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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
THE want of a Ritual, at once simple, direct and impressive, has long been felt by those connected with Sunday Schools. This little volume has been prepåred to meet that want. If the object the author aims to secure, be attained, he will feel amply rewarded for his labor.
This LITURGY is designed to be used in the following manner :
At the opening of the School, after the Superintendent or leader of the devotions, shall have read the first part of the introductory sentence, and the teachers and children the succeeding part, the Superintendent will then read the EXHORTATION. The brief prayer following, together with the LORD'S PRAYER, will be said in concert by all present.
The Psalms or RESPONSES, will be read alternately by the Superintendent, and the teachers and children together.
When a short SCRIPTURAL LESSON is read, it should follow the PSALM.
The longer PRAYER preceding the CLASS LESsons, is designed to be read in distinct passages, as indicated by the marks of separation. Each passage to be read first by the Superintendent alone, and then repeated by the teachers and children together.
The CONCLUDING PRAYER should be read by the Superintendent only, at the close of the School.
By observing this simple form, order, dignity and impressiveness will mark the devotional exercises of the School.
Those who would secure the best results, should adopt one service, and adhere to it, varying the Psalms and Prayers, only when occasion requires. In this way the children will become familiar with the service, and learn to love it. Experience has deepened the author's conviction that one “form of sound words” is a better devotional exercise than varied spontaneous utterances, however excellent. It more easily engages the attention, especially of the young, and seldom fails to inspire a feeling of devotion.
For important suggestions in preparing the work the author is indebted to many valued friends, and also to eminent divines, who have most cordially approved his labors.
In collecting and arranging the Hymns, he is happy to express his indebtedness to Mrs. Sawyer, Mrs. E. Oakes Smith, Mrs. Sigourney, Alice Čary and Grace Greenwood, Revs. Ř. C. Waterston, C. T. Brooks and John Pierpont, and Messrs. Theodore Tilton, R. F. Fuller, and W. C. Bryant.
The Hymns marked with an asterisk, are either original, or revised and furnished by the authors for this work. These are protected by the copyright.
UTICA, OCTOBER 1st, 1859.
I N D E X.
Again the Lord of life and light, ...
57 96 100 81 72 29 56
2 12 8
77 50 40 14 86
Dear Father, take me to Thy love,..
10 128 19
93 69 78 131
From Greenland's icy mountains,
Hark! hark! with harps of gold,.
Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour,....
ng to Thee,