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supported chiefly by their exertions, shame the low boast of party triumph. If we under

the calumny.

Does he talk of abuses? No true churchman defends them. He would not have a spot stain the purity of the Church he loves. But evils are not always abuses. If a living be too poor to support a minister, it must be held in plurality. If the parish cannot afford a glebe-house, there must be non-residence. They who do all they can, are not to be condemned because they cannot do all they would. Let the practice of Dissent itself be considered. It forms a Home Mission, to carry religious instruction into "poor and benighted districts." Here is the main principle of an establishment,-that if the people are too poor to obtain instruction, it shall be provided for them; and if they are too ignorant to seek it, it shall be forced upon their attention. The Committee send a Minister into a district. Here is lay patronage. They charge him with three village stations, at each of which he preaches once every Sunday. Here is plurality, non-residence, and single duty.

stand our principles aright, and hold them as we ought, no party spirit will taint our conduct. Only unworthy objects require angry violence. As the substance of the Gospel is perfect truth, and the spirit of the Gospel perfect charity, and these two are inseparable; so it is our business to prove that our cause is holy, by the meekness, as well as firmness, with which we maintain it. Against our enemies, indeed, let us war with determined, deadly hatred. Our enemies are ignorance, misery, and sin; and, in striving to exterminate these, we shall best subdue the prejudices of political opponents.

There never was a time when the Church was so strong as at the present moment. The trials of the last seven years have taught her friends to understand her claims, and to know their duty. Silently, but surely, she has been everywhere extending former means of usefulness, and introducing new agencies for good. Through the long and bitter winter, while the Government looked upon her coldly, and the storms beat heavily against her, she has been swelling her buds, and giving new force to all her energies. The winter is almost gone. With returning spring she will stand admired in her beauty. The fragrance of her

It is a glorious thing to churchmen to see the burst of enthusiasm which has filled the land; at once the means of deliverance from present danger, and the pledge of tenfold exertions henceforward in Christian duties. | blossom will perfume the land, and the richThus let us consider it as Christians, scorning ness of her clusters gladden the nations.

London, March, 1837.






THE order which prevails in the yearly service of the
Church is not exceeded in a system of Natural History.
First, the whole year is divided into two parts; of
which the former, extending from Advent to Trinity
Sunday, is devoted more prominently to doctrines; the
latter, containing the Sundays after Trinity, is chiefly
occupied with christian practice. The former division
breaks naturally into eight sections, whose subjects
follow in such just order, as to form a regular course of
sound doctrine. Again, the subjects of the successive
Sundays and holidays in each of these sections have
the same orderly arrangement. Finally, the several
chapters and portions of Scripture, appointed for each
Sunday and holiday, unite to teach, illustrate, and
apply the subject for the day.



In this Division are contained the following sub-
jects-I. The coming of Christ, and the preparation
required of us :-II. his incarnation, and nativity :-
III. his glory and offices :-IV. our condition, duty,
and hope, as fallen and guilty creatures :-V. our Re-
demption by the sacrifice of Christ :-VI. our salvation
by his victory:-VII. the Church of Christ :-VIII.
the influence of the Holy Ghost, to establish, teach,
and comfort it. These are severally explained in the
seasons of Advent, Christmas, the Epiphany, Lent,
Passion Week, Easter, the Sundays after Easter, and

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p. 24.

The promised child is both God and man.
ing Lesson.- He is Immanuel, born of a virgin.
Evening Lesson.-He is the eternal Son of God.
Epistle. His deity, manhood, humiliation, and rejec-
tion. Gospel.-His birth. Second Morning Lesson.→→
Through him we become sons of God. Second Even-
ing Lesson and Gospel.

Proper Psalms. He is our teacher, xix. Our King,
xlv. The blessings of his reign, lxxxv. The son of
David, Ixxxix. Our King and High Priest, cx.
His birth at Bethlehem Ephrata; and the establish-
ment of his Church, cxxxii.


Jesus, the Saviour of his people. Gospel.-Salva-
tion from their enemies figured in the deliverance of
Jerusalem. Morning Lesson.-Salvation from their
sins figured in Hezekiah's recovery. Evening Lesson.
-He redeems them from the bondage of the Law,
that they might receive the adoption of sons. Epistle.
p. 27.


Circumcision appointed. Morning Lesson. A
seal of the righteousness which is by faith. Epistle.
The outward sign profiteth nothing, without the in-
ward grace.
Second Morning Lesson.-The condi-
tions which God required. Evening Lesson.-The
circumcision of Christ. Gospel.-The blessings which
christians obtain by their covenant with him. Second
Evening Lesson.

The epistle and gospel are the same as for circum-
cision. The lessons encourage to unbounded confi-
dence in God; who promises help, support, victory,
and blessings.


From the humiliation of our Lord, we proceed to his
glory, example, and authority. The manifestation of
his glory is described on the feast of the Epiphany.
The first Sunday after, offers his example of devoted
obedience. The second, of brotherly kindness. The
third, the blessings he freely gives. The fourth, his |
sovereignty. The fifth, his government of the Church.
The sixth, his coming to judgment. The services for
each day afford suitable instruction in our own duties.


THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY. . . . . . . p. 30.
Christ manifested; by the star which appeared to
the wise men. Gospel.~By the descent of the Holy
Ghost at his baptism. Second Morning Lesson.-By
his first miracle. Second Evening Lesson.-By the
revelation of the mystery of the calling of the Gen-
tiles. Epistle. By the establishment, and future
glory of the holy Church Universal. Morning and
Evening Lessons.

The Redemption of God's people. Morning and
Evening Lessons.-Our duty therefore, and reasonable
service, to devote ourselves to God, serving Him |
cheerfully, each in his allotted place. Epistle. The
example of Christ, in honouring his heavenly Father,
and being subject to his earthly parents. Gospel.
......p. 41.
The miserable condition from which God redeemed
his people. Morning Lesson.-The price of their re-
demption was the humiliation, sufferings, and death
of Christ. Evening Lesson.-We are therefore re-
quired to exercise brotherly kindness in a spirit of
humility. Epistle.-Marriage, the bond of society |
with its affections, honoured by our Lord; and the
benevolence he exercised at Cana of Galilee. Gospel.


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Strictly speaking, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday;
but the subjects of the three preceding Sundays are
preparatory to, and connected with it; and therefore it
is proper to include the whole under one section.

Septuagesima Sunday shews the creation of man in
innocence, and teaches his duty to his Creator. Sexa-
gesima presents him fallen and guilty; yet an object of
God's merciful solicitude. Quinquagesima directs to
God's gracious covenant. Ash Wednesday calls to exer-
The first
cises of deep humiliation and penitence.
Sunday in Lent shews the trials which exercise God's
people, and the judgment of impenitent sinners. The
second, condemns sin. The third, enforces holiness.
The fourth, illustrates the free grace of God, who for-
gives, and blesses penitent sinners. The fifth, intro-
duces the Almighty Saviour, delivering his people
from their enemies, by his power; and reconciling
them to God by his atonement and intercession.

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From the consideration of our state as sinners, we

proceed, in order, to the means of our deliverance. In
Passion Week our attention is directed to some of the
most important doctrines of Christianity. On Sunday,
we observe our Lord's example of condescension and
humility. On Monday, the conflict he sustained for
us, and the victory he achieved with his single arm.
On Tuesday, his firm and patient endurance of indigni-
ties. On Wednesday is presented to us the doctrine
of Redemption. On Thursday, we learn the right use
of the Holy Communion. On Friday, we see Christ
made an offering for sin. On Saturday, we are taught
the nature, and use of Baptism.

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The victorious Saviour: Israel, justly punished,
pleads with God by his former mercies, and their
present misery. Epistle.-Our Lord's agony, &c.,
as related by St. Mark. Gospel.



p. 85.
Christ's firm and patient endurance. Epistle.-
His crucifixion, as related by St. Mark. Gospel.

Israel destroyed by their own guilt, but redeemed
by God's goodness. Morning Lesson.-The blessings
they enjoy, when thus restored to his favour. Even-
ing Lesson. The prophecy of Caiaphas that Jesus
should die for the people. Second Morning Lesson.—
The efficacy of his one sacrifice to put away sin.
Epistle.--The betrayal, agony, denial, and condem-
nation of Christ, as related by St. Luke. Gospel.
The time of Christ's appearing, and the object of
his suffering, foretold by Daniel. Morning Lesson.

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p. 87.

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Christ by his one offering, made a full atonement
for our sins, and reconciled us to God. By his victory
over Death and Hell, he saved us from our spiritual
enemies, to whose tyranny we had been subjected by
the Fall of Adam. This deliverance we celebrate at

On Easter day, we see the deliverance of his people
from the powers of darkness completed by the victory
he wrought. On Monday in Easter week, the provision
he hath made to nourish and defend them through all
their journey to heaven. On Tuesday, the judgment
appointed for such as despise salvation.

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Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, by the sprinkling
of whose blood we are saved from death. Morning
Lesson. Our salvation figured, in the deliverance of
Israel, and the destruction of their enemies, at the
Red Sea. Evening Lesson.-The Resurrection.
Gospel.-The doctrine of the Resurrection preached
on the day of Pentecost. Second Evening Lesson.-We
are made partakers of the death and resurrection of
Christ in our baptism. Second Morning Lesson.-
We are therefore required, as risen with Christ, to
set our affections on things above. Epistle.

Proper Psalms. The exaltation of Messiah, ii.
The troubles through which he passed to it, lvii.
God's faithfulness to his covenant, cxi. Praise for
his goodness, cxiii. His power magnified in the
deliverance of his people, cxiv. Joyful thanks-
giving for the salvation he hath so triumphantly
wrought for us, cxviii.

MONDAY IN EASTER WEEK ..........p. 93.

The gift of Manna. Morning Lesson; and of
water from the Rock at Horeb: the victory over
Amalek. Evening Lesson.-Christ, being risen, is
made known to the disciples at Emmaus in the
breaking of bread. Gospel. He commissions the
Apostles to teach and baptise all nations, promis-
ing the help of his presence even to the end of the
world. Second Morning Lesson. The doctrine of
the Resurrection is preached to the Jews. Second
Evening Lesson ;-and to the Gentiles. Epistle.

.......... p. 94.
The Law is given from Sinai. Morning Lesson.
The sin of the golden calf; Moses intercedes for Is-
but executes judgment on the sinners. Evening
Lesson. The fact of the Resurrection, as related by
St. Luke. Second Morning Lesson.-The truth that
our Lord rose again with his body proved by his
eating before his disciples. Gospel.-The Resurrec-
tion of Christ establishes the certainty that we shall
rise again with our bodies. Second Evening Lesson.
-St. Paul, preaching the doctrine of the Resurrec-
tion, warns that all who despise salvation shall
perish. Epistle.



Christ having thus purchased to himself a Church
by his own blood, we now consider the nature, cha-
racter, and objects of this Church: the nature of which
is described on the first Sunday after Easter; its safety,
as a sheepfold under Christ, the good Shepherd, on the
second; the duty of all its members, on the third;
the principle upon which they perform their duty,
namely, a renewed heart, on the fourth; the danger
of neglecting their duty, on the fifth; the au-
thority of the Christian Ministry, as the representatives
of Christ, on Ascension Day; and the evil of Schism,
on the Sunday after.

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