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CHURCH CATECHISM

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I: The-CHRISTIAN COVENAN"
II. THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.
III. THE CHRISTIAN OBEDIEKCE
IV. THE CHRISTIAN PRAYER
V. THE CHRISTIAN SACRAMENTE,

COLLECTED BY
JOHN LEIS
-MINISTER OF MARGATE IN KENT. .

* THE THIRTY-SIXTH EDITION:
To which is added, a Section on CONFIRMATION,

London: 738.9.4

PRINTED FOR F. AND C, RIVINGTON,
Bookfellers to Tbc Society for promoting Christian
Knowledge, No. 62, in St. Paul's Churcb-yard.

CHISING, 1.) The Curatę of every Parish mall diligently upon Sundays and Holidays, after the Second Leffon at Evening Prayer, openly in the Church, dren of his Parish fent unto him, as he Mal! think convenient, in fome Part of this Catechism.

And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters "Thall cause their Children, Servants, and Ape

Sand Dames, prentices, which have not learned their Cate. chism, to come to Church at the Time appointed, and obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until such Time as they have learned all that is appointed for them to learn.

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to the Bishop to be Confirmed by him, so foon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the Vulgar Tongueand be further inftructed in the Church Catechism, set forth for that Purpose.

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..AT TO THE · Right Reverend and Honourable bikin The LORDS and Others,

Members of the SOCIETY (at London • For promoting Chriftian Knowledge.

My Lords and Gentlemen, THE

He following Explanation of our

Church Catechism, being collected to promote Chriftian Knowledge, a

Design which you are so gloriously em ployed in; I had presumed, at the first Publication of it, to have offered it to You, but that I feared my Meanness and Obscurity might hinder the Acceptance of it. But since it has been fo well received, and made such Use of, in advancing the great Defign you are so intent in carrying on; I have no bonger any Reason to hinder mv present.

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The PREFACE.

My dearly beloved Neighbours, I

Here present you with a short and easy Ex.

plication of that Catechism, which our Church has provided, and enjoined to be learnt by all her Members, before they are brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop; and wherein are taught you all Things a Christian ought to know and believe, in order to his eternal Salvation.

How seafonable and neceffary a Provision this is, our woful Experience of the wretched Ignorance and Irreligion of Persons in those Places, where Catechising is neglected, does fufficiently convince us. And indeed, where the Grounds and Principles of our holy Religion have never been well laid, Preaching rarely proves effectual; nor can it otherwise be expected, than that out Flocks should be rendered an easy Prey to every Seducer.

I would not have you ignorant, Brethren, that Preaching of Sermons, without Catechizing, is like Building without firft laying the Foundation, Without this Way of Instruction, the Mind is rendered like, a Ship without Ballast, and can keep no steady Course, but rolls and is tofied to and fro with every Wind of Doctrines and in continual Danger of oversetting. Hence it comes to pafs, that so many are i continually hearing and yet cannot understand; ever learning, and

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