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may be able to take part in all the responses, and in the singing
of the hymns and psalms ; and let the hymnals and psalters
throughout the nation be alike, that a traveller may find him-
self at home in every sanctuary he enters.

Let music be used in the sanctuary, not merely to tickle
the ear, or to gratify the vanity of any of the choir, or to
exhibit the skill of the musician, but solely for the glorification
of God and His dear Son ; nevertheless, let not the music give
forth uncertain sounds, but be thoroughly well played. It is
the stu-red souls of the worshippers, and not simply their



250 HOLT DAYS.

melody, that is so estimable in the sight of God — the cry, the
sobs of the penitent broken heart, is the music God loves most
to hear.

Every Sabbath Day there shall be two services. The com-
memorative natal day of the Messiah, the commemorative day
of his great atonement, and the commemorative day of his
ascension shall be as the Sabbaths. On every other day there
shall be at least one service.

There shall be an offertory after every service ; the offerings
of the females shall be devoted to the maintenance of their
spiritual teachers, their schools, and sanctuaries ; the offerings
of the males shall in like manner be devoted to the maintenance
of their teachers, their schools, and sanctuaries, and to the
maintenance of the bishops, archbishops, and foreign missions.



Holy Days.



The natal day of the Holy Christ our King, shall be a day
of great rejoicing, of praise, and thanksgiving in the sanctuaries,
with joyful hymns. It shall be a day of holy rejoicing, and of
holy commiinion.

The day of crucifixion, that sad day, shall be observed as a
day of mourning and penitential prayer ; mourning that the
unholiness of Adam rendered necessaiy the mediatory death of
the Messiah. The songs shaU be mom-nful, the sanctuaries be
draped with mourning cloths, as though his death were but
yesterday. It shall be a day of mourning, a day of fasting, and
holy communion.

The commemorative day of the ascension of oxir King shall
be a day of holy rejoicing, with joyous songs of praise and



FESTIVALS. 251

thanksgiving, and there shall be holy communion on that day.
It shall be a joyous day, commemorating the victory of our
Deliverer, as it were yesterday, over the great temptations of
the world, and thei'efore of our redemption through his great
victory.

These days of commemoration shall be on week days, and
not on the Sabbath. When they fall on the Sabbath Day, then
shall they be commemorated on the day following. The church
shall wholly abstain from servile work, themselves and their
cattle, on those days.

The natal day of every child of God shall also be observed
as a day of praise, and family thanksgiving privately, with
joyful hymns, because of the heavenly inheritance.

There shall also be a day of harvest thanksgiving to God, for
His continued providence in providing food and sustenance for
all His creatures. It shall be a day of holy communion, and a
day of rejoicing; it shall be a day of rest to the beasts of
burden, and a double allowance shall be given them.



Festivals.

It is good that the children of God should not be as stran-
gers one to the other ; it is good that they should socially meet
together and hold kindly fellowship one with the other ; there-
fore, five times every year, for about one hour, the elders of a
congi-egation ; those above the age of twenty-one years, and the
married, shall provide a simple repast in honor of their pastor,
and of all the teachers in connection with the sanctuary. The
feast shall be held in a school-room, and the pastor shall select
some of the young and active to the honourable office of tending



252 THE VOICE OP WARNING.

at the repast. And five times every year, for about one hour,
the young of the congregation who have been confirmed, up to
the age of twenty-one years, shall provide a simple repast in
honour of their pastor, and of all the teachers in connection
with their congregation. And twice every year, for about one
hour, a simple repast shall be given to the children of the
schools in connection with their sanctuary by the pastors and
teachers in connection with their sanctuary — the males having
their feasts by themselves, and the females by themselves. The
rich shall not keep apart from the poor, but they shall commin-
gle, and the teachers shall commingle with them ; and the Holy
Spirit of God wiU rest upon them, and kindliness of heart, and
the Spirit of Christ shaU be theirs. Every congregation shall
have, in like manner, these feasts of mutual love, alternating
with the holy feasts of unity ; and the congregation shall purify
their bodies, and habit themselves very cleanly, for at their
feasts the Holy Spirit of God wiU love to be in their midst.



CHAPTER VIII.
The Voice op Warning.



THE church shall not suffer herself to relax in her vigilance.
She shall not, at any time, suffer her ministers to become
careless, or pretentious, or superstitious ; nor sufier a married
priest to continue in the ministry, nor a sensuous one ; nor suffer
any of her priests to encroach or be presumptuous, or to create
division among the congregation placed in his charge ; nor suffer
the children to be defrauded of their right to be thoroughly
well educated ; nor suffer those not of the church to interfere



CONCLUSION. 25$

with the discipline of the church. The church shall set always
before her a high standard of excellence, and she shall not suffer
it to be lowered, lest great sorrow, great dissension, and great
misery fall upon the whole world ; for, like as a strong army
continues strong while subject to good discipline, so shall the
church — it is not possible that lax discipline, and an efficient
church can co-exist — good and evil will not pull together j
therefore, with great kindness, gi-eat love, and great resolution
of ptirpose, shall the church keep her heart. She shaU grow in
love, in holiness, in unity ; peace and holy joy shall be hers ;
her people shall become glorious in the sight of our God and
of Christ our glorious King, and restrain resolutely aU tendency
to do or think evil.



CHAPTER IX.

THE nations of the whole world are steeped in great anxiety ,^
poverty, and spiritual ignorance, because they, like their
predecessors, have not understood aright the spirit of the Holy
Scriptures, else they would not have submitted themselves to
spiritual nonsense, nor would they have conceived the injustice,
oppression, violence, and evil which abound in every nation to
be irremediable. The nations have swung themselves into a
whirlpool of eiTor through the disobedience of Adam, and after-
wards through their own spiritual ignorance and brutishness.
They must, through strong effort, swing themselves out of it,
into the still waters of truth, justice, uprightness, peace, and
holiness. The nations have hitherto been some as wolves, some
as foxes, some as tigers, and some as dogs ; but hereafter they



^254 CONCLUSION.

shall live not as the brutes, but as God designed them to live
while upon earth — living righteously in His sight. But first
-oh ye nations, diligently set to work, and acquaint yourselves
with that foundation of all true happiness, a right knowledge of
the spirit of the Holy Scriptures. This little book will assist
you in their interpretation, and having, as it were mastered the
alphabet, knowledge how to govern yourselves aright will be
set before you. Your eyes, oh ye nations, for a time will be
averted from this little book ; but some souls, and your chil-
dren, wiU esteem it differently to yourselves, and it will be
their guide. It will be like sound seed sown in fertile ground,
springing up, growing apace, bearing plenteous and goodly fruit
for ever I



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