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"N. B. Those wbo attend the sick sity of using large popular assemblies, should suggest the above to dying per- for the mere object of sanctioning resosons.
lutions of form, and listening to speeches “7. A Plenary Indulgence is gained and statements which are often irrele. on the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, vant, and not unfrequently of an irriand of the Patron Day of the parish, or tating nature, on any day within the octave of the above 2dly. When a Society bas been formed feasts. A Plenary Indulgence is also by a private meeting of those who are gained on the feast of the Assumption of friendly to its objects, a public meeting the blessed Virgin Mary, on Christmas should then be summoned for the sole Day, and Easter Sunday, by wortbily and avowed purpose of comparing the receiving the sacraments. To gain the doctrines of the Church of Rome with Indulgence on any Feast, it is necessary Scripture; and the different speakers seto pray for the conversion of those who lected to take part in the discussion are are out of the pale of the Catholic to have their respective subjects allotted church."
to them. In all attempts at the pro
motion of public discussion, where an REFORMATION SOCIETIES.
auxiliary Society has not or cannot be esThe following rules and regnlations, tablished, it is recommended to the dep!intended to define and explain the system tation that they use every endeavour to of discussion wbich it is the object of the carry along with them such persons in British Reformation Society to promote, the neighbourhood as are favourable to have been unanimously agreed to by the the Society's objects. London and Dublin Committees, and 3lly. In a controversy which is inare earnestly recommended as a guide to tended to enlighten the understanding local Societies and individuals acting in and engage the attention of the Roman connection with the institution.
Catholic peasantry, it will be necessary 1st. The object of the discussions in- that every reference to the doctrines stituted by the Reformation Society is which they profess should rest upon the the promotion of religious enquiry among ground of undisputed and undeniable auRoman Catholics.
thority. The apostolical declaration2d. The method by which it is pro- "We write none other things unto you posed to attain this object is the public than what ye read or acknowledge,” comparison of the doctrines ol the Church 2 Cor. i. 13, supplies a rule that ought of Rome with Scripture. To give unifor- to regulate every reference to Roman mity and effect to the means for promot- Catholic doctrine; and with the lower ing this comparison, the following is classes especially the discussion should proposed as the mode of establishing and be confined to the difference between conducting Societies and Committees their modern, known, and authenticated throughout Ireland :
catechisms and books of devotion, and 1st. As the great questions which it is the word of God. In conformity with intended to discuss lie between the Bible
this principle, the Committee feel themand tbe Church of Rome, all political selves called on to discounteuance any associations should as much as possible reference to merely human opinion, and be excluded from the agency engaged in to recommend a close adherence to the the controversy. In conformity with word of God as the ultimate authority in this suggestion, the representatives and the controversy: friends of the Society in Ireland, when 4thly. The Committees would only employed in the formation of new In- farther intimate to their friends and fel. stitutions, should adopt the plan of se- low labourers in the country, that as the lect, private meetings of friends to the direct and immediate object of the Soreligious principles of the Reformation, ciety is the instruction oi the Roman in preference to large promiscuous as- Catholic population of Ireland, they feel semblies convened by public adyertise- themselves called upon to adopt every ment.
expedient for the furtberance of that The advantage of such a course would object, by promoting public discussion appear to the Committees to be three
wherever it may be practicable to collect fold.
an anditory of persons of that persuasion ; Ist. It would obviate the danger of and they confidently anticipate in this being outnumbered and ouívoted on the solemniy important undertaking, the question of forming a Society.
cordial co-operation of their Christian 2d. It would free the Society from all brethren of every denomination. appearance of a political association. Reformation Meeting.-- A Meeting of
3d. It would do away with the neces. the Ballymena Branch of the British
Reformation Society, was beld in the meetings would be beld, at wbich all, Methodist Chaj el of that town, on Wed- whether priest or layman, of the Romish nesday, 8th inst. The house was crowd. communion, were invited to attend. ed to excess by a most respectable and The meeting then separated in that quiet very attentive audience, among whom and orderly manner, which so peculiarly were several intelligent Roman Catho- characterised the entire proceedings of lics of the middle and upper classes, the day. whose conduct throughout the day was most exemplary.
ECCLSIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE. The meeting was also honoured hy At an Ordination held by the Lord the presence of a great many ladies of Bishop, in the Cathedral Church of St. the first respectability.
Calman, on Saturday the 18th, the folAmong the clergymen present, we lowing gentlemen, Bachelors of Arts, particularly noticed the Rev. Messrs. were ordained Deacons, on letters deCrawford, Cooke, Cumming, Drew, missory from the Diocese of Cork:M'Clelland, Stewart, Houston, Dick, John Penrose for the Curacy of Tracton; and the Messrs. Ould.
Edward Heard for the Curacy of RathOn the motion of Mr. Cumming, Mr. claren; and John Leslie for the Curacy Crawford was voted to the chair. The of Abbeymabon. business of the meeting was opened by The Rev. Theobald Butler, of Ballythe Rev. Mr. Cumming, in a discourse bire, county of Clare, is appointed to the upon the doctrine of Auricular Confese perpetual cure of Drehetarsna, near sion, of which time will not at present Adare, in this county, vice the Rev. R. permit us to attempt an outline. Harte, appointed to a valuable living in
The thanks of the meeting were then Canada, North America. voted to the ministers and others con- The Rev. Mr. Seymour, of Killen. cerned in the Methodist Chapel, for their amery, county of Roscommon, has been kindness and attention to their accommo- appointed to the living of Kilronan, dation, &c. And it was also stated at void by the death of the Rev. Mr. the same time, that regular quarterly Little.
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But little of a novel character has oc- they may be in the event, assuredly they curred since our last publication. Our might commit to laymen the active enforeign relations continue unchanged gagement in politics, wbich designed as materially; nor has any circumstances it may be, has a character of hostility of a decisivo character occurred either that is alien from the profession of the with respect to Turkey or Portugal. In minister of peace. One thing is very truth all public feeling in Ireland seems striking ; the degree of apparent indifto be concentrated ut home, and the aw- ference with which the Government surful character of our domestic situation veys this demonstration of Protestant calls for all our attention. The exbibi. feeling, and whether it be their determition of party feeling increases in inten- nation to use it against the Roman Casity; Brunswick Clubs are to be found tholics, or that they expect it will burn in almost every part of Ireland, and itself out; the awful disorganization of produce corresponding denunciations frons Ireland seems to affect them but little. the Roman Catholics, who seem to con- One act of vigour has been indeed dissider them as combinations, not for de- played. Mr. Lawless repelled from Balfence, but extermination. To this de. libay, not by military or police, but by lusion the invective of Mr. O'Connell, the fear of the angry Protestant populaand some injudicious speeches made at tion, and recalled by the Roman Catholic Brunswick meetings, bave undoubtedly Association, has been arrested and obligcontributed ; and we hesitate not to say, ed to give bail, for baving intended to that we regret to see the clergy of the enter that town. This measure was supEstablished Church occasionally active posed to have been but an anticipation in their formation. However interested of others, but as yet it stands alone.
THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER. (Addressed to an Officer-By Colonel Blacker.) Yes, thou art brave; in peril's hour
l've marked thy bearing well, When ceaseless pour'd the death-fraught show'r,
And peal’d the battle's yell.
The dying and the slain,
The horrors of the plain.
And teach the Foe to yield :
But try another Field.
Provokes thee to the strife :
But conquest, joy and life.
And girt with fitting mail ;
That breast-plate ne'er can fail ;
The spirit-sword to draw,
The Gospel for thy law.
Take Truth's Ithuriel spear-
The darken'd path to clear.
The sbield of Faith display ;
Unsbrinking hold thy way.
Unburt thou shalt remain,
Their darts of fire in vain.
Alert and undismay'd ;
Thus guarded, thus array’d.
The wreath awaits thee now-
Shall decorate thy brow.
With Seraphs' loud acclaim,
The Christian victor's name.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR.
I ever lov'd thee, gentle moon,
For tbough I dreamt of future ills, And all the strange and wayward The tear of mimic woe was sweet; thought,
And, wandering on my native bills, Which thy serene and dream-like noon I lov'd iby pensive beam to greet;
Has to my brooding memory brought; Butoh ! how calm would li se bave been, For oh! bow dear is it to me,
Like music of a mournful tone, To leave the glare and din of day, Had all the ills by fancy seen, And on the dewy banks of Cree,
Come o'er me but as dreams alone! To bail tby pale and pensive ray!
But, other-darker fate was mine; How often, too, on Korab's rocks,
Thougbt's sharp and ever-fretting Tbat sternly check the rushing wave,
cbain, And fing far back the billowy shocks That round my suffering soul would twine
Tbat vainly round their bases rave,- The secret grief and wasting pain; Have I reclined, wben ocean lay,
The sever'd sense of utter wrong,
The lurking foe I could not see,
Have left me what I still must be.
And now, perhaps, in this still hour,
E’en many a head in slumber lies,
My sad and injur'd spirit flies;
Midst solar ray and starry gem,
Forgiveness in my heart for them ?
Was there no beauty in that hour,
Tbo'all the past to me was pain? Could I forget the boundless power
Tbat spread thy radiance o'er the main ? Could I forget to raise the prayer, Whilst midnight stillness touch'd my
soul,To Him whose hand had launch'd thee
there, Along thy path of light to roll ? And if a cloud across thy face
Its thick but transient shadow threw, To veil awhile thy modest grace,
Did not the darksome breeze that blew With such a sad, uneartbly moan,
As it came down from grey Dunroe, Fall on me as I stood alone,
With something like prophetic woe ? A las ! when youth should, round my brow,
The joy of early life have thrown, The wrongs that I am suffering now
By gloomy fancy tben were shown; The mystic spell of sorrow lay
In my young smile and early tear,-The dark dream of a future day
of grief that I awoke to, bere.
But pass, ye troubled scenes, away;
For surely it is more than vain,
And suffer what we've lelt, again ;
Along bis present path to feel;
And from his former sorrows steal ?
Away—the lunar beauty lies
Upon the wave that sleeps in ligbt;
Upon the silver-crested grove!
That lights Dunbredin's peak above !
Thou moon of ever-gentle beam,
Chaste beauty of the starry sky, Why does to me thy radiance seem
More 'dim than in the years gone by? Oh! give me back my youthful heart,
My mountain glen, my rock aod rill, And I will see thee as thou art,
In tby unfaded beauty still.
Give me-give me this boly hour,
To seek Jehovab's midnight throne;
I pour my ardent prayer alone;
Such sacred silence is abroad,
Is beard before the throne of God!
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Society. Friends of Israel Society. ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE.
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