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THE DUTIES AND ENJOYMENTS

FAMILY RELIGION:

CONTAINING

PART I.—COME TO PRAYER.
PART II.—HOME MADE HAPPY.

PUBLISHED BY R. B. SEELEY AND W. BURNSJDE:

AND SOLD BY L. AND J. SEELEY,

FLEET STREET, LONDON.

MDCCCXXXV.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The series of volumes, of which this work is the commencement, is intended to promote die cause of knowledge and religion among families. It is designed to be of a popular and practical character, and to exert a direct religious influence — though it is not to be exclusively of a religious character. The successive volumes will be, in some cases, original works; in others, compilations, or republications of such works as may be suited to the design of the series. The present volume is the joint production of several ariters interested in the plan.

Jacob Abbott.

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CONTENTS.

PART I.

CHAPTER T.—Introduction.

The Master of a Family a Vicegerent, not a Sovereign.

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The family a divine institution—Its peculiarities—

History of a family—Power committed to the head

of it—The master of a family a vicegerent, not a

sovereign—Proper influence of this view—God's

care for the family—Beautiful mechanism of the

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CHAPTER II.—The Duty Of Family Prayer.

To the Parente.

General influence of family prayer—Mode of eon-
ducting it—Anecdote—Mode of making the read-
ing of the Scriptures interesting to children—
Example—Morning and evening worship promotes
the happiness of the family—It promotes kindness
and mutual good will—Story of the young lady—
Consequences of" the neglect of family prayer—
Influence upon children—Direct results of prayer
—Excuses offered—Pressure of business—It in-
creases the necessity for family devotion—Effect

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