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I AM BLACKENED BUT I AM BEAUTIFUL FAIR AS THE MOON. BRIGHT AS THE SUN,TERRIBLE AS AN ARMY SET IN ARRAY.

NEW-YORK:

Salomons Canticle 14.VI.9.

PUBLISHED BY WH.CREAGH.

1822.

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TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, AN HISTORICAL EXPLANATION

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OF THE VESTMENTS, CERCONIES. APVER

TAINING TO THE HOLY SACRIFICE

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District of South Carolina,

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the thirteenth day of September, Anno Domini, one thousand eight hundred and twenty one, and in the Forty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America, the Right Reverend JOHN ENGLAND, deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author and Proprietor in the words following to wit:

"The Roman Missal, translated into the English Lan66 guage for the use of the Laity. To which is pre"fixed, an Historical Explanation of the Vestments, "Ceremonies, &c. appertaining to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by the Rt. Rev. Doctor ENGLAND, Bishop of Charleston.

In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States; entled. An Act for the encouragement of Learning by. securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned. "And also an Act entitled "An Act supplementary to an Act entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned," and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

JAMES JERVEY, Dist. Clk.

South Carolina District.

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PREFACE.

The object of the present publication, is to i struct the members of the Roman Catholic Chur on the nature of the most solemn act of their ligion. The Saviour who established that religio charged his apostles, saying, *That which I spe to you in the dark, speak ye in the light: and th which you hear in ear, preach ve upon the hou tops. And the council of Treat lays a solenn janction upon pastors frequently to explain to t people the nature of the Holy Sacrifice of the ma To discharge his duty by obeying those distin directions of Christ and of his Church, in the b manner he could, was the intention of the ocit of this work. He was also of opinion that ma well-disposed members of other communions mig be greatly benefited by its perusal; as he gener ly found them not only uninformed of the Catho doctrines, but having on their minds the most e traordinary and erroneous unpressions as to t belief of Roman Catholics.

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The strong prejudices against the Catholic fai which the British government established in its colonies; the great difficulty of procuring p per Clergymen for the American Mission after

* Matt. x. 27.

yoke of Britain had been flung off; the disgraceful quarrels of several congregations, and the unfounded pretensions of ignorant and obstinate individuals, who, whilst they fancied themselves endowed with the spirit and power of Apostles, were subverting the foundations of the faith, all tended to check the progress of Catholicity in this country, and to confirm the prejudices of their separated brethren against the Catholics, and against their religion.

Notwithstanding those appaling obstacles, the zeal of the American Prelates, and of many of their clergy, had effected, by the aid of the Lord, much good; and one of the principal objects to which they paid as much attention as circumstances voud sallo 12 as atité Hliffusion of knowledge by the publication of instructive books. The present Archbishop of Baltimore was particularly anxious to have a translation of the Missal pubFisher Hieuse of the Laity, and at his request the venerable Doctor Tessier, president of the Seminary in Baltimore, undertook to superintend its publication. The present Editor not being aware of those facts, had also come to a similar determination; upon discovering which, Doctor Tessier kindly furnished the excellent materials which he had prepared, and which have greatly abridged the labours of the Editor.

The work consists, first, of an historical and instructive explanation of the plan and decorations of a Roman Catholic Church, of the vestinents of the different Clergymen who may officiate therein, of the nature and institution of the various cere

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