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THE CHURCH JUBILEE.
In our issue for October, 1882, we attempted a summary of what had been effected under the influence of the Oxford movement, and suggested that a strong final effort should be made during the present year which would complete the jubilee of that movement. The result, we are glad to say, has been most encouraging. Unusual activity has been shown in several dioceses, notably, in London, Rochester, Chichester, Canterbury, Oxford, Lichfield, Durham, Truro, and Exeter, while others, as Lincoln, Salisbury, Ely, S. Alban's, Carlisle, Peterborough, Chester, Bangor, Manchester, S. Asaph, Llandaff, and Bath and Wells, have made steady, if not rapid progress. S. David's has made up some arrears, though very much still remains to be done. This leaves only a few dioceses which have scarcely adequately responded, viz. Norwich, Ripon, York, Liverpool, Gloucester and Bristol, and Worcester. Still, everywhere much is being done, not only in the building and restoration of churches, but also in founding Bishoprics in Foreign and Home Missions, in promotion of union as well as purity amongst our own people, in the recovery of the fallen of various kinds, in the ex. tension of Education to the Middle and Upper Classes, and in sundry other ways. This, of course, does not mean that we are to rest upon our oars, as though we had reached a haven of refuge, but rather that the Church is, or is in the way to be, equipped for her great work of ministering to the people of the land to an extent that she has not done for several centuries. She has reached a real epoch in her history; and we would invite all true Churchmen, and especially all earnest clergy, to mark this great event by some substantial act of thanksgiving. The appeals to the pocket have been so numerous of late, while the times for all connected with the land continue to be so bad, that we could not in conscience ask for any great outlay of money on the part of the clergy and their parishioners. The call at the present moment seems to be for levelling up, in which every one may do something and at little cost. Every church and parish, we consider, ought to show some little sign of improvement in the year 1883. The ninth day of the present month is the date of the publication of the first “ Tract for the Times,” which followed close on Mr. Keble's famous “ Assize Sermon ;” and that, Dr. Newman tells us, he always reckoned the beginning of the Oxford movement, whence has proceeded all the marvellous progress that has been made during the last half century. Those who only know the Church as she now is, can with difficulty understand in what state things were at the date referred to, but it is important they should try to realize what the change has been; and in proportion as they are now enjoying the fruits of other men's labours, so ought all to be anxious to give expression to their feelings of gratitude in some lasting way. What the best way may be in any particular case persons must decide for themselves, but there is no church or parish which will not admit of some addition being made to its efficiency. A general movement, although each member separately does little, would, by combination, produce a great result. And this is just what is now wanted : here a little and there a little. So the whole appearance of things would be different, and the character of the Church would be recognised no longer as an isolated selfish institution, but as living for her LORD and caring for the souls of men; and while she does this she must recognise the fact that she has a past history from which she ought not to decline, and that there is “a pattern" according to which, in all essential points, she ought to model herself.
The one great memorial, of course, will be the Hall (if that be its right name) which is shortly to be opened at Oxford in honour of Dr. Pusey's noble and consistent work in that place. What we are now venturing to suggest might be either material or spiritual help, as the condition of each parish might require. Let every one who is thankful to God for what has been accomplished strive to do something towards raising the religious tone and standard in his neighbourhood, remembering how “many mickles make a muckle."
Reviews and Notices.
Confession and Absolution in the Bible, by the Rev. Warwick Elwyn, M.A. (London: J. T. Hayes. Pp. 445.) To any real student of Holy Writ we can confidently recommend this volume as opening up to him views which he has not hitherto realized. The title might possibly lead persons to imagine that it would only be of limited interest. But in point of fact Mr. Elwyn deals with nothing less than the whole question of God's treatment of sin from the days of Paradise downwards ; and it is at the two extremes of the period that his investigations are most interesting, that is, at the date of the Fall and in the ministry of our LORD. The last, it appears to us, is really dealt with in a most masterly manner, and scarcely any reader can fail to find his view cleared by this chapter in the volume. The great merit of the treatise as a whole is that it is quite free from that exaggeration which is generally found when a writer undertakes to advocate a theory. The author scarcely ever seems to press an argument beyond what it will properly bear, and so he gains the confidence of his readers, and carries them on, step by step with him to the end. The Levitical and Prophetical systems, of course, gain their full share of attention; but these subjects have been already examined by many competent writers, while the two before-mentioned give much scope for original remark. Mr. Elwyn's views, however, are always strongly fortified by patristic or Catholic authorities, to which there are copious references all through the volume.
Roving Robin, by Nellie Hellis (Religious Tract Society.) The young author to whom we owe this attractive little tale is beginning to be known
ery successful writer of children's stories. “Roving Robin" pleases us better than any she has yet published. It is free from any improbable incidents such as we have had to notice in her former books, and the religious teaching is remarkably well done.
The well known Cornhill Magazine (Smith, Elder, and Co., London) has taken a new departure, and while retaining its familiar aspect, is diminished in size and offered at half its former price. It seems to consist now chiefly of fiction and contains some clever stories, notably two strangely weird tales, -one, entitled “The Lay Figure,” in the July number, and a romance of “The Mirage” in that for August.
Golden Treasures : Counsels for the Happiness of Daily Life, translated from the French by Theo, edited by the author of the “Divine Master," (Masters and Co.) Among the many little devotional booklets which have been culled during the last two or three years from the writings of Saints and Divines of reputation, the present appears to us the very best. The title shows sufficiently what the compiler had in view, and we would specially commend the idea of assigning good Christian offices to so many “Domestic Angels,”—as “the Angel of little sacrifices,” “the Angel of little attentions,"
for truly those who fill such positions in a family are veritable Angels. At the same time there is nothing extravagant or fanciful in the suggestion. The little book, we may add, is beautifully got up, just like its predecessors of the same sort, and can be carried in the waistcoat pocket.
Correspondence. [The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of the Correspondents.]
To the Editor of the Churchman's Companion.
THE WIMBLEDON ART COLLEGE FOR
rable condition of the people to make LADIES.
an effort to rescue and raise these poor
friendless ones, and she, with the asSIR,—Will you allow me to inform
sistance of some other ladies, opened a your readers that the Archbishop of
small room near the place where they Canterbury has consented to become
mostly congregated, and there, every Patron of the Wimbledon Art College
evening, a bright fire, a cup of tea, and for Ladies ! The Council of this insti
a kindly welcome were ready for all who tution has an Exhibition of £30 per
ventured in. And many came-kind, annum for two years to offer for compe- earnest words were spoken, and many tition in September to a clergyman's
were helped. Any one who has tried daughter.
this kind of mission work knows how Stained glass and tapestry painting
hard it is,-how it often seems imposare added to the course of study.-Yours,
sible to make any lasting impression on &c., L. J. BENNETT, Hon. Lady Super
these poor lawless creatures; self-indulintendent, South Wimbledon.
gence and self-will seem to have para
lysed their whole moral nature, and to LOAN OF BOOKS.
make up their minds to a life of activity Will any reader of the Churchman's and self-government, or to the disCompanion either lend or give me “Luc- cipline of protection and control, seems cock on the Prayer Book,” “J. H. Blunt beyond their power—and yet, thank on the Reformation,”—not J. J. Blunt, God, little by little our work has prosand “Simple Truths,” published by pered and been blessed. either Masters or Rivingtons ? Also will
On S. Bartholomew's Day, 1879, a any one order from me hand-knitted pet- small home was opened, where such as ticoats ? the money cleared will go to- sought its shelter could be received at wards a Sunday school or pulpit in a
A small oratory was fitted up by church. Full particulars if required.- the special gifts of kind friends, and in Address, ELEANOR BELLAIRS, Goadby this way is almost always kept bright Marwood, Melton Mowbray.
with flowers. There daily prayers are said, and short services are held by the
chaplain once a week and on all the S. FAITH'S HOME.
special days of the Christian year. The SIR,—It is some years since a quiet influence of this little oratory in the mission work was started in Westminster Home is felt to be a great factor in our among the very lowest and most degraded work. One girl writes, after two years, class of young girls. A lady-now gone of what she owes to the services there, to her rest-was induced by the mise- and many allusions are made in their
often the heart of the worker grows sick and weary with a sense of repeated failure and disappointment. Too often it seems hopeless and impossible to stem the tide of this great misery and evil, for all things seem against them, and perhaps hereafter we shall find that some of those poor andering sheep, over whom we have wept and prayed, and for whom we seem to have toiled in vain, will in the end be brought home to the fold by the Great Shepherd Himself.
Information will be gladly given, and contributions received by the Hon. Mrs. Grantham Scott, 79, Eaton Square, S.W.; Mrs. Henry Lubbock, 8, Upper Belgrave Street, S.W.; Miss Dorna Grey, 39, Hans Place, S.W.; Mrs. Edwin Price (Secretary), 2, The Cloisters, Westminster Abbey; or Miss Crace (Lady in Charge), S. Faith’s Home, 284, Vauxhall Bridge Road, S.W.
PRINCE ALAMAYU AND HIS NURSE.
letters to the teaching received at S. Faith's.
This Home, though one where the girls are taken only for a time, professes to be somewhat more than an ordinary refuge. Here the benefits of discipline, training, and Church teaching are immediately extended to the poor wanderers, and they often stay long enough to look upon S. Faith's as their first home, and to regard the Lady in Charge as their first and special friend, to whom they continue to write and to look for help and advice in all their future. Already several “S. Faith's girls” are doing well in service, or are restored to their friends, and among the great and blessed encouragements given to the managers are the letters received from such as have left and are still persevering.
As a rule, to which scarcely any exception is made, the girls are passed on at the end of a few weeks to homes and penitentiaries in the country, and the happiest results have attended, in many cases, those who have been sent to S. James's, Fulham, Clewer, Ditchingham, Malvern, Bovey Tracey, Maplestead, S. Mary's, Brighton, and Wantage.
The Home is free to all who are received from Westminster or the parish of S. Peter's, Eaton Square, but a small charge is asked (when possible) for those who are received from a distance. The expense of maintaining all such homes is great,-it is a work which cannot be done cheaply, and so the managers are glad of all the help they can obtain. Contributions in money or orders for needlework are thankfully received. The Home is as yet little known, and is entirely dependent on the efforts of a few who form an association to promote this work. A few names and addresses of those who will gladly give information, or receive contributions towards S. Faith's Mission, are subjoined.
Let no one suppose the work easy or the task light of those who enter into this kind of warfare against sin. Too
SIR, I think your readers may perhaps be interested in a short account of the last days of the young Abyssinian Prince Alamayu, and I am anxious, if you will kindly allow me, to make it known that the trained nurse who attended him in his last moments is at present, though comparatively a young woman, quite debarred from active work through continued ill-health, brought on by her devoted attention to another patient, a lady who has since died. It is hoped that Miss Y— will be able to resume her work in the spring. In the meantime her savings, including a present from the friends of this lady, are now exhausted, and any contributions which would enable her to go to a convalescent home for two or three months would be most gratefully received. I cannot but think that there are many who took an interest in the fate of the young prince so early cut off, who would be glad to show their interest by giving a little opportune assistance to her who was his last attend