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hours which some are wont to think too to be hoped, that the time will come long, will be lengthened, not into days, when these walls sball daily resound or months, or years, but into endless with the praises of the assembled ages of devotion. How can that soul multitude, a multitude of those pious be prepared to join in the eternal wor- disciples of Christ, who, like the holy ship of heaven, which is wearied by the psalmist, feel a desire and longing to few hours devoted to the immediate enter into the courts of the Lord ? “ If service of God on earth ! It has we consider," says bishop Taylor, already been observed, in the words “ how much of our lives is taken up by of an eminent servant of God, that if the needs of nature, how many years we pray often, we shall pray oftener; are wholly spent before we come to that our souls will gradually acquire a any use of reason, how many years taste for devotion; and that we shall more before that reason is useful to us become as unwilling to omit our prayers to any great purposes, how imperfect as we were at first unwilling to offer our way of life is made by our evil them. Every pious Christian knows education, false principles, ill company, the truth of this remark; and this bad examples, and want of experience, being the case, I ask whether it is how many parts of our wisest and best not of great importance to habituate years are spent in eating and sleeping, ourselves as early as possible to the in necessary businesses, and unneces.
service of our Maker? Life, we all sary vanities, in worldly civilities, and I know, is so precarious, that we know less useful circumstances, in the learn
not what a day may bring forth. Who ing arts and sciences, languages, or tben can think seriously of heaven, and trades ; that little portion of hours that the employment of heavenly beings, is left for the practices of piety and without wishing to spare an hour or religious walking with God, is so short two every day of bis life, to be spent, and trifling, that were not the goodness religiously and devoutly spent, in the of God infinitely great, it might seem daily service of the church. Alas! unreasonable or impossible for us to what proportion is there between the expect of him cternal joys in heaven, whole host of heaven, and the small even after the well spending those few numbers who think it their duty and minutes which are left for God and their privilege to embrace every op. God's service, after we have served portunity of publick worship.
ourselves and our own occasions. I have dwelt the longer, my brethren, “ And yet it ought to be considered, upon the importance of the daily worship that the fruit which comes from the of the sanctuary, that I may the more many days of recreation and vanity, is effectually persuade you to devole the very little, and although we scatter few hours to divine service for which inuch, yet we gather up but little you have opportunity. The fasts and profit: but froin the few hours ne festivals
, exclusive of Sunday, for which spend in prayer and the exercises of there are appropriate services, are thir- a pious life, the return is great and
and if to these you add the profitable ; and what we sow in the Wednesdays and Fridays in Lent, and ininutes and spare portions of a few the Wednesdays and Fridays prepara. years, grows up to crowns and sceptres tory to the sacrament, which amount in a happy and glorious eternity.” to about thirty, there will be an aggre. gate of sixty-seven hours in a year! Christians, is this an unreasonable portion of time to devote to the publick
To the Editor of the Gospel Alvocnte. worship of our God? Is it not too little, As it is often produced as an argument rather than too much ? And is it not in justification of forms of prayer in pub
USED IN THE TIME OF OUR SAVIOUR.
lick worship, that our blessed Saviour, kest alive, and makest salvation to when upon earth, did uniformly unite spring up as the herb out of the field ! in the services of the Jewish synagogue, Thou art faithful to make the dead to where a precomposed liturgy was al- rise again to lise. Blessed art thou, ways in use, I have thought that it might O Lord, who raisest ibe dead again to be satisfactory to your unlearned rea. life. ders to be possessed of some evidence 3. Thou art holy, and thy name is of the fact. I have therefore copied, holy, and thy saints do praise thee from the second volume of dean Pri- every day. Selah. For a great king deaux, what is called the “ Shemoneh and a holy art thou, O God. BlesEshreh,"i.e. the eighteen prayers,which sed art thou, O Lord God inost holy. the Jews say were composed and insti- 4. Thou of thy mercy givest know. tuted by Ezra and the great synagogue, ledge unto men, and teachest them unand which are mentioned in the Mish derstanding ; give graciously unto us nab as old settled forms; and also one knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. additional prayer against hereticks. If Blessed art thou, O Lord, who graciousyou think proper, you will insert these ly givest knowledge unto men. in your very useful publication, with 5. Bring us back, 0 our Father, to the judicious observations and inferen- the observance of thy law, and make us ces of the dean which follow them.
to adhere to thy precepts; and do thou, S. O our King, draw us near to thy wor
ship, and convert us to thee by perfect PRAYERS FROM THE JEWISH LITURGY, repentance in thy presence.
art thou, O Lord, who vouchsafest to 1. Blessed be thou, O Lord our God, receive us by repentance. the God of our fathers, the God of 6. Be thou merciful unto us,
0 Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Father, for we have sinned ; pardon Jacob, the great God, powerful and tre. us, o our King, for we have transgressed
, O mendous, the high God, bountifully against thee. For thou art a God, good, dispensing benefits, the Creator and Pos- and ready to pardon, Blessed art thou, sessor of the universe, who rememberest O Lord most gracious, who multipliest the good deeds of our fathers, and in thy mercies in the forgiveness of sins. thy love sendest a Redeemer to those 7. Look, we beseech thee, upon our who are descended from them, for thy afflictions. Be thou on our side in all name's sake, O King, our helper, our our contentions, and plead thou our Saviour, and our s bield. Blessed art cause in all our litigations, and make thou, O Lord, who art the shield of Abra- haste to redeem us with a perfect reham.
demption for thy name's sake. For thou 2. Thou, O Lord, art powerful for art our God, our King, and a strong Re. ever. Thou raisest the dead to life, and deemer. Blessed art thou, O Lord, art mighty to save ; thou sendest down the Redeemer of Israel. the dew, stillest the winds, and makest 8. Heal us, O Lord our God, and the rain to come down upon the earth, we shall be healed. Save us and we and sustainest with thy beneficence all shall be saved. For thou art our praise that live therein ; and of thy abundant Bring unto us sound health, and a permercy makest the dead again to live. fect remedy for all our infirmities, and 'Thou helpest up those that fall ; thou for all our griefs, and for all our wounds curest the sick ; thou loosest them that For thou art a God who healest and ar are bound, and makest good thy word merciful. Blessed art thou, O Lord ou of truth to those that sleep in the dust. God, who curest the diseases of th Who is to be compared to thee, O thou people Israel. Lord of might ? and who is like unto 9. Bless us, O Lord our God, i thee, O our King, who killest and ma- every work of our hands, and bless unt
us the seasons of the year, and give us rusalem tby city, as thou hast promised, the dew and the rain to be a blessing build it with a building to last for ever, unto us upon the face of all our land, and do this speedily even in our days. and satiate the world with thy blessings, Blessed art thou, O Lord, who buildest and send down moisture upon every Jerusalem. part of the earth that is habitable. 15. Make the offspring of David thy Blessed, art thou, O Lord, who givest servant speedily to grow up and flourish, thy blessing to the years.
and let our horn be exalted in thy sal10. Convocate us together by the vation. For we hope for thy salvation sound of the great trumpet, to the en- every day. Blessed art thou, O Lord, joyment of our liberty, and lift up thy who makest the horn of our salvation ensign to call together all of the capti- to flourish. vity, from the four quarters of the earth 16. Hear our voice, O Lord our God, into our own land. Blessed art thou, O most merciful Father, pardon and have Lord, wbo gatherest together the exiles mercy upon us, and accept of our pray, of the people of Israel.
ers, with mercy and favour, and send 11. Restore unto us our judges as at us not away empty from th presence, the first, and our counsellors as at the be- 0 our King. For thou hearest with ginning, and remove far from us affic- mercy the prayer of thy people Israel. tion and trouble, and do thou only reign Blessed art thou, O Lord, who bearest over us in benignity, and in mercy, prayer. and in righteousness, and in justice. 17. Be thou well pleased, O Lord Blessed art thou, O Lord our King, who our God, with thy people Israel, and lorest righteousness and justice. have regard unto their prayers ; restore
12. Let there be no hope to them thy worship to the inner part of thy who apostatise from the true religion ; house, and make baste with favour and and let hereticks, how many soever love to accept of the burnt sacrifices of they be, all perish as in a moment. Israel, and their prayers ; and let the And let the kingdom of pride be spee. worship of Israel thy people be conti. dily rooted out, and broken in our days. nually well pleasing unto thee. BlesBlessed art thou, O Lord our God, who sed art thou, O Lord, who restorest destroyest the wicked and bringest thy divine presence unto Zion. down the proud.
18. We will give thanks unto thee 13. Upon the pious and the just, and with praise. For thou art the Lord upon the prosely tes of justice,* and up. our God, the God of our fathers for on the remnant of thy people Israel, let ever and ever. Thou art
our rock tby mercies be moved, O Lord our God, and the rock of our life, the shield of and give a good reward unto all who of our salvation. To all generations faithfully put their trust in thy name, will we give thanks unto thee, and de. and grant us our portion with them, and clare thy praise, because of our life for ever let us not be ashamed. For we which is always in thy hands, and beput our trust in thee. Blessed art thou, cause of our souls, which are ever deO Lord, who art the support and confi- pending upon thee, and because of thy
signs, which are every day with us, and 14. Dwell thou in the midst of Je- because of thy wonders and marvellous
loving kindnesses, which are, morning, * Those were called proselytes of justice, and evening, and night, continually bewho were converted from heathenism, and
Thou art good, for thy mer. obliged themselves to observe all the rites cies are not consumed ; thou art merciand customs of the Jews. Proselytes of the ful, for thy loving kindnesses fail not. gale were more limited in their obligations : For ever we hope in thee. And for all Bot being circumcised, por bound to the observance of any thing but the seven Noachical these mercies be thy name, O King,
dence of the just.
blessed, and exalted, and lifted up on 13
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lise, and peace
high for ever and ever; and let all that and emptiness of them, but always live give thanks unto thee. Selah. joined with them in their synagogues And let them in truth and sincerity in the forms above recited, (excepting praise thy name, O God of our salvation the twelfth, this may satisfy our dis
) . and our help. Selah. Blessed art senters, if any thing can satisfy men thou, O Lord, whose name is good, and so perversely bent after their own ways, whom it is fitting alway to give thanks that neither our using set forms of unto.
prayer in our publick worship, nor the 19. Give peace, beneficence, and using of such, which they think not benediction, grace, benignity, and mer- sufficiently edifying, can be no objeccy, unto us, and to Israel, thy people tions sufficient to justify them in their Bless us, O our Father, even all of us refusal to join with us in them. For together as one man, with the light of they have the example of Christ, in thy countenance. For in the light of both these, directly against them. The thy countenance bast thou given unto truth is, whether there be a form or no us, O Lord, our God, the law of life, form, or whether the form be elegantly and love, and benignity, and righteous- or meanly composed, nothing of this ness, and blessing, and mercy, and availeth to recommend our prayers to
And let it seem good God. It is the true and sincere devo. in thine eye's to bless thy people Israel tion of the heart only, that can make with thy peace, at all times, and in thein acceptable unto him; for it is this every moment.
Blessed art thou, O only that gives life, and vigour, and Lord, who blessest thy people Israel true acceptance, to all our religious with peace. Amen.
addresses to hiin. Without this, how
elegantly and moving soever, the The twelfth of the foregoing prayers prayer may be composed, and with was added to the original eighteen, by how much seeming fervour and zeal rabbi Gamaliel, a little before the de- soever, it may be poured out, all is as struction of Jerusalem, and bad refer- dead matter, and of no validity, in the ence, it is supposed, to the Christians. presence of our God. But if we bring Whoever wishes for further proof, that this with us to his worship, any form of forins were
common in the Jewish prayer, provided it be of sound words, church, may turn to the prayer, in the may be sufficient to make us and our apocryphal book of Baruch, which was worship acceptable unto him, and obsent from Babylon to Jerusalem, during tain mercy, peace, and pardon, from the captivity.
him. For it is not the fineness of therefore, "our Saviour speech, or the elegancy of expression, spared not freely to tell the Jews of but the sincerity of the mind, and the all the corruptions which they had, in true devotion of the heart, only, that his time, run into, and on all occasions God regards, in all our prayers which reproached them therewith, had it been we offer up unto him. It is true, a new contrary to the will of God to use set gingle of words, and a fervent delivery forms of prayer in his publick service, of them, by the minister, in prayer, or had it been displeasing to him to be may have some e
upon the auditors, addressed to in such mean forins, when and often raise in such of them as are much better might have been made, we affected this way, a devotion which, may be sure he would have told them otherwise, they would not have. But of both, and joined with them in this being wholly artificial, which all neither. But be, having never found drops again, as soon as the engine is fault with them for using set forms, but, removed that raised it, it is none of on the contrary, taught his own disci- that true habitual devotion, which can ples a set form to pray by; nor at any alone render us acceptable unto God in time expressed a dislike of the forms any of our addresses unto him. Whe. then in use, because of the meanuess ther any form of sound words can be
EXTRACT FROM THE MESSIAH.
99 1822.] Poetry—Klopstock's Messiah...Relig. Intell. New York. well preserved in those extemporary They look and still revere! Before the view effusions of prayer, which some delight of Gabriel, now shone confessed forth in, or whether ihese do not often lead Messiah's altar; and each cloud unrolld
As from a mountain's brow. The seraph saw them into indecent, and sometimes blas. And awe struck bore, towards the altar's phemous expressions, to the great dis- base, honour of God, and the damage of re
Two golden censers, each with heaven's ligion, it behooves those who are for this
perfume way seriously to consider.” Prideaux's And holiest incense filled. Full near him stood
Eloa, and swell'd a harp's melodious strains, Connex. vol. ii. p. 538.
Such as might fit the scraph's soul for prayer.
And Gabriel felt the sounds, and knew his For the Gospel Advocate.
As the vast ocean rolls his waves, and quakes Translated from the original German of When the Eternal's voice rides o’er the storm; K lopstock.
So, in such guise, quak'd Gabriel, while God
heard, (Continued from p. 70.) Thus came th’ etherial on, through beams And at the moment caught the sacrifice,
From his aw'd lips, the inission of his Christ ; new cull'd
And wondrous kindled. Smoke all sacred Of freshest suns, to meet Christ's messenger.
rose, Far was he distant; yet already knew
And stilly bore it to the roofs of heaven, Amidst his charins Eloa, Gabriel.
Like all earth's mountains borne together up. Ravish'd, his glạnce he scano'd along the Till then, Jehovah had not deign’d to appear
skies, That angels, who alone, long ages past,
Except on earth ; where, ever followed on
The dread converse of things, that human fate Had view!d, conjointly with himself, the Envelop'd, e'en to angels' eyes obscure; spring,
That awful seal’d the lives and deaths of The first birth of creation; by whose aid His arm had work'd such deeds, that all And told the time, wherein the blood of Christ mankind,
Should be rever'd and gloried in by all. Tho' into one united, ne'er might equal.
But now th’ immortal presence fill'd around They knew each other! Their celestial arms Heaven ; and each angel echo'd back bis Already open'd, as they hasten'd on
name, With looks of rapture : joy beam'd as they And look”d to hear his voice. The cedars, met!
now, And tremblings seiz'd them; like those bro- That shaded all the skies, retain’d their thers know,
leaves ; Whom virtue bids to die in bold defence
The ocean still'd itself; and God's own winds of their slav'd country, should they meet Now stood unmoy'd above the mounts of perchance,
heaven, And clasp each other after deeds of might,
Their breezy wings spread out, his voice While he, who first created, pleas'd looks on:
awaiting; Thus they! And Jah spoke blessings, as they Deep peals of thunder roll'd majestick o'er sought,
To attend the Highest: But he spake not yet! 'Mid friendship's pure endearments, his bright The thunders but apnounc'd the near apthrone !
proach And now they came to heaven's holiest place, or the All-holiest; and, as they ceas'd, Where, o'er the sacred mount, reposes e'er Sudden, from forth the darksome veil, shone Th’all-hallowed night, that says God's seat is nigh:
bright But, far within, beams forth empyreal blaze of those, that sat awaiting on the thrones,
God's sanctuary: that each inmost though t Of light, that heaven's Creator's eye, alone, To him might be foreturned. Urim there, May dare to look upon : to ought but His
Urim, God's trusted angel, pass'd along, 'Tis night impenetrable, darkness all!
And as he came to where Eloa stood, At times, the thunders of the Highest tear 'I'he sacred veil asunder : at the sound
What see'st thou, he exclaim'd? Quick shudderings scize the unembodied
(To be continued.) bands!
The thirty-fifth convention of the church Trinity church, in the city of New York, in the state of New York was held in from the sixteenth to the eighteenth of