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so, it may reasonably be hoped that the new chancel will not only be consecrated by him whose episcopate has called it into being, but that a long drawn out evening of his days may be cheered and comforted by his own constant offering of the eucharistic sacrifice within its walls.

“ It is intended that the east window should commemorate the leading acts of the Word Incarnate, by the power of which we in the Litany implore our 'Good LORD' to deliver us.' Other windows, it is hoped, will be filled with various appropriate Scripture subjects, some illustrating God's loving mercy through Christ, vouchsafed by the Eternal Spirit in Holy Baptism. In the reredos it is proposed to set forth the institution of the Blessed Eucharist. For this purpose, specific offerings, in the way of adornments, furniture, illumination, stained windows, are particularly invited. The chancel-screen, the altar-dais, an altar-cloth, and, it is believed, the restoration of the existing font, with a new cover, are already promised by different individuals.

“ Among the donors to the chancel whose contributions are already communicated, are the Marchioness of Bath, the Countess Somers, the Countess Kilmory, Lady Mary Arnold, and Lady Caroline Courtenay, Sir Archibald Edmonstone, Bart., Mr. Justice Patteson, Mr. Justice Coleridge, Alexander J. Beresford Hope, Esq., M.P., the Bishop of Moray and Ross, the Archdeacon of Totnes, Dr. Routh, President of Magdalen College, Oxford, Dr. Pusey, Mr. Chancellor Harington, Mr. Canon Hamilton, Mr. Canon Wray; Prebendaries Bowdler, Coleridge, Dornford, Ford, Gresley, Hopton; the Reverends John Keble, T. L. Claughton, Honorary Canon of Worcester, Sir Frederick Qusely, Bart, &c., &c. Hearty assurances of co-operation have been received from Lords Lyttelton and Forbes, Sir Stephen Glynne, Bart, and J. H. Markland, Esq., of Bath, the Archdeacon of Taunton, and others.”

Gifts towards the general restoration have also been offered and received, as an expression of the affectionate and dutiful regard of the donors for the Bishop of Exeter.

Upwards of £4000 will be needed, of which the chancel will cost nearly £1000; the greater part of this sum has been raised, and £1000 has been raised in the parish ; but from two to three thousand pounds are still wanting, besides decorations.

We know that many of our readers share our feelings of deep and affectionate gratitude to his Lordship, and will be glad of this opportunity of giving proof thereof. If every Churchman sends his mite, the work will soon be done. Many, too, will be glad to show their feelings towards one by whose writings they have been so much benefited, and whose name

has been long familiar, as the author of sound practical treatises, following the teaching of the Church's year. We need not add one word to bespeak the active exertions of our readers. We may add that the new Church is to consist of nave and aisles, and chancel and aisles. The nave will be separated from the aisles by arcades of six bays each ; the piers composed of marble and Bath stone, with clerestories over ; each aisle lighted by five three-light windows; and the roofs open timbered; a south porch and north and western doors; the chancel-aisles are separated from the chancel by arcades of two bays, with marble piers ; chancel-arch light and of large span, with marble piers; Four sedilia on south of chancel; Bishop's seat in the north ; a vaulting of oak rising from carved corbels; iron parcloses in arcades; wood screen in chancel-arch; and stalls and other fittings in cedar; floors to be laid with Minton's tiles; the character of the building is Geometrical. We hope to give it as the frontispiece of our next volume.

MORNING AND EVENING HYMN FOR CHILDREN.

MORNING.

FATHER ! in the morning light,

Hear me, when to Thee I pray.
Thou hast kept me through the night,-

Keep me also through the day.
Keep me by the Saviour's Blood;

Keep me by the SPIRIT's Might;
Teach Thou me to choose the good,--

From the ill turn Thou my sight.
Without Thee no good I do:

Without Thee no good I see:
All, with Thee, is good and true,
Three in One, and One in Three !

EVENING
FATHER ! through the coming night,

Since another day is done,
Be to me Thyself my Light,

Be to me Thyself my Sun.
Darkness is not dark with Thee,

Night itself as clear as day,-
In them both Thine Eye can see,

Nigh at hand, and far away.
For the SAVIOUR's Blood forgive

All the Spirit's work undone,
Till in Heaven with Thee I live,

Needing neither Moon nor Sun.

R. T.

ASCENSION THOUGHTS.

If we contrast the frame of mind which seems most natural to Ascension Day, with that which is suggested by other celebrations of Holy Church, we shall find that it partakes of a more quiet, calm nature, than those which have preceded it. Great as our joy is and ought to be at Christmas for the wondrous Incarnation, and mysterious birth of our LORD, still for our Blessed Lord Himself it is humiliation, poverty, and shame, and our own rejoicing is kept in check by the consciousness of His suffering. So, or rather much moore so, at Easter. Blessed is that great Festival and very full of joy. Right glad are we to welcome back again our victorious LORD with songs of triumph and anthems of thanksgiving. But it is too near the harrowing scenes of Holy Week, and its sufferings and indignities for our joy to be as full, and rapturous as we could wish. But in the forty days which elapse between Easter and Ascension, our minds, so to speak, have time to recorer their tone; till to-day our joy reaches its height and perfection when we exult in our Lord's Ascension, not only for our sakes, but also for His Own, because He is bidding adieu to this miserable world, and entering into His rest.

To-day is indeed an appropriate termination to the great forty days of His Risen Life. If we contrast them with the period of our Lord's sojourn in the flesh, previous to His Resurrection, we shall see the difference. There is more of quiet, repose, calmness, and dignity thrown around this period. There is no disputing with the unbelieving, no withdrawal from their violence, no de nouncing woes, or threatenings of punishment; no hall of judgment, no scourging, no Passion, no Cross. We are taken away from all this excitement, and are transported to the shores of the beautiful lake, and listen to the ripple of its waters; or we wander along the retired road in the quiet stillness of the Sabbath, or assemble in the upper chamber, barred and bolted from the world, or at the foot of the mountains in the far distant Galilee. And as the scene of His manifestation is changed, so is the nature of His revelation. He now speaks as a King. He acts with authority. He interprets Scripture. He commits the pastoral charge to S. Peter. He institutes a Sacrament, and then ascends to Heaven, and soars above into those realms of joy, from which nothing but His intense love for the race of man could have brought Him.

Great reason then to-day have we to rejoice and be glad. For to-day is the end of our dear LORD's humiliation, the commencement of His life in glory, Never again will He know the trials, the sufferings, the miseries of earth. Never again will the “ploughers plough upon His back, and make long furrows." Never again will the hangman's scourge mangle His holy fesh. Never again will they drive nails through His blessed hands and feet, or gash His side with the sharp spear. He has left all this. “He has gone up on high.” He has taken His seat on His throne, and has girded Himself with strength. He has placed upon His brow the crown of victory, arrayed Himself in the mantle of royalty, and grasped the sceptre of His majesty. There He sitteth to-day in the very Heaven of Heavens, and the Angels are prostrate before Him, and the celestial courts are resounding with their joyful strains, as they welcome back to the realms of bliss the Eternal Son of God, the Vanquisher of Death, the Subduer of Hell, the Redeemer of Man.

A generous heart will thus to-day rejoice, and be glad for his Lord's sake, because his Lord's suffering is at an end. And thus the joy of to-day is of a higher, purer, less selfish kind, than that of the other festivals. It is this which so peculiarly marks Ascension, that we can throw ourselves out of ourselves, and rejoice for the sake of another, even our dear Lord.

This, then, is the noblest and highest aspect in which to view Ascension Day, to consider it as the source of joy and peace, and rest to Him. We may for a time forget ourselves, our own short comings, our own miseries, and follow Him in our thoughts as He soars above the noisy world, to the deep still rest and peace which is at the Right Hand of His Eternal FATHER.

But we may also, and indeed we ought to view Ascension Day with feelings of gratitude for its bearings upon ourselves. And this, because in the mysterious order of Man's redemption, the Holy Ghost could not be given till Christ had ascended. So He departed, and the Holy Ghost came down; first miraculously, then ordinarily; first in fiery tongues, than in the secret whispers of the heart. Christ ascended, and the Holy Ghost came down, and inspired the Evangelists and Apostles to write the Sacred Books, and guided the Church to interpret them aright, and infused life into Sacraments, and grace into ordinances, and clothed the naked framework of the elder dispensations with the garments of truth and righteousness. Christ ascended, and the Holy Ghost came down, and the heart of believers has ever since been witnessing to the truth of His Presence. He is their guide in difficulty, their comfort in trouble, their defence in danger. By Him the corruption of our nature is kept in check, and through Him and by Him we have access to the Throne of God, where He helpeth our intercessions with plaints unutterable but mighty to avail.

Again, we are privileged to rejoice to-day in that our LORD ascended into the Heavens in our nature, and in that sitteth at the right hand of God. “ There is a Man in Heaven.” It is His

human nature which is exalted. The same LORD JESUS ascended to-day, Who pardoned Mary Magdalene, and promised Paradise to the penitent thief, and healed the sick, and raised the dead. Everything which could prove the purest sympathy with our race, was manifested by Him during His sojourn on this earth ; His glorified body after His resurrection retained all the feelings of our humanity, and in that to-day He has gone up on high to His throne of glory. We need not enlarge upon this thought, that God can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. It is so full of comfort, of consolation, and of joy unspeakable, that were we to meditate for hours, we could not exhaust it.

Such are some of the inspiriting and elevating associations of Ascension. Of old men kept this feast, and joyed in their Lord's joy. But now alas ! our Churches are comparatively empty. This, surely, is no sign of advance or improvement in religion. Let not this reproach be ours, Christian brethren. Let us throng His courts to thank Him for the Ascension of His Son. Let us approach His Altar, and receive there the gifts He ascended to procure. There is no fitter day for holding sweet communion with Jesus, than the day of His Ascension. Lift, then, up your hearts. Raise them on high. Gaze into the heavens above you, and let your faith see Him ascending higher and higher, and bright companies of angels coming forth to meet Him, and hymning His glory, and welcoming Him back. Gaze and gaze tfil the cloud receives Him out of your sight, and imagine the joy of Heaven at the return of its King, the adoration of the Cherubim, the rapt worship of the host of bright beings. Heaven 10day is ringing with sweet melody. Songs of triumphs are echoing through its courts. The Church on earth is lifting up her voice and taking her part in the solemn worship of her LORD. Be it our's, by God's grace, to purify our hearts from sin, that we too may join in deed and truth those blissful companies, which to-day hymn forth the praises of their Ascended King.

J. B.

An honest man's heart is where his calling is. Such an one, when he is abroad, is like a fish in the air, whereunto if it leap for recreation or necessity, yet it soon returns into its own element.--TRAP.

Augustine's judgment was, that not only gold and silver are bribes, but the will of bribery may also be justly imputed to any exorbitant affection which sways a man aside from the impartial execution of justice ; as love, fear, hatred, anger, pusillanimity, desire of applause, &c.

When one told Bishop Latimer that the cutler had cozened him, in making him pay twopence for a knife in those days not worth a penny, “No," quoth Latimer, “he cozened not me, but his own conscience.”

It is fabled of Stephen, King of Hungary, and of Oswald, King of England, that their right hands, though dead, never putrified, because they were often exercised in relieving the wants of the poor.-Beda. Hist. Ang.

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