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is spread, to serve these ends, and of a rescued people, and his folto be a bond of fellowship or com- lowers. munion with him and with each But the text confines our notice other, as members of one body. more especially to that ordinance of
Such then are the rites which he our Lord which was instituted in ordained, and such the ends to which remembrance of his death, to which they serve. They are few and sim- exercise of their religion the young ple, because they are adapted to a are now invited to look forward as service in which though the body. the next advance to that for which has its part, yet the mind and spirit, they are now prepared. have the chief part. But since they That the characters of a comme: are so few and so simple, the stronger morative rite belong with entire prono doubt must be the obligation priety to the supper of our Lord, , which binds us to a punctual regard is clear from the text itself, “this of such injunctions. They who do in remembrance of me.” fail in easy measures of obedience, Other circumstances of considerand fall short under the best motives ation are not excluded, but the of encouragement, will find all their field which is opened to us by the difficulties yet to come for it will terms of this commandment of our be hard for them to take up long Lord, is so large and so exteusive, neglected duties at a later period that we cannot desire to turn our of their lives, and harder still to offer thoughts at this time to other points, any fit excuse at the great day of though belonging to the same imaccount, if the neglect shall be pro- portant subject, and connected also longed.
with our duty. It is no hard thing Christ then hath set the form of to be bid to remember those benehis own gracious institution : he fits and blessings which should drew the method; he prescribed form the hope and treasure of our the manner; he gave the rule ; he hearts: and to call to mind that uttered the commandment. « Go" Benefactor to whom we are insaid he," and teach all nations, bapa debted for the saving interest which tizing them in the name of the Fa- we are permitted to hold in the father, and of the Son, and of the vour of God, the sole source of all Holy Ghost.”
“ Do this,” said he, lasting peace or true contentment when he had broken bread and dis- in this life, and of all happiness in tributed the wine to his disciples, that which is to come. “in remembrance of me:" « this When we speak of peace in this is my body, which is given for you; life, what is it but peace of conthis is my blood of the new testa science, with a grateful trust in the ment, which is shed for you and for good providence of God, and a glad many, for the remission of sips :"
assurance of his blessing; and how "take, eat; drink ye all of it:" such can these subsist for a moment were the clear injunctions of our when God and his word are not Lord concerning the two great in- willingly remembered ? stitutioos and perpetual ordinances Again, when we speak of happiof his Church and household. We ness in the life to come, what is it call them Sacraments. That word that we mean, but the sum of every was formerly employed to signify benefit to the prospect and the the bond of allegiance and fidelity hope of which we have been raised between sovereigns and their sub- by Jesus Christ, who brought that jects, between soldiers and their future life and those everlasting leaders, and therefore it is very ap- benefits to light, and who joined plicable to the bond of obligation the promise of them to the glad between Christ the Lord and leader discovery? And how shall they
take comfort in the promise or look moment when we know and feel the to be partakers of the bliss, who nature of the case. use no pains and employ no method Is it pretended that the want of for cherishing in their bearts that present preparation may well exremembrance of their Lord; who cuse us from a present performance shun the ready opportunities for of our duty? This plea deserves testifying before God and attention : and the first fruit of such that they do remember what they consideration should be this,-that owe to their Redeemer ? Such men the next and most immediate steps may take
up the work of recollec- which lead to preparation must be tion when remembrance may be taken. If succeeding opportunifound to be too tardy or too featful. ties find us still unaltered, and our God indeed will not be forgotten, case the same, then it will become though we should be desirous to plain that it is not the want of preforget him, and to slight the dic. paration, at this season or another, tates of his will. The difference which hinders our compliance with only lies in this, whether we will our duty, but it is a resolute, or a entertain a willing recollection, or a careless negligence wbich keeps us fearful one; one which we may unprepared ; and most evident it is, cherish as the treasure of the heart, that no plea for such neglects can or one which must press inevitably be justly made. as its burden? With this alterna. In order then that we may tive before us, we must make our choose aright, and may perform the choice.
timely exercises of religious recolThey who profess to distrust lection in a regular and punctual themselves, and to deem themselves manner, I shall once more invite unmeet to testify their remembrance you to consider for a moment, who of our Lord by this open tribute of it is that is to be remembered in compliance with their duty, such this ordinance; what the duty of men may seem perhaps to act with remembrance in its whole extent some discretion and humility; they implies, and what the particulars will appear to remember their own are concerning Christ which we are weakness which requires indeed the more especially commanded to re. constant exercise of needful caution. member. But the question is, if this plea be We have then to consider who it fairly made ; for if it be, we shall is that is to be remembered. It is soon find what ought to be the fruits the Lord Christ Jesus; the only of it; we shall soon perceive that begotten and eternal Son of God; it is a plea which will lose its force who came down from heaven, and if men continue to persist in it took our nature, that in him it against repeated calls to better re- might be purified, rescued from the solutions. Is there no reserve then, bands of sin, and delivered from the on the part of those who employ it, tyranny of death; and that in him for the future indulgence of some it might be redeemed, recovered, evil practice which they care not to raised, and glorified. It is the forsake? If there shall be that Lord that bought us, whose name secret reservation, the case admits and merits form the ground and true of no delay. The remedy must be support of all our hope. It is Jesus quickly souglit. If the search be the Mediator of the covenant of not sufficiently advanced already to grace and pardon; the Saviour of warrant a present compliance with the soul and body; the Author of so high an act of faith and duty, eternal life to us; the giver of a yet should that search be taken up recompense which he only could and prosecuted even from the very procure. He it is that is to be re
membered when we draw near to plain words of our joint confession; the table of communion. His name and having formed an hearty resois given to us as a name of trust and lution to regard him in all our lives, expectation. It is soon pronounced; the road lies open to the table of but to dwell upon it with reverence the Lord. There it is that our reand affection, and to endeavour membrance of the things which more and more to understand its concern us so deeply must be tes. whole importance, should be the tified. There it is that the blesscareful study of our lives. In order ings of the covenant must be sought. that these things should be more Without that good hope which he easily remembered by those whose thus renewed, life will be full of station in the world may leave but danger in each moment of it, little leisure for increasing know- and will be left without a reasonledge, they are comprehended in able expectation, when those things the sentences of the Christian shall pass away which we know are creed, in which all hearts should passing and which cannot be rebe united and in which tongue should join.
That joint Let thi th en be our concluding confession of our common faith reflection, that the text turns our supplies us with the main heads for attention to what Christ the Saviour our reflections; and here again we hath endured for us ; to his one oblamay observe the loving kindness of tion of himself once offered ; to the the Lord, since what is necessary to sacrifice and satisfaction, infinite be learned, is summed up in so few in value, which he only could ful. words, and may be so easily remem- fil. Our Lord therefore has fixed bered. The main lines of what upon the fittest circumstance to exrelates to our Saviour's person and cite remembrance in all bearts that his offices are set forth in the Creed, are capable of feeling the weight which is gathered from the testimo- of that obligation which acquires its nies of the sacred Scriptures. Let greatest force in proportion to the it not be repeated only, but consi- witness of his love for men. Condered. It is not a work of memory cerning which, that rule must needs alone, but of faith and love, which occur to our thoughts, that greater is required' of us; and if we do not love there cannot be than that acquaint ourselves with the name which consists in suffering all things, of Christ, with what he hath pro. and yielding life itself, for the sake mised, done and suffered for us, of those who are the objects of with the power and efficacy of his kindness and regard. mediation with the Father; if we When David mourned with a do not learn to weigh the reasons of faithful recollection for the death of his death, which took place, that sin Jonathan, his kind and generous might not go without its expiation; friend, his mind most naturally turnif we do not consider the value of ed itself to what the noble youth had his intercession at the throne of suffered for his sake. He called to grace, nor the manifold advantages remembrance that Jonathan had of that pardon which is tendered freely yielded up the honours of his for his sake, nor the excellency of birth, and his prospects of a royal the recompense which he hath pur- diadem, for David's sake, in order chased for us—we may bear the that the will of God might be fulname of Christians, but we cannot filled in him. He remembered that be said to remember Christ. Let the same Prince was contented to us accustom ourselves to gather this endure the anger of his father Saul most easy but most precious stock for the love he bare to David, and of knowledge and reflection which therefore David graced his memory may be so readily collected from the with the liveliest expressions of af
fectionate concern and grateful re• presses on us, and we inust be forcollection. But we have a Bene- getful of every principle of truth factor to remember, who, though in- and righteousness and of every finite in glory, vouchsafed to call honourable tie, if we do not cherish himself the friend of those for whom the remembrance of our Lord; the he suffered; for our sakes, he came remembrance of his death; the redown from heaven; for our sakes membrance of his word and prohe was contented, though he were mise, which no time can weaken, Lord of all, to submit to all indig- and which will surely come to pass. nities from a spiteful and misguided It will then be the glory and the people ; for our sakes he submitted happiness of every Christian spirit to a painful death, enduring that to celebrate for ever what we should which we could not have sustained, now cherish with the liveliest sense
the punishment which was of gratitude, and regard with puncdue for sin, which must have plunged tual recollection, and store up as us for ever in the pains of death. the chief treasure of the mind and
Let us thus remember our own memory, and take as the motive and needs and our own advantage, and incentive for the best designs; the we shall find our necessities sup- ground for every hopeful expectaplied and our advantages secured, tion; the stay and refuge of the in the timely remembrance of our heart, in all the changes and vicisLord, thus testified. He calls hisi situdes of this life ; the fixed and yoke easy and his burden light, and never-failing pledge of pardon, with reason. It is no hard thing peace, and happiness to come: to which he lays upon us or upon the Him therefore, with the Father and memory; it is but to remember the the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all best benefits and blessings which honour and glory, all praise and ' we may enjoy, and then we shall thanksgiving, henceforth and for remember Him: so closely is our evermore. interest coupled with our duty.
J, H.P. In all ways then, remembrance
Acts xxvii. 3.
those coasts, for Sidon signifieth And the next day we touched at Sidon.
fish in their language. In fame it Ezek. xxvïïi. 21.
contendeth with Tyrus, but exceedSon of man, set thy face against Zidon, and eth it in antiquity, and is more celeprophesy against it.
brated by the ancients. The seat Jer. xxv. 22.
thereof is healthful, pleasant, and And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the profitable: on the one side walled kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles with the sea, on the other side with which are beyond the sea.
the fruitful mountains that lie before But now return we to Sidon, the Libanus, from whence fall many most ancient city of Phænicia; springs, wherewith they overflow built, as some write, by Sida, the their delicate orchards, (which daughter of Belus; according to abound with all variety of excellent others, by Sidon, the first-born of fruits) and when they list exclude Canaan. Some do attribute the them. The making of crystal building thereof to the Phænicians, glasses was here first invented. who called it Sidon, in regard of Amongst others right famous, Sithe plenty of fish which frequented don is honoured with the birth of
Boetius, and was an episcopal see, hold, I have commanded a widow depending on the archbishopric of woman there to sustain thee, Tyrus. But this once ample city Our ship returning to Alexandria, still suffering with the often changes and carrying with her two of our of those countries, is at this day fellow pilgrims, on the five and contracted into narrow limits ; and twentieth of April we returned also only shews the foundations of her towards Acre by land, in the comgreatness ; lying eastward of this pany of divers English merchants; that standeth and oversliadowed ihe champaign between the sea and with olives.-Ibid.
the mountains, fruitful though nar. Ezek. xxvii. 18.
row, and crossed with many little
rivulets. After five miles riding, we Damascas was thy merchant in the multi
came to a small solitary mosque not tudes of the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of
not far from the sea, erected, as Helbon, and white wool.
they say, over the widow's house
that entertained Elias. Close by it The merchandize appropriate to are the foundations of Sarepta, this place (Sidon) are cottons and commended for her wines. silks, which here are made in the mul- the seat of a Bishop, and subject berry groves in indifferent quantity. unto Tyrus. Right against it, and Other commodities (which are many high mounted on a mountain, there and not coarse) they fetch from is a handsome new town now called Damasco, two days journey from Sarapanta. Beyond on the left hence, interposed with the snow
hand of the way are a number of topt mountains of Antelibanus; so
caves cut out of the rock.' A place exceeding cold, that a Moor at our then inexpugnable, and maintained being here, returning from thence by the Christians, until, in the year in the company of an English mer- 1167, it was by the corrupted solchant, perished by the way; the diers delivered to the Saracens.heat then excessive great in the val. Ibid. leys on both sides. Damascus is
Acts xxvii. 7. seated in a plain, environed with And when we had sailed slowly many days, hills, and watered with the river and scarce were come over against Cni. Chrysoras, which descendeth with dus; the wind not suffering us, we sailed a great murmur from the mountains,
under Crete, over against Salmone. but after a while having entered the Much becalmed, and not seldom plain, becometh nore gentle ; serv. crossed by contrary winds, for divers ing the city so abundantly, that few days we saw sea and air only (yet houses are withont their fountains, once within ken of a promontory of and by little rivulets is let into their Lycia, called the Seven Capes) until orchards; than which the habitable we approached the south-east of earth affordeth not more delicate Candy, called formerly Creta, lying for excellency of fruits, and their neither in the Adriatic, gean, varieties. Yet is this city subject Carpathian, nor Libyan seas, which to both the extremnes of weather; on each side environ it. It stretchrich in trades, and celebrated for eth two hundred and fifteen miles excellent artizans. We were desirous from east to west; containing fortyto have seen it, but were advised five in breadth, and in circuit five not to adventure, because of the hundred and twenty. Full of mounlawless Spahyes there then residing tains, yet those not unprofitable, in great numbers.-Ibid,
affording excellent pasturage : the
highest is Ida, seated almost in the 1 Kings xvii. 9.
midst of the island, now called Arise, get thee to Zarepliath, which be- Psilotriti; from whose lofty and
longeth to Zidon, and dwell there: be- spiny top both seas may be dis. REMEMBRANCER, No. 66.