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

stand our principles aright, and hold them as Does he talk of abuses? No true church- we ought, no party spirit will taint our man defends them. He would not have a conduct. Only unworthy objects require spot stain the purity of the Church he loves. angry violence. As the substance of the But evils are not always abuses. If a living Gospel is perfect truth, and the spirit of the be too poor to support a minister, it must be Gospel perfect charity, and these two are held in plurality. If the parish cannot afford inseparable; so it is our business to prove a glebe-house, there must be non-residence. that our cause is holy, by the meekness, as They who do all they can, are not to be well as firmness, with which we maintain it. condemned because they cannot do all they Against our enemies, indeed, let us war with would. Let the practice of Dissent itself be determined, deadly hatred. Our enemies are considered. It forms a Home Mission, to ignorance, misery, and sin; and, in striving carry religious instruction into “poor and to exterminate these, we shall best subdue the benighted districts.” Here is the main prin- prejudices of political opponents. ciple of an establishment,--that if the people There never was a time when the Church are too poor to obtain instruction, it shall was so strong as at the present moment. The be provided for them; and if they are too trials of the last seven years have taught her ignorant to seek it, it shall be forced upon friends to understand her claims, and to know their attention. The Committee send a Mi- their duty. Silently, but surely, she has been nister into a district. Here is lay patronage. everywhere extending former means of useThey charge him with three village stations, fulness, and introducing new agencies for at each of which he preaches once every good. Through the long and bitter winter, Sunday. Here is plurality, non-residence, while the Government looked upon her coldly, and single duty.

and the storms beat heavily against her, she It is a glorious thing to churchmen to see has been swelling her buds, and giving new the burst of enthusiasm which has filled the force to all her energies. The winter is almost land; at once the means of deliverance from gone. With returning spring she will stand present danger, and the pledge of tenfold admired in her beauty. The fragrance of her exertions henceforward in Christian duties. blossom will perfume the land, and the richThus let us consider it as Christians, scorping ness of her clusters gladden the nations.

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The order which prevails in the yearly service of the SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT......... p. 13
Church is not exceeded in a system of Natural History. God hath given the Scriptures for our learning,
First, the whole year is divided into two parts ; of hope, and comfort. Epistle. A worldly spirit con-
which the former, extending from Advent to Trinity demned, which, following vain pursuits, forgets
Sunday, is devoted more prominently to doctrines ; the God and bis Law. Morning Lesson. The judgment
latter, containing the Sundays after Trinity, is chiefly of the world, and the triumph of God's people.
occupied with christian practice. The former division

Evening Lesson. — The signs of Christ's coming
breaks naturally into eight sections, whose subjects to judgment. Gospel.
follow in such just order, as to form a regular course of
sound doctrine. Again, the subjects of the successive THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
Sundays and holidays in each of these sections have

The office, commission, and independence of the
the same orderly arrangement. Finally, the several

christian minister. Epistle. His character, to be
chapters and portions of Scripture, appointed for each courageous, and self-denying ; his business, to im-
Sunday and holiday, unite to teach, illustrate, and part the blessings of the Gospel ; and his duty, to
apply the subject for the day.

direct his followers to Christ. Gospel.-The glory

and happiness of the Church at the coming of Christ,

for which his ministers are appointed to prepare.
In this Division are contained the following sub-

Morning and Evening Lessons.
jects :-1. The coming of Christ, and the preparation FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT....... p. 23.
required of us :-II. his incarnation, and nativity :-

Trust in man condemned, and the help of God
III. his glory and offices :-IV. our condition, duty,

promised. Morning Lesson.—Christ foretold to come
and hope, as fallen and guilty creatures :—V. our Re-

as our King, refuge, and Saviour. Evening Lesson.
demption by the sacrifice of Christ :- VI. our salvation

The joy, confidence, and peace of such as wait for his
by his victory :-VII. the Church of Christ :-VIII.

coming. Epistle.-Ministers are sent to prepare his
the influence of the Holy Ghost, to establish, teach,

way, and to call the people to him. Gospel.
and comfort it. These are severally explained in the
seasons of Advent, Christmas, the Epiphany, Lent,
Passion Week, Easter, the Sundays after Easter, and


We celebrate at this season the first coming of Christ,

when he visited us in great humility ; and learn the

doctrines connected therewith. On Christmas day, we
The general subject of Advent is the establishment observe the mystery of God manifested in the flesh.
of Christ's kingdom on earth ; and bis coming with his On the first Sunday after, the salvation he wrought for

On the feast of the Circumcision, the covenant of
glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead :
for which event the services teach us to prepare. The God in Christ. On the second Sunday after Christmas,
first Sunday calls to repentance : the second, directs to

the blessings we obtain thereby.
the Scriptures, which teach and warn us : the third,
to the Ministers, whom Christ hath appointed to in- CHRISTMAS DAY......

struct us therefrom : the fourth, to Christ himself, our

The promised child is both God and man.
hope, refuge, and King.


P. 24.
p. 27.

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.-
God convicts his people of sin, and calls them to Through him we become sons of God. Second Even-
repentance. Morning Lesson.- We are enjoined to ing Lesson and Gospel.
diligence in renouncing sin, and working righteous- Proper Psalms. He is our teacher, xix. Our King,
Epistle. — The universal establishment of

xlv. The blessings of his reign, lxxxv. The son of
Christ's kingdom foretold. Evening Lesson. Christ David, lxxxix. Our King and High Priest, cx.
enters Jerusalem as her King, and casts out from the His birth at Bethlehem Ephrata ; and the establish-
temple them who profaned it. Gospel.

ment of his Church, cxxxū.

p. 11.


ward grace.

p. 44.


Jesus, the Saviour of his people. Gospel.–Salva- The blessings of the Gospel are offered freely to
tion from their enemies figured in the deliverance of every one. Morning Lesson.-Even to the outcast
Jerusalem. Morning Lesson.-Salvation from their and stranger. Evening Lesson.—This is illustrated
sins figured in Hezekiah's recovery. Evening Lesson. by our Lord healing the leper, and the Centurion's
-He redeems them from the bondage of the Law, servant. Gospel. But the unfaithful children shall
that they might receive the adoption of sons. Epistle. be condemned, and cast out. Evening Lesson, v.

9—12, and Gospel, v. 12.- Forgiveness of enemies

is required of us, as we have been forgiven. Epistle.
Circumcision appointed. Morning Lesson. – A
seal of the righteousness which is by faith. Epistle.

The outward sign profiteth nothing, without the in-

Second Morning Lesson. The condi-
tions which God required. Evening Lesson.—The

God's government, in blessing the righteous, and
circumcision of Christ. Gospel. The blessings which

lowly, and punishing the wicked, and rebellious.
christians obtain by their covenant with him. Second

Morning and Evening Lessons.-Christ exercises ab-

solute authority over the material and spiritual worlds ;
Evening Lesson.

controlling the elements, and commanding the un-
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. p. 29. clean spirits. Gospel.-We are required to obey
The epistle and gospel are the same as for circum-

Rulers for conscience sake, seeing that God hath
cision. The lessons encourage to unbounded confi- appointed them to govern. Epistle.
dence in God; who promises help, support, victory,
and blessings.


God's justice and mercy in his dealings with the

Church. Morning Lesson.—A fallen but repenting
From the humiliation of our Lord, we proceed to his Church pleading for mercy. Evening Lesson.—The
glory, example, and authority. The manifestation of character and duties required of God's people. Epistle.
his glory is described on the feast of the Epiphany. - The doom of unfaithful professors in the judg-
The first Sunday after, offers his example of devoted ment shewn by the parable of the tares. Gospel.
obedience. The second, of brotherly kindness. The
third, the blessings he freely gives. The fourth, his SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.p.47.
sovereignty. The fifth, his government of the Church. God's judgment upon the Jews, and establish-
The sixth, bis coming to judgment. The services for ment of a New Jerusalem. Morning Lesson. The
each day afford suitable instruction in our own duties. restoration of Israel, the resurrection, and last judg-

ment. Evening Lesson.-Christ revealed from heaven

with his angels. Gospel.—The hope and duty of his
Christ manifested; by the star which appeared to

people who wait for his coming. Epistle.
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 Strictly speaking, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday ;
revelation of the mystery of the calling of the Gen- but the subjects of the three preceding Sundays are
tiles. Epistle. By the establishment, and future preparatory to, and connected with it; and therefore it
glory of the holy Church Universal. Morning and is proper to include the whole under one section.
Evening Lessons.

Septuagesima Sunday shews the creation of man in
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.p.40. innocence, and teaches his duty to his Creator. Sexa-

The Redemption of God's people. Morning und gesima presents him fallen and guilty ; yet an object of
Evening Lessons.-Our duty therefore, and reasonable God's merciful solicitude. Quinquagesima directs to
service, to devote ourselves to God, serving Him God's gracious covenant. Ash Wednesday calls to exer-
cheerfully, each in his allotted place. Epistle.The cises of deep humiliation and penitence. The first
example of Christ, in honouring his heavenly Father, Sunday in Lent shows the trials which exercise God's
and being subject to his earthly parents. Gospel.

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-
The miserable condition from which God redeemed duces the Almighty Saviour, delivering his people
his people. Morning Lesson.— The price of their re-

from their enemies, by his power; and reconciling
demption was the humiliation, sufferings, and death them to God by his atonement and intercession.
of Christ. Evening Lesson. We are therefore re-
quired to exercise brotherly kindness in a spirit of
humility. Epistle. Marriage, the bond of society SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY.... .........p. 58.
with its affections, honoured by our Lord ; and the The Creation. Morning and Erening Lessons.-
benevolence he exercised at Cana of Galilee. Gospel. God calls every one

serve Him. Gospel.

p. 30.

..P. 41.


Strenuously, and perseveringly ; as they who contend
for an incorruptible crown. Epistle.—A sabbath of
holy rest is appointed. Evening Lesson.

· P. 59.

Morning and Evening Lessons. The excellency of the
Covenant which is in Christ, contrasted with the
rigour and bondage of the Law. Epistle.—The bread
of life figured in the miracle of the loaves and fishes.


The Almighty Saviour who came to deliver Israel.
Morning Lesson.—Their miserable bondage : Aaron
enters on his office to plead for Israel. Evening
Lesson.-Christ is the I AM, and saves us from
death. Gospel.—He is our High Priest, who redeems
and purifies us with his own blood. Epistle.


The Fall of Man. Morning Lesson. General cor-
ruption of the earth : the Flood denounced. Even-
ing Lesson.—The arduous duties and painful trials of
a faithful minister. Epistle.—The various effects of
the Word, according to the different characters and
dispositions which receive it, shewn in the parable
of the sower. Gospel.

•P. 82.


· p. 62.


..P. 83.

p. 77.

QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY.............p. 60.

God's gracious covenant with Noah, Morning

From the consideration of our state as sinners, we
Lesson ; and with Abraham, Evening Lesson.-Its

proceed, in order, to the means of our deliverance. In
blessings are brought to us by the sufferings of the Passion Week our attention is directed to some of the
Redeemer ; and we obtain them by faith and prayer. most important doctrines of Christianity. On Sunday,
Gospel.-It is required of us that christian charity

we observe our Lord's example of condescension and
possess our hearts, and govern all our conduct. Epistle. 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-
The means which God hath appointed for averting ties. On Wednesday is presented to us the doctrine
National judgments, are public humiliation and pe- of Redemption. On Thursday, we learn the right use
nitence by the collective people. Epistle.--Personal of the Holy Communion. On Friday, we see Christ
devotion should be offered in secret to Him who made an offering for sin. On Saturday, we are taught
seeth in secret. Gospel. The proper Psalms are the the nature, and use of Baptism.
seven called • Penitential ;' namely, vi. xxxii. xxxviii.
li. cii. cxxx. cxliii.;


God's judgments upon Egypt for the deliverance

of Israel. Morning and Evening Lessons.—The suf-
The chastisement of Lot in the loss of all his

ferings and death of Christ, as related by St. Mat-
wealth, for the sake of which he had chosen to live thew. Second Morning Lesson, and Gospel. — The
among abominable sinners : the judgment of Sodom glory from which he stooped ; the humiliation and
and Gomorrha. Morning Lesson.—The trial of Abra- suffering to which he submitted ; and the exaltation
ham's faith, and the blessing he obtained. Evening he thereby obtained. Second Evening Lesson, and
Lesson.-The grace of God, who hears and succours Epistle. - His example offered for our imitation.
us, is sufficient in all our trials. Epistle.The temp- Epistle
tation and victory of Christ. Gospel.


The victorious Saviour: Israel, justly punished,
We are required to walk in the faith and fear of pleads with God by his former mercies, and their
God, shunning all impurity and fraud. Epistle.- present misery. Epistle.-Our Lord's agony, &c.,
The faith of the Canaanitish woman. Gospel. The as related by St. Mark. Gospel.
unbelief and fraud of Rebecca, and the deceit and

falsehood of Jacob. Morning Lesson.—The sin of
Shechem and Dinah, and its fatal consequences : the

Christ's firm and patient endurance. Epistle.-
impious fraud of Simeon and Levi. Evening Lesson.

His crucifixion, as related by St. Mark. Gospel.


Israel destroyed by their own guilt, but redeemed
Holiness, love, and purity, enjoined. Epistle.

by God's goodness. Morning Lesson. The blessings
Illustrated by the example of Joseph. Morning and

they enjoy, when thus restored to his favour. Even-
Evening Lessons.—We are delivered from the power

ing Lesson. The prophecy of Caiaphas that Jesus
of evil by the strength of Christ ; but we are re-

should die for the people. Second Morning Lesson.-
quired to work with him ; being warned of the fatal

The efficacy of bis one sacrifice to put away sin.
consequences, if, having been delivered from sin, we

Epistle.--The betrayal, agony, denial, and condem-
fall again into its bondage. Gospel.

nation of Christ, as related by St. Luke. Gospel,

p. 87.
The forgiveness and blessings we obtain from The time of Christ's appearing, and the object of
God, illustrated in Joseph's kindness to his brethren. his suffering, foretold by Daniel. Murning Lesson.

P. 84.

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P. 85.

• p. 80.

...p. 89.

p. 94.

The new Covenant of blessings which he brought Proper Psalms. The exaltation of Messiah, ü.
for Israel. Evening Lesson. — Purity and love re- The troubles through which he passed to it, lvii.
quired of all his disciples. Second Morning Lesson.- God's faithfulness to his covenant, cxi. Praise for
The nature, and right use of the Holy Communion. his goodness, cxiii. His power magnified in the
Epistle.—The crucifixion, as related by St. Luke. deliverance of his people, cxiv. Joyful thanks-

giving for the salvation he hath so triumphantly

wrought for us, cxviii.

The offering of Isaac a type of the sacrifice of MONDAY IN EASTER WEEK ..........p. 93.
Christ. Morning Lesson. His sufferings, and death

The gift of Manna. Morning Lesson ; and of
foretold by Isaiah. Evening Lesson.—And described

water from the Rock at Horeb: the victory over
by St. John. Second Morning Lesson, and Gospel.

Amalek. Evening Lesson.-Christ, being risen, is
The inefficacy of the legal sacrifices, and the all-

made known to the disciples at Emmaus in the
sufficiency of the one offering of Christ. Epistle.-

breaking of bread. Gospel.—He commissions the
The privileges and obligations of Christians, as

Apostles to teach and baptise all nations, promis-
members of his Church; and their duty to suffer

ing the help of his presence even to the end of the
patiently, after his example. Second Evening world, Second Morning Lesson. The doctrine of

the Resurrection is preached to the Jews. Second
Proper Psalms ; Christ's sufferings foretold, with

Evening Lesson ;—and to the Gentiles. Epistle.
the end, and object of them, xxii. lxix. His taking
away of the legal sacrifices, xl. The afflicted | TUESDAY IN EASTER WEEK
christian crying to God for deliverance, liv.

The Law is given from Sinai. Morning Lesson.

The sin of the golden calf; Moses intercedes for Is-

rael; but executes judgment on the sinners. Evening
The burial of our Lord. Second Morning Lesson.-

Lesson. The fact of the Resurrection, as related by
The precautions taken by his enemies to prevent the

St. Luke. Second Morning Lesson. The truth that
removal of his body. Gospel.-Our deliverance from

our Lord rose again with his body proved by his
captivity by the blood of the Covenant. Morning

eating before his disciples. Gospel.The Resurrec-
Lessun ;-our baptism, with its spiritual benefits,

tion of Christ establishes the certainty that we shall
figured in the passage of the Israelites out of Egypt.

rise again with our bodies. Second Evening Lesson.
Evening Lesson ;—and in the salvation of Noah and -St. Paul, preaching the doctrine of the Resurrec-
his family by the Ark. Epistle.The Rest that

tion, warns that all who despise salvation shall
remaineth for the people of God. Second Evening

perish. Epistle.


Christ by his one offering, made a full atonement Christ having thus purchased to himself a Church
for our sins, and reconciled us to God. By his victory by his own blood, we now consider the nature, cha-
over Death and Hell, he saved us from our spiritual racter, and objects of this Church : the nature of which
enemies, to whose tyranny we had been subjected by is described on the first Sunday after Easter ;

......p. 90.

its safety,
the Fall of Adam. This deliverance we celebrate at as a sheepfold under Christ, the good Shepherd, on the

second; the duty of all its members, on the third ;
On Easter day, we see the deliverance of his people the principle upon which they perform their duty,
from the powers of darkness completed by the victory namely, a renewed heart, on the fourth; the danger
he wrought. On Monday in Easter week, the provision of neglecting their duty, on the fifth; the au-
he hath made to nourish and defend them through all thority of the Christian Ministry, as the representatives
their journey to heaven. On Tuesday, the judgment of Christ, on Ascension Day; and the evil of Schism,
appointed for such as despise salvation.

on the Sunday after.

..p. 95.


Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, by the sprinkling

The character, faith, and privileges of those who
of whose blood we are saved from death. Morning

are members of Christ's Church. Epistle.—The
Lesson.—Our salvation figured, in the deliverance of

power and authority of the ministers whom he hath
Israel, and the destruction of their enemies, at the

set over it. Gospel.—The guilt and danger of in-
Red Sea. Evening Lesson. - The Resurrection.

truding into their office. Morning Lesson.—The deadly
Gospel.—The doctrine of the Resurrection preached

tendency of a worldly spirit shewn in the covetousness
on the day of Pentecost. Second Evening Lesson. We

of Balaam. Evening Lesson.
are made partakers of the death and resurrection of
Christ in our baptism. Second Morning Lesson.— SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER....p. 107.
We are therefore required, as risen with Christ, to The Church is one sheepfold under Christ, the
set our affections on things above. ' Epistle.

good shepherd. Gospel. The safety we enjoy therein.

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