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with his two deacons, before the governor. Emilian asked him if he had heard the commands of the emperors? to which he answered, that he did not know what they commanded, but that he was a Christian. Emilian told him that they commanded to worship the gods; and the bishop answered, that he worshipped only one God, Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is therein.
Emilian.—“ Know you not that there are gods ?"
Fructuosus looked up to heaven, and began to pray silently. Emilian said, 6 Who shall be listened to, or feared, or worshipped, if the gods are not honoured, nor the images of the emperors worshipped ?" Then, turning to one of the deacons, he said, Do not listen to the words of Fructuosus. The deacon answered, “I worship the ALMIGHTY GOD." Emilian then said to the other deacon, “ Do you worship Fructuosus ?” The deacon answered, “ I do not worship Fructuosus, but Him Whom Fructuosus worships." "Are you a bishop ?" the governor asked of Fructuosus. “ I am.” 6 You have been,” replied the governor, signifying that his death was decided on; and he gave sentence that Fructuosus and his two deacons should be burnt alive.
When they were led to the amphitheatre, the people began to lament for the bishop so much love had he gained, not only from the Christians, but from the heathens; for he was such as the Holy Spirit declares, through the Apostle St. Paul, that a bishop ought to be. On which account the brethren, who knew to what glory he was going, rejoiced for him more than they grieved. There were some who offered to the bishop a cup of perfumed drink for his refreshment; but, as it was only ten o'clock on the Friday morning, he answered that it was not yet the hour for breaking the fast. So he hastened on securely and joyfully, that he might find his refreshment with prophets and martyrs in the paradise which God has prepared for those who love Him. When he
came to the amphitheatre, one of the officers asked leave, with tears, to unloose his sandals.
A Christian soldier, named Felix, took his hand, and begged to be remembered in his prayers. To which Fructuosus answered in a clear voice, heard by all present, “I am bound to remember the Catholic Church throughout the world, from the east to the west.” When he came near to the place of martyrdom, he said to the brethren, “ There shall not be wanting to you a pastor, nor can God's promise and mercy fail now or to all eternity. This which
behold is the suffering of an hour." Then, like the three children, Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, these three martyrs were committed to the flames, which first consumed the cords that bound them, so that their hands were free; and, kneeling down, they spread out their arms in form of a cross, and poured forth their souls in sure hope of a resurrection.
“Let us now see what the Church teaches, I may say, commands, as to the manner of collecting. Her rule is also in the Bible. We have in the Communion Service the offertory sentences; and a direction in the Rubric that they be read from the altar whenever that service is used, and that, at every time of such reading, a collection be made “for pious and charitable uses.' These sentences regularly read through, and regularly impressed upon the people, and a collection made, will be sure to answer in the long run, though to modern minds the practice may be strange at first. They are Scripture, and those that value Scripture will both hear and take heed how they hear them. Such people, too, will desire to have their gifts blest by the prayers of the Church to the service of God, and have a greater faith in their efficacy, when so offered and blest, than if given in a common wordly way. The Rubric, too, which directs these sentences to be read, for the purpose of making a weekly collection, is in strict conformity with Scripture and apostolical practice. “Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store as God has prospered him.” (1 Cor. xvi. 2.) To give in this way is to give in faith, and with good security of having our gifts sanctified unto efficacy. Here, then, in the practice of the Church throughout all ages we have a rule; one which I believe, as well as hope, will be again restored. It is not dead, for it cannot die. It sleeps, I lament, though I rejoice it gives symptoms of awaking If we will but awaken it, we shall find it still strong. These ways of the Bible and the Church are the old ways, the good ways, which have been from the beginning, and will be to the end. They are the only ways by which we can hope effectually to do the great work now required to be done in this country. Narrow systems and temporary expedients will fail us ; "they have been weighed in the balance and found wanting ; but these ways will never fail us, if we will but follow them, not doubting but believing.”—Christian Remembrancer.
NEW CHURCHES. SURREY.-- The new church, the Holy Trinity, Cobham, was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Winchester, on Tuesday, 18th October. The church is a plain, neat edifice, capable of holding about 250 persons. A burying-ground is attached to the church. The sum of £1000 has been raised for the endowment of the church, and the expense of the building was defrayed by voluntary contributions, aided by a grant of £150 from the Incorporated Society, and of £450 from the Winchester Diocesan Church Building Society. Many of the parishioners who could not afford to give money, voluntarily and zealously gave their labour in drawing and preparing the materials for the building. It was considered that upwards of £70 had been saved in this way. The collection which was made during the reading of the sentences at the offertory amounted to £123, including a donation of £25 from the bishop.
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE.-A new church and new national schools, with suitable houses for the master and mistress, have been erected in the populous and extensive parish of Lenton, near Nottingham. The total cost incurred has been £8943, towards which F. Wright, of Lenton House, Esq., contributed the munificent sum of £3800, and his sisters, the Misses Wright, £1000. The church has recently been consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln. The contributions at the offertory amounted to the liberal sum of £174 68. 7 d. An elegant silver communion service has been presented by the Misses Wright, of Lenton Firs. Books for the use of the church have been given by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. The church is a commodious and handsome stone structure, after the early English style, with clerestory, side aisles, and tower. An ancient font, of singular workmanship, which belonged to Lenton Abbey, about 800 yeas ago, has been restored and placed in the new church.
LANCASHIRE. In the month of June the Lord Bishop of Chester consecrated four churches in the towns of Manchester and Salford within two days. The first of these was St. Matthias, Broughton-road, Salford. The second was St. Bartholomew's, Regent-road, Salford. The third was St. Jude's, Canal-street, Ancoats, which is not a new building, but has been purchased the “ Manchester and Eccles Church Building Society,” having been a dissenting chapel. The fourth church, called St. Simon and St. Jude, in Granby-row, was erected by the latter Society. Three others, in the town or immediate neighbourhood, have been consecrated during the last month, October, within two days also, by his Lordship: the first in order was St. Silas's church, Ardwick, erected by the “ Ten Churches' Association.” The next is St. Matthew's, Stretford, built by subscriptions, aided by grants, and will seat nearly one thousand persons. The third was St. John's church, Pendlebury, in the parish of Eccles, which has been erected by subscriptions, aided also by a grant from the “Manchester and Eccles Church Building Society.” Three more churches are now in the course of erection; two in Manchester, and one in the parish of Eccles.
MIRAMICHI, Opening of the New Church at Blackville. On the 20th Sunday after Trinity (the 9th ultimo), the newlyerected parish church of Blackville, on the south-west branch of the Miramichi, was opened for divine service. This church is built in the plain Gothic style of architecture, having at its western end a tall tower, the basement of which forms the vestry-room : the tower is crowned with battlements and pinnacles, and has a pleasing appearance. A lowly chancel, which is lighted by a triple window, and encircled by a border of stained glass, terminates the eastern part of the nave. The windows are narrow, and of the lancet shape, filled with very small panes of glass, of the diamond form. 'Substantial buttresses have been placed between each of the windows, and at all the angles of the other parts of the church. The whole exterior of the building appears to be well finished, and wears (as it was
happily observed by a pious churchwoman) quite an old country aspect. Within the interior of the church there is a centre aisle, on either side of which are placed open seats. The set of beautiful books, for the celebration of divine service, and which were used on this day for the first time, have been presented to the congregation by the venerable Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, at the request of the Lord Bishop of Nova Scotia. Towards the building of this church munificent grants have been made by those ancient friends of the colonial church
the Societies for Promoting, Christian Knowledge, and for the Propagation of the
Gospel : the Church Society of the Archdeaconry of New Brunswick has also afforded its usual liberal aid ; and liberal donations have been remitted from several friends in England. The collection, which was made during the reading of the sentences of the offertory, amounted to £6 2s. 3d. The service was concluded with the prayer “for the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in earth,” a Collect, and the Blessing. It was delightful to observe the deep interest taken in the solemn services of the day, by the members of the congregation, many of whom must have been hitherto quite unacquainted with our Liturgy.
1. The Christian Vine. PART I. London: Burns. 2. The Gospel after the Pentecostal Pattern. Burns. 3. The Life of the Rev. Isaac Milles. Burns. 4. A Help to Catechising, by JAMES BEAVEN, M. A.
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We regret our limits will not allow a separate notice to each publication in the above list. There is no publisher of the present day to whom our young friends are so much indebted as Mr. Burns, for, from the price of one halfpenny up to five shillings, no one has sent forth so many instructive and edifying books. Nor is it merely for the young that he is so judicious a caterer; even the