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adult reader of any intelligence, the following little work is designed expressly for the assistance of such Parents and Teachers as may not have access to more elaborate works, in order to their explanation and application.

It has been judged advisable to append a Key, containing suitable answers to all the questions, at the end, rather than to insert them after the questions, because it will leave the mind both of the teacher and the child more unfettered, where it may be deemed unnecessary, as in many cases it probably will; or it may

furnish a hint to the teacher, where it is thought necessary to exercise the thinking powers of the child, by simply putting the question without allowing access to the answer. For similar reasons the texts have been given by reference, rather than at length, — because it will materially familiarize a child to the Scriptures to be accustomed to find the texts for himself.

It is confidently hoped that any teacher of the youthful mind in the ways of God, will find it a pleasant and an easy task to guide a child, after exercising its own powers, to suitable answers to the following questions generally; and it will be no unprofitable employment to trace, at the end of each Collect, its peculiarly Scriptural character, from the texts and references appended. Of course in such an exercise as is here recommended, other questions will arise to the mind of the teacher ; and often a great variety of forms in which those recommended may be put, (and the same remark will apply to the answers) according to the age or capacity to the young catechumen. The writer trusts that, by the Divine blessing, even so humble a labour as is here presented will “not be in vain in the Lord.”

London, Feb. 1838.





Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when He shall come again in His Glorious Majesty to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through Him who liveth and reigneth with Thee, and the Holy Ghost, now and ever.


QUESTIONS ON THE COLLECT. 1. What is the meaning of the word “ADVENT?" 2. Who is addressed in this Collect?

3. What do you understand by the word "GRACE?”

4. Can we do anything without the grace of God?”




5. What is meant by the “WORKS OF DARKNESS ?”

6. What is intended by the words “ OF LIGHT?"

7. What is the present state called in this collect ?

8. Who came to “Visit us in great humility ?” 9. What is meant by Christ visiting us ? 10. How did he shew forth that “ MILITY ?” 11. Will Christ ever come AGAIN ? 12. With what character ? 13. At what period ? 14. For what purpose ? 15. Shall we rise again from the dead ? 16. To what do we hope to arise ? 17. Through whom do we expect this ? 18. With whom does Christ “LIVE AND REIGN?” 19. Does he so live and reign now ? 20. How long will he so live and reign ? 21. What is the meaning of the word “AMEN?” 22. What texts of Scripture are referred to in this collect ?

ANSWER. Rom. xiii. 12, 13, 14. 2 Cor. viii. 9.

v. 22, 23, 28, 29.



Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning ; grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy Holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


1. What are the “HOLY SCRIPTURES ?" 2. For what purpose were they “ WRITTEN ?” 3. How should we study them?

4. What is meant by “INWARDLY DIGESTING” the Scriptures ?

5. What are the particular virtues we derive from the study of the Holy Scriptures ?

6. What are we to FAST?"



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