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THE SUCCESSORS OF
PREACHED IN ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, DETROIT,
ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1842,
AT THE ORDINATION OF THE
REVEREND MONTGOMERY SCHUYLER,
TO THE PRIESTHOOD,
SABIN HOUGH AND EDWARD HODGKIN,
TO THE DEACONSHIP.
RIGHT REVEREND SAMUEL ALLEN MCCOSKRY, D. D.
PUBLISHED BY REQUEST.
The following sermon was prepared under the pressure of the many cares and anxieties connected with the Apostolic office, in addition to those incident to the Rectorship of a large parish. The author had not the most remote idea of publishing it, when it was delivered. But at the earnest solicitation of the clergy then present, and many of the Laity of his own parish, and of reputable strangers who witnessed the transfer of a part of the Ministry, which the Great Head of the Church intrusted to His Apostles and their successors, he has consented to give it to the public at large. He has been, so far as possible, most scrupulously careful to avoid using any words calculated to irritate or wound christians who hold different views—but he hopes without any compromise of the truth. The subject is of vital importance, and concerns the eternal welfare of the human race. The author has thus considered it, and most fully believes, if the positions advanced cannot be sustained-Christ HAS LEFT NO CHURCH ON THE EARTH AND NO MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.
I BELIEVE ONE CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
FROM ALL FALSE DOCTRINE, HERESY AND SCHISM;
Le stal Cauon tarral aan olxl. m skranglet July
“AS MY FATHER IATH SENT ME, EVEN SO SEND I YOU."
St. John, xx, 21.
Every one who has been a close observer of passing events, must be convinced that seldom, if ever, has there been exhibited a more anxious spirit of inquiry in reference to the true church of Christ, than at the present day. The time has gone by, when men would be satisfied with harsh and coarse invective, against those who rejoiced in the possession of an uninterrupted succession of the priesthood of which Christ was the Head, and which he established to continue to the end of the world. They have grown weary of the continued divisions and countless number of sects which have sprung up, all warring against each other; and are now seeking for some resting place, where they can escape such agitations, and feel secure under the broad promise our Saviour made to His Church, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Men have endeavored to repress this spirit; and have made the most exciting appeals to popular prejudice ; and under the specious name of religious freedom, have, in some degree, kept back the claims of the Church of Christ. But however