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a scab upon the Church, as | tion, to the public comhath festered, and eaten into manded Forms. her bowels, and endangered 7. God, Whose very Being the very life and being is Unity, is the Author and thereof.
| great lover of Unity, espe6. We all profess to wor cially in the worship of His ship one God in Trinity, Divine Majesty : and the and this Trinity in Unity ; devil is the author and but this we do not, nay, this great promoter of all diviwe cannot do, without unity sion : it is his very being, as and unanimity and unifor- he is a devil; for he became mity in our Divine Worship: so, by dividing from the but this unity is destroyed, Church of God, viz. from the by dividing from that sound Church which is now triand orthodox worship which umphant in Heaven : and the Church of Christ exhi- therefore his instruments bits to her Lord: whilst they are, who either in doceach man advances his own trine or worship divide from private conceptions in pray- the true Church of Christ er, above, if not in opposi- | here militant upon earth..
PSALM CXXXIII. PARAPHRASED.
1. “ BEHOLD how good | sweet odour: fitly representand joyful a thing it is,” ing that sweetness of joy both profitable and pleasant, and complacence which “ for brethren," sons of one flows from the union of God the Father, and of one many hearts and voices in Church the Mother, “ to the service of God : “ upon dwell together in unity;" the head, which went down in the House of God to join to the beard, even Aaron's as members of the same beard :” Aaron was a type mystical Body, in the pro- of Christ : and the “ointfession of the same doctrine, ment upon his head," typi. and practice of the same fied the spiritual unction of worship.
Christ, our Head", which 2. “ It is like the precious unction of the spirit from ointment,” which being Him descended upon His composed of many rich per- | Apostles, mystically signi. fumes, sent forth a most! fied by the High-Priest's
* Psalm xlv. 7; Heb. i. 9.
heard, as being nearest to Glory be to the Fathe head : and from thence ther, &c. “ went down to the skirts As it was in the beginof his clothing,” even to all ning, &c. the other parts and members of His mystical body :
The Prayer. “ For of His fulness we O Gon, Who art the Auhave all received, grace for thor of peace, and Lover of grace."
concord, Who makest men 3. “ As the dew of Her-) to be of one mind in a house, mon, which fell on the hill and art best pleased with of Sion;" as both these the unanimous agreement bills become fruitful by the of Thy people in Thy House dew of Heaven descending of Prayer; that it may on them; so the sons of please Thee to rebuke that Sion, or people of God, be- foul spirit of discord and dicome fruitful in the gifts vision intermixed amongst and graces of God's Holy us, which dictates the buildSpirit, through their unity ing of Babel, by the confuand unanimity in the de- sion of languages in our ad. vout service of God; for dresses to the Throne of whilst they glorify God, and Grace : and vouchsafe to with one mouth, after one send the Holy Ghost, the way and one manner, they Spirit of love and unity, to mightily prevail with the unite our hearts and tongues One only God to dwell in the public service of Thy amongst them, according to sacred Majesty ; make us His promise. And so it all as brethren to dwell tofollows; “for there the gether in unity, to join in Lord promised His bless- | our prayers in one way and ing,” in all assemblies thus after one manner, to glorify united in the service of His Thee with one heart and Majesty', which is undoubt- with one mouth, that the edly the way to “life for Celestial dew of Thy blessevermore,” which is the ing may descend upon us so height and perfection of all plentifully, to bring forth the blessings of God in the the fruits of the Spirit, that choir of Heaven, to sing we may reap in time of with concordant hearts and harvest life for evermore, voices.
I through Jesus Christ, &c. . y John i. 16.
* 2 Cor. yi. 16. ... • Matt. xviii. 19, 20.
END OF PART 1/4.
THE DEVOUT PENITENT.
BY R. SHERLOCK, D. D.,
SOMETIME RECTOR OF WINWICK.
WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,
THOMAS WILSON, D.D.,
SOMETIME LORD BISHOP OF BODOR AND MAN.
THE REV. HA ROL D SHERLOCK, M.A.,
INCUMBENT OF HOLY TRINITY, ASHTON-IN-WINWICK.
M DCCC XLIX.