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and his house, he would serve the Lord. Job was in the constant practice of family religion ; David, Daniel, and others. Our Lord and his apostles joined in domestic prayer; and that inimitably beautiful and comprehensive form of prayer dictated by our Lord, is a social or family prayer, and that on the principles we have above laid down.

Many difficulties are pled as an apology for neglecting this duty; especially, some plead that they cannot overcome their natural reluctance and timidity to engage in prayer in the presence of others. We cannot attach m. h importance to this as a reason for neglecting the duty; though we doubt not it prevails to a great extent. It is therefore highly necessary to remove it.

With such a form as this in his possession, no one may plead such an apology. There is in this work ample matter and variety as a help to beginners ; and even what may be very useful to stir up devotion, and supply varied expression to the more experienced Christian. It is with this view and not to supersede the practice of extempore prayer, that this work has been projected; and both publishers and contributors would deeply regret if this were the result. They believe, on the other hand, that it will greatly tend to furnish such matter and expression for prayer, as will soon enable any one who devoutly uses it to dispense with forms altogether.

There is, however, in this country, what we cannot but consider a very unreasonable prejudice against the use of forms in all circumstances. It has arisen from the fearful evils and abuses arising out of the shameless and idolatrous forms of Popery, mumbled over by a lazy and corrupt priesthood, without feeling, and almost without decency; succeeded by the cruel and insane attempts to force upon a reluctant people, forms containing sentiments and rites which they abhorred. Yet it is a well known fact, that our early reformers prepared and used forms in the worship of God, and the sentiments of our forefathers on this head may be gathered from the following passage in the Directory for Family Worship, usually bound up with the Confession of Faith of the Church of Scotland, and containing many wise and excellent directions :

“So many as can conceive prayer, ought to make use of that gift of God; albeit, those who are rude and weaker may begin at a set form of prayer, but so as they be not sluggish in stirring up in themselves (according to their daily necessities) the spirit of prayer, which is given to all the children of God in some measure,” &c.

We need not refer to the form left by our Lord as an example of such a practice ; where his disciples were taught to “ say” the same words. Indeed, what are all the passages of Scripture usually adopted in extempore prayer ? what are the apostolic benedictions, but forms of prayers ? We every day more and more admire the wisdom and piety of our forefathers, who permitted them when necessary, while they did not encourage them where they can be dispensed with. We greatly venerate the practices of our Church, and the habits they have cherished among our people. We are persuaded that it is highly advantageous, in order to keep alive the spirit of devotion, to leave the mind unfettered by fixed forms; and that there are times and circumstances in the providential and spiritual history of a pious soul and a pious family, for which no previous foresight can provide suitable expression at a throne of grace, and which will overflow all the artificial channels previously prepared. In such cases it would be most improper that the spirit should not be left to its free and unfettered exercise.

Having such views, we, with many others, hailed the present attempt of the enterprising publishers of this work with much satisfaction. The Christian world is deeply indebted to them for the extensive circulation of many religious works of the most useful kind; and which have been of great service in reviving and promoting religion in districts of the country where it had fallen low. We have occasion to know, that the present undertaking has been a valuable treasure to many, and especially to families with females at their head; or where the usual head of the family has been absent or unqualified from sickness or inability. We have had high satisfaction in superintending the publication of a work, which, from the great success it has already attained, promises, by the blessing of God, to be extensively useful to generations yet to come. May God be pleased to vouchsafe his Holy Spirit to crown this anticipation with an abundant increase in the fruits of righteousness, which are, by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Amen.

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Rev. Allan, John, Aberdeen

Anderson, A., Boindee
Arnot, David, Dundee
Arnot, William, Glasgow
Bannerman, James, Ormiston
Barr, J., D.D. Port-Glasgow
Begg, James, Libberton
Bennie, Archibald, Edinburgh
Black, Wm., D.D. Glasgow
Bonar, J. J., Greenock
Booth, P., A.M.. Inverleithen
Brewster, James, D.D. Craig
Brodie, James, Monimail
Brown, M., A.M., Morpeth
Brown, David, Roslin
Brown, Robert J., D.D. Professor

Marischal College, Aberdeen.
Brown, Thomas, D.D. Glasgow.
Brown, Thomas, Kinneff
Bryce, James, Aberdeen
Bryce, John, Ardrossan
Brydon, Robert, Dunscore
Buchan, William, Hamilton
Buchanan, H., Strathblane
Buchanan, Robert, Glasgow
Burns, Robert, D.D. Paisley
Burns, James C., London
Burns, William, Kilsyth
Cameron, D., Glasgow
Campbell, Hugh, Manchester
Clark, John, A.M., Edinburgh
Clark, Alex., A.M., Inverness
Clark, Thomas, Methven
Clugston, William, Forfar
Clason, Patrick, D.D. Edinburgh
Cooke, H., D.D. LL.D. Belfast
Craig, Robert, A.M., Rothsay
Crawford, Robert, Irongray
Cunningham, W., Edinburgh
Cumming, A., Bridge of Earn
Cupples, George, Stirling
Davidson, Alex. D. Aberdeen
Davidson, David, Broughty F.
Davidson, Geo. R., Drumblade
Denham, J., Londonderry
Doig, Thomas, A.M., Torryburn
Drummond, J., Forgandenny
Duncan, Alexander, Coylton
Duncan, George, J., Kirkpatrick-

Durham
Duncan, H., D.D. Ruthwell
Duncan, T. T., M.D. Dumfries
Duncan, Thos., Kirkintilloch
Dunn, William, Cardross
Fairbairn, Patrick, Salton
Foote, Alex. L. R. Brechin
Foote, James, A.M., Aberdeen
Forbes, John, D.D. Glasgow
Forbes, Robert, Woodside, Aber-

deen
Fowler, J. C., A.M., Glasgow
Flyter, Alexander, Alness
Forman, A., A.M., Innerwick
Fleming, W., D.D. Professor of

Moral Philosophy in the Uni-, Rev. Muirhead, G., D.D. Cramond versity of Glasgow

Munro, Alexander, Manchester
Rev. Gardiner, M., D.D. Bothwell

Munro, James, Rutherglen
Gentle, A., Alves

Murray, John, Aberdeen
Gibson, Alex., Balmaghie

Murray, John, Dunbog
Gibson, James, A.M., Glasgow Napier, Peter, Glasgow
Gilston, W., Carnock

Nicholson, W., Ferry-Port on-
Glen, James, A.M., Benholm

Craig
Gordon, A. L., Aberdeen

Nisbet, Archibald, Glasgow
Grant, John, Petty

Nixon, William, Montrose
Gray, A., D.D. Kincardine, W. Noble, J., A.M., St Madoes
Gray, Andrew, Perth

Noble, John, A.M. Fodderty
Grierson, James, Errol

Paisley, Robert, Partick
Guthrie, Thomas, Edinburgh Park, John, Liverpool
Graham, J., D.D. Killearn

Paterson, John J., D.D. Sunder.
Hay, J. K., Edinburgh

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Henderson, J., Carmunnock

Paterson, N., D.D. Glasgow
Henderson. J., D.D. Glasgow Paterson, Alex., Glasgow
Henry, David, Marnoch

Paton, Robert, Straiton
Hill, Alexander, D.D. Dailly

Paul, John, Edinburgh
Hutchison, A., Warrenford

Paul, William, Banchory
Jamieson, Robert, Currie

Philip, Alexander, Cruden
Jeffrey, Robert, Girthon

Ralph, H., LL.D. Liverpool
Keith, P. H., Hamilton

Reid, Alexander, Portsoy
Laird, John, Inverkeillor

Robertson, James, Ellon
Landsborough, D., Stevenston Rose, Alex., D.D. Inverness
Lee, Robert, A.M., Campsie

Rose, Lewis, A.M., Glasgow
Leishman, M., Govan

Roxburgh, John, Dundee
Lewis, George, Dundee

Russel, J., LL.D. Dalserf
Lewis, James, Leith

Shanks, Robert, Buckie
Lochore, A.; A.M., Drymen

Simpson, David, Aberdeen
Lorimer, John G., Glasgow

Simpson, Robert, Kintore
Lorimer, Peter, London

Smith, Robert, D.D. Montroso
Lorimer, R., D.D. Haddington Smith, J., Wellpark, Glasgow
Lumsden, James, Barry

Smith, James, Chalmers's Church
Macbeth, James, Arbroath

Smyth, John, D.D. Glasgow
Macfarlane, John, Collessie

Spence, Alexander, Aberdeen
Macfarlane, P., D.D. Greenock Steen, Geo., Newtonlimavady
Mackay, M., LL.D. Dunoon

Stevenson, William, Arbroath
Mackray, W., A.M. Stirling

Stevenson, J.A.M.,Newton-on-Ayr
Macpherson, Robert, Inverness Stewart, C. C. Aberdalgie
M'Cheyne, R. M., Dundee

Stewart, Harry, Oathlaw
M'Cosh, James, Brechin

Stewart, R., D.D. Broughshane
M'Culloch, J. M., Kelso

Stewart, J., Wallacetown, Ayr
M'Donald, Robert, Blairgowrie Strong, David, Kilmarnock
M'Farlane, The Very Reverend Thomson, Charles, Wick

Principal, University, Glasgow Thomson, John, Dysart
M-Kellar, A., D.D. Pencaitland Thomson, John, Yester
M.Kenzie, Kenneth, Bo'ness

Thomson, J. W., Monedie
M‘Kinlay, J., D.D. Kilmarnock Thomson, Peter, Dumfries
MʻLure, W., Londonderry

Thomson, Wm., Old Monkland
M'Laggan, James, Kinfauns

Thorburn, Joseph, Forglen
M‘Moreland, Peter, Glasgow

Topp, A., Elgin
M'Nair, Robert, Paisley

Turner, Alexander, Glasgow
M‘Naughton, A., D.D. Kilbride, Tweedie, W. K., Aberdeen
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Wallace, J. A., Hawick
Manson, John, Fyvie

Watson, Charles, D.D. late of
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Mitchell, G., A.M. Kilmadock Whyte, James, A.M., Methlick
Montgomery, T., Sanquhar

Wightman, J., D.D. Kirkmahoe
Morgan, James, Belfast

Wilson, William, Carmylie
Morren, N., A.M., Greenock

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TWELFTH WEEK.

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David Davidson,
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William Clugston,
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William Nicholson,
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R. M. M.Cheyne,
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William Stevenson,
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William Wilson,
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James Macbeth,
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John Roxburgh,
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James Grierson,
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M. Mackay, LL. D.,
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Sabbath and Monday,

George Lewis,
Tuesday and Wednesday,

Thomas Duncan,
Thursday and Friday,

Robert M.Nair,
Saturday,
TWENTIETH WEEK.

J. J. Bonar,
Sabbath,
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R. Buchan,
Wednesday and Thursday,

P. H. Keith,
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Thomas Clark,
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James K. Hay,
Tuesday and Wednesday,

David Brown, Thursday and Friday,

John Henderson,
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James Brodie,
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Daniel Cameron,
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John Murray, Wednesday and Thursday,

James Smith,
Friday and Saturday,

Alexander Lochore, A. M.,
TWENTY-THIRD WEEK.
Sabbath and Monday,

Andrew Gray,
Tuesday and Wednesday,

James Barr, D.D.,
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Alexander Duncan,
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