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much the disciples had learned from could have wrought such a transfortheir Master ; how his teachings had mation. elevated them above their condition
Again, we meet a plain, unlettered in life; how they had learned to speak man in the prayer-meeting, who, but with an eloquence and convincing a few months since, was stupid, ignopower, which could not be gainsayed rant of the Bible, and altogether unnor resisted.
instructed in the things of the kingSo it ought always to be with the dom. He is called upon to pray, and professed disciples of Christ; with we are astonished. Such propriety of the members of His Church, whether language, such fluency, such pleadin troublous or peaceful times. They ing, such humility, and at the same are not indeed, endowed with super- time such filial nearness of approach natural gifts, as the Apostles were. to the throne of grace. How, whence They have not the advantage of per- is it? He rises to speak a few words. sonal intercourse with Him, and There is no intrusive forwardness in hearing the gracious words that pro. his manner; but his tongue is loosed, ceeded out of His mouth, as Peter and words seem to be put into his mouth.
ohn had; but Christians in every He pours out his feelings in language age are bound to Him, and can live and tones which reach every heart, so that the world shall “take know and again we are astonished. What ledge of them that they have been does it all mean? He has been with with Jesus.”
Jesus," and this explains all. Christ To be with Jesus, as the disciples has enlightened him by His Spirit; were when He was here in the flesh, has brought him out of darkness into was to have daily and familiar inter- light; has made him "a new creacourse with Him; to go with Him ture. Let these examples suffice. where He went, to witness His mira- They will serve to suggest many cles, to hear His public discourses, to others, which have fallen under the sit at His feet for private instruction, observation of the world, as well as of to ask Him questions and hear His the Church. answers; to talk with Him as one
And now, dear Christian reader, man talks with another, whom he how is it with you and me? Does the loves and venerates as his teacher world, do our brethren, take knowand guide. In meditation, in reading ledge of us that we have “been with the Gospel, and in prayer, it is the Jesus ?” Do we let our light so shine unspeakable privilege of all Christ's before men, that they may see it and true followers to have daily commu- glorify our Father who is in heaven? nion with Him; and, were they to Do we adorn the doctrines of God our avail themselves of this privilege in Saviour, by a holy walk and pious its largest extent, the men of the
conversation ? Is our communion world could not help taking know- with Christ so frequent and so familedge of them that have been with liar, in the closet, in the family, and Jesus.” Low as the standard of piety by the way-side, that those with whom in the Church is, who has not wit we have daily intercourse take knownessed striking examples of this ? ledge of us that we have been with
Here we meet with a man, who was Jesus? Have we so beheld the glory once known to everybody as coarse, of God in the face of Jesus Christ, as rude, irascible and profane, and now to be changed into His image? Let he is meek, gentle, easy to be en each one ask himself,treated, and in his whole character a new man. Every one notices it; What image does my spirit bear? and how is this surprising change to
Is Jesus formed and living there? be accounted for? What influence,
Say, do His lineaments divine what companionship, has changed
In thought and word and action shine ? the lion into a lamb? There is but
Searcher of hearts ! O search me still, one way to account for it,- he has
The secrets of my soul reveal, “been with Jesus.” None but He, My fears remove; let me appear who cast out devils by his own power, To God and my own conscience clear.
Is our daily and habitual deportment standard of consecration to Christ, on at home and abroad, in public and in the part of His professed followers, private, such that our friends,—that must be very much raised, before the our enemies, if we have any,- take world will, like the chief priests and knowledge of us that we have been Pharisees of old, be constrained to with Jesus? Or is it necessary for believe that they have “been with our acquaintances to examine the Jesus,” that they have imbibed His Church records, or go to the commu blessed spirit, and been transformed, nion table on a sacramental Sabbath, by imitating His example. It is true, in order to find out whether we are the world is often censorious, and professors of religion or not?
will not see the evidences of likeness Alas, alas! that members of the to Christ, where they exist. This we Church should so often give occasion cannot help; but it is our own fault, for the question to be sorrowfully or if we do not so reflect His image, as reproachfully asked, “What do ye to leave them without excuse. more than others ?” The general
N. Y. E.
SPECIMEN OF A REVISED COMMUNION SERVICE.
IN a former number of the Christian or the Scotch Prayer - book of Guardian, (No. 22, for Oct. 1851, 1637.* p. 450) was given a specimen of a
C. H. D. Revised Baptismal Service. similar plan, and for similar reasons,
Throughout the whole, there are many small a specimen of a revised Communion verbal alterations, where obsolete terms, or Service is now presented to the
forms of expression, are exchanged for such as reader.
are now in common use; and most of those In the following form, all the pas
sentences and words are altered, whlch are li
able to foolish cavils, or real objections,” (p. sages and words which at all differ from our present service, are brack
490). The Liturgy in vol. v. of Rev. P Hall's eted thus [ ].* All omissions are
“Reliquiæ Liturgicæ,” (Binns & Goodwin,
Bath), is an earlier Liturgy of the year 1785, marked thus, ... Passages enclosed
which was revised in 1789. between single marks, thus, denote those which are expressed
• The “Scotch Liturgy” referred to in this in the language either of
article, is the Liturgy compiled for the Scottish other portion of our own formularies, Episcopal Church in 1636-7, (under the auspices or of the American Prayer-book, t
of Archbishop Laud), which suggested to the reviewers in 1661 2, several of the improvements
then made in our own Liturgy,-such as the • There may of course be a few typographical Ember Week Prayers, &c. It may be seen in errors in the stopping, &c. ; but all intentional
vol. ii. of Hall's “ Reliquiæ," and also in Rev. deviations are marked.
W. Keeling's “Liturgiæ Britannicæ,” (Pick+ The American Liturgy referred to in this ering). An account of its compilation is given article, is the Prayer-Book as finally settled By in vol. i. of Hall's “Reliquiæ," Preface, pp. the Bishops and clergy of the American Episco
xiii.-XXXV. See also Bp. Short's History, 8. pal Church, on 16th Oct., 1789. The edition 748, p. 545, note. The Scotch Communion Ofused by the writer bears the certificate of having fice of 1637, (to which reference is here made) been “compared and corrected by the standard differs materially from the Scotch Communion book," signed by Bishop B. T. Onderdonk, of Office of 1765,—the Office now actually in use in New York, and is published by G. Miller, of the Scottish EpiscopalChurch. It seems however, New York. A brief statement of its principal that there are no two editions of this latter Of. variations from our own, may be seen in Bp. fice agreeing with each other, and no standard Short's History of the Church of England, s. 808, edition ! (See Rev. P. Hall's "Fragmenta Litur. pp. 590-1, note. Bp. Short observes that, “With gica," vol. i. pp. xlvi.- xv. Binns f Goodwin, the exception of one or two particulars, the Bath, 1848). So that the Office of 1637 is the changes appear to be judiciously made. only authorized “ Scotch Conmmunion Office."
THE ORDER OF THE ADMINISTRATION The Table, at the Communion-time
OP THE LORD'S SUPPER, OR HOLY having a fair white linen cloth upon it, COMMUMION.
shall stand in the body of the Church, T[It is expedient that] so many as intend or in the chancel, .. And the Minis
to he partakers of the holy Communion ter'] standing at the ['right'*]side of the shall signify their names to the [Minis- Table, ['or where morning and evening
ter], at least some time the day before. prayer are appointed to be said'*], | And if any of those be an open and no- shall say the Lord's Prayer, with the
torious evil liver, or have done any Collect following, the people kneeling. wrong to his neighbours by word or ['But the Lord's Prayer may be omitted, deed, so that the Congregation be thereby if Morning Prayer hath been said imoffended ; the [' Minister'] * having know- mediately before'). ledge thereof, shall... advertise him, Our Father, which art in Heaven, that in any wise he presume not to come Hallowed by thy Name. Thy Kingdom to the Lord's Table, until he hath openly come. Thy will be done in earth, as it declared himself to have truly repented is in heaven. Give us this day our daily and amended his former naughty life, bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as that the Congregation may thereby be we forgive them that trespass against us. satisfied, which before were offended ; And lead us not into temptation; but and that he hath recompensed the par- deliver us from evil. Amen. ties, to whom he hath done wrong ; or
The Collent. at least declare himself to be in full pur- ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts pose so to do, as soon as he conveniently be open, all desires known, and from may.
whom no secrets are hid ; Cleanse the | The same order shall the [' Minister'] thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration
use with those betwixt whom he per- of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly ceiveth malice and hatred to reign; not love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy suffering them to be partakers of the Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen. Lord's Table, until he know them to be | Then shall the [. Minister'] turning to reconciled. And if one of the parties so the people, rehearse distinctly all the at variance be content to forgive from TEN COMMANDMENTS ; and the the bottom of his heart all that the people still kneeling shall, after every other hath trespassed against him, and to make amends for that he himself did not exist till the last revision in 1661-2. hath offended ; and the other party will Some valuable information respecting certain not be persuaded to a godly unity, but legal points connected with these Rubrics may remain still in his frowardness and ma- be seen in Wheatly on the Common Prayer, lice : the Minister in that case ought to e. vi. s. 1. p. 253; Adn. Sharp's Chargęs, No. iii. admit the penitent person to the holy
pp. 40–52; Bp. Short's History of the Church Communion, and not him that is obsti
of England, $. 591, p. 429; and Cripps' Laws nute. Provided that every Minister so
relative to the Church and the Clergy, b. vi. c. v. repelling any, as is specified in this, or
pp. 695—697. Some excellent practical remarks the next precedent Paragraph of this
may be seen in Rev. Dr. M'Neile's “ Letters to Rubric, shall be obliged to give an ac
a Friend" on the Church of England, (Hatchard, count of the same to the Ordinary ['as
1834), No. v. pp. 60-63 and 88-96. He resoon as conveniently may be.']...t
minds us that the Minister is not to exclude
from the Communion, unless the offence be of • The American Liturgy has been followed in
a nature “so that the congregation be thereby the substitution of “Minister” for “Priest" and
offended," (See also Sharp, p. 51). And in reply “Curate,” in the Ante-Communion Service,
to the charge that we have no discipline in our which is often read by Deacons. For Bp. Short
Church, he reminds us that “It is most true, reminds us that the word priest is used "at pre
that in one instance of a flagrant, undeniable, sent, without any apparent rule; the word had
and scandalizing sin, the Apostle does command better be confined to such offices as are peculiar
separation. But in reference to those generally, to the priesthood, while that of Minister extends
who were envious, and who fomented strife and to all others, excepting when the cure of souls
divisions, those who were guilty of frauds in is implied, where Curate might be used, if such
business, and irregularities in worship, and a distinction be necessary,” (History, &c. 8.748,
those who questioned or even denied the resur. p. 544, note).
rection of the body, the Apostle does not com+ The American Liturgy is here followed, as mand separation,” &c. (p. 61). also in the omission of the clause which requires * This omission and these alterations and adthe Ordinary to institute proceedings, which ditions are from the American Liturgy.
Commandment, ask God mercy for their Minister. Thou shalt [not kiil]. transgression thereof for the time past, People. Lord, have mercy upon us, ['either according to the letter, or to and incline our hearts to keep this law. the mystical importance of the said Minister. Thou shalt not commit adul.. commandment'],* and grace to keep the tery. same for the time to come, as followeth. People. Lord have mercy upon us, Minister.
and incline our hearts to keep this law. God spake these words, and said ; I am Minister. Thou shalt not ste al. the Lord thy God: Thou shalt have [no] People. Lord, have mercy upon us, other Gods (before] me.t
and incline our hearts to keep this law. People. Lord have mercy upon us, and Minister. Thou shalt not bear false incline our hearts to keep this law. witness against thy neighbour.
Minister. Thou shalt not make [unto Peuple. Lord, have mercy upon us, thee) any graven image, nor the likeness and incline our hearts to keep this law. of any thing that is in heaven above, or Minister. Thou shalt not covet thy [that is] in the earth beneath, or (that is] neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet in the water under the earth. Thou shalt thy neighbour's wife, nor his [mannot bow down [thyself] to them, nor servant), nor his [maid-servant], nor his [serve] them: for I the Lord thy God
ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is [thy am a jealous God, [visiting] the sins of neighbour's]. the fathers upon the children, unto the People. Lord, have mercy upon us, third and fourth generation of them that and write all these thy laws in our hearts, hate me, and (shewing] mercy unto we beseech thee. thousands [of] them that love me, and [T' Then the Minister may say, keep my commandments.
Hear also what our Lord Jesus Christ People. Lord, have mercy upon us, saith, and incline our hearts to keep this law. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
Minister. Thou shalt not take the with all thy heart, and with all thy Name of the Lord thy God in vain ; for soul, and with all thy mind. This the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that is the first and great commandment. taketh his Name in vain.
And the second is like unto it, Thou People. Lord, have mercy upon us, shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On and incline our hearts to keep this law. these two commandments, hang all the
Minister. Remember the Sabbath-day, law and the prophets.'* St. Matth. xxii. to keep it holy). Six days shalt thou [37—40]. labour, and do all (thy work]; but the T Then shall follow one of these two Colseventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord lects for the Queen, the ['Minister'] thy God. In it thou shalt [not do any] standing as before, and saying, work, thou, [nor] thy son, [nor] thy daughter, thy man-servant, (nor] thy ALMIGHTY God,whose kingdom is evermaid-servant, (nor) thy cattle, (nor thy] lasting, and power infinite; Have mercy stranger that is within thy gates. For in upon the whole Church ; and so rule the six days the Lord made heaven and earth, heart of thy chosen Servant VICTORIA, the sea, and all that in them is, and our Queen and Governour, that she rested the seventh day: wherefore the (knowing whose minister she is) may Lord blessed the [Sabbath]day, and hal- above all things seek thy honour and lowed it.
glory; and that we, and all her subjects People. Lord, have mercy upon us, (duly considering whose authority she and incline our hearts to keep this law. hath) may faithfully serve, honour, and
Minister. Honour thy father and thy humbly obey her, in thee, and for thee, mother; that thy days may be long (upon] the land which the Lord thy God giveth
• This addition is from the American Liturgy, thee.
In lieu of the Collects for the Queen, it has our People. Lord, have mercy upon us,
second post-communion Collect, “O Almighty and incline our hearts to keep this law.
Lord, and everlasting God," &c. By using
" shall” for “ may,” in the Rubric which pre* This addition is taken from the Scotch Li- cedes Matt. xxii. 37-40, and by transposing the turgy.
present response after the tenth commandment + The Scotch Liturgy has been followed in “Lord have mercy, &c., and write all these thy the use of the present authorized version of the laws," to after these our Saviour's words, and Bible for the Decalogue,-and also for the Of- making the tenth response the same as the fertory, and other sentences in this Office. other nine, we might improve our service,
Let us pray:
according to thy blessed Word and ordi And the third day he rose again according nance ; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to the Scriptures, And ascended into who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of and reigneth, ever one God, world with the Father. And he shall come again out end. Smen.
with glory to judge both the quick and Or,
the dead : Whose kingdom shall have no Almighty and everlasting God, we are end. taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The of Xings are in thy rule and governance, Lord and Giver of life, Who proceedeth and that thou dost dispose and turn them from the Father and the Son, Who with as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom : the Father and the Son together is worWe humbly beseech thee so to dispose shipped and glorified, Who spake by the and govern the heart of VICTORIA thy Prophets, Servant, our Queen and Governour, that, And I believe one Catholick and Aposin all her thoughts, words, and works, tolick Church. I acknowledge one Bapshe may ever seek thy honour and glory, tism for the remission of sins. And I and study to preserve thy people com look for the Resurrection of the dead, mitted to her charge, in wealth, peace, And the life of the world to aud godliness : Grant this, O merciful Amen. Father, for thy dear Son's sake, Jesus Then the [ Minister'] shall declare Christ our Lord. Amen.
unto the people what Holy-days, or Then shall be said the Collect of the Fasting-days, are in the Week following Day. And immediately after the Collect to be observed. And then also (if occathe [' Minister'] shall read the Epistle, sion be) shall notice be given of the saying, The Epistle (or, The portion Communion; and l of the Banns of Maof Scripture appointed for the Epistle) trimony and other matters to be pubis written in the -Chapter of
lished.]t : beginning at the
Verse. And the [Then shall follow the Sermon, or one of Epistle ended, he shall say, Here endeth the Homilies already set forth, or herethe Epistle. Then shall he read the after to be set forth by authority. Gospel (the people all standing up) say Then shall the Minister, when there is ing, The holy Gospel is written in the a Communion,']I return to the Lord's
-Chapter of -beginning at the Table, and begin the offertory, saying
Verse. And the Gospel ended, [he one or more of these Sentences following, • shall say, So endeth the holy Gospel.' as he thinketh most convenient in his Then] shall be (said]t or [sung] 'he Creed ['commonly called the Nicene • A separation is here made in the paragraphs, Creed']I following, the people still
to mark the distinction in the subjects. In “the standing, as before.
Apostles' Creed," the words “I believe in the I believe in one God the Father Al
Huly Ghost,” might also be advantageously semighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And
parated from “ the Holy Catholic Church," for of all things visible and invisible :
the like reason. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of
+ The American Rubric is here followed, as his Father before all worlds, God of God,
also in the subsequent omission of a clause. Light of Light, Very God of very God, 1 From the American Rubric. The direction Begotten, not made, Being of one sub to “return,” &c., did not exist till 1661-2, and stance with the Father ; By whom all
its omission, except " when there is a Commuthings were made : Who for us men, and nion," will leave it optional to read the Prayer, for our salvation came down from heaven, (even if used when there is no Communion,") And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of
in any other place,-as indeed is usually the the Virgin Mary, And was made man,
case even now in our Cathedrals, it being usually And was crucified also for us under Pon
read by a minor canon at the desk. Such being tius Pilate. He suffered and was buried,
the case, it might with equal reason be read in . From the Scotch Liturgy.
the pulpit as a “prayer after sermon” in Parish
Churches ? When there is no collection, Adn. + "Said or sung, "-from the Scotch Liturgy.
Sharp considers that no offertory sentences need 1 This Creed was not completed at the Nicene
be read, (ch. iv. p. 76, note)—though to read one Council. A scriptural illustration of it may be is perhaps best. It may be observed that the seen in the Christian Observer, Jan. 1849, p. 6, collection of alms being altogether discretionary, and in the Church of England Magazine, vol. it is not essential even when there is a Comxx. No. 570, p. 126.