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ment in almost every house. Even | twelve persons brought under strong where the parties have attended none of | convictions of sin, nearly all of whom the late meetings, they have been struck have already found peace. They were down at work, or by the domestic fire accompanied to their homes by indiviside, and it has become requisite to duals, who prayed with them and comsend for ministers, elders, and others, to forted them with suitable exhortations. join in prayer with and for them-in A prayer meeting is to be held at five most of the cases with the happiest o'clock this morning, in the school results. The Roman Catholic young room, and a daily prayer meeting in the woman continues in a very hopeful evening from this time forth. condition, and prays almost“ without ceasing.” There are two Romanist LINEN HALL-STREET CHURCH. families in the town who have been The Rev. Robert Knox held a prayer brought to a knowledge of the truth in meeting in the Linen Hall-street Church. the course of this movement. We have During the service, Mr. Knox entered been informed of the case of one young into a statement of the character of the female-a Sunday scholar-who was manifestations which had come under about to be married to a Roman Catho his observation from the commencement lic, much against the inclination of her of the revival movement in Belfast, till relatives, but who, under the influence the present time. He described the of a changed heart, has totally given manner in which each individual was up her uncongenial attachment, and affected, and their conduct while under offers up earnest prayer for the conver the influence of a repentant spirit; and sion of her parents, and has been the he showed that this could be traceable means of convincing eight others of to no other cause than the operation of their want of a knowledge of salva God's power on His people. The rev. tion.
gentleman then related the results of
his visits to Ewart's-row, where twelve MEETING IN BROWN - SQUARE cases of manifest conversion came SCHOOL ROOM.
under his notice during Friday mornThis school room is occupied as one ing. He believed that no untutored of the stations of the Belfast Town Mis man,who was not imbued with the Spirit sion, under the care of the Rev. John of God, could use such langnage as he Beattie, and is usually attended by a heard fall from the lips of some of these large number of the humbler classes people language rich in the choicest residing in the district. On Thursday teachings of our Saviour. It was benight a prayer-meeting was held, at | yond his power to remain at home with which the agent of the mission, and these calls before him, to visit parties others, conducted the religious exer who had been stricken down. "Now, cises. While a young man was engaged instead of devoting the usual time for in speaking, an old man came forward, the preparation of his sermons for that clasped his hands, and asked him to day (the Sabbath)-instead of applying pray for him. The agent got him to to God's book for instruction, he would sit down till the young man had finished gather up witnesses on behalf of the his observations; and upon prayer being Saviour among living awakened souls. then offered up, the whole audience He had preached many sermons under became deeply stirred and excited, par a deep feeling of responsibility during ties crying out—"Have mercy on me,” his ministry, but he believed he had “What must I do to be saved ?". and never preached two sermons, during the such - like expressions. Two of those course of his career, with such power present have since found peace, and two and effect as those he had delivered that more are praying for it. In one of these day. As an evidence of this, he mencases the person was under conviction tioned that a member of his own church, for three months. On Friday evening, during the forenoon service, had been Mr. Beattie held another prayer meet struck down in the same manner as ing in the same place, and was assisted had characterized other cases, crying by several young men, one of whom had aloud for a remission of his sins. this week been brought to a saving During the afternoon service, messages knowledge of Christ. There was a feel came to him from several, quarters of ing of deep solemnity in the audience, the town, requesting that either miniswhich soon broke out into manifesta ters or elders would visit the dwellings tions of the usual character. There were of persons affected, who were appealing
in despair for heavenly aid and assist- 1 came so crowded, that the building was ance. The rev. gentleman's interesting | unfit to accommodate the numbers who statement was listened to with marked sought admission. The use of Townsattention.
end-street Church was, in consequence, In the evening, Mr. Knox addressed requested, and at once granted, and the an open-air meeting in terms suitable to meetings have since been held there. the present state of religious feeling in On Saturday morning, at the unusually town. During the service, there were early hour of five o'clock, a prayer meetthree or four persons affected. They ing was held, which was largely attenwere taken to their homes, where prayer ded by persons of the working class, meetings was held during the night. who had left their beds an hour before TOWNSEND-STREET CONGREGATION.
their accustomed time, in order to hear
what they might of the good work that The Rev. Dr. Killen conducted the
is going on. Some of them, indeed a forenoon service in this church. The considerable number, manifested a deep attendance was exceedingly large. At earnestness in the services; and, when the conclusion of the services, the Rev.
they closed, proceeded to their daily William Johnston briefly addressed the
occupations, solemnly impressed by the congregation. He believed that this
exercises of the morning. was in reality a work of God. He him
DURHAM-STREET DISTRICT. self had visited houses in which he
In some of the streets, three or four found no fewer than four or five persons
persons are religiously affected in many all under the influence of a changed
of the houses. More than a dozen cases heart, and earnestly praying for them
of this description came under the selves and for each other. He was con
notice of one town missionary on Sabvinced that, in Belfast and its neigh
bath last. On some occasions, so soon bourhood, they were on the eve of a
as parties become affected, and while a great harvest of souls. He highly ap
missionary and others are engaged in proved of what had already been done
prayer and exhortation in one house, a by lay brethren in the movement, which
number of neighbours join the little had been greatly promoted by elders
assembly, and become influenced, in a and others praying with those who were
degree more or less remarkable, by what affected. Mr. Johnston concluded by
they hear and witness. We have heard announcing that in his, as well as all
of one instance in which three persons the other Presbyterian churches in
in one house were thus brought under town, prayer meetings in connection
conviction; and, after a Christian with the 5 awakening” would be held
gentleman had offered up prayer, on every evening during the ensuing
four or five otbers were brought under (the present)week. The remarks of the
saving influence. In another case, that rev. gentleman appeared to produce a
of an intelligent young man, who was very impressive effect upon the audience,
suddenly prostrated, although he has. many of whom were moved even to
since been unable to leave his bed, he tears.
has not ceased to speak of Christ as his The evening meeting was also one of
only hope to the neighbours and friends a highly interesting character; and the
who have visited him. It is calculated, attendance greatly exceeded the capa
by a gentleman who is well acquainted city of the church in the way of accom
with the district, and who has been very modation. Not a few persons were
careful in his estimate, that there bave obliged to leave before the conclusion of
not been fewer than sixty cases of conthe service, owing to the densely crowded
viction-many of them followed by state of the house ; but, of those who,
conversion-in that portion of the town despite of every inconvenience, “re
alone. We learn that, on the nights of mained to pray," we have every reason to
Saturday and Sunday, at least one-half believe that several returned to their
of the people of the locality were prayhomes to offer up, in the quietude of
ing and singing for the greater part of the closet, aspirations for grace and
the time in their houses. Wherever it mercy.
is announced that a prayer meeting is BROWN-STREET DISTRICT. to be held by a town missionary or “Revival” meetings had been held in other person, tbe news is quickly spread, the Brown-street school-house during and in a few minutes after it is opened, the whole of last week, with the best the house is crowded by anxious and results. The attendance, however, be- ' expectant worshippers.
ALBERT-STREET CHURCH. The services on Sabbath last were conducted by the pastor. At the forenoon service there was a visible mani. festation of feeling, nearly every eye in the meeting being filled with tears. Several individuals, unable to restrain the effects of deep conviction of sin, cried out, and for a time the sermon had to be stopped, and a psalm sung. We have learned that a Roman Catholic girl, who went to the door of the church to jeer and mock at the persons * affected,” was struck down under the very same circumstances. Soon after she was taken home, an individual, who was converted during the past week, exhorted her and prayed with her. A Roman Catholic clergyman entered the house just at this moment, but the girl refused to have anything to do with him, and he immediately abandoned the scene.
THE SPINNING MILLS. One of the most extraordinary features of the awakening, from its very commencement, has been its almost electric spread among the female workers, not in one particular factory at a time, but in several mills simultaneously, and in all with precisely the same results. That conviction of sin should at once have seized upon and stricken down numbers in a day, and even in an hour, among that especial class of operatives, is all but miraculous, as a large proportion of them were known to treat serious inatters and persons in a spirit of the utmost levity. That the leavening of reviving grace among them, however, has been of a deeply permeating character, and has already produced the most salutary, spiritual, and moral results, no longer admits of a doubt. Many who, without having previously exbibited any signs of impression, were prostrated in a moment under feelings they had never before experienced, are hopeful subjects of redeeming mercy, changed in heart, in demeanour, and in walk and conversation. Those who rarely, if ever, had visited a church or a prayer meeting, are now found regularly and anxiously joining in religious exercises in both, and bearing to their homes and their neighbourhoods the glad tidings of great joy which they hear from time to time. We have been informed of several young women, mill workers, who were in the practice of spending their evenings and
Sabbaths in frivolous amusements, now devoting their leisure hours on both to bearing of God and Christ, in prayer, and in holy communion with each other.
We bave already particularised the almost unparalleled visitation which occurred in Messrs. Ewart's mill, Crumlin-road, last week, and the far-pervading influence which it exercised, and which is still producing its natural results. It is now our duty to record a still more marked, unlooked-for, and astonishing manifestation of the effects of overpowering conviction, which was witnessed on the morning of Tuesday, in one of the departments of a most extensive spinning and manufacturing concern, which employs a vast number of workers, male and female. The young women engaged in the department we refer to, are not mill-workers, and are generally of a respectable class. Some of them are Sabbath scholars, and these and others had attended revival meetings. Within two or three hours on the morning mentioned, nearly twenty of these girls were struck down, each in an instant, at their work, several becoming apparently insensible at once, and others uttering agonizing cries for mercy. The scene produced the greatest excitement throughout the entire works, and not a little alarm. The persons prostrated were, however, promptly attended to by the humane manager, and by their companions. Cars were provided for those who could not otherwise be removed to their homes, and the rest were assisted out of the premises, and taken to their respective places of abode. Orders were given that the work-rooms should be closed for the day; but some additional cases of visitation occurred even as the young women were leaving the place, and passing down the stairs. Some of those attacked have not yet been able to return to work. In most cases, on reaching home, the persons affected, or their friends, sought spiritual, and some of them medical advice; and when prayer had been offered up, in a majority of instances, speedy relief both from pbysical and mental suffering appeared to be produced. Several of the young women, we have been informed, have found peace, and a number are earnestly seeking it in prayer. PRAYER MEETING IN THE
churches, and several belonging to other | find Him, for He was a loving Saviour. bodies, are open for prayer almost every “ Oh !" she said, “ if you had received evening, and are filled with deeply at one of His embraces, as I have received tentive and inquiring audiences. On them, you would not only love Him each succeeding night remarkable cases through the short period of your lives, of conviction occur, and others follow, but throughout eternity.” She was then, after the individuals present have re with this prayerful proceeding, someturned to their homes. Some of the what exhausted, and the visitors left, most notable of the visitations, since with the impression upon their minds our last, have been in Berry-street and that this was a striking example of the Townsend street Churches. Last night, glorious fruits of tbe morement. About in the former, there were three; one of eleven o'clock on Tuesday night, the them a young man who had been same party entered Leeds-street; there estranged from his family for two years, they found groups of persons anxiously but, on being enlightened, immediately awaiting the arrival of ministers or elders declared his intention “ to return to his who could afford consolation and comfather.” We have heard of cases in fort to those who had been stricken which strong men have been struck down. In one of the houses into which down at these meetings, and such are they entered they found a strong, powerbecoming more common. Among the ful man, who had made a visit for the Methodist body, the work of awakening purpose of conducting prayer, struck is making great progress by means of down, and crying for mercy; and those prayer meetings and visitation.
present stated that, whilst in the midst
of his prayer, he fell down into the INTERESTING INCIDENTS.
state in which he was then found. During Tuesday night some remark While prayer was being conducted able cases came under the attention of in this house, the visitors were called the gentlemen engaged in the work of upon to attend another person in the visitation. About ten o'clock on that same street, who was also suffering from night, a visit was paid to the house of a like influence. The latter person was a respectable family residing in the left in a state of great mental agony. neighbourhood of Peter’s-hill. One of In the neighbourhood of Sandy-row the female members of the family-a there were three remarkable cases on young woman of about eighteen years Tuesday; one was that of a Roman old, and of singularly prepossessing ap Catholic, another was a Presbyterian, pearance—was affected on Friday last, and the third was a member of the and has since recovered from her ill. Established Church. At two o'clock ness. When the visitors entered, she yesterday morning all that could poswas still confined to bed, but received sibly be done to bring peace and joy to them with great warmth of feeling. the minds of these people had been She then requested that they would join effected. with her in singing the fortieth Psalm The movement is not confined to the and in prayer. She made the prayer humble dwellings of mill-workers and herself, and her language was so solemn others of the lower industrial classes. and affecting, that in this small com A case has come to our knowledge, in pany of fifteen or sixteen persons, there which a lady of independent means has was not a dry eye, while many gave felt the power of the awakening Spirit, vent to their feelings in loud and earnest and yielded to its influence. In another sobbings for their sins. She expressed instance, four female servants in a firstall confidence in her Saviour, and stated class hotel have been deeply and almost to those present that her career in after simultaneously impressed, and are now life would bear testimony that she felt in a hopeful frame of mind, after having the greatness of His mercy. After she been visited and prayed for by a minishad concluded, her sister, who had not ter and elder. been under such influence, requested A young man, aged twenty-one, who those present to remain while she prayed, | had been a Sabbath-breaker, a drunkard, and this, also, was full of the most | a prize-fighter, and an open profligate, scriptural sentiment and truth. Before was visited by the Spirit on Saturday, the visitors left, the young woman who and on Sunday was addressing a meetwas in a state of illness requested all ing. Immediately on finding peace, he present who had not found their Saviour exclaimed, “ My wild career is over for to seek Him earnestly and they would I ever !” Some of bis wicked companions
visited him, and, after he had told them | Service to commence on Thursday evenwhat God had done for him, he induced ing next.” them to join in singing a psalm. Some of them have since been attending the
REVIVALS AND COCK-FIGHTING. meetings.
On Tuesday, the 7th instant, there Another, who has confessed himself was a glorious meeting at Creaghrock, to have been a “whitewashed hypocrite," mid-way between Ahoghill and Ranwas visited by God at the family altar. dalstown. This place has become God is now precious to his soul, and he famous, or rather infamous, as a cockis indefatigable in visitation.
pit, especially on Ahoghill olā fair-day, A Roman Catholic man, working at a when thousands would assemble for the mill, was prostrated at his employment, degrading sport of cock-fighting, thereby and carried home-believed to be a making it à scene of lying, blasphemy, genuine case of conviction.
drunkenness, and all manner of profliA Roman Catholic girl was similarly gacy. In these “ revival” times a numaffected, and is now thoroughly con ber of the awakened, some of whom, verted. Her exclamation is, “No Virgin perhaps, were “cockers" themselves, for me!”
resolved to make it on this occasion a
far different scene, and therefore invited THE PARISH CHURCH OF BELFAST.
several ministers to attend and address The Rev. Dr. Miller, vicar of Belfast, the meeting against all manner of vice, has published the following letter in a and for the promotion of all manner of contemporary :
holiness. Tuesday was one of June's * DEAR SIR,—In viewing the present finest days-sky unclouded, sun brilaspect of affairs in reference to what is liant, all nature laughing with joy, and termed • Religious Revivals,'I anxiously heaven smiling over us. The meetindulge the hope that it may tend to ing was at ten o'clock a.m., and even at the glory of God. Various, no doubt, that early hour, crowds in all directions are the surmises and opinions respecting and of all characters—in many cases cause and effect; but in this, I think, from a distance of five or six mileswe must all agree, that if the work is were seen wending their way gladly to from the Lord, it will succeed and pros the Rock, and at one time there could per. Whatever be the issue of this not have been much less than 2,000 move, one thing is now evident, that, present. All behaved with great order amongst the people generally, there is and decorum while the Rev. Mr. Smith, an awakening from spiritual death, an of Craigmore; the Rev. Messrs. D. anxiety after the soul's salvation, and Adams and F. Buck, of Ahoghill; and a growing desire for the means of grace. the Rev. H. Stewart, usefully and All this is a subject of deep gratitude earnestly addressed the vast and atand thankfulness to the Author and tentive audience, and while pious prayers Giver of all good things. You are, were offered up by fervent laymen. A perhaps, aware that a meeting of clergy, most solemn impression was produced with our bishop presiding, was held on all, from the grey-haired man of yesterday at the Clerical Rooms, and, as ninety, to the merry child of a few might have been expected, the unanimous years. Many of the old and young were decision was, that with ministerial zeal deeply and visibly impressed by the and faithfulness, but, at the same time, Spirit's power; and, altogether, such a with a calm and prayerful spirit, we hallowed scene cannot fail to be enshould continue as hitherto to feel a graven on the heart of every beholder lively interest in the matter, and avail for many a year, as it is believed several ourselves of every practical opportunity, on that day could then and there look at all times and in all places, to preach up to heaven, and say of Jesus, “ Rock and to teach Christ. Some members of of ages, cleft for me." our communion, who observe events passing around them, have expressed a
BELFAST SUMMARY. wish for additional services in our The progress of this religious awakenchurches; and I take this opportunity ing continues as rapid and irresistible of stating that, in compliance with the as ever. The movement now, affects feeling so highly commendable, this Christians of almost every evangelical parish church will be open for service denomination,-finds its way not only and sermon on Thursday and Tuesday into churches and crowded meetings in evenings, at half-past seven o'clock. I other buildings, but to the domestic