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from the Curacy of the Parish between three and four years ago; and his intention, at the time, was to have discharged himself of it forthwith, by the publication either of an appropriate pastoral address; or a volume of sermons suited to the occasion. Without abandoning this design, he was induced to suspend the fulfilment of it, partly, from the consideration that, by the kind wish of the present Incumbent, his parochial ministrations, though officially at an end, were to be practically prolonged in voluntary services, both public, and of a pastoral character. Another consideration, tending to relieve him from the immediate pressure of an obligation not unattended with difficulty, was his continued residence in the parish within the precincts of the charitable asylum known by the name of Jesus Hospital, where he still retains a pastoral office relatively to the inmates. Notwithstanding any such apologies as these, however, the debt which he has acknowledged as due from him to the parishioners at large, instead of escaping the recollection, or being dismissed from the conscience of the debtor, has often reproved him as a defaulter : until he began, at last, to feel himself chargeable with inexcusable procrastination in the payment of it. And now, with regard to this delinquency, he prefers free confession, and prompt, though too long deferred, amendment, to any attempt at self-justification. Whilst at the same time
it is a relief to him to be able to state that the spell of the afore-named time-stealing propensity has been dissolved by an occurrence well calculated to produce such an effect. The attention of the parishioners has of late been attracted to the Memorial window newly erected in the chancel of our venerable church. The designs introduced into the several compartments of that piece of architecture are borrowed from the tragical narrative of our Saviour's humiliation and sufferings during his final visit to Jerusalem. They are ten in number, beginning with the bargain, between Judas and the Chief Priests, for the Betrayal; and ending with the Burial of our Lord. For so many only of the scenes belonging to this interesting narrative could space be found within the architectural limits to which the artist was confined ; requiring, consequently, the introduction of some supplementary events to complete an historical view of the whole subject. On his first sight of this pictorial performance, it instantly occurred to the author that it would supply him with an occasion, and furnish him with materials for fulfilling the long contemplated purpose indicated in the present advertisement; and that, in a few discourses, serving for a practical illustration of the scenes pourtrayed in the Memorial window, with the supplements claiming attention, each in its proper place, he might exonerate himself from a responsibility which has been too long a subject of self-reproach.
The small volume now, with the above named object in view, committed to the press, is the result of an attentive examination of every doctrine and sentiment propounded in it; and will, it is hoped by the author, be regarded by his parishionary readers,
First, as his recorded testimony to the correctness of those views of “the Gospel of the grace of God,” in which, for the space of six and thirty years, without intermission, he endeavoured, according to the ability given him of God, to “instruct the people committed to his charge;" and concerning which he can, in the language of an apostle, boldly “testify," to all who have cordially embraced, and who duly exemplify them, that “this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.” 1 Pet. v. 12.
Secondly, This volume claims from the parishioners a kind and favourable reception, as a token of the Author's affectionate remembrance of his former pastoral relationship to them, and of the deep and prayerful interest in their present and everlasting welfare, which he shall continue to take to his dying day.
JESUS HOSPITAL, BRAY,
March 14th, 1857.
etc.-Matt. xxvi. 14-25.
feet," etc.-John xüi. 1-11.
it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples,” etc.-
Matt. xxvi. 26-30.
The Agony “ Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Geth
semane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here while I go and pray yonder," etc.—Matt. xxvi. 36–46.
The Arrest “ And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve,
came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people," etc.—Matt. xxvi. 47–56.
Christ befare Caiaphas “ And they that had laid hold on Jesus, led him away to
Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were assembled,” etc.—Matt. xxvi. 57—68.
Fall and Repentance of Peter “ And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest.
And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew,” etc.—Luke xxii. 60–62.
Kepentaure of Iudas “ Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that
he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,” etc.—Matt. xxvii. 3—10.