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ing, while they make a lasting impression
upon the heart.
In the Commination-Service, so formidable to certain weak minds, we usurp no power of judging our fellow creatures, we condemn fin in the abstract, we condemn ourselves for having committed it, that we may not finally be judged of the Lord.
Perhaps it is more to be wished than expected, that the days appointed for humiliation and fasting might be devoutly observed. Such observance would contribute to the health of body and soul. A liberal and unrestrained participation of the good things of this life brings on disease, creates indolence and languor. And yet a total abstinence, as well as moderate forbearance, is but a secondary purpofe when compared with a suspension of amusements and pleasures, with a temporary discouragement of that diffipation which the institution of the Christian fabbath, on many occasions, instead of restraining, only tends to increase. The truth is, from former usurpations, the Governors of the Church have lost all their authority, and the aid of the civil power, whatever reproachful names may
be given to it, is become necessary to enforce those falutary injunctions, which are more of a spiritual than a temporal kind. If power can be exercised with wisdom and with efficacy, we should be little sollicitous in whose hand it is placed, and yet we may rejoice to see it placed where it will excite the least fufpicion.
Time has brought some regulations and restrictions into difuse. Let not the Church be answerable for inconveniences which no prudence of man can ever prevent, and let her adversaries know, that we wilh to silence their cavils by any thing sooner than by a penal statute. If some flight alterations in the Lessons, and in the Matrimonial Service, if a rubrick, explanatory of the real tendency of the Athanasian Creed, and a less frequent repetition of the Lord's Prayer, might prove fatisfactory, and induce them to unite in one Communion, perhaps our superiors would not be inflexible to these moderate conceflions. But what reason is there to think that these will be sufficient ? Several experiments have formerly been made without success, in order to reconcile discordant parties ; and to endanger the adherence of our friends by a
fruitless attempt to comprehend our enemies, would neither be prudent nor just.
The Liturgycomprehends the whole Chrif, tian system, it inculcates every doctrine and every precept of the Gospel; it destroys every yainglorious thought, and all reliance on our own unaslisted endeavours. Every prayer offered up implies that we will, to the utmost of our power, promote those good purposes which we wish to see accomplished; and as Scripture does not enable us to judge what degree of affiftance will be granted us, nor how the assistance is granted, the more humble and the more general our expressions are, the better will they agree with the condition of frail and dependent creatures. It is true, indeed, that extreme diffidence might, through human weakness, end in supine indolence. But, generally speaking, he who knows that all he can do is but little, will endeavour to compensate, by diligence and perseverance, what is wanting in ability.
May a due sense of our infirmities add strength to our faith, and seriousness to our repentance;
may that worship, which unites together high and low, rich and poor, under
the humiliating but just appellation of vile earth and miserable finners, gradually purify our hearts from every sinful inclination, from every thought which exalteth itself against God, to whom, with the Son and Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and forever. Amen.
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ROM. XVI. 17.
NOW I BESEECH YOU, BRETHREN, MARK
THEM WHICH CAUSE DIVISIONS AND
TRINE WHICH YE HAVE LEARNED, AND
O preserve us stedfast and unmoveable
in the principles of the Church of England, it may not be improper to take a general view of the mischiefs of Separation. What allowances the Almighty will hereafter make for weakness of understanding, or prejudice of education, is not granted us to determine. The condemnation of error implies no uncharitable judgment of individuals. But if the guide be blind, we must guard against the obvious consequences of