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q The Curate o£ every Parish stiall diligently upon Sundays and Holidays, after the Second Lesson at 'Evening Prayer, openly in the ChuVch, iristfuct and examine so many Children of his Parish sent unto him, as he sliall think convenient, in some Part of 'this Catechism.
^f And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters and Dames, sliall cause their Children, Servants, and Apprentices, which have not learned their Catechism, to come te Church.at the Time appointed, arid obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until such Time as they hav<U«rned, all (hat is .appointed for thtm to Uirii'.' j _-.,.-; . ;' . .,. ., . ...
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YE-are to take'Care that this Child be brought to the Bishop to be Confirmed by him, so soon as ht can fay the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the Vulgar Tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism, set forth for that Purpose.
My dearly beloved Neighbours^
I Here present you with a short and easy Explication of that Catechism, which our 'Church has provided, and enjoined to be learnt by all her Members, before they are brought to fee Confirmed by the Bishop; and wherein are taught you all Things a Christian ought to know and believe, in order to his eternal Salvation.
How seasonable and necessary a Provision this is, our woful Experience of the wretched Ignorance and Irreligion of Persons in those Places, where Catechising is neglected, does sufficiently convince us. And indeed, where the Ground* and Principles of our holy Religion have never been well laid, Preaching rarely proves effectual; nor can it otherwise be expected, than that our Flocks should be rendered an easy Prey to every Seducer.
I would not have you ignorant, Brethren, that Preaching of Sermons without Catechizing, is like Building without first laying the Foundation. Without this Way of Instruction, the Mind is rendered like,a Ship without Ballast, and can keep no steady Course, but rolls and is tossed to and fro with every Wind of Doctrine^ and in. continual Danger of oversetting. Hence it jroes to pali, that lo many are continually he«ri«ft and yet sannot understand; ever learning, aral