"Written by one of the Church's leading experts on the history of the Book of Common Prayer, this `Commentary' is designed as a companion to the American Prayer Book of 1979. Dr. Hatchett traces and comments upon the sources, history and development of each of the rites and formularies of the 1979 Book from the earliest known forms until the present day". -- inside front jacket blurb.
Contents divided into sections: Foreword / Chilton Powell -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Title Page -- The Certificate -- The Table of Contents -- The Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer -- The Preface -- Concerning the Service of the Church -- The Calendar of the Church Year -- The Daily Office -- The Great Litany -- The Collects for the Church Year -- Proper Liturgies for Special Days -- Holy Baptism -- The Holy Eucharist -- Pastoral Offices -- Episcopal Services -- The Psalter, or Psalms of David -- Prayers and Thanksgivings -- An Outline of the Faith or Catechism -- Historical Documents of the Church -- Tables for Finding the Date of Easter and other Holy Days -- The Lectionary -- Daily Office Lectionary -- Selected Bibliography -- General Index -- Index of Scripture Citations.
Section on Pastoral Offices further divided into sub-sections: Confirmation -- A Form of Commitment to Christian Service -- Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage -- Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child -- Reconciliation of a Penitent -- Ministration to the Sick -- Ministration at the Time of Death -- The Burial of the Dead.
Section on Episcopal Services further divided into sub-sections: Ordination of a Bishop, of a Priest, of a Deacon -- Celebration of a New Ministry -- Dedication and Consecration of a Church.
"Copyright 1973 by Charles Mortimer Guilbert as Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer" -- verso of t.-p.
"This edition of the revised forms of services most frequently used in the Episcopal Church has been put together with the purpose of providing, at as low a cost as possible, all that the people in the pews would normally need for the public recitation of the Daily Office and the celebration of Holy Communion, including the complete Psalter. Hence it is described as a 'pew edition'. It is not the draft of a revised Book of Common Prayer; nor is it a complete collection of all the revised materials needed for the conduct of regular public worship on Sundays, other Holy Days , or weekdays. The revised services are reproduced as authorized by the General Convention of 1973, in both the more familiar 'traditional' style and the more contemporary speech of today" (p. vii). .... The purpose of this pew edition is to facilitate the kind of regular, orderly, and prayerful use of the most frequently used services, which should make it possible for all congregations that wish to take a responsible part in the process of Prayer Book revision, to do so; or at the very least, to become acquainted, through use, with what is likely to be proposed" (p. xiii). -- Preface.
Contents divided into seven main sections: Preface / The Standing Liturgical Commission, Rt. Rev. Chilton Powell, Chairman -- Calendar of the Church Year -- Holy Baptism -- A Form for Confirmation or the Laying-On of Hands by the Bishop with the Affirmation of Baptismal Vows -- The Holy Eucharist -- Morning and Evening Prayer -- The Psalter.
Holy Baptism section contains: Additional Directions and Suggestions.
The Holy Eucharist section contains: Schedule of Optional Changes and Variations -- First Service -- A Penitential Order -- Second Service -- An Order for Celebrating the Holy Eucharist -- Forms of Intercession -- Offertory Sentences -- Music for Sursum Corda -- Proper Prefaces -- Additional Directions and Suggestions.
Morning and Evening Prayer section contains: First Order -- Second Order -- Additional Directions and Suggestions -- Order of Service for Noonday -- Order of Service for Close of Day -- Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families -- Concerning the Lectionary -- The Psalter.
"This pew edition consists of reprints from several publications as follows: The Calendar (from "Lesser Feasts and Fasts", 1973); Holy Baptism and A Form for Confirmation or the Laying-On of Hands by the Bishop with the Affirmation of Baptismal Vows (from Prayer Book Studies 16, 1973); The Holy Eucharist (from Prayer Book Studies 21 and "Services for Trial Use", 1970); Morning and Evening Prayers (from "The Daily Office", Prayer Book Studies 17, 1973); The Psalter (from "The Prayer Book Psalter Revised", 1973)." -- p. .
Cover title: The Daily Office : Morning and Evening Prayer : Services for Noonday and Close of Day : Daily Devotions.
"The Study and the Orders of Service contained in this Book were prepared by The Standing Liturgical Commission of The Episcopal Church as part of the program of Prayer Book Revision authorized by the General Convention of 1967". -- title-page.
"Copyright 1970 by Charles Mortimer Guilbert as Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer." -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"The first major attempt since 1928 to revise the Daily Offices was made by the Standing Liturgical Commission in 1957 with the publication of 'Prayer Book Studies VI' entitled 'Morning and Evening Prayer'. Since then, the process of liturgical revision has gathered momentum throughout the Anglican Communion and in all Christian Churches. .... The Drafting Committee on the Daily Offices was constituted as follows: The Reverend Charles W.F. Smith ... Chairman." -- Preface.
"The Standing Liturgical Commission presents for the Church's consideration two versions of the Daily Office, one in contemporary English, the other in the language of the Prayer Book and the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Each version is a single form intended for both the morning and the evening Office. In addition, new services are provided for use at noonday and at the close of the day, and short forms for use by families or individuals praying alone". -- Intro., p. 5.
Contents: Preface / Chilton Powell, Chairman of the Standing Liturgical Commission [and other members] -- I. Introduction -- Notes -- Notes on the ICEt (International Consultation on English Texts) -- II. Morning and Evening Prayer -- 1. First Order -- 2. Second Order -- 3. Additional Directions and Suggestions -- 4. Music for Preces and Suffrages -- 5. Invitatory Antiphons -- 6. Sentences for Seasons and Other Occasions -- 7. Canticles and Hymns -- III. Prayer at Noonday -- IV. Prayer at Close of Day -- V. Daily Devotions -- 1. At Morning -- 2. At Noon -- 3. At Close of Day.