outside of Nazareth. (See Luke iv. 29.) But its exact position is uncertain.—(V. 5.) A cenuturion. Captain of a hundred soldiers. These officers were placed by the Romans in the Jewish cities to keep the inhabitants in order. (For an account of this one's gené rosity, see Luke vii. 4, 5.)-(V. 9.) Under authority. Either in a subordinate situation myself, or having a certain authority delegated to me.

:-(V. 12.) Children of the kingdom. They who were chosen by God to partake of the blessings of Christ's salvation.

GENERAL REMARK.—This centurion represents a rare combina. tion of spiritual graces, under great disadvantages.-A rude Roman. Born and brought up in idolatry. A soldier, whose profession was war and bloodshed, and a bad school for religion, exhibits a faith of the most remarkable simplicity and firmness, a humility most genuine and unfeigned, a knowledge of our Saviour's character most striking. Let those of us who labour under disadvantages be en. couraged by this, and those who are highly favoured by God, be stimulated to increase these blessed graces.

JAMES v. 7. "The Husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and the latter

rain." THOSE who have to teach children, have to wait long for any springing up of even the blade, and are often greatly discouraged by their untoward tempers. This anecdote may encourage others to go on, to persevere, and not to give them up, because there is no evident fruit; and even if obliged for the sake of example, to mark their conduct with decided disapproval, still to have an eye upon them, and watch for the least approach to kindling in the smoking flax, that it be not quenched by neglect, or too strict an exaction of payment for the debt of instruction. “Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.” Remembering the tender patience and forbearance of our great Master in his dealings with sinners, “I forgave thee all that debt: shouldest not thou have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, as I had pity on thee?"

A little girl of about seven years old, employed in a factory, was severely hurt by her arm being entangled in the machinery, so much so, that it was thought needful for the limb to be amputated. The child was an orphan, but the proprietor of the factory had her most carefully nursed there, and the best medical treatment bestowed upon her. This kind gentleman was anxious to form some plan for

her maintenance; and by the advice of a lady whom he consulted, a sum of money was invested, which should afford three shillings per week; the lady undertaking to admit the child free into a school, of which she had the superintendence, and engaged for the little cripple to be taught to sew. The little girl recovered, but at school betrayed so much wilfulness, and was so unruly, as to exclude herself from this opportunity of learning, and in the end she took herself out of the school. The child lodged with a respectable woman, at whose house a prayer meeting was held once a week. She was usually present, and after a little time there appeared some alteration in her conduct and manners; at least, the visitor who superintended the prayer meeting, thought there was a spark of a better mind; and he spoke of the child to the kind lady who had befriended her, and begged she might not be quite given up, as he thought a little notice and encouragement might be useful. His hint was immediately acted upon. The child had employment found her in a factory, of a nature suited to her maimed and lame condition; her kind friend had her frequently at her house, and furnished her with books to read, also some to lend to her companions in the factory; a mission in which the child was diligent, and greatly interested. She went on steadily, and well, much improved in disposition and temper. After some little time she became so very deaf, that she was quite unfitted for factory work, and was obliged to give it up. Disease seemed to pervade the constitution, for soon after her sight almost entirely failed. Through the interest of her constant friend, Mr. B-, she was admitted into an eye Infirmary. Upon leaving this institution, hearty regret at her departure was expressed by the superintendent, as this child's conduct and example had been so good, that it was considered valuable to have its influence amongst the other patients.

Shortly after returning home, she became suddenly seriously ill, and died in a few days, but not without giving testimony to those around, that her sure refuge was in Christ.


HOME AND ABROAD. A MAGAZINE intended primarily for Sunday-school Teachers, cannot be complete unless a portion of it at least is devoted to the interests of Christian missions.

We have, therefore, made a point of calling the attention of our readers from time to time to the movements of those great institutions which, especially within the last fifty years, have sought to accom. plish the great end for which Christ instituted a visible Church on earth, and ordained the Christian ministry, as an institution which should be coeval in existence with the duration of our world.

We have also expressed our pleasure that a society has been lately established for the especial purpose of interesting the classes to which our periodical is more especially addressed ; viz., to those young in years and Christian experience, who, feeling the value of their own souls, are so quickened to a sense of the value of the immortal spirits around them, that they are constrained to devote that time, which perhaps once they consumed in idle leisure, to the solemn work of exhorting those around them to flee from the wrath to come; or the still more important duty of guiding the infant mind to Jesus, and imparting to youth that knowledge which alone can


We rejoice, then, that we are now enabled to set apart a stated portion of our pages to the society in question, that is, “The Church of England Young Men's Society for aiding Missions at home and abroad."

We propose every three months to present a brief view of its operations, together with such statements and facts connected with the great Missionary objects involved in its constitution, as we trust will be at once interesting and useful.

A special blessing has ever rested on the reading and hearing of the progress of the grace of God. Many now in glory have owed their saving conversion to their becoming acquainted with or beholding what God had done for others.

We view, then, with no small anticipations, this attempt to do that systematically, which hitherto we have done only occasionally.

As an introduction to our design, we deem it indispensable to present a view of the objects, principles, and operations, of the society, even though we run the risk of reprinting what has already appeared in our pages.

As its title indicates, the society is formed among the members of our own Church. It had a small, a very small beginning; but a blessing has rested upon it, and now it numbers 300 or 400 in its lists, not only in the metropolis, but already in one or two provincial towns. To one of these we feel thankful to allude, because we understand that the notice of the society contained in a former number of the “Teacher's Visitor,” led to its formation; we mean the branch at Bury St. Edmunds.

The first and main object of the Society, is to excite and cherish

in the minds of these young men of our Church, a real and deep Missionary sympathy; to be, in fact, a nursery for the very spirit of Missions in the Church. This it aims at, before and more than at the collection of funds. This it seeks to root and ground in the hearts and affections of its members, that thus a foundation may be laid on which the next generation and succeeding generations may raise a glorious and enduring superstructure to the praise and honour of the Lord of Missions-a vast multitude of immortal spirits gathered from the four corners of the earth : from burning Africa, and from the frozen north ; from the western prairie, to the eastern land of palms, sitting at the feet of Jesus, “ clothed, and in heir right mind.”

We are sure that the absence of this real Missionary spirit, even in Christian minds, is one of the greatest deficiencies of the Church in our day; and we are equally persuaded, that the cause of the prevailing apathy, the reason why we are content to give our smaller or larger annual subscription to some society, and think no more of it, is that there is a prevalent ignorance in the subject. Men have not been stirred up by a knowledge of the simple truth on the subject, while their minds were invested with the susceptibility of youth. Now, it is for this society to supply this deficiency, to pour streams of information across the path of those who pant for knowledge, come whence it will.

It is for this Society to supply a great desideratum in relation to the work of the church of God, which is supplied in relation to other departments of human truth and enterprise, by our colleges, literary institutions, and schools. Considering the alarming aspect of the times, we feel that a blessed thing that in our own beloved but distracted Church, young men holding, as the members of this Society professedly do, the doctrines of the reformation in their evangelical purity, are thus banded together, and are calling (and we wish their call was so loud as to be heard by every young churchman,) on their Christian brethren to unite for the best of purposes, to support institutions among the noblest and the best in our land : for the Society seeks not only to inspire with a love for Missions, but to direct the inexperienced mind to the channels in which its new-born sympathies should flow, to fertilise in its various fields the vast desert of human woe.

In our opinion, it wisely divides Missionary labour into four de. partments, viz., those represented by the Church Pastoral Aid, Colonial Church, Jews, and Church Missionary Societies, to which we shall next direct our attention :

The Church Pastoral Aid Society stands first in order, because


the Christian is bound first to “ provide for his own, and for his brethren and companion's sake”- -to labour and pray for the peace of his native land. The object of this Society, which held its tenth annual meeting in the spring of 1845, is, “the salvation of souls, by giving aid towards maintaining faithful and devoted men to assist the incumbents of parishes in their pastoral charge.” Desirous of making the finished work of their only Saviour known to the masses of our fellow countrymen, who, for lack of knowledge, are growing up without God in the world; and to do this through the established Church, it employs such methods only as are wholly consistent with her discipline and order. So far as the funds entrusted to the committee will permit, they furnish the ministers of populous and destitute parishes with the means of supporting a curate or lay agent, who is, in every case, to be nominated by the incumbent, but of whom the committee must be satisfied that he is a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.” The prosperity of every missionary society is, by direct consequence, affected by, and supported in, the support given to this. We are to pray that “God will be merciful to us at home, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us, in order that his way may be known upon earthhis saving health among all nations.

The Colonial Church Society has the next claim upon British Christians, because it sows the spiritual good of our countrymen in the colonies and foreign dependencies of Great Britain, and on the continent of Europe. Many are required to reside “in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" and these yearn, like David, for the ordinances of religion which they once enjoyed, and their “soul is cast down within them.” For these, as well for such other emigrants from the father land, as have altogether forgotten God, this invaluable Society sends out clergyman, catechists, Scripture readers, &c. Its operations have been signally blessed by the Most High.

The London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews, tells, in its title, its high and Scriptural aim. The more conversant each humble-minded reader of Holy Writ becomes with its sacred contents, the more in every case “his heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.”

The Church Missionary Society, whose largely blessed efforts, directed at its first institution, near half a century ago, to Africa and the East, now comprise the whole heathen world, is, we trust, too well known, and too dear to our readers, to make a detailed notice of its object or plan here requisite.

Of all the monuments of guiding and protecting love, which the

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