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The Worship of the Church and The Beauty of Holiness   By: (1892-1914)

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And the Beauty of Holiness



Rector of St. Paul's Church, Buffalo, N. Y.

"Oh, may I dwell in His Temple blest, As long as my life may be, And the beauty fair of the Lord of Hosts, In the home of His glory see!" BISHOP COXE, Christian Ballads

New York James Pott & Company 285 Fourth Avenue 1898

Copyright, 1898, by James Pott & Co.

First Edition. Printed, January, 1898. Second Edition, Revised. Printed, May, 1898.


The material in this manual is, so far as known, accessible only in a number of books. Obligation to those from which it has been gathered has not been expressed by references, which must have marked nearly every page, but, instead, a list has been appended which may be consulted if it is desired to verify statements or to study more fully any subject presented.

The object in view has not been to discuss the propriety, or lawfulness, or obligation of any matter referred to, but simply to give information.



WORSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 THE CHURCH, THE PLACE OF WORSHIP . . . . . . . . . 11 SYMBOLISM OF THE CHURCH BUILDING . . . . . . . . . 17 ARRANGEMENT AND FURNITURE OF THE CHURCH . . . . . 37 SYMBOLIC ORNAMENTS OF THE CHURCH . . . . . . . . . 51 HOW TO USE THE PRAYER BOOK . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 DEVOUT CUSTOMS AND USAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 LIST OF BOOKS FOR REFERENCE . . . . . . . . . . . 119 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121


The Beauty of Holiness


The worship of Almighty God is one of the characteristic acts of humanity. The brute looks up to heaven, but man alone looks up with thought of God and to adore. "The entire creation grew together to reflect and repeat the glory of God, and yet the echo of God slumbered in the hollow bowels of the dumb earth until there was one who could wake up the shout by a living voice. Man is the first among the creatures to deliver back from the rolling world this conscious and delicious response, the recognition of the Father who begat him. He, and he alone, is nature's priest, her spokesman, her mediator."


The idea of worship, in which the crown and glory of manhood thus has expression, "includes all those acts which make up the devotional duty of the soul to Almighty God." Our private and family devotions are acts of worship. They enter into its obligation, are comprehended by it, but do not fill it out. They are not sufficient alone. The due acknowledgment before others of our belief in and reverence for God, the blessings which attend only upon the use of united praise and prayer and of Sacraments, the honor of God, the rendering of "thanks for the great benefits that we have received at His hands," the setting forth of "His most worthy praise," all demand the public act of worship.

The obligation and privilege of such worship cannot be too greatly exalted. It is not a matter of inclination merely; it is an imperative duty, the discharge of which may not be regulated by considerations of convenience, or indolence, or pleasure. To neglect it, is to dishonor God, to withhold what is His due. It is also to dishonor ourselves, to violate our own noblest instincts. No other act of which we as men are capable is so dignified or so worthy of ourselves. Not to worship is to debase ourselves.

This duty and privilege of worship the church and the Prayer Book help us to perform. Just as {9} other buildings about us homes, stores, factories, schools, libraries stand for and represent certain interests and departments of our lives, so the church as a building makes its claim and reminds us that there must also be room a large place and sacred in our lives for worship, and supplies the hallowed means and helpful associations for its right discharge... Continue reading book >>

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