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of abstract virtue, wherewith Rome peoples her pantheon, beholding his glory, eyeing his unsearchable riches, be it ours to "lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and run with patience the race set before us." For to have borne a witness, however strenuous, against the deceits of Papalism, will not suffice; pay, it will increase the ruin that shall await the unprofitable servant. It may be a part of that pitiful “.cumbered with much serving," which keeps the soul from the feet of Jesus. How precious the privileges of our Reformed faith are, is known only to the enlightened, humble believer; to him who desires rest for the sole of his foot, and whose weary wings have been burdened with the spray of a deluged world. He flees to Jesus for repose and salvation ; if he meddle with controversy it is not with boisterous clamour, for he loves not controversy in itself, and it grieves him to make Gethsemane an Aceldama, a field of blood, and Pentecost a Babel, even confusion of tongues. “Wo is me," he cries, “that I dwell in Meshech, and have my habitation among the tents of Kedar ?" And so is he one “ kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation," ready to be revealed in the last time; wherein he greatly rejoices, though now for a season he is in heaviness through manifold temptations,
A due appreciation of these truths will enhance the value of the priesthood of Christ. There is, in fact, no other. Christ is the altar. Christ is the priest. Christ is the sacrifice. Shame on the audacity that consecrates men to the office, and strike twice the smitten rock !
Let us be very jealous on this point. The consolations of the Gospel are wound up in this 6 bundle of life.” There are no Levitical priests in the New Testament; it is no longer the HIEREUS, but the PRESBYTEROS. As Mr. Goode, writes, in his admirable treatise on the - Divine Rule of Faith," &c., “The Apostle in that Epistle, (viz. to the Hebrews), seems with studied assiduity to impress upon our minds the fact, that with us there is but one'sacrifice and one priest ; a sacrifice all prevalent for the full remission of sins; and a priest, who being eternal, for ever liveth to present it, and make intercession for us; and that, consequently, every true Christian has, at all times, a sacrifice and a priest to present it for him to God, without the intervention of any other person or thing whatever."
Here then would my soul take anchorage. Though now there be on outward calm, I know that the storm shall soon arise, and waves shall fret tumultuously, and I would have Christ in the vessel. Let my Protestantism be a truthful thing; and it will seek not only Jesus as the Redeemer, but the Holy Spirit, as the Sanctifier. The aids, the promises, the presence of both will be needed, when frail nature totters on the precipice of this poor life. I dare not at such a moment, lean on any arm but the Divine, and the strength of that Divinity, I would learn adoringly now, even from Him who searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. “Call upon me in the day of trouble." He saith not to John, “my beloved disciple," nor to Paul, “my chosen vessel," nor to Peter, or James, or Mary. And when He calls to bimself, it is pride to nurse a “voluntary humility," and loiter by the way. They may be all excellent in themselves, but they have no excellency by reason of the glory which exoelleth in Him. He must in all things have the pre-eminence. And, therefore, His word sball teach me to sing-looking only to Him
“While I draw my fleeting breath;
Let me hide myself in Thee!”
THE PERSECUTION IN THE CANTON DE VAUD, SWITZERLAND.
The following Statement has been put forward by the Committee of that excellent Institution the Foreign-Aid Society :
“ For some months back the Council of State of the Canton de Vaud has been making encroachments upon the liberties of the Established Church, the said Council of State being composed for the most part of Rationalists, and enemies of true religion. On the 29th of July last, the civil authorities of Lausanne issued a proclamation of a purely political nature, and required the pasteurs (who all receive a salary from the public treasury) to read the same from their pulpits on Sunday at morning service. This order was generally resisted, and in numerous instances scenes of disorder took place in the congregations. The Council of State, willing to justify its acts, referred the matter to the several ecclesiastical bodies called classes, and all those, after due deliberation, unanimously declared, that the pasteurs were justified by the text of the law of 1832, and that the civil power had no right to enforce upon the ministers of religion the office of public criers. Notwithstanding this decision, the Council of State, on the 3d of November just past, condemned and subjected to a penalty, forty-two pasteurs and ministers who had refused to read the proclamation in their churches. In consequence of this and numerous other attempts to subject the ministers of religion to the absolute power of the State (the said Council having had the audacity to forbid the pasteurs to meet their flocks, except at the time and places appointed by the police), a great meeting of the pasteurs was held on the 12th of November at Lausanne, and, after prayer and anxious deliberation, it was unanimously resolved, that they should resign their official connėxion with the State. There is included in this act of resignation the sacrifice of their parsonages (cures), and the relinquishing of their salaries, and throwing themselves upon the liberality of their congregations. One hundred and eighty pasteurs and ministers together adhered to the above resolution. They say to their countrymen,
Dearly beloved brethren, we appeal to you to help us to save the Church of the Reformation, the National Church, the Church of our fathers, that at the time when it is ceasing to be the Church of the Government, it may become in reality the Church of the nation.' .“ From more recent intelligence it appears that some of the pastors who signed their resignation have retracted, and caused great grief to the brethren who remain faithful to their office and ministry. The number of beneficed ministers who have quitted their parishes is about 100. A persecution has also begun on the part of the secular powers, by which it is possible many of the pasteurs will be driven to leave their country and seek refuge in France."
A Fraternal Address to the Pasteurs of the Canton de Vaud, Switzerland, condoling with them in their afflictions, and exhorting them to faithfulness, has been signed by many pious and influential clergymen.
« Beloved Brethren and Fellow-labourers in the Lord,,We, the undersigned ministers of the United Church of England and Ireland, having heard of the persecution which you are now suffering for conscience sake, desire to express our Christian sympathy with you in your present distress, as members of the same mystical body: we have seen with deep regret your Christian liberty infringed by the secular power, and whilst we have been shocked at the oppressive exercise of authority in a country which boasts of its liberty, and emblazons the very word on its banners, we have been consoled in witnessing the power of the Gospel, and in seeing that there still exists in the Protestant Canton of Vaud, a noble army of confessors who are ready to suffer for righteousness' sake. We hope that by the act of resignation of your benefices, whereby upwards of one hundred pasteurs have left their homes, with their wives and their little ones, at the commencement of a winter which threatens more than the ordinary rigour, you may yet save your country and your Church from the invasion of that Rationalism and Infidelity which half a century ago deluged a neighbouring nation with blood. It is right to refuse to give up your pulpits where you preach the doctrine of a crucified Saviour, to be used for political purposes, and we fully agree with you in your respectful remonstrance that you have been condemned unjustly, having violated no law of your country; that you have been condemned in spite of the law of God, which absolves you; and that you have been condemned in the face of a unanimous decree of your classes, which pronounced you innocent.' It is grievous to us to learn that since you resigned your parochial charges vou have been prevented by the sectlar arm from continuing to feed the flocks over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, and that you are at present suffering under a persecution which could not have been looked for in any Protestant country in the middle of the nineteenth century ; but we trust through the grace that has enabled you to endure hardship as good soldiers' for the Gospel's sake, you will continue to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, and whether you are scattered abroad on account of, this persecution, or you remain in your native country to be subject to bonds and imprisonments, we will not cease to pray that the Lord may be your shield and buckler, and vouchsafe to you all much of his gracious presence while you suffer for the cause of his truth.”
Amongst the signatures we find the names of Revs. Richard Burgess, E. Bickersteth, Baptist W. Noel, Francis Dollman, W. Saville Bourchier, William Green, James Sutterland, William Harrison, Edward Auriol, H. Montagu Villiers, Joseph Kelly, John Gorton,
Robert Monro, George Pinhorn, Rupert James Rowton, Thomas Barton Hill, Charles Clayton, Henry Cole, Joseph Haslegrave, Gerard T. Noel, Edwin Sandys Lumsdaine, William Wilson, Richard Wilson Greaves, John Venn, William R. Fremantle, Charles Bridges, R. H. Green, Stephen Bridge, F. M. Cunningham, M.A., Thomas Tate, M. Causton, W. M. Shaw, R. R. Tatham, Josiah Pratt, Thomas Drew, D.D., Charles J. Hoare, W. S. Gilly, J. W. Cunningham, Bryant Burgess, Arthur Isham, Spencer Thornton, J. B. Marsden, F. E. Pegus, Charles Maunder, James Hearn, P. W. Copeman, M.A., G. C. Rolfe, &c. &c.; and it is proposed to extend the list to four or five hundred signatures.
IRISH POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT.
I HEARD it stated at a public Meeting, and therefore it is no secret, that Lord de Grey resigned the Viceroyalty of Ireland, in consequence of Government requiring that preferment in the Church should be confined to those of the clergy who were willing to adopt the National System of education, and that Lord Heytesbury is now acting in conformity to the wishes of Government in that respect.
YOUGHALL PROTESTANT OPE.
hearty, fervent, and united prayers for RATIVE ASSOCIATION AND RE
his continued counsel, care, and direc
tion, seeking to realize his promise; FORMATION SOCIETY.
“ That where two or three are met to-, The following is the Third Rea gether in his name, there will He be port of the Youghall Protestant in the midst of them." Your ComOperative Association and Re
and Re mittee feel it to be their duty again to formation Society, adopted at its
set forth the principles and objects of
the Society, that it may not be misthird Annual Meeting, held in the
interpreted or misunderstood. Those Lecture-room, on the evening of objects are the promotion and defence Thursday, the 9th day of January, of the truth. First, the promotion 1845; the Rev. PIERCE Wř. of the truth, not by factiously opposing Drew in the Chair.
those who conscientiously differ from
us, nor by exciting the mistaken pre· At the close of another eventful judices or angry passions of our year, your Committee in coming be- fellow-countrymen who may hold fore their fellow-Protestants to sur- opinions contrary to our own, but render their charge and submit a brief rather by endeavouring to draw with detail of the operations and progress the tender cords of love and of af of the Society, feel no little pleasure fection, those who have the strongest in being enabled to announce that its claim upon our sympathies and kind practical usefulness has continued to feelings, those who are our brethren advance, and that they may still and fellow-subjects, those who we feel claim on its behalf a share of the are with a hard and despotic rigour kept public confidence and support. Hum- from the enlightening influences of bly grateful to Almighty God for the God's holy will and Word, and to many blessings and privileges re- whom we would say in accents of ceived and enjoyed heretofore, they honest and of faithful sincerity, “Cast : would now desire to offer up their away from you the cunningly devised
fables of man, and learn with us the from the noblesse even to the humble simple story of the Gospel.” Second, peasant, and bearing into private life the defence of the truth, by uniting the happy consciousness of having Protestants of every denomination, honestly performed their duties “to who hold the common faith, and serve their faith, their country, and their not tables, in closer bonds of fellow- Queen.” What, though, in our sister ship, by linking together Protestants country the pernicious influences of of high and of low degree, who feel Tractarianism have been more fully that they have a common interest at manifested, many “have made shipstake, by supporting the weak-minded wreck of the faith," and have believed and arousing the apathetic, that with a lie, who should have been faithful concentrated effort, successful oppo- shepherds of the flock, still, a closer sition may be maintained against the bond of union has been effected befierce onslaughts which are, day by tween Christian men of every denomiday, more openly directed to break nation, many differences have been down the bulwarks of our most holy accommodated, and a bolder stand than faith, to overthrow our civil and re- ever may be expected from the unligious institutions, and above all to flinching advocates of truth. Almingle strange corruptions with the though the system which is the bane pure and simple truths of the Gospel of our land has been cherished by our They would, therefore, seek renewed rulers, and, by a permanent endowand increased support from all who ment, has been grafted into the Conlove and who value their privileges, stitution of our Protestant State, still that they may “strengthen the things the right feeling of Britain has been which yet remain," and contend still excited; Protestant England has more earnestly for “the faith once aroused from her lethargy. The pedelivered to the saints.” In review- titions of more than a million of her ing the political events of the past sons have spoken to the Senate in a year, your Committee feel, that while tone not to be subdued, and through on the one hand there is much to the length and through the breadth of alarm, dishearten, and dismay-on the our coasts the mighty voice has gone other, there is much also to cheer, forth, “that Popery shall have no doinspirit, and encourage. What, though, minion over us." . Although “a giin high places, treachery and worldly gantic scheme of godless education" expediency have stood opposed to prin- has been forced upon our country, and ciple and to honesty, and seemed to be the cause of Scriptural education has but too successful in the encounter, been again refused the countenance still, we are led thereby to lay this and support of a Government protruth more seriously to heart, that “it fessedly Protestant; still, the pastors is vain to put any confidence in man," of our faith, refusing alike the blandbut, that is in the Lord Jehovah there ishments of courtly favour, as well as is everlasting strength.” What, undismayed by the cold frown of disthough, in our own land, the hand of couragement, have, as a body, refused power has strove to crush the comme- to connect themselves with any sysmoration of those victories which our tem of education, not based upon the forefathers achieved, winning for us records of eternal truth; and, acting the high and holy privileges we yet under their guidance, the Protestants enjoy, still, the attempt has but re- of Ireland have declared, that while coiled upon the heads of those who they seek for their little ones the great undertook so vain a task.
advantages of secular education, they The memory of those glorious eras more earnestly desire to have them is engraven still more fixedly within taught the saving truths of that Gosthe breasts of the brave sons of the pel which is able to make them wise north, and those who were sought to unto eternal life. Your Society, during be made the victims of this undue and the year, has entered its strong prouncalled for exercise of authority test against the endowment to Maystand forth more honoured, respected, nooth, and it is with heartfelt pleasure and beloved, greeted with the ap- that your Committee have seen that plauses of their collected brethren, petitions have been forwarded from