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friend to be informed that no sooner hands been caused to hang down with was it mentioned than it was cordially spiritual feebleness by the moral and taken up by all the members, but that spiritual declension of its members. If it appeared to have suggested itself to I have been enabled by the Lord's several before it took the tangible form mercy to be spiritually helpful to you, which it had since done. For this pur- it is not from any inherent goodness or pose they had procured an elegant and wisdom of my own ; but that, having excellent timepiece, as best suited to given heed to the call of others who convey their sentiments in a useful had drunk of the sweet and satisfying form, and they begged his acceptance waters of New Church doctrine, and of it as a token of their grateful sense having myself drank of them and exof his services, and a memento of the perienced their power to reinvigorate connection which had so long subsisted my spiritual affections and to enlighten between them. It would also be grati- my understanding of the Divine Word fying to him to know that the offering --that only source of all true knowhad not only been spontaneous but ledge of the Being, Character, and Will general, every member of the congrega of God, and of our true relationship to tion having contributed towards it. In Him as ‘our Father in the heavens 'performing the pleasing duty which had I also had felt constrained to endeavour been assigned him, the chairman begged to communicate that knowledge to to add to the kindly sentiments of those others. in whose name he presented it, his own “This is a duty devolving upon every sincere wishes that Mr. Berry might long one of us, and if I have been instrube spared to prosecute his useful labours, mental in quickening your spiritual afwhich, under Providence, had been so fections and thoughts, you ought also, useful to the Church in Northampton. on all suitable occasions, to endeavour

The timepiece was of different coloured to excite similar feelings within the marbles, striking hours and half-hours, hearts and minds of your neighbours. and was surmounted by a suitable I rejoice with you in the opportunity bronze ornament. The following in- afforded by this very happy oocasion to scription was engraved on the plate :- share with me the experience I have “Presented to John Parton Berry by ever felt in giving you spiritual things, the members and friends of the New that it is more blessed to give than to Jerusalem Church, Northampton, as a receive.' I am sure that you realise token of love and gratitude for his valu this ('hear, hear'); and I have very able and disinterested services amongst great pleasure in accepting this valuable them. March 1869."

gift with which you have presented me Mr. Berry, who, on rising to acknow this evening, because I know that it is ledge the gift, was greeted with loud a most sincere expression of your Chrisand long.continued applause, was much tian love and esteem. Those amongst affected, and with deep emotion said you who, with myself, have “borne ti.e “My dear and reverend Sir, and my heat and burden of the day' in labourvery dear Christian brothers and sisters, ing to establish the Lord's New Church the varied emotions and thoughts that in Northampton, can fully understand fill my heart and mind make it exceed.' the intense gratification I feel on the ingly difficult to express, as I could wish, present occasion. We are thankful for my deep sense of your great kindness, the past; our beloved Chairman has and how very much I appreciate this given expression to warm wishes for my valued expression of your Christian re future happiness amongst you ; but the garl towards myself.

future is in the hands of a merciful “I can truly say that I have ever found Divine Providence. Most of you know a present reward in fulfilling the duties that I have thought it might be neceswhich have devolved upon me as your sary for me to remove to the metropolis. leader ; it has been a work of love in whether or not this should be the case, which I have been sustained by the in this I can say from my inmost soul, telligence, zeal, and consistent lives of that much as I felt the painful separaan earnest people. I have not known tion from my early religious associates the sorrow of those whose unhappi. in the Old Church, and they were many ness it has been to minister to an and very dear to me, yet I should feel unfaithful Church, neither have my my removal from yourselves far more

Institution, which is capable of seating about two thousand persons, and was very successful and encouraging—the spacious room being filled to repletion. An extended and laudatory notice of the proceedings appeared in one of the local papers, from which it appears that the efforts to please met with an en. thusiastic reception by the audience. Our friends regard these social gatherings not as directly an institution arising out of the spiritual requirements of the Church, but as one of the means which they are justified in encouraging, as tending to cement friendship, attract attention, and extend the influence and usefulness of the Church.

keenly. The New Church is the church of my choice ; I had been associated with the Wesleyan Methodists from childhood; my pious and devoted parents had taught me to love and revere the ministers, and they were far more sensible of their value than we are, under the altered circumstances of to-day ; for in the days of their youth the Wesleyan preacher was almost the only educated man who visited families in the country villages, and it was to him that they were indebted for the elevation of their minds above the common level, and also for that religious instruction which prepared them to enter upon an earnest and practical life of piety. It was natural to regret a separation from these, but my own case was similar to that of a youth who is the inmate of a happy home, but who, in natural order, desires a wife and a home of his own ; and so I, in my early spiritual manhood, was brought to experience a most intense conviction that I ought to join that church, whose doctrine commended it, alike to my understanding and my heart.”

The following gentlemen also addressed the meeting :-Messrs. Smith, S. T. Negus, Greaves, W. Barrow, Bellam, Rd. Weston, Harrison, Owen, and Dykes. It was brought to a close by votes of thanks to Messrs. Greaves and Harrison for their musical services, and to the rev. Chairman for his great kindness in presiding on this most interesting occasion.

PRESTON.--The Preston Chronicle of May 15th gives a report of nearly two columns of the services connected with the opening of a new organ and the celebration of the first quarter of a century of the opening of the church. We extract as large a portion of this report as our space will permit.

On Sunday last a new organ was opened in this place of worship, by Mr. C. J. Yates, the organist of St. George's, with considerable éclat. It was presented by Mrs. Becconsall, widow of the late H. Becconsall, Esq., who built and endowed the church. The instrument is a bold and handsome structure, built expressly for this church by Mr. J. Squire, of Seymour-street, Eustonsquare, London. Beside the usual hymn tunes, several voluntaries and other pieces were beautifully played, which showed the compass, quality, and power of the instrument, with good effect. Its contents are as follows:- Great organ:56 notes CC to G;open diapason, metal, 56 pipes ; dulciana, 44 ; clarabella, wood, 44 ; stop diapason, 12; flute, metal, 56 ; principal, 56; fifteenth, 56. Swell organ: 56 notes, C C to G; stop diapason, wood, 56 pipes ; open diapason, metal, 44, oboe, 56 ; principal, 56 ; fifteenth, 56 ; mixture, 19th and 22nd, 12 pipes. Pedals : 29 notes, CCC to E ;' Bourdon (large scale) 29 pipes. Couplets : Great to pedals, swell to pedals, swell to great ; three composition pedals to act on the great organ stops. The service in the morning was conducted by the resident minister, the Rev. E. Ď. Rendell, who delivered a very practical discourse on “Religious worship; its nature, duties,

NOTTINGHAM. --The Society in this town, under the able ministration of Mr. T. Moss, B. A., bids fair to become a centre of great usefulness. In addi. tion to the regular services of the church on each Sabbath, the Sundayschool, and the weekly meetings for reading New Church works, conversation, &c. A few of the energetic members of the Society commenced, last year, a series of fortnightly “ Penny Read ings," which were held in the Schoolroom (underneath the church), and largely attended throughout the season. The success which crowned their efforts induced the managing committee to renew these readings during the past winter, in which they have proved even more successful. The closing entertainment was given on Saturday, May 1st, in the large hall of the Mechanics'

and advantages.” . After an appropriate introduction, he said worship is one of the most eminent parts of religious duty. It consists in acts by which honour, homage, and adoration are paid to the Supreme Being and those acts imply confession of sins and prayer, thanksgiving, and praise. Those acts of worship, to be of use in the formation of the regenerate character, must be approached with spiritual affection and thought, since it is these which connect the worshipper with the Lord, and provides for him the internal satisfaction and peace which he is permitted to enjoy. Acts of worship are the fruits of such affection and thought; they are the orderly outbursts of a spiritual essence, and the essence cannot have any permanent existence until it be embodied in acts. Our worship cannot be accepted as a living thing in heaven if we do not make it a living thing in the world. How plain is it that no one can worship the Lord who does not believe in Him and love Him; belief and love, therefore, are the essentials of worship. But these essentials must manifest themselves in life and conduct. It cannot be too seriously impressed on our minds that true worship is an enlightened activity of faith and love, which leads a man to do what is right and just upon all occasions. They who live unjustly do not worship the Lord; they may imitate the duty, but the mockery cannot be otherwise perceived in heaven than as an ill scented odour. Love cannot be without its activity, and when it is directed towards the Lord, worship is its first result, because it has joy in bringing itself into manifestation. In all true worship there is humiliation of heart: the reason is, because in proportion as the heart is humiliated, the love of self and the evils which are associated with it are made to cease, and when this takes place influences from the Lord can flow into man and attend him with charity and faith. The Lord is worshipped where good uses are performed, and these are taught in the Divine word.” These thoughts were elaborated and argued at considerable length. Thanksgiving was also treated of as a spiritual sentiment, which shews its appreciation of the benefits and blessings which have been received by a life of charity and usefulness ; and praise was handled in

a similar manner. A special point was made of this act of worship, because of its being associated with music, and the introduction of a new organ. We can only give a brief notice of what was said upon this subject. The trumpet and timbrel, the organ and cymbals, were, in the Jewish dispensation, called in to aid the duty of holy praise, Praise, therefore, occupies a position of great importance in the worship of the Lord; the reason is because sweet sounds are the natural exponents of spiritual joy. Every experienced Christian knows that singing the praises of the Lord is the expression of a glad heart on account of His great goodness. All the sounds of the living voice are the manifestations of some interior affection. Thus, the sounds of anger are harsh and dissonant, those of pity are sweet and plantive, and those of love are mellifluous and soft, and this is the case irrespective of the expressions by which they may be accompanied. The thought is from the understanding; the sounds are from the will. Singing in its completeness embraces the actions of both these activities of the mind, and it ought specially to be the case whensoever singing is employed in the praises of the Lord. To give utterance to the thought which the words of the song express without the affection, or to give utterance to the sounds of the affection without the thought, is defective praise ; in the one case it is as light without the joy, in the other it is gladness without the light. They must be conjoined, and fulness of the praise will depend upon the intimacy of the conjunction. It is the thoughts which are set to music; and the music is intended to express the thought with joyful sounds; neither should be sacrificed for the other ; both are requisite to the existence of perfect praise. The mind as well as the heart should be interested, and then the whole faculties of men are aroused into a condition of holy enjoyment. To these views the preacher insisted upon the duty of religious people attending to every act of worship with their best ability. God, said he should be approached with the very best of every. thing that we possess. This is what we do for those we really love, and we have no reason to suppose that God will be satisfied with less. The discourse lasted nearly an hour, and it was listened to with great attention. In the evening, the Rev. J. Hyde, of Manchester, preached. His subject was, “Beautifying the Lord's Sanctuary.” He continued the exposition and argument that was begun in the morning with great power and eloquence. The musical services were very effective and satisfactory. The attendances were large.

On the following (Monday) evening, Mr. Hyde delivered a lecture on the “Life after death” to a numerous audience. This lecture is reported at considerable length.

On Wednesday evening, a soiree was held to celebrate the presentation of the new organ, and the first quarter of a century of the opening of the New Church in Preston. There was a large attendance. A most hospitable board was provided. The meeting was entertained by music on the organ, pianoforte, and singing; also by addresses from the Revs. E. D. Rendell and J. Hyde and other friends. A handsome resolution was passed to the lady who had presented the organ, and the proceedings terminated about half-past eleven with the Evening Hymn. *An entertainment was given to the Sunday school scholars, on Thursday evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by them.

Marriages. At the New Jerusalem Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne, December 24, 1868, by the Rev. W. Ray, Mr. Thomas Riddell of Gateshead to Miss Elizabeth Robson.

At the New Jerusalem Church, Bedford Street North, Liverpool, May 6, by Mr. Redman Goldsack, Alfred, fourth son of Edmund Swift, Esq., Grov, Street, Liverpool, to Elizabeth Stokese eldest surviving daughter of the late James W. Gillaird, Esq., of Ash House, near Liverpool.

At the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, May 13, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Thomas Bowker to Miss Mary Scott.

Obituary.
At sea, on a voyage to Norway, about

the beginning of March, William, eldest son of the late Captain Gowdy, R.N., of Newcastle-on-Tyne. — The screwsteamer “Edith” sailed from the Tyne February 26, with a crew of fifteen hands, and neither ship nor crew have since been heard of. William Gowdy was mate, and leaves behind him a wife and child. He was brought up by New Church parents, was a member of the Newcastle Society, and lived an orderly and industrious life.

At Graaf Reinet, March 17, 1869, aged 46 years, Charles, the second son of Mr. Alfred Essex of that place, formerly of London. He bore an unblemished character, and endured a lifelong affliction with patience, sustained by the principles of the New Church, in which he had been born and educated.

April 19, aged 70, Samuel Hughes of Salford. The deceased was taken away suddenly by apoplexy, after having attended the society's quarterly tea meeting the evening before. He was for more than thirty years a member of the Salford Society, and for a long time one of its churchwardens.

Mrs. Sarah Riley, aged 55, wife of Mr. W. Riley of Church, near Accring. ton, left this world on Friday morning, April 30, after a very short illness, at Charlton, near Woolwich, whither she had gone a few weeks before, on a visit to a married daughter. She will be known to many friends, as for many years it was a duty she undertook for the Accrington Society to receive the ministers who visited them, and supply their varied comforts. Mrs. Riley was the daughter of an old and much respected member of the New Church at Accrington, and was herself an example of a loving, steady, patient spirit, ever desirous of promoting the happiness of her family and all amongst whom her duty lay, as a pious, thoughtful Chris. tian. Her bereaved husband and family feel her loss most deeply, but feel also the attraction of her blessed influence to the peaceful mansions of heaven. She died with the gentle words upon her lips, “I shall be better soon."

In the obituary notices of our December number, page 579, the name of Mrs.

Helen Conse should be Mrs. Helen Couse.

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It may be interesting to preface the subjoined list of the more important various readings, extracted from Dr. Tischendorf's collation of the Apocalypse with the Vatican and Alexandrian codices, with a few observations on the book.

Being usually the last book in each MSS. of the New Testament, the Apocalypse has been peculiarly liable to mutilation, to the gradual destruction caused by wear, tear, damp, and the other enemies which attack old MSS. Hence, we need not wonder that it is rarely to be found in the more ancient codices, and still more rarely to be met with in fragments. It is lost out of the Vatican codex, which ends with To Aeg kalaHebrews ix. 14, although it has been added in cursive letters by a later hand. It is fortunately preserved entire in the Alexandrian codex, having had the two epistles of Clement of Rome bound up with and following it. A similarly fortunate circumstance has preserved it entire in the Sinaitic codex, in which it is followed by the Epistle of Barnabas and part of the Shepherd of Hermas. It is contained in the palimpsest MSS., Codex Ephrami, though in the transcription of the book in this MSS. there is a most singular clerical blunder, substituting the end of ch. vii. and ch. viii. 1-4, for the last verse of ch. x. and xi. 1-3. Codex Basilianus, written about the eighth century, now in the Vatican Library, is the next oldest MSS. which contains the book, and this codex also was collated by the indefatigable Dr. Tischendorf. These four are the only Greek MSS. written in unical letters which contain the book.

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