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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 52 : Public Prayer

Paragraph 3 :

52-3. Ordinarily there should be prayer after the sermon having relation to the subject that has been treated in the discourse; and all other public prayers should be appropriate to the occasion.

[DIGEST: The current text dates to 1975 [M3GA, 3-69, p. 81]. One noted difference is that the 1975 text did not have the semi-colon after the word "discourse".]

ANTECEDENT TEXTS:
PCA 1975, 53-3, M3GA, 3-69, p. 82
Ordinarily there should be prayer after the sermon having relation to the subject that has been treated in the discourse and all other public prayers should be appropriate to the occasion.

PCA 1973, Adopted text, DfW, 5-3, M1GA, Appendix, p. 156.
If there be a prayer after the sermon, it should ordinarily have relation to the subject that has been treated in the discourse; and all other public prayers should be appropriate to the occasion.

Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text, DfW 5-3, p. 65
If there be a prayer after the sermon, it should ordinarily have relation to the subject that has been treated in the discourse ; and all other public prayers should be appropriate to the occasion.

PCUS 1894, DfW V-3 [§ 298]
Prayer after sermon ought generally to have a relation to the subject that has been treated of in the discourse ; and all other public prayer to the circumstances that gave occsion for them.



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