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It has been recently remarked, that there is no reason why, in a state of war, the arts and sciences should not be cultivated and advance. With far greater reason may we look with confidence to the progress of the Church, under any and all circumstances ; depending upon the promise of Him Who is ever with her, and walks amidst the golden candlesticks. The review of the past half year cannot but fill the hearts of all true Churchmen with joy and gladness. God hath done great things for us. He has given the most timid ground for hope, and the valiant-hearted reason for still greater confidence. It has been a half-year of real, practical work. Much of clashing controversy has been spared us; (though here and there the cry of opposition baster raised :) and we have seen on all hands the Church and her system brought to bear more fully upon the people. Who, for instance, remembers such a Lent, leading on to so glorious an Easter? Had such been the case in the Metropolis, or large towns alone, there had been much reason for rejoicing; but when in most remote country villages labouring Priests meet with the same reward, then may we still more loudly raise the song of praise, and chant the anthem of thanksgiving. Who, too, knows not how attention to outward ceremonials is going on hand in

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hand with the restoration of the kingdom of God within the heart, and how choral services are being restored, old decayed churches clothed in their ancient beauty, and new ones rising up on every hand that may well vie with the noblest structures of other days ? Truly the Church is going on from conquering to conquer. We have only to gird ourselves to the work, and wait and see the salvation of our God. There are signs that at home and abroad great things are reserved for that branch of the Catholic Church to which we belong. Many of her past victories have been recorded in our pages : we hope to record many more; and trust long to enjoy the co-operation of a noble band of contributors, and the confidence of our readers, -whose efforts we would enlist in obtaining additional support for a Magazine which, we believe, has faithfully adhered to the principles with which it set out, and in which we have endeavoured to maintain and defend the old things of the Church of England.

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Parsonage, Kingskerswell,

May 16th, 1854.

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Alder-Stick, the

449
Beaumont's (Joseph) Psyche

358

Biography of Richard Fox

37

Book of Common Prayer

343
Chapters on Convocation

129
CHURCH NEWS:
Anniversary of Christchurch Schools, Hoxton

239
Church Services at Shadwell, Leeds

158
Consecration of Sandhurst Church

396

Death of Justice Talfourd

312

Funeral of the Rev. Dr. Mill

152

Laying the Foundation-stone of S. Hilary new church,

Cornwall

76

Letter from Pitcairn's Island

395

Opening of the Church of S. Mary, Amesbury, Wilts 78

Opening of the Schools, Holy Trinity, Bordesley

156
Ordination by the Bishop of Oxford

313
Restoration of All-Saints, Coleshill

157

Communion of Saints, a Postil

106

Continental Rambles

50, 124

Dying Child, the .

282

Early Easter Worship

372

Editor's Desk

72, 152, 233, 312, 450

Empire of the Sea

289
Faith, Hope, and Charity

342

Funeral in a Fishing Settlement

225

Homily for Good Friday

283

Hughes, the Rev. E. J. R.

375

Lady Mary, the

36
Leaves from a Diary

43
Legend of S. Philoftea

193
Memory of the Beloved Dead

123

Mine in Heaven

438

Montgomery's Poems.

56

Mountains of Scripture

135, 186

Notices to Correspondents

80, 160, 240, 320, 400, 472

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Origin of Whitsun-day

223
Resurrection, the

384
REVIEWS OF BOOKS:
Beaufort's and Neale's Liverpool Sermons

239

Bereavement

159

Biden's Truths Assailed

317

Brechin's (Bishop of) Commentary

on the Canticles

160

Brown's Sussex Sermons

233

Choristers, the

159

Churchman's Library

315

Comper's Sermons

318

Few Words to the Girls we have left behind us

400

Fish's Lectures on Plain Song

391

Gauntlett's (Dr.) Choral Services of the Church

236

Goodwin's Sermon, The Duty of Offering to God

472

Grandfather's Christmas Story

234

Gresley's Sermon, Some Account of the Church .

318

Hutton's England's Real Strength in time of War

400

Is Symbolism suited to the Spirit of the Age ?

234

Mayow's Few Words to Soldiers and Sailors on the War 318

Milman's Mitslav, or the Conversion of Pomerania

471

Moberly's (Dr.) Law of the Love of God

318

Neale's Confession and Absolution

236
Neale's Egyptian Wanderers i

456
Purchas's Book of Feasts

233
Pye's Ecclesiastical History

399
Rainy Mornings with Aunt Mabel

465

Right of all the Baptized to be present at the Holy Com-

munion

401

The Truth of Things to be Remembered Vindicated 319

Tractarianism no Novelty

317
Unseen World

79

Webb's (Caleb) Sensibility of Separate Souls

399

Seed, the, a Postil

427

Shall we know each other Hereafter ?

197
Sheep and the Goats, a Postil

23
Sower, the, a Postil

269
Step-Father; or, Can I be a Martyr

62, 144, 227, 386

Tadmor in the Wilderness

447

Talks about Many Towns; or, Rosa's Summer Wanderings

205, 347, 439

Theodora Phranza; or, the Fall of Constantinople 1, 81, 161, 241,

321, 401

Things New and Old, a Postil

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