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LECTURE VIII.

Delivered on Easter Sunday Evening, April 10,

1803.

The sabbath-day.---The chief priests and Pharisees wait on Pilute---desire that the sepulchre may be made sure.-----Pilate grants them a watch---they seal the stone and set the guard upon it.-EasterSunday.--St. Matthew's relation of the resurreetion.---A practical observation or two upon the whole. Conclusion of the Lectures.

MATT. xxvii. 66.

They went and made the sepulchre sure, (until the third day, v. 64,) sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

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LECTURE I.

1 Cor. v. 7, 8.

CHRIST OUR PASSOVER IS SACRIFICED FOR US: THEREFORE LET US KEEP THE FEAST.

SHALL make no other use of these words at present, than to place them, as custom requires, at the head of a discourse, or I may rather call it an address, which I am now about to make to you, I trust, not unsuitable to the solemnity of the present season.

An attempt* which was made at this season last yeart, to open, for one night, a place of publick amusement, could not but raise in the minds of many persons an honest indignation against an idea,

*At the latter end of the week before the Passion-Week in the year 1802, a handbill was circulated, that on the following monday evening the public rooms would be open for a particular exhibition, as specified therein: the impropriety of which was immediately represented, in a letter signed by the clergy of the town, and addressed to the mayor, who gave orders that there should be no such exhibition in the Passion-Week.

+ The reader will observe, that this discourse is printed as it was delivered in the year 1803.

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that what was prohibited in one place, out of regard to a decent observance of that solemnity and gravity which our Church more than ordinarily now calls upon her devout members to exhibit, should in another be permitted: as if the cause of such attention to the season did not extend to all places alike; and as if what was thought expedient and necessary for some, might readily be dispensed with in others. The impropriety of the thing was no sooner pointed out, than the attempt was frustrated; and that laudable regulation of not suffering theatrical entertainments to be exhibited in the metropolis during the Passion-Week, was adverted to in the prohibition of every publick amusement here.

By some perhaps this may not be thought a proper subject of animadversion from the pulpit. To me it appears otherwise; for whatever tends to infringe the solemnity of any particular occurrence in the important scheme of man's redemption; and to draw off the attention, which it very reasonably demands of those who are most deeply interested in it; and to fix their minds on objects of pleasurable amusement, no otherwise deserving the regard of Christians, than as at seasonable opportunities they may

minister to innocent recreation; I say, whatever has a tendency of this kind, it requires the watchful minister of God's word, and every careful observer of times and seasons, to counteract by more than ordinary zeal, and to repel the ill effects of it by mild reproof and prudent admonition.

The Week which we have this day* commenced, has of all others been more particularly attended to in the appointment of devotional service for every day of it: it was by the Primitive Christians called the Holy Week; and that it is so considered by our Church, the several portions of Scripture which are selected for the devout and daily meditations of her members, abundantly show. And that these meditations may be continued, not only publickly but privately, a prudent relaxation of worldly business, as well as a total suspension of all public pleasures has been considered as expedient, if not necessary; that the mind may have an opportunity of furnishing itself with such pious reflections, as are suitable to the momentous transactions which occurred in that Great Week, and to the importance of the event, which ushered in the following.

* Palm-Sunday.

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