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the charge of Schism upon them still deeper. If they really approve the faith and Worship of the Church, they renounce every plea for separation from her communion; but they do separate by leaving their Parish Church and Minister to attend a dissenting Meering House and the ministry of men not appointed or authorized by the Church. The pretence of edification is frivolous; for there can be no real Christian edification in disobeying Christ's own ordinances, and acting contrary to his express example. Our Lord wherever he was on the sabbath, always made it a rule to attend the Synagogue, which was the saine thing as the Parish Church; and at the solemn festivals he went up to the Temple at Jerusalem. His Church was established on a similar plan, and the members of it inust practice a like obedience and · conformity to its rules and orders, if they would perform rnly the part of Christ's disciples.
The proprietors of the Union Chapel have thought proper to animadvert, in terms not very consistent with their profession of Christian Charity, on an assertion in Dr. Gaskin's late serinon “on the Liturgy," where he says, that (“ this chapel has not received the licence or sanction of the Bishop, but is opened in defiance of his jurisdiction.” The proprietors affect to triumph over the doctor, on account of their having obtained a licence by virtue of the Toleration Act. But this is not what the Doctor meant; he was speaking of the chapel 'as affecting to be conformable to the established Church, while, in fact, it is opposed to the Bishop's jurisdiction. Strangers in passing through Islington on a Sunday morning, may chance to enter the Union Chapel, and conceive themselves to be in a place of worship, consecrated and sanctioned by the Bishop. But how great would be their concern, supposing them to be sound members of the Church, to be afterwards told that they had been in a dissentiag Meeting House, which though registered according to act of parliament, is not within episcopal jurisdiction. Dr. Gaskin then was perfectly correct in saying, that this chapel is without the licence or sanction of the Bishop, as a place for episcopally ordained clergymen to officiate in, or for members of the Church of England to frequent. We know that it is a common practice in the Sectarian meetings of the mixed descriptions to have the Common Prayer read; and we
know, also, that in general, the reader is some low me. chanic. At the one in Surry Road, a shoemaker used to be employed at a low salary, to wear a surplice, and read the prayers of the Church; the same is the case, excepting ihe occupations of the parties, at the Meeting in Tottenham Court Road, and at that in Spa Fields, where the consistent and conscientious Rector of Aldwinkle resides and holds forth. And bere we beg leave to ask the proprietors of the Union Chapel, whether at their former place of meeting, which they mention as being situated in an" inconvenient and remote part of the parish,” the reader was not a layman, who kept a small school in the city ?
For the present we close the subject; but it is most probable we shall bave occasion to resume the consideration of it at a future period.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
EFORE I proceed with my extracts from the daily ofiny best thanks for having associated me with so many heroic champions of our excellent Church as appear in your last number. Our Sion may be congratulated, on such accessions, now, in this her time of need, when every effort should be most vigorously employed to defend her from secret fraud and open violence : and orthodoxy is most imperiously called upon to defend her outworks and her citadel. Your excellent miscellany affords the ready means of doing this ; and the friends of our unrivalled establishment have reason to rejoice in the opportunity, which is thus afforded them. Under you, sir, they may form an invincible phalanx, á Christian Legion, which cannot fail of coming off more than conquerors, if duly employed. On such occasions, and under such circumstances, every member of our Church may effectually assist in the support and dissemination of these
means. And surely if ever OUR UNITED EXERTIONS were requisite, it is NOW, when, as the vigilant Archbishop Laud observed of his own times, poor CHURCH OF ENGLAND is in a storm, and God only knows whether or how it shall get out, and which is worse than a storm from without, it is become like an oak cleft to shivers, WITH WEDGES MADE OUT OF ITS OWN BODY.” (Daily office p. 258.),
«. The Pope never had such a harvest in England since the reformation, as he hath now upon the sects and DIVISIONS that are among us." (Daily office p. 254.) We may say, therefore, in the forcible (and lamentably true) words of an excellent writer, “the times require great zeal and great exertions; and unless something be immediately done to stop the effects of delusion and fanaticism, it will soon be too LATE for the United efforts of the best friends to the Constitution both in Church and State to prevent the downfab of both*. It is time to give the alarm : the enemy who excited, and promoted our danger, have seen, and rejoiced in their success; let them not boast of our false security, and thus, glory in our shame. The example
* See a very excellent little Tract, which is entitled to universal perusal and distribution :- A Dialogue between a country gentleman, and one of his poor neighbours; who had been led away from the Church under the pretext of hearing the gospel, and attending Evangelicul Preachers ; bold by Messrs. Rivingtons, price sixpence. The strong sense, and cogent reasoning with which it abounds, renders it peculiarly adapted to answer the desired ends; and it is, therefore, much to be regretted, that it is not in the list of the Society for promoiing Christian Knowledge ; where its price and size, would give it considerable advantage. The Rev. Author is most certainly entitled to the thanks of every Orthodox member of the venerable Church of England. --You will, I trust, allow me the liberty of so favourable an opportunity to name another Tract, attributed to the same author (thoughi anonymous) and which is equally excellent in its kind; and the more valuable as it is on a subject of great importance and is treated in a popular way--it is entitled, “ ADVICE to unmarried woinen, to recover and relaim the filien, and to prevent the fall of others into the snares and consequences of' seduction. Sold also by Messrs. Rivingtons,
Such a Tract is much wanted by the society, just named, and they have not such a one. The Young Woman's Bronitor, adinirable indeed, as it is, is oniy calculated for girls leaving home for s rvice : but for young women of a inore a ivanced age, the tract I have namerl, is an invaluable companion. Besides, it is, I believe, the only one, for such as have unhappily fallen.
The two tracts, together, would be an excellent present for every young woman.
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of ARCHBISHOP LAUD,may be wisely followed on account of bis undoubted orthodoxy, and firmness of principle in opposing every innovation and every dangerous enemy of the Church, however, disguised. His dignified and pervering conduct in those perilous times in which he lived, when it pleased the great head of the Church to raise up such a champion for its support, such an instrument for its defence affords us a noble example, influenced as it must be, by the piety and humility of his prayers, in that daily office which we should do well to adopt, and thus render ourselves acceptable to his master and ours. We proceed now, in the regular order of THE DAILY OFFJCE, with the service, which the Archbishop has appointed for
MONDAY. In the Morning. Ps. v. 1, 2, 3. Thanksgiving. Ps. xcvi. 2. Against evil council. Prov. ii. 11. For Direction in Walking
O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps. (Jer. 10, 23.) Therefore, O Lord, I beseech thee make me know my way, and direct my steps to thy honour, and my own Salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Third Hour. 2 Esdr. viii. 45, 31. For Mercy. Ps. lxxiv. 2, 4. For Mercy and Thirst for God. Ps. cxix. 29. For Truth and Obedience. For Grace. Coll. i Sund. after Trinity.
Sixth hour. Tob.iii. 2, 3, 6. For Mercy. Jer. xiv. 20. For Pardon. Remember not Lord our offences, &c. as in the Litany. For Protection. The Collect for 3d Sund. alter Trinity. Aug. Serm. 18.
O Lord, I beseech thee, accept the prayers that I offer (thee): give what I ask, forgive what I fear: For Thou through Christ art the only hope of sinners, and through him, I hope for pardon of my sins. Amen.
Ninth hour. 2 Macc. i. 2, 3, 4, 5. For Obedience. Coll. for Ob Sund. after Trinity. The Compline. Ps. xvii. 6, 7, 8. For Defence. To be heard. Ps. cxli. 2. For Thanksgiving. I's. xxviii. 2. For True Religion. Coll. for 7th Sund. after Trinity *. Bed-time and at night, if thou
* This adınirable Collect should form a part of every person's daily de*votion :- To which may be added, with equal propriety and advantage, The Coll. for the 18 Sund. after Trinity.
awakest, Ps. xxxix. 5 to 9. At Death, Greg. Naz. orat. 8. For Submission. O Lord, I give and offer up unto thee, myself and all that is mine; (my) actions and words, (my) repose and silence ; only do thou preserve and guide me, and direct my hand and mind, and tongue to things that are honest and acceptable to thee, and withdraw me from any thing from which it were better 10 abstain, by and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
TUESDAY. In the Morning. For Preservation, Ps. i. 1. 2. For Illumination. ERASMUS.
O Sun of Righteousness, Father and original (cause) of all things; when we are influenced from above by thee, we receive new life ; when we are cherished by thy (blessed) beams, we grow up (in grace;) when we are inflamed by thy love, we are made perfect: when we are forsaken of thee, we perish. O thrice happy are they upon whom thou arisest with the dew of thy mercy! 0 Lord Jesus bless me with thy light, and scatter the clouds of my ignorance, and the (thick) darkness of my sins, that I
may not go astray from the way of thy commandments, but follow thee unto light eternal, through thee thyself, my only. Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
Prov. iii. 26. O Lord thou art my assurance; I humbly beseech thee preserve my foot from slipping even for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
For Good Thoughts. Coll. for 9th Sund, after Trinity. · Third Hour. For Assistance. Ps. xxv. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ending thus-for thy goodness and the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amen.
For Preservation Coll. for od Sund. in Lent. Sirth Hour. To be heard. Ps. xxvii. 8, 9, 10, 11, Ps. lv. 18. Paulin Epist. xvii. page 181. for deliverance.
O DELIVER MY SOUL IN PEACE, FROM THE PRACTICES THAT ARE AGAINST ME*. Here add Coll. for 10th Sund. after Trinity.
Ninth Hour. Glory to God Ps. xxxi. 19, 21. In bad times Ps. xlii. 3. For Illumination and Obedience Coll. for 3d Sund. after Easter.
* How much is comprehended in this short prayer! How applicable to the situation, and times of the Archbishop!