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are devoted, our devout preacher the sanctuary; but it is of secondary finds himself perfectly at home. importance. Let sober reflection he The reverence which he prescribes indulged for a moment, and you will to others in this holy place seems readily perceive, that the leading obto be his own most congenial at. ject, when we go into the tabernacles mosphere. With proper
of God, should be to worship at his admoni
footstool.'” Vol. I. p. 181. tions to those who verify the observation, (unjust, he hopes,) that
But we hasten to the next dis“pride, curiosity, and fashion fill course, entitled, “The Liturgy;" in the sanctuary," he justly asks,
which the author has poured forth
the treasures, and employed all the “ When we consider that we are sin. powers, of his prolific mind. This ser, ners; that, at best, we must appear be- mon leads us to regretihat the finish. fore the Most High, covered with iming hand and last thoughts of the perfectious; ought we not to be filled writer had not been employed upon with respect, when in his holy temple? more of the discourses in these vơ. The four and iwenty, elders of heaven
lumes. It is on Psalm xlv. 13: “ Her worshipped him not without casting their crowns at his feet. The celestiaí clothing is of wrought gold." And cherubim chant not the perpetual tri
say that our eloquent sagium, till they have first veiled their preacher has wrought his subject faces with reverential awe. The Son of to a very high polish, the opus be: God, when he approached his Father in ing worthy of the materies on which worship, bowed his knees to the earth. it is employed. We feel justly ele• Shall man,' then,' who is a worm,' valed by the circumstance of such shall the son of man, who is a' sinful high encomiums being voluntarily worm,' tread the courts of the Most bestowed on our services by the High irreverently; or feel any, bnt sentiments of profound respect, when in organ of a church wholly indethe house of God?" Vol. I, p. 172.
pendent of our own, and compe
tent to have adopted any other forThe author forcibly avows an opi- mularies that had been ihought fit. nion we have before alluded to, and The present American Prayer-book which we repeat for the benefit of is, with the exception of a few those who pour contempt upon one slight variations, the same as our ordinance which is to endure for
own: and of this invaluable comever, in comparison with another pilation Bishop Debon remarks, which only ministers for a time to
That it is “ social; that it is sensible; man in his fallen state. He
ibat it is spiritual; that it is comsays,
plete; that it is well arranged; • There are others, who are often and that it is holy." ! detained from the sanctuary, by the
On the first of these heads, we consideration that there will be no have a passsage of great pathos and sermon. But, my friends, is it only sublimity, from which we are yoto have your ears employed, and your willing to detain our readers by a minds amused, that you are called to single observation of our own. the temple of the Most High? Is it 110t inducement enough to come hither, that “ To excite you to join diligently, you have sinned against the Almighty, and with reverence, in the service of and have need of his pardon ; that you the Common Prayer, I need only guide have been created, redeemed, and are your attention, to the sublime extent daily preserved by him, and owe him of the application of its social cha. your adoration and praise? Is it not racter. It is not only in this housc, in an affront to your Creator, lo prefer any which you assemble, that in all its parts object to the worship of his name? and it is sociably performed; the same can any sermon, even if it were clothed prayers and praises, in the same words, with an angel's eloquence, be so worthy are offered, perhaps at the same hour, of your attention, as the sacred Scrip. with the same faitli, by ten thousand, tures which are read? Preaching is an tongues, to the same God and Father important part of the employments of of all. From all Christian parts of the
globe the Amen resounds, which you mighty: and that as its smoke ascend.
“ In this view of it, our Liturgy is as
a well furnished garden; in wbich are not under the Gospel dispensation alone, flowers of the liveliest hue; waters that some parts of this service have
flowing from perennial fountains to ferbeen used, to express the comnion devotions of the faithful.
tilize and delight, and seats, at which,
at proper intervals, we may rest and be hymus in it, which were sung by the
refreshed.” Vol. I. p. 202. saints ouder the Mosaic dispensation ; and in the use of the Psalms particular
But we must favour our readers ly, the church of the New Testament is found in society with the church of the with another long quotation in reOld : for in these sacred compositions, ference to these hallowed services, not the emotions of David's heart only which will combine and embody were veuted, but much of the worship many of the foregoing excellences. of God's ancient people did consist. It is not only in the church militant upon “ Interesting is the scene, when a earth, that this service, in some of its congregation are assembled, as a peo. parts, is used. We have borrowed from ple whom the Most High bath redeemed, the church triumphant in heaven, their to worship him in his holy temple. How gratulatory anthem, and their perpetual solemn the moment, when they are hymn, and have reason to believe, that about to present themselves before the their voices are in concert with ours, Almighty? To collect their thoughts, when they sing the song of the redeem- and excite in them a due solemnity, the ed. How sublime is this view of the service opens with some passages of communion and fellowship of the church, Scripture, peculiarly impressive. To under the Mosaic and Christian disper- these follows an address, in which the sations, in different ages and in distant Minister, while he sets before them the nations, on earth and in heaven, in the great purposes of their assembling to. use of some part or other of that holy getber, aims chiefly to excite in them Liturgy, which it is our distinguishing humility, and confidence in Almighty felicity to have received from our fa. God, their heavenly Father,' and invites thers! Who would not wish, in the them to accompany him, with their lemple, to bear upon his lips those hearts and voices, to the throne of the psalms and prayers in which 'the glo. heavenly grace. After this decent prerious company of the Apostles, the paration, they are ready to bow before goodly fellowship of the Prophets, and his footstool. With what shall they be. the noble army of martyrs,' have ut. gin? Angels, ye, first and last, utter tered their devotions to God! How only adorations ! Spirits of the just dead must lie be to the finest associa. made perfect, ye break forth, at every tions which can affect the mind, who approach to your Creator, in acts of is not aviniated to a devout and fervent praise! But sinful men, should they performance of his part of the service' not first propitiate their Maker, before of the sanctuary, by tlie consideration, they offer him any oblation? Accordthat upon this same censer, which the ingly, the first act of our devotion is church holds out to him, incense liath the confession of our sios; a confession been put by thuse hands which are now so comprehensive, that under some one extended before the throue of the Al: or other of its general clauses every
fault, with which a man can charge inculcated, that, throughout the Bible, himself, may be included; and so very there is but one scheme carried on, is affecting, that his heart must be dead suing in the redemption of the world to all religious emotions, who is not through Jesus, the Son of God. To the humbled by it before his God. To the lesson from the New Testament, there pious penitent, who has made this con. follow appropriate hymns, in which we fession, how joyous would it be, could express our adorations and joy. And he hear immediately from the throne of then, baving heard the Scriptures, we, the Almighty, · Thy sins be forgiven in the presence of each other, of the thee!' This be cannot hear, till Jesus world, and of God, with great propriety shall personally present him to the rehearse a summary of the truths, which Father. But, behold, for their comfort have been received from revelation ; by and encouragement, while they continue our Amen, declaring our asseut to them, in the flesh, God hath given power and our resolution to maintain them. and commandment to his ministers, to Knowing in whom we may believe, and declare and pronounce to his people, what are our interests, and for how being penitent, the absolution and re. great mercies we are indebted to the mission of their sins. This declaration, Most High; we, after a reciprocation therefore, the priest, rising from before of holy wishes between the priest and the throne, makes to the people, direct the people, venerable for the antiquity ly after their confession. And of the of its use, and for its Christian courte. comfort of it, every Christian who is ousness, prostrate ourselves again beconscious that he · truly repents, and fore the Almighty, and in a series of unfeignedly believes the Gospel,' should prayers engage in acts of supplication; with faith avail himself, to the quieting in which spiritual blessings are magniof his conscience, and perfectiog of his fied above temporal ones; the church is gratitude and joy. Being now recon- regarded more than the world, the less ciled to God, according to the promises is sought after the greater: and somedeclared to our race in Christ Jesus, we, times, as in the Litany, which was ori. as children adopted anew into his fami. ginally a separate service, but now is ly, extend our affections, and lift our incorporated into the Morning Prayer, grateful eyes to him as · our Father;' there is a regular transition from invo and address to him that summary of our cation of mercy, to deprecation of evil; homage and desires, in which he, who and from deprecation of evil, to suppurchased our forgiveness, hath tanght plication of favours : in all which, the us to pray. Our spirits being relieved concerns of the soul are remembered from the burthen of their fears, and re. before those of the body; the coucerns vived by the tenor of this prayer, which of the church before those of the world; his Son hath authorised us to address to the concerns of the world, and the our Maker; we rise upon our feet, and powers whom God hath ordained to rule with hearts glowing with devotion, in a it, before those of individuals: and yet, most ancient doxology, an animated there is not a thing, needful for the hymn, and a portion of the sacred body, which is forgotten ; nor an inPsalms,ascribe everlasting glory to him, dividual, who may not find a petition in language of inspiration celebrating adapted to his own case. As we draw his praise. This first part of the ser- towards the close of this service, we vice, how beautiful it is! How proper are called upon to exalt our gratitude the order ; how natural and significant to the highest point of fervour; and to the transitions ; how happy our minds expand our charity to the utmost exwhen we sit down; how well prepared tent. In a prayer for all sorts and conto listen to the instructions of God's ditions of men, we, as we would ask an holy word! A lesson is read from the alms for the dumb beggar, supplicate Old Testament. At the close of it, we appropriate mercies for all our race. And rise, and cherish the flame of our devo. in a general thanksgiving, which burns tion by celebrating, in suitable bymns, with the holiest and most ardent spirit his character, and works, and grace. of praise, we honour God for all his There is then read a lesson from the mercies to us, and to all men. An exNew Testament, and by this arrange cellent summary, from the pen of the ment, the Law and the Gospel, the pious Chrysostom, of all for which the Prophets and the Apostles, are brought, Christian can be solicitous, follows: at a suitable time, to adorn and bless and the benedictory prayer, which the our service; and the important truth is spirit of inspiration hath ballowed, closes the daily service.” Vol. I. pp. « Preaching has a higher object than 202—206.
the gratification of your taste. There After such a noble epitome of are assigned to it more glorions pur.
poses than the mere entertainment of our services, we are prepared for
your minds. It is its office to proclaim an important observation which oc
to you the only living and true God, and curs in the course of this admirable
to make you acquainted with his chaand splendid sermon.
racter and laws, that you may believe, “ It has been objected to the Liturgy, duct as becometh the offspring of such
and, believing, may govern your conthat it is too long. But when, with se
a Being, the subjects of such a King. rious deliberation, we have considered
It is its office to raise before you the the matter, we shall discover unexpected difficulty in selecting the parts with
cross, to shew you the sacrifice upon it, which we would most willingly dispense;
' which taketh away the sins of the and shall perceive, that no part can be world,' and to entreat you to take of its
blood, and sprinkle it upon all your removed from it, without impairing its strength, disturbing its proportious, and raiment, that, when the destroying andiminishing its fulness.” Vol. 1. p. 198. gel shall execute the vengeance of the
Almighty upon a guilty world, it may We dare not trust ourselves with be to you the token of everlasting pre. any further wanderings in this gar
servation. It is its office, to open for den of sweets, this mine of choice you the oracles of truth; and thence to gold : though we are sensible no bring to you the true knowledge of the
foundation and excellency of every vir. single quotations can do justice to
tue; the motive by which it should be the beauty of the whole discourse,
consecrated, and the extent to wbich it We must add, that here, as 100
should be carried; and thence, also, frequently in other sermons, our to bring the probe which sball convict fervent Bishop blemishes his finest your hearts of sin. It is its office, to statements with the intrusion of go before you into the tomb, with the single unguarded expressions. Thus bright torch which it receives from rehe somewhat rashly ventures the
velation; to disperse the blackness of observation, ibat no sacrifice
darkness which haugs over its entrance, more perfect in holiness bath been to shew you the place where Jesus lay; prepared to be offered to God in
to wipe away the tears which are falling
npon the mouldering relics; and, when ihis world, since the fall of man,
the blood throbs at the heart, amidst except the sacrifice of his adorable
the horrors of the scene, to restore it to Son." (p. 209.) What sacrifice its sober, equal flow, by reminding you, can, in the proper sense of the ex- that Jesus is risen, and that this awful pression, be compared, with any dominion, with its awful king, thall be degree of propriety, to that one finally overturned. It is its office, to perfect and sufficient sacrifice, ob- draw aside the veil wbich conceals from lation, and satisfaction which He
view the eternal world ; to shew you made upon the cross for the sios of hell, and all its torments, and beseech the whole world ? Surely not the you to escape them; to shew you heaservice of our Liturgy, however ex
ven, and all its glories, and entreat you
to enter." Vol. I. pp. 226, 227. cellent.
Two discourses close this first The Bishop applies his remarks head; the first a very neat and well on Psalmody; first, to those who conceived one upon PSALMODY ; are singers ; nest, to those who are the other upon PUBLIC INSTRUC- not. He shews himself to be feliTION. Of the latter, truly we must citously gifted with the pleasing and say, “though last not least." Both often important faculiy of being are set forth with the energy of a able “ nugis addere pondus." We man speaking with the most cordial earnestly long for some Episcopal and entire devotion to his subject. Charge in our own country,of weight The following importaut statement, sufficient to soften or suppress the on the ends of preaching, ought excessive dissonance of sackbut, pot to be passed over by us. horn, and serpent, which have
sometimes crashed upon out ears, powers of a strong mind, and to instead of the soft, is significant, have shewn an equal measure of and delightful sounds," which the ease in playing with his subject, Bishop mentions, as“ beautifying and of force in grappling with it. the services of God's temple." To We shall not be back ward to offer talk of such things to us in Eng- any qualification we may deem exland, at least in many parishes, is pedient to these general and high like talking of water to a parched commendations, as they may be traveller in an Arabian desert. called for by any particular extract;
We proceed to the Second Part, but we sball principally give such or Series of Sermons, coinmencing passages as we doubt not will rivet with the twentieth and twenty- ihe attention of our readers by first, on Advent, and proceeding their force, win them by their beauthrough the various sacred seasons ties, and, we trust, warm and ani. of the church to the end of Ser mate their piety by their fervour. mon LIV.
The two sermons on ADVENT state After every abatement hitherto the ends and the evidences of our made on account of the unfinished Saviour's mission. The evidences state of these discourses, and the al- mentioned, are,-first, the general most extemporaneous flow of thought expectation of such a person ; seand expression which they exhibit, condly, Christ's correspondence to and by consequence the frequent re. that expectation, in his answering currence of a certain wildness and the wants of the Gentile world uncontrolledness of style which we in his fulfilling the predictions of have intimated not to be wholly the Jews-in the positive testimony, abhorrent, in our uotion, from Ame- particularly of miracles, which he rican genius jo its best state; we brought with him, and to which he must still say, we look on this series, himself appealed. The most reas a whole, with very higli senti markable point touched upon in ments of satisfaction, and even these sermons, is the case of the admiration. The great mysteries Jews; io expounding which, Bishop of the Gospel involved in the Ad. Dehon gives his most clear verdict vent, Nativity, Circumcision, and in favour of the interpretations of other events of our holy Redeem. prophecy strongly offered and act, er's life and death are set forth in ed upon by the many pious, able, a maoner caleulated to exalt our and disinterested benefactors of thoughts upon these several sub- that despised but sacred nation at jects to no ordinary pitch. A strain the present day. The Bishop eviof eloquence, a richness of imagery, dences that his eye was fixed upon a fulness, and we may say exube passing events, which, be says, rance, of matter, in which rather shew us the modus than the copia is wanting, clearly characterise the style “ the extension of Christ's kingdom, of the preacher. Many discourses and the gathering to him of the people. upon each several sacred occasion, To the occurrences in the East, one can seem rather to give fresh wings to hardly refrain from applying the pro bis invention, than to weary and phetic words, I am sought of them
that asked not after me; I am found of exhaust it. Sometimes longer on
them that sought me not." " Vol. I. p. the wing, and soinetimes for a
237. shorter period, he seeins neither cramped in his lesser flights, nor And he adds, overlaboured in his larger; and though he has evidently thought broken down, God hath not çast away
“ But though the wall of partition is much more intensely on some topics his people. The inscription on the iban upon others, he still seems to cross, though Pilate meant vot so, shall bave carried to all the collected yet be fulfilled : Tuis is JESUS TBE