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May we be careful to learn the lessons which such holy days should teach us: to bless God for the many and singular graces which have shone forth in the lives of His saints: to bless Him also for the mercies which we have received by the preaching of His apostles; and to set ourselves in earnest to imitate their holy lives and labours of love; to be followers of them, even as they were followers of Jesus Christ. Also, to continue stedfast in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayers; i. e. "to contend earnestly for the faith once (for all) delivered to the saints," the blessed gospel of the grace of God, which the apostles preached; and to remain humble and teachable members in the communion of the Church, which was builded upon their foundation; not taking up with new and strange doctrines, not. following new and strange teachers; but by a sound faith, by sacraments duly ministered, by common prayers in the house of God, holding communion with all the saints of God, the living and the dead in Christ. Thus will these holy days, as they come round each year, set us forward in our Christian course, teach us some lesson of holiness which we are to follow, or call to mind some blessing which we have received from God. Thus shall we grow up humble and thankful;

humble under a sense of our own unworthiness; thankful for the undeserved mercies which we have received from Almighty God; taking the saints of God for our example, and seeking to be conformed to them, even as they sought to be conformed unto the one all-perfect pattern, Jesus Christ.

And may not the words of the text, and the example of St. Bartholomew, speak to us of our duty to set forward, so far as we can, by our prayers and by our alms, the missions of the apostolic Church,-that so the gospel, which the apostles preached, may be preached unto the heathen, that so "their line may [indeed] go out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world." Surely no words can fully set forth the greatness of the work. For what is the work which the missions of the Church now, as of old, have in view? It is this. To set up on earth the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To obey, so far as in us lies, His last command to His apostles, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." To bring to pass, so far as we may, that for which we pray daily in the Lord's Prayer, "Thy kingdom come." To call men from darkness to light, from sin and Satan unto holiness and God. This is the work which the mis

sions of the Church have had in view in all ages, and which, with God's help, they have already in some measure accomplished. Already, blessed be His holy Name, there are many bright and happy spots amidst the darkness of heathenism; spots where Christ's Church hath been builded up; where His holy word is preached and His Sacraments ministered; where His holy day is a day of rest and worship; and where His holy Name is duly praised and magnified by thousands of devout and faithful men, whose fathers were heathens and worshipped idols. Such fruits the apostolic Church of Jesus Christ is bearing unto her divine Lord and Head, even amidst the dark parts of the earth; in some places more, in others less, yet some fruits, we trust, in all. And no one can say how good and blessed are such fruits, how acceptable unto God, how dear and precious before Him and His holy angels. Perhaps one could hardly form an idea of the greatness of the change from heathenism unto our holy faith, unless one had lived among the heathens, and had witnessed their daily lives, and the nature of their worship. Then one would have seen all the worst passions of our fallen nature suffered to have their own way,anger, malice, uncleanness,-suffered to run their course, unrebuked and unrestrained, or (worse

than this) even encouraged by their very religion. Now, could we have lived in a heathen village, and have witnessed this fearful state of unrebuked sin; worship offered up unto cruel and hateful idols; men, women, children, living and growing up in sin, taught to sin by their religion itself, led on and tempted to sin by the priests of their false gods; could we have lived in such a village; and then left it; and, after a few years, returned to it, and found in it the Church of Jesus Christ, and His blessed gospel; how great, how blessed, would be the change! The worship of idols put away; their temples cast down, and the church builded in their stead; the Lord's day a holy and blessed day of rest and peace; the voice of prayer and praise heard in God's house; the Psalms of David in place of idol hymns; holy Baptism, the blessed Sacrament of our new birth; holy. Communion, the blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. And then what a change,, also, in men's lives, and tempers, and conduct, through the power of the Holy Spirit! No longer, proud, fierce, cruel, unforgiving, but meek, lowly, patient, long-suffering; the young no longer trained in ways of uncleanness and impurity, but taught to be pure, chaste, to keep undefiled their baptism-robe of white, and to follow the

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pattern of all God's saints, in warring against the sinful lusts of the flesh. Such are the changes which we should witness. And such changes (to God be the praise) do take place at this day. Such changes the missions of the Church are, under God, bringing to pass at this day. And unto such changes we may help, each in his place, by our prayers and by our alms. As then we value our own privileges within the fold of Christ's one holy, catholic, apostolic Church, as we value His blessed Gospel, value His holy Sacraments, as we value His holy day, as we value His ordinances of prayer and praise, and as we feel for our heathen brethren, the souls for whom also Christ died, the souls for whom His precious Blood was shed, the sheep scattered upon the mountains, whom yet it is the will of the good Shepherd to gather unto Himself, that they, with us, (and perchance by our means,) may be one fold under one Shepherd; shall we not be ready, glad, and thankful, to do what we can, each of us, to bring about this blessed work?

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JOHN HENRY PARKER, OXFORD AND LONDON.

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