The History and the Mystery of Good-Friday

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W. Lepard, and J. Buckland, 1782 - 56 Seiten
 

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Seite 55 - ... come, when your civil governors may see it as necessary to reform your reformation, as their ancestors did to reform the religion of your predecessors. Till then, although the religion of pious spectators will not suffer them to hurt a hair of your head, yet the same religion will oblige them to say of you — This evil man talks of light, while his feet are stumbling on dark mountains — his country and the small remains of his own conscience, the canons of his church, and the laws of the state,...
Seite 13 - Saviour's resurrection, while the queen was fasting on account of his crucifixion. To get rid of this inconvenience, the king summoned a council to meet at Whitby, to determine the original time of Easter. The clergy on the one side rested their cause on tradition derived from St. John, while the clergy on the other urged that which came from St. Peter. The king was judge, the balance inclined neither way, and long was he perplexed with authorities quite equal ; at length being informed, that, however...
Seite 52 - Christian liberty ! thou favourite offspring of heaven ! thou first-born of Christianity ! I saw the wise and pious servants of God nourish thee in their houses, and cherish thee in their bosoms ! I saw them lead thee into public view ; all good men hailed thee ! the generous British Commons caressed and praised thee, and led thee into an upper house, and there . . . there didst thou expire in the holy laps of spiritual lords...
Seite 9 - There are more than one hundred and thirty opinions concerning the year of his nativity, and the day of it has been placed by men of equal learning in every month of the year.
Seite 12 - ... edifying, however idle we may think the dispute. About the year 190, Victor I. then bishop of the church at Rome, had the audacity to excommunicate those christians who kept Easter on the fourteenth day of the moon. The excommunicated pitied his pride, and persevered in their practice. The roman bishops intrigued, caballed, got councils called, and at length the council of Aries, held in the year 314, having no doubt the fear of God before their eyes, and being endued with more wisdom, more power,...
Seite 53 - ... its symmetry has been destroyed, its proportions distorted, and its MAJESTIC SIMPLICITY exchanged for specious embellishments, and fantastic novelties. For to say the truth, all niceties and intricacies owe their original, not to Scripture divinity, but to additions and innovations, often on a sudden penned by men, who had none, or very little, judgment in divinity. . . . In fine, sir, feed the flock of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood...
Seite 34 - Church were opinions devoid of coercion ; the Emperor Justinian adopted them, and metamorphosed them into civil law — there were in the primitive Church no coercive powers — particular churches were united only by faith and love — in all civil affairs they were governed by civil magistrates, and in sacred matters they were ruled by the advice, reasons, and exhortations of their...
Seite 55 - ... of it by proxy ; if you hate reformation, and depreciate and persecute those who would reform you ; if you misrepresent peaceable subjects taxing them with heresy, schism, and republicanism, and strive to render their loyalty to the crown, and their love to the constitution, doubtful ; if you profane Sabbaths, and ordinances of divine appointment ; if all your study is to make a fair show in the...
Seite 15 - Councils decreed that it should not be kept before the 2 1st of March, nor after the 20th of April. Some, however, kept it on the 22nd of April, while others celebrated it on the 25th of March ; others at times different from both ; and others kept no day at all. Our ancestors murdered one another for variety of opinion on this subject ; but we...
Seite 20 - ... placing the communion table altar-wise : but they had no right to do so : for as the Common Prayer book no where enjoins them, they are expressly prohibited by the act of uniformity, which says no rites or ceremonies shall be used in any church — other than what is prescribed and APPOINTED to be used in and by the Common Prayer book.

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