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adapted to the majority of readers; population is ever ripe for evil. if he would have it go through four. But much yet remains to be done: teen editions in a few years, like its a power has been given which must slender prototype, we would suggest be rightly directed; a desire has that a further compression is more been excited, which must be suplikely to effect his purpose, than any plied. The emissaries of mischief other mode of recommendation. A are already on the alert to circulate thick closely printed duodecimo, publications of the most perpicious that is, a manual, would be better tendency : it must be the earnest filled to the taste of the persons for endeavour, therefore, of every true whose use it is especially desirable; friend of religion and of the poor, and it would be much more fre- ' to pre-occupy the ground promptly quently purchased by them, than and effectually; to be prepared to two octavo volumes. The matter place in their hands not only the might be brought into a smaller Bible, as the fountain of religious compass without any prejudicial knowledge --- Lot only the Liturgy of curtailment.
our Church, as the best manual of public, and we may be allowed to
add, of private devotion-not only Six Lectures on the Church Cate- books and tracts exclusively religi
chism. By the Rev. Edward ous, to explain and enforce the seBerens. 12mo. 18. 6d. pp. 98. veral branches of doctrine and Rivingtons.
practice for the comfort and guid. Six Lectures on the Penitential ance of the old, and the instruction · Psalms. By the same. 1s. od. of the young ; but other works, in
addition to these, of more general We have great pleasure in announ. information and innocent amusecing to our readers the appearance of inent; care being taken, as far as two fresh courses of Lectures, from possible, that these latter be subser, the pen of Mr. Berens. His name vient to the main object of cherish. is so well known, and his writings ing sound principles and encouragso justly appreciated, that any re- ing good morals. mark of ours may be deemed su.
We are happy to find that the perfluous; yet we cannot content Society for Promoting Christian ourselves with giving, a silent vote Knowledge, with that prudence in in testimony of his merits. Mr. anticipating, and promptness in Berens possesses a talent which is acting, which ever characterize their precisely such as we want at the operations, where an acknowledged present moment, that of being able good is attainable by legitimate to treat the highest and holiest sub, means, have already offered themjects in a plain and easy and im- selves to the public in the character pressive manner, suitable to the of selectors of works of this latter capacities of the lower orders, with description, to be published of an out degenerating into those faulty uniform size, and supplied at the extremes, which we have had occa- cost prices to their Members; theresion to regret in other writers.
by causing no additional drain on We are happily living in an age, the funds of the Society, which rewheo education is becoming so ge- maio, as before, exclusively applied neral throughout the country, that to the furtherance of their religious we have every reason to hope that in objects, and yet rendering an essenthe next generation there will be tial service to the public. Much comparatively few uninstructed in difficulty in procuring proper books the essentials of their duty, or un- must of course be anticipated at able to read. A great step has the outset, till time has been allowthus been gained, for an ignoranted to look around for works more REMEMBRANCER, No. 61:
expressly suited to the purpose. bourer sitting over his frugal meal, The Society, if we rightly under- in the bosom of his family, listening stand their objects, do not pretend to some pious discourse, or instructhat what they have hitherto se- tive and entertaining history, hearing lected are the
very best that could nothing that is bad, and occasionbe procured, but only the best that ally gathering much that is good have as yet come in their way. It and useful. We could hazard moreanhas been obviously their endeavour ticipations of the same pleasing kind, to avoid as much as possible on the anticipations that, we trust, will one hand every thing objectionable, prove to have been not more the and on the other to collect from wishes of an ardent mind, eager for works already before the public, ' the welfare of the poor, than the remuch that is pleasing and useful. sult of cool calculation, and reason• By a reference to our Monthly able expectancy. Enough however Register, it will be seen that they has been said, to shew how deeply we are still adding to their list; and feel the importance of establishing we are happy in being able to parochial libraries in every parish. assure our readers that there is if means are wanting, the Society every disposition on the part of the are never slack in rendering assist. Society to keep pace with the in
and when there is no want of creasing applications of their Mem.
means, we are satisfied that the bers. Their Supplemental Cata. Clergy will not be slack on their logue, in which these works of a part in availing themselves of them. more general kind are placed, may With these impressions, then, it be considered to have been will be no wonder that we should yet but a trial—it has succeeded look on a writer such as Mr. Berens --the demand for the books so se- with no common interest. We are lected is daily increasing, and in- happy to learn that already his sercreasing from a cause which our mons have been placed on the Supreaders will be no less happy to plemental Catalogue of the Society: hear—the increase of parochial li- and we trust that the present Lecbraries.
tures, with others of his works, will The establishment of these li- be deemed worthy of the same disbraries is another of the recent mea- tinction. Mr. Berens, however, sures of the Society for Promoting must not stay his pen-there is yet Christian Knowledge, that promises much to be done; and we really most essential benefit. A parochial know no person that can do it so library well selected, with a due re- well as bimself. We should like gard to the local wants of the parish, much, for instance, to see the Limay be considered as a storehouse turgy of our Church set forth in of good and wholesome food, whence all its native beauty and fitness, the poor may be seasonably supplied, after his own easy and simple maninstead of taking up with the poi. ver, and in his own language. sonous trash which is so industri. Waldo's essay may be excellent, and ously circulated through the remot- we have no doubt that it has receive est corners of the kingdom. There ed considerable improvement by will thus be no excuse, and less in- having been broken by Mr. Berens clination for reading what is bad, into the form of lectures; but it is when what is at once good, instruc- no compliment to him to say that tive and amusing, is to be obtained he would have produced a much for the asking. Instead of wasting better work himself. Where a writer bis time and his hard earnings, as is is so rich in his own original stores, now but too often the case, in the we cannot suffer him to waste his noise and dissipation of the ale- time in furbishing up the more antihouse, we may look to find the la- quated and less popular materials of
BEING BY NATURE BORN IN SIN AND THE
others. Then there is the whole body name of Christ, depart from iniquity* ; of the Psalms, of which we yet want and, let every one that bears a Christian a familiar exposition, for the use of name, beware of doing or saying any thing the lowerorders; and how well quali- which would be unworthy of the Christian fied Mr. Berens is to give us this, the dishonour on the name of Christian.
profession, any thing that would reflect present Lectures on the Penitential
“ You will observe that Baptism is reportions abundantly testify. We are presented as placing as in a new state. The far from presuming to dictate to a assertion that in Baptism, each of us 'WAS writer, whose pen is clearly never MADE A MEMBER OF CHRIST, THE CHILD idle, and who knows much better
OF Gon, AND AN INHERITOR OF TIIE than we do what should be done : fore Baptism we were in a less favourable
KINGDOM OP HEAVEN,' implies that bebut it has often been a source of condition. Before Baptism we were in much pain to us to reflect how la
our natural state, that state which in Scripmentably ignorant the majority of ture is called the flesh, and the old man; congregations are of those noble and St. Paul assures us, that they that are compositions which form so large in the flesh cannot please God t, that they and prominent a part of our Church
that live after the flesh shall die 1. This
sinful and mortal nature we inherit from service, and contain so many striking prophecies confirmatory of the Chris- command of God brought sin and death
our first parents, who by transgressing the tian faith, so much consolation in into the world. By one man sin entered the hour of trouble, so much prac- into the world, and death by sin ; and so tical admonition, and so many per- death passed upon all men, for that all fect models of devout praise, thanks- have sinned §. It is in compliance with giving, and prayer.
these and other passages of Scripture, that But we have too long kept our
the Catechism speaks of men in general as readers from the Lectures before us:
CHILDREN OF WRATH. To deliver us from and we must still beg to confine our this state, the Son of God, who was with present remarks to those on the the Father before the creation of the Catechism, reserving the others for world, became man, and died upon the a future consideration.
cross; and he appointed Baptism to be the Those on the Catechism are six in
regular means of admission into the fel. number: their titles are, 1. Bap
lowship of his religion, and to participa
tion in the benefits which liis death was detismal Vow; 2. Creed; 3. Duty to
signed to purchase. In his conference wards God ; 4. Duty towards our with Nicodemus, Christ said, Except a Neighbour; 5. Lord's Prayer; 6.
man be born again--born of water and Lord's Supper. Where all are so of the Spirit-he cannot enter into the good, we know not what portion to kingdom of Godll. And his last charge select; and selection is less neces
to the Apostles was, “Go ye, and teach' sary, as the public are not now to tizing them in the name of the Father,
-or make disciples of all nations, bapjudge for the first time of the style and of the Son, und of the Holy Ghost 9. of the author. There are passages, To which is added in the parallel passage however, as 'we read them, which in St. Mark, He thut believeth and is bapstruck us as peculiarly happy, and tized shall be saved; but he that believeth in Mr. Berens' best manner : we
not shall be damned **. As Baptism, therewould particularize the following:
fore, is the appointed means of admission
into the fellowship of Christ's religion, we “ The mention of the Christian name at are therein MADE MEMBERS OF CHRIST, the beginning of the Catechism, naturally CHILDREN OF GOD, AND INHERITORS OF leads to the occasion on which that uame THE KINGDOM. P. 2. was given; and, I would remark, that “ But though admitted to this glorious the circumstance of our bearing a Chris- inheritance, though placed in a capacity of tian name, ought constantly to remind us, both of the privileges which were then con. 2 Tim. ii. 19. † Rom. viii, 8. ferred upon us, and of the engagements I Rom. viii. 13. © Rom, v. 12. into which we then entered. Let every il John iii. 3, 5. Matt. xxviii, 19. me, says the Apostle, that nameth the
** Mark xvi. 16.
going to heaven, we may be disinherited ; and a Saviour*; and all power is given we may forfeit, may be cut off from these unto him in heaven and in earth. And to high privileges : and we shall forfeit them, these offices he was anointed or set apart, unless we are mindful of our part of the not by the pouring on of oil, but by the covenant or agreement, unless we strive to Holy Ghost. God, we are told, anointed fulfil the conclitions on which these privi- Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost leges were granted. These conditions are and with power t. The Lord anointed him faith, and a sincere endeavour to lead a to preach good tidling's unto the meek; good life in reliance on the aid of the to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaime Holy Spirit,” P. i.
liberty to the captives, and the opening of “When you reflect upon the hopeless the prison to them that are bound 1. state of sin and death, from which by Bap- “ Jesus Christ is called in the Creed tism you were delivered through Jesús the ONLY Son of God. In one sense all Christ our Saviour, you will naturally feel true believers are styled the sons of God, disposed to THANK OUR HEAVENLY FA- for in Baptism we are said to be made THER FOR CALLING YOU TO THIS STATE the children of God. We are the sons of OF SALVATION, for directing by bis Provi- God, however, by adoption only. Our dence that you should be born in a Chris. Saviour is his Son in a very different, and tian country, and of Christian parenis. far bigher sense, in a sense infinitely above From this state of salvation however we
our understanding, and as such he is in may fall; and we shall fall, unless we are Scripture repeatedly styled the only begotkept in it by the help of God. We must ten Son of God. therefore pray earnestly to him to GIVE US “ He is also OUR LORD. Our Lord in HIS GRACE THAT WE MAY CONTINUE IN every sense. It was bv him that God THE SAME UNTO OUR LIFE'S END.
created us, for without him was not any pray for that grace with fervency and per- thing made that was made g; we were his, severance; and let us remember for our
therefore, by the right of creation. But encouragement, that if we earnestly seek we are much more his in the right of rethis help we shall find it, for that our demption ; for since we are bought by him Heavenly Father will give the Holy Spi- with a price, even the price of his own rit to them that ask him", that pray to blood, we are clearly no longer our own, him with humility, in sincerity and truth." but belong to bim who has thus bought us. On the Privileges and Vow of Baptism, He is our Lord also, inasmuch as all power P. 17.
is given unto him in heaven and in earth, “ We next profess our belief in Jesus as he is exalted to be King of kings and CHRIST, HIS ONLY Son our Lori). Lord of lords Il.
“ The name Jesus signities Saviour; and " Let us remeniber, that if we acknow. he was so nanred by the Angel, because he ledge him to be our Lord, we must be was to suve his people from their sinst;a careful to do whatever he commands. It he came into the world to save sinners t. would be a sort of mockery and insult to
“CHRIST, a word from the Greek lan- call him our Lord with our lips, and at the guage, is the same as Messiah from the
same time to pay no regard to his autho. Hebrew. Both words mean anointed. It rity. He would have cause to say to us, was a custom among Jews, a custom ap- as be said to the Jews, Why call ye mo pointed by God bimself, to consecrate or Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I set apart men to the offices of prophet, sayq." P. 21. priest, or king, by anointing or pouring ** The word CATHOLIC means general oil on the head. Our Saviour came to be or universal; and the Chitstian Church is a prophet, a priest, and a king. He was a so styled, because it was designed to exprophet, as he declared the will of God to tend all over the world, to comprehend all man, and predicted things to come; the nations, and to continue through all ages; prophet foretold by Moses and by Isaiah. 'whereas the Jewish Church was confined to He is a priest, as he is a mediator, an in- one particular people, and was to last only tercessor between God and man; and es. for a certain pumber of years. This CApecially, as he offered up himself a sacri- THOLIC CHURCH is called Holy. This fice, and now continueth ever, having an does not mean that all its professed memunchangeable priesthood ♡. He is a king, bers are holy; for our Saviour compares as he was empowered to give laws to, and the kingdom of Heaven to a field, in which still continues to govern and protect, his wheat and tares grow together till the harchurch, for he is now exalted to be a prince
* Acts y. 31.
+ Acts x. 38. Luke xi. 13.
* Matt. i. 21. 18a, Ixi. and Lnke ix. 18. John i. 3. II Tim. i. 15.
Heb, vii, 24. ll i Tim. vi. 15. Luke vi. 46,
vest; to a net, that was cast into the sea
HIS SERVANT, NOR HIS MAID, NOR HIS and gathered of every kind both bad and ox, NOR HIS ASS, NOR ANY THING THAT good; to a marriage feast, at which some had on the wedding garment, and some had “ Notbing would tend more to our own not. And thus the visible Church contains happiness, and to the peace and welfare of many unworthy members ; many are called society in general, than the due observbut few are chosen. But the Church is ance of this tenth Commandmeut. When called Holy, because it is holy in its de. we COVET, when we set our hearts upon sign and institution, boly in its ordinances, that which belongs to another, we and will be perfectly holy in the end, when tempted rebelliously to repine and murmur all things that offend shall be cast out, and against Providence. We are tempted to Christ shall present unto himself a glorious envy, one of the basest and darkest of the Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or evil passions, that disturb and prey upon any such thing; but holy and without ble- the heart of man. Perhaps, at length, we mish *." P. 33.
are tempted to endeavour to possess our. · Such then is that summary of our be. selves of that which we covel, and, in orlief which is entitled the Apostles' Creeil; der to obtain it, go on even to murders, that summary which we constantly recite, adulteries, thefts, false witness. Let us and profess to hold. Many-I will hope watch and pray, against this evil spirit of mos!—of you, are in the habit of often re. coveting. If we love our neighbour as peating it with your lips. When you do ourselves, as we ought to do, we shall take ihus repeat it, consider seriously whether pleasure in his prosperity and enjoyment. you really understand the meaning of it;- And for ourselves, we shall endeavour to whether you really believe it; -- whether follow the precept,-Be content with suck you shew that you do believe it in your things as ye have *; we shall endeavour to conduct;--for, remember, that faith which imitate the example of St. Paul, I have does not produce good works-oliness of learned, in whutsoever state I am,
thereheart and life is dead, and unwortby of with to be content t. If by our own pruthe name of faith. You cannot but see and dence and industry, and exertions, we can feel, how unbecoming, how disgraceful it better our condition, we ought to do so, is for a man to be ignorant of the chief ar- not for our own sakes only, but for the ticles of the religion which he professes, - sake of those who belong to us ; and for or how dangerous to hold the truth in un- the sake of all those whom we may thus be righteousness; bow dangerous to be nomi- able to assist,-that we may have to give Dal Christians without Christianity. Let us to him that needeth 1. But still, let our then often examine ourselves whether we endeavours be accompanied by a perfect be in the faith, let us prove our owrselves. submission to the will of Providence, by a And let us fervently pray to God, through beart that does not envy the prosperity of the merits of bis Son, and by the operation other men, but can be contented and of his Holy Spirit, to increuse our faith. cheerful in any condition of life. Withont May be of his mercy more and more sta. murmuring, or repining, or coveting, let blish, strengthen, settle you in a right be- US LEARN AND LABOUR TRULY TO GET lief and a right practice,-in universal ho- OUR OWN LIVING, AND TO DO OUR DUTY liness of heart and life ;-may he fill you IN THAT STATE OF LIFE, UNTO WHICH IT with all joy and peace in believing, through SHALL PLEASE GOD to calí us. the power of the Holy Ghost.” Lecture “Let us, then, often examine ourselves, on the Creed. P. 36.
by comparing our hearts and lives with " It is from the corruption of the heart the rule of God's commandments. When of man, that proceed the temptations to we find that we have offended,--and in violate the several Commandments, which many things we offend all, flet us bumwe have now been considering. Out of the bly implore God's merry and forgiveness, heart, says our Saviour, proceed evil through the atonement and mediation of thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornica- bis Son. And for the time to come, let us tions, thefts, false witness, blasphemies t. fervently and constantly pray for the aid of The tenth Commandment, therefore, goes his Spirit to write all these his laws in our directly to the regulation of the heart, and hearts; and to incline our hearts to keep forbids, even to desire any improper in them. Let us beseech him to make us dulgence, to cover any thing that does not feel a constant respect unto All his rightebelong to us. THOU SHALT NOT COVET eous statutes, to enable us with sincerity TRY NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE, THOU SHALT and trath to walk like his servants of old, NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOUR'S WITE, NOR
* Heb. xiii. 5. + Phil iv. 11. Eph. v. 27. + Matt. xv. 19.
Eph, iv, 28. $ Jawes üi, 2.