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their little ones, interest himself in their of which he is curate. I use the word in the several anxieties, and be ready of access for sense adopted by our church, representing them to seek counsel. By such means he all those who have a cure of souls. will become well acquainted with their state, But, besides, and beyond all these in imbe assisted in adapting discourses to their portance, is the life of the minister. It is need; and the more ignorant will understand, not such a matter of course as to require no and be in a better position to profit by his particular allusion. I feel in myself its need public ministrations. His schools, too, both and difficulty. The peculiar temptation to Sunday and day, will be objects of his spe- which the circumstances of the Christian cial care.

If these little enclosures are well minister expose him needs wariness. He tilled, and duly cared for under his own eye, must watch not only against the temptations he will find them among the most important which are common to all men, but against a in the amount of fruit in proportion to the seared state of mind brought on by constant labour bestowed.

dealing officially with spiritual things. Our Amongst a variety of secondary means, great and subtle foe makes his great efforts perhaps we might inention lay assistance, against the pastor ; and, if the shepherd is such as a visiting society. The minister gained, the sheep are scattered. One he selects such as are worthy” and “ of good seeks to blind as to his own state and his report,” and assigns them employment under unspeakable responsibility: he keeps him his direction. Suc!i assistance is sanctioned asleep, easy, self-satisfied. Another he endeaby the highest authority in our church; and, vours to ruin by pride, and another by sloth. we might also say, is in accordance with If he succeeds in either of his multifarious apostolical example ; for St. Paul speaks of snares, we betray our trust, and souls are his “helpers in Christ Jesus," and those periled. While men have eyes as well as “ women who laboured with him in the Lord.” ears, our practice will preach as strongly as In large and populous spheres they are ab- our sermon; and, if we do not “watch in all solutely necessary for carrying out efficiently things,” we shall contradict in private what the working of the parish. It is not to take we preach in public. It is written: “ Be ye the minister's duty out of his hands, but to clean that bear the vessels of the Lord ;” and effect that which he cannot reach. Such “ let her priests be clothed with righteouswill not lessen his duties, though they may ness.” The minister of God cannot shake be a comfort to him, making his labours off the garb of holiness. He must remember more effeetual. They may promote the ob- what is required of the pastor in the parlour servance of the sabbath, increase his con- as well as in the pulpit, in his house as well gregation, bring neglected children to his as in his congregation, if he would "give no schools, improve the attendance on his weekly occasion to the enemy to speak reproachlectures, catechetical exercises, and bible fully," "that the ministry be not blamed." classes. Besides, such agency will put him Those who stand before God to serve him in possession of information regarding his have indeed need to "watch, and

pray. people, which he could with difficulty, if at all persons in the world surely ministers need all, attain of himself: his counsel and influ- to be men of prayer; constant, wrestling, ence will be brought to bear more generally, fervent prayer. They have need to walk with and in places he could not otherwise reach; God in holy meditation, heavenly study, and and the parochial charities and clubs will “all prayer.” If he would be faithful the prove more beneficial. A large parish with minister must get his texts from God, and his out these active instrumentalities at work discourses with much supplication. If he may appear to need little further than the would be “an example of believers,” his Sunday duties : all may be fiat, formal, dead. visits and private intercourse must be sancThere appears no demand for increased tified by prayer. “We will,” say the agencies, because all is lifeless. But in a apostles, give ourselves continually to small sphere, where the word is carried from prayer and the ministry of the word :" this house to house, and an interest taken in the is to be our life, the life of our ministry, and special state of each, a world of labour at the life of our flock. Without this, though once demands a variety of means to be we might get learning, fame, and respect, brought into action. Such means also afford we cannot save ourselves, and those that an opportunity for the zeal and love of active hear us.” It is the means of prayer that Christians; and this, be it remembered, if must bring light and life into our souls, give not expended in the church under the mi- an unction to our ministry, and salvation to nister, is too often turned into another channel, the perishing souls entrusted to us. Satan where it will ever impede hin, disorganize knows the value of what I am trying to enhis plans, and disconnect him from the souls force on my own soul, as on yours; for there

is nothing he more strives to keep us from. “the congregation whom you serve." The This is the “incense" we have" to burn :" it under-shepherd, then, must be “not neglishould be as a heavenward flame, always aris- gent” in devising plans and executing them, ing form our hearts. And, speaking to those in carrying them on in faith and patience and who doubtless know the value of such in undeteriorated zeal, in improving them and their own practice, I would venture to allude bringing increased wisdom, grace, and energy to the benefit to ourselves and our charge to the blessed work and labour of love; for, which must result from having special and to quote again from the well-known office, fixed seasons for remembering the circum- " if it shall happen to the same church, or any stances and individual cases of our people at member thereof, to take any hurt or hindrance the throne of grace.

by reason of your negligence, ye know the But we must proceed. We have seen our greatness of the fault, and also the horrible calling, its object, and some of the means punishment that will ensue. Wherefore conwhereby, with God's blessing, it is to be sider with yourselves the end of your ministry effected. And the text reminds us of our towards the children of God, towards the position, that “we stand befor the Lord.” spouse and body of Christ; and see that you Oar peculiar attitude is that we stand be- never cease your labour, your care and dilifore the Lord.” We are often inclined to feel gence, until you have done all that lieth in as before man, but we ought to have every you, according to your bounden duty, to bring thought swallowed up in the sense of being all such as are or shall be committed to your before God to witness for him ; constantly charge, unto that agreement in the faith and under his piercing, holy, gentle, guiding eye; knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and before God, who hath called us, with the perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no highest, most holy, most honourable calling, place left among you either for error in relito stand upon the wateh-towers of his Zion. gion or for viciousness in life.”

From the whole we must be prepared for Diligence soon shows us that our position is the exhortation: Therefore " be not now neg- not exempt from difficulty ; but a soldier is ligent.” It was those, we read," whose hearts called and harnessed not to slumber, but to were stirred up within them” that set forward fight : our profession is one not of ease and the rearing of the tabernacle. It was David, luxury, but of labour and self-denial. We of whom we read that his " affection was set cannot expect ease when our chief Captain on the house of the Lord,” and who could had sorrow, and exhorts us, say, “ I have prepared with all my might for negligent," "endure hardness.” It was the the house of my God,” who collected the saying of a devoted servant of God, when on “ silver and gold” and marble stones” for bis death-bed, that he had been only half " the holy house;" and, if we would be in- awake; and sure I am, if we view things in strumental in building the heavenly temple the light of eternity, if faith raises the veil

sure foundation," we must give between us and things not seen, we shall feel, our " affection” and “all our might” to the at the best, we have been little more than work, and, when the world would call us, or sleeping. We should stand, like St. John, sloth and self-indulgence tempt us, answer within hearing of the golden harps and songs like Nehemiah when building the walls of of melody of the New Jerusalem : then shall Zion, and say, "I am doing a great work, we earnestly lead our people the up-hill path so that I cannot come down." Negligence to the holy land. We should stand, like is culpable in the commonest temporal du- Noah, believing the judgment coming on the ties, more so in the statesman, whose unad- world: then shall we faithfully preach, though rised expression might promote disloyalty, or men may mock. Like men seeing the smoke in the coursellor, who spared the midnight oil of the torment which ascendeth up for ever in weighing every word and argument which and ever: then shall we “labour and be in could tell for his client; but what must it be travail for souls night and day;" for our words in spiritual and eternal things, in us, who plead must be “a savour of life unto life, or death for God, for souls, and eternity? The minister unto death." We must meet the souls comis a physician sent to thousands dying of mitted to our charge before the throne of disease, with a sovereign remedy; therefore, God; and we must either bring them to “be not now negligent” in seeking out every Christ, or see them lie down in everlasting soul and applying the balm until it heals and burnings. Satan is diligent: death is busy; has life for heaven. Well may our faithful but the Spirit of God waits to be gracious; mother, the church, exhort us: “Have al- therefore, “ be not now negligent.” And St. ways, therefore, printed in your remembrance, Paul says: “I charge thee, therefore, before how great a treasure is committed to your God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall charge; for they are the sheep of Christ,” judge the quick and the dead at his appearing

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and his kingdom, preach the word; be in- wrestlings which belong to the faithful pastor. stant in season and out of season ; reprove, Value him and love him for his work's sake. rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and Ministers are men“ oflike passions with yourdoctrine."

selves;” but do not stumble at their infirmities, God calls the minister: the church re- do not reject the gospel treasure because it is quires : perishing souls supplicate: “Be ye brought in an earthen vessel. not now negligent.” Be not negligent in tiently upon your pastor's ministry: go to prayer, whereby alone a real blessing can rest him on the concerns of your souls, it is your on your labours.

The successful minister duty and your privilege. Many blame the must be an anointed one, filled with “the ministry without using the means which under golden oil” of the Spirit; like Barnabas, who God would bring a blessing. If you would was “a good man, and full of the Holy receive spiritual good from our labours, you Ghost; and so much people was added unto must hold up our hands by your prayers. the Lord.” “Will and ability are given of the “ Brethren, pray for us.” Bear with our Lord alone; therefore ye ought, and have mistakes : care for us for the gospel's sake, need, to pray earnestly"; plead, then, with notwithstanding our imperfection and maniGod that you be not dry and sapless, but fold unworthiness; but, above all, pray that “filled with the Spirit.” “Not negligent” in we may have light and grace, be kept humble study; for “the priest's lips should keep and holy, and gain seals to our ministry and knowledge;" and, in order to this, "give souls for our hire. thyself to reading.” “Study to show thy- In conclusion, my reverend brethren, I self approved unto God, a workman that have sketched the office of the Christian needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing ministry, as it appears to me from our bible the word of truth.” “ Pray for the heavenly and our prayer-book ; such, as it seems to me, : assistance of the Holy Ghost, that by daily are the duties we ourselves profess, in taking reading and weighing of the scriptures ye may upon us this holy office, to wish to perforin; wax riper and stronger in the ministry.” such, the practice to which we desire to be Dread an hour's idleness. It is said of the conformed. But I feel and mourn with venerable Bede, that “he never knew what deep humiliation my infinite short-comings, it was to do nothing, and always found it inability, and inefficiency, and am ready to cry sweet to be either learning, teaching, or out, under the crushing weight and unutterwriting “Not negligent" in labour; dili- able responsibility, “Who is sufficient for gent not only in the more public duties, but these things ?” “Who is sufficient for these « never cease your labour, your care and dili- things ?" No man in himself. As our prayer. gence:” be willing to spend and be spent in book says, he has neither will nor ability. the self-denying, self-forgetting, self-devoting Yet have we seen some rising to the emerwork by which your people may be “your gency; having grace not only to form the hope, your joy, your crown of rejoicing in the good desire, but ability to bring the same to presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at his com- good effect. Christ hath said: “My grace ing."

.” “Not negligent” in conduct, but waich is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made ful; as, to "compass the doing so mighty a perfect in weakness." Thai they have found; work,” it is necessary that not only “docirine and the grace which is sufficient for oibers and exhortation be taken out of the holy scrip will be equally effectual in us who have ures,” but the “life agreeable to the same”: need, if songht. Then shall we be able to be “one that ruleth well his own house,' say:. “I can do all things through Christ " framing the manners of both yourselves and which strengtheneth me;" for “God is able them .... according to the same scripture:” to make all grace abound towards you, that “take heed unto thyself;" “ in all things you may always have all sufficiency in all showing thyselt a pattern of good works," things." If we cou'd feel “ we have need of with “ sound speech that cannot be con- nothing," we might slight “ the word of exdemned.”

hortation" we have from God and our church; It may not be out of place, hefore con- but, when we bave a pervading sense of the cluding, to address a word to the lay portion weighty office to which we are called, it is of this assembly. St. Paul says: "Obey this very diligence and prayer that we need them that have the rule over you, and sub- to quality us as faithtul and successful pastors, mit yourselves; for they watch for your souls" who shall feed the flock of God which he as they that must give account.” 'l'he pastor hath purchased with his own blood.” May is in a position of awful responsibility, and God pour down this spirit of diligence and may often have reasous for his plans with prayer on you, and me, and all the ministers which you may be unacquainted. You can of our beloved church; that we may, as little know the deep anxieties, trials, and watchmen, warn of danger; as shepherds,

bide by the flock and feed the sheep; as continued to sustain his character, even after he stewards, be faithful to our Lord, and dili- was discovered, was most creditable to his theatrigently occupy till he come; as soldiers, en

cal powers. We had another scene the same dure hardness and earnestly contend for the evening, which excited a great deal of merfaith ; as ambassadors, carry the message of abominable disturbance, and thought verily the

riment. I was roused in the night by a most the Lord Jesus Christ to men; as witnesses, Philistines were upon us. Peeping out through testify for the truth, not only in our doctrine, the tent curtains, I saw, by the moonlight, a man but in our lives; as ministers before the Lord, riding into the camp, supported, as I thought, by ever keep the flame of love, zeal, and prayer two attendants, and stepped out to inquire what burning on the altar of our hearts ; and, found my own servant sitting in state, with a huge

the fuss meant; and, much to my amusement, « when the chief Shepherd sball appear, re

wild sow before him, the head and tail of which ceive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." | were sustained by two more. It seems Moham

medans may kill these pigs—may even cut their

throats, according to the law; but, having done LETTERS FROM THE EAST.

this, they become immediately unclean, and, if

the infidels desire to eat of the unclean beast, BY THE REY. W. D. VEITCH.

they must take all further trouble on themselves.

Having killed the abominable animal in the No, VIII.

jungle, they then left it to the tender mercies of

the hyenas and jackals, for whom it was reserved MY DEAR SIR:

in the way I have described. Foolish as these I know not that I have anything more to relate stories are, they may tend to give some idea of of visits to any remarkable place during the visit to the humours of a tent life, where it is not always the Jordan, of which I wrote to you in my last. The possible to keep the “ Abbate of Unreason” from remainder of our time was occupied in agreeable playing his pranks. excursions in all directions-visiting ruins of aque- The journey back afforded no incident; and, on ducts, &c.; and it was to us all a subject of regret our return to Jerusalem, we heard a most curious that we could not well extend our stay beyond a piece of intelligence, which I now communicate. fortnight. But, before leaving the beautiful scene of Ludicrous as the story is in one part, I cannot but our encampment, I may as well mentiou an occur- think it has a meaning, and that there are rence or two which may provoke a laugh. The schemes afloat which may perhaps lead to serious Arab-or rather Fellah, I believe I should call thoughts. The pope has lately sent a patriarch to hin-though in general a sad beast, has at times reside at Jerusalem—the first time, I believe, a great taste for a little fun, and often displays a that such a dignitary has been appointed; and very considerable power of personation. We had report speaks highly of his talents and accomin the camp, certainly unknown to us, several who plishments, especially as a linguist. He is said to well understood how to get up a farce, as you see be a very Babel in miniature. Soon after his by the following story : While sitting chatting arrival, the pacha, professing to be much scanone evening, after a late dinner, a most venerable- dalized at the disunion of the various bodies of looking sheikh, with a long white beard and Christians, invited the three patriarchs—the Greek, splendid moustaches, rode into the encampnient, the Armenian, and the Latin-to visit him at the with a numerous band of running attendants, and seraglio, and appointed the next day to meet them holloaed most pompously for the dragoman, or in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He led drodg-man, as he pronounced it. Ignorant of them to the very entrance of the sepulchre itself, Arabic, I only made out the word “harame" and there preached them a homily on the duty of (thief); but, before I had time to inquire what of Christian forgiveness, mutual forbearance, and this thief, to my horror, a chair having been love; pointed to the sacred spot, and insisted how brought for the great man, a poor fellow was it itself appealed to all their better feelings. Overdragged forward, and thrown down upon his come by his exhortations, they mutually kissed face, and the tastinado most lustily applied. I one another, promised to be good, and love one jumped up in horror, and in my turn vociterated to another ever after, swore an eternal friendship” the ic drodge-man" to order the horrid wretch and over a cup of coffee, and then all united in prayer. his thief off the premises ; a loud burst of laughter A priest prayed audibly for the sultan, the pacha, followed, and I found out the sheikh was no sbeikh, and the three patriarchs, in succession; the pacha but only

Snug the joiner”- viz., the Arab distinctly joining in the Amen, as each prayer was groom of one of the party, and his attendants ended. What a scene! The representative of the our own servants. The cleverness with which “ only true church” giving the right hand of felthey bad, out of the rudest materials, made up lowship to the schismatical Greek and the heretic their disguises, was most extraordinary. On Armenian, at the door of the holy sepulchre, at inspection, the venerable beard of the sheikh, the request of a Mohammedan pacha, and joining which had excited my admiration, turned out to in an act of worship with him, and them!! I be only formed of the tow, used to wash the doubt if bistory presents such another. Just, gups : a grey horse bad supplied the moustaches. however, as the heads were making peace, the Their other adornments were in proportion; but tails were breaking it, and heads too; for the the effect, at a few paces off, in the failing light, Latin and Greek monks at Bethlehem got towas most admirable. The sheikh would have gether by the ears, and battered one another done credit to the boards of any London theatre ; soundly. It seems that a poor Latin monk was and the dignity and propriety with which he too long at his devotions, at one of the stations


which are common to both. The Greek, there- We have had a sad proof of the vexatious fore, who was waiting to take his place, grew nature of the “law's delay" in not getting our impatient, and took the liberty of pushing him new church consecrated on the 19th of April, over; on which a battle-royal ensued, and as the bishop had wished. It was found impossome heads were broken. On the news arriving sible to get the necessary documents prepared in in Jerusalem, the Latin patriarch wrote a note to time; indeed, they are not yet arrived. Nuhis brother of the Greeks, expressing his earnest merous travellers had made their arrangements to hope that the untoward event would not interrupt be in Jerusalem to witness the important and their new-born friendship; but, true to the “John interesting ceremony–interesting indeed-the Tuam” style of bold assumption, while he ad- consecration of the first Christian church which dressed his note Al illustrissimo Patriarcho di has been erected here for I don't know how many Grecia, he signed himself Patriarcho di Gerusa- centuries ; certainly the first protestant church, lemme-a title to which he could assume no pre- though that characteristic is rather a melancholy tension, but one which his brother has inherited one. It is melancholy that the world should ever from a very long line of ecclesiastical ancestors. so have gone wandering after the beast in all The Greek, it is said, is much moved; but, as forms of idolatry and error, as to have rendered it yet, he says nothing. The more I think of it, the necessary that the word protest should ever more I feel convinced there is a plot in agitation; have been employed in the church. Our chapel, and a circumstance which has transpired since con- Good Friday and Easter Sunday, was firms me in it. We have had a miracle—and among crowded; but our new church, now completed, the heretics; and still the orthodox Latin and the we could not avail ourselves of. It is a simple, schismatic Greek have gone hand in hand to coun- unpretending building : a critical eye may detect tenance it. On the Monday after Easter there some architectural defects; but, ow that the fitwas a splendid service in the chapel of the Arme- tings are put in, the tout ensemble is pleasing; nian convent: immediately after which the pil- and it is delightful to turn from the over-ornagrims began to depart. I attended the service, mented, gilded, and glittering edifices for worship and feel rather hurt, after taking the trouble of around, to the simplicity and decency of our own. rising at five in the morning, and sitting for two I will not now enter on any new subject. I mortal hours in a cloud of incense, enough to have trust, in an early letter, to lead you to Bethlehemsuffocated a toad, that the patriarch bad not the a place of deep interest to a Christian. In the civility to warn me of what was to follow. But mean time believe me, so it was. Well, the service-the most gorgeous

My dear sir, ceremony I ever witnessed-was ended: the pa

Very sincerely

yours, triarch had retired : the thirteen bishops had got

W. D. VEITCH. rid of their embroidered robes and jewelled mitres ; Jerusalem, April 26, 1848. the twelve deacons-each of whom wore a crown of pearls, emeralds, rubies, &c., each fit for the queen of England-had retired, and all the lights had been carefully extinguished, when lo! suddenly three

Poetry. candles on the high altar were suddenly seen to blaze forth with a miraculous light, communicated

SONNETS. by no touch of earthly fire. No; it was some supernatural spark. All crowded 'in haste into

No. XVII. the chapel, messengers were sent to recall such of

(For the Church of England Magazine.) the pilgrims as had departed, that the happy event might be heralded throughout all the distant and widely-scattered regions whence they had come; so that none might be left in ignorance of How vast the change the Christian undergoes, this divine attestation to the purity and beauty of When taken hence! Beyond yon star-paved floor the church of the Armenian. All this is strange, (The golden sand of the celestial shore), but I think significant: nor would it be difficult Rapidly borne, how much at once he kuows ! to point out a fourth party, of whom all these gen- Eternity its light around him throws, tlemen are mutually afraid, or to conceive a reason

And lo, he stands his Saviour-God before, for this hollow peace, which, like Herod and

To see, admire, love, worship, and adore, Pontius Pilate, they have patched up. Our“ "holy

While hosts of radiant beings him enclose. mother” is any thing rather than asleep at pre

What powers within his soul are now unfurl'd! sent: a nuncio is sent to Constantinople, and we

What floods of happiness his soul dilate! are assured is come from thence to bless us here. Or a small stone expanded to a world ;

As if a babe had sprung to man's estate, Nay, we have even had a report that the holy And there he is for ever': 0, how great father himself has abdicated his temporal power, A height for those whom sin so low had hurl'd! and is about to make a pilgrimage to the holy

J. D. H. city. I cannot, I confess, believe this us yet. That he, or some successor of his, will visit Palestine, I have no doubt ; but I do not think the

London: Published for the Proprietors, by EDWARDS time is as yet come.

In the mean time, however, and HUGHES, 12, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Paul's; and to be the on dit has spread consternation, we are assured, in the Latin convent, where, if all tales procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town and Country. be true, they are little in a condition to stand the scrutiny of the infallible eyes of the head of the Christian world.




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