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Title: A Religious Tract, recommending a Christian's Duty
Author: Phillimore, Rev. Joseph
Language: English
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Transcribed from the 1814 Flanders and Co.  Many thanks to Kensington and
Chelsea Local Studies for finding this in their archives, and allowing it
to be transcribed.

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                             Religious Tract,


                            A CHRISTIAN’S DUTY

                            MOST RESPECTFULLY,

                           To the Parishioners


                       IN THE COUNTY OF LEICESTER.

                                * * * * *

                      BY THE REV. JOSEPH PHILLIMORE,
                       VICAR OF ORTON ON THE HILL.

                                * * * * *

                                * * * * *

                       PRINTED BY FLANDERS AND CO.


Religious Tract, &c.

NOTHING can be of more moment to you, than living virtuously on earth, as
the salvation of your souls in future is one of the objects nearest my

May you practise this friendly admonition contained herein, being assured
I wish no harm or evil to any part of the human race, but for the love of
my Redeemer, and the certain hopes of mankind zealous in faith and good
works being rewarded with perpetual bliss, which the wicked and the
negligent in pure religion will not inherit, unless they be reclaimed,
and walk in newness of life, like the good and faithful which will
produce repentance, and forgiveness from past sins, is the only object of
my addressing this small tract of religion for your future private and
public conduct.

It is almost ten years since my late most invaluable friend, John
Randolph, late bishop of London, Bangor, and Oxford, in the year 1804,
conferred on me an everlasting monument of friendship (which had existed
unshaken more than thirty years), in presenting me to the living of Orton
on the Hill; and with tributes of gratitude I daily looked upon it my
bounden duty to have prayed for him during his life, and for the benefit
of his surviving widow and family, for their present and future
happiness; knowing you cannot be displeased at my imitating such a great
example of Christianity, to invite you to pursue the blessed steps of a
merciful Redeemer, who came into the world to save miserable lost

It was my first inquiry to know your characters and circumstances
individually, and having minutely watched and observed your actions,
though not extreme to mark what has been done amiss, I will allow there
has been great improvement in general in religious exercises since my
first appearance among you.  Some exceptions there are, and I am fearful
ever will be; there being scarce any flock without some wandering sheep;
yet happy should I be, if both my parishes were more exemplary in
temperance, integrity, religion, and chastity, than any others in the
diocese of Lincoln; but remember, those who have been exceptions, I have
gently warned them of their errors and manner of life, privately at home,
as well as in the church, to turn from their evil ways, and live; for why
should the obstinate sinner practise bad habits, which will ruin both
body and soul, instead of being forgiven by a merciful God, on hearty
sorrow and repentance?

In the first place, I shall recommend private prayers, morning and
evening, to you in your respective dwellings, that God may bless your
industrious, honest endeavours, in this life with prosperity, and
patiently to bear adversity.

In the morning, the first thing you think on, think on your God that made
you, and his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed the whole world from sin, and
upon your bended knees offer up these two following prayers, and when
finished, rise up and say your belief; and ye that are parents, teach
them your children before you go to your daily labour.

_Let_ (_me_ or _us_) _pray_.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: Thy kingdom come:
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily
bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass
against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

                                * * * * *

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast
safely brought (_us_ or _me_) to the beginning of this day; defend (_us_
or _me_) in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day (_I_
or _we_) fall into no sin; neither run into any kind of danger; but that
all (_my_ or _our_) doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always
that is righteous in thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

_Stand up to repeat your Belief_.

I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in
Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again
from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of
God the Father almighty: from thence he shall come to judge the quick and
the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic church; the communion of
saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the
life everlasting.  Amen.

_Evening Prayers before going to bed_.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: Thy kingdom come:
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give us this day our daily
bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass
against us: and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil;
for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

                                * * * * *

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from
whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the
inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and
worthily magnify thy holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                * * * * *

LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of thy
only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

                                * * * * *

After this private domestic duty to Almighty God, morning and evening, I
should hope with such preparations, no one will be deficient in public
duty every revolving Sabbath in God’s holy church, to enable him to
become as perfect a Christian as possible on earth; for private prayer is
only one part of a Christian’s duty; to which must be added, public
devotion, praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving, for daily benefits
received from Almighty God, on the sacred Sabbath.  Private prayer
without public devotion is imperfect, like faith without works of
charity, benevolence, and Christian love will not complete the true
disciple of our Lord, like unto St. John; but an union of faith and good
works daily practised will plead for mercy, and a resurrection from the
dead to endless happiness.

Our excellent church requires three necessary offices to be observed,
besides public worship, as preparatory to our Saviour’s interference for
miserable sinners:—Baptism, Confirmation, receiving the holy Sacrament
frequently, particularly on the sacred days which have a preface
appointed to be read in the communion service, which are on the nativity
of Christ, or Christmas-day, Easter-day, Whit-Sunday, Ascension-day,

Our blessed Saviour was born in a manger, on Christmas-day, to teach
mankind humility; suffered death on the cross, on Good Friday, to teach
patience and resignation in affliction, troubles, and death; rose again
the third day from the dead on Easter Sunday, convincing all the world he
had conquered sin and wickedness.

On Ascension-day, after his most glorious resurrection from the dead, he
manifestly appeared to his Apostles; and in their sight, he ascended up
into Heaven to prepare a place for faithful Christians.

On Whitsunday, he sent down his Holy Spirit, like a dove, upon the
Apostles, teaching the way, the truth, and the light of the Gospel.

Trinity Sunday is observed as a total union of Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost, in heaven.

It is my eager wish, for the great benefit of both parishes, as an
encouragement to religion, and the regular practice of it, that a Bible,
the Common Prayer Book, the Whole Duty of Man, was in every house.  The
opulent part of the parishes, I have every reason to believe, have some
of these books, Bible, Common Prayer, (perhaps not the book called the
Whole Duty of Man), but I earnestly entreat them to buy it.  Seven or
eight shillings will.  It contains the whole duly of a Christian: it is
divided and subdivided into several Sundays, and an excellent substitute
for sermons; for if religious discourses are not written by orthodox
divines educated at either of our Universities of Oxford and Cambridge,
and well chosen for unlearned people to read, they sometimes urge the
ignorant, for want of such superior education, to dive into mysteries
which they cannot unfold, and increase the number of dissenters, many of
whom presume to be teachers, by law authority, though without divine
authority, and add greatly to the number of fanatics, by which means the
blind lead the blind, though perhaps without any original intention of

Our blessed Redeemer was no respecter of persons; he came to save the
poor as well as the rich, both to be inheritors of the kingdom of heaven;
and it is becoming the poor should practise religion, and join in the
service on the sacred Sabbath; for which reason, it was my wish a Sunday
School might be established in both parishes, which has been done, one of
some years, from which great benefit has ensued; the other is in its
infancy, but I hope it will flourish, and be as effectual to stop vice as
the other; for the beginning of all evil in general proceeds from neglect
of early duty on the sacred Sabbath; but the future advantages of this
institution must be considered, as well as the present; for after the
children have learnt to read, and having no books, their parents being
unable to purchase any, what will be the consequence?  An oblivion of all
their once acquired Christian duty?  If some remedy is not prescribed,
which I humbly recommend to all my wealthy parishioners to enter into,
that the word of God may never be forgotten from infancy to old age, but
cherished and nourished till the hour of death, as the most inestimable
treasure, meriting the greatest future reward, and will never be
forgotten by the almighty Disposer of all human events, when the humane
and charitable will appear before him.

I recommend a Bible in every poor man’s house, but this may be too
expensive; but the one I shall offer will not; as I am a Member of the
Society in London for propagating Christian Knowledge, I shall have an
opportunity of purchasing the books at a reasonable rate; so as every
poor man’s house may have a Testament, Common Prayer, as I have the great
satisfaction to assure my parishioners (of Orton), if the parents cannot
read, the children can; by which means, whoever comes to church, may
bring a prayer book, and join in the service, and the testament read at

I beseech you to listen to my entreaties for a subscription for the
benefit of religion, and shew your permanent gratitude to the Almighty
for his bountiful harvest; and likewise for the many great victories
gained by our armies and our allies, in foreign countries, compelling the
insulting tyrant disgracefully to retreat with irreparable loss to his
own country.  But think, my parishioners, how this our native country,
and united dominions, should excel all others in Europe in religion and
gratitude, and give every token of present and future praise to the God
of all mercies, who has so favourably defended us with his shield and
buckler, never to have permitted the enemy’s sword to be drawn in our
land during the contest of 20 years.

Think on the thousands and thousands of innocent men, women, and
children, who have fallen sacrifices, and our country has enjoyed inward
tranquillity, peace, domestic and public.

There are thirty poor houses, for which I solicit from the farmers, as a
token of gratitude, subscriptions which will enable me to fulfil my most
eager desire for every family in the parish among the poor, to have a
Testament and Common Prayer, by which means they will learn their duty to
God and their neighbour.

The day is hastening (O my parishioners) when I shall meet you face to
face, and our mutual examination will pass before a merciful and
impartial Saviour and judge, to give an account of all our actions; when
hypocrisy, intemperance, breaking the Sabbath and God’s holy
commandments, will receive their punishment, and virtue, religion, and
charity, their rewards; for I have done my duty as a faithful shepherd,
as far as my frail abilities have enabled me, to reclaim the wicked, and
exhort the good, having clothed the naked, fed the hungry, visited the
sick, and preached the blessed gospel of salvation to every one of you
who have observed the sacred sabbath.  When you have shut your pew doors,
recollect, as many as possible, these verses of the Psalm xix. v. 14, 15.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be always
acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

When the sermon is finished, before you go out of church, Psalm cxxxix.
v. 23, 24. “Try me, O God, and search the ground of my heart, prove me,
and examine my thoughts.  Look well if there be any wickedness in me, and
lead me in the way everlasting.”

I remain,

                           Worthy parishioners,

                                       Your constant well-wisher in things
                                                     temporal and eternal,

                                                        JOSEPH PHILLIMORE.
                                                         _Vicar of Orton_.

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