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given over to a reprobate mind, if it does SERM.
VIII. not arouse you to piety and virtue.
I should now proceed to a consideration of the hymns which follow each of the lessons, but this I must defer to a future opportunity,
ON THE LITURGY,
i CORINTHIANS xiv. PART OF V. 15. I will pray with the understanding also.
In my last discourse on this subject, I pro. SERM.
IX. ceeded in my explanation of our church service, as far as those hymns which are repeated after each of the lessons; and it was there that I engaged to resume it. These hymns or psalms are, with much propriety, intermixed with hearing the word of God, each promoting the benefit which we receive from the other; thus, the hearing the word is apt to excite in us
SERM. gratitude and thankfulness, which we shew
forth in celebrating our Maker's praise, and this latter again will dispose us to listen with a greater degree of attention and delight to the word. There are two hymns which follow each lesson, both in morning and afternoon, and it is left to the minister's choice which he will read; but as the custom, in general, is to read the same particular one, I shall not dwell upon the others. Of the four which are used, the three latter are taken from scripture; that which follows the first lesson in the morning is not so, but it is recommended to us, both by the length of time which it has been used in the Christian church, and by its own intrinsic excellence. It is called Te Deum, from the two first words of it in Latin, which was the language it was originally written in. “ We “ praise thee, O God, we acknowledge “ thee to be the Lord;” - we confess
that thou art the supreme sovereign of SERM. the universe. “ All the earth doth wor“ ship thee, the Father everlasting;' there is no corner of the globe so barbarous, there has been no age so rude, but that devotions have been offered to thee, the common father of all, from all eter. nity. But not only do the human race worship thee, the angels also, the heavens and all the powers that are therein, cheru. bim and seraphim (two different orders of celestial beings) celebrate without ceasing thy praises, evermore crying, “Holy, holy, "holy, Lord God of sabaoth, heaven and “ earth are full of the majesty of thy “ glory.” This exclamation is copied from the sixth chapter and the third verse of Isaiah, where the prophet represents the seraphims, whom he saw in a vision, standing before the throne of the Lord, continually crying to each other, “ Holy, holy, “ holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth