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THE CHURCH SEASONS.

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Our festival year is a bulwark of orthodoxy as real as our confessions of faith.”

PROFESSOR ARCHER BUTLER.

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LONDON:

JAMES HOGG & SON, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

138 f. 99.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY GEORGE BERRIDGE AND BOX

EASTCHEAP WORKS, E.C.

PREFACE.

N this volume the aim of the Author has been to trace the origin and history of the Festivals

and Fasts of the Ecclesiastical Year, and to illustrate in poetry the circumstances under which they began and continue to be celebrated, and the principal ideas and doctrines which they severally incorporate.

Whatever authorities promised to throw light upon any question of historical interest have been consulted indifferently and at first hand; and in order to facilitate the reader's estimate of the comparative value of testimony or enactment, so far as that depends upon considerations of time or precedence, dates have been freely and almost uniformly introduced throughout the volume. With the same object in view, an Alphabetical Index of authorities has been prepared, by the consultation of which the chronology of the more important events and persons can at once be either precisely or approximately ascertained.

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