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and pleasures of his little home, tbe vestry of St. Michael's; that he could keep him from his people, felt himself much indebted to the for whom, and among whom, he church of St. Philip, for their lived; and who, however they might esteem, evinced in their having wish for more of his delightful so- twice invited him to be their minisciety as a friend and companion ter; and that on this account he in their days of bealth and prospe- should prefer that church, should rity, were always sure be would it be vacant, and should be connot be far distant in their hour of clude to remove. During several sickness, calamity, or death. inonths he deliberated seriously on

In the year 1804, the vestry of the course which duty called him St, Philip's, Charleston, again en- to pursue. He made it a subject deavoured to procure his services, of constant and auxious prayer, and tendered io him the rectorship and entreated the counsel and the of that church, then vacant by prayers of pious friends. He bad the death of the incumbent. But always great confidence in the effithough his health was still suffering cacy of prayer; and would often from the effects of the climale of quote that promise, If two of Rhode Island, he declined this ap. you shall agree on earth, as touchpointment, as well, it is believed, ing any thing that they shall ask, as similar oues from Baltimore and it shall be done for them of my New York; having formed a reso

Father which is in heaven." Before lution to remain, so long as a pro- almost every undertaking, writing per regard for life would permit, a sermon, commencing a journey, with his first charge at Newport, attending the meeting of a society, for whom he entertained an indis. or a visit

of business, he was accussoluble affection, remembering them tomed to have recourse to prayer to the end of his life in his prayers, for the Divine blessing and direcand visiting them as often as it was tion; and to this, with his constant in his power. In his last rapid ex- spirit of watcbfulness, may be justcussion to the Northern States, ly attributed much of the success shortly before his death, he ex- with wbich God was pleased to pressed much gratification in seeing prosper his exertions. them once niore, and administering He at length determined to acto them the symbols of the body cept the rectorship of St. Miand blood of that crucified Saviour chael's, to which he was elected in whom all true Christians, bow- July 1919, 1800, and in wbich be ever separated in the flesh, are remained till his death. He wishunited by the common bond of a

ed the funds of the church to acholy communion, all dwelling in cumulate, in order that his sucChrist, and Christ in thein, and cessor might have an assistant; but every one members one of another, he was unwilling that they should

In the year 1809, the rectorship be impaired for his own accommoof St. Michael's Cburch, Charles- dation. His labours at St.Michael's lon, was tendered to him. His ill were very considerable. On the Sup. stale of health had by this time day be was sometimes engaged in bis so greatly increased, that he was duties, with little intermission, for very frequently prevented officiat- ten hours. He would perform the ing, and it had become evident morning service; administer the that if he remained at Newport communion; thence proceed to a his life must fall a sacritice, sick chamber; come again to the Under these circumstances, he de- afternoon service; and, returning termined to visit South Carolina ; after it was over to tbe sick person, and in the course of the winter to remain with bim till nine o'clock form his decision. Wiih great deal night. “How often,” says Mr. licacy and candour, he stated to Gadsden, “was he seen at the altar with a body ready to sink, support- of his sermons he preferred the pered by the vigour of an intense de. suasive to the vehement mapper, votion !"

and resembled Bishop Horne or his In bis sermons he constantly pre- own favourite Apostle, St. Joho, sented to his hearers « Jesus rather than Horsley or the Apostles Christ, and him crucified.. His Peter and Paul. His delivery was first discourse was from Rom. i. 18: slow, and that partly from choice, “ I am not ashamed of the Gospel for he remembered the precept, of Christ ;" and his last from Col. “ Be not rash with thy mouth, and ii. 10: " Ye are complete in him.let not thine heart be hasty to utter He delighted to dwell on the na- any thing before God." In prayer ture of the Christian ordinances ; be was engaged heart and mind, and on the characters of the saints com- succeeded to a very great degree in memorated by the church; and on losing sight of the objects around the excellence of the liturgy, in him. In the offices of baptism and order to induce his people to value the Lord's supper, his whole deportprayer, and the reading of the ment was most solemn and affecting. Scriptures more, and sermons com- He had particular pleasure in cateparatively less. He thought that cbising little children; and his rethe best preaching was that of in- marks and manner were so interestspired men, and of our Lord him- ing that their parents esteemed it a self, contained in the lessons read privilege to be present. in the daily service. He consider- In the chamber of sickness and .ed the Lord's supper as a great affliction he was often seen, and means of increasing the numbers of was always a most welcome visitor. the faithful, and would bave been It had been a custom among religi. glad to have had it administered ous persons in Charleston, as in every Sunday: and when he became most other places, to seclude thema bishop, he advised the clergy, in selves on ibe death of a friend, their visits to vacant parishes, every from the public services of the time" to set up the altar.” Though church; but he succeeded to a so highly qualified a preacher bim- great extent in recommending the self, he was of opinion that in better example of King David, who, general more good was to be ex- under the loss of his child, went pected from public prayer, the to the temple for consolation. In administration of the sacraments, affliction, strangers and the memcatechising, and the visits of the bers of other congregations sought clergy, than from preaching; and with avidity bis counsel and consothat too many came to church to lation. He visited the people of hear, not to pray,-to gratify taste his charge, as before remarked of and curiosity, rather than to bum- his conduct wbile at Newport, not ble themselves before God. Stil indeed so often as both himself and he thought that many who attended they wished, but as often as his at first from incorrect notives, other duties would permit: If ia might be induced in time to come this matter he made any distioction, from right ones; and, in order to it was in favour of families in bumallure such persons, he would oc- ble life. He was a most patient casionally open before them the instructor of the illiterate Africans. attractive stores of his powerful He had them at his house frequentimagination : choosing for this pur- ly, while they were preparing for pose some striking, though per. baptism ; and his success in this haps somewhat far-fetched, passage office, so entirely new to him, was of Scripture; as in his discourse on truly surprising. With his brethren the Miseries of Human Life, from the clergy, he soon attained great There was a garden, and in the influence; and if there ever existed garden a sepulchre." In the style any difference of opinion between him and any of them in ecclesiasti. neither thirst any more ; neither. cal affairs, the parties were usually shall the sun light on them, nor induced, after serious deliberation, any heat; for the Lamb which to acknowledge that Dr. Dehon was is in the midst of the throne right, and they were wrong.

shall feed them, and shall lead, Under his influence, that excel- them unto living fountains of leot institution, " the Protestant waters, and God shall wipe away Episcopal Society for the Advance- all lears from their eyes. ment of Christianity in South Carolina,” was formed, and attained Our church, among her festivals, a high degree of prosperity. “ Tbe has devoted one to the contemplaharmony,” says Mr. Gadsden, “ of tion of the holy angels, and anoour State Convention, too long in- tber to the commemoration of the terrupted, was now happily restore spirits of the just made perfect. ed; and a general disposition pro- Nor are these festivals, when imduced in the miods of both the proved as the church intended, clergy and the laity, to adhere vain or useless. The contemplastrictly to the rules of our excel- tion of the blessed society of angels lent church, particularly in relation may lead us to adore the wisdom, to baptism, and to the observance the power, and the love of their, of the festivals." Dr. Dehon ex- and our, Creator; to bless him bibited a useful example in these for rendering them “ ministerrespects, in obedience to his so- ing spirits," sent forth by him “to lemn ordination vows : he was minister for them who shall be heirs strict in his compliance with the of salvation ;” and also to imirubrics and canons of the church; late their example, endeavouring, and he thought, that these regula- to love him, to worship bim, and tions contained in general the col- to do his will upon earth, as by lected wisdom of pious and judicious those holy and happy beings it is men in many ages; and ihat the done in heaven. The commemora-. unity and peace of the church were tion likewise of the saints in glory, endangered by a departure from may profitably lead us, in the lanthem. The above important mea• guage of the collect for All-saiot's«, sures were effected by the influ- day, to call to mind that ence of his kind and sensible ex- communion and fellowship in which postulations, before he was appoint- God has knit together his elect in ed to the episcopal office. His the mystical body of his Son Jesus discharge of the duties of that Christ;" to follow the example of office, and the principal remaining those now pure and glorified spirits, passages of his life, will be narrat- as they, when on earth, followed ed in a future paper.

Christ, in order that, with them, (To be continued.)

we may come to those unspeakable joys which God hath prepared

for them that love him, through FAMILY SERMONS.-No.CLXVII. Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rev. vii. 14-17.And he said to And who are these blessed spi

me, These are they which came rits ? Whence come they? And out of great tribulation, and what is their occupation? Could have washed their robes, and the veil be removed belween us and made them white in the blood the unseen world, that veil which of the Lamb; therefore are they though thin and ready every mobefore the throne of God, and ment to burst, death only can draw serve him day and night in his aside, we should behold, in the temple. And he that sitteth on heavenly temple, as described in the throne shall dwell among the sublime language of the chapthem: they shall hunger no more, ter before us, “a great multitude,

one

which no mancan number of all na- and obtained this pardon and puritions, and kindreds, and people, and fication in the blood of the Lamb tongues, standing before the throne, of God, which taketh away the sin and before the Lamb, clothed of the world. They were all likewith white robes, and with palms wise, when upon earth, partakers in their hands ;" and should hear of affliction; but they had now them, in blissful anthems, crying come out of it, and were introwith a loud voice, and saying, duced to a state of happiness be“ Blessing, and honour, and glory, yond the reach of trial or change. and power, be unto him that sit- 1. We learp then that the saints feth upon the throne, and unto the in light were once frail and sinful Lamb for ever and ever.” There persons, like ourselves. They had should we discover that God is no no natural exemption from the pasparsimonious bestower of his boun- sions of our corrupt nature; no plea ries; that numbers without pum- of worthiness to offer in the presence ber for ever circle his throne, drink- of their Creator. Yet, through the ing deeply of the immeasurable death and merits of their Saviour, fulness of enjoyment which he they obtained pardon; they were pours forth from himself, the eter. washed, they were sanctified, they nal source of all felicity. There, were justified in the name of the besides those blessed spirits which Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of kept their first estate, we should our God. And thus their example Behold Jew and Gentile, young becomes encouragiog to each of us, and old, rich and poor, bond and is, like them, we are striving to free; inany a once despised out- walk in newness of life. For, have cast, or burdened slave; in short, we many temptations to struggle all who, in every age, and what with? Do we fiod numerous difever their distinctions among men, ficulties in commencing or contiwere enrolled in the blessed family nuing a religious course? Have of God's children; all who, in the we much to bear, or much to give emphatic words of the text, " had up? So had they; tbey trod the washed their robes, and made them same narrow way in which we are white in the blood of the Lamb." called to walk; and they had no

Let us view this glorious con- assistance that is not equally propany in the two-fold aspect in which mised to us. We have the same they are presented in the passage holy doctrines and precepts to dibefore us; first, as to what they rect us; the same promises to aniwere upon eartb; secondly, as to mate us; the same spiritual food to what they are in heaven.

sustain us on our journey. The And what, in the first place, God whom we have offended by were they upon earth ?-On this our sios still continues as willing to part of the subject the text is very receive every returning penitent as brief. Their varieties of age, co- he was in the days of the patriarchs, our, and clinate, with their whole and prophets, and apostles, and temporal history, and worldly cir- martyrs : the fountain for sin and cumstances, were of no consequence for uncleanness still remains open ; to be known; for these affect not the blood of Jesus Christ still their eternal condition. But the cleanses from all iniquity; the little that is narrated, or implied, Holy Spirit is still promised to all is highly important. We may ga- who seek him, and none that come ther from the text, that, differ as to God through a crucified Saviour they might in other respects, in shall in any wise be cast out. ibese they were alike, that they 2. But the saints now glorified were all once defiled by sin, which were once also sufferers as well as needed to be a toned for and clean - sinners. They were not exempted ed; and that they had all sought from any of the calamities which

are incident to human nature; and ly country, and must be willing to in many instances they had to sus- give up every thing for it. It is tain more than an ordinary share of " through much tribulation that we them. The sixth chapter of this must enter the kingdom of God.” book speaks of some of themi as The smooth downward course of having been" slain for the word of this world will not conduct us thiGod, and for the testimony which ther; it bends the contrary way: they held.” St. Paul also gives an we must tread the path of contriaffecting catalogue of many, of tion and self-denial; warring with whom the world was not worthy, the world, the flesh, and the devil, who had “ trials of cruel mock and contented to bear whatever af. ings and scourgings; yea moreover fictions our gracious Father may of bonds and imprisonment: they see it necessary should befal us in were stoned, and sawn asunder, our preparation for the enjoyments were tempted, were slain with the of the heavenly world. śword; they wandered about in Nor is this all. We must also sheep-skins and goat-skins, being build upon a right foundation. We destitute, afflicted, tormented." must seek for salvation only where The other epistles to the different these now glorified spirits sought Christian churches allude to similar and found it; not in any supposed persecutious. St. John, the writer merit of their own, but as penitent of this book, speaks of himself as sinners confiding wholly in Him .< a brother and companion in tri- who washed them from their sins bulation." All his fellow-apostles in his own blood. They felt the are related to have sealed their testi- burden of their transgressions to mony with their blood. And even be intolerable; not indeed that where there has not been this direct they were worse meri than others, persecution, true believers have but they had learned to view theme still been called upon to suffer af- selves as described in the sacred fiction. Like oilier men, they have oracles, evil by nature, and sinful in every age been liable to pain in their practice, exposed to the and sickness, to poverty and be just anger of a holy God; and reavement: in addition to which needing the atonement of Christ, as they have had to encounter those their only hope for pardon. They trials, inward and outward, wbich also koew that “ the blood of Jesus were necessary for the perfecting Christ cleanseth from all sin :" they of their faith; to sacritice many had faith in that blood: by that of their dearest inclinations, pero faith they were justified, and ob. haps to give up fattetiug temporal tained peace with God; by the same prospects,-certainly to crucify the faith their hearts were purified : flesh, with its affections and lusts; they “ Washed their robes, and to cut off the right hand, to pluck made them white in the blood of out the right eye, and to take up the Lamb;" and they walked humtheir cross and to follow their Lord bly with their God in newness of and Master, who was “ a man life, and in a desire and endeavour of sorrows and acquainted withi to do his will, till the hour of death griefs."

which gave their admission into that Such was the state of these glo- kingdom prepared for them before rified spirits while on earth; and the foundation of the world, into we, if we would enjoy that blessed- which we now find them entered. ness upon which they have now And what, in the second place, entered, must arrive at it in the are they Now? They are no longer same way in which they did. The subject either to sin or to sorrow; world must not be our rest; we erotwing eartlily, nothing defiling, must be pilgrims and strangers remains to distress their now glorihrere; we must be seeking a heaven- fied spirits. First, they are perfectly

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