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less, to private reading of the Apocalypse, and enjoin that; yet they must be extended to public reading also.

The Apocalypse, we must remember, was sent by St. John, at Christ's command, to Churches; that is, to large bodies of Christians assembling in public places: these congregations were commanded to read it: a blessing was promised to those who did read and hear it; and the command and blessing, conveyed to them as Churches, is no less applicable to the Church at large, and to every Church in particular.

It may justly be feared, that we ourselves have lost, and do lose, blessings, which we should enjoy, if this command were obeyed.

With regard also to the discrepancies of opinion prevalent among Interpreters of the Apocalypse, and to the fantastic notions which some have deduced from it, it may be reasonably affirmed, that these evils are mainly due to this very fact, that the Apocalypse is not read in the Church. If it had been so read, it would have been made familiar to the ears and minds of the faithful: and by natural consequence, a traditional body of Church Exposition of the Apocalypse would have been maintained among us; and individuals would not have been left to make their own private interpretations of the Apocalypse as may seem to them best. The true remedy for these evils is to be found in the public reading of the Apocalypse.

The daily reading of Holy Scripture in the public assemblies of the Church has preserved Scripture as well as authenticated and promulgated it. And continuity of public reading is, and ever will be, the best security for unity and sobriety of Scripture Exposition.


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