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each coming day, in its day; and For Thine is the Kingdom, the as the duty of the Day requires. Power, and the Glory, for ever and “Shew Thy servants Thy work, ever! Amen. and their children Thy glory;" by giving the opportunity, as well as power, of well-doing; and such

BOOKS. diligence in whatsoever our hand

A Pastoral Letter to the Parishioners of findeth to do, as shall cut off occa- Hursley, occasioned by the proposed Synosion for the Devil to gain advantage dical Meeting in the Diocese of Exeter. over us. And, Lord! where Thy By the Rev. John Keble.---J. H. Parker.--

We quite meant to have given our readers perfect and acceptable Will has

this month, some account of the Synod been our aim, in the beginning and which has just been held in Exeter, but accomplishment of any work, wilt are compelled to postpone it; no doubt Thou not so far crown our efforts

most of them have heard of it, and would

be glad to know more about it,---what it with success, as may refresh our

means, why the Bishop held it, and what fainting energies, and strengthen was done. Mr. Keble's cheap, plain, and us to persevere? Behold, we stand sensible Letter to his Parishioners, win before Thee poor and needy, to be

give them quite sufficient information

about the first two points, and we very fed anew with all virtue and ex

strongly advise all who can, to get it and cellency, and rid and delivered by read it very carefully. As it was written Thy righteousness. Oh! lift up before the Synod was held of course it will

not tell them "what was done : we hope the light of Thy countenance upon to do this another time; all we can now Thy servants, for Thy mercies' say is that so much was done and so well sake, and tell us, “Thou Whom done for the good of the people in the our soul loveth," where Thou feed

Diocese of Exeter, that we trust the other

Bishops will not be slow to imitate one of est, where Thou makest Thy flock the greatest and best things which have to rest at noon?" “ Lead us by happened in England since the Reforthe footsteps of Thy flock,” and

mation; and then, not our readers only,

but all the members of the Church of “ feed Thy kids beside the Shep

England will practically learn the use of herd's tents;” and let us not be Church Synods, for they will themselves as those that “turn aside by the experience in time the benefits of them. flocks of Thy companions,

The Finchley Manuals of Industry.--mourn a rest and pasture they have J. Masters---This is a very good Series of lost and cannot find!

Little books, upon very useful if not great

subjects: No. 3. is on “Household work," Thou Who art the Very BREAD and Mistresses would do well to place it on of life! we would see Thee with the kitchen dresser and insist upon its the eyes of faith in Thy Church being read. Amongst other things there

are « Rules for Prevention of Accidents and in Thy Sacraments—in every

by Fire," which we strongly recommend form and symbol! we would behold

our readers, young and old, to attend to. as it were, a perpetual mirror, in which to humble, examine, and prove ourselves; with pure hearts NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. receiving not the shadow, but the substance-not the figure, but the

Received.-Rev. W. N. St. L-; GP-,

Devizes; J. C. F-; W. D. M-, Madras; reality; yea, the very Son of God

Wm.; M. D. R—; The Old Man's Dream; Himself; until that blessed DAY E. H-; Rev. E. R-; C. P-; H. P.M-; when we shall see Him Who is C. J- ; The Moss Rose. Himself the Word, and eat and

Replies.-H. L-, an Anglo-Catholic; drink with Him anew, in the King- we omitted to say in a former number you dom of the Resurrection, when may send.- Rev. E. R—; thanks for the DAY BY DAY will be swallowed up

enclosure, we should like to see the rest.

C. J-; and H. P. M--; may each send in the all-satisfying portion of ONE

them both if you please. ETERNAL DAY!

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OLD NEWS BETTER THAN NONE.

NOTES ON CHURCH HISTORY.

No. VIII. WHEN Mr. Jones sent back Butler's paper, Hyde happened to be with him, and Mrs. Hyde also, who had called after some copy-books for her little girl. She took as much interest as her husband in these matters, and was very glad to have the paper read to her. But when it was finished, she looked a little disappointed.

Well, now, my good wife, what's the matter ?” said Hyde: “ tell it out by all means, and have done with it.”

“Oh, nothing at all,” she said at first ; but on being pressed a little, she owned that she had expected rather more of detail in the personal history of the Apostles ; for instance, in the account of the martyrdom of St. Peter.

“Well,” said Butler, “ I own that there are some things left out here which Fleury mentions: how St. Peter's wife is said to have suffered before him; how he, seeing her led away to death, congratulated her on her returning to her true country, exhorted and consoled her; and, calling her by her name, said, “Remember our Lord.' They had a daughter, named Petronilla, who lived a virgin, and died, after a life of holiness, in Ronie.”

H. Perhaps Mr. Jones thought these things hardly certain enough to set down in Notes on Church History.”

Mrs. H. “ Still, perhaps, we may think of them as possibly true, and obtain encouragement in good by them.”

H. “To be sure, I can imagine many a husband, aware of this tradition about St. Peter, finding himself the more enabled to support himself and his wife in afflictions of any kind.”

Mrs. H. “ And many a woman strengthened in heart to serve God, if such be His will, in loneliness, when she thinks of the Apostle's orphaned daughter.”

B. “ Just as the other and better known tradition, about his suffering with his head downwards, may instruct all sufferers, while they remember our Lord in their sufferings, still (if I may say so) to . keep their distance from Him."

Mrs. H. “ And is there not something like it told of St. Andrew?"

B. Yes : his cross, the shape of which, you know, is said to have been chosen by him on purpose to make a variety from our Saviour's Cross."

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Mrs. H And so there was a family likeness in the two brothers ?"

H. Each longing to follow our Lord, but fearing lest he should prove unworthy."

Mrs. H. “Well, these are the touches which I delight in, in pictures from Church History: and I should be disappointed, if Mr. Jones should commonly think it necessary to leave them out, by reason of their uncertainty.”

B. “I dare say he will not: there is a great deal that is very probable, though not always quite enough to satisfy one's fancy."

H. But now, Master Butler, if you please, I should like for you and me to do as we often do when we are going up hill together :-to pause awhile, as it were, and cast our eyes around us, and see how things in general look, in that point of the Church's History to which we are come. I should like to have some tolerably distinct notion, how far the Church had spread at the time of the two great Apostles' martyrdom, and the complete Foundation of the Primitive Church in Rome.”

B. You know, of course, that we cannot tell exactly: it having pleased God to hide from us almost entirely the proceedings of most of the Apostles, and to shew us but glimpses, here and there, of the three or four whom we are able to trace a little. But even by the fragments which are preserved, we may judge how wonderfully the grain of mustard-seed had thriven, already during the lifetime of those two Apostles. I have got,” he added, rummaging in his desk, “ or ought to have, a memorandum about it, which I wrote to help me with the boys.”

• Look at the map of St. Paul's travels, and see how large a portion of the world he is known to have visited :—from Spain, on the west, to the Euphratean desert, on the east; and from the borders of Thrace, on the north, to the southern coasts of Cyprus and Crete. St. Peter, if he fall short of this on the west, (for there is no record of his having gone farther than Rome,) equalled it in Greece, Asia Minor, and Syria, and surpassed it (according to tradition) on the south, by preaching in Egypt. By these, we may judge of the labours of the remaining Apostles: whereof St. Andrew is reported to have gone very far north, St. Thomas very far east, and St. Matthew very

far south.

“And wherever they went, it was their way, no doubt, not only to make an impression, and gather a Church, in the first place, but also, at times, again to " pass through all quarters,” and to go about “ confirming the Churches,” as we read that St. Peter and St. Paul did. These Apostolic visits were a bond of visible union for the time; and, when it seemed good to them, the Apostles ordained for each chief place, what we should call a Diocesan Bishop. Much as it is in Missionary work now. The Bishops and Priests who first set up a Church in Australia, Africa, or America, very often have to make many visits, to go backwards and forwards a great many times, after they have succeeded in drawing the people's attention, before they establish a regular Church, -a Bishop with Clergy and Laity under him,

-to be the City set on a hill, the Catholic Church in that place.

· When it is set up, it maintains communion in various ways with the Churches which existed before it: receiving Clergymen and other Communicants from them, with proper letters; and doing nothing which concerns the whole body of Christ, without consulting with those other Churches.

• In this way, the Church, in the year 66 or 67, had grown to be a large body, united within itself, spreading through greater part of the Roman Empire ;—that is, the greater part of the world which was then civilized ;-—and practising throughout, a wonderful agreement in doctrine, Sacraments, and discipline. So that there was every where one visible kingdom of God, to take the place of the old Jewish Church, or Synagogue, just then on the eve of perishing, and to draw to itself the good Israelites, who had real trust in the Old Prophecies.?”

Mrs. H. Oh, thank you, Mr, Butler. What you have read us has made it clearer to me than before, both how that first Church came in place of Israel and Judah, and how it is in fact the same body which we trust we are part of now. But you have said nothing about the Scriptures ; were they not the necessary foundation of that early Gospel Church, as the Law of Moses was of the Church in the wilderness ? "

B. No doubt : that is understood all along. The first Christian Churches were of course founded upon the Scriptures, so far as the Scriptures were then written and known. But at the time we are speaking of, and until a good while after, the whole of the New Testament was not as yet written and known. There were the first three Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and their Epistles, so far as they were published and acknowledged. But it took some time to verify an Epistle or Gospel, and to

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inform the Church thoroughly of its being part of God's Scriptures. And so, even some of the writings of St. Peter and St. Paul had yet to be generally received ; and St. John's were not so much as written until many years after.”

Mrs. H. If I understand you rightly, there were at that time complete Churches without the Scriptures."

B. Not altogether without the Scriptures, but without the whole of the New Testament.”

H. And why, dear wife, should you look surprised at that? it is no more strange than that there should be good Christians now, as I thank God there are a great many, who cannot read the Bible at all.”

Mrs. H. I see partly what you mean: Christians who are no scholars must take the Bible, and the Creed, and all, on trust from those who are scholars. And before the New Testament was written or known, the necessary truths contained in each Book must have been taken on trust from the sayings of those who wrote or might have written the Book : that is, from inspired persons.”

B. “ True: and before those inspired persons, Apostles, or companions of Apostles, died away, it pleased God that they should from time to time set down on occasion more or less of necessary truth: so that by the time they were all gone, their writings, abiding in their stead, were a complete treasure of all doctrines needful unto salvation."

H. I understand: the truth itself, the Creed, was in substance (not in words) just the same as it is now, neither longer nor shorter by one single Article: but the proof of it then could not be made complete, without taking in more or less of unwritten tradition, the sayings of the Apostles and their followers ; now, by God's Providence, Scripture has been so enlarged, that the Church is able to prove the whole Creed from it. The Inspired Unwritten Voice did not at all cease to speak until the Inspired Written Voice had taken up the words, and recorded them for all time.”

B. “ Even so: but at the moment we are now speaking of— the moment of the great Apostle's martyrdom—this process was yet going on. The Rule of Faith, even the substance of it, was still partly unwritten ; for non of the writings of St. John .as yet existed : and those of St. Paul and others, it seems, were far from being universally known.”

Mrs. H. Yet, if I rightly understood you, no Christian,

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