Private Prayers: Put Forth by Authority during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. The Primer of 1559. The Orarium of 1560. The Preces Privatae of 1564. the Book of Christian Prayers of 1578. With an Appendix, Containing the Litany of 1544

Private Prayers: Put Forth by Authority during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. The Primer of 1559. The Orarium of 1560. The Preces Privatae of 1564. the Book of Christian Prayers of 1578. With an Appendix, Containing the Litany of 1544

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Private Prayers: Put Forth by Authority during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. The Primer of 1559. The Orarium of 1560. The Preces Privatae of 1564. the Book of Christian Prayers of 1578. With an Appendix, Containing the Litany of 1544

Private Prayers: Put Forth by Authority during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. The Primer of 1559. The Orarium of 1560. The Preces Privatae of 1564. the Book of Christian Prayers of 1578. With an Appendix, Containing the Litany of 1544

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Of English Protestant Primers we may consider, that there were two series, the one originating with Henry the Eighth, in 1545, the other with Edward the Sixth, in 1553. Henry's Primer was several times reprinted, not only in his own reign, but in that of his son. The latter reprints, however, ought rather to be called improved editions, since by the alterations successively made in them (which were for the most part doctrinal) they showed the steady advancement of the Reformation, together with the gradual purification of the religious opinions held by our leading Protestant divines. In 1547 Edward's first Primer (British Museum) came out, printed at London, the laste daie of Nouember,' and, like almost all the copies of the earlier series now existing, by Grafton. This was a mere republication of the Primer of 1545, men not being yet prepared, we may suppose, to alter what had been so recently and on such high authority established. Two years later Grafton sent forth another Primer (Library of Emmanuel College, Cambridge), which was likewise a mere republication of its predecessor, with the exception of one particular, but that a most important one. The Litany of 1545 (see p. 51, note 5) had three invocaeions addressed to the Virgin Mary, to holy Angels, &c. and to Patriarchs, &c. These were now, in 1549, omitted, as they had previously been omitted from the Litany introduced into the first edition of the Prayer-Book published only a few months before. Let it also be mentioned in connexion with this subject, that, at the end of the same year, or early in 1550 (3 and 4 Edward VI.), an act passed for the abolishinge and puttinge awaye of diuerse Bookes and Images,' in which there was the following clause: --

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