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First Book of Common Prayer
0F EDWARD VI.
The Ordinal of 1549
The Order of the Communion, 1548
REPRINTED ENTIRE, AND EDITED
BY REV. HENRY BASKERVILLE WALTON, M.A.
LATE FELLOW AND TUTOR OF MERTON COLLEGE
BOOKS of private devotion in the Vernacular,
commonly called Prymers, were in use in England long before the Reformation. One such, of extreme interest, is published in the second volume of Mr. Maskell's “ Monumenta Ritualia." Three English Primers, containing the older forms abridged and revised, were put forth in the reign of Henry VIII., in the years 1535, 1539, and 1545. In 1544 “The Litany and Suffrages” was arranged (as it seems, by Cranmer) in very nearly its present shape, “to be said or sung in the time of Processions.” To this was prefixed “ An Exhortation to Prayer, thought meet by the King's Majesty and his Clergy, to be read to the people in every parish afore Processions.” It is expressly stated that this was published in English,“ because the not understanding the prayers and suffrages formerly used, caused that the people came but