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The present Volume of Sermons consists of nothing more than the conclusion of the series of Lectures on the Catechism, which forms the ninth volume of “ The Plain Sermons:" the two former parts, i.e. those on the Creed and the Ten Commandments, being comprised in that volume, and the two latter parts, i.e. those on the Lord's Prayer and Sacraments, in this publication. Their use and charac
. ter has been explained in the Preface to that preceding volume, as being the substance of questions and explanations in the public catechizing of children in Church; delivered on the same occasion to the congregation in their present form, comprising all the points which had been just gone over in instructing the catechumens.
In some of these Lectures, references to the Fathers, and their expressions have been introduced; such, of course, could not have formed any part of the previous instruction of the children ; and perhaps some of them may be such as could not be fully understood by every parochial congregation. They have not been introduced in a tone of controversy, which has been as much as possible avoided; but the poor will be found to be interested and instructed by such allusions, and, generally speaking, the style of the Fathers is not uncongenial to their feelings and tone of mind. The troubles of our Church, arising from oppressions of