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MANUAL OF INSTRUCTIONS

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Christian Doctrine.

LONDON:

BURNS AND LAMBERT, 17 & 18 PORTMAN STREET,

AND 63 PATERNOSTER ROW.

1861.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

THIS little volume was called into existence from the real want that was felt for something of the kind. Those engaged in the instruction of schools, and still more in the preparation of school-teachers, have made frequent complaints that they could find no book of religious instruction suited to their purpose. To meet this want, three priests, themselves engaged in the work of education, spared what time they could from their other avocations, and prepared the present course of Instructions on Christian Doctrine.

While there are some obvious disadvantages in a book having more authors than one, yet in a work of this sort there are also some special advantages. For it is less important that a course of instructions should be uniform in style than that it should be accurate in matter; and it is a considerable help towards insuring accuracy, and avoiding important omissions, that it should have been subjected to the suggestions and criticisms of two or three persons. If, too, students are to learn a knowledge of doctrine from one book, it may be a positive advantage that their minds should not be cramped by following one writer exclusively in his style and method of treatment.

It may be added, that as the object aimed at has been to provide a book of instruction fitted for general use, the writers have been careful to avoid all mere theories and speculations, and in every case to rest their statements on the authority of approved theologians.

CONTENTS.

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On Faith, and the Creed.

I. Introduction to the Creed, or the Theological Virtues

in general, with a particular account of Faith .

II. Faith, its Nature and Qualities

III. The Necessity of Faith

IV. Exercise of Faith

V. Sins against Faith

VI. Mysteries of Faith

VII. Of the Creeds sanctioned by the general use of the

Church

VIII. The Apostles' Creed

First Article: “I believe in God, the Father Al-

mighty, Creator of heaven and earth"

IX. The Creation

X. The Angels

XI. The Creation of Man

XII. Second Article : “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son,

our Lord"

XIII. Of the Incarnation

XIV. Errors on the Incarnation .

XV. Third Article: “Who was conceived by the Holy

Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary"

XVI. The Blessed Virgin is the Mother of God :

XVII. Devotions connected with the Incarnation

XVIII. Seasons of particular Devotion .

XIX. Practices of Devotion connected with the Incarnation :

The Stations, or Way of the Cross .

XX. Devotions in honour of the Sacred Heart, the most

Precious Blood, and the Five Wounds

XXI. Fourth Article : “ Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was

crucified, dead, and buried"

XXII. Fifth Article : “He descended into hell; the third

day He rose again from the dead"

XXIII. Sixth Article : " He ascended into heaven, and sitteth

at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty".

XXIV. Seventh Article: “From thence He shall come to

judge the living and the dead”

XXV. Eighth Article : "I believe in the Holy Ghost"

XXVI. Ninth Article : “ The Holy Catholic Church; the Com-

munion of Saints"

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