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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.

The Confession.

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

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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
your Father which is in heaven.” Matt, v.
Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,

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

Bible. 1.

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.


57. 2.


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,

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