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EPISCOPAL BISHOPS,

THE SUCCESSORS OF

THE APOSTLES.

THE

SERMON

PREACHED IN ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, DETROIT,

ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1842,

AT THE ORDINATION OF THE

REVEREND MONTGOMERY SCHUYLER,

TO THE PRIESTHOOD,

AND

SABIN HOUGH AND EDWARD HODGKIN,

TO THE DEACONSHIP.

BY THB

RIGHT REVEREND SAMUEL ALLEN MCCOSKRY, D. D.

PUBLISHED BY REQUEST.

DETROIT:
MORGAN BATES, PRINTER.

1842.

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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.

Nicene Creed.

FROM ALL FALSE DOCTRINE, HERESY AND SCHISM;
FROM HARDNESS OF HEART, AND CONTEMPT OF THY
WORD AND COMMANDMENT,
Good LORD, DELIVER US.

The Litany.

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SERMON.

“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

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