18 DECEMBER 1909, Page 26

The Revision of the Prayer - book. By the Rev. H. C.

Beeching. (Hodder and Stoughton. ls.)—Canon Beeching publishes here hvo :sermons preached by him in Westminster Abbey during his October residence. He urges in them a moderate plea for revision, a question which has come to the front in consequence of the Letters of Business addressed to Convocation. What does Canon Beeching recommend? (1) A permissive use of the Eucharistic vestments. (2) Some changes in the Lectionary. (3) The permission to omit un-Christian. expressions when they (recur in the Psalms. (4) A relaxation of the rubric about the Athanasian Creed. These are matters with which we cannot now deal in detail; it must suffice to ray that Canon Beeching writes about them in a very temperate and, to our thinking, persuasive way. It must not be forgotten that the most vehement opponents. of revision are to be found in a party which takes the greatest liberty in practically "revising."