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ther upon the constitution, or upon the rights of the church, our best defence and greatest security will always be, the love and esteem of our people; and the only true way to be sure of this is, an exemplary life, a circumspect behaviour, a diligent discharge of the duties of our station, and a visible concern for the good of souls. These, I say, will, in all events, be the best security to our church that human helps can afford, and the most likely means of engaging God to support and defend it: especially, if, together with our own endeavours, we fail not to make our earnest prayer to him, to preserve it both in outward peace and inward purity: for its outward peace, to pray in the words of one of the collects of our church," that the "course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by his governance, that his church may joyfully serve him "in all godly quietness:" and for inward purity, in the words of another collect, "that he will keep his house"hold the church in continual godliness; and, that it may "be devoutly given to serve him in good works, to the

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INSTRUCTIONS

TO THE

CLERGY

OF THE DIOCESE OF TUAM,

BY JOSIAH HORT,

LATE LORD ARCHBISHOP OF TUAM,

AT HIS

PRIMARY VISITATION

Held there on WEDNESDAY, July 8, MDCCXLII.

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INSTRUCTIONS

TO THE

CLERGY

OF THE DIOCESE OF TUAM, &c.

My reverend brethren,

THE providence of God having called me to the government of this diocese, I have judged it not improper for me to communicate my thoughts to you with regard to the execution of your ministerial office, in order to the edification and salvation of the souls respectively committed to your charge.

To this end I shall reduce what I have to say to you under two general heads.

The first relates to your conduct in the actual performance of divine offices in the house of God.

The second relates to your behaviour at large towards your parishioners.

In speaking to the former, I shall confine myself to these four branches of your office, namely, preaching, praying, catechising, and expounding the holy scriptures.

I shall begin with preaching, which is one of those means appointed by our Saviour, for the enlightening the minds, awakening the consciences, and reforming the manners of your hearers. In order to answer these great ends, some degree of skill and address, as well as of pains and study, will be requisite: and I shall, for the sake chiefly of such of you as have not been long in holy orders, communicate my sentiments with regard to the subject, the composition, the style, and the pronunciation of a

sermon.

The subject of a sermon ought to be some point of doctrine that is necessary for a Christian to know; or some duty that is necessary for him to practise, in order to his salvation. I speak this in opposition to subtile questions and curious speculations, that are above the common level

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