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heaven is the mansion of peace and purity, where no discord or defilement enters. Again; they are such as are true followers of Christ, and "follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth;" not declining the ways of virtue for any difficulties they meet with in them, but being faithful unto death, and "resisting even unto blood, striving against sin."
The GOSPEL relates that plan of divine contrivance by which God rescued the child Jesus from the savage purpose of Herod. "The wrath of man shall praise thee, and the remainder thereof thou shalt restrain."
SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS-DAY.
"It was a custom among the primitive Christians to observe the octave, or eighth day, after their principal feasts, with great solemnity; and upon every day between the feast and the octave itself, they used to repeat some part of that service which was performed upon the feast itself: in imitation of which religious custom, this day generally falling within the octave of Christmas-day, the collect then used is repeated now; and the epistle and gospel still set forth the mysteries of our redemption by the birth of Christ. Before the Reformation, instead of the present gospel, was read Luke, ii. 33-41. But then the first of St. Matthew was appointed, which is still retained, excepting that the first seventeen verses, relating to our Saviour's genealogy, were left out at the restoration."*
"The sum of this day's EPISTLE is as follows:The Son of God was made of a woman, that he might be like us; and was made under the law, that we might be like him; that is, he became the Son of man, that we might be made the sons of God, and partook of our human nature to make us partakers of the divine. Whence we may learn to magnify and adore the infinite love and condescension of our Saviour to mankind, that the Maker of all things should, for our sake, vouchsafe to be made himself, and that not only of a woman, but under the law too; that he who gave laws to the world, should subject himself to a law of his own making, and undergo the utmost rigour and severity of it, merely to deliver us from the curse and punishment of it. Christ's receiving us into the adoption of sons may teach us to cherish all filial love and duty to him, and to behave ourselves as becometh the sons and children of God; acting suitably to so great a privilege, and doing nothing unworthy of so high a relation. As God beareth towards us the bowels of a father, so let us bear towards him the duty of children; 'a son honoureth his father, and a servant his master.' And we find God claiming the duty of both: a father, where is my honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear, saith the Lord of Hosts?" "f
If I be
The GOSPEL (which was changed by Edward VI. instead of Luke, ii.) refers to that name of JESUS, which was appointed to our Redeemer before his incarnation. "From the angel's direction that his name should be called Jesus, we may learn the honour that is due to that holy name. The apostle calls it a 'name that is above every name;' it was given from heaven, and brings salvation with it here on earth; yea' there is no other name given under heaven by which we can be saved, but only the name of the Lord Jesus.' And therefore the apostle hath commanded, that to the + Dr. Hole.
name of Jesus all things in heaven and earth, and under the earth, should bow and obey." 11 "The knowledge of his power and influence as a Saviour is calculated to inspire us with a never-failing hope. It speaks comfort to the penitent. It consoles the trembling and afflicted. It calms the fears of conscience. It gives peace and security in good days. It lends its sanction to the best enjoyments; those of which the rational and well-disposed alone are capable. It confirms the confidence of faith. It lifts the heart above the trials and the griefs which may befal us. It furnishes a sure stay amidst the changes of this transitory life. Let us, then, with the venerable Joseph, who received the angel's message and injunction, and complied with them, so store the word of truth in our hearts, and comply with its directions, The name of Jesus will then be to us a name of trust, and a certain refuge of security and good hope."†
THE CHURCH'S YEAR.-It strikes me there is something very beautiful in the fact, that the festival of Christmas should fall in the midst of winter. It is not when nature puts on her august livery, when she puts her brightest enamel on the fields, and enriches them with her warmest sunshine, that we are bidden to catch the angelic song, "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, and good-will toward men." When there is cloud in the sky, when the trees are bare, and there is gloomy desolation on all sides, then it is that we have the dawnings of a moral summer; and when the natural sun has lost its power, we mark the rising of spiritual irradiation. There is thus always a striking contrast between the aspect of external things and the religious characteristics of the season. we may find somewhat of the triumph which the things of faith are appointed to achieve over the things of sense, in the fact, that the Church begins her year of gladness just when the world is closing hers in mourning.-Rev. H. Melvill.
ABSENCE OF MEANS OF GRACE.-In order to obtain the Divine blessing, it is necessary that we should wait upon God in all the ordinances of his appointment. Yet God has not so restricted his favours, but that we may expect the communication of them to our souls wherever we be, provided our neglect of his instituted means proceed from imperious necessity, and not from an indifference to his commands. St. John was banished to the isle of Patmos, where he had no opportunity of assembling with the Church of Christ, and of sanctifying the Sabbath in the way to which he had been accustomed. But he sought the Lord in secret, and "was in the spirit," that is, in a holy heavenly frame, "on the Lord's day;" and what was wanting to him in respect of external advantages was abundantly compensated by an extraordinary vision of the Lord and Saviour.-Rev. C. Simeon.
SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE.-Let no man, upon a weak conceit of sobriety, or an ill-applied moderation, think or maintain that a man can search too far, or be too well studied in the book of God's word; rather let men endeavour an endless progress or proficiency therein.-Bacon.
RELIGIOUS APATHY.-It cannot, I think, be doubted, whether apathy towards the eternal interests of others must not be considered, in some sort, as indicative of a want of serious feeling respecting the futurity which awaits ourselves. It is no token for good when the sympathies of the heart are checked, or the hand is closed, by the cold and calculating inquiry, "Am I
my brother's keeper?" He who has himself drunk of the well of life longs to roll away the stone from the top of the well, that others may taste of the same living water. He who has felt his own personal helplessness and inability, and knows by experience that the natural man receiveth not the things that are of God, is touched with a sense of deep compassion for that evil heart of unbelief which is yet dead in trespasses and sin. He who has bowed in deep humility at the foot of the cross, and there has touched, as it were, the extremest hem of Christ's garment, cannot refrain from speaking out of the abundance of his heart. He will tell unceasingly of the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness; and point to the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and rest neither day nor night till the numbers of those are multiplied who join with him in ascribing to the Redeemer "power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." His prayer for his brethren, wherever dispersed, will be, like that of his blessed Lord, that they may be delivered from the evil.-Bishop C. R. Sumner.
Inscribed on the Obelisk erected by subscription, in 1819, to Dr. Rowland Taylor, on Aldham Common, near Hadleigh, the scene of his Martyrdom; by the Rev. Auriol Hay Drummond, D.D., Rector of Hadleigh, Suffolk.
"This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John, v. 4.
MARK this rude stone, where Taylor dauntless stood,
MARY, thou art gone to rest;
Here within thy native clay
Who are o'er thee weeping.
Pleasant is thy lowly bed,
Close to those that bore thee;
Trees 'neath which thy childhood play'd Gently waving o'er thee.
SCHWARTZ.-Of Schwartz and his fifty years' labour among the heathen, the extraordinary influence and popularity which he acquired, both with Mussulmans, Hindoos, and contending European governments, I need give you no account, except that my idea of him has been raised since I came into the south of India. I used to suspect, that, with many admirable qualities, there was too great a mixture of intrigue in his character; that he was too much of a political prophet; and that the veneration which the people paid, and still pay him (and which indeed almost regards him as a superior being, putting crowns and burning lights before his statue), was purchased by some unwarrantable compromise with their prejudices. I find I was quite mistaken. He was really one of the most active and fearless (as he was one of the most successful) missionaries who have appeared since the apostles. To say that he was disinterested in regard to money, is nothing; he was perfectly careless of power; and renown never seemed to affect him, even so far as to induce an outward shew of humility. His temper was perfectly simple, open, and cheerful.-Bp. Heber.
THE CONSTITUTION.-They who set out with the very best principles and purest intentions, are often insensibly led by a few artful incendiaries into excesses, of which, at one time, they would have thought themselves utterly incapable. In their haste to reform every thing, they unhappily forget that the other two branches of the legislature, the king and the lords, have rights as sacred and as essential to the public welfare as those of the commons; and that it is more injurious and dangerous to violate the constitution, for the sake of advancing the power of the people, than for the purpose of extending the prerogative of the crown. Heated with their visionary plans, which they form, of absolute perfection in Church and State, they think it allowable to promote such righteous ends by the most unrighteous means; by trampling on all those sacred laws of truth, justice, equity, charity, and humanity, which are undoubtedly meant, (however little we may regard that meaning) to govern our political as well as private conduct, and which can never be transgressed, even in pursuit of liberty itself, without the most pernicious effects.-Bishop Porteus.
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No. I.-JUNE 1836.
BISHOP OF LINCOLN, at Buckden, 29th May.-Deacons.
M. W. Barton, B.A. St. John's, Camb.
C. Duberly, B.A. Ch. Ch. Oxf.
T. Holme, B.A. Queen's, Oxf.
J. Meade, B.A. St. Peter's, Camb.
B. C. Smith, S.C.L. Trin. Hall, Camb.
G. Spence, S.C.L. Jesus, Camb.
R. P. Alington, B.A. St. John's, Camb.
W. B. Dynham, M.A. Magd. Hall, Oxf.
C. Marriott, M.A. Oriel.
A. C. Tait, M.A. Ball.
J. Garnier, B.A. Merton.
F. B. Wells, B.A. Magd.
J. A. Tillard, B.A. St. John's, Camb.
Lett. Dim. Bishop of Norwich.
Lett. Dim. from Bp. of Peterborough.
BISHOP OF OXFORD, at Christ Church, May 29.-Deacons.
W. B. Heathcote, S.C.L. New.
B. King, B.A. B.N.C.
H. C. Bagot, M.A. Ch. Ch.
R. Govett, B.A. Worc.
W. H. Price, B.A. Pemb.
C. W. Bingham, M.A. New.
F. B. Portman, M.A. All Souls'.
B. Owen, M.A. Jesus.
R. R. Stevens, S.C.L. New.
W. J. Sawell, B.A. Magd.
H. Blackall, M.A. Ch. Ch.
E. L. Barnewell, M.A. Jesus.
J. S. Pinkerton, B.A. St. John's.
J. Churchhill, B.A. Worc.
C. Seager, B.A. Worc.
J. Dodd, B.A. Queen's.
H. M. Roberts, B.A. Magd.
W. A. Strange, B.A. Pemb.
H. Palmer, B.A. Christ's, Camb.
J. B. Dyne, M.A. Wad.
M. Atkinson, M.A. Linc.
R. Croft, M.A. Exeter.
E. J. Paget, M.A. Ch. Ch.
T. Townsend, Worc.
J. Jackson, M.A. Pemb.
H. G. Randall, M.A. Queen's.
BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER, at St. Margaret's, Westminster, June 5th.-Deacons.
Letters Dimissory from the Bishop of London:
T. Dowell, B.A. Oriel, Oxf.
G. B. Daubeny, B.A. Ball. Oxf.
J. B. Mills, Queen's, Oxf.
H. Miniken, B.A. St. John's, Camb.
W. H. Stokes, M.A. Caius, Camb.
A. H. Bridges, B.A. Oriel, Oxf.
C. W. Winkler, lit.
Letters Dimissory from the Bishop of Llandaff: E. H. Tracy, B.A. Exet. Oxf.
P. Gunning, B.A. Dublin,
G. T. Hall, B.A. St. Peter's, Camb.
Letters Dimissory from the Bish
W. B. Bennett, B.A. Wad. Oxf,
F. Salter, B.A. Exet. Oxf.
W. L. Coxhead, B.A. Trin. Camb.
Letters Dimissory from the Bishop of St. David's:
D. H. Griffith, B.A. Jesus, Oxf.
W. Hughes, B.A. Trin. Camb.
J. R. Williams, St. David's.
Letters Dimissory from the Bishop of Bath and Wells:
P. C. Marshall, B.A. Wad. Oxf.
D. Brice, Queen's, Oxf.
W. W. Rowley, B.A. Queen's, Oxf.
Letters Dimissory from the Bishop of London:
T. R. Brooke, B.A. St. Mary Hall, Oxf.
H. Thompson, M.A. St. John's, Camb.
S. Jenner, B.A. St. John's, Camb.
S. F. Pemberton, B.A. Sid. Sus. Camb.
T. Hubbard, B.A. Trin. Camb.
W. L. Guardot, M.A. Emm. Camb.
J. Thomas, lit.
J. Gunther, lit.
Letters Dimissory from the Bishop of Bath and Wells:
C. J. Fox, B.A. Magd. Oxf.
E. S. Phelps, B.A. Wad. Oxf.
R. W. James, B.A. Pemb. Oxf.
Ordination appointed. — Archbishop of York, at Bishopsthorpe, Sunday, July 31st.
Beevor, M. B.
Burton, L. L.
Cooper, P. C.
Ensor, E. S.
Fenwick, C. F. F.
Flavel, J. W.
St. Giles, V.
Young, J. C.
Larken, W. P.
ACT TERM COMMENCED MAY 25TH.
Masters of the Schools appointed.
Rev. J. B. Dyne, M.A. Fell. of Wadham; Rev. E. Hawkins, M.A. Fell. of Pembroke;
M.A.-E. J. Edwards, Ball., Grand Comp.; A. C.
Bingham, H. Hill, New Coll.; T. Briscoe, E. L. Barnwell, Jesus; Rev. H. Knapp, St. John's.
B.A.-H. Grey, St. Edm. Hall; W. F. Donkin, Univ.; H. Holbech, T. W. Weare, O. Gordon, Hon. A. W. Bagot, J. B. Beresford, C. S. Cocks, A. Borradaile, Hon. A. Wodehouse, Christ Ch.; C. Seager, A. Atwood, T. Orgill, Worcester; W. Preedy, Wadham; E. Meyrick, W. M. Herchmer, Queen's; H. Shute, J. E. Grubb, C. Dunlop, Pembroke; W. Cope, J. Ballard, A. Taylor, J. Butler, J. Pycroft, H. W. B. Daubeney, Trinity; J. Hill, New Coll.; S. Barney, H. B. Bullocke, F. Brown, Exeter; A. Orr, J. S. Ütterton, C. H. White, Oriel; R. H. M. Hughes, Jesus.
M.A.-Rev. H. J. Maddock, Worc.; J. C. Meadows, Pemb.; J. H. Short, Merton; J. D. Giles, C.C.C.
B.A.-F. P. Lowe, Univ.; H. C. Smith, Wad.; R. Panting, Ch. Ch.; J. Ward, New Coll.; J. M. Wilson, C.C.C.; C. P. Godfrey, St. John's.
Rev. H. Seymour, M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin, admitted ad eundem.
Rev. S. Reay of St. Alban Hall, and Rev. B. Hurison of Ch. Ch., are appointed Examiners for Mrs. Kennicott's Hebrew Scholarships.
The Prizes for 1836 have been adjudged as follows:
CHANCELLOR'S PRIZES.-Latin Verse: Alexander ad Indum. W. Dickinson, Schol. of Trinity.
English Essay: The effects of a national taste for general and diffusive reading. H. H. Vaughan, B.A. Fell. of Oriel.
Latin Essay: Antiquorum Romanorum in publicis operibus magnificentia. (Not awarded.)
B.D.-Rev. F. A. Faber, Fell. of Magd. B.M.-R. H. Goolden, Queen's.
SIR ROGER NEWDIGATE'S PRIZE.-The Knights of St. John. F. W. Faber, Schol. of University.
The Theological Prize (Dr. Ellerton's Foundation), The evidences of our Saviour's resurrection. E. Elder, B.A. Schol. of Balliol.
M.A.-C. W. Orde, Univ., Grand Comp.; K. Will. Collett, Ch. Ch.; Rev. C. J. Fox, Edw. Price, Magd. Hall; Rev. C. L. Guyon, Wadh.; R. J. Spranger, Nicolas F. Lightfoot, Exeter; C. Boutell, Trinity; J. R. Hughes, New; Rev. Folliott Baugh, All Souls'; Rev. J. L. Spencer, Worc.; W. A. F. De Salis, Rev. E. Fursdon, Rev. J. F. Belfield, Oriel; Rev. T. Williams, CHANCELLOR'S PRIZES for
Latin Verse: Marcus Crassus a Parthis devictus. English Essay: The concurring causes which assisted the promulgation of the religion of Mahomet.
Latin Essay: Quibus de causis fiat plerumque ut instituta ac mores Orientalium ægrius mutentur quam
SIR ROGER NEWDIGATE'S PRIZE.-Not limited to fifty lines. The Gipsies.
In a Convocation holden in the Theatre, the Annual Commemoration of Founders and Benefactors of the University was celebrated with the accustomed forma
Jesus; H. Blane, Brasennose; Rev. C. Boys, Mer
B.A.-E. H. Cheney, C. F. Fynes Clinton, H. Barnett, Heathcote C. Campion, H. L. Dodds, Ch. Ch.; E. J. Jackson, Worc.; C. J. Fisher, Wadh.; Joshua Treacy, Joseph Hunt, A. R. Harrison, Queen's; Kenyon Homfray, Magd. Hall; J. Woolley, Exeter; J. Connell, J. Dolignon, Ball.; Will. J. Crockford, Edw. Caswall, Brasennose; Edw. Monro, Oriel. the ensuing year, viz:—
MRS. DENYER'S THEOLOGICAL PRIZES.-The subjects for the year 1837 are:
On the divinity of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
On original or birth-sin, and the necessity of new birth unto life.
lities, and the Honorary Degree of D.C.L. conferred upon Richard Westmacott, Esq.