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REVIEWS Instruction for the Young, on the Offices appointed for the Festivals
and Fasts of the Church of England. By the Author of Travels of S. Paul-A Catechism on the Map of the Holy Land.—London: R. Groombridge and Sons, Paternoster Row. Pp. 54.
A very useful compendium for those who have neither time nor means to consult Wheatley or Comber. Miller's “ Guide to Plain People on the S.P.C.K. List," and the well-known tract,“ Conversations with a Godmother," occupy much the same ground, but by no means so as to render this unnecessary. We prefer this to either o f them, from its fitness for general use; but it will admit of improvement, with very slight enlargement, in a future edition, by adding a succinct explanation of the character, object, and obligation of fasting, p. 5; a less meagre reference to the privileges and blessings of baptism, p. 38 (at p. 15 it is called a " symbol" of circumcision -inadvertently, we apprehend); and by a clear explanation of the origin of such words as Shrove," “ shriven,” “Rogation," &c. We know not the author's reasons for confining the subjects of "Rogation" to the fruits of the earth; and we suggest the employment of a few simpler words than even "commemoration,” “indefatigable,” &c. But this “Instruction” is, upon the whole, far more simply expressed than is usual in Church books.
Plain Sermons. We are glad to find that this series is proceeding with success; and that in the main, the title is borne out. From the initials we perceive that some are the productions of authors of acknowledged repute, and who, being Parish Priests of some standing, know how to exhort and advise. The opinions advanced are really and truly Catholic, and the method in which these opinions are expressed, is sure to command attention. This is more especially the case with the sermon entitled “ Meekness," with which we have been remarkably struck; and which from the initials we judge to be from the Vicar of Ilfracombe, who has we are glad to find, announced a volume as in the press. If he intend continuing with the rest of the beatitudes in this series, he will confer a real benefit upon it, and upon those for whom it is intended.
A VISIT TO THE CHURCH OF S. JOHN BAPTIST,
(To the Editor of the Church Warder.) Rev. Sir,—It is delightful to reflect how widely the true taste for Church Architecture is spreading every day around us, and how visibly that taste is manifesting itself, not only in the erection of our new churches, but in the restoration of many endeared by antiquity, whose walls and towers were raised and adorned by those whose skill went hand in hand with their devotion.
We vainly boast of our railways, our science, and our vast improvements in this (so called) enlightened age; and yet, in the noble art of Christian Architecture, whom do we endeavoar in vain to imitate, but our forefathers?
I am drawn into these reflections by an accidental visit I lately made to the little village of Wittersham, situated about sixteen miles from Ashford, in Kent, and six from the ancient town of Rye Those who can remember Wittersham Church but a few months ago, can review it, in their “mind's eye;" encumbered with a clumsy unmeaning gallery at the west end, from which a discordant din of wind and stringed instruments was occasionally heard during divine service.
That gallery is now removed, and a noble arch brought to light, spanned by a screen of oak. The chancel is terminated by a beau. tiful window of stained glass, and adorned with a stone altar of fine workmanship. On the north side stands a good organ, of novel construction, with pipes curiously diapered. A finely carved lectern supports the Bible, and handsome chorister's desks are raised on each side. All this change has been brought about by the labors of the Rev. Edw. Nare, the rector, and the restorations and improvements have been entrusted to Mr. Alexander Apsley, of Ashford, whose zeal, knowledge, and ability deserve to be widely known. The people here have become united in their ideas and views on church matters, and in this little village the Church is as a city at unity with herself.
Printer, Queen's Head Yard, Great Queen St., Lincoln's Inn Fields.
CHURCH - WARDER,
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Vol. IV. NEW SERIES.
R. GROOMBRIDGE & SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW,
We Have now again the satisfaction of respectfully and gratefully thanking our readers for the kind patronage which they have afforded us through another eventful year of the history of our much persecuted national church. Since the commencement of our unpretending periodical four years ago the church of England has sustained many “heavy blows and great discouragements,” both from pretended friends, and from open and avowed enemies. A latitudinarian government has forced bishops upon her of doubtful principles; it has upheld heretical priests by attempting to alter and expunge a fundamental doctrine which is held by the universal church; and decidedly maintained even in the Westminster Confession of Faith which is adopted by the presbyterian establishment of Scotland; and by its truckling policy; so that from the whole course of its legislation since 1829, an act of papal aggression has this year been perpetrated, that is unprecedented even in the history of that “ lawless" see itself,
In our preface to the first volume of the Church Warder, in Advent of 1847, we said that “the Catholic church (of England) had entered upon a great controversy with Jews, Turks, infidels, heretics, and schismatics, with whom she must contend earnestly for the faith, which has been delivered to her keeping," as the pillar and ground of the truth in this kingdom ; and we have now to record the insidious and treacherous usurpation of the Romish church which is here