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appropriate accompanyments to the <noble elevation"-alf are there, and morning and evening prayers; and all tempered and harmonized by that these fervent strains will enkindle the true, evangelical unction, which, while spirit of devotion, and render the exer- ir separates not the praying “ with the cises which follow more affecting and spirit," from the praying with the impressive.”

understanding also;" is far from being

inconsistent with that celestial głow, Such was the plan pursued, and the which kindles every kip that has been result has in oar opinion been eininently touched with the fire of true devotion successful. The services for the seves that rapture, which expands and eleral mornings and evenings of the week vates the contrite heart when offering -proportioned in their length to the up itself, with all its faculties and enerconvenience of family arrangements gies, a holy and a living sacrifice to Him, are so varied as to embrace the ordinary who has redeemed and sanctified it varieties of domestic life; while, for that lifting up of the affections, far other occasions, suitable forms are prou above the considerations of earth and vided. Intended primarily for the wore the desires of time, which it is their priship of the family circle, they are easily vilege to enjoy, who, like the blessed appropriated to the devotions of the Proto-martyr, “ look steadfastly up to closet. The seleetions from the Psalmis, heaven,and behold, by faith, the glory and from scripture in general, admira- that is revealed for them at “ the right bly calculated, in the former case, to hand of God.”

DELTA. kindle the heart, and animate the tongue, afford to him who prays to his

For the Christian Journal. Father in secret, subjects for devout meditation, suitable to every frame of Messrs. SWORDS, mind, and fruitful of consolation amid The following attempt at an expose all the changes and chances” to which tion of a few of the leading qualificathis mortal life is subject.

tions requisite to the attainment of a That this compilation was found dif- tolerable degree of pulpit eloquence, ficult and laborious can readily be con- may be not unacceptable or useless tó ceived. That it has, in general, been some of your numerous and respectable happily executed, and in some instances readers. On the one hand, this feeble (as in the prayer,

66 O Eternal God," sketch may serve to dispose to convic. on page 9—in the third prayer of the tion the minds of some who may have service for Tuesday evening in the been inclined to expect too much from third of the service for Thursday even- every one invested with the clerical of ing--that beginning, “ Almighty God, fice, without considering the immense our heavenly Father'' in the service for improbability that every one should be Friday evening

and the prayer on the possessed of the qualifications indispen80tlr page, “ Almighty God, by whom sably requisite to the perfect clerical we were created,”) with admirable feli- orator. They may, perhaps, be led into eity, will readily be granted.

a train of reasoning which will at length In conclusion, we again recommend convince them of the unreasonableness the volume before us to all churehmen. and impropriety of entertaining or ex"They will find preserved in it, not the pressing dissatisfaction at the earnest sentiments and language only, but the and sincere efforts of a clergyman to very spirit of their liturgy. Its com- instruct and improve his flock, thougla prehensive petitions, embracing “all they may not be attended with that sorts and conditions of men,” while grace and spirit which is possessed by they enter into the heart of every indi- a more eloquent teacher. On the other vidual, and bring up from its deep re- hand, also, some who are more nearly cesses the pure, warm current of the concerned in the subject may be inaffections --its proper interchange of duced to turn their attention more parconfession and praise, of intercession ticularly to those important qualificaand supplication-its“ elegant simpli- tions, without which they can never excity,” its “ reverential fervour,' its pect perfectly to satisfy either themes selves or others, and which may, for rewards promised to those who shall the most part, be attained by earnest persevere unto the end, and so to enand persevering application. Should courage Christians in a firm and onany, the least of these effects be pro- shaken faith, and life correspondent duced, it will surpass the hopes, though thereunto: or whether it be by denot the wishes of

U.S. nouncing the dreadful wrath of the Al-
MIGHTY to fill the sinner with

awe,

and It is a trite remark, that in no sort rouse him from his dangerous lethargy: of public speaking has so little eminence-what can be so awfully interesting, been attained, as in pulpit oratory. so unspeakably important? The subWhile as many, perhaps more, enter jects then being so noble, it is evident upon that profession which requires that language and sentiments equally, their constant exercise in this branch of or at least proportionably noble, will be eloquence, as in the other professions requisite to set them forth. For the which require the exercise of public invention of these, the highest talents speaking, how few do we find who at- can scarce suffice. tain to excellence; while at the bar Yet is this task rendered peculiarly and in the senate we perceive daily in- difficult by the nature of the object. It stances of the most shining superiority. is not, as in pleading at the bar, to set By some, too ready to lay hold on the forth the merits or demerits of a partislightest occasions to abuse and vilify cular transaction, where a multitude of our holy religion in the persons of its circumstances are awaiting the disposal professed defenders and supporters, it and embellishment of the speaker, and has been alleged that this arises from where the chief object is to persuade, the comparative ignorance, indolence, whether by ridicule, pathetic entreaty, and indifference of the clergy. The or lofty eloquence : it is, upon a few calumny is scarce worthy of a refutal; simple facts, and some as simple though which, however, has been ably given all-important doctrines, to ground arby one who was qualified to judge in guments which may induce men to resuch a cause.

But while the reasons ceive our instructions with a willing why such a small number have been mind, and readily to comply with our found preeminently excellent in pulpit advice. It is not, as in the senate, to oratory have been ably stated by a set in the most advantageous light the more skilful hand, it may not be amiss arguments for a particular side of the to notice a few of the requisites for the question in debate : it is to reason upon attainment of the perfect eloquence of a matter, upon which there can be the pulpit, which render it necessary no dispute; to illustrate and enforce that but comparatively few should ever a doctrine or a precept, already suffireach the wished-for eminence.

ciently, and yet but too generally disThere is perhaps no sort of public regarded. The eloquence of the pulpit speaking that requires more talent, is distinguished from that of both the learning, and prudences than that exer- bar and the senate, by the spiritual and cised by those of the clerical profession. mysterious nature of its subjects. Both

In matter, and in manner, the elo- of the latter relate to matters which are quence of the pulpit differs greatly from continually passing before our eyes, and that elsewhere exercised.

which excite a deep interest in the Its matter is the most noble that can minds of our auditors. They are such possibly be conceived. Whether the as we ourselves may be thoroughly acobject be to set forth the infinite, ador- quainted with, and are perfectly known able, and incomprehensible nature of to those on whom we would produce the Deity, and so to impress the minds an impression. But the pulpit orator of his creatures with a holy and neces- has to enforce a subject which, though sary fear: whether it be to show forth generally known in a slight and superthe greatness of redeeming love, and so ficial degree, is but too seldom underto excite in the hearts of believers a stood and experienced. His auditors lively and unceasing gratitude to their are too generally but feebly interested Saviour : whether it be to set forth the in his subject, and his utmost endeaVOL. VII.

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vours are necessary to róuse their at- clergymen, and to report thereon at the tention and excite their lambent affec. next convention.

i tions; while the most important parts The following gentlemen were ap. of his discourse will be disregarded as pointed delegates to the General Contrite and of little moment. To guard vention : Rev. Dr. Gardiner, Rev. Dr. against these evils, by at once securing Jarvis, Rev. Mr. Boyle, Rev. Mr. the attention of the audience by excit- Strong, John Odin, Esq. Gardiner ing their affections, and commanding Green, Esq. Dudley A. Tyng, Esq. their cool approbation by force of rea- Ralph French, Esq. soning and clearness of expression, re- The following report was made by quires no common abilities.

the chairman of the standing committee: [To be continued.)

The clerical members of the standing

committee, having been directed bythe From the Gospel Advocate, for Ang. 1823.

last annual convention to revise the

constitution and canons of this church, Massachusetts Convention.

and to report to this convention such The annual convention of the Pro- alterations therein as might be rendered testant Episcopal Church in the state

necessary or expedient, to render them of Massachusetts was held in St. Paul's conformable with any new regulations church, Boston, on the 18th of June, of the diocese, which might be adopted 1823, at which were present, fourteen at the then ensuing diocesan convene clergymen and twenty lay delegates, tion, respectfully report: the representatives of ten parishes. That the alterations in the constitư Great Barrington, Lanesborough and tion of the eastern diocese, proposed Lenox, Greenfield, Ashfield, Montague at the convention, held in Newport, and Springfield, Bridgewater, Marsh- Rhode Island, Sept. 27, 1820, were field, Quincy, Taunton, Cambridge, unanimously adopted by tłre convenand Trinity church, Boston, were not tion held at Portsmouth, New Hamprepresented. The Bishop having ta- shire, Sept. 25, 1822. By these altera.

sen the chair, the Rev. Benjamin C. tions, the state of Maine is recognized Cutler was elected secretary, and Mat- as a part of the eastern diocese, and thew S. Parker, Esq. treasurer of the the meetings of the convention are to convention. The standing committee be held annually instead of biennially, were chosen by nomination, and the and to be composed of all the clergy of Rev. Drs. Gardiner and Jarvis, the the diocese, and a lay delegate from Rev. Isaac Boyle, and George Brinley, each church. 5. Codman, and T. Clarli, Esqrs. who These alterations not being considerserved the last year, were re-appointed. ed as sufficient, others were proposed;

On motion, resolved, that the se- but, by an article of the constitution, cretary be a committee to examine if they could not be proposed and acted any unfinished business of the last con

upon at the same convention. The vention remained to be acted on at the following proposed alterations were present; and that the thanks of the therefore ordered to lie over for consiconvention be returned to the Rev. Mr. deration, at the next meeting of the Boyle, for his sermon, and that he be

convention, to be held at Windsor, in requested to furnish a copy of the same, Vermont, on the 24th, being the last for insertion in the Gospel Advocate. Wednesday of September, 1823, viz.

On motion of Dudley A. Tyng, Esq. in the second article, that the words seconded by the Rev. Dr. Jarvis, a 6 each of the states by rotation,” be committee of five gentlemen of the laity, erased, and the words“ such place as consisting of Gardiner Green, Esq the shall be agreed upon at the preceding Hon. James Lloyd, Dr. Warren, Tho-convention," be inserted; also, that mas L. Winthrop, Esq. and George after the words “lay delegates," the Sullivan, Esq. was appointed to con- words “ or deleates not exceeding sider the expediency, and if expedient, three,” be inserted. In article tenth, the best means of instituting a fund for that the word "annual" be substituted the relief of the widows and children of for the word “ biennial."

Steptember, 1823.] Proceedings of the Convention of Massachusetts.

20% • If these alterations should prevail, it vention of the Protestant Episcopal will be perceived that a consolidation of Church in the United States; it is the eastern diocese will be effected; hereby earnestly recommended to every that provided the experiment should congregation in this state to pay to the not be defeated by unforeseen accidents, treasurer of the convention thereof, on it will in fact bing the five state con- or before the day of the annual meeting ventions together; and that in such a of the conventio, a contribution of not case, it will be expedient for the seve- less than two per cent. on the amount ral state conventions so to modify their of the respective salaries of their clerconstitutions as to render both the time gymen. One half of the amount thus and place of meeting simultaneous with contributed, if necessary, shall be apthat of the diocesan convention. As, propriated, under the direction of the however, these alterations are yet to be convention, exclusively towards defrayacted on, it seems to your committee ing the expenses of clergymen attending premature to make any alterations at the diocesan or state convention from present, in the constitution of the any distance over 20 miles, and also church of Massachusetts; more espe- the necessary expenses of clerical and cially as the object to be gained by such lay delegates to the general convention; alteration may be provided for by ad- and the remainder shall be appropriate journment.

ed to defraying contingent expenses, Your committee are confirmed in this Provided, nevertheless, that no clergy: opinion, by the consideration that the men or lay deputy shall be entitled to Bishop at the last diocesan convention any provision for travelling expenses, recommended a division of the diocese whose parish shall not comply with the as soon as it can with propriety be effect- provisions of this resolution. If after the ed. A late most important decision of annual expenses are defrayed, any sum the supreme court of the United States, be left in the treasurer's hands, it shall with regard to certain lands in the state be his duty to deposit the same in the of Vermont, owned by the English Soci- Savings Bank, or in good and approved ety for Propagating the Gospel in Fo- stock, that it may become a permanent reign Parts, a part ofthe income of which fund for the use of the conyention. it is understood will be devoted to the On motion of the Rey. Mr. Bagry, support of a bishop, will most probably seconded by the Rev. Dr. Jarvis, it was accelerate this event. In this case, fur- resolved, that this convention approve ther alterations will be necessary in the of the resolution adopted by the last constitution of the diocese.

diocesan convention, requesting the biYour committee therefore pray, that shop to assign to the several rectors of they may be discharged from any furparishes, within the eastern diocese, ther consideration of the subject. such missionary duties as he shall think Respectfully submitted.

expedient; and for the better carrying JOHN S.J.GARDINER, Chairman. that resolution into effect, as far as this

state is concerned, resolved, that the On motion of Dudley A. Tyng, Esq. bishop be, and he hereby is, requested seconded by the Rev. Titus Strong, the to assign to the several rectors such following resolution was past, providing destitute parishes as it may be expedifor the establishment of a diocesan fund, ent for each of them to visit; and that

Whereas it is indispensable to pro- due notice of the same be given to each vide a fund for defraying the necessary rector, to be communicated to his vestry. expenses of the diocesan and state con- The bishop was requested to appoint ventions, and particularly the expenses a preacher for the next convention. of those of the clergy who may have to Resolved, That the next annual contravel a considerable distance to the vention be held in Trinity Church, place of the meeting of the said con- Boston, and that divine service be comventions; and whereas it is also expe- menced at 9 o'clock A. M. dient to provide for the payment of the The convention then adjourned, the necessary expenses of the delegates bishop having first concluded with who shall be sent to the general con- prayer and the Episcopal benediction.

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raised an altar to the Lord of hosts." [In giving place to the following report, which For facts of this pleasing nature you

has only just been received, the editors cannot refrain from an expression of regret that

must be referred to the report of that it was not handed in at an earlier day; much society to which this is auxiliary. of the interest and effect' of such documents Inspired with a lively sense of gratibeing lost by the lapse of time. They would

tude to God for his mercies, and the respectfully suggest to the secretaries and managers of all institutions connected with privileges which, in abundant profusion, the church, whose reports may be wished to he has showered upon them as memappear in the Journal, the propriety of fur bers of a congregation, desirous that are made, in order that an early publication others less favoured than themselves may be secured to their contents.]

might become the participants in those First Report of the Managers of the

mercies and privileges, several ladies

of Christ Church determined to unite Female Auxiliary Missionary Society of Christ Church, New-York, of the society established for the pur

their exertions in seconding the efforts made December 5, 1822.

pose of sending missionaries to the beIN presenting this their first annual nighted inhabitants of the interior. report, the board of managers of the Accordingly a meeting was called, and Female Missionary Society of Christ a society organized, on Good-Friday, Church, aware of their inability to lay April 6ih, 1822, under the appellation before the members and patrons of the of “ The Female Ai xiliary Missionary institution, any particulars of a pecu- Society of Christ Church.” With the liarly interesting nature, cannot sup- example of a sister congregation in pose, however, that any effort made view, it was not doubted but that the with a view of extending the Redeem- establishment of such an institution er's kingdom, can be viewed with in- would be attended with very beneficial difference; or that any information on effects; and, blessed be God, the antisuch a subject can be unacceptable to cipations of many of the warmest advothose who profess to be the disciples of cates of the society have been realized. the Saviour of mankind, feeble as may Eighty-four dollars and eighteen cents be the effort, or limited the information. have been received: five dollars and

Debarred by the nature of the insti- eighteen cents have been expended for tution from the pleasing task of point- printing and stationary, and seventying to where once the beasts of the fo- nine dollars paid over to the treasurer rest'roamed in quest of their prey, and of the parent institution; a sum

um wbich, in cor.junction with the untutored sa- under existing circumstances, cannot be vage were the sole tenants of the soil; considered as small, when it is known, to where even when white men became that, prior to the formation of this, many the proprietors of the land and of the of the ladies of the congregation became lake, the name of God was unheard, subscribers to the parent society, and unknown, or known and heard only in also to the gentlemen's missionary asthe oaths of the blasphemer, or in vio- sociation attached to Christ Church. lation of the dread command yttered That a much greater sum will be obfrom Sinai's awful summit— Thou tained during the ensuing year, is conshalt not take the name of God in vain,” fidently expected from the fact, that a -the board have not the pleasing task number of the ladies of our congregaof pointing to this once dreary, now al- tion have not yet been called upon, by tere'd scene, and (even were the means reason of the afflictive dispensation with which the society affords competent to which our city has been visited of late. effect so desirable an end) of exclaim- The board cannot omit noticing the ing, “there has the herald of the cross, pleasing willingness to contribute, , sent forth by means of your pious ex- which, in most cases, has manifested ertions, proclaimed the Gospel of glad itself in those who have been called uptidings to a people once sunk in igno- on: and here we would gratefully acrance and vice-now raised to godliness knowledge the receipt of a number of and virtue; there has been planted the blank books for the use of the society. standard of Immanuel-there has been --From the causes already mentioned,

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