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Preach'd in the Chapel of
BISHOP-THORP near YORK,

Α Τ Α Ν ORDINATION Held there, on the 25th of September, 1726.

To which is Annexed His Grace the Lord Archbishop of York's

LETTER, March 9th, 1726, to the Right Reverend the Lords Bishops of his Province with OR DER S and RESOLUTIONS agreed on between them, and to be communicated to the Clergy of their respective Dioceses, con-cerning Ordinations, Curacies, &c.

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By Lewis STEPHENS A. M. Archdeacon of BARN STAPLE, and Chaplain to the Most Reverend Father in God, LANCELOT, Lord Archbishop of YORK. Blackburne

published by his Grace's Command.

L O N D ON: Printed for CHARLES KING at the Judge's Head in Westminster-Hall

. 1727.

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I TI M. iv. 16.
Take heed unto thy self, and unto thy do&trine;

continue in them: for in doing this, thou
salt both save thy self, and them that
hear thee.

MONG all the excellent Writings of
St. Paul, none have been of greater
Use than these two Inftru&tive Epistles,
which were writ to Timothy, with a
design of directing his Labours in the

Gospel, and guiding him with Wisdom in the faithful Discharge of his Holy Office : So that his Enemies might not be able to despise his Touth, nor find any fault with his Manner of Life, his Purpose, or his Faith

For which reason, St. Paul addresses himself to Timothy, as to his dearly-beloved Son in the Lord; and whilst he puts on all the Tenderness and Authority of a Father, he endeavours to guard him from any Errors, by giving him a Set of excellent Precepts, and in the Itrongest manner tying him down to a ftri&t and uniform Observance of them : I charge thee, says he, before God, and the Lord Fesus Christ, and the ele&i Angels,

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that thou observe these things, without preferring one before another. And in the Second Epistle, he delivers his Instructions with a commanding Brevity, and re: peats his Charge to him again, before God, and the Lord Fefus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead, At his appearing, and his Kingdom.

These folemn Charges, before God, before Christ, before the Ele&t Angels, to be answered for hereafter in the solemn and awful Day of Judgment, at the appearing of Christ and his Kingdom, must imply something veIy great and excellent in thefe Epistles, something very useful in the Practice, and very faulty in the Omission of it.

And as these Writings were of general Benefit in the first planting of the Church, when the Sowers went forth sowing the good Seed of the Word, fo we may conclude, that the Benefit of them still continues, and that they are addressed to all the future Ministers of the Gospel, under the Person and Character of Timothy. For whatever was written for his Advice, was likewife written for our Instruction. And we may be af sured that St. Paul still speaks to us in these Epistles, and ftrongly presses the Charge upon us, and tells us plainly low we shou'd bebave, and what we should

. reach.

Therefore these Epistles to Timothy cannot be too of. ten read by us before our Admission into the Holy Office of Priesthood ; nor too often, after we are engaged in the Labours of it. And if we read with due Con fideration, once at least in every Month, the Forms for Ordering of Priests and Deacons, which are appointed in our Holy Liturgy, and which we have afsented unto, and in which are prescribed the great Duties which we solemnly and deliberately take upon us at the time of Ordination, in the Presence of the Great Congregation, in the Presence of the Elect Angels, in the Presence of Christ, and in the Presence of God; it will

certainly

certainly

be of great Advantage to us, in stirring up the Gift of God which is in us, by the putting on of Hands : It will constantly tell us our Vows and our Promises, and be a sort of renewing them again. It will strengthen all our folemn Engagements, and become a kind of tacit Reproof for any breach or omission of them. And if to the reading of these Forms we join the Exhortations given to Timothy, we shall presently appropriate every part of St. Paul's Advice to our own Labours; and we too, as well as Timothy, shall learn from thence to take heed unto our selves, and unto our do&trine ; and to continue in them : that by doing this, we may save our selves, and them that bear Ws. Ja discoursing on which Words I shall shew,

1. That we ought to take heed unto our felves.

II. That we ought to take heed unto our Do&trine.

III. That we ought to continue in them.

IV, and lastly, I shall set forth the great Advan

tage of it; which is, that by doing this, we shall save our selves, and them that hear us.

I. I shall shew that we ought to take heed unto our selves.

Authority lodg’d in the Hands of the Bishops, Ecclesiastical Laws, Civil Punishments, the Prejudice done to our own Fortunes, the certain Shame of Sins coinmitted, and the Natural Abhorence of that which is Evil, seem to be a fufficient Guard and Caution to us, against committing any great and enormous Crime. The Dangers which attend such a Sin, con{tantly keep our Fears awake, and in some manner oblige us to be always attentive to our selves.

There.

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