The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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holy cross, and the image of our sovereign Lord and King, Jesus Christ, they, in consort, sung this litany: "We beseech thee, O Lord, in all thy mercy, that thy anger and wrath be turned away from this city, and from thy holy house, because we have sinned. Hallelujah."


CHAPTER XXVI.
ST. AUGUSTINE IN KENT FOLLOWED THE DOCTRINE AND MANNER
OF LIVING OF THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH, AND SETTLED HIS EPIS
COPAL SEE IN THE ROYAL CITY.

As soon as they entered the dwelling-place assigned them, they began to imitate the course of life practised in the primitive church; applying themselves to frequent prayer, watching and fasting; preaching the word of life to as many as they could; despising all worldly things, as not belonging to them; receiving only their necessary food from those they taught; living themselves in all respects comformable to what they prescribed to others, and being always disposed to suffer any adversity, and even to die for that truth which they preached. In short, several believed and were baptized, admiring the simplicity of their innocent life, and the sweetness of their heavenly doctrine. There was on the east side of the city, a church dedicated to the honour of St. Martin, built whilst the Romans were still in the island, wherein the queen, who, as has been said before, was a Christian, used to pray. In this, they first began to meet, to sing, to pray, to say mass, to preach, and to baptize, till the king, being converted to the faith, granted them leave to preach openly, and build or repair churches in all places. When he, among the rest, induced by the unspotted life of these holy men, and their delightful promises, which, by many miracles, they proved to be most

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