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THE GOSPEL IN THE CHURCH. Introduction
by the Bishop of London. In four grades, for Senior, Middle, Junior, and Primary Classes. With Halftone Illustrations.
54th Thousand THE GOSPEL IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. In four grades, with Illustrations.
64th Thousand THE GOSPEL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. In four grades, with Illustrations.
244th Thousand MANUAL OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE. Introduction by Dean Church. In four grades.
850th Thousand CONFIRMATION AND THE WAY OF LIFE.
For Confirmation Classes. 13th Thousand SOME PURPOSES OF PARADISE. On the Life between Death and Resurrection.
2nd Thousand FIVE HUNDRED STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.
ITS PURPOSE AND ITS HISTORY
Rev. WALKER GWYNNE, D.D.
AUTHOR OF “Manual of Christian Doctrine," “ The Gospel in the Church," etc.
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. FOURTH AVENUE & 30TH STREET, NEW YORK LONDON, BOMBAY, CALCUTTA AND MADRAS
ANDOVER HARVARD THEOLOGICAL LLBRAKT
DEC 27 1918
HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOO
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
First Edition, February, 1915
Reprinted, August, 1917
THE lack and the need of a popular manual on the Christian Year were forced on the attention of the writer when he undertook to teach a class in the Newark Diocesan Training School for Teachers. His aim in the present volume is to provide such a book as an intelligent teacher would desire, giving, not merely the bare facts concerning the different festivals and fasts, but also some account of the practical and devotional reasons which the whole Catholic Church has had from the beginning for adopting the system of her Christian Year and Calendar.
So far as defence or apologia is concerned, Hooker with his lofty philosophical treatment of the subject is of course unexcelled. But Hooker is not accessible to the average student, and his somewhat antiquated style, in spite of its nobility and charm, is not likely to attract the ordinary reader of to-day. There are only a few monographs in English on the Christian Year, intended chiefly for candidates for Holy Orders, of which the latest and most useful are “ The Church Year and the Calendar" by the late Bishop Dowden of Edinburgh, and “The Liturgical Year” by the Rev. Vernon Staley. Of the latter there is an abridgment entitled “The Seasons, etc., of the Christian Year."
“Heortology, a History of the Christian Festivals from their Origin to the present Day,” by Professor Kellner of the Univer