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and able,) wouldst help us, at the restless cravings of immortal souls ! beginning of another week, to grow We would prepare our minds for in every holy desire after HALLOW- approaching Thy House of Prayer ING THY NAME! and make us what with thankful joyousness, becoming it becometh us to be, as “members reverence, and godly fear; that of Christ, children of God, and in- waiting on Thee as the blind, halt, heritors of the kingdom of heaven!” withered, and lame; we may find

Holy God! Thou didst HALLOW Thee light to our darkness, wisdom THINE own NAME by the gift of to our foolishness, and strength Thy Holy Spirit to abide with Thy to our weakness; Thou for Thy Church for ever, and Thy covenant great Name's sake shewing forth promise is, that in very faithfulness, Thy power and glory, through the Thou wilt never forsake the work channels of Thine Own blessed Saof Thine Own Hands; but magni- craments and Ordinances ! This fying Thy sovereign grace and would we do, O Holy Father, Lord power in Christ Jesus, wilt ever God Almighty, for Thou wilt recreate anew, confirm, and strengthen member Thy promises, and do unto unto the end. And now, what is us as Thou usest to do unto all our hope? surely our hope is in that loved Thy NAME! Thee. That Thou wilt nourish all We would pray Thee to HALLOW things in us belonging to the Spi- Thy NAME, by especially giving rit; that Thou wilt stir us up to Thy blessing this day to ali Thy improve our high calling, and mag- ministering servants set over us in nify our mighty privileges; that this parish; and all guides of souls, Thou wilt quicken us to feel our- and pastors of Thy flock wheresoselves bound, at all moments, by ever in the world they be; inthe strictest bonds that our baptis- creasing in them Thy manifold gifts mal vows can lay upon us to be of grace, that they may “direct their Thine; and awaken in our hearts work in truth," and divide Thy Thy Holy Spirit of fear, lest these Truth and dispense Thy Sacraments great and precious privileges being to the edifying and well-growing of ours, we fall short of our heavenly Thy Church, and the saving of inheritance, and our last end be themselves and all that hear them; worse than our first!

and that they may have, O MerciTo this end we would meditate ful FATHER, unwearied zeal, and on the opportunity afforded us this diligence, and watchfulness, in their day, of paying our vows unto Thee calling; Thou strengthening them openly, and sanctifying and glori- unto all patience and longsuffering fying Thy Name before all people; under the trials and discouragements of resting ourselves from the hin- they meet with; and succouring and drances, entanglements, burdens, i comiorting them against all temptaand excitements of our respective tion to weariness and despair. Oh! callings during the week; that we that Thou wouldst of Thine infi. may honour Thee by not doing our nite mercy fix the thought of Thy own ways, or finding our Being and Presence within us all, pleasures, or speaking our and about us all, teaching us more words; but slaking our thirst after and more of Him in Whom dwellhappiness in the streams of Thy eth all fulness of grace and truth. mercy, and reaching after a fore- That Thou wouldst HALLOW THY taste of that heavenly rest in Thee, NAME among us by larger outpourand all-satisfying delight in Thy ings of Thy gifts of light and love service, which alone can satisfy the to cement our divisions and correct



our errors; and in Thine Own good on the same grounds that they may time gather us together, friends, use the sign of the Cross, or kneel relations, benefactors, every one at Communion, when they are linked to us by love or otherwise, brought to see their mistake in one in one blessed Communion, even in case, they will suspect themselves one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus deceived in the other also Christ.

when they find undoubted practices For Thine is the kingdom, the

of the Ancient Church condemned power and the glory, for ever and as Popish and Antichristian, by ever!

their teachers, they must conclude Popery to be of much greater anti

quity than really it is; and when A CAUTION GIVEN 200 YEARS AGO they can trace it so very near the AND MUCH NEEDED JUST NOW. Apostles' times, they will soon “Unthinking people are carried

believe it settled by the Apostles

themselves.”Bishop Sanderson. away with mere noise and pretences, and hope these will secure

OF GESTURES IN WORSHIP. them against the fears of Popery, who talk with most passion and

“When we make profession of our with least understanding against it; faith, we stand; when we acknowwhereas no persons do really give ledge our sins, or seek unto God for them greater advantages than these pardon, we fall down; because the do. For, where they meet only gesture of constancy becometh us with intemperate railings, and gross

best in the one, in the other the bemisunderstandings of the state of Laviour of humility.”Hooker. the controversies between them and

BOOKS, us (which commonly go together), the most subtle priests let such The Marriage Question. As this alone to spend their rage and fury; subject will probably now be and when the heat is over, they brought again before people's nowill calmly endeavour to let them tice, pray get and read carefully, a see how grossly they have been de- little tract called “The Forbidden ceived in some things, and so will Marriage,” (Wertheim and Macinmore easily make them believe, tosh).. It puts the Scriptural arguthey are as much deceived in alí ment in a very plain and unanswerthe rest. And thus the East and able way. The Publisher would do West may meet at last, and the well to print it at a halfpenny, to most furious antagonists may be- enable Clergy and Laity to circulate come some of the easiest converts. it extensively. This I do really fear will be the

An Almanack for the Masses. If case of many thousands among us,

you want a cheap Almanack for who now pass for most zealous

your own use, or to give away, Protestants; if which God

« Whitaker's Penny Almanack” is forbid, that religion should come to be uppermost in England. It is ready reached the Twelfth Thousand.

the best you can get. It has altherefore, of mighty consequence

for preventing the return of Popery,

The First Number of « The that men rightly understand what | Monthly Packet of Evening Readit is. For, when they are as much ings for Younger Members of the afraid of an innocent ceremony as

English Church,” (above the age of of real idolatry, and think they can 15) promises to be very useful: we worship images and adore the Host

wish it all success.




No. II.

VERY soon after the conversation of which some account has been given, Mr. Hyde and Mr. Butler were again spending an afternoon together, and Mr. Hyde said, “ I have been thinking as well as I could about the Second Chapter of Acts as the beginning of Church History; and seeing more and more how much it tells one about the Holy Catholic Church, I tried to set down in writing, after my simple fashion, some of the chief things which we may learn from it. I meant to ask you to look at it: but in the mean time I have had a call from our Parson, and somehow we fell on talking of these matters, and I got to be so bold as to tell him what I had been doing: and he looked with that pleased look of his, and said, “Will you let me read it over for you, and make corrections as I may see fit ? it is best to be exact in these great matters, whether we are talking or writing or only thinking of them.' • To be sure,' says I, “I shall be greatly obliged to your Reverence, only I am ashamed for you to see what poor work I have made of it.' • Never mind, Edward,' says he, 'I dare say I shall say to myself, I have seen better and I have seen worse, as you said about the new bridle that was given my nephew the other day. That was in your line, you know, and this is in mine.' Well, Sir,' says I, there be the papers. Thank you,' says he, and he took it home, and brought it back this morning when I was out: and here now it is in my pocket: so, Master Butler, if it turn out very wise and knowing, you'll know where the sense comes from.”

“Let me have it,” said the Schoolmaster, “ I should like of all things to see what our good Mr. Jones and you have made of it, now that you have been laying your two heads together." So saying, he unfolded the papers which Hyde put into his hand, and read as follows.

“When the Church was first set up at Jerusalem, on the first Whitsunday, no one could doubt who was Head and King over it, because of that distinct proclamation, “God hath made that same Jesus, Whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Neither could there be a doubt, who were the persons to order things in the King's absence, for His Twelve Apostles were


Nor as

there, speaking with authority, and shewing their right to do so by the wonders and signs which they wrought. Nor could there be any question as to the way into this Kingdom : they were to * repent and be baptized. Nor as to the privileges of those who belonged to it: they were to have 6 remission of their sins past,' and the gift of the Holy Ghost' for the time to come. to its being a Catholic, that is, an Universal Body; for it was to last through all ages—the promise was ó to them and to their children,'—and to extend over all countries ; for it adds, “ to all that are afar off. Moreover, the conditions of continuing in the Kingdom were made exceedingly plain : men must abide - in the Apostles' doctrine,' that is, in the Creed; and in their • fellowship,' that is, in outward and visible Communion with them, both in breaking of Bread,'—in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper,

-and in the public and common prayers' of the Church. And the Body, divinely guided by these simple rules, both grew outwardly,—for 3000 were converted at once, and the Lord kept adding to the Church daily such as should be saved :'-and exceeded all that could be hoped for in its internal arrangements for charity and concord. For concord, they were all • together :' and for charity, they had all things common,' that is, no one of them counted what was his by law as being really his own. All made liberal offerings, and many offered all that they had, in Holy Communion, for the poor and for other Church purposes.

“Here we have, in a very few verses, a kind of perspective view of the Holy Catholic Apostolic Church,-its foundation, rules, and the blessing of observing those rules."

When Butler had read the paper, he said nothing for a minute or two, holding it in his hand, and looking on and off it, as though he were learning it by heart. At last, giving it back to his friend, he said, “I certainly do think I shall understand the Acts of the Apostles the better for this. For, if you mind, every thing in the Book comes naturally from this beginning. All through, the Apostles are the chief; not for anything that they are in themselves, but for Christ's sake, in Whose Name they do all: and they prove themselves Christ's messengers by the miracles which they do. This is plain by the healing of the lame man, and what else we read in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th chapters: and when St. Paul comes in afterwards, all that he

says and does, he says and does as an Apostle, having the same commission with the first Twelve."

H. “To be sure: nobody can deny that. But, Master Butler,

B. "

do let me ask you one thing. I see that in all the beginning of the Acts, St. Peter comes continually forward, and speaks up, and tells people what to do, more than the rest.

Are we to suppose that he had power over the rest ?” B. “What should

you think yourself? You see,” (here Butler took up and opened a New Testament, which had a mark in it at the right place) “the first converts being pricked to the heart, said unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?' They spoke to the rest as well as to Peter. And he made answer accordingly, not as if he had a different power from the rest, but as being the first among Twelve equals : for in every company you know some one must be first."

H. You mean, much in the same way as in the committee of our club; we are all equal, but for order's sake some one always takes the chair,—yourself commonly, Master Butler, when you can find time to attend." Why yes,

I do

suppose it was a little like that: only St. Peter had a standing appointment from our Lord to be the first place. They were all Stewards, all had the keys of the Kingdom, and upon them all, as on Foundations, the Heavenly Jerusalem was to be built. But upon Peter, in way,

before all the rest: and accordingly he was the first to open the door of faith both to Jew and Gentile, and to admit them to Holy Baptism: the Jews, on the day of Pentecost; the Gentiles, when he converted Cornelius.”

H. “ So then, if the other Apostles differed at any time from him, they were free to tell him so, and to argue the matter with him, only they must do it very respectfully."

B. Yes, just as he must with them. I mind two places in the Testament where St. Peter was as it were called to account by his brethren for things which they supposed wrong; and in neither case did he claim authority to settle matters by his sole judgment.”

H. “I think I know one place; when he had been keeping company with Cornelius and the rest, and the Christians at Jerusalem said to him, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.' Peter did not stand upon

his general authority, but he shewed them what a special commission he had from God for that very thing. I remember that, but which is the other place ?"

B.“ In Galatians ii. 14, St. Paul tells how he had once publicly


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