A term associated with the Book of Common Prayer, it refers to the instructions that are interspersed in the actual liturgical content of services.   They include, for example, guidance on whether the congregation should stand or sit or kneel at particular points in a service and all other necessary “stage directions”.   The word has largely dropped out of common use with the gradual disappearance of the use of the Book of Common Prayer. but more recent prayer books necessarily contain a minimum amount of such direction.

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