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RITUALISM has at last received a decisive check. It has been challenged in the highest courts of law, and has been completely defeated. The case is simply this,-the Ritualists, as is well known, introduced a multitude of novel gestures, ceremonies, and ornaments into the simple service of the Established Church, which had the effect of completely changing the character of that service, and, although it might be surmised and generally understood that those novelties were illegal, it was by no means easy to prove that they were so. There was, in the first place, the great expense of an appeal to the legal tribunals; then the dificulty of accurately defining the innovations objected to; and further still, the silence of the Church's rubrics on some of the points in question. All these difficulties, however, have been surmounted; Ritualism has been brought to its trial, and authoritatively condemned ; it has been condemned on every charge brought against it, and even the very arguments which were alleged in its defence have been shown to be untenable. The defendants also in the suit have to pay the costs, amounting to £20,000. The charges brought forward may at first sight appear to be trivial,-viz., using lighted candles on the communion table, kneeling before it, elevating the bread and wine, using incense, &c.,-but in reality, they are far from trivial, for they involve points of doctrine of the gravest importance. The Ritualists themselves are well aware of this, and do not scruple to acknowledge it. They confess that their system is founded upon the chief doctrines of the Church of Rome, and that this is the reason of their lights and their incense, their gestures and ceremonies. It is, then, the old battle of the Reformation fought over again, and we therefore heartily rejoice and thank God for the victory achieved.

It is not known what course the Ritualists will now take. They seem to be split up into several distinct sections, each one advising a different course of action. One thing is certain, they can no longer remain, if they have any principle of honour, in the Church of England; for the law of that Church is now so plainly shown to beagainst them, that there is no room for misunderstanding; and, if they are possessed of no principle of honour, but are determined to retain their positions at all hazards, the victory now obtained must be followed up until every one of them is forcibly driven out. They have no more real fellowship with our Church than the Pope of Rome. Why, then, should they have any more place or power in her than he? They have taken the most solemn vows to teach only her Protestant doctrines and practices, and, having deliberately broken those vows, and used the advantage which their connexion with her gave them, to her manifest and serious injury, we can endure such treachery no longer.

A misunderstanding between Greece and Turkey has threatened to result in a serious war; but a conference having been appointed to take the matter into consideration, it is hoped that by its labours the breach will be healed.

The law passed last session respecting bribery and intimidation at elections has already come into force with excellent results. Petitions against the return of a member are no longer heard by the House of Commons, but are regularly tried in a court of justice, where they are of course more dispassionately and carefully heard. Bribery and intimidation will now defeat their own objects, and consequently every elector will have a much fairer chance of recording his vote conscientiously and safely. Amongst other cases, that of Drogheda will especially teach the Irish electors a useful lesson. The scenes enacted there at thelast election were disgraceful in the extreme, and particularly the conduct of the Roman Catholic priests ; but the result has been, that on the case being tried the priests' candidate has been unseated, and the Protestant candidate, Sir Leopold M'Clintock, declared elected instead.

Several intimations are given in the public journals that the Government have found it advisable to modify their views respecting their attack upon the Irish Church, and that their intentions, when fully matured, will not turn out to be nearly of so sweeping a character af they appeared to be at first. We hope that this will prove to be the case. If anything were needed to show the Government the necessity of caution in their movements, it is supplied in the intemperate language which is used by the Roman Catholic bishops in reference to those intimations. No modified policy, they affirm, will satisfy them. They, who once (in the persons of their predecessors), as the leaders of the Roman Catholic párty in these islands, deliberately swore that they would not attempt to attack or weaken the Irish Protestant Establishment, and that they had no claim upon its property, now declare that nothing less than the wholesale measures of confiscation which were at first proposed will satisfy them, and that if those measures are not thoroughly carried out, the most sanguinary vengeance will follow. This means, we suppose, that unless the Protestant Establishment is placed completely beneath them, and a large portion of its property is bestowed upon them, they will excite discontent and rebellion, and consider themselves just in so doing.

These are the persons whom the Government hope to satisfy: and that by injuring the loyal Protestants! Vain hope! When was the Church of Rome ever satisfied ?—when could she be?—except with the case of a nation completely under her control, where every whisper of disagreement with her was instantly extinguished, where the Inquisition without opposition could fill its dungeons with pining victims, where the Bible was a sealed book, and ignorance and superstition universally flourished ?

A remarkable pamphlet has just been published by a pervert to Rome, the Rev. Edmund S. Ffoulkes, who followed his friend Dr. Manning into the Roman Catholic Church, with other Oxford men, many years ago. He now addresses a letter to the Archbishop, in which he gives the result of his observation and study since joining the Roman Communion, and criticises freely the Roman position. He says that people who have become Roman Catholics in England of late years have deteriorated as a body, and have notoriously descended to a lower level of Christianity. His perfect ideal of a Christian family is still an English parsonage and its surroundings. He describes the apathy he found in Spain, and alludes plainly to the immorality of the priesthood there. He speaks strongly on the conduct of the Popes, on the history of the Church, and other branches of the subject, and concludes—“Oh, the stumbling-blocks of a system in the construction of which forgeries have been so largely used, in which it is still thought possible for the clergy to derive edification

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from legends which they cannot believe, and the people instruction from works of acknowledged imposture!"

We trust that the publication of this pamphlet at the present time, when so many seem to be halting between two opinions, and hankering after Popery, as if it were all that they could desire,-may do much good.

Reviews and Notices of Books.

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A Memorial of the Loving-kindness of the Lord; or, The Life and Travels of

John Bunyan McCure, of Sydney. London: G. J. Stevenson, 54, Pater

noster Row; R. Banks, 50, Ludgate Hill. WE quote this title in our present number, more by way of announcement than for the purpose of review, as we hope, on a future occasion, to give copious extracts from the work itself. At this fate day of the month we can merely state, that we never remember to have read a book tending more to show forth the tenderness, loving-kindness, divine watchfulness, all-sufficiency, and faithfulness of a covenant God. The work may be said to be a rich cluster of covenant blessings from the hand of a covenant God. We trust our readers may be favoured with a spirit of prayer on behalf of the beloved and God-honouring writer, who (as intimated in our last) is now on his onward way across the mighty waters, to the land of his adoption, sixteen thousand miles away from his native shores. The City Diary and Almanack for 1869. London: W. H. Collin gridge,

City Press, 117 to 120, Aldersgate Street. This Diary is a marvel of cheapness, containing, as it does, in addition to abundant

space for daily memoranda, a vast amount of most useful information, more especially for those connected with City-life. Mode of Comfort for Parents bereaved of Little Children. Edited by WILLIAM

LOGAN. London: James Nisbet and Co. This handsome volume contains many striking illustrations of the gracious way in which parents bereaved of dear children have been sustained and comforted. Hence, much consolation may be derived from the contemplation of what others in these deep waters have experienced. The book cannot but be read with deep interest, by those familiar with affliction and bereavement. Sure of Heaven. A Book for the Doubting and

the Anxious. By THOMAS Mills. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row. THERE is that in this work which commends itself, but with it there is intermingled a creature-faith, as if God had done His part, but was waiting for man to do his, namely, to believe in and upon Him; whereas saving faith is as much the gift of God, and is as absolutely beyond the attainment or maintenance of the creature, as the glorious work of redemption itself. Christ Himself is declared to be the Author and Finisher of faith ; and, whilst it is written, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent," a most becoming and God-honouring cry is, “Lord, increase our faith ;” “Lord, I believe; help Thou my unbelief.” This entreaty is of infinitely greater value than all the warnings and arguments of poor fallible man, which, at best, only work up a poor sinner into a mere notional, superficial confidence, which is sure to fail in the time of fiery trial and temptation. It is only the faith that the Holy Ghost gives that can stand this fiery ordeal, and make the professor “sure of heaven” in the holy confidence which the apostle enjoyed, when he said, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” Family Prayers for Four Weeks. With Additional Prayers for Especial Days

and Occasions. By the Very REVEREND HENRY LAW, M.A., Dean of

Gloucester. London: J. Nisbet, 21, Berners Street. We trust that these Prayers will prove a blessing to many a household. In the occasional absence of the head of the family, they may be read, we trust with much advantage, by one of the elder members of the family circle. Those who are familiar with the writings of the beloved and venerable Dean Law, will be prepared for the rich and comprehensive vein of truth contained in these

pages. Comments on the Epistle to the Hebrews. By ROBERT NELSON (Malvern).

London: Morgan and Chase, Ludgate Hill. WELL does the author

say,

“The Spirit of God can never contradict Himself, never unsay what He has already said. God has promised eternal life to the sinner who comes to Him through His beloved Son, and from this gracious declaration He will not, and, for His own name's sake, cannot, depart." This, so truthful a testimony, will furnish the thoughtful reader with a key to this book, which contains some striking and instructive reflections.

If we may make

CHRIST'S QUOTATIONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. OUR Lord makes quotations from, or direct reference to, passages in twenty-two of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament-viz., Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 1 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Ezekiel Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Micah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Malachi. In Matthew He quotes nearly one hundred passages, from nineteen books; in Mark, fifteen passages, from thirteen books ; in Luke, twenty-five passages, from thirteen books; in John, eleven passages, from six books. such comparisons, we may say that Deuteronomy and Isaiah were his favourite books. In Matthew alone there are eighteen references to Deuteronomy, and three in the other Gospels. To Isaiah there are twenty in all.

To the Psalms there are sixteen, to Daniel fourteen, to Exodus fourteen, to Leviticus thirteen. In the eighty-nine chapters of the four Gospels are one hundred and forty direct allusions to specific passages of the Jewish Scriptures. Our Lord never makes a single quotation from the Apocryphal books, nor can we gather that he had ever read them. It is remarkable that his quotations are much more literally from the Septuagint than those of the Evangelists, when they quote for themselves, or of the apostles, as found in the Acts and Epistles.

Quiet your trembling heart by recording and consulting your past experiences of the care and faithfulness of God in former distr esses. These experiences are food for your faith in a low state, and in a wilderness condition (Psalm lxxiv. 14).

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" COMFORT YE, COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE, SAITH YOUR GOD."

“ENDEAVOURING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OP PEACE." JESUS CHRIST, THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TO-DAY, AND FOR EVER." “ WHOM TO KNOW IS LIFE ETERNAL."

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OR, WORDS OF SPIRITUAL CAUTION, COUNSEL, AND COMPORT.

“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any

trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”—2 Cor. i. 4.

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THE BELIEVER'S WATCH-TOWER AND REWARD. " Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand

the lovingkindness of the Lord.Psalm cvii. 43. This, as well as another very precious portion, was brought to the mind in connexion with a circumstance that lately came to our knowledge. We had been speaking to a dear friend of the kind interposition of our God in regard to a recent circumstance, when he said in reply, “ You remember my mentioning, a short time since, that I had had a £20 note sent to me from some quarter, and that I had not the slightest idea where it came from. Well,” he continued, “after some time I met a person, and I said to him, “Are you in trouble ?' He attempted to waive the question, but I pressed him the more, saying, It has been laid upon my mind that you are in trouble. Now, if you pray

Are you in debt ?' He continued so to press the inquiry, that at length the answer was given to the effect, “Since you are, so anxious about me, I must tell you candidly that I do owe a debt of £20, which presses very heavily upon my mind.” Thrusting his hand into his pocket, the friend said, “There it is; it has been sent to me from some unknown quarter; and I am sure the Lord has designed it for you.” With much emotion the grateful receiver then went on to tell how anxiously he had wrestled at the throne of grace on account of that debt, and how utterly at a loss he was to see how it could be met. As already intimated, the relation of this simple fact immediately brought the words of our text to the mind, as well as that other sweet portion, “Before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

Oh, dear readers, we have often remarked that, so far from our God having exhausted His resources, the great storehouse of Divine grace and providential mercy is as full and as overflowing as ever.

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