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( £ cd cystica I. Favourable accounts have been received from Addington Park relative to the condition of the Archbishop of Canterbury. His grace's physicians agree that perfect rest for a time is all that is necessary to restore the most rev. prelate to his former good health. Archdeacon Denison writes to the "Standard"—"Will you kindly make public that I have given notice to the secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel that, in the event of Dr Temple being proposed for election as vice-president, I shall oppose the election ?" The Rev. Dr Pulsford informed his congregation on Wednes- day night that he had received a unanimous and cordial invita- tion to succeed the Rev. Dr Binney, minister of the Wiegh House, London, and wished them to give the matter their serious con- sideration.—Glasgmc Herald. By letters from Rome, the "Westminster Gazette" learns that 480 bishops have signed the address to his holiness praying for the definition of infallibility. It is, however, considered certain that the Pope will not accede to the request unless this number is very largely increased. At the opening of the new schools at St. George's, Somerset- shire, the Bishop of Bath and Wells (Lord Arthur Hervey) declared that secular education must produce widespread infi- delity. He earnestly urged all lovers of the Bible to resist, as a matter of life and death, all attempts to thrust Christianity from our schools." The Bishop of Gloucester, at a church aid meeting at Bristol, attempted to explain how the Church of England had lost her hold on the masses of the people. Among the reasons cited by the right rev. prelate were the coldness of the church of the past towards the working classes, the evils of the pew system, and the utter absence in the generality of sermons of any reference to the home needs, and personal and spiritual needs of the people. Recently, a Mr Rafferty, a Roman Catholic of Birmingham, at a public breakfast, moderately stated his preference for secular education over denominational education. For this offence a Roman Catholic priest named Sherlock denounced him in no measured terms at a meeting in the Birmingham Town Hall, on Tuesday night. He was charged with having the hardihood" to avow opinions contrary to those maintained "by all the bishops and priests of the country." He was further compared to a drunken helot amongst the Spartans, and characterised as little better than a traitor to his church. Interesting papers have been published on the Disestablish- ment of the church in Jamaica. Sir Peter Grant at first sug- gested concurrent endowment, but, finding that such a plan would not be accepted disestablishment was at length resorted to. Sir Peter thinks that English churchmen can and will give quite as freely as the great nonconformist bodies have given to their missionaries and he holds that no place has such claims upon England as Jamaica and the West Indies. We forced these Africans from their homes, and fixed them there. We made them slaves, and we have emancipated them. We cannot abandon them now; we dare not say to them, knowing what the certain result would be, Subscribe for all your own religious wants, or go without religion, as you please. A meeting of the Central Council of the Church Institution was held last week in King's College, to hear a paper from the Dean of Norwich on the election of bishops in the Church of England. The dean reviewed with much ability the historical aspects of this important question, and, in reference to its prac- tical bearing upon the church of the day, he suggested that, while the right of designation should undoubtedly remain in the Crown, the privilege of acceding to or rejecting the person so nominated ought to be conferred upon the capitular body; in other words, that the conge d'elire be a reality instead of a sham, and that a refusal to yield obedieuce to it ought no longer to be visited by the penalties of a pramunire. Sir John Pakington, in the course of some remarks on the subject, took occasion strongly to condemn the recent appointment to the see of Exeter. Forty church clergymen of Liverpool and Birkenhead have, following the example of certain members of the Church Union, presented an address of welcome to the Greek Archbishop of Syra and Tenos. The Greek Church, these reverend gentlemen declare, "has ever been regarded by the church in this country with profound reverence and sincere sympathy;" desire is ex- pressed for a speedy union between the East and the West; and assurances are given that the fervent prayers of the forty priests and deacons are offered for the archbishop, for the holy Eastern Church, and for the high and holy object of his grace's visit." In return the rev. gentlemen earnestly request to be remem- bered" in the archbishop's intercessions at the celebration of the divine mysteries." His grace, in reply, begs his admiring friends to believe that, "having no other means by which I can recompense these your friendly sentiments, I will continually stretch forth supplicatory hands to the Most High for you and for the lasting prosperity of the renowned English nation." The Evangelical clergy of Liverpool are protesting against the reception accorded by the High Church brethren to the Greek Archbishop. The Rev. W. F. Taylor, LL.D., of St. Silas, declines to accept the proposal of a Presbyterian clergyman to exchange pulpits, because, though he would be personally willing to do so, he cannot be a party to a breach of the law. Dr Taylor preached a sermon in his own church on the recent fraternizings, in con- cluding which he expressed the opinion that unless Ritualism was effectually and speedily eliminated from the church the days of the Anglican Church, as an establishment were num- bered. To his mind it was utterly inconceivable how persons holding the distinctive Protestant doctrines of the Thirty-nine Articles could fraternize with the corrupt and superstitious com- munions of the Greek or Latin Churches. He did not believe in the union of Christendom except on the basis of truth of doc- trine on any other it would be like the whited sepulchre, or a revived pantheon of false doctrines and practices. The Ritual Commission is stated to have agreed to a report on the "Lectionary," which has been submitted for her Majesty's approval. The nature of the recommendations made has not transpired, but the Times" is probably not far from the truth when it conjectures that those parts of scripture which contain the history of Susannah, of Bel and the Dragon, or which give minute information respecting the domestic habits of Tobit, will be omitted from the lessons. The Record" states that the sub-committee recommended that the lessons from the Apocry- pha, which for Saints' days numbered twenty-six should be rednced to four; but that for ordinary days forty should be still retained out of the 106 lessons. A second series of "Lessons for Evensong on Sundays" is provided, so that they may be used either as alternative lessons at the second service, or at the third service, if thought desirable. It is mentioned that forty meet- ings were occupied in arriving at these conclusions, but the time that each meeting lasted is not mentioned, nor the number of members who attended. According to the above alterations of the Lectionary, the Gospels and the Acts would be read once in the year at Evening Prayer, and the Revelation in Advent. The Books of Chronicles would also be admitted into the new Lec- tionary, and the divisions of chapters are not always to be followed. j

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