Bishop James DeWolf Perry, Bishop of Rhode Island 1930-37 (Courtesy of the Diocese of R.I.)

At present, the old familiar guild manual by Edith Weir Perry is out of print but a new edition is in the works at Morehouse Publishing. No date has been announced when this will again be available.  Mrs. Perry was the wife of former Bishop of Rhode Island, James DeWolf Perry.  Mrs. Perry died in 1955 and her manual for altar guild workers is seldom out of print.  The Perry family papers and letters may be found at the University of Rhode Island.  For more on the life and career of the Bishop click here: http://www.uri.edu/library/special_collections/registers/manuscripts/perry_james_dewolf/bio.html

A favorite prayer to begin each altar guild meeting comes from this little blue manual.  Used copies may be found on Amazon.com starting at $3.99  Here is one of several beautiful prayers from Mrs. Perry’s manual:

From the “Altar Guild Manual”
O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst accept the ministry of faithful women during your earthly life;   We pray you to accept and bless the work that this altar guild undertakes in the care of your sanctuary.   Grant us a spirit of reverence for your house and worship, your Word and Sacraments, and preserve in purity and holiness our own souls and bodies as living temples of Your presence.