Heavenward; A Guide for Youth

Heavenward; A Guide for Youth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...truth. Thus we avoid that idolatry which would make the earthy to be heavenly, but we do not lose our hold on the glorious mystery of the Sacraments as the means of conveying precious and heavenly grace, viz., in Baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and in the Holy Communion, the gift of the Body and Blood of the Lord. For if we can believe that the chainless eternal Spirit is given through a printed letter, or through articulated sound striking upon the ear, or that the Holy Ghost is given through simple water, because God's Word declares it, assuredly it is no harder to believe, upon the very same authority, that Christ may be given to dwell in us, and strengthen us, through simple bread and wine. Our Church, again, sanctioned by the universal belief and practice of the Apostolic Church, holds firmly to Infant Baptism, and believing that the coining of Christ has not narrowed but widened the stream of grace, cannot think that, while Jewish children were members of the covenant by circumcision, the birth of the Messiah as a babe would cast children out of the covenant in which they were before. Consequently, she ever prizes the words of Christ, " Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God;" and she enjoins all pious parents to be faithful in this great duty, and not to despise the baptismal grace offered their children, but to bring them early and consecrate them to God at the altar of Holy Baptism. Our Church, again, advocates CATECHETICAL Instruction of the young, as the best means of leading to a public confession of Christ in the Church. This practice, which is of the highest antiquity, --the early Church forming the young into three graded classes of catechumens, and preparing them by a...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672658
  • 9781236672650