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St. Augustine tells us, that "the Lord's Day was, by the resurrection of Christ, declared to Christians, and from that time began to be celebrated as the Christian's festival."
The celebration of the Lord's Day was so notorious to the heathen, that it was always a question of theirs to the martyrs, “Do you keep the Lord's Day?"
VII. The perpetual blessing which has rested on the services of this day is a very important fact. If the change had been opposed to the will of God, could we have expected him so wonderfully to have blessed this day to his Church ?
The blessing of God has attended and is still actually attending, in a large measure, the Lord's Day, and surely this crowns the whole argument.
HOME, the word home, brings to the mind many endearing recollections. It is the scene of earliest childhood, when the mind is little tainted with the world and its many corroding cares. Under the parental roof, we were carefully brought up, from the helplessness of infancy, to the strength and vigour of maturity: and the interval presents associations of the most pleasing kind. There are the varied scenes of innocent pastime, which fill up the vacant hour. There are the hours of study, when mind strives with mind, and gradually expands by the proper use of judicious means. But the most endearing of all recollections is reserved to the children of pious parents, who have had the grace to profit by their special privileges. They can recal to affectionate remembrance, not only their earthly parents who watched tenderly over their early years, but the sweet consciousness they were taught to entertain of the superintending care of their heavenly Father: not only the love that subsisted between them and their brothers and sisters, but the unspeakable love of their elder brother, Jesus Christ, who said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of
such is the kingdom of heaven :" not only the innocent friendships formed with their youthful associates, but the sweet lessons they learnt together at the Sabbath. school, of the truths of the Gospel, and the child-like simplicity with which they ought to be received. Yes, as we pass through life, these recollections often smooth the rugged path, and impress the mind with good ideas.
If, then, the review of native scenes, and of the due improvement of our privileges, under the paternal roof, produce many pleasurable emotions through life, what must be the effect of an habitual contemplation of the great purpose of our earthly pilgrimage? If the remembrance of our first home gives us so much comfort, what ecstacy of delight must we feel, if we can look forward with true Christian feelings to our future, our last home. Here all is changeable: we lose our earthly parents, and our friends depart; and the place that knows us, will soon know us no more. But when parents, and children, and friends, have followed the Lord's counsels in this life, they are assured, on the unerring word of God, that they will meet together to part no more, in heaven, where they will sing praises to God and the Lamb for ever and ever.
Children, therefore, you who are privileged with Sunday-school instruction, and many precious helps unknown to former generations, think of these things; ponder them in your hearts; and live, through your allotted span of life, in brotherly love with your fellowcreatures, and in Christian fellowship with the people of
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Religious Tract Society, Paternoster Row. We can confidently recommend the above, as well adapted for the young, and school or village libraries.
The Modern Poetical Speaker. By Mrs. PALLISER.
London: Longman and Co.
A great improvement on the old Speaker so frequently used in schools in former days. The selection seems to be well made, and cannot fail to be an acquisition especially in higher schools. The People's Dictionary of the Bible.
This work is coming out in sixpenny parts. The two we have seen give good hope for the usefulness of the work. The Child's Commentator on the Holy Scriptures. By
INGRAM COBRIN, M. A, Vol. I. Ward, London.
This first vol. extends to the First Book of Kings. It is sound and evangelical in its views of divine truth, plain and intelligible in its diction, and altogether a useful help to the young in the attainment of Scriptural knowledge. A Protestant Catechism for the Use of Schools.
By the Rev. B. Richings. Seeley, and Co., London.
We are glad to see a new edition of this admirable Catechism, revised and considerably enlarged. It ought to be a standing manual in every Protestant School, of every grade and character throughout the land. Teachers should themselves be thoroughly acquainted with its contents, and adopt it generally in their upper classes. We give the author's preface :
"We are now more than ever called upon to maintain our character as PROTESTANTS. Our duty and our safety now, more than ever, urge us to withstand the advances of that man of sin, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped.' (2 Thess. ii. 3, 4.)
• If we would, with the divine blessing, do this successfully, we must begin with the young. We must endeavour to give the rising generation a Scriptural knowledge of the 'idolatry to be abhorred of all faithful Christians,' of the many blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits' of Popery.
“May all Christian ministers, parents, and teachers
remember this! Mindful of what they owe to God, to their country, to their flocks, and to their families, may they discharge with faithfulness this solemn duty! May they take the children to the Bible--the religion of Protestants'--the only infallible source of truth! May they teach them to draw from this fountain of living water;
that so from it may go forth abundantly those streams which alone can preserve from desolation, which alone can give spiritual fruitfulness and beauty to our land.
“The children of Popish mass-houses are thoroughly instructed in the subtleties of the mystery of iniquity; and surely the children of Protestants should be taught the value of the light of the Gospel, and the evils of that Romish darkness which again threatens to obscure it.
* To assist those who desire to engage in this good work, the following Protestant Catechism was originally compiled, and is now, in compliance with the wishes of his friends, published in an enlarged form by the writer. His earnest desire and prayer is, that it may be made useful in warning the lambs of our flock against the paths of the destroyer, and in guiding them in the way of truth, of safety, and of peace.'
We subjoin a striking passage, quoted from Bishop
“If any man can prove the following articles by any one plain sentence, out of the Scriptures, or out of the works of the old Fathers, or by a canon of any old General Council, or by any practice of the Primitive Church, then I promise to go over to his party ;
"That there was any private mass in the world for the
space of 600 years after Christ; or, that there was any.communion ministered to the people under one kind; or, that the people had their Common Prayers then in a strange tongue, that they understood not; or, that the Bishop of Rome was then called an Universal Bishop, or the Head of the Universal Church; or, that the people were then taught to believe that Christ's body is really, substantially, carnally, or naturally in the Sacrament; or, that his body is, or may be, in a thousand places or more, at one time; or, that the priest did then hold up
the sacrament over his head; or, that the people did then fall down and worship it with godly honour; or, that images were then set up in the churches, to the intent that the people might worship them; or, that the lay people were then forbidden to read the word of God in their own tongue.” General Scripture Reading; or, a Plan for the Perusal of the entire Scriptures once every Year. By A CLERGY.
Houlston, London. Here, for the trifle of one penny, all may obtain an excellent guide for Scripture reading.
There are greater advantages in the reading of the entire Scriptures than we are apt to imagine. We strongly recommend our readers to put themselves under this course; and may the Holy Spirit vouchsafe an abundant blessing! Fifth of November. A Sermon preached in Casterton Chapel, by the Rev. J. BILDERBECK, Missionary at
Madras. 4d. Fifth of November. A Sermon preached at St. Cuthbert's, Carlisle, by the Rev. J. FAWCETT. 3d.
Seeley and Co. London.
OF SOME OF THE HARD SPEECHES WHICH UNGODLY
HAVE SPOKEN AGAINST HIM,” (GOD THE LORD.)—Jude 15. - Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee ?” (Mal. iii. 13.) Genesis iii. 12
2 Kings xix. 4, 6, 10, 22, 23 iv. 5, 13, 14
vi. 33 Exodus xvi. 2, 3, 8
2 Chron. xxxii. 14, 15, 17, 19 Numbers xiv. 2, 27
Job xxi. 14, 15 xxi. 5
-xxii 17 xii. 2
Psalm x. ll. ii. 2, 3 1 Kings xx. 28
-xii. 3, 4 2 Kings xviii. 35
xxii. 7,8 vii. 19