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Anglican Faith and Practice
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The twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity being considered as a preparation, or forerunner to Advent, an Epistle was chosen for it, which clearly foretells the coming of CHRIST. The Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, are thought so appropriate to this season, that it is directed, by a rubric, after the Gospel, that they shall always be used on the Sunday next before Advent.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart, A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the Service (1859), 111.]
In addition to the foregoing Festivals and Fasts, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America has appointed the first Thursday in November (unless some other day be appointed by the civil authority) as a day of thanksgiving to ALMIGHTY GOD, for the fruits of the earth, and all other blessings of his merciful providence. And the Church has prescribed a solemn form of service for the day, every way calculated to excite the sentiments of devout and holy gratitude.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart, A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the Service (1859), 114.]
The Church has wisely set apart a day for the commemoration of those Christians who have been remarkably distinguished for their virtue and piety, and who are therefore properly called saints. She celebrates on this day the virtues of those saints who are militant here on earth, as well as the memories of those triumphant saints who are now arrived at the haven of eternal repose.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart, A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the Service (1859), 112.]