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“ I will go and return to my place till they ac
knowledge their offence and seek my face. In their affliction they will seek me early."
Hos. v. 15. 39. Show me, also, that God calls us,
Church, to come before Him with prayer and
praise. This is, again, the general tenor of Scripture,
of which we can only give examples :“ Praise ye the Lord. Praise him in his sanctuary.'
." Ps. cl. 1. " Sanctify ye a fast : call a solemn assembly :
gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your
God; and cry unto the Lord.” Joel i. 14. “ Mine house shall be called a house of prayer
for all people.” Isa. lvi. 7. “ Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
without wavering; for he is faithful that promised—not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is." Heb. x. 23. 25.
40. When was the Confession of our Liturgy
composed ? On the review of Edward's First Book, in 1551. 41. Was there no Confession previous to that
time? Yes; there had been one in many English
! Liturgies, occupying a more advanced place;
preceding the Collects. 42. Reasonable and proper as it seems to place
the Confession thus' early in the Liturgy, were the Reformers warranted by antiquity
in doing so ? Yes; by the earliest Liturgies of the East. 43. And was the Confession, like ours, the Con.
fession of all ? Yes; Basil (4 C.) says, All, as it were with
one voice and one heart, make their Confession unto the Lord, each man expressing his
own repentance with his own mouth.” 44. What is the doctrine of the Confession ?
1. An acknowledgment of universal sin. 2. A seeking of God's promised mercy. 3. Mercy asked only on confession and peni
tence. 4. The result-amendment of life to God's
glory. 45. Show briefly, that this is the doctrine of the
Bible. 1. “All we like sheep have gone astray.” Is. liii. 6. “ All have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God.” Rom. iii. 23. 46. 2. • God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life." John iii. 16. 47. 3.
See No. 38. “ The Lord is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance.” 2 Pet. iii. 9. 48. 4. “ If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new, and all things are of God.”
2 Cor. v. 17, 18. " Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify
which are God's." I Cor. vi. 20. 49. Who, then, convict themselves as inconsistent
members of the Church of England, when
they repeat this Confession? 1. They, who deny universal sin. They, who do
not watch their's as a sinful nature. 2. They, who doubt of that mercy which is pro
mised: 3. They, who dream of mercy without the sense
of sin, without a sorrow for sin. 4. They, whose lives do not glorify God.
The Absolution. 50. When was the Absolution composed ?
At the same time with the Confession. 51. Is the custom of Absolution ancient ?
It dates from the earliest times. 52. Why does the Rubric say, “to be pronounced
by the priest alone ?"
Because it is his part alone to declare, as God's
minister, God's message of pardon'. 53. Is it the intention of the word “priest,” that
no deacon shall read it ? Yes; deacons are expressly forbidden by the act
of parliament passed in 1661, in conformity
with the last review of the Liturgy. 54. Then the congregation are not to join in the
Absolution ? Certainly not; to repeat the words with the
officiating priest shows either ignorance of the service, or a wandering mind; repeating words with the lips which are not in the
heart. 55. What is the doctrine contained in the Abso
lution ? 1. That God desires not the death of a sinner,
but his amendment and salvation. 2. That God has given His ministers both
authority and command to declare the remis
sion of sins. 3. The application--that it is our part to ask of
God repentance, as the needful state of mind to receive mercy; and the Holy Spirit to enable us to please Him now, to walk with Him in holiness in the future, and thus to be
prepared to be with Him in His own heaven. 56. Show briefly that this is the doctrine of the
See No. 47. “ I have no pleasure in the death of him that
dieth, saith the Lord God; wherefore, turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezek. xviii. 32. 1 This answer is merely explanatory of the Rubric.
Father hath sent me, so send I you. Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them.” John
xxi. 21-23. 58. 3.
Repent ye, and believe the Gospel.” Mark i.
“ How much more shall your heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him!”
Luke xi. 13. “ No man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by
the Holy Ghost.” 1 Cor. xii. 3. 59. Who then, are convicted as inconsistent
members of the Church of England, when
they hear the Absolution ? 1. They, who think of God as a hard, severe,
and unkind God. 2. They, who are disrespectful to His ministers,
or forget the authority vested in them. 3. They, who speak of mercy without repent
ance. They, who look for good works from
any source but the indwelling Spirit. 60. What is the meaning of “ Amen," which the Rubric directs to be said here, and after
It is a Hebrew word, expressive of assent to the
prayer, or other devotional form, which it
concludes. 61. And its ancient use? Was universal. The Jews had a proverbial say
ing, that Paradise opens its gates to him who answers 'Amen' with energy. St. Paul speaks of the 'Amen' at the giving of thanks,