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hundred and twenty-six sighs; they spat in my face fifty two times; they caused one thousand wounds; the soldiers who apprehended me were three hundred; those who carried me bound were three; and I shed eight thousand five hundred and fourteen drops of blood. To those who shall say seven Paters and Aves* every day for the space of twenty-three years and twelve days, which finishes the number of the drops of my blood, I will grant five graces in favour of their souls,- 1st, I will concede to them a plenary indulgence and remission of all their sins; 2d, They shall not endure the pains of purgatory; 3d, Dying before the time is finished, I will reckon as though it were completed; 4th, I will reckon them as having died the death of martyrdom, and shed their blood for the faith; 5th, I will come from heaven to earth in the hour of their death to receive their souls into my arms, and the souls of all their household, and of their relatives to the fourth generation, and if they are in purgatory I will bring them to enjoy the celestial country of eternal life.'
" This statement was found in the Holy Sepulchre, and whosoever shall carry it about with him shall be free from the devil and from every evil death; and if a woman with child shall carry it about, she will have a most excellent delivery.
“ What blessed fruits result from sympathizing with the Virgin Mary in her greatest griefs which she suffered in this life! A certain holy father being once on a time engaged in prayer, heard Jesus Christ asking the most Holy Virgin, what and how many were the greatest griefs which she suffered in this life, and she answered in this
• The greatest griefs which I endured whilst I lived on earth were-lst, When Simeon predicted to me that thou shouldst be slain; 2d, When I believed theo lost, and sought thee three days, 3d, When I heard that thou wast seized and bound; 4th, When I beheld thee placed on the cross; 5th, When I saw thee in the eepulchre.'
* And Jesus answered her, “Know, mother, that whosoever shall salute thee previous to the first grief, by saying one Pater and one Ave, shall obtain the remission of his faults; whosoever shall do the same pre
* By the Pater is meant the Lord's Prayer, and by the Ave the salutation of the angel to the Virgin Mary.
vious to the second, shall not be molested by the devil; whosoever shall do the same before the third, shall receive from me all those virtues which he had lost by sin; who. soever shall do the same previous to the fourth, I will make a gift to him of my grace, and will give my body in food to him before his death; whosoever shall do the same previous to the fifth grief, I will appear to him in death, and make him an heir of eternal life.' Amen. “Leghorn, (with approbation.”)
THE NAME OF JESUS. Who knows not that beautiful little hyman of Cowper's, beginning with the words
“How sweet the name of Jesus sounds"? We would affectionately recommend you all, dear young friends, to commit it to memory, and, not resting there, to make its language and sentiments your own. If not to be met with in any of those collections of sacred poetry you may have, you will find it in Mr Newton's 7. Olney Hymns.”
But now we would have you turn your thoughts, for very little, towards India, and we shall tell you how some poor heathen people in that dark land felt when first they heard the Saviour's name. You know that, for some years past, there have been a considerable number of religious tracts in the various languages circulated throughout that vast empire. These winged messengers of peace have frequently penetrated into regions where the missionary of the Cross has never entered, and where, it may be, a white man's face was never seen. Much good has resulted from this agency, and among other instances of benefit derived from the perusal of tracts, we have met with the following:
Certain Hindus having, for the first time, read of their state as sinners before God, and of the only way of salvation through Jesus Christ, earnestly desired to learn more of the truth concerning these all-important matters. But, in their circumstances, who could teach them? Their way seemed hemmed in. Their countrymen cared for none of these things. They must leave their native village, and travel far away till they come to some good teacher willing to instruct them. Accordingly they did
They set out from home, leaving all behind, and travelled many a weary mile. At last, they reached a town where it was told them a Christian missionary dwelt. They waited upon him, and heard him preach; and, as no good minister will preach long without a special reference to Him whose servant he is, these wandering strangers soon heard mentioned the name of Jesus Christ. Immediately on hearing it pronounced, they interrupted the preacher, and eagerly exclaimed, “ Ah! TeaT'S THE NAME!" They could no longer contain their emotions. They had, at last, found Him whom they sought—“the pearl of great price;" and, doubtless, having heard more and more of his excellency and worth, like the Ethiopian eunuch of old, they would return, and go on their way rejoicing; having been themselves instructed in the way of God more perfectly, they would make known to others that Saviour whom they loved, telling them that “there is no salvation in any other," and that “there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower. We are certain our readers will be much struck with the following very simple, but most affecting story :
A negro slave in the West Indies being regularly in the habit of attending at a prayer-meeting, was summoned into his enraged owner's presence, as soon as the supposed crime was known, and threatened with a most severe flogging should he persist in being present.
Massa, me must go and tell the Lord that,” meekly replied the slave. The effect was quite unexpected and instantaneous. The master was thunderstruck, and gave way. He felt as if the aid of Omnipotence would be arrayed against him, and freely allowed the poor slave to attend his prayer-meeting as usual. No doubt, it was with a heart full of gratitude to God that he thereafter repaired to the throne of grace, for, with peculiar force and truthfulness he might say, in the words of the Psalmist, “ O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his meroy endureth for ever."-" He gave his people into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them :” “ Nevertheless, he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry”_" He made them also to be pitied of those that carried them captive."
We were not able to find room last month for all the Contributions which we had received from the youth of the Free Church, but the present lists contain all that was then omitted, and, in addition, what was received up to the 15th February. The amount acknowledged in last Number, and in the present one, is £629 : 16 : 3; and this is independently of what we have received for other good objects besides the schemes of the Church.
There are still many missionary boxes to be opened, many contributions to be forwarded, and a whole month still remaining for gathering more. We beg our young friends to be very busy during this period, and to sevd their money, so that it may be in the hands of the Rev. John JAFFRAY, 38 York Ploce, Edinburgh, on or before
Saturday the 31st day of March. The General Assembly will not be told of anything that arrives after that day.
CHILDREN'S MISSIONARY RECORD
Free Church of Scotland.
By authority of the Board of Missions and Education.
ETTERS ABOUT THE HIGHLANDERS.
subject for joy and thankfulness, to
Lord Jesus, to remark, from the statement made last month in the Children's Missionary Record of the Free Church, how large a sum had been contributed and collected by you, during the Christmas holidays, for missionary purposes.
It was a blessed work that you were then engaged inhelping God to send the glad tidings of great joy to those who sit in darkness; and I am sure that none of you have had any reason to regret the time, or the trouble, or the money, which you gave for this purpose. I rather believe that some of you are wishing that you had done more; whilst others of you, who did nothing, when they read about how much was collected, will wish that they had been fellow-helpers with you in the blessed work. But is it not a strange thing, dear children, that the great and mighty God should allow such as you to be fellow-helpers with him? You must not think, however, that he needs you to help him. No; he could do all the work himself quite easily, or he could get ten thousand times thousand of sinless and glorious angels to do his work ; but he deigns to allow you, little, sinful,