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Classic Methodist Ritual and Rites Collection (4 vols.)
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The Methodist Ritual for decades was the standard procedure manual for Methodist clergy in the performance of their ministry. The rites for the administration of baptisms, weddings, funerals, and even the dedication of new churches were arranged in an easy-to-find and very readable text, in books that could fit in the pastor’s pocket. Just as then, these volumes of Methodist rituals and rites will be available in your pocket—along with the rest of your Logos library—on your mobile device or tablet. Together with commentary on each ritual and a history of the editions of the Ritual, these classic texts also include Wesley’s 25 Articles of Religion and the General Rules, organized by Wesley in 1739. These volumes represent an important aspect of historical Methodism and Wesleyanism in theology and ecclesiology and will become an indispensable asset to your research and ministry.

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Key Features

  • Classic handbooks for Methodist pastors performing baptisms, weddings, or funerals
  • Important for the study of the development of Methodist church doctrine and liturgy
  • Contains the General Rules and Wesley’s 25 Articles of Faith

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Ritual, the General Rules, and Articles of Religion of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South

  • Publisher: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 164

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This volume represents some of the core texts of traditional Methodist belief and profession of faith. Devoid of commentary or notes, this is strictly the text of each of these classic rules of faith and practice, so that each will be easily accessible for reference and seamlessly assimilated into your devotion, study, or social sharing.


  • The Ritual
  • The General Rules
  • The Articles of Religion

Ritual of the Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Publisher: Carlton & Porter
  • Publication Date: 1864
  • Pages: 152

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This earlier edition of the Methodist Ritual reveals numerous textual changes that have occurred over the decades through later editions, although the form and the contents have largely remained the same. This volume contains only the rites and rituals of Methodist practice and liturgy.


  • Baptism of Infants
  • Baptism of Adults
  • Reception of Members
  • Administration of the Lord’s Supper
  • Solemnization of Matrimony
  • Burial of the Dead
  • Consecration of Bishops
  • Ordination of Elders
  • Ordination of Deacons
  • Laying the Corner-stone of a Church
  • Dedication of a Church

Commentary on the Ritual of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South

  • Author: Thomas O. Summers
  • Publisher: A.H. Redford
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 159

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Providing line-by-line commentary on each office of the Ritual that came after the 1870 General Conference, Thomas O. Summers gives the historical and theological context to each prayer, Scripture reading, and collect. This is an insightful and exhaustive commentary on the ritual that pays special attention to the forms appropriated from the English Church and the Protestant Episcopal Church, allusions to Scripture, and Jewish traditions. Summers demonstrates an extensive background in ancient literature, the Church Fathers, Josephus, and Latin and Greek classics, as well as their influence on religious practice.


  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Section I: The Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper
  • Section II: The Ministration of Baptism to Infants
  • Section III: The Ministration of Baptism to Such as are of Riper Years
  • Section IV: Form of the Reception and Recognition of Church-Members
  • Section V: The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony
  • Section VI: The Order of the Burial of the Dead
  • Section VII: Form of Laying the Corner-stone of a Church
  • Section VIII: Form of the Dedication of a Church
  • Section IX: The Form and Manner of Ordaining Deacons
  • Section X: The Form and Manner of Ordaining Elders
  • Section XI: The Form of Consecrating a Bishop
  • Index of Subjects
  • Index of Scriptures Read in the Ritual

Thomas Osmond Summers (1812–1882), born in England, emigrated to America and was admitted to the Baltimore, Maryland, Conference in 1835. He soon became one of the leading Methodist theologians in the nineteenth century. He worked as editor for the Christian Advocate, Methodist Quarterly Review, and the Sunday School Visitor, and served as an editor for the Methodist Episcopal Publishing House. In 1875, he became professor of systematic theology at Vanderbilt University. Summers was chairman of the Hymn Book Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church and edited the Songs of Zion and the Wesleyan Psalter. He is the author of Baptism, Commentary on the Gospels, Commentary on the Ritual of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Systematic Theology: A Complete Body of Wesleyan-Arminian Divinity.

History of the Ritual of the Methodist Episcopal Church: With a Commentary on Its Offices

  • Author: Richard J. Cooke
  • Publisher: Jennings & Pye
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 313

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This lengthy liturgical history book begins its investigation well before the time of Wesley. Methodist liturgical beginnings take their root at the English Reformation in the early 1500s, and Richard Cooke demonstrates an exemplary knowledge of Reformation history and liturgical-ecclesiastical development in this history and commentary on the Ritual. Indispensable for any study of either the Book of Common Prayer or the Methodist Ritual, this work has been a go-to reference on the subject for nearly a century.


  • Preface
  • History
    • Chapter I: Beginnings
    • Chapter II: Formation
    • Chapter III: Divisions
    • Chapter IV: Parties
    • Chapter V: Sowing and Reaping
    • Chapter VI: Restoration
    • Chapter VII: Transition
    • Chapter VIII: Sources
  • Commentary
    • Chapter IX: On the Office of Holy Baptism
    • Chapter X: On the Office for Adult Baptism
    • Chapter XI: On the Office for Reception of Members
    • Chapter XII: On the Office for the Lord’s Supper
    • Chapter XIII: On the Office for Matrimony
    • Chapter XIV: On the Office for the Burial of the Dead
    • Chapter XV: On the Office for Consecration and Ordinations
  • Index

Richard Joseph Cooke (1853–1909) was educated at the East Tennessee Wesleyan University, University of Berlin, and the University of Tennessee. He became professor of New Testament exegesis and theology, vice chancellor, and acting president of Grant University. He was the editor for Methodist Advocate Journal for 12 years. His other works include Freedom of Thought in Religious Teaching, The Church and World Peace, and Christianity and Childhood.