This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 Excerpt: ...among you, on this occasion, by your Bishop, yet, as owing obedience at home to an Established Church, no motive could associate me with that which public order refuses to support, were there not a system and a law which needs not to borrow from human aid, and which human opposition is powerless to resist. It is as the sworn adherent of that Church Catholic, whereof Christ Himself was the founder, which extends through every land, which lives under all dominions, which on every soil gives us a home, and in every nation a brother, that I remind you of that duty which your election as Churchmen especially demands. For yours it is to maintain that public order of God's service, to perpetuate that collective homage, which fulfils this great duty of the Christian sacrifice. Who seek to do it, who can do it in this land but yourselves? To whom but yourselves is committed God's kingdom? To whom belong those treasures of God's grace, which are handed down through the earthen vessels of human ministration? I bid you, therefore, in God's behalf, to offer to Him the sacrifice of your praise continually. I remind you that, in this place, men will daily lift up holy hands both for the perfecting of saints, and for the conversion of the ungodly. I entreat you, as you have rightly declared your allegiance to that family of E Christ, which is not less dear to Him because unvisited by human favour, that you would give effect to your vows, and be indeed Christian churchmen. And who can tell the consequence in the secret counsels of the Almighty, if the public prayer of the Scottish Church were daily to ascend in every place, where her Bishops institute men to offer sacrifice. What blessings might be attained from Him whose delight it is to hear the prayers which His faithful...
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