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THE CHILD'S CHURCH

SERVICE.

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"And they brought unto Him also infants, that He would touch them but when His disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter therein." Luke xviii.

The Child's Church Service.

"What mean ye by this
Service?"

"And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them; and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased."

"Feed my Lambs.”

LONDON:

BASIL MONTAGU PICKERING.

1874.

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HIS little manual I have called "The Child's Church Service," because I think even those who take for their rule "The Bible, and the Bible only," cannot gainsay that the service here printed was ordained by Christ Himself, and is the only one (except Baptism) recorded in the New Testament as definitely commanded by our Saviour's own lips. And then regarding the children's right to assist thereat, I would say-See how "Christ commanded the children to be brought unto Him.' Note, also, "how He blamed those who would have kept them from Him; how He exhorted all men to follow their innocency;" "how, by His outward gesture and deed, He declared His good-will towards them; for He embraced them in His arms; He laid His hands upon them and blessed them." Who then will be so rashly inconsistent as to say they may not approach as near to Him as we may? I would remind those who respect the voice of the Church of England, of her appeal to the Primitive Church, and of the fact that the Primitive Church suffered children not only to be present, but also to partake of these Holy Mysteries.

I at first intended these pages for my own children, but I have so adapted them that I think any parents, rich or poor, can give this little book to their children if they think fit. THE COMPILER.

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