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The Order of Confirmation, for Laying on of Hands upon those that are
baptized, and come to years of discretion. This solemn rite is called Confirmation, from the happy effects it has in the strengthening and establishing us in our most holy faith, which faith we are to be able to give an account of before we are admitted to this solemnity. All sureties, therefore, should take care that the persons they are engaged for should be instructed in the nature of their baptismal covenant, in order to be released from the securities they had given. “ This Confirmation is a divine and apostolical institution ; it is a man's owning that debt in person which passed upon him in baptism by representation, and his ratifying the promises of his sureties, by his personal acknowledgment of the obligation. “ It is also expressly instituted for the collation of those peculiar gifts and assistances of the Spirit, by the imposition of episcopal hands, which the Rubrick represents as requisite to bear him through his Christian course and conflict with comfort and success ; for till a person be confirmed, he cannot regularly and ordinarily partake of that high and soul-supporting ordinance, the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. If the high importance of the ordinance itself, and the vast number of persons whom it ought to pass upon, be duly pondered, it will be found next at least to a necessity, if at all short of it, that there should be Episcopal Visitations more than once in three years, if it were only for the sake of Confirmations, especially since the judges of the land think it not too much for them to go to two circuits yearly. And some are apt to think that no less care and labour ought to be employed in carrying on the discipline of the gospel than in dispensing the benefits of the law; for certainly the importance of the former, with those who think men's souls ought to be regarded in the first place, is no ways inferior to that of the latter; at least, many wise and good men of the Clergy, as well as others (who hope they may lawfully wish what they pretend not to prescribe), have thought the proposal not unreasonable."-South's Serm. Vol. V. pp. 35, 36.
It is but too true that there are, as this Reverend Doctor says, too few Confirmations; and when there are any, they are at such few places, that ministers, parents, and sponsors, are willing to lay hold of the opportunity of sending such children, and so many, that the responses are not audibly made, there being very little regularity. And though it is said, Upon the day appointed, all that are then to be confirmed, being placed and standing in order before the Bishop, there is very little else but noise and confusion.
At the Restoration, the Rubrick at the end of this order ended thus : And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such
time as he can say the Catechism, and be confirmed. But now it runs much more convenient:And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed. VOL. XII. NO. v.
The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony. First, the Banns of all
that are to be married together, must be published in the Church three several Sundays or Holidays. If the persons live in different parishes, whether they have any legal settlement or not, they are to be asked in both parishes where they then reside : as M. N. of -and O. P. of
By the Canon Law, every traveller is a parishioner the time that he stays in the parish, only he is not liable to be kept by it when he falls into poverty. There was a certain person, who desired to be asked where he had a legal settlement, though he had taken a house, and lived in another parish for a considerable time; but that minister satisfied him at last that he was entirely under the care of the minister where he then dwelt.
The Banns are, for the most part, forbidden before the third time of asking ; but we have already observed, they are not to be denied till the persons are marrying.
Their being asked, gives notice to any person, that if he knows any cause he is to declare it; i. e. he is to speak to the minister out of divine service, and let him know that he has a reason to allege when the persons come to be married. At the day and time appointed, the persons shall come into the body of
the Church, and there standing together, the man on the right hand and the woman on the left.
Some have thought that they are so placed, because the woman was taken out of the left side of Adam. The Priest shall say. Then, at the end of this prefatory exhorta
tion, it runs thus:- Therefore, if any man can shew any just cause why these two persons may not be lawfully joined together, let him Now speak. If any man do THEN allege and declare any impediment why they may not be coupled together in matrimony by God's law, or the laws of this realm, and will be bound, and sufficient sureties with him to the parties, or else put in a caution to the full value of such charges, as the persons to be married do hereby sustain, to prove his allegation; then the solemnization must be deferred.
The impediments are, a preceding marriage; precontract; consanguinity or affinity; want of the consent of parents or guardians, if under age (widows excepted); natural incapacity of body, in either sex. If no impediment be alleged, then shall the Curate say unto the man. Then shall the Minister say, Who giveth this woman to be married
to this man? The Minister receiving the woman at her father's or friend's hands.
The foundation of this seems to be a care for the female sex, who are always supposed to be under the tuition of a father or a guardian; and as it often happens that they are left to the care of a mother, or some female relation, it has been seen that they have been given away by them.
And the Priest taking the ring, shall deliver it unto the man, to put it
upon the fourth finger of the woman's left hand.
In which it has been said that there is a vein that comes from the heart, and which folds itself with other veins there. Then the man leaving the ring, fc. They shall both kneel down, and
the Minister shall say. · N. B. Neither in this solemnization form, nor in the order for the burial of the dead, nor in the thanksgiving of women after childbirth, does the Minister kneel down at all. Then the Minister or Clerks going to the Lord's Table, shall say or sing
this Psalm following.
Or this Psalın. It is done alternately, let it be which it will; but the last is the most proper psalm to be used, whenever the prayer is omitted, where the woman is past child-bearing. It is convenient that the new married persons should receive the Holy
Communion, at the time of their marriage, or at the first opportunity after their marriage.
It is become so mighty fashionable for persons of any figure, not to regard this serious and useful instruction, though in a matter of the last consequence, that they should choose rather to pay for such licences or dispensations as will marry them at any time or in any place.-( To be concluded in our next.)
No. VII. Bishop JENKINSON's List. Recommended to Divinity Students, educated at the licensed Grammar Schools in the
Diocese of St. David's, and intended to serve as a guide to direct them in their studies
both before and after their admission to Holy Orders. Novum Testamentum Græcum.
Grotius de Veritate Rel. Christ. Schleusneri Lexicon.
Doddridge on the Evidences of ChrisParkhurst's Lexicon.
tianity. Gisborne's Survey of the Christian Re Archbishop Synge's Gentleman's Religion.
ligion. Locke on the Understanding.
Horne's Introduction to the Holy Watts's Improvement of the Mind. Scriptures. Bacon's Advancement of Learning.* Enchiridion Theologicum.
* It is almost needless to remark, that Lord Bacon's Advancement of Learning is not recommended to the divinity student as a theological work, although it contains towards the end some admirable observations on the subject of theology, but as a book replete with wisdom, and which, to use the words of an eminent writer, every Christian scholar should have by heart. Lord Bacan afterwards enlarged and composed this work in Latin, and distributed it into nine books. But the Latin is only to be met with in his entire works; at least, I have never met with it printed separately. Locke and Watts, it will be obvious, are recommended, for the purpose of instructing the student in the best method of cultivating the understanding, by guarding him against the errors into which many are betrayed for the want of such guides, and which too often render their labour fruitless; and by pointing out to him certain rules, on a due observance of which the beneficial result of his studies so materially depends.
Bishop Wilkins's Natural Religion. Clergyman's Instructor, containing Paley's Evidences.
Burnet's Pastoral Care, and other Horæ Paulinæ.
Tracts on Ministerial Duties. Less on the New Testament.
Bishop Van Mildert's Historical View Burnet on the Thirty-nine Articles. of the Rise and Progress of InfideStillingfleet's Origines Sacræ.
lity, with a Refutation of its ArguPearson on the Creed.
ments. Butler's Analogy and Sermons.
Bishop Gibson's Pastoral Letters. Hooker's Works, especially his Eccle- Jones on the Canon of the New Tessiastical Polity.
tament. Jenkins on the Reasonableness of the Pritii Introductio ad Lectionem, Nov. Christian Religion.
Scott's Christian Life and Works.
Wall on Infant Baptism. Alix's Reflections on the Holy Scrip- Bishop Marsh's comparative View of · tures.
the Churches of England and Rome. Powell's Discourses, by Dr. Balguy. Clagett's Discourse on the Holy Spirit. Bishop Van Mildert's Bampton Lec- Alix's Judgment of the Jewish Church
tures, being an Inquiry into the against the Unitarians. general Principles of Scripture In- Puller on the Moderation of the Church terpretation.
of England. Graves's Lectures on the Pentateuch. Lardner's History of the Apostles and Bishop Newton on the Prophecies. Evangelists. Berriman's Boyle's Lectures on the Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History.
gradual Revelation of the Gospel. - -- De rebus gestis ChristiaRidley on the Holy Ghost.
norum,'ante Constantinum Magnum. Archbishop Magee on the Atonement. The same translated into English, by Lord King's Critical History of the R. S. Vidal. Apostles' Creed.
Burnet's History of the Reformation. Hammond's Practical Catechism. Fuller's Church History of Britain. Archbishop Newcome on our Lord's Collier's Ecclesiastical History.
Strype's Lives, &c. Prideaux's Connection.
Spotswood's History of the Church of Shuckford's Connection.
preached at Oxford, in which it is Israel Lyon's ditto.
- Clavis Pentateuchi. Barrow's Works.
Buxtorfii Manuale Hebr. et Chald. Chillingworth’s Works.
- Lexicon Hebr. et Chald. Clarke's Evidences of Religion.
Bythneri Lyra Prophetica. Harmer's Observations on Divers Janua Hebr. Ling. Vet. Test. Passages of Scripture.
Biblia Hebraica, Simonis. Wheatly on the Common Prayer. Professor Lee's Hebrew Grammar. Shepherd on ditto.
Simonis Lexicon Hebraicum. To the foregoing List of Books, the following should be added. Ernesti Institutio interpret. N. T. Potter on Church-government. Sumner's Apostolical Preaching. Jablonski Institutiones Hist. ChrisWaterland's Works (or, if the whole tianæ.
Works be deemed too expensive, Collatio Amica de Veritate Rel. Chrishis Critical History of the Atha- tianæ cum erudito Judæo. nasian Creed, and his Importance of Bishop Kidder's Demonstration of the
the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity.). Messiah. Skelton's Deism revealed.
Dr. Bennett's Works.
Bishop Taylor's Sermons.
Bishop Secker's Sermons.
For Commentaries, the following may be recommended.* * Annotations on the Gospels and on Macknight on the Epistles.
the Acts of the Apostles, by Elsley. Critici Sacri. * Annotations on the Epistles, by Slade. Poli Synopsis. Mant's Bible.
Wolfius in Nov. Test. *Hammond on the New Testament. Koëcheri Analecta in Quatuor Evan*Patrick, Lowth, and Whitby.
FOR DEACON'S ORDERS. The Greek Testament, particularly Bull's Advice to Candidates for the Gospels and Acts.
Holy Orders, both of which are Grotius de Verit. Rel. Christ.
contained in the Clergyman's InBishop Randolph's Enchiridion Theo structor. logicum.
To be well acquainted with the RuAbp. Synge's Gentleman's Religion. brick, and with every thing rePearson on the Creed.
lating to the Services of the Church, Paley's Evidences.
on which subjects they may derive Horne's Introduction to the Holy the fullest information from WheatScriptures.
ly and Shepherd on the Common Burnet on the Thirty-nine Articles. Prayer, or from Bishop Mant's ComBurnet's Pastoral Care, and Bishop mon Prayer-Book with notes.
FOR PRIEST'S ORDERS. The Greek Testament, particularly Fifth Book of Hooker's Eccles. Pol. the Epistles.
Butler's Analogy. Stilling fleet's Origines Sacræ.
Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History.
THE CLERGYMAN'S COMPANION. Mr. Editor,—It is not, I believe, generally known, that the “ Clergyman's Companion in visiting the Sick," which goes under the name of Paley, was not written, nor even compiled by him. He was merely the editor of it in a revised form, with some few alterations in diction, adapted to modern use. It had passed through nine editions at the time when he republished it, though it may easily be imagined from his preface, that he was merely printing the tenth edition of an original work. The fifth edition now lies before me, printed in 1728. With the exception of some few curtailments, and verbal alterations, it is word for word the same as the tract incorporated in Paley's works. The Archdeacon's title is a little modernized; but it corresponds in substance with that of the original. The dedication to Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, is subscribed with the initials, J. W. Possibly, some of your readers may be able to favour us with the compiler's name at length.
* An asterisk is prefixed to those which are more particularly recommended to the attention of the students in divinity.