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Sermons.

BY THE VEN. F. W. FARRAR, D.D., F.R.S.,

Archdeacon of Westminster.

CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY.

"And Cain said, I know not : am I my brother's keeper?”—GEN. iv. 9. NOTHING is more easy, nothing more natural, than to exalt the greatness and to celebrate the victories of the Church of Christ. Great, constant, beneficent, is her agency. She receives the little child into her arms, blesses it at the baptismal font, admits it into the communion of the redeemed at confirmation; taking by the hand the boy or the girl on the threshold of their lives, she reminds them of the solemnity of their duties, and warns them of the greatness of their trials; she blesses the young man and the young woman at the marriage altar, teaches them that their union is a sacred mystery, exhorts them to train their children and their households after them in the faith and fear of God; she visits men and women in their sickness, uplifting their souls by sympathy, and strengthening them with prayer; she consoles them in their afflictions and bereavements, rejoicing with them that do rejoice, and weeping with them that weep; and, at last, when their day's work on earth is over and God has sent them sleep, she consoles the mourners who follow them to their long home, and lays them in hallowed graves in the sure and certain hope of a resurrection to eternal life.

* Preached in Westminster Abbey, on Sunday, November 7th, 1886.

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