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It is with great diffidence that the Author of the following work presents it to the public: but if it tend in any degree to excite pure and pious sentiment in the mind of the sincere Christian, or induce others to think that there is more in religion than the name, he will feel grateful to a good God who has permitted him at a late period of life to confirm his own faith by promoting the spiritual benefit of his fellow-creatures. The plan of our invaluable Liturgy has been followed in the arrangement; and if the writer should have diffused even a portion of its spirit into his Contemplations on the Holy Seasons of the Church, he will have accomplished more than he dared venture to expect.

We well know the value of 66 Nelson's Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England.” The present attempt is to promote fore,” in the words of an apostle, (2 Pet. i. 12.) “ I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.”

J. B.

EGGLESCLIFFE RECTORY,

Jan. 18th, 1834.

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1. The Introduction of the Christian and Ecclesiastical year .
2. The Child of Promise.
3. Expectation of the Messiah.
4. The approach of the Messiah
5. The preparatory mission of John the Baptist.
6. The preaching and baptism of John
7. The second Advent of Jesus Christ.

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THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST; OR CHRISTMAS.

1. The Nativity of Christ.
2. The same
3. A double nativity; of our own and of Christ.
4. The same

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THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST; OR EPIPHANY.

1. The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles ...
2. The manifestation of Christ by his First Miracle....

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THE SPRING-FAST; OR LENT.

THE FIRST PART.

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1. The First Day of Lent..., 2. Temptation.. 3. Fasting ... 4. Abstinence, or Temperance.. 5. Cursings of the Law 6. Penance 7. Penitence and Repentance 8. Confession 9. Mortification ..... 10. The Nazarite's Vow.. 11. Man on his Trial 12. Conscience.... 13. Self-scrutiny 14. Sins of the Understanding 15. Deep Thought . 16. Mystery 17. Eternity . 18. The Soul ....... 19. The value of the Soul 20. Consolation in Death.

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THE SECOND PART.

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1. Lent; the Spring-time of Religion
2. Religious Affections
3. Stubbornness of Soul
4. Christian Stability....
5. Religious use of Memory.
6. Relapse
7. Restitution..
8. Religious Reading .

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THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY GHOST;

OR WHITSUNDAY.

1. The miraculous Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.. 317 2. The Apostolic Mission...

325 3. The ordinary Divine Influence of the Holy Spirit.

330 4. God is a Spirit-the Trinity ...

337 5. The End of the Christian and Ecclesiastical Year

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