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BISHOP Wilson's Short Introduction to the true Understanding of the Lord's Supper has long been in the list of such books as are distributed by the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge; which society is under the patronage of the archbishops and bishops of the church of England, and includes among its members the great body of the clergy and eminent laity in the kingdom of Great Britain. This circumstance, to those who are unacquainted with the character of bishop Wilson, may serve to show the estimation in which this little tract is generally held. But we presume that few persons, who have made any inquiry for such books as will best aid their devotions, can be ignorant of the name of one so eminently useful in this respect as the primitive and vene
rable bishop of Sodor and Man. His writings, and the uniform course of his life, entitle him to rank among the brightest luminaries. which have ever shone in the firmament of the church of God. The following extract from the very interesting memoir of bishop Wilson, in the Christian Observer, for December, 1820, will convey, in a few words, a just idea of the loveliness of his character.
"The leading characteristick of bishop Wilson was his fervent piety. He had a continual regard to God, not only in the retirement of his closet, but in every scene through which he passed in the active duties of life. Thou God seest me,' was a sentiment ever present in his thoughts, and it habitually influenced his conduct. every undertaking, his first and last question was, How may I promote the glory of God, and the honour of my divine Redeemer?' His prayers and meditations show
how devout and intimate was the communion which he held with the Father and with the Son, assisted by an abundant effusion of the Holy Spirit in his soul. His devotion, like the fire in the temple, went not out by night or by day; and it evidenced
itself in its close union with all the graces and virtues of the Christian character."
After giving the above extract, which, in our opinion, is a just tribute to the character of this eminent servant of our blessed Lord, it is scarcely necessary to add that we approve the design of giving to the publick, a new edition of his Introduction to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and that we earnestly recommend it to the patronage of our respective parishioners.
SAMUEL F. JARVIS,
Rector of St. Paul's Church.
Boston, April 10, 1822.
Rector of Christ Church.
The End and Institution of the Lord's Supper
A Prayer for retaining a grateful Remembrance of
what Christ has done for us in this Divine In-
How a Christian ought to prepare himself for this
The first head of Self-examination, concerning our
An Inquiry, Whether we have a lively Faith in
An Inquiry, Whether we have a thankful Remem-
An Inquiry, Whether we are in Charity with all the
The Prayer on that Occasion
General Observations, pertinent to the Subject of the foregoing Sections
A Prayer adapted to this Occasion
Meditations on several Texts of Scripture, proper to be used a little before receiving
Introduction to the Order of Administration of the
The Order for Administration of the blessed Sacra-
A brief and plain Paraphrase on the Lord's Prayer 138 Morning Prayer for a Family
A Family Prayer for Sunday Morning
A Family Prayer for Sunday Evening