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DEVOTIONAL MANUAL

FOR

CANDIDATES FOR HOLY ORDERS.

CONTAINING

AN OFFICE FOR EACH DAY OF EMBER WBEK,
WITH AN APPENDIX OF APPROPRIATE

READINGS.

BY

Rev. E. D. CREE, M.A.,

STREATHAM.

BONE PASTOR, PANIS VERE,
JESU NOSTRI MISERERE !
TU NOS PASCE, NOS TUERE,
TU NOS BONA FAC VIDERE

IN TERRA VIVENTIUM!

OXFORD AND LONDON,
JOHN HENRY PARK E R.

MDCCC LIV.

138. d. 182, ,

BOD)

PRINTED BY MESSRS. PARKER, CORN-MARKET, OXFORD. TO THE

RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN CHRIST,

JOHN,

LORD BISHOP OF LICHFIELD AND COVENTRY,

IN HUMBLE ACKNOWLEDGMENT

OF THE CHURCH'S OBLIGATIONS TO THE

ORIGINATORS OF THEOLOGICAL COLLEGES

THIS MANUAL IS

(WITH PERMISSION)

DEDICATED, BY HIS LORDSHIP'S FAITHFUL SERVANT,

E. D. CREE.

PREMONITION.

It is as much an axiom in things pertaining to religion as in merely secular affairs, that familiarity breeds contempt; but there is in the former case this exaggeration of evil, that "he that despiseth, despiseth not man but God.” To be made intimate with holy things is trial enough for the most devout mind, but to the unsanctified and unprepared it is very death. Unhappily however the intruder into the ministerial office, seems to be judicially blinded both to the present and future consequences of his proceeding: he is wonderfully unconscious of the spiritual suicide he is committing; he cannot see that every holy rite and means of grace that he administers is hardening his heart into that recklessness of sin, in which, by a just, but awful judgment, the things which should have been for his health are unto him an occasion of falling.

There is in fact a three-fold evil in the un

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