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nished by the wise and good. On the same volame, must imply a certhese grounds, Mr. Noel challenges tain mode of interpretation, and rethe respect of his hearers for the Li fer to certain articles, either written turgy and Homilies of the Church or understood. Such is the manner of England, and strenuously urges in which the preacher asseris the the apostolical exhortation to stand importance of a liturgy for produc. fast and maintain then).

ing uniformity of sentiment. The first point wbich he proposes

" Wliat, then, every parent daily attempts to consider, is, The object and use of a national liturgy. He exaraines, congregation attempts among the little ones

in the domestic circle, and every separate secondly, The nature of a liturgy of the Rock, by catechisms, arid sacred songs, likely to attain that object. He then

and accredited instructions ; that does the proceeds to adduce some evidence, national church atlempt amidst society at shat the Liturgy of the Church of large, by her liturgy and solema services. Is England answers the description; therefore, happy is that family, and happy and lastly, solicits patronage and that society, which, having collected the support to the Prayer - book and principles of their mutual atachment from Homily Society, as being directly the infallible records of the Gospel, form calculated to increase the chciency of those principles into bonds and ties of affecthe national liturgy. Under the tion, by a reference to one standard of failli

, first head, and among the principal wise is that national church, which having

and one method of instruction; happy like uses of the liturgy, he mentions forned her hallowed services upon the prinuniformity of religious sentiment, ciples of revelatiwn, and admitted, I will not the means of publicly worshipping say the privilege, but the duty of private God in an intelligible and spiritual judgment, is enabled 10 blend the affections, magner, and the benefit of a stand- and to secure the veneration of the colomuárd by which to convict of error ibe nits, by the wise reception and enlightened eareless and the wandering.

belief of her fornis of worship, and expresThe discordant views which difasions of faith!" pp. 6, 7. ferent parties of professing Chris In proving the use of a liwngy tians are accustomed to take of the from the circumstance of its affording Bible, have supplied many argue the public means of worshipping ments against the general diffusion God in an intelligible manner, Mr. of the Scriptures alone, even by a Noel introduces several judicious pbx society: whereas, the conclusion to servations upon extemporary prayer; be derived from that circumstance is, and it cannot be denied, that this the importance of circulating some mode of public worship is liable to conimon and received exposition of very serious objections." . Among faith and practice. If we cannot others, which might be adduced, he send into all lands both the Bible specifies the unequalabilities of those and the Prayer.book, the Bible alone that lead the worship; the uncertain can do no harm, and will certainly franes ot' mind to which the Minis: do good. If we have the opportunity ster is liable, and according to of supplying the members of our which, rather than to the diversified church with its regular services, we state of the people, bis prayers will shall confer a greater benefit by generally be conceived; above all, giving both the Bible and the Prayer- the occasion afforded for error. A book than the Bible alone: we sup. written form, prescribed and drawn ply that exposition of the Scriptures, up by the collective wisdom of which churchmen admit to be a sound humble and holy men, has, in all exposition, and'uniformity of senti- these respects an obvious advantage ment is thus increased and confirmed. it depends not upon the caprice or No permanent church-fellowship is feeling of the moments, it runs into likely to arise from acknowledging no extravagancies of thought or ex. the 'mere authority of Revelation; "a pression; it is always applicable, and ution founded upow the contents of always safe.

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Nor is a national liturgy of trifling!" Hence they must be suited to the case value, as it affords a standard by of a being, once deprared and lost, but show which to convict of error the careless penitent and preserverl. They must be and the wandering,

fashioned to meet the wants of a soul, hielpe The Bible is the great standard; and safety, only through the atoning Hood

less in itself, and looking for strength, mercy, but the formularies of the Church, and perfect righteousness of a Mediator, as 'all sects, by their conduct and the granted to us by the sovereigu berievolence regulation of their internal policy, of God. They must presuppose the deadness Virtually admit, are valuable as a and darkness of the human heart and undersecondary standard. The opinions standing, and the absolute necessity of conof great and good men are to be re- version and sanctification by the power and ceived with deference ; many, who Spirit of God. They most refer the contite might be disposed to explain away and heavy laden to the eternal faithfulness the declarations of Scripture, may

of Him, who is the same yesterday, to-day, be induced to bow with submission and for ever ; and guide the weak and des to their own, acknowledged formu

punding to the knowledge of those gracious laries; and an appeal to these records be fülilled and glorified in the all-sufficiency

purposes and designs of God, which are to may excite a spirit of inquiry, which of Jesus Christ. They must unföld the chashall lead the wanderer back to the racter and duties of a Christian, as of one fold.

separate both in heart and life from the views, -" In the efforts therefore to revive a spirit maxims, and principles of the world: and of religion, to promulgate the unutterable finally they must be adapted to him as to importance of Christ's Salvation, we may a pilgrim and stranger, passing quickly, unfurl not only the banner of the Lord, but through a troublous world, tu an eternal the banner of the Church; and ground the and blissful home in the vision of God !** soundness of our priuciples, not merely pp. 12, 13. upon their agreement with the oracles of The third point is to shew, that the Christ, but on their unison with those trullis Liturgy of the Church of England which our Reformers laught, and bled to agrees with this description.. maintain. The names of those departed servants of the Lord may yet fall with un forms, as Mr. Noel justly observesi

The general excellence of our wonted, efficacy on the ear of the deluded. is commonly admitted even by Those good men, though dead, may yet Dissenters: the majority of them speak to the silencing of the caviller, and it way, be to the conversion of the sinner!" bave no complaint against the doc

Pp. 11, 12. trines of the Church. By the pious Such are the chief purposes of a

members of our own communion à national liturgy.-The preacher exa- more abundant testimony will be mines, in the second place, the cha. afforded : and to ihem he appeals racter of a liturgy which is likely with peculiar force. The simple to ensure the attainment of these confessions of the Liturgy breathe a ends.

spirit, and are descriptive of feelings, This liturgy, he observes, must which every penitent will acknowhe scriptural in its sentiments, simple ledge as corresponding with his own. in its construction, and general in The subjects of consolation are all the subjects both of petition and drawn from the treasury of God's thanksgiving. In illustration of the holy word, and lead the supplicant first of these observations, we cite to that temple of mercy under the words of the author.

which he is directed to repose. The " To enable the spiritual worshipper to weary and heavy laden are brought pray without hesitation, he must feel the immediately to Him who hath pro. sentiments uttered to be harmonious with thie mised rest to their souls; and while will of God. The prayers aod thanksgiving they, partake of these blessings of offered must be grounded on the seleron and grace, wbich the abundant love of inmatable truths of revelation, on the full their Saviour has unfolded to all shat disclosure of God's mercy through Christ to ask him, they are taught to renounce do Tv patis ow: a dependence ypon these, and to

pour out their full hearts in thanks- many persons commit with regard giving and praise.

to the relative importance of prayer " And if scriptural in its confessions, of and preaching Preaching is indeed sin, and petitions for consolation, equally the great instrument of religion: 'but scriptural are the prayers of the Liturgy as prayer is a part of religion itself. If to the practical dispositions and tempers of the Christian seek for intercourse mind, which they at once cherish and with his God, he will go to his evince in the breast of the worshipper. temple as to a house of prayer. His

“ How abundantly do the petitions of mind will be free from those témpthe Liturgy imply this truth, that faith tations to criticise and cavil, which worketh by love! What attention to the infest the hearts of those who go wants, what sympathy with the sorrows, rather to hear ihe preacher than to what tenderness to the infirmities of others are there exhibited! Can I here but men- converse with God. He will apa tion that part of the service, entitled the proach the sanctuary in that spirit Litang in particular, us containing a series which best prepares him to derive of petitions, in which every relative duty, benefit from the service, and is best every charitable sentiment, every case of suited to the cultivation of humility calamity, is remembered and remembered and love. Whatever may be the with a feeling which seems almost to trans. lessons of the pulpit, if he repair mute the peritiouer into the sufferer? As

in this disposition to the worship of men connected with the whole human race,

his Father in heaven, he will not or as subjects of a particular kingdom; as

fail to derive from the Liturgy itself citizens, as members of families, as conpanions in society, as witnesses of the help

a large measure of knowledge and lessness of the child, the solitude of the

edification. widow, the desolation of the orphan, the

It is under the conviction of the regrets of the captive; as partakers of the tendency of this Society, thus to fears of the wenk, and the perils of the promote the estimation of the Liwandering; as spectators of the remorse, turgy, that Mr. Noel appears as its with which the bosoms of the enemy, the advocate. The object of the Inslanderer, and the persecutor will ove day stitution is simple and exclusive: be torn, -as mourners by the bed of deutlo, it regards the formularies of the receiving the last sighs of the dying, and Church, “nol as subsidiary, not as anticipating our own; in all these capacities, attached to other views and 'mi. and many more

, we are found supplicating, nistrations more important," but as in this astonishing remembrancer of hunian entitled to all its care; and expewants !

• Those who framed this holy, this rience proves that distinct societies, simple, this affecting detail, appear to me

establisbed for distinct objects, will, to have caught the very spirit and manner

in their several departments, proof Scripture. Their minds must surely have duce effects infinitely greater than been cast in 'no ordinary mould. Nor will any society which has a combination it I think be denied by the caudid inquirer, of plans. Where many objects are that they have well fulfilled the injunction proposed, it generally happens that of the Apostle; praying always with all undue pre-eminence and importance prayer and supplication in the spirit, and waiching thereunto with all perseverance, another is lamentably neglected.

are given to one department, while and supplication for all sainis.'” pp. 19, 20.

3. In the three last pages of bis dis1. Mr. Noel concludes by soliciting course, the preacher dwells with support to the Institution, as cal heartfelt exultation upon the prosculated to give efficiency to the pects which are now opening before national liturgy, not only by widen- the Catholic Church of Christ " miing its circulation, but by deepén-, litant here on earth." In contending jog the respect and value for the for the peculiar forms of that church general principles of liturgical ser- of which he is so valuable and coa vice.

scientious a minister, he displays Under this head, he atverts with a mind which is animated by cbarizy, much force to the mistake which to all men Every sentiment wbiola heutters is warm with the glow of bride adorned, for her busband. And I Christian love; and it is impossible heard : great voice out of Heateni saying to peruse this eloquent and scrip- Behold the tabernacle of God is will, men, tural sermon--a sermon written for and he will dwell with them, and they shall å special purpose, and in bebalf of

be his people, and God himself shall be with

them, and be their God. And God shall a particular church--without ac. wipe away all sears from their eyes; and knowledging, that the writer at least there shalí be no more death; neither sorto is “ united in heart to the people of nor crying, neither shalt there be any more God of every denomination.” It is pain; for the fornier dings are passed away impossible not to join in his fervent And He that sat upon the Throne said, Be wish, that the stream of charity," hold I make all things new. And be said which issuesfrom the threshold unto me, Write-for these words are true of our sanctuary," may "How on and faithful!"" pp. 27-29. to enrich and heal the farthest pa. It may be proper to add, that i tions of the earth.” (p. 26.) appears from the Report annexed to

In place of further recommenda- this sermon that the Society bas tion of this able and excellent dis. gained a considerable accession of course, we shall present our readers patronage, and many subscribers with the concluding paragraphs. during the past year. A delay had The force and beauty of ihem will taken place in the publication of induce many, we trust, to read the the folio edition of ihe Homilies; whole.

but it had chiefly arisen from the

desire to render it as perfect as pos. • The preparations which justify this hope” sible by a careful collation of the (of the approach of Christ's kingdom) different editions of these formula« are certainly strange and portentous. Atries which have appeared. Near the close of more than twenty years of seven hundred copies had been sube ruinous warfare a long and disastrous pe. scribed for; two hundred of these riod, sufficient to have blotted out all records of Charity, and to lave engraven the vows by one benevolent individual in the of hatred on every heart-at such a period, North of England. The price to and even in the very moment of direct con- subscribers is one guinea for each fict, a spectacle has appeared, at once paci- copy; but when they have been fic, novel, and contradictory. The jarring supplied, as this price is inadequate world, holding fast the sword drenched in to defray the expensen it will be blood in the one hand, has suddenly grasp raised to a guinea and a half, exs, ed the Bible in the other. The bow of cept in the case of parish churelies, God has not as usual illuminated the sum which shall receive the copies they. mer cloud, but shot across the blackest ten

require at cost price. » pest. The seeds of peace have been sown in the very track of armies ; and contending books to New South Wales, to the

The Society has supplied Prayer nations have communed as friends, on the meatus of relieving their common ignorance soldiers of the duke of Wellinga of the Prince of Peace, and of attaining ton's army, to the hospital and baro their real felicity in Him! The wretched racks at Brighton, to the London Fe. situation of millions has come up in remem- male Penitentiary, and to the debtors brance before us; and every hand has and felons in Newgate. The num. been lifted up to spread that Gospel, whose ber of Prayer-books issued during prophetic testimony is gone forth, that war the year amounted to 7660, besides ere long shall be learned no more !

550 Psalters. The number of Hou! Is the tumult now..huslied, and by mily Tracts issued amounted to power as great, thougla siient, as that which, 86,847, of these 7824 were bound

in the chosen land, transformed the surge into a calm? For what high purpose

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in little volumes. Besides fresh and design is this sudden and rapid cbange? editions as they were called for of God grant the vision of the Apocalypse the 25 Homilies previously pubmay prove its blessed explanation! I saw lished, the Homilies “on Prayer, the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down on the Resurrection, a and on from God. out of Heaven, prepared lw * the Gift of the Holy Ghost," and the

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" Articles of Religion," bave been port says (p. 19, Case 30.), The sufferer "published in tracts, 365 $49

had served God in the days of health and The Society has added to its prosperity, and was eminently comforted in list of Vice-presidents the Dean of his illness. He was frequently blessing Wells, the Dean of Carlisle, and the and praising God for the mercies he reDean of Armagh (Viscount Lifford), and grear, the Visitor, who often saw himi

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ceived. Though his sufferings were forig lhe Chancellor of the Exchequer, does not recollect a murdar having escaped and Viscount Galway... The Rev. his lips The anah improved in every holy H. Budd, the late secretary, in con- and joyful Christion grace: and wheti at sideration of bis zealous services, length he walked through the valley of the has been nominated a governor for shadow of death, he evidently feared no life.

evil, but died rejoicing in hope of the We conclude our abstract of the glory of God. Several Homilies of the Society's Report, and this article, Church of England had been given him, with the following testimony, se

and that against the Fear of Death had been lected from several others, to the

a source of peculiar consolation to his mind.' usefulness of the Homily Tracts, attended him, remarks, Several tracts were

In a private communication, the clergymanwlio which has lately appeared in the put into his hands, but hie expressed himself Report of a Society for visiting again and again during his long illness, and and relieving sick and distressed that unsolicited, as peculiarly interested in poor.

that Homily.'" pp. 16, 17. "Speaking of an afflicted man, the Re

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