This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1828. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... LETTER X. It is not, by any means, as a matter of taste alone, that I view the improvement which I consider desirable, in the oral delivery of our Church service. That branch of the question certainly is not absent from my mind: for, without much pretension to the character of a man of taste, I yet am far from insensible to the beauties of correct public oratory and I consider that the clergy, who are professionally, and by duty, regular public orators, although they do not lead, yet have much tacit influence in directing, the general elocution of the country. But my attention is very much more, if not exclusively, devoted to a graver and more dignified object. I wish to claim for Divine worship the honor due to it. I am anxious to see it assiduously and reverentially performed because the service of God ought to be so performed, and because it must ever be a vain and mistaken expectation, to hope that familiar forms of worship will not be rendered unimpressive by repetition, and lose their effect on congregations, unless they be constantly delivered by the ministers with studied, earnest, and unabating correctness. daily prayers will ever be sure to strike the attention of the world, and be attractive. The minister who is distinguished by it, will be certain of that honorable applause which is shewn by the abundance, and the attentive behavior, of his congregation. Whilst he thus gains the goodwill and approbation of a much larger circle than would otherwise have known his labors or his merits, he will enjoy the just satisfaction of an internal conviction, that he communicates the feelings and the efficacy of prayer to many who would have been ignorant of them --and far from improbable is it, that he may, at the same time, secure or promote his own advancemen...

    A Monitor for Young Ministers of the Gospel; In Letters from a Father [W. Hussey] in Letters from a Father [W. Hussey]. by Hussey, William [Paperback]

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