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without the rails, the churchwar- it entirely to thy service, for reading dens present to the bishop the act of therein thy most holy word; for parliament
, or other deed, in conse- celebrating thy holy sacraments; for quence of which the house has been offering to thy glorious Majesty the erected or rebuilt; and his lordship sacrifice of prayer and thanksgivplacing the same on the table, and ing; for blessing thy people in sanding on the north side of it thy name, and performing all other taras himself to the congregation, holy ordinances. Accept, O Lord, and says:
this service, and bless it with such Dearly beloved in the Lord, success as may tend most to thy forasmuch as devout and holy men, glory, and the furtherance of our hapas well under the Law as under the piness, both temporal and spiritual, Gospel
, moved by the secret inspi- through Jesus Christ, our Lord and ration of the blessed Spirit, or by Saviour. Amen." express command of God, by their Then the bishop, standing up, own reason and sense of the natural turns towards the people, and prays decency of things, have erected thus. beases for the public worship of “Regard, O Lord, the supplicaGod, and separated them from all tions of thy servants; and grant that prosape and common uses, in order whosoever shall be dedicated unto to fill men's minds with greater re- thee in this house by baptism, may Verence for his glorious Majesty, be sanctified by thy Holy Spirit, and affect their hearts with more delivered from thy wrath, received devotion and humility for his ser: into the ark of Christ's church, and rice ; which pious works have been ever remain among the number of approved and graciously accepted thy faithful and elect children. by our beavenly Father : let us not Grant, O Lord, that they who, at doubt but he will also graciously this place, shall in their persons unapprove this our godly purpose of dertake to renew their promises and Getling apart this place in a solemn vows, made by their surelies for manner, to the performance of the them at their baptism, may be enseveral offices of religious worship; abled faithfully to fulfil the same, and let us faithfully and devourly and grow in grace to their lives' beg bis blessing on this our under. end." Amen. taking, aod say "-Then the bishop, “ Grant, O Lord, that whosoever kaeeling down, uses the following shall receive in this place the blessprayer.
ed sacrament of the body and blood "O eternal God, mighty in of Christ, thy Son, may come to power, and of majesty incompreben- that holy ordinance with faith, sible, whom the heaven of heavens charity, and true repentance; and, canaot contain, much less the walls being filled with thy grace and of temples made with hands; and heavenly benediction, may, to their who yet has been graciously great and endless comfort, obtain pleased to promise thy especial pre- remission of their sins, and all other lence, in whatever place even two benefits of his passion. Amen. or three of thy faithful servants “ Grant, O Lord, that by thy shali assemble in thy name to offer boly word, which shall be read and their supplications and their praises preached within this place, the to tbee : vouchsafe, O Lord, to be hearers thereof may both perceive now present with us, who are gathers and know what things they ought to ed here together to consecrate this do, and may have grace
power place, with all humility and readi. to fulfil the same. Amen. ness of heart, to the honour of thy “ Grant, O Lord, that whosoever great name; separating it from shall be joined together in this place, bencefortb from all uphallowed, or in the holy estate of matrimony, dinary, and common uses, dedicating may faithfully perform and keep
the vow and covenant betwixt them our souls by thy grace, that nothing made, and may remain in perfect which defileth may enter into us ; love together unto their lives' end. but that, being cleansed from all Amen.
carnal and corrupt affections, we Grant, we beseech thee, blessed may ever be devoutly given to serve Lord, that whosoever shall draw thee in all good works, who art near unto thee in this place, to our Saviour, Lord, and God, blessed give thee thanks for the great be for evermore. Amen.” nefits they have received at thy The minister who officiates then hands, to set forth ihy niost worthy proceeds to the end of the morning praise, to consess their sins unto service, after which is sung Psalm thee, to beg thy pardon, for what xxvi. 0-8. they have done amiss, or to ask The Communion Service is then such other things as are requisite read by the bishop. After the and necessary, as well for the body Collect for the King, the following as the soul, may do it with that sted. prayer is introduced. fastness of faith, that seriousness of “ () most glorious Lord God, we attention and devout affection of acknowledge that we are not worthy mind, that thou mayst accept their to offer unto thee any thing belongbounden duty and service, and ing unto us. Yet we beseech thee, vouchsafe to ihem whatsoever else in thy great goodness, graciously lo in thy infinite wisdom thou shalt accept ihe dedication of this place to see to be most expedient for them: thy service, and 10 prosper this our and this we beg for Jesus Christ undertaking. Receive the prayers his sake, our blessed Lord and Sam and intercessions of us and all viour. Amen."
others thy servants, who, either now Then the chancellor, by the dis or hereafter entering into this house, rection of the bishop, publicly reads shall call upon thee; and give both the sentence of consecration, drawn them and us grace to prepare our up in writing; which being so hearts to serve thee with reverence read, the bishop signs and pro- and godly fear. Affect us with an mulges the same, and commands awful apprehension of thy Divine it to be recorded and registered in Majesty, and a deep sense of our the registry, among other records. own unworthiness; that so
apThen the minister begins Morn- proaching thy sanctuary with lowliing Prayers; and Psalms and Les ness and devotion, and coming beDons suitable to the occasion are fore thee with clean thoughts and read, viz. Psalm Ixxxiv., cxxii. and pure hearts, with bodies undefiled cxxxii. First Lesson ; 1 Kings viii. and minds sanctified, we may al22-01. Second Lesson ; Heb. x. 'ways perform a service acceptable 19-26. After the Collect for the to thee, through Jesus Christ our day, the minister who reads the Lord. Amen." service stops till the bishop hath The two chaplains then read; one prayed as follows.
the Epistle, and the other the Go• O most blessed Saviour, who by spel ; the Epistle being, 2 Cor. vi. thy gracious presence, at the feast 14–17; the Gospel, John ii. 13 of dedication, didst approve and ho -18. nour such religious services as this Then the bishop reads the Nicene which we are now performing unto Creed, after which the hundredth thee, be present at this time with Psalm is sung. us by thy Holy Spirit ; and because The sermon being ended, the holiness becometh thine house, for bishop proceeds to administer the ever sanctify, us, we pray thee, that sacrament in the usual manner; and, we may be living temples, boly and immediately before the fipal bene. acceptable unto thee ; and so dwell diction, he introduces the following in our hearts by faith, and possess prayer.
" Blessed be thy name, O Lord unlettered and uneducated persons, God, for that it pleaseth thee to you cannot perhaps expect to meet have thy habitation among the sons with very enlarged 'notions of of men upon earth, and to dwell in Christ's holy sacraments. Indeed, the midst of the assembly of the the frequent excuse made to me is, saints upon earth. Bless, we be. that they are no scholars, and thereseech thee, the religious perform. fore are afraid to concern themselves ance of this day; and grant that in in such matters. I endeavour, as this place, now set apart 10 thy well as I am able, to do away such service, thy holy name may be wor. notions ; to convince them, ibat if shipped in truth and puriiy, to all they have good reasons to suppose generations, through Jesus Christ that the grace of God has any influour Lord.” Amen.
ence on their hearts, and that they are Christians in deed and in since
rity, they need not fear to approach To the Editor of the Christian Observer. the table of their Redeemer.
This, I hope, you will approve of. Permit me, under the impression But when this reasoning has not the of the importance of the inquiry, to desired effect, what is to be done? request an answer to the following Is it to be urged and pressed upon letter, through the means of your them, that they must communicate ? excellent publication.
Is it to be held forth to them that About two years from the date their chance of obtaining an heaof this, I became the curate of a venly inheritance may be much halarge and populous village. You zarded by their not complying with will acknowledge that it requires Christ's positive command, to eat some time to become acquainted his flesh, and drink his blood ? with the spiritual state of a large Permit me also to inquire, wheparish. It is difficult, at first, to dis- ther there is much efficacy to be atcern who are, and who are not, at- tributed to a man's receiving the satendants at church; and of those crament for the first time, when he who absent themselves, it is desirable is at an advanced age. Ought it to know from what cause they do to be urged upon him, when he has it; whether it is from a total disre- perhaps only a few days to live, gard of religion, or from a conscien- and has never communicated before? tious dissent as it respects either the And in such cases, if a clergyman Articles of Religion, or the form of be in some doubt, as 10 the fitness church government.
of a man to receive the sacrament, The point, however, on which I wish is he, nevertheless, to administer more immediately to solicit your opi- it; on the principle that it is better nion, respects the sacrament of the that an unworthy person should reLord's Supper. In endeavouring to ceive it, than that a worthy perdiscover the spiritual state of my pa- son should be denied it? rishioners, I meet with numbers of an Will you, or some one of your ailvanced age, who have never been correspondents, have the kindness partakers of this holy communion; to afford me your opinion on these and among these are persons, who, aš points, whenever a convenient opfar as I am able to judge (God alone portunity occurs ! In doing so, you knows the heart), are fit to appear will greatly oblige your sincere
the table of their Saviour. "In a well-wisher and admirer, congregation consisting entirely of
SOME ACCOCNT OF THE LIFE OF THE
LATE REV. DR. KERR, SENIOR CRAP-
Mr. George Herbert tells us, that when thai eminently pious divine
was engaged in building the church (Concluded from p. 611.)
of Leighton Bromeswold, in Hunting
donshire, he became impatient and In noticing the progress and final restless until the work was finished: success of the press established by so also was Mr. Kerr unceasingly Mr. Kerr, a period has been antici anxious for the completion of his pated which it brconnes proper 10 chapel. At length, towards the end retrace, in order to view him as en of the year 1799, the building was gaged in objects more immediately finished ; divine service being perappertaining to fois clerical charac. formed in it on the first Sunday in ter. A variety of unexpected oc. the year 1800; and Mr. Kerr, excurrences having intervened to ob- cept when prevented by sickness or struct the building of a church, first absence, continued regularly to offiat Ellore, and afterwards at Masu- ciate at the chapel every Sunday lipatam, the whole of the private evening until bis death. contributions raised for the purpose It is impossible to contemplate had been returned to the subscribers. Mr. Kerr, while discharging with -Bu: soon after his removal to punctuality the duties of his miniMadras in 1796, Mr. Kerr sug. stry as a chaplain at Madras, and gested that a chapel should be erect- superintending the various details ed in the Black Town, for the con- of an extensive charity, at the same venience of the Protestant inhabi- time undertaking, without any view tants of that extensive settlement. to private advantage, the establishThe proposal being seconded by the ment of a printiny-office, and, after wishes of many respectable per- surmounting numerous difñculties, sons, he undertook to address the at length rendering it eminently Government on the subject; and conducive to the benefit of the solicited that the donation of one Asyluin and of the East-lodia Comthousand pagodas, formerly granted pany; suggesting at the same time on the part of the East-India Com- other extensive plans for the public pany towards building a church at good; collecting contributions for a Ellore, might be allowed to form the chapel, and, finally, performing the basis of a fund for carrying into supererogatory duty of its minister; execution at Madras a similar de without admiring the vigour of his sign; and to obviate any objection mind which conceived, — the disinthat might be made to the proposal, terestedness, benevolence, and piety, as involving a permanent additional which prompted him to undertake charge to the Government, he pledged and the perseverance and judgment himself to perform gratuitously which sustained, and ultimately ena. the duties of the chapel, in addition bled him to accomplish these varito bis ministerial functions in the ous and inportant objects. church of Madras.
In September 1801, on the de His individual exertions 10 obtain pariure for England of the senior contributions for the chapel, were chaplain, the Rev. Archdeacon as ardent and unrenuitted as those Richard Leslie, Mr. Kerr succeeded he had formerly evinced at Ellore; to his situation during his absence. and the building was undertaken as It has been already mentioned, soon as a sufficient sum was pro- that in the year 1792, Mr. Kerr bad cured. The worthy biographer of it in contemplation 10 proceed to.
England to receive the order of Fortunately, he was not destitute of priesthood, but that, in consequence the means of entirely effacing these of his detention and subsequent avo- unfavourable impressions, and of cations at Madras, he bad bren in- conciliating the good opinion of duced w abandon that intention. the Court of Directors, and of his The distance of the scene, and the ecclesiastical superiors. By letters difficulty of obtaining priestly ordi- demissary from the Bishop of Lonnation by the imposition of hands don, he was ordained priest by bis in conformity to ihe rites of the friend and patron the Bishop of Established Church, had induced Sodor and Man, on the 27th Februsome of his predecessors to perform ary, 1803; and being entitled, from the duties of the priesthood under his standing in his college, to the an aatbority which could not per- degree of D. D., that honour was baps be sustained as strictly regular: conterred upon him, about the same and Mr. Kerr, influenced by similar time, by the University of Dublin. motives, and by a conscientious de On the 1st December, 1803, Dr. sire to fulfil the purposes of his Kerr arrived at Madras, where he ministry, bad followed an example was cordially welcomed by bis which appeared to be of sufficient friends; who, in his amended apantbority, as being recorded on the pearance, saw with satisfaction the archives of the church in which he beneficial influence which this visit oficiated. The consequence of this to his native country bad produced measure, however, produced, in the on his health. year 1802, a severe persecution, over Previously to his embarkation to ibe particulars of which I am de- return to lodia, he was specially sirous of drawing a veil; and the commissioned, by his Grace the circumstance is only noticed here Archbishop of Canterbury, to cele. for the purpose of mentioning, that, brate the solemn service for the in order to counteract the designs consecration of the chapel in the forned agaiost bim, he determined Black Town. This ceremony was to proceed to Engiand, to receive performed, agreeably to the instrucpriest's orders by the imposic iions he had receiver, on the 5th tion of hands; and in this manner February, 140+, in the presence of to obviate the objections wbich, a numerous and respectable conmder the powers he then possessed, gregation, were alleged to attach to his per The Rev. Mr. Leslie, who had formance of certain offices of the returned to India and resumed bis church.
situation of senior chaplain, died He accordingly embarked for on the 28th June, 1804, to the great England on the 8th September, regret of all to whom he was known. 1802. The low state of his finances Dr. Kerr did justice to the memory permitted not his family to accom- of this amiable, meek, and exem
Antecedently to his plary divine, in an impressive disdeparture, he received from the Go. course which he delivered on the verament, from the Directors of the occasion. Asylom, and from some of the most On the death of Mr. Leslie, Dr. tespectable inhabitants of Madras, Kerr again became the senior chaptestimonials expressive of the high lain of Madras. His active mind, sense enteriained of his public ser- constantly directed 10 objects of vices
, and of his exemplary private public benefit, suggested about this demeanour
. Nor were these atles- period, as a modification of a plan tations unnecessary.
On his ar
• At the suggestion of Dr. Kerr, a small rival in England, he found that his but beautiful inarlste monument has been character had been represented in erected in the church of Madras, at the a manner as remote from the truth expense of the vestry, to the memory of bisi as it was injurious to his reputation. departed colleague.