THE GLORIA PATRI REVISED
Universalist Publishing House, 1903

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    v
RENDERING OF CHANTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii
ORDER FOR MORNING SERVICE . . . . . . . . . . .    I
THE COMMANDMENTS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10
RESPONSES TO THE COMMANDMENTS   . . . . . . . .   13
THE BEATITUDES, WITH RESPONSES  . . . . . . . .   14
THE BEATITUDES, FOR CHANTING . .  . . . . . . .   16
THE LITANY  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   17
ORDER OF SERVICE FOR MORNING OR EVENING   . . .   20
ORDERS OF SERVICE FOR MORNING OR EVENING: 
    January . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   26
    February  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   33
    March . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   41
    April . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   48
    May . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   56
    June  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   64
    July  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   71
    August  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   79
    September . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   86
    October . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   93
    November  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  l00
    December  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  107
THE FIRST ORDER FOR VESPERS . . . . . . . . . .  114
THE SECOND ORDER FOR VESPERS  . . . . . . . . .  121
THE ORDER FOR THE HOLY COMMUNION  . . . . . . . .  134
ORDERS FOR HOLY DAYS AND FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS:
    Good Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  143
    Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
    Children's Day, 
        including The Form of Baptism for Infants  158
    All Souls' Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
    Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
    Christmas, I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
    Christmas, II  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
    New Year's Sunday . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 200
    A Patriotic Service . . . . .  . . . . . . . . 208
    Dedication of a Church . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
    Ordination of Ministers . . .. . . . . . . . . 221
    A Public Funeral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
    A Memorial Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
    Mission Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
THE FORM OF ADMISSION TO CHURCH-MEMBERSHIP . . . . 247
THE FORM OF SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY . . . . . . 250
THE FORM OF BAPTISM FOR ADULT PERSONS. . . . . . . 254
OFFERINGS OF CHARITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
INDEX OF AUTHORS AND COMPOSERS . . . . . . . . . . 260


PREFACE.

THE Gloria Patri has been a distinct aid in the devotions of a great number of congregations for more than a generation ; and it still has features of great value in an orderly worship. The book was prepared mainly by the late L. J. Fletcher, D.D., assisted in a slight degree by the late Thomas B. Thayer, D.D., who, it is understood, arranged the first service. But notwithstanding the important place which the book has filled and the great esteem in which it has been held, there has been for some time a strong and growing feeling that there is need of something at once a little more modern and a little more in harmony with traditional forms of worship.

The desire for a new manual for use in public devotions has manifested itself in various ways. Twice the General Convention has appointed a committee to consider the subject. The last committee chosen was appointed at the session held in Boston in 1899: the Rev. Charles R. Tenney, Henry I. Cushman, D.D., Andrew J. Canfield, D.D., Lewis B. Fisher, D.D., and the undersigned. This Committee reported, at the session in Buffalo, in favor of such revision of the Gloria Patri as would adapt it to present needs.

In accordance with the suggestion of the Committee, arrangement was made by the Universalist Publishing House with the undersigned, in collaboration with Professor Leo R. Lewis, to undertake the work of revision. To Professor Lewis has been assigned the task of editing the musical parts of the service, while the undersigned has had to do mainly with the liturgical portions of the work.

It is obvious that no book could be devised which would be equally acceptable to all. In the present case, the aim has been, while providing for a dignified, devout, orderly and liturgical worship, to secure flexibility, variety and a due regard to the independence of a body of believers that is mainly congregational in its traditions and tastes. The general form and outline of the original Gloria Patri, together with many of the responsive read ings, have been retained. The prayers and canticles are, for the most part, those of the ages. Individual peculiarities of expression, as well as everything that savors of dogma, have been carefully avoided as undesirable in a book of worship.

The first service, at the request of many clergymen who have had experience in its use, has been kept unchanged except in the musical selections. The second service is the same as that set down in the Church Harmonies New and Old, and may prove acceptable to those who desire to use constantly the same service. The plan of having a specific service for each month of the year has been preserved ; but, instead of two services, one for the morning and another for the evening, only one service will here be found. Inasmuch as many clergymen and congregations will probably prefer a vesper service for the evening, two such services are provided; one of them being the service which was in the original book and the other the service which appears both in the Book of Prayer for the Church and Home and in the Church Harmonies New and Old. Special services to an extent covering nearly every possible occasion of public worship have been inserted.

The Winchester Profession of Belief appears at an appropriate place in nearly every service ; and, as all alternative, a creed embodying the five points affirmed at the sessions of the General Convention held in Chicago and in Boston.

In the musical portion of the work the aim has been to secure, not originality or novelty, but the greatest simplicity compatible with sterling quality and needful variety. Thus, while the musical rendering may be attained by those congregations whose choral outfit is of the most meagre kind, the metropolitan church will, it is believed, find acceptable a literal use of the services as here arranged; especially as opportunity is given for the additional or alternative use of selections which can be rendered adequately only by accomplished choirs.

The Editors accept full responsibility for the final form in which the services appear. Acknowledgments are due, however, to many persons, both of the clergy and of the laity, whose interest in the enrichment of the forms of divine worship has been manifested in many valuable suggestions. No one could undertake to prepare a book of worship for the Universalist Church without recognizing the transcendent services of Charles H. Leonard, 1). D., in the Book of Prayer. That book has been freely used both for substance and for suggestion ; and, in not a few instances, entire services have been taken from it.

If The Gloria Patri Revised shall find as general usage and shall continue in favor for as long a time as The Gloria Patri, the efforts of those who have conducted the revision will be amply recompensed.
E. H. CAPEN.
TUFTS COLLEGE, February, 1903.


THE RENDERING OF CHANTS.

THE chants in this book are pointed in accordance with the system used in Church Harmonies New and Old. The upright line ( | ) indicates the beginning of a measure; the double line ( || ), the place of a heavy bar; the inverted period ( ), the middle point of a measure; the dash (-), the slurring of the previous word to the chord whose place the dash occupies.

The signification of the italics should be carefully noted. Strictly speaking, there are no printed notes for the portion of the chant which precedes the italicized syllable. This portion, which is called the Recitation, is intoned, with such grouping of words and with such pauses as are natural in good reading, upon the pitch of the first note of the chant. Beginning with the italicized syllable, the chant, as printed, begins, and the singers observe with strictness the musical rhythm. If a bar immediately follows the italicized syllable, the length of that syllable should be one full measure; if syllables stand between the italicized syllable and the bar, they are sung as if to quarter-notes in the latter part of the measure.

The soprano part of the first line of the first chant would, then, be sung as follows : --

The italicized syllable receives no greater stress than that which naturally falls upon it because it accompanies the first note in a measure of music. It would be wrong to treat it always as emphatic.

Final ed is regularly pronounced as a separate syllable, except when preceded by a vowel.

The tempo of the rhythmical portion of the chant should not be slower than ninety-two nor faster than one hundred and sixteen half-notes to the minute. The commonest cause for ineffectiveness in chanting is a too deliberate tempo.

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