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great spirit until tea and cakes called them off to the lawn. A few well-sung songs, and “God save the Queen," closed this happy feast day,
The second festival was of a somewhat different, though not less cheering character, in that it reminded us of times when
“ They built full many a Beadshouse, but never a bastile." The more that the true principles of the Church Catholic are understood, the more clearly will the position of master and workman be understood also. On the 18th of July, R. A. Green, Esq. of Holcome, near Bath, a gentleman to whom and his family, the Church in this neighbourhood is much indebted, entertained about eighty children, part those of his workmen, and part from a neighbouring parish, at tea upon his lawn. Neat banners with appropriate inscriptions were interlaced among the trees, and the whole scene was one which called up no ordinary feelings of gratification. The repast was of a most substantial character, and nothing was wanting to render the youthful company happy. The sun shone brightly, and as the sky above was clear, so were the hearts of the children unclouded by a thought of care. After the tea was concluded, various festive sports were indulged in, prizes distributed, and not a few regretted that twilight bade them return in due season to their homes. Before doing so, however, they sang with right good will Mr. Neale's “Song for the times,” and other pleasant ditties, with hearty good_will. The presence of their former pastor, the Rev. J. T. White, among them, was a cause of joy, not only to the hospitable provider of the feast, but also to those whom for some years he had tended with such watchful and unceasing care,
After & brief address from the Rev. W. B. Flower, of Kingskerswell, the merry group went to their homes, gratified with their day's enjoyment, and full of thankfulness to those who mid the blessings they enjoy never forget the poor. May such festivals be multiplied, for sure we are, they tend more than anything else to link heart to heart, and bind the classes of society together in chains that are not of earth,
On Trinity Sunday, the lovely village church of Papworth S. Agnes, in Cambridgeshire, was dedicated with solemn services after its complete restoration --we might almost say re-edification. The works have for the most part been carried out at the cost, and under the superintendence of the Rector; who, being well skilled in ecclesiastical architecture, has been his own architect. At his induction to the living, in 1821, the church consisted of a Debased nave, and stump of a large Perpendicular tower; the upper part of which, together with the chancel, had perished in the civil wars. A lofty and handsome tower was built a few years back; to this a chancel and nave, with north porch, in flowing Middle-Pointed, have just been added. No expense has been spared in material or workmanship. The open seats are all of oak, with good simple mouldings. The chancel is correctly fitted, and has an organ chamber on its north side. The pavement is of Minton's tiles. The east window and those on the south side are of stained glass. The subjects are scriptural, the workmanship of Wailes. The windows are all large, and of three lights each. Each window contains six subjects, two in a light, with explanatory legend in English. Under the east window is the following dedicatory inscription : "To the glory of God, in thankful remembrance of Henry Piper Sperling, and Sarah Anne his wife, by their surviving children.” The subjects of the windows are so instructive, that we cannot but give a detailed account of them.
The Ascension. A Angels declaring, pearing to the Shep- cloud above irradia. *. He is not here; He herds in Bethlehem. ted: two Angels beis risen ; come, see
.Glory to God.” low: legend—“ This where the LORD
same JESUS shall so lay.”
ye have seen Him go,"
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The Victory of the Saints over Death. 6. Death is swallowed
up in victory."
The Manger, &c.
The Righteo meet
ing their Lord in the air. “ So shall we ever be with the LORD."
A group in white,
Return of the Prodi.
Vine branch with The Christian
panoply. "Take to wheat. “My Flesh you the whole ar.' is meat indeed ; and mour of God." My Blood is drink
'Interior of a Church. ** O how amiable.”
Pharisee and Publi. The brazen serpent. The Good Samari. can.
." God be " I if I be lifted up tan. " Go and do merciful, &c." will draw," &c.
likewise. " SIDE WINDOW. No. 3. Water issuing from A figure in white Cross, nails, and rock. " Whosoever robes. “Blessed crown of thorns. is athirst, let him,' are the dead,” &c. “ The Good Shep&c.
herd giveth His life
for the sheep." The Pearl of Great Figures kneeling The Lost Sheep. Price. He went with harps and “Rejoice with me." and sold, &c." golden vials. “Thou
wast slain and hast
redeemed us." We have to congratulate the Church upon the recent meeting of Convocation. It was a glorious meeting, and something like real work is being done. The report of the Bishops on the question of adapting the Church to the requirements of the age, and dividing the services, is so important that we give it in extenso :
"The Committee appointed by the Convocation of the Province of Canterbury to consider and report whether the great increase and present condition of the population do not make some, and if so what adaptations of the Church's rules needful to enable her to meet
their spiritual necessities,' report, that they have held frequent meetings for the consideration of the subject referred to them, and that they have agreed upon the following conclusions :
"That some modification of the Church's rules is needful, to enable her adequately to minister to the spiritual necessities of the people of this land ; and that these modifications may most properly be considered with reference
"1. To her services, and
“As to the first of these, we think it of the utmost importance, in the present state of the Church, that the Services, as now ordered in 'the Book of Common Prayer, should be preserved entire and unal. tered ; but we are of opinion that the length of the Morning Service on Sundays and holydays, especially when the Holy Communion is administered to a large body of Communicants, renders it desirable to allow of its being divided into different Services, and used at various hours. We therefore think it would be expedient that, at the request of the Incumbent, or, in his absence, of the licensed Curate of any parish or district, the Bishop of the diocese should be empowered to authorize, so long as he shall deem fit, a division of the present Morning Service ; so that either the Order for the Administration of the Holy Communion, or the Order for Daily Morning Prayer may be used as a separate Service; provided that the whole Morning Service, including the Litany when appointed to be read, be used either in one or two Services in the course of the morning ; a Sermon being preached at either or both Services.
“ As to the Order for Evening Prayer on Sunday, we see no need of suggesting any alteration, except when it is used in the same church both on the afternoon and evening of the same day. In that case, we think it would be expedient first, that a new table of Proper Lessons should be authorized, which might be substituted in the Evening Prayer for those already read in the afternoon Service; or, secondly, that, at the discretion of the Parish Priest, with the consent of the Bishop, a substitution should be allowed, either in the afternoon or evening, of one of the Occasional Services hereafter mentioned : pro'vided that the Order for Evening Prayer be always used either in the afternoon or evening.
“We would suggest that, in the present state of our population, the Church would be better able to minister to their wants, if some well-considered relaxations of the absolute strictness of her Services, as prescribed by the Act of Uniformity, were admitted by authority : and we would enumerate the following as some which might be usefully adopted :
• First, we would suggest that a shorter Order for Daily Prayer might be compiled from the Book of Common Prayer, with a prescribed Lesson or Lessons of Holy Scripture, which might be used instead of the present Order for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer on other days than Sundays and holydays, in parishes where the incumbent shall have satisfied the Bishop of the diocese that it might be advantageously adopted.
“ Secondly, we would suggest that various Occasional Services
might be formed from the Book of Common Prayer for use in the Church, with the permission of the Bishop, on week days, and in ad. dition to the prescribed Services on Sundays.
“We would specify the following, as examples of such Services :
“1. The Litany, with a Scripture Lesson, Psalmody, Holy Baptism, Churching of Women, Sermon, or Catechizing, or with any of them.
“ 2. A short selection of Collects, with the LORD's Prayer, and Psalmody, to precede or follow a Sermon or Catechizing.
“3. A Service, with Sermon or lecture, preparatory to the admi. nistration of the Holy Communion.
“4. A Thanksgiving Service, containing the Venite,''Te Deum,' Psalmody, Collects, the Lord's Prayer, a Scripture Lesson, and the General Thanksgiving, with or without a Sermon.
“5. Services for the deprecation or removal of God's Judgments; one formed of Collects, the Lord's Prayer, Penitential Psalms and a Scripture Lesson ; another consisting of the Litany, with Penitential Psalms, and a Scripture Lesson : either of such Services with or without a Sermon.
"6. A Service for imploring the blessing of God on Church Missions; with or without a Sermon.
“ 7. A Service for children.
“Further, we think it would be expedient that the Bishop should be empowered to authorize the use of the Order for the Administration of the Holy Commnnion as a separate Service on any day of the week; and that he should be authorized to allow, on special occasions, the substitution of other chapters of the Old and New Testaments respectively, for the First and Second Lessons appointed for the day. For one special occasion-viz., Ash-Wednesday, we would recommend the appointment of proper lessons. Besides the adoption of these occasional Services, framed from the Book of Common Prayer, we think it desirable that a collection of Psalms and Hymns, to be used in churches, should be put forth by authority.
“ Further, we think it desirable that a Form should be authorized • for admitting converts from the Church of Rome, and such others as shall renounce their errors, and for restoring such as have relapsed ;' and we are of opinion that the Form prepared by the Upper House of Convocation in 1714 would, with a few alterations, be proper for this purpose.
“Our attention has been invited to certain portions of our existing Services, and to certain orders in our Canons, which are thought to interfere with that enlarged action of the Church, the means of promoting which we were appointed to consider.
“ As to the first of those, the only one on which we would now remark respects the third exhortation, following the prayer for the Church Militant, in the order of the administration of the Holy, Communion. Concerning this exhortation it was suggested to us that, being read, as it now is, after the withdrawal of all save those who have resolved at that time to communicate, and who must be supposed to have already examined themselves, and after such examination to be now drawing near to eat of that bread and to drink of that cup' the