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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 asserts the the apostolical exhortation to stand importance of a liturgy for produc. fast and maintain then),
ing uniformity of sentiment. The first point wbieb he proposes
“ Wliat, then, every parent daily attempts to consider, is, The object and use
in the domestic circle, and every separate of a national liturgy. He examines,
congregation attempts among the little ones secondly, The nature of a liturgy of the Rock, by catéchisms, and sacred songs, likely to attain that object. He then and accredited instructions ; that does the proceeds to adduce some evidence, national church attempt amidst society at ihat the Liturgy of the Church of large, by her liturgy and solemn services. 16 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 ļheir mutual attachmeut from Homily Society, as being directly the infallible records of the Gospel, form calculated to increase the eficiency of those principles into bonds and ties of affee
tion, by a reference to one standard of faith, the national liturgy.- Under the
and one method of instruction ; happy liker first head, and among the principal wise is that pational church, which having uses, of the liturgy, he mentions forned her hallowed services upon the prinuniformity of religious sentiment, ciples of revelation, and admitted, I will not the means of publicly worshipping say the privilege, but the duty of private God in an intelligible and spiricual judgment, is enabled 10 blend the affections, magner, and the benefit of a stand- and to secure the veneration of the columnard 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 express The discordant views which dif- sions of faith!" pp. 6, 7. ferent parties of professing Chris. In proving the use of a litongy tians are accustomed to take of the from the circumstance of its affording Bible, have supplied many argu. the public means of worsbipping ments against the general diffusion God in an intelligible manner, Mr. of the Scriptures alone, even by a Noel introduces several judicious ob. 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 unequal abilities of those and the Prayer.book, the Bible alone that lead the worship; the uncertain can do no harm, and will certainly' frames of mind to which the Minido 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, his 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 drawnt ply that exposition of the Scriptures, up by the collective, wisdoon of which churchimen admit to be asound humble and holy men, has, in all exposition, and usiformity of senti- these respects an obvious advantages ment is thus increased and confirmed. it depends not upon the caprice fort No permanent church-fellowship is feeling of the moment; it runs into likely to arise from acknowledging no extravagancies of abought or ex. the mere authority of Revelation ;“a pression; it is always applicable, and urlion founded upon the contents of always safe.
- 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 depraved and lost, but not which to convict of error the careless penitent and preserved. They must be and the wandering,
fashioned to meet the wants of a soul, lielp The Bible is the great standard ; and safety, only through the atoning blood
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 beresolence 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 con: of 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 contrite might be disposed to explain away of Him, who is the same yesterday, to-day,
and heavy laden to the eternal faithfulness the declarations of Scripture, may be induced to bow with submission and for ever ; and guide the weak and des to their own acknowledged formu- ponding 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 unfold 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 : ad uf 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 truths 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 an forms, as Mr. Noel justly observes,
The general excellence of our wonted efficacy on the ear of the deluded. Those good men, thougls dead, may yet Dissenters: 'the majority of them
is, commonly admitted even by speak to the silencing of the caviller, and it may be to the conversion of the sinner!" have no complaint against the doc
pp. 11, 12.
trines of the Church. By the piods Such are the chief
members of our own communion à national liturgy.-The preacher exa- nore abundant testimony will be miges, in the second place, the cha. afforded : and to them he appeals racter of a liturgy which is likely
with peculiar force. The simple to ensure the attainment of these confessions of the Liturgy breatbe a ends.
spirit, and are descriptive of feelings This liturgy, he observes, must which every penitent will acknow he scriptural in its sentiments, simple ledge as corresponding with his owa 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 ofur the words of the author..
wbich he is directed to repose. The po To enable the spiritual worshipper to weary and heavy laden are brought pray without basitațion, he must feel the immediately to Him who hath pro. sentiments uttered to be. hærmeniaus with tie 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 seleran and grace, wbich the abundant love of disclosure of God's ineres tucougl, Christ
to ask him, they are taught to read. ca. d'iw Jasmose prvi! 18:9981 ils on: all cepsadenge upon these and ta
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 Prebening 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 allention 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 uthers are. There exlibited! 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 Litany in particular, us containing a series which best prepares bim'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 lo trans lessons of the pulpit, if he repair mute the petitioner 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 kingdomn; as
fail to derive from the Liturgy itself citizeus, as members of families, as com
a large measure of knowledge and panions in society, as witnesses of the helplessness 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 Ms. 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 death, it regards the formularies of the receiving the last sighs of the dying, and Church, “ not as subsidiary, not as Anticipating our own; in all these capacities, attached 10 other views and miand many more, we are found supplicating, nistrations more important," büt as in this astonishing remembrancer of human
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 departmenis, 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 candid 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 are given to one department, while watching thereunto with all perseverance, another is lamentably neglected. and supplication for all saints.'" pp. 19, 20.
. In the three last pages of his dis7. Mr. Noel concludes by soliciting course, the preacher dwells with support to the Institution, as cal- heartfelt exultation upon the 'proga culated to give efficiency to the pects which are now opening before national liturgy, not only by widen- the Catholic Church of Christ ** mio ing its circulation, but by deepen- litant here on earth." In contending ing 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 con vice.
scientious a minister, he displays Under this head, he atverts with a mind which is animated by charliyi guch force to the mistake which to all men, Every sentiment whiolet
he utters is warm with the glow of bride adorned", for her busband. And I Christian love; and it is impossible heard : great voice que 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 a special purpose, and in bebalf of be his people, and God himself shall be with a particular church-without ac. wipe away all sears from their eyes; and
them, and be their God. And God shall knowledging, that ibe writer at least there shañ be no more death, neither sortow is “united in heart to the people of nor crying, neither shall tliere be any more God of every denomination.” It is pain; for the fornuer Vings are passed away impossible not to join in his fervent And He that sat upon the Throne said, Beo wish, that “ the stream of charity," hold I make all things new. And he said which issues " from the threshold unto me, Write-for these words are true of our sanetuary,” may "flow 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 has 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 formulaa are certainly strange and portentous. At ries which have appeared. Near the close of more than twenty years of
seven hundred copies had been subruinous warfarem a loug and disastrous pe. riod, sufficient 10 have blotted out all records scribed for; tivo hundred of these of Charity, and to liave 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 fice, a spectacle has appeared, at once paci. copy; but when they have been fc, novel, and contradictory. The jarring supplied, as this price is inadequate world, holding fast the sword drenched in to defray the expense, it will be blood in the one hand, has suddenly grasp raised to a guinea and a half
, exo, ed the Bible in the other . The bow of cept in the case of parish churcles
, God has got as usual illaminated the sum- which shall receive the copies they mer cloud, but shot across the blackest tem
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 be
The Society has supplied Prayera nations have communed as friends, on the meals 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 bar their real felicity in Flim! 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 1
550 Psalters. The number of Hou! “ Is the tumult now, huslied, and by a mily Traces issued amounted to power as great, thougha silent, as that which 86,847, of these 7824 were bound once, in the chosen land, transformed the surge into a calm? For what high purpose up in little volumes. Besides fresh and design is this sudden and rapid change editions as they were called for of God grant the vision of the Apocalypse the 25 Homilies previously pube may prove its blessed explanation! * I saw lisbed, the Homilies on Prayer,"
, , fiera dod out of Heaven, prepared low a the Gift of the Holy Ghost," and the
« Articles of Religion," bave been port says (p. 19, Case-10.), * The sufferer published in tracts.
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 be reDean of Armagh (Viscount Liford), and great, thie Visitor, who often saw him,
ceived. Though his sufferings were fonig Lbe Chancellor of the Exchequer, does not recollect a murmur havitig escaped and Viscount Galway. . The Rev. his lips. The man 'improved in every holy H. Budd, the late secretary, in con and joyful Christian graces and wheti let 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 ihe 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 he expressed hinaselt Report of a Society for visiting again and again during his long illness, and and relieving sick and distressed that onsolicited, as peculiarly interested it poor.
that Homily."" Pp. 16, 17. "Speaking of an afflicted man, the Re
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