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be increased, and the interests of true reli- introduction should be approved by the gion more effectually promoted through its parochial clergy. agency, we, the undersigned lay members of “ The system of district visiting, and the that Church, venture, with all respect, to appointment of lay Scripture readers under bring under the consideration of your Grace, clerical superintendence, have already been some means by which we trust, under the adopted, we believe, with much success, in Divine blessing, these great objects may be many populous parishes, but the present state attained.
of society requires that both these means of "Admirably as our parochial system seems usefulness should be greatly extended, and calculated to meet the wants of the country, brought into more immediate connexion and to bring the ministration of the clergy with our ecclesiastical arrangements, for we within the reach of all classes, still the in- are fully persuaded that the true strength crease of population and its unequal distri- of our Church can never be completely bution render it impossible that they should known until, by some such means, her lay extend their pastoral care to the great ma- members are enabled, under direct sanction jority of their flocks in large towns and po- and control, to take part in the discharge of pulous districts. We do not forget the all those offices which are not by her constiattempts made by the Legislature, by volun- tution restricted to the three orders of the tary associations, and by individuals, to ministry. remedy this defect, but we are convinced “ To provide the necessary funds (which that further measures are required to reach would be administered by a board, made up the full extent of the evil. We believe that by a well-constituted union of the clergy and the usefulness and efficiency of the national laity), contributions may, we have little Church right be very greatly increased by doubt, be extensively called forth, in offerarrangements which, without introducing ings and collections made for this specific any organic changes, should bring into ac- object, at such periods and under such regutive operation the powers and capacities now lations as may be found desirable; and we lying dormant in her existing institutions. venture to hope that an effort so directly
" To effect this, we believe that two im- affecting the efficiency of the Church would portant objects must be accomplished—1st, attract the sympathies, and obtain the supthe clergy must be increased in number; port, of all classes within her communion. and secondly, provision must be made for a “ In venturing to urge upon your Grace more systematic employment of laymen in the adoption of these measures, which would the exercise of functions which do not be- supply a link much needed between the long exclusively to the clergy. In the at- parochial clergy and the community at tainment of these objects we would respect- large, we are far from desiring to make any fully request your Grace, and the other innovation in our ecclesiastical polity; e members of the Episcopal Bench, to take only seek to restore to full vigour and em, into your consideration, first, the expediency ciency one of the orders in our Church, and of increasing largely the number of the to promote the appointment of officers third order of our clergy, the deacons ; and already recognized by ecclesiastical autaowe venture to suggest that this may be rity, and for which at no period since effected by admitting, on such condition as Reformation was the position of the Church will maintain the order and discipline of our more imperatively called.” Church, persons who have not the means of proceeding to a university degree, but who are found competently trained for the
OPERATIVE PROTESTANT ASSOservice of the sanctuary ; their advancement CIATION IN IRELAND. to the higher order of the ministry being made contingent upon a faithful discharge The following account will, we are sure, induring a lengthened period of the office of a terest our readers. deacon, or upon such other circumstances Youghal Protestant Operative Association, as your Grace and the other members of the
and Reformation Society. Episcopal Bench may think fit.
December 4th, 1844. “ Secondly—The propriety of sanctioning My dear Sir,-Your kindness at the forand encouraging the employment of a class mation of our Society induces me to address of laymen, who, without altogether abandon- you after the lapse of the year, assured that ing their worldly callings, might be set you will feel a little interest in our weldi. apart, under episcopal authority, to act as being, and also be prepared to aid us with visitors of the sick, Scripture readers, cate- your advice and assistance. It has plea chists, and the like, in parishes where their the Lord to bless our poor endeavour
during the past year for good, but much literary resources. We have opened a readstill remains to be done. We have now be- ing room for the Protestant tradesmen, tween two and three hundred members, of where they meet every night, and are kept every denomination of Protestants; and from temptation and from vice, and feel a considering the locality, the number, and great want of good, popular, and instructive the spirit of the opposing party, this is a reading for them, something beyond the good year's work. Amongst us we have periodical or the newspaper. I made an fifteen of our pastors, men who preach the application to the Religious Tract Society, truth in the love of it. Politically we have and received a promise of a small grant of done much. Some few Protestants had been books on payment of one half-this, howinduced to make themselves enrolled as ever, I cannot avail myself of just now in Repealers; these, without exception, we consequence of our finances being of course have brought back, and in our town there is crippled on the start, and for the first year; not now a single Protestant avowedly joined but I had hoped you would be able from to their ranks, or induced by the specious your extended intercourse to let me know if artifices of their emissaries to aid in the at- through any channel I could procure a free tempt to dissever and dismember the com- grant of books suited for a library. If you mon country of our love. I do not think could think of any way or means, and acthere is a single other town in the South quaint me with it at your leisure, it would could make a similar boast at this juncture. be gratefully remembered by your obliged We have also sent forward numerously signed servant, petitions this session against the National Should any of our friends feel disposed to Education system, the grant to Maynooth, forward us through our Publisher any small and the Dissenters' Chapel Bill; and on contributions for this purpose, we will see three occasions in the neighbouring parishes, them faithfully applied. Ed. P. P. O.] we have as a body attended the annual appeals in favor of the Church Education Society (one of which was made by the Rev. THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD. E. Dalton); we have been active at the
AN ANECDOTE. registries, and if we progress as heretofore, MR. OLIVER HEYWOOD was one of the perhave little doubt but that we will secure our secuted servants of Christ in the 17th cenrepresentation by a faithful supporter of true tury. It is said that at one time he was Protestant principles—at all events we will reduced to great straits, his little stock of be enabled to prevent our being represented money was quite exhausted, the family proby a Papist and a Repealer; in our local visions were quite consumed, and Martha, a politics we have now a majority in the town maid servant, who had been in his family council, and this tells well for our exertions. for several years, and who had often assisted But this is the least beneficial part of our them, could now lend no more assistance. employment-we have been endeavouring to Mr. Heywood still trusted that God would raise the moral and religious character of provide for them-he said, our poorer brethren, and with God's help "When cruise and barrel both are dry we have effected much good-many who We still will trust in God most high." were a bye-word and reproach from disso. When the children began to be impatient for lute habits have been reclaimed, and are food, Mr. Heywood called his servant, and Steady and consistent, and among all a higher said, “ Martha, take a basket and go to sense of their great privileges as Protestants Halifax, call on Mr. N. the shopkeeper, and has been raised and excited. Among our tell him I desire him to lend me five shil. poor benighted countrymen we have also lings; if he will be kind enough to do it, done a little, and trust we will soon see the bring some cheese, some bread, and such Truit of our labours. At our anniversary other little things as you know we most meeting we had a good many Romanists, want; be as expeditious as you can, and the none of whom were displeased, and we had Lord give you good speed. In the mean two converted Roman Catholics from the time we will offer up our requests to Him country also over with us on that occasion. who feedeth the young ravens when they cry, wust you will forgive my entering into and who knows what we have need of before
ch minute details, but I know your heart we ask him.” Martha observed her master's is in the matter, and you will wish to hear directions, but when she came near the 8004, of your poor neglected Irish Protes. house where she was ordered to solicit the
loan of five (shillings, through timidity and The object of my addressing you on this bashfulness her heart failed her, and she occasion
on is more particularly respecting our passed by the door again and again without
having courage to tell her errand. At length Peter was zealous, repentant, and true, Mr. Ñ., standing at the shop door, and see- He proved his love-not as the Papists do ing Martha in the street, called her to him, And all that he ever wrote or taught and said, “ Are you not Mr. Heywood's ser. Was with purity, clearness, simplicity fraught. vant?” She answered, “ Yes.” He added, He never addressed the Virgin mild “I am glad of having this opportunity of To know if he dared approach her child ! seeing you; some friends at M- have He pour'd forth his soul at his Master's feet, remitted to me five guineas for your master, Mercy and pardon, and grace to entreat! and I was just thinking how I could send And when his Lord had gone up on high, it.” Martha burst into tears, and for some His last fond wish was, like Him to die ! time could not utter a word, the necessities When Peter had sinn'd, in his utmost need of the family, their trust in Providence, and Did he fly to the Virgin to intercede ? the seasonable supply, entering upon her Or even while this our earth he trod mind at once, quite overpowered her. At Address her as “Holy Mother of God!”? length she told Mr. N. upon what errand she The cross in a scriptural sense he bore, had come. The gentleman could not but But the cross of wood did he ever adore ? be affected with the story, and told Martha He never utter'd the fearful ban, to come to him when the like necessity Or cursed or murder'd his fellow-man; should press upon them at any future time. He never used the rack or screw, She made haste to procure the necessary Or the bed of spikes, as the Papists do! provisions, and with a heart lightened of its Oh! could St. Peter look down and see burden, ran home to tell the success of her The blindness of those who bend the knee, journey. Though she had not been long With upraised eye of tearful grief, absent, the hungry family had often looked To some sainted spirit for sweet relief; wistfully for her arrival. When she knocked Or the castigations by whips and thongs, at her master's door, which now must be Themselves to atone for their sins and wrongs, kept locked for fear of constables and bailiffs, Or the mortifications by penance and woe it was presently opened, and the joy to see which the votaries of Popery undergo! her was as great as when a fleet of ships With unfeign'd horror he surely would say, arrives laden with provisions for the relief of Away, ye blasphemers! away! away! a starving town closely beseiged by an Nor mock the Most High with such vile enemy. The children danced round the pretence, maid, eager to look into the basket of eat- Foundationless prayers and works of sense. ables, whilst she recited all the circumstances Could saints shed tears, they would weep of her journey. Martha wiped her eyes; and grieve the father smiled and said, “The Lord hath At the blind adoration themselves receive. not forgotten to be gracious, did not I tell Oh! woe to the Papists, and shame to the you that God would surely provide for us?” Pope, How applicable the advice of the Psalmist, They magnify creatures—they'll die without “ Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt hope. thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt Oh! burst then the fetters by which ye are be fed.”—Ps. lvii. 4. The Christian poet bound, also sweetly says:
And hurl those false images down to the “The birds without barns or storehouse are fed, ground!
From them let us learn to trust for our bread, Give worship and honor. and glory, au
To Him the exalted-the 'ancient of days!'
Pervert not the precepts contain'd in His CABINET.
word, A man may go to heaven without a penny
Lest the fierce wrath of heaven should be in his pocket, but not without grace in his the
thy reward. heart.
The ransom is paid-Christ sits ou the One mild word, says the proverb, will
throne ! quench more heat than a bucket of water.
Believe and be saved-by His blood alone !
“PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.”—1 Thess. v. 17. 'T is a question if ever St. Peter was there, Ashbourne.-The annual meeting of the And all he asserts that St. Peter said, branch of the Protestant Association took In St. Peter's own writings will never be read. place in the large room of the Green
and honor, and glory, and
Hotel, in the evening of Monday, Oct. 28, The Quarterly Prayer Meeting of the Rev. Ś. Shipley, A.M., in the chair. The Metropolitan Associations will be held (D.v.) meeting was addressed by Rev. R. Macklin, in the rooms of the Protestant Association, of Derby, Rev. — Hey, Rev. T. S. Mosse, 11, Exeter Hall, on the evening of January and Mr. Lord.
1, 1845, the first day of the year, being the Brailsford.—A meeting of the members time when many Christians, at the suggesand friends of this Association took place on tion of the Rev. Haldane Stewart, of Liverthe evening of Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Rev. pool, repeated annually for some years past, W. A. Shirley in the chair. The meeting, have been in the habit of meeting together which was respectably attended, was ad- for special prayer. The meeting will comdressed by the chairman, Rev. R. Macklin, menee at half-past seven o'clock. and Mr. Lord.
Ireland.—The “Nenagh Guardian,” Nov. Matlock. This branch of the Protestant 20, states that a priest has forbidden his Association held their anniversary meeting flock, on pain of having all the religious in the large school-room, on the evening of rites withheld from them, to use either snuff Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Rev. W. K. Mel- or tobacco; remarking, that “it was fitter ville, the Rector, in the chair. The meeting to give the two millions of money that goes was addressed at some length by the Rev. to the Queen for duty on tobacco in the Chairman, Rev. G. G. Harvey, Rev. — year, to their poor clergy, who are labouring Barker, Smith, Rev. Roseingrave Macklin, day and night for the benefit of their poor and Mr. Lord.
souls, than to support a Queen.” Two very Derby.—A lecture was delivered here to strong instances are added, in which the the members and friends of the Operative priest has carried on this anathema to the Association on Thursday, Oct. 31, by James very fullest extent. Lord, Esq. The chair was taken by the Rev, Malta.–We are rejoiced to learn that in Roseingrave Macklin, President of the Ope- spite of all opposition, the great and good rative Association, and the meeting 'appeared work at Malta is still progressing. to take a deep and lively interest in the Portugal and Madeira.—We have heard statements of the chairman and lecturer. ' At with regret, though without surprise, that the close of the lecture the Rev. chairman the formation of more stringent laws against made some important remarks by way of all opposers of the Roman Catholic religion encouragement to the operatives and others in Portugal, and her dominions, has been to proceed in their good work. Amongst under the consideration of the Portuguese other facts to which the Rev. chairman Government. We learn, too, that this is alluded was this, that there had been in expressly with the view of meeting the case Derby several conversions from Popery, and of Dr. Kalley, and similar cases. that he had in his own congregation one France.—“ The Hon. and Rev. Mr. Spenwho, till a recent period, had been the ver- cer,” says the Tablet, Nov. 30, "is in Paris ger, or beadle, or some office-bearer, in the labouring in the great work to which he has Popish chapel of Derby, and that this man devoted himself-the conversion of England.” was about to read publicly in his (Mr. Irish Education Board. — The “ Dublin Macklin's) church his recantation of the Warder," Nov. 30, says, “We understand errors of the Church of Rome. The Rev. that two vacant inspectorships in the Board chairman also stated that many of those per- have been filled up this week, one by a sons who had, within the last few years, fallen Papist, and one by a Socinian, We are ina prey to the delusions of Popery, had again formed, that of the thirty-two inspectorships returned to the Church of England, fully now extant, seventeen are Papists, two Sosatisfied that Popery affords no place for cinians, three Presbyterians, and ten Prosinners' souls.
testants of the Church of Ireland.” Chelsea.--Historical Lectures.--A course Popish Outrage at Shinrone.-On Tuesday of four lectures on the History of the Re- night, Nov. 26, between ten and eleven formation have been recently delivered in o'clock, a party of three men entered the the Christ Church National Schools on the house of the school-master of the Church llowing subjects:-1. On the Political Education Society of that town, and without rinciples of the Church of Rome, by the saying a word, presented a pistol at him, Rev. A. S. Thelwal), M.A.; 2. Luther and which fortunately missed fire, and then beat
e Reformation, by James Lord, Esq., bar- him in a most violent manner and broke his cister-at-law; 3. The Life of Edward the ribs. His wife, in attempting to save him, ixth, by Rev. R. W. Dibdin, M.A., Minis- also received dreadful treatment; both are
the Episcopal Chapel, West-street, under medical care, and it is doubtful if
artin's-lane ; 4. The Reign of Queen either of them will recover. cumbent of Christ Church. by Rev. W. H. Howard, M.A., In- Five Roman Catholic clergymen in Ire
land, Messrs. Frost, Burke, O'Brien, Basbie,
ter of St. Ma
and Macnamara, have lately renounced with much opposition. The Grand CounPopery, and are now preparing for the minis- cil, however, sanctioned the recall of the try of the Church of England.
Jesuits, in spite of the popular repugnance,
In certain parts of the canton of Lucerne, Lc Valais.—The following is an extract especially in the western part bordering from a petition which is circulating in the upon Berne, the population shewed sympCanton de Vaud :-" To the Grand Council toms of a determination to resist this meaof the Canton de Vaud. Gentlemen,-For sure. In the little town of Willisau, these some years past the Protestants resident in symptoms were evident. The government Le Valais (Popish Canton), nearly all Swiss, sent' a detachment of its militia to arrest the greater part Vaudois, have met together several persons known for their opposition to worship God according to their eonscience, to the Jesuits. The population of Willisau They have neither churches nor a chapel, rose, surrounded the soldiers, who disobeyed but meet in particular houses. The Govern- an order from their officer to fire, and finally ment of Valais now refuse them the right of retreated. Since that there has been an private worship. It prohibits them from engagement between the Government troops exercising their religion. The Vaudois po- and the Liberal party, in which the former pulation is grievously affected. What will have proved victorious, after a great number become of the relations of canton with can- killed and wounded on both sides. A letter ton if each imitates this intolerance. . ... from Lucerne, Dec. 10, says: “ The Jesuits We pray you, gentlemen, to adopt such mea- triumph to the full extent of the word, sures as your wisdom shall dictate, to induce thanks to the means of seduction that they the government of Valais to change its have employed.” It is believed that though policy.”
the affair is for the moment put down at Lucerne.-Jesuitism in Switzerland–Those Lucerne, a very serious struggle is impendemissaries of evil, the Jesuits, who, wherever ing between the Papists and the Protestants they carry on their operations, act with se- of the republic generally. This popular cret and determined hostility to every in- movement has broken out on the very eve of terest dear to mankind, are convulsing the epoch when Lucerne ceases to be Vorort," Switzerland from one extremity to the other. and as such to wield the executive. That For some time they have been established at power now passes to Zurich, a state governed Fribourg and Schwyz, from whence they by zealous Protestants, and as much opposed have directed their operations to bring the to the Jesuits as to any scheme for putting other cantons under their control. The down Popery by Straussim. The Morning question of education was agitated by them, Chronicle' says—“ If bloodshed or collision and in more than one Popish canton they be suspended or warded off in Lucerne, demanded to have the public schools placed Zurich, so well situated to act arbiter, may under their direction. Some years back, interfere between the Radicals of Berne and the Protestant cantons of Zurich and Berne the ultra-Catholics of Lucerne, to bring about were pushing and extending, even in remote an accommodation. At all events it is not and mountain districts, their system of edu- likely that the Jesuits can keep their ground cation. Unhappily, the Radicals of Zurich in North Switzerland. Many of the Concarried their ideas of educational reform so servative states, such as Bâle and Neufchafar as to appoint the famous Strauss to be tel would declare against them; and even professor of their new university. The Po- the Catholic canton of Schwyz is divided in pish priesthood of Lucerne (Popish canton), opinion on the subject.” We only hope it under the direction of the Jesuits, imme- may be so; but such is the influence obdiately raised an outcry, and professing to tained by the Jesuits, that we very much fear, dread the spread of the principles of Strauss if they do not triumph, they will continue to their canton, the sacerdotal party carried for a long time to embroil Switzerland. the elections, established a new government, The Vorort is the assembled Helvetic council and proceeded to imitate Fribourg, by com- of all the Swiss cantons, held alternately (annually mitting the education of the canton and its we believe) in various cantons. That canton 1
which it meets possesses, for the time, much influ. schools to the Jesuits. This attempt met ence. Published under
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