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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 12 : The Church Session

Paragraph 9 : Vested in Prayer

12-9. Meetings of the Sessions shall be opened and closed with prayer.

[DIGEST: Deletion of the word "ordinarily" occurred in ______.]

ANTECEDENT TEXTS:
1. PCA 1973, 13-10, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 133
2. Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text, p. 14
3. PCUS, 1933, XIV, § 69
and
4. PCUS 1925, XIV, § 69
Meetings of the Session shall ordinarily be opened and closed with prayer.

PCUS 1879,
V-3-9
Meetings of the Session should ordinarily be opened and closed with prayer.

PCUS 1869 draft, V-3
[no comparable text]

PCUS 1867 draft
[no comparable text in V-3; see V-1, "Of the Courts in General," paragraph 3 : " The courts of the church shall always be opened and closed with prayer."

COMMENTARY:
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
(1898, p. 89), on V-3-9 :
71. IX. Meetings of the Session shall ordinarily be opened and closed with prayer.
It would seem reasonable that when prayer is omitted, it be omitted by action of the Session, and not by the single decision of the Moderator ; and then the reason for the omission might be stated in the action.



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