Greenwich, Connecticut: The Seabury Press, 1961. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. About-fine book, dust jacket with toned spine, chip to lower front corner. Item #865
"EVERY PARISH MUST BE A CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP WHERE ONE CAN EXPECT TO FIND AN UNDERSTANDING AND LOVING RECEPTION" First edition of Bishop Appleton Lawrence's valuable compendium, providing practical guidance on all aspects of parish life—a reminder to parishioners that "ye are a colony of heaven." The average neighborhood parish is primarily a collection of families and the accumulated wisdom of tradition is passed down from one generation to the next. Bookended with a Prologue and an Epilogue, the text begins with Lawrence first attempts to define the nature of the modern ministry before he proceeds to describe all the different facets of a church parish. Published by the Seabury Press, established in 1951 by the then-Presiding Bishop, Henry Knox Sherrill, and the National Council of the Episcopal Church (and named for Samuel Seabury, the first American Episcopal Bishop) to serve as the Church's official publishing house "to assist the Protestant Episcopal Church in the propagation, dissemination and furtherance of the Christian religion." With a brief Foreword by Henry Sherrill Knox emphasizing the long service of the Lawrence family in the Episcopal Church (Lawrence's father was Bishop of Massachusetts). The familial nature is affirmed by the warm gift inscription (dated in the year of publication) on the blank flyleaf—"From One Priest, 1927 / To Another, 1961 / Lovingly and Prayerfully, Dad." With the author's dedication: "To all those who by the example of their lives, their love, and their labors, have helped to write this book." A thick Appendix adds a series of prayers and helpful templates for a range of parish needs and functions.