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MORNING PRAYERS BY GRAMAPHONE.

atom Our Special Correspondent.)

LONDON, February 12. Praying machines are the latest idea in civilised England. We have been accustomed to smile at the prayer-wheels of more primitive races, but what are the latest gramaphone records of the morning prayers but prayer-wheels ? The late Canon Fleming conceived the idea of delivering church services into a gramaphone, so that invalids and peojiir far from any church might listen to a full morning or evening service. He went to the Gramaphone Company's offices in London and read the morning prayers into one of their machines, besides selecting several psalms and hymns which he considered would be suitable for any service. And now the "gramaphone service" is on the market. If you want family prayers, you have only to set the record revolving and the machine will do the rest.

The service is in eight sections, each of which occupies four minutes in delivery, that being the usual "run" of a single record. A trial run was given at the company's office this week, and the "Daily Telegraph" says the service was gone through "most becomingly." The opening sentences, the General Confession and the Absolution, which fill the first record, were read by the vicar of St. Andrew's Church, Wellsstreet, VV., assisted by his choir, as also was part 2, which included {he Lord's Prayer, the subsequent responses and the Venite. Other parts contained records of the 23rd, 42nd, 148 th and 150 th Psalms, sung by the choir. Here would follow the First Lesson, which, of course, could be read by someone in the place where the service was being held. Part 4 is the Te Deum Laudamus, sung by the choir, and it would be followed by the Second Lesson; while part 5 comprises the Jubilate Deo, the Apostles' Creed, prayers and responses. Parts 6 and 7 consist of the prayers which come after the Collect for the day—the Collects for Peace and Grace, the prayers for the King and Royal Family, for the clergy and the people, a general thanksgiving, a prayer of St. Chrysostom, and Grace. Canon Fleming himself read the prayers for these two parta,

While at present the records are of the Church of England service only, there is nothing to prevent the reproduction of the service, of all creeds. It is further intended to reproduce sermons of well-known divines, and arrangements are already in hand for this purpose. One clergyman has already delivered a sermon of the fixed limit of four minutes' duration into a recording gramaphone. Of course, the difficulty is to condense an address into some 600 words—that allows for the preacher speaking at the rate of 150 words a minute. These church service records can now be purchased at £2 for a set of eight and the hymns for 3/6 each. Several anthems and carols can also be obtained, the prices being 3/6 and 5/6 per record. If there is sufficient demand for these services, it is intended to reproduce other hymns and psalms, the Litany, and anti-communion service also, for use at home.

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MORNING PRAYERS BY GRAMAPHONE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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