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sin thanklessly to neglect them ; just as it would be a mistake to rest the duties of temperance or justice on the mere law of natural religion, when they are mercifully sanctioned in the Gospel by the more winning authority of our Saviour Christ. Experience has shown the inefficacy of the mere injunctions of Church order, however scripturally enforced, in restraining from schism the awakened and anxious sinner; who goes to a dissenting preacher “because (as he expresses it) he gets good from him :" and though he does not stand excused in God's sight for yielding to the temptation, surely the Ministers of the Church are not blameless if, by keeping back the more gracious and consoling truths provided for the little ones of Christ, they indirectly lead him into it. Had he been taught as a child, that the Sacraments, not preaching, are the sources of Divine Grace ; that the Apostolical ministry had a virtue in it which went out over the whole Church, when sought by the prayer of faith ; that fellowship with it was a gift and privilege, as well as a duty, we could not have had so ny wanderers from our fold, nor so many cold hearts within it.

This instance may suggest many others of the superior influence of an apostolical over a mere secular method of teaching. The awakened mind knows its wants, but cannot provide for them; and in its hunger will feed upon ashes, if it cannot obtain the pure milk of the word. Methodism and Popery are in different ways the refuge of those whom the Church stints of the gifts of grace; they are the foster-mothers of abandoned children. The neglect of the daily service, the desecration of festivals, the Eucharist scantily administered, insubordination permitted in all ranks of the Church, orders and offices imperfectly developed, the want of Societies for particular religious objects, and the like deficiencies, lead the feverish mind, desirous of a vent to its feelings, and a stricter rule of life, to the smaller religious Communities, to prayer and bible meetings, and ill-advised institutions and societies, on the one hand, on the other, to the solemn and captivating services by

which Popery gains its proselytes. Moreover, the multitude of men cannot teach or guide themselves; and an injunction given them to depend on their private judgment, cruel in itself, is doubly hurtful, as throwing them on such teachers as speak daringly and promise largely, and not only aid but supersede individual exertion.

These remarks may serve as a clue, for those who care to pursue it, to the views which have led to the publication of the following Tracts. The Church of Christ was intended to cope with human nature in all its forms, and surely the gifts vouchsafed it are adequate for that gracious purpose. There are zealous sons and servants of her English branch, who see with sorrow that she is defrauded of her full usefulness by particular theories and principles of the present age, which interfere with the execution of one portion of her commission ; and while they consider that the revival of this portion of truth is especially adapted to break up existing parties in the Church, and to form instead a bond of union among all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, they believe that nothing but these neglected doctrines, faithfully preached, will repress that extension of Popery, for which the ever multiplying divisions of the religious world are too clearly preparing the way.

OXFORD,
The Feast of All Saints, 1834.

CONTENTS. .

No.

No.

1. Thoughts on the Ministerial Com- Churchmen, the Strength of the

mission, respectfully addressed Church.

to the Clergy.

24. The Scripture View of the Apos-

2. The Catholic Church.

tolic Commission.

3. Thoughts respectfully addressed to 25. Bishop Beveridge on the great

the Clergy on Alterations in the Necessity and Advantage of Pub-

Liturgy.

lic Prayer.

4. Adherence to the Apostolical Suc- 26. Bishop Beveridge on the Necessity

cession the safest Course.

and Advantage of frequent Com-

5. A short Address to his Brethren munion.

on the Nature and Constitution | 27. Bishop Cosin on the Doctrine of

of the Church of Christ, and of the Eucharist.

the Branch of it established in 28. The same continued.

England. By a Layman. 29. Christian Liberty; or, Why should

6. The Present Obligation of Primi- we belong to the Church of Eng-

tive Practice.

land ? By a Layman.

7. The Episcopal Church Apostolical. 30. The same continued.

8. The Gospel a Law of Liberty. 31. The Reformed Church.

9. On shortening the Church Service. 32. The Standing Ordinances of Reli-

10. Heads of a Week-day Lecture, gion.

delivered to a Country Congre- 33. Primitive Episcopacy.

gation in
-shire.

34. Rites and Customs of the Church.

11. The Visible Church. Letters I. 35. The People's Interest in their Mi-
and II.

nister's Commission.

12. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. 36. Account of Religious Sects at pre-

13. Sunday Lessons.—The Principle sent existing in England.

of Selection.

37. Bishop Wilson's Form of Excom-

14. The Ember Days.

munication.

15. On the Apostolical Succession of 38. Via Media.- No. I.

the English Church.

39. Bishop Wilson's Form of receiving

16. Advent.

Penitents.

17. The Ministerial Commission a Trust 40. Baptism.

from Christ for the Benefit of his 41. Via Media.No. II.

People.

42. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on

18. Thoughts on the Benefits of the his Sacred Office. No. 1.-

System of Fasting enjoined by Sunday.

our Church.

43. Length of the Public Service.

19. On arguing concerning the Apos- 44. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on

tolical Succession.

his Sacred Office. No. 2.-

20. The same continued. Letter III. Monday.

21. Mortification of the Flesh a Scrip- 45. The Grounds of our Faith.

ture Duty.

46. Bishop Wilson's Meditations on

22. The Athanasian Creed.

his Sacred Office. No. 3.-

23. The Faith and Obedience of Tuesday.

I. Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephe- IV. Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp.
sians.

V. Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians.

11. Epistle of Ignatius to the Magne- VI. Account of the Martyrs of Lyons

sians.

and Vienne.

III. The Apostle St. John and the VII. Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyr-

Robber.

neans.

No.

No.
VIII. Epistle of Ignatius to the Ro- XIV. Irenæus on the Rule of Faith.
mans.

XV. The temporal Condition and
IX. The Martyrdom of Ignatius at

the Principles of Christians,
Rome.

from the Epistle to Diog-
X. Epistle of Ignatius to the Phila-

netus.
delphians.

XVI. Address of Clement of Alex-
XI. Account of the Martyrdom of

andria to the Heathen.
St. James the Apostle.

XVII. Tertullian on the Rule of
XII. The Martyrdom of Polycarp.

Faith.
XIII. Justin Martyr, on Primitive XVIII. The same continued.

Christian Worship.

LITURGICAL.

the Clergy on Alterations in the munication.

Liturgy.

39. Bishop Wilson's Form of receiving

9. On shortening the Church Service. Penitents.

13. Sunday Lessons.—The Principle

of Selection,

II.

ON ORDINANCES.

14. The Ember Days.

26. Bishop Beveridge on the Neces.

16. Advent.

sity and Advantage of frequent

18. Thoughts on the Benefits of the Communion.

System of Fasting, enjoined by 27. Bishop Cosin on the Doctrine of

our Church.

the Eucharist.

21. Mortification of the Flesh a Scrip- 28. The same continued.

ture Duty.

32. The Standing Ordinances of Reli-

25. Bishop Beveridge on the great gion.

Necessity and Advantage of Pub- 34. Rites and Customs of the Church.

lic Prayer.

III.

ON THE APOSTOLICAL SUCCESSION.

1. Thoughts on the Ministerial Com- delivered to a Country Congre-

mission, respectfully addressed gation in

-shire.

to the Clergy.

17. The Ministerial Commission a Trust

4. Adherence to the Apostolical Suc- from Christ for the Benefit of

cession the safest Course.

his People.

7. The Episcopal Church Apostolical. 24. The Scripture View of the Apos-

10. Heads of a Week-day Lecture, tolic Commission.

VI.

VII.

RICHARD NELSON.

12. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.

40. Baptism.

22. The Athanasian Creed.

43. Length of the Public Service.

VIII.

RECORDS OF THE CHURCH.

J. Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephe- X. Epistle of Ignatius to the Phi-
sians.

ladelphians.

II. Epistle of Ignatius to the Mag- XI. Account of the Martyrdom of

nesians.

St. James the Apostle.

III. The Apostle St. John and the XII. The Martyrdom of Polycarp.
Robber.

XIII. Justin Martyr on Primitive

IV. Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp.

Christian Worship.

V. Epistle of Ignatius to the Tral- XIV. Irenæus on the Rule of Faith.

lians.

XV. The Temporal Condition and

VI. Account of the Martyrs of Lyons

the Principles of Christians,
and Vienne.

from the Epistle to Diog-
VII. Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyr-

netus.

XVI. Address of Clement of Alex-
VIII. Epistle of Ignatius to the Ro-

andria to the Heathen.

XVII. Tertullian on the Rule of
IX. The Martyrdom of Ignatius at

Faith.
Rome.

XVIII. The same continued.

neans.

mans.

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