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lisser in the chair, and no interruption of any consequence took place, according to the practice adopted at Waterford, it was adjourned to the following Monday evening.

We give the following extract of a letter from another correspondent, giving an account briefly of the meeting: -"We are just returned from the meeting-Colonel Bruen in the chair, and I believe I do not exaggerate when I say, that of all the meetings I have attended in this country, none has exceeded this in interest, and I trust in usefulness. The place was thronged almost to suffocation, the majority Roman Catholics-numbers of tickets were refused to them in order to allow some Protestants the privilege of attending. The speakers were listened to with the utmost attention, and the people departed under the apparent possession of good feeling. To-morrow evening we shall have another meeting, when the subject to be treated on shall be-Christ the only priest-to atoneto intercede to bless." This meeting also concluded with perfect harmony.


To the Editor of the Christian Examiner. Sir-Observing on Friday last the 19th inst. placards on the walls, informing the public that there would be in the new Romish Chapel, in Phibsborough, a High Mass, a Sermon, and the exhibition of a certain rite called the Stations of the Cross, I determined, as my avocations called me to pass that way, to enter in and observe what was going on. Accordingly I, at the fixed hour, found myself in the rear of a column of darklooking gentlemen, who proceeded towards the Chapel in grave order, and entered in but on my attempting to follow in their wake, I was repulsed by a man who chinked a pewter plate containing a bank note or two, and some silver in my face, and demanded my contribution. "Why, sir," said I," it did not come within my observation that any of the gentlemen who preceded me paid any thing." "But, you fool,” replied he, sure they are the Priests that are to set up the station-and who ever heard of the clargy paying. But you are neither Friar nor Father, and so, my honest man, if you desire to obtain grace from a great high mass, from a sweet sarmint, and from a blessed and holy station, not forgetting the loveliest music your ears ever heard, why, drop your shilling on this plate, and pass


in like a dacent ginteel young man as you seem to be." So, taking his advice, I paid my money, and ascended into the gallery. When taking my seat, I found a broad portly man transacting mass;-of the order of St. Francis he doubtless was—and assisted by others of the corded fraternity. The dress of these performers-the lace, the velvet, the embroidery, the albe and amice, the chesuble and the stole, all these eyetraps, as I may call them, combined with the glaring candles on the altar-the subservient youths dressed in white surplices, with censors in hand, and abased countenances-the mystic motions of the whole group the kneelings, the turnings, the cuttings of crosses in the air, the kissings of the missal, the duckings of the head, the tossings of the arms, the peculiar and mysterious dispositions of the officiating Priest, the prostrations with which they offered incense to the Host, the apparently equal worship that was paid to the Prime Priest himself, the odour of the incense, the jingling of bells, the chants of the Antiphons, the oremus's, the orate patres, and the dominus vobiscums, all this passing like some phantasmagoric spectacle before my eyes, made me infer that Popery was the proper religion for overgrown children, and that this mass of the Rev. Cordelier's was altogether a mass of absurdity. Says I to myself, I now see the reason why the people in France and Italy, and wherever the mass is performed, are so fond of plays and shows, and grimacing, and also why it was that the Romish Clergy were the first actors, Monks the first mummers, and Convents the first stages for the enacting of mysteries amongst the semi-barbarians of Christendom.

The mass having ceased for a time, and the officiating High Priest having sat down in Pontificalibus, a little man made his way to the pulpit to per form the sermon. His text was a glorious announcement, worthy of a herald of Heaven's Sovereign to declare-" We preach Christ, and him crucified." But it might be supposed from what followed, that the preacher thought he had been so lavish of the Gospel in the text, that he might well spare the use or exhibition of it in the sermon. The little man seemed indeed to treat the subject as Pilate did the person of Jesus--", Behold the man!" but to mock and to abuse him. The deluder in the first instance undertook to show how personal suffer. ing, voluntarily inflicted, was the prac tice of the Apostles, and the sum and

substance of religion Into the bargain. Then he brought Peter, and Paul, and John down to a level with the Mahometan Fakeer, or the Indian Yague, with the Priest of Baal cutting himself in honour of God with knives and lances. A happy conclusion this on-" we preach Christ and him crucified."

The craftsman then proceeded with great evolution of logical expertness to show that the death of the martyrs, as recorded in Church History, proved that they trusted to their own sufferings as the cause of salvation. Having made some observations equally remarkable for pith and unction, he proceeded to develope the opus magnum of his oratory; namely, the origin and efficacy of the Station of the Cross. He recounted with singular pathos aud descriptive illustration how the true cross, made as it were out of the very tree from whence Adam plucked the forbidden fruit, how this sacred deposit was found by the Empress Helena, and how it was immediately visited by the pious and devout from all corners of the earth, and how spacious indulgences were granted by the successors of St. Peter to all who should come " and adore that sacred pillar." But as it was impossible for all who were so disposed to proceed to Jerusalem, why the pitiful Father of the Christian world, Pope Benedict the 11th, extended the benefit of the stations from the Church of the Holy Cross to all the houses belonging to the illustrious order of St. Francis, and to all who should make stations in their churches. These privileges were confirmed by Benedict the 13th, and Innocent the 12th, and Clement the 12th, extended to other Chapels the same beneficial source of honour and profit; always, however, providing, that certain Friars of that seraphic order should be present during the sacred process. The preacher then dwelt pathetically, and at great length on the efficacy of these stations in encreasing faith and exciting the affections of the heart, deprecated any ridicule that might be thrown on it by non-Catholics; requested if any were present, not to pass judgment on so reasonable a practice, but to come and apply to the proper sources. And although HE might not be able in the compass of a surmint to convince them, yet he was not afeard but that he would in private accomplish it.

And now, coming to what may be called the improvement of the discourse, he concluded by assuring his auditors, that the very same indulgences that belonged to those

who went to perform stations at Jerusalem, would be now enjoyed by the faithful (who first paid, a " sine qua non,") and there performed in the chapel. By the by I have a longing desire to know what it is I would be indulged in. But of this another time.

The sermon being finished, service at the altar was renewed; and then followed the stations, which were entered on by the priest and people. The stations are thus performed:-Fourteen blessed crosses of wood or paper are affixed at certain distances to the walls of the Chapel: the devotee then commences at the right-hand side of the altar, where the first cross is placed; there he goes down on his knees, repeats certain peculiar prayers, to which are tacked a progressive proportion of aves and paters, and always concluding with the words, "Christ crucified;" thus passing, praying, and performing from one cross to another. At length the pilgrim makes the fourteenth cross, at the left-hand side of the altar, just opposite the place from whence he started. The whole concern stood forth in awful contrast to the declaration of our Redeemer to the woman of Samaria-"Behold the time' cometh, and now is, when they that worship the Father, must worship him in spirit and in truth."

I shall conclude for the present by observing, that the perpetration of these mummeries in the present time and circumstances evince that Popery is making mighty struggles, and is driven to all her shifts; and lookers-on may with great interest observe the march of intellect, and the counter-march of Romanism-which is to prevail? On the present occasion I had to observe, that in spite of all the advertisements, placarding, and publicity, the Friars could not collect men or money. The Chapel was far from being half filled.

I remain, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

On Wednesday, September 17th, the Anniversary Meeting of the Shrewsbury and Shropshire Auxiliary to the Sunday School Society for Ireland was held in the Town Hall Shrewsbury. The Hall was crowded with an assembly of rank and respectability, and soon after twelve o'clock the Earl of Roden, the President of the Parent Society, took the Chair. Richard Phayre, Esq. read the Report. J. N. Cuffin, Esq. Secretary to the Society for England, seconded the Resolution. Mr. Cuffin read a letter

from the Hon. Thomas Kenyon, expressing his regret that he could not attend the meeting, and stating his opinion that the peculiar circumstances of Ireland at the present moment loudly called for the attention of the people of this country.

The meeting was addressed by Thomas Whitman, Esq. M. P. by the Rev. Messrs. Brett, of the County of Down, John Richards, W. M. Mayers, of Dublin, George Levinny, of Bridgenorth, Robert Daly, of Powerscourt, and by the noble Cairman.

The several addresses were received with much approbation, and when the meeting separated the sum of £22, 16s. 54d. was received at the door, besides several suscriptions which with the collection made a total of £25. 12s. 5d.

In the evening the Rev. Robert Daly preached a sermon at St. Chad's Church from Hebrews x. 5. The congregation was very respectable, and the collection made after the sermon amounted to £19. 18s. 7.


The Lord Bishop of Down and Connor held a Confirmation in Carrickfergus Church, on Thursday the 11th inst. when one hundred and eighty persons belonging to the Parish of Carrickfergus were admitted to that solemn and interesting rite, and fifty one from the Parishes of Island-Magee, Ballycor, and Ballynure. His Lordship delivered a very appropriate address on the occasion, well calculated to make a serious and lasting impression on the youthful mind, and was listened to with deep attention by a very numerous and respectable congregation.

The Rev. Richard Croly has been appointed to the Curacy of Ballyroan, Queen's County, Diocese of Ferns.

At a Visitation held by the Right Rev. Dr. M'Mahon, in the Chapel of Kildysart; it was arranged that the Rev. Mr. Caffry, who voted for the Rt. Hon. Vesey Fitzgerald, at the last Clare Election, should resign the jurisdiction of that Parish, which is to be henceforth confided to another Clergyman.

On Sunday, the 7th inst. the Lord Bishop of Leighlin and Ferns, held an ordination at Ferns Cathedral, when the following gentlemen were ordained :-

PRIESTS-Rev. John Smith, A. B. Rev. Norman Garstin, A. B. Rev. Samuel Ferguson, A. B. Rev. Thomas Hodson Isles, A. B. for the diocese of Ferns. Rev. John Kerr Courtnay, A.B. lett. dem. from the archdiocese of Dublin. Rev. Robert James Barlow, A. B. lett. dem. from the diocese of Down and Connor.

DEACONS-Henry Kingsmill, A. B. F. T. C. D. Richard Croly, A.B. John Archdall, A. B. James Lang, jun. A.B. for the diocese of Ferns. The candidates were examined on the two preceding days, by Reverend Doctor Elrington, F. T. C. D.

The Rev. John Robert Moore, late curate of Rathfriland, has been presented to the Vicarage of Kilmood, diocese of Down, by The Most Noble the Marquis of Downshire.

On Thursday, the 26th of September, the Annual Visitation of the Archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough, was held by the Right Honorable John Radcliff, Vicar General. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Mortimer O'Sullivan, Prebendary of St, Audeon's, from Psalm, lxxxviii. The eloquent preacher having ventured a high eulogium on the national Church, pressed on the assembled clergy the necessity of redoubled exertions, at a period of so much opposition and danger as the present.


The war between the Russians and Turks seems to be carried on without any material advantage on either side. Varna and Choumla are blockaded, but the Turks seem to offer a most vigorous resistance, and it is said that disease has so weakened the Russian army, as to materially impede their exertions. On the side of Greece, the Morea has been evacuated by the Egyptians, and all


slaves made by them restored, suppose the French expedition to the Peninsula, is in compliance with the treaty of London, and that our Ministry have taken care to prevent more than a temporary occupation of that important country. Portugal continues under the influence of the Usurper, who has at last released the English gentlemenwhom he had imprisoned. Madeira has fallen

under his power. The queen of Portugal is expected in England,

At home but little of novelty has occurred. The agitation of the country is extreme between the efforts of the Roman Catholic agitators and the natural display of Protestant counteracting feeling, and the alienation of the political members of the two sects is becoming more decisive. The situation of the country is, indeed, most awful; the effect of the influence of the Association on the minds of the people, using as an incentive, the extension of the Brunswick Clubs, has gradually invested them with a spirit of deep and inveterate, and scarcely disguised hostility, while the array of strong anti-emancipation feeling on the other side aggravates, and to their perverted imagination justifies this violence. In this awful crisis, it would be difficult for the believer to avoid being carried away by the stream of faction, were it not that he feels it his duty and bis privilege to live above the things of

time and of sense, and having the spiritual good of his Roman Catholic countrymen for the object of his labours, he bestows no undue prominence on their temporal concerns. Without, however, giving an opinion on the establishment of the Brunswick Clubs, in which, if properly directed, we see much good, and which assuredly is but the natural result of the unmeasured and impolitic violence of the Roman Catholic leaders; we cannot but regret that an object merely political should have the power of calling out such an exhibition of Protestant zeal, while the great and all important objects connected with the progress of education, and scriptural knowledge, and Protestant principles, should be regarded by the gentry of the country with so much coldness, and indifference. We trust the time is not far distant, when we shall see the friends of the spread of pure religion banded together, as firmly and as freely as those who now contend for temporal objects,






SIR-Should you deem the Latinity of the following Hymn sufficiently classical to entitle it to a place in your Number, it may perhaps prove not unacceptable to you, as an offering from one of your juvenile readers.

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