory portion of them. And yet not
only have we, as has been long ago pointed out, an
unquestionable warrant for this, of a general kind,
in the testimony of St. Basil already cited ; but, on
further investigating the introduction before us, —
doubtless the very one to which he alludes, and pro-
bably Apostolic, — we are furnished with as full and
exact a precedent as could be desired. Objection

" See below, chap, ii., on Ordinary Worship. '' Neale, Gen. lu-

trod., p. 731 ; and see p. 919.



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