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The text and proof texts found in this edition of the Shorter Catechism are the original ones submitted by the Westminster Assembly to the English Parliament in 1648; only the spellings have been updated. The proof texts are given here in full. In other published editions some of the proof texts have been partly or entirely ommitted, substituted by other references or had other references added to them.
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This small but spiritually weighty directory is usually included with the Westminster Standards, although it was produced and officially adopted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1647. This was this same 1647 Scottish Assembly which officially adopted the products of the Westminster Assembly (1643-47) — namely, the Confession of Faith, Shorter and Larger Catechism, Form of Presbyterian Church-Government and the Directory for the Public Worship of God.
It wasn't an oversight of the Westminster Assembly that they didn't produce a directory for family worship. Their purpose, according to their sworn covenant, was to "bring the Churches of God in the three kingdoms [of Scotland, England and Ireland] to the nearest conjunction and uniformity in religion, confession of faith, form of church-government, directory for [these three Churches' public] worship and catechising" (Solemn League and Covenant, Article 1).
That is, the purpose of the Westminster Assembly was to develop a common doctrinal confession and church order for the established churches of the three kingdoms, which later became the United Kingdom. To issue directions for the worship of God in households was not part of their purpose.