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THE PARISH CHURCH OF ALL-SAINTS, POPLAR,
ON ITS CONSECRATION,
BY THE RIGHT REVEREND THE LORD BISHOP OF LONDON,
On Thursduy, July 3, 1823.
THE REV. SAMUEL HOOLE, A. M.
FIRST PRINTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHURCH COMMITTEE.
NEHEMIAH, CHAP. VIII. PART OF v. 4, 5, 6, 8.
“ And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which
they had made for the purpose. —And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people (for he was above all the people); and when he opened it, all the people stood up: and Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God; and all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.-So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading."
The Persian monarch having issued a decree, empowering the Jews to rebuild their temple and desolated city, and the great work being nearly completed, a solemn assembly of the people was convened. The description of this sacred ceremony has been selected upon the present occasion, as affording a pointed resemblance to the method observed by our national Church,