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guished from it by the time, by the persons who read, and by
other circumstances, so that the people pay little attention and
respect to it, and the greater part of them are not present, which

* The martyr Justin, ia his First Defence. t In his Apology, 24, 39.



XVI PREFACE.

circumstance proves that they regard the reading of the Holy
Scriptures as less important than the preaching. It is for these
reasons that the leaders of the churches thought themselves in-
dispensably obliged to re-establish the reading of the word of
God in their worship. And as circumstances for a long time
had not permitted them to introduce this reading in all the ser-
vices, and particularly in that of Sunday, they have done it at
least in the ordinary morning and evening services. This read-
ing is performed in the following manner:

The Old and New Testaments are read alternately ; and the
lessons have been so arranged, that the historical books of the
Old Testament, from Genesis to Esther, are read in the same
time with all the books of the New Testament. After which
the New Testament is recommenced with the book of Job, and
finished with Malachi.

Thus we read the New Testament twice whilst we read the
Old but once. Some chapters and passages are omitted, as the
fir^t book of Chronicle?, the first chapter of Numbers, and some
others. We do not read consecutively, the books of Kings and
those of Chronicles, because they contain the same histories, but
those chapters are selected in which the history is related with
the greatest clearness ; and for this purpose a kind of harmony
hds been prepared. When the chapters are very long, or when
they contain a great deal of matter, they are divided so as not
to overcharge the memories of the hearers, nor extend the ser-
vice to an inconvenient length. During the festivals, and also at
seasons for celebrating the Holy Supper, and in some other cir-
cumstances, the portions of Scripture most appropriate .to the
occasion are read, forming two lessons, formerly called the Epis-
tle and Gospel ; and in this they conformed as nearly as possi-
ble to the ancient usage of the church, which long since made a
wise and judicious selection of the passages of Scripture proper
to be read at the principal solemnities of Christians. At the
end of this preface will be found the table of lessons for spe-
cial occasions. In order that the lessons might have more effect,
the chapter is preceded by an argument or summary of its con-



PREFACE. XVU

tents, of its -parts and its object, with the mode of clearing up
the general difficulties if there be any. After the chapter some
reflections are added in the form of exhortations, in order that
the people may depart the more deeply impressed with the things
which they have heard. These reflections extend ordinarily to
five or six sentences only. These arguments and reflections
have been prepared and are read. It has been found expedient
to pursue this course, because if left to the discretion of the
ministers, many might lose sight of the brevity, simplicity and
precision which are requisite in reflections of this kind. Final-
ly, there being in this Liturgy some passages of which persons
unacquainted with the customs of our church will not under-
stand the reason, it is proper to say something in explanation
of them, especially as many persons abroad have requested in
formation on the subject. The following then, are the ob-
servances in our churches, particularly in the town of Neuchatel,
where the public exercises of religion are more frequent than in
the country :

There is a sermon every Sunday morning, and at mid-day the
Catechism ; at Neufchatel there is a sermon again in the evening.
In the week they preach on Wednesday and Friday morning.
On the other days they perform in the forenoon the ordinary
morning service, and every day at three o'clock, the afternoon
service. These services are performed by the ministers of the
church. The people are seated during the reading of the Holy
Scriptures, and during the rest of the service they stand up. On
Saturday morning, after the close of the service, the pastors,
each in his turn, catechise the children of the age of ten years
and upwards, until they have communed. They celebrate the
Holy Supper of the Lord at four periods in the year, and at
each of these, three times, in order that they who may not have
been able to partake of the Holy Sacrament at the first cele-
bration, may partake on the following day ; and that persons de-
siring to commune more than once should have the opportunity
to do so. The Holy Supper is celebrated 1st at Easter, to wit:
on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter day. 2ndly, at Pen-



XVlll PREFACE.

tecost : on Pentecost Sunday, the following Friday, and Trinity
Sunday. 3dly, about the beginning of the month of Septem-
ber, to wit : on the last Sunday of August, the Friday following,
and the first Sunday of September. 4thly, at Christmas, to
wit: on the two last Sundays of the year, and on Christmas
day, and if Christmas fall on Sunday, on the preceding Friday.
The reason is thus seen why our Liturgy contains prayers for
two communion Sundays at each of these four festivals ; why
there are prayers to be introduced into the service during two
weeks at these seasons, and why in the table of proper lessons,
lessons are appointed for the first and second week. The first
week is that which precedes the first Sunday for the communion
at the Holy Supper, and the second is that which follows it.
During these two weeks, general catechetical instruction is given
on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after twelve o'clock,
and on these catechisms the catechumens who present them-
selves to be received for the confirmation of the baptismal vow,
and for the participation of the Eucharist, are publicly examined.
On the Saturday evenings before the celebration of the Lord's
Supper, there is a sermon of preparation, wiih prayers. The
same course is observed on the eve of public fast days.

Such are the principal matters which it seemed proper to no-
tice in explanation of this Liturgy. God grant that it may con-
tribute to the advancement of his glory, and of true piety ; and
that all who use it, may apply it to its true purpose, the worship
of God, in spirit and in truth. — Amen.



A TABLE OF LESSONS



FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS



FOR THE NATIVITY



FIRST WEEK.

Monday Morning,
Monday Evening,
Tuesday Evening, -
Wednesday Evening,
Thursday Morning,
Thursday Evening,
Friday Evening,
Saturday Morning,



FIRST LESSON.



Isaiah XL. 1-11.
Isaiah XL. I-IO, &
Isaiah XLIX. 1-23.
Malachi III.
Malachi IV.
Isaiah XLII. 1-12.
Isaiah LII.
Hebrews II.



XIL



SECOND LESSON.
St. Luke I. 1-25.
St. Luke I. 26-56.
St. Luke I. 57-80.
St. Matthew XI.
St. Matthew III.
St. Luke III. 1-18.
St. John I. 1-18.
St. John I. 19-51.



SECOND WEEK. FIRST LESSON.

The Eve of the Nativity, Isaiah LXII.
The Day of the Nativity, Hebrews I.
The Day after Nativity, Isaiah IX. 1-6.



SECOND LESSON,
St. Matthew I.
St. Luke II. 1-20.
St. Luke II. 11-39.



On the other days the following Lessons are read ; and they are arranged ac-
cording to the day upon which the Nativity falls. The Prophecies of the Old
Testament are read, which point out the principal circumstances of the advent
of Jesus Christ :

Genesis iii. 15, and xlix. 10; Micah v. 2; Isaiah vii. 14, and ix. 5; Daniel ix.
24-27 ; Haggai ii. 9 ; and Malachi iv. 1 , 5, 6.

These are all read at one time ; and the following from the New Testament
are added :—

1st Epistle of St. Peter I. 10-13 ; Acts xiii. 16-41 ; 1st Epistle of St. John I:
Epistle to Titus ii. 11-15, and iii. 3-7; St. Matthew ii.; St. Luke ii. 40-52; 1st
Corinthians xi. 20-32.



FOR THE EVENING OF THE LAST DAY
OF THE YEAR.
FIRST LESSON- SECOND LESSON.

Tsalm xxxix. 9-14. St. Mattliew xxiv. 42-51.



XX


TABLE OF LESSONS.




FOR THE EVENING OF THE FIRST DAY






OF THE YEAR.




FIRST LESSON. SECOND LESSON.


1


IstThess. V, 1-11.


St. Matthew xxv. 1-30.


FOR THE PASSOVER.


FIRST WEEK,


FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Monday Morning,


Exodus XIL 1-28.


St. John XI. 47-57; XII.
1-11.


Monday Evening,


Exodus XII. 29-51.


St. John XII. 12-50.


Tuesday Evening,


Exodus XIII. 1-16.


St. John xrii.


Wednesday Evening,


Isaiah LI II.


St. John XIV.


Thursday Morning,


Isaiah LIV.


St. John XV.


Thursday Evening,


Isaiah LV.


St. John XVI.


Friday Evening,


Genesis XXII. 1-19.


St. John XVII. ii


Saturday Morning,


1st Peter m. 18-22.


St. Matt. XXI. 1-17.




HOLY WEEK.


FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.




Monday Morning,


Philip II. 5-13.


During this week the se-




Monday Evening,


Isaiah L. 5-10.


cond Lesson is taken from




Tuesday Evening,


Isaiah LXII. 11, 12 ; &


the four Evangelists, put






LXIII. 1-9.


in harmony. This history




Wednesday Evening,


Daniel IX. 20-27.


is divided into eight read- '


Thursday Morning,


Hebrews IX.


ings, so that the particulars


Thursday Evening,


1st Cor. XI. 20-33.


of the crucifixion, and the




Good Friday,


Hebrews X. 1-25.


Death of our Lord, are




Saturday Morning,


Romans VI. 1-14.


read on Good Friday, and
the history of liis Burial on
Saturday.






FOR EASTER.






FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.




Monday Morning.


Colossians III. 1-17.


The history of the Re-




Monday Evening,


1st Cor. XV. 1-34.


surrection, taken from tlie


Tuesday Evening,


1st Cor. XV. 35-58.


four Evangelists, and put
in harmony.


FOR


THE ASCENSION. |






FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.




The Eve of the Ascension


, 2nd Kings II. 1-14.


St. John XIV. 1-19.




The Day of the Ascension


, Ephesians IV. 7-16.


The history of the As-
cension, from the Evange-
list, and from the Acts.




The Day after Ascension


Hebrews X. 11-31.


St. John XVI. 16-33.





1


TABLE OF LESSONS. XXl


FOR PENTECOST.


FIRST WEEK.


FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Wednesday Evening,


Ezekiel XXXVI. 22-28.


St. John III. 1-21.


Thursday Morning,


Hebrews VIII.


St. John V. 19-36.


Thursday Evening,


Isaiah LXI.


St. Luke I. 16-30.


Friday Evening,


Isaiah LV.


St. John VII. 37-43.


Saturday Morning,


Joel II. 28-32.


St. John XIV. 1-17.


SECOND WEEK.


FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Monday Morning,


Acts 11.


St. John XIV. 18-31.


Monday Evening,


Acts X.


St. John XV.


Tuesday Evening,


Acts XI. 1-18.


St. John XVI. 1-15.


Wednesday Evening,


1st Cor. XII.


St. John XVI. 16-33.


Thursday Morning,


1st Cor. XIII.


St. John XVII.


Thursday Evening,


1st Cor. XL 20-32.


St. John XVIII.


Friday Evening,


Romans VIII.


St. John XIX.


Saturday Morning.


Gal. V. 16-26.


St. Matthew XII. 22-45.


FOR THE


FIRST MONDAY AFTER


TRINITY SUNDAY.




FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Morning,


Hebrews 11.


St. Matthew XXV. 14-30.


Evening,


Eph. IV. 1-16.


St. Matthew XIII. 24-32.


FOR THE HOLY DAYS OF


SEPTEMBER.


FIRST WEEK.


FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Friday Evening,


Isaiah LV.


St. John VI. 26-40.


Saturday Morning,


Prov. IX. 1-11.


St. John VI. 41-63.


SECOND WEEK.


FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Monday Morning,


Romans V.


St. Matthew V. 1-20.


Monday Evening,


Colossians I.


St. Matthew V. 21-48.


Tuesday Evening,


1st Peter I.


St. Matthew VI.


Wednesday Evening,


1st Peter II.


St. Matthew VII.


Thursday Morning,


1st Cor. V. 1-22.


St. Luke XIV. 15-24.


Tiiursday Evening,


1st Cor. XI. 20-32.


St. Matthew XXV. 1-13.


Friday Evening,


1st John III.


St. John XIX.


Saturday Morning,


Gal. V. 13-26.


St. Matthew XXII. 1-14.


FOR THE WEEK OF PUBLIC FASTING.




FIRST LESSON.


SECOND LESSON.


Monday Morning,


Isaiah I.


St. Matthew III. 1-12.


Monday Evening,


Jeremiah VII-


St. Matthew XXI, 28-44.


Tuesday Evening,


Zacariah VIL


St. Luke XV.


Morning before Fast,


Isaiah LVIII.


St. Matthew VI. 1-18.


Evening alter Fast,


Heb. HI. 7-19: IV. 1-11


. St. Luke XIII. 1-9.



GENERAL DIRECTIONS.



Any of the Services of this book may begin with a Canticle,
Psalm or Hymn, during which the minister and people stand.

In any other part of the services they stand during a Canti-
cle, and sit during a Psalm or Hymn.

The Canticles may be read or chanted.

Part of a Canticle, Psalm or Hymn, may be used instead of
the whole.

At the end of the several Prayers the people answer Amen.

In the morning service, besides the Ten Commandments from
Exodus XX. 1-17, with the summary of the Law from St. Mat-
thew xxii. 37-40, there shall be two lessons of Scripture. The
first shall be taken from any part of the Old Testament, from
Genesis to Esther inclusive, being the Historical Books ; or from
the Prophetical Books of the Old Testaments. The second
Lesson shall be taken from the Gospels or Acts of the Apostles,
being the Historical Books of the New Testament. In the af-
ternoon service the first Lesson shall be taken out of the Precep-
tive Books of the Old Testament, from Job to Ecclesiastes ; and
the second Leston out of the Epistles, or the Apocalypse, in
the New Testament.

On Holy Days the Lessons may be those in the Table.

During the reading of the Ten Commandments and the sum-



XXIV GENERAL DIRECTIONS.

mary of the Law, the minister and people stand. During the
reading of the other lessons of Scripture, the minister stands
and the people sit.

On Holy days, and other special occasions of public worship
occurring on week days, the services for the Lord's Day may be
used instead of any of the other services, in the discretion of
the minister.



PART FIRST



jMnratng §mm fnr tlit iCnri'0 Dnif.



77ie Service may commence loith one of the following Canticles,
itnless another Canticle, or a Psahn or Hymn, he specially an-
nounced; during which the Minister and People stand-

CANTICLES.

A COME, let us sing unto the Lord ; let us heartily
rejoice in the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving ;
and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

O come, let us worship and bow down ; let us kneel
before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord, our God, and we are the people
of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Manifold, O God ! are thy wondrous and bounteous
works : they are more than can be numbered.

In thee we live, and move, and have our being. The
testimonies of thy loving kindness are ever about us.

Thou hast sent thine only Son into the world, to be a
propitiation for our sins.



2 MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY. [Part

For all these tLings we bless thee, and v^e magnify thy
glorious name ; saying, with the angels and all the
heavenly host.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts ! Heaven and
earth are fnll of th}' glory, O God, most high.

Let our mouths show forth thy praise for ever.

Let all that hath breath, bless thee for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Or this.

pOME, and let us present ourselves before the Lord ;
let us adore him in his temple ; let us humble our-
selves in his sanctuary.

The Lord is here. How venerable, how sacred is this
place ! this is the house of God ; this is the gate of
heaven.

O Lord ! God of our fathers, thou art blessed for ever.
To thee belong greatness, power, glory, eternity, majesty.

All that is in heaven and in earth is thine : the kinor-

o

dom is thine.

Thou art a Prince above all things : thou art Sovereign
over all. Piiches and honour, power and might, are in
thy hand.

Now, therefore, our God ! we magnify thee and
praise thy glorious name.

Who are we, and who are this people, that we are
enabled freely to ofter unto thee this service, and this
praise ?



First] MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY. 3

We are strangers before thee, and our days pass away
as a shadow.

Although we are but dust and ashes, behold, we take
upon ourselves to speak unto thee.

Let the words of our mouths be acceptable unto thee,
Lord !

Let thy mercy be upon us, God ! as our trust is in
thee.

Glory be, etc.



QUE



Then the Minister shall say,

help is in the name of the Lord, who made
heaven and earth. — Fsahn cxxiv., 8.



Here, and at the end of the several prayers, the People answer
Amen.

Then the Minister shall say,

Let US pray.

A ALMIGHTY God and heavenly Father ! we have
come together for the public sanctification of this
Lord's day, to offer unto thee our praises and our pray-
ers, and to hear thy holy word. Thou hast promised to
hearken favourably unto all those who call upon thee in
the name of thy Son. We therefore, beseech thee to
look down upon us in mercy, and to purify our thoughts
and affections, that we may render unto thee an accept-
able service.



4 MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY. [Part

Great God I we liumble ourselves before tliee. "We
adore thy majesty ; we extol thy wisdom, thy power,
and thy goodness, which appear with such brightness in
the marvellous works of creation and redemption. We
acknowledge thy tender love in the manifold favours,
spiritual and temporal, which we continually receive at
thy hand ; but we praise thee more especially, with all
Christians who are assembled this day, that thou didst
send thy Son into the world to save us, and that he rose
from the dead for our justification. We bless thee that
thou hast given us, by his glorious resurrection, so lively
a hope of everlasting life.

O God ! thy glory is great in all thy churches, and
the praise of thy name is heard in all the assemblies of
thy saints ! May our thanksgivings ascend unto thy
throne ! Make us worthy to be 2)artakers of the resur-
rection of the just, and of the glory of the kingdom of
heaven, whither Jesus Christ hath entered as our fore-
runner ; where he hveth and reigneth ; where he is
adored and glorified, with thee and the Holy Ghost, God
blessed forever. Amen.

r\ GOD I who hast given thy Holy Scriptures for our
instruction, we beseech thee to enlighten our minds
and purify our hearts, that we may worthily read, hear,
and meditate upon them, and may understand and re-
ceive, as we ought, the things which are therein revealed.
Enable thy ministers to declare thy word with purity
and clearness, with simplicity and zeal. Render their
preaching efft-ctual, through the influence of the Holy
Spirit, so that the good seed may be received into our



First.] MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY. 5

hearts, as into ground well prepared, and bring forth
fruit in abundance. Grant that, we may be not only-
hearers, but doers of thy word ; and that living conform-
ably with its divine instructions during the time of our
sojourning here, we may attain unto eternal salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Here may he sung a Psalm or Hymn.

Then the Minister shall say,

TT EAR with reverence, the Ten Commandments of the
Law of God, as they are written in the 20th chap-
ter of the Book of Exodus.

Here the People rise.

p CD spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy
God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.
I.

Thou shalt have no other, gods before me.
II.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or
any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or
that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water un-
der the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
them, nor serve them : for I, the Lord thy God, am a
jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children, unto the third and fourth generation of them
that hate me ; and showing mercy unto thousands of
them that love me, and keep my commandments.



6 MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. [Part

III.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God
in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that
taketh his name in vain.

IV.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six
days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work ; but the
seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God : in it
thou shalt not do any work ; thou, nor thy son, nor thy
daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy
cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates : for in
six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and
all that in them is, and rested the seventh day ; where-
fore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

V.

Honour thy father and thy mother ; that thy days may
be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

VI.

Thou shalt not kill.

VII.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VIII.

Thou shalt not steal.

IX.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neigh-
bour.

X.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house ; thou
shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife ; nor his man-ser-
vant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass ; nor
any thing that is thy neighbour's.



First.] MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD 3 DAY. 7

TI EAR also what onr Lord Jesus Christ saith, in the 22d
chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This
is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and
the prophets.

T| EARLY beloved!

If God enter intoi^dgment with us, in his sight
shall no man living be justified. Psalm cxliil, 2.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us. J John, i., 8.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to for-
give us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous-
ness. /. John, i.,Q.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit ; a broken
and a contrite heart he will not despise. Fsalm Z^., 17.

The wages of sin is death : but the gift of God is
eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Eom. vi., 23.

Him that cometh unto me, saith the Lord, I will in
no wise cast out. St. John, vi.,27.

Let us therefore, humbly confess our sins.

A LORD God I Eternal and Almighty Father 1 we
confess before thy Divine Majesty that we are mise-
rable sinners, born in corru[)tion and iniquity, prone to
evil, and of ourselves incapable of any good. We
acknowledge that we transgress in various ways thy



8 MORNIxVG gEEVICE FOR THE LORd's DAY. [Part

holy commandments, so that we draw down on ourselves,
through thy righteous judgment, condemnation and
death. AYe are, O Lord ! under heaitfelt sorrow for
having offended thee ; and we implore thy grace to
relieve our wretchedness. Vouchsafe, O most gracious
God and merciful Father ! to have compassion on us,
in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Par-
don our sins, give us the graces of the Holy Spirit, and
increase them day by day ; to the end, that heartily
acknowledging our unworthiness, and forsaking our sins,
we may be filled with that godly sorrow which wcn-keth
repentance unto salvation, and may bring forth fruits of
righteousness acceptable to tnee ; through Jesus Christ,
our Lord. Amen.

A UK Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy
name ; thy kingdom come ; thy will be done on
earth, as it is in heaven ; give us this day our daily
bread ; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us ; and lead us not into tempta-
tion ; but deliver us from evil : for thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall he read a Lesson from the Old Testament.

Before reading the Lessons from the Old ajid New Testaments,
the Minister shall ajinourxe siniply the book and chatter ;
and after reading them, shall use these u'ords, Here endeth
THE First, or the Second Lessox.

After the Lesson from the Old Testament shall he svng the fol-
lowing



First.] MORNING SERVICE FOR THE LORD S DAY. U

DOXOLOGY.

Or a Canticle, Psalm or Hymn, when announcedhy the Minister.

Here the People rise.



G



LORY be to God on higli, and on earth peace, good-
will towards men. We j^raise tliee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee
for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God
the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ ; O Lord
God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takest away
the sins of the world, have mercy npon us. Thou, who
takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou, who takest away the sins of the world, receive our
prayer. Thou, who sittest at the right hand of God the


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