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THE GREAT APOSTACY,
BY ROBERT BONFIELD,
“ BE JUST AND FEAR NOT;
Little need be said by way of Preface or introduction, as the contents of each Chapter fully explain it. A tyro in reading and reflection cannot think of the facts of history and true religion without finding that the teachers of Ritualism, Romanism, and the Jesuits, are the
most distinguished in propagating the “ARTS OF SPIRITUAL WICKED
.” Let all professors of Protestantism, and those who value the
Reformation and the blessing of religious liberty, as handed down to us by our worthy ancestors, unite and resist this Hydra-headed Monster, at this dangerous CRISIS, and vindicate the great truths of Christianity, which has thereby been obscured or denied.
Chardstock, July, 1870.
Ritualism, or Popery, in the Church of England.
Historical Origin of Popery.
Monachism, briefly describing the various orders of Monkery established
in England, down to the Reformation, with a short account of the vast
Short history of the Jesuits, their past and present character, with
Papists' superstitious use of holywater and how made.
WHEN Ritualism first began, about 30 years ago, it was not called Ritualism. It was called Puseyism, or Tractarianism, because one of its chief promoters was called Dr. Pusey ; because it was first circulated in some Tracts, called “ Tracts for the Times."
But it has now got the new name of Ritualism because of the great attention paid to Ritual, or forms and ceremonies of public worship. The Gospel has no show-rooms for exhibition, it has no outside, it hates exterior. The Church of St. Alban's, Holborn, is most notorious for the display of Ritualism, and is thus described by a Visitor on the occasion of what is called “ High Service,” and is sufficient to startle the most tolerant of Churchmen. Priests, as they delight to call themselves, in defiance of the most judicious of English divines, are conspicuous in dresses unknown to the English eye for 300 years. Three of these personages, bedizened with green, and gold, and yellow, and covered with black stripes and crosses, stand with their backs to the congregation on the elevated steps at the east end of the Church. The altar is overladen with gorgeous ornaments, and illuminated at noon day with two great lighted candles. Pyramids of tapers, such as are seen in Roman Catholic Churches, are placed at each side ; the chancel is emblazoned with tinsel banners ; the surplices of the choristers are the only things in the gaudy spectacle which could remind one of the customary ritual of the English Church. Here, across an atmosphere which is faint with the odours of incense, the green and gilded priests are dimly discerned performing unintelligible maneuvres--bowing,