On a recent trip to Hay on Wye I was very pleased to find a 1909 copy of The Parson’s Handbook by Percy Dearmer. It cost me five pounds. I’ve copied a random page above – I quite like the bit about us Englishmen and our dangly hands.
In summary the Parson’s Handbook was written in 1899 or so and explains how church should be done from an Anglo Catholic point of view whilst sticking to the book of Common Prayer. Do correct me if I’m wrong.
I was similarly pleased whilst doing a quick search today to find that the 1899 text is online – transcribed by Peter Owen of Thinking Anglicans fame. Thanks Peter – it is marvellous. The document, by the way, is part of Project Canterbury, a site with lots and lots of old Anglican texts which you might find interesting if you are interested in that sort of thing.