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jesty and deceitful halo of a thousand years. Our countrymen have been ridiculed, as a falşe and feeble-minded race; but alas! they have shown no fickleness in their fond and fervent attachment to a system which is erroneous and unscriptural. And had it not been that the language and assiduities of love all belonged to their church, and that it became the object of hatred and injury, I am persuaded many of them would long ago have rejoiced in the conscious dignity of freemen in the Lord. The Presbyterian Church has never so far forgot her true Protestant original, as to employ carnal weapons in defence of truth.
She, too, suffered for the truth's sake, whilst the mass around her, whom she would long ere this have leavened with her principles, and reclaimed by her arguments, had she been left free and untramelled in her energies, became darker and more terrible than ever, frowning defiance upon the very cause which failed to make them proselytes, because it neglected the grand principle of Christianizing them, by plying the ministrations of love upon the conscience with all the untiring energy which a love to human souls can impart. Now by sending forth the book of Psalms in a dress of Irish growth and manufacture, we procure a welcome for the stranger in every cottage home, and in every Irish heart. We touch the spring of our national sensibilities; and if we could convert the wild imagination, and often reckless character of our countrymen, into zeal for the truth as it is in Jesus, and with love for the faithful ministers who watch earnestly for souls as those who must give an account, then may we expect, even in our own day, to be received not as a foreign and hostile church which made a violent settlement on these shores, but as a company of Christian ministers who wandered from our own land in search of freedom, and, having found it here, bequeathed it as a most precious legacy to those by whom we were received and ens tertained. And where is the Presbyterian worthy of the name, whose soul would not thrill with gratitude to Almighty God, when called by business either to reside in, or to travel through, the Southern and Western provinces of Ireland, or when a visitant in search of health amid nature's peace andloveliness, he has lingered among its scenery of romantic beauty, or of sternest sublimity, and there heard the old psalm tunes of his fathers floating in the morning or the evening breeze; and when he entered the sanctuary of God on the Sabbath, he there beheld a congregation of Irish faces drinks:
ing in the sincere milk of the word, and there singing the
of Zion, not as we do, so cold and carelessly, but in one full and rapturous burst of sacred, melody. Let the Presbyterian Church act vigorously and-unitedly upon her: own principles, and then will such scenes of moral beauty gladden the heart of the Christian philanthrophist, and speedily convert our beloved country into what God designed it to be- a well-watered and fertile garden, filled with the peaceable-fruits of righteousnessi
PRESBYTERY OF MAGHERAFELT,
This new Presbytery was solemnly constituted at Magherafelt, on the 2d of September last. After the devotional exercises had been concluded, the first publio act of the body was to recognize the law of the church, which requires subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith, by each member affixing his signature to it.
Certain resolutions, conducive to the advancement of religion, were then submitted for consideration, and were unanimously adopted by the Presbytery at their second meeting on the 4th inst., when it was enjoined, that the same be read by each minister to his congregation, and seriously impressed upon their attention and observance.
1. That this Presbytery, assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the King and Head of the Church, do earnestly recommend to every family under our care, to have in their possession, besides the Holy Scriptures, a copy of the Westminster Confession of Faith, as a standard book for family instruction, and as a form of sound words, exhibiting the doctrines, government, and order of our Presbyterian Church.
H. That every family be exhorted, agreeably to the example of holy men of old, to the spirit of the New Testament, and the practice of faithful christians in every age of the church, to worship God morning and evening by singing his praises, reading a portion of his word, and calling upon his name in prayed together, as well as individually, and in secret.
II. That they be admonished strictly to “Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy," by "spending it in the public and private exercises of God's worship;" taking their children and domestics with them to the house of prayer, and afterwards teaching them from the Scriptures of truth, from the Shorter and Larger Catechisms, or other pious books, in con
formity with the standards of our church, the doctrines and duties of our holy religion; that they may fear God and obey him-carefully warning them against all profanity, drunkenness and uncleanness; and exhorting them to "live soberly, and righteously, and godly, in this present evil world.”
IV. That we earnestly exhort all, more especially the young, to shun the company of those who are unsound in the principles of religion, and immoral in their lives, that they may thus avoid evil communications,” and “flee youthful lusts ;” and that by “remembering their Creator in the days of their youth," and early attaching themselves to the communion of the Church of Christ, they may increase in spiritual strength, and grow up as “ trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, in whom he shall be glorified.”
V. That monthly religious meetings be established, in different districts of our congregations, where, besides singing the praises of God, and reading his word, special prayer shall be offered up for the divine blessing upon the preaching of the gospel within our own churches, and throughout the whole world; and as each of our congregations, agreeably to the resolution of last Synod, is now to become a missionary association; it is recommended that particular reference be had at such meetings to the home and foreign missions connected with this church-that hereby a missionary spirit may be promoted among our people, who should be taught to feel it their duty to bonour God with their substance, and afford their contributions as well as their exertions and prayers, toward the extension of the gospel, and advancement of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
VI. Being fully convinced that public wakes are a great inconvenience to families when visited by death, and from the manner in which they are usually conducted, an outrage upon decency and religion, and highly unbecoming such solemn occasions; and aware that the evil is greatly increased, if not entirely maintained, by the distribution of ardent spirits, and tobacco, and pipes, at such places-We do most earnestly entreat our people to put away from them such evils; and when it may please God to visit their families by death, to employ themselves, and seek to employ those who may visit them in devotional exercises; religiously abstaining from all public distribution of spirits and tobacco at both wake and fuperal.
VII. Being well aware, from long experience, of the great importance and utility of Sabbath-school instruction ; and
anxious to promote, to its utmost extent, the spirit of the overture of our Synod upon this subject, we recommend to our people to give their countenance and aid to this good cause, to be ready to assist in schools that are established, and to try to establish them in districts where they are required; toward which we will lend our * counsel and aid, in order to afford every possible facility to the children of the poor of being early taught to read and understand the Holy Scriptures which are able to make them wise unto salvation, through the faith that is in Christ Jesus.'
VIII. Being deeply solicitous for a religious revival in our churches, and assured that, besides a faithful exhibition of gospel truth, even the preaching of the cross of Christ, and salvation through his all-prevailing merits, and fervent prayer in private for an abundant effusion of the Holy Spirit; the strict exercise of church discipline is also a scriptural means of attaining this most desirable consummation, in as much as the Holy Ghost will not take up his abode in a polluted temple. We do call upon our sessions, both ministers and elders, to be stirred up to the exercise of an increased watchfulness over the flock committed to their
upon the orderly and pious of our congregations to aid us in exposing to merited censure, unsoundness in principle, and impurity in practice; and to take care that the immoral, the ignorant, and the careless be dealt with according to the discipline of the church; and none be admitted to sealing ordinances, except such as make a credible christian profession, and whose life and conversation are in accordance with the gospel of Christ. i
MAGHERAFELT, November 4, 1834.
Sabbath-school unions should be formed where practicable'; they have been found productive of the most beneficial effects.
ORDINATION.-On Wednesday, the 8th Oetober, the Rev. Hutchinson Perry was ordained by the Presbytery of Cavan to the important charge of the congregation of Ballyjamesduff
, as assistant and successor to the Rev. S. Kennedy. The services of the day were conducted by the Rev. Jas. M'Clatchey, the Rev. Wm. M'Ewen, and the Rev. P. White.
It is our painful duty to announce the death of our venerated father in the ministry,
The Rev. Joseph Denham, of Killysandra, who departed this life on the 21st October, 1834. His parents were originally members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church,and were descended from those who had suffered under the persecutions of the Stuart race in Scotland. One of the family was the intimate friend of the noble Argyle ; and on this charge would have been condemned, but fied to Holland. The individual who came to Ireland narrowly escaped death from a troop of dragoons, by springing a ravine where they were unable to follow; and aster reaching this country, he was the close companion of the celebrated Mr. Peden.
At a very early age, religious truths were deeply impressed on Mr. Denham's mind by his pious parents ; and from his Diary of that period, it appears that he then often retired to the fields to read his Bible, and hold communion with his God in prayer.
At the early age of 15, he was sometimes called on to pray publicly in a praying so
ciety, of which he was then a member. But the season when he - seemed to have been under the deepest and most solemn impressions
was on his first approach to the table of the Lord. In preparing for this ordinance, he resolved to enter into covenant with God; and for this purpose, retired alone to a corn field, when, after earnest prayer for direction and strength, he drew up a form of dedication. After frequently praying for assistance, he read over what he had written, and adds, that, with a trembliog hand, he signed it as “his covenant with God.” This period he always seemed to remember with pleasure ; for in addressing young communicants in his church, he often pressed on them the duty and the advantage of personal covenanting.
At the age of 17, he went to Glasgow college, and continued his studies until he entered on the work of the ministry. During this time, he often travelled from 20 to 30 miles, to have the privilege of attending on divine ordinances; and frequently does he speak in bis Diary of the sweet peace and joy experienced on these occasions.
About the year 1780, when only 22 years of age, he was ordained to the work of the ministry in Enuiskillen, where he laboured till 1799. In that year he was removed to take the oversight of the church worshipping near Killysandra. Here he had a wide range of country, reaching from 7 to 10 miles on each side, over which his ministrations extended. His Master was pleased to give him good health for many years; and almost every day, from early morning till late in the evening, was spent in long and tedious rides-looking after the instruction of the young-attending the sick and dying, and visiting, from house to house, among his people.
Besides his regular pulpit services, he generally preached on the Sabbath evening in some part of his congregation ; and as often as circumstances would permit, he spent two or three evenings in the?