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To solitude, he saith, Be such no longer : Eloa look’d, and, as he knew his God, "To beings uncreated, Rise, be formed. He seem'd entranc'd at the stupendous sight; While the song lasted, that breaven's choris. And sank incapable. At last his thoughts ters

Burst forth, and show'd the heavens his soul Tun'd to the three times holy of the skies,

sublime. The seraph had attain'd th' extremest sun Whole worlds shall cease, and rise again from "That bounds on heaven. And now still

dust, silence reign'd;

And centuries pass into eternity ; And ceas'd the all enchanting harps. Each E'er holiest Christian may expect to feel waits

Such thoughts of elevation rise within him The look of praise, that God beams from

(To be continued.) above; "The prize of dulcet sounds. And Gabriel

For the Gospel Advocate. pass'd The ocean flood of suns. Heaven look'd


Before that orb, whose orient splendour glows, Heaven and Jehovah, as the seraph knelt. Shall shed its parting lustre in the west, Scarce twice the time a cherub might pro- Thousands, on whom its morning beams arose,

Shall close their eyes, in everlasting rest! God's name, and call upon the holy Three, What countless tears and sighs shall pay Had pass'd above his prayer, when Gabriel The last, sad tribute of a single day! Worthy the presence of his God to view. Long shall the tide of time, with fatal sway, "Then hasten'd soon, from forth the holy One, Its victims daily to the deep consigt, A spirit, whom earth's Lord his chosen calls, Ere its impetuous course shall bear away And whom, Eloa, name the hosts of beaven. Such virtue, wit, and piety as thine ; Commissioned was that spirit to proceed Whose hope could cheer, whose flash illume With Gabriel towards God's throne. The Life's tearful passage to the silent tomb.

first of all, And mightiest next eternity, was he. While sculptur'd marbles teach the curious O bless’d, one thought of great Eloa's mind, eye, As the whole soul of God-created man, Where worldly greatness moulders in the sod; When, worthy of his Lord, he meditates Unhonour'd and unknown, while myriads lie, ?Midst stiilness and repose. His look of Whose modest virtues stand before their God; love

Whose shroud the hand of pity gave, Is brighter far, than the new morn of spring; But rais'd no stone to mark the pilgrim's Lovelier than are the stars, as they flit by

grave; "The throne of heaven, and summon on their days.

Thy tablet fair, by mem'ry's pencil drawn, First form’d of God, from out the morning Shall rest, secure, in friendship's holy shrine; dawn,

Till those, to meet thy sainted shade have Etherial sprang the spirit ; and around,

gone, A heaven of clouds bright glitter'd. God Who smild with thee, or mix'd their tears receiv'd

with thine. From forth the mist his angel. I am he, Such tribute shall on earth be given; The holy One, he said, and blessed him. Thy brightest record is enroll'd in heaven,



Extracts from the journal of the thirty- distinction, among its sister churches.” The

eighth annual convention of the diocese of church at Woodbridge, “small, and necessaNew Jersey, concluded from page 40, of rily vacant, though risen from a state that our last number.

threatened its total extinction, and though The churches at Piscataway and Wood- possessed of a building neatly and substanbridge, the former founded in 1721, the latter tially repaired; yet promises but little as to a little before that period, are the only ones any such increase of its numbers, for many of which the bishop speaks in terms of some years, as shall enable it to support a minisdespondency. The church at Piscataway, ter." always small, and for many years vacant, During the last year a new congregation gives but faint promise of its ever rising to has been collected at Patterson, which, though


e 1822.] Relig. Intell.Constitution of Episcopal Missionary Society. 71

now vacant, promises to do well. All the gard. We have already mentioned the other churches in the diocese are in a prospe- flourishing condition of that at Trenton, and rous condition. All have, at least, retained the establishment of them is becoming genetheir standing, while many have increased ral in the diocese.

* It is another source greatly in their devout attendance on the of gratification," says the bishop, “ that the services of the sanctuary.

Sunday schools, in the diocese, so capable The bishop had administered confirmation, of being made nurseries of religion and of in the preceding year, to ninety-nine persons, the church, when properly instituted and and admitted one deacon to the holy order of conducted, are both increasing and flourishpriests.

ing. It is to be hoped that the resolution. From the parochial reports, there appear of the last convention, requiring clergymen, to be

and, in cases of vacancy, the wardens, to In 16 congregations, 748 families. report the state of the schools, in their re- 17 do. 597 communicants. spective churches, will be duly attended to, . 16 do. 131 baptisms.

ja this sitting."
- 14

45 marriages. The standing committee, appointed for the
15 do.
53 burials.

ensuing year, were the reverend Dr. Whar5 do. 470 Sunday scholars. ton, the reverend J.C. Rudd, the reverend Collections have been made, in twenty J. Croes, jun. and the reverend A. Carter, of parishes for the missionary and bishop's funds. the clergy ; Robert Boggs, Esq. Wm. P. The present amount of these funds is as fol. Deare, Esq. Dr. P. F. Glentworth, and Pelows: missionary fund, $ 3074,24 : bishop's ter Kean, Esq. of the Jaity. fund, $ 1418,59. “It is pleasing to me to Deputies to the general convention : the state," says the bishop, “ and I trust it will reverend Dr. Wharton, the reverend J. C. be received with becoming gratitude to God, Rudd, the reverend J. Croes, jun. and the the Author of every good gift, that the pro- reverend A. Carter, of the clergy; James gress of the several institutions, connected Parker, Esq. Peter Kean, Esq. Joseph V. with the church in this diocese, continues un- Clark, Esq. and Daniel Garrison, Esq. of interrupted, and, though slow, is perhaps as the laity. great, under all circumstances, as ought to be expected. The fund of the corporation [The following is the constitution (which for the relief of the widows and children of was omitted in our last for want of room) elergymen, the missionary fund, the perma- agreed upon at the late special meeting of the pent fund of the protestant episcopal society general convention of the protestant episcofor promoting Christian knowledge and piety, pal church in the United States.] and the fund for giving additional support to the bishop, are all in a state of gradual aug- The constitution of the domestick and foreign mentation; and promise to be, in addition to missionary society of the protestant epistheir usefulness at present, important means copal church in the United States of Amein the promotion of the welfare and progress

rica. of the church hereafter. Their beneficial in- 1. This institution shall be denominated fluence, especially the missionary and episco- the domestick and foreign missionary socipal society funds, we have already expe- ety of the protestant episcopal church in rienced, in a very considerable degree. The the United States of America. continuance, however, of their progress,

II. It shall be composed of the bishops. greatly depends on the attention and faithful- of the protestant episcopal church, and of the ness of the clergy of the diocese, in having members of the house of clerical and lay dethe required collections punctually made ; puties of the general convention of said and otherwise promoting the interest and church, for the time being; and of such other advancement of institutions so valuable. The persons, as shall contribute, by subscription, laity will always be ready, I am convinced, three dollars, or more, annually to the objects to second their endeavours in the good work.” of the institution, during the continuance of

We notice with pleasure the judicious such contributions; and of such as shall conpractice, adopted in New-Jersey, of ap- tribute at once thirty dollars, which contripointing, at each convention, the parochiał bution shall constitute them members for life. clergy to perform missionary duties in the Members who pay fifty dollars, on subvacant parishes.

These duties are not so scribing, shall be denominated patrons of likely to be neglected, when to each cler- the society. syman is assigned his proper sphere of ac- It shall be the privilege of the subscribers, tion, and he is required to report his pro- to designate, on their subscriptions, to which ceedings at the stated annual meetings. of the objects, domestick, or foreign, they

The important subject of Sunday schools desire their contributions to be applied. if appears to be viewed with increasing re- no specification be made, the board of direc


tors, may apply them to either, or both, at them detail, distinguishing between what their discretion.

may be contributed for domestick, and what II. The society shall meet triennially, at for foreign purposes, if any such distinction the place in which the general convention should be made; and present a statement of shall hold its session. The time of meeting his accounts annually, or ofteuer, if required, shall be on the first day of the session, at five to the board of directors. He shall not pay o'clock, P. M.

moneys unless on an order from the board, A sermon shall be preached, and a collec- signed by the president, or, in his absence, tion made, in aid of the funds of the society, by the senior vice president who may attend at such time, during the session of the conven- the meeting when such order is given. tion, as may be determined at the annual

Twenty per cent of all moneys, which shall meeting : the preacher to be appointed by be contributed to carry into effect the objects the house of bishops.

of the institution, shall be vested by the trusiv. The presiding bishop of this church tees, in their own name, as officers of the shall be president of the society; the other society, in some safe and productive stock, bishops, according to seniority, vice presi. to constitute a permanent fund. The residue dents. There shall be two secretaries, and of the contributions, with the interest arising twenty-four directors, who shall be chosen, from the permanent fund, shall be appropriatby ballot, at each meeting.

ed to the objects for which the society was v. The directors, together with the presi- formed dent, vice presidents, and patrons of the VIII. The board of directors, at their ansociety--who shall, ex cio, be directors nual meetings, shall take such measures as shall compose a body to be denominated the they may deem proper, to establish auxiliary board of directors of the domestick and societies in any diocese, with the advice and foreign missionary society of the protestant consent of the bishop of the same; to secure episcopal church in the United States of Aine- patronage, and to enlarge the funds of the rica. They shall meet annually in the city institution. The bishop of every diocese of Philadelphia, except in the year of the shall be president of the auxiliary societies meeting of the general convention, when they organized within it, shall assemble at the place of the meeting ix. In any diocese or district, where there thereof. Nine members of the board of di- is a bishop or an ecclesiastical body duly rectors shall be necessary to constitute a constituted under the authority of the conquorum to do business.

vention of the same for missionary purposes, The nieetings of the board of directors shall aid may be given in money; but the appointalways be opened with using a form of prayer meat of the missionary shall rest with the to be set forth by the house of bishops for bishop or ecclesiastical body aforesaid. He that purpose, or one or more suitable prayers shall act under their direction, and shall rensclecied from the liturgy.

der to them a report of his proceedings, VI. At the annual meetings, all missionary copies of which shall be forwarded to this stations, appointinents of missionaries, and society. appropriations of money, and all by-laws

X. 'The board of directors shall, at every necessary for their own government, and for meeting of the society, present a detailed reconducting the affairs of the missions, shall port of their proceedings, which, if approved be made ; provided, that all appointments of and adopted by the society, shall, on the missionaries shall be with the approbation of next day, be presented, by their president, the bishops present. Special meetings may to the general convention, as the report of be called by the president, or by one of the the society. vice presidents, as often as may be necessary, xi. The present convention shall elect, by to carry into effect the resolutions adopted ballot, the twenty-four directors and the two at the annual meetings of the board; at secretaries, provided for by the fourth article, which special meetings, seven members, in- to act till the first stated meeting of the socluding the president or one of the vice pre- ciety; and the first meeting of the board of sidents, shall be a quorum to transact busi- directors shall take place at Philadelphia, on

the third Wednesday in November instant. The board of directors, whether at their xit. It is recominended to every member annual or special meetings, may appoint such of this society, to pray to almighty God, for conimittees as may be necessary or useful. his blessing upon its designs, under the full

vii. There shall be annually appointed a conviction, that unless he direct us in all our treasurer and two members of the society, doings, with his most gracious favour, and who together shall be termed trustees of the further us with his continual help, we cannot permanent fund.

reasonably hope, either to procure suitable The treasurer shall receive all contributions persons to act as missionaries, or expect that which shall be made to the society, and enter their endeavours will be successful.





« Knowing that I am set for the defence of the Gospel.” Phil. i. 17.

No. 15.]

MARCH, 1822.

[No. 3. Vol. I).




THE IMPORTANCE OF A GENERAL VIEW done, and, in the case of a vacant conOF THE STATE OF THE CHURCH. gregation, if the wardens for the time

being should do the same, the parochial Our readers will recollect, that, under reports, made annually to the conventhe head of Religious Intelligence, in tion, might be so accurate as to ascerour number for September, 1821, we tain exactly the number and resources expressed our intention of giving, at of the members of each diocese. At the close of the year, a general view present, the parochial reports are so of the state of the church throughout defective, that they render abortive the union. We regret that we were any attempt at a general statistick acprevented from doing so, by not having count. Some contain a record of bapreceived all the journals of the several tisms only, or of baptisms and deaths, state conventions, and by the imperfector, at most, of baptisms, deaths, and statements which most of those journals communicants. We are left wholly in exhibit of the parochial reports. We the dark, whether the omissions be the beg leave, most respectfully, to request result of carelessness or of design. If the right reverend the bishops, and the no deaths or marriages occur, it is betseveral secretaries of the state conven- ter to say, explicitly, that there bave tions, to furnish us, aš speedily as pos. been none, than by mere omission to sible

, with all the information which leave the fact doubtful. Some clergythey may consider ás important, con- men, instead of stating the whole pumcerning the condition of their respective ber of their communicants, mention churches.

only the numbers added during the past It appears to us, that the existing year. To know the whole number, organization of our church might, with the reader is obliged to turn to the a little pains, be made the instru- journals of preceding years.

This ident of furnishing a very exact account cannot always be done, and, of course, of bet actual state and progress every the great object of parochial reports is year. Let each clergy man keep a at once frustrated. record of all the important transactions It seems to be a very prevailing within bis cure, inserting in it the name sentiment, if we may judge from the of every family, and of every individ. prevailing practice, that the number ual in that family, and stating whether of the communicants in any church is they are baptized, or confirmed, or are all that is important to be known. But communicants. If this were generally why should this be the case? Why is 10


1. Number of bishops.
2. Number of confirinations.
3. Number of deacons ordained.
4. Number of priests ordained.
5. Number of candidates for holy orders
6. Number of lay readers.
7. Number of missionaries.
8. Nuinber of churches consecrated.
9. Number of churches building.
10. Number of new congregations formed.
11. Number of institutions,

it not equally important to ascertain II. Table of Diocesan Reports.
the number of families, the number of Maine
persons in each family, the number of N H.
youths capable of receiving instruction, Mass

Vermont or, in other words, the catechumens of

R.S. the parish ?

Conn. It is one of the great advantages of N. York the organization of the church, that the N Jersey bishop of the diocese being the centre Penn. of unity, to wbom it is the duty of Del.

Maryl. every parochial clergyman to report Virg. his proceedings, and the condition of N.C. the souls under his charge, the spiritual S. C wants of the humblest and the most Georgia

Obio obscure may be inade known to hiin,

Ken. and, in some measure at least, be re

Lou. lieved by his pastoral care.

We shall Missouri proceed, therefore, to state what it was Florida our intention to have done, in the hope Total that, as far as our work circulates, the attention of our readers may be called III. Table of Conventional Reports. to the subject; and that an increasing Maine perception of its importance, through- N. H. out the union, may bereafter increase Mass our ability to accomplish our design. Vermont

R. I. It was our intention to have given

Conn. three tables, at the close of the year, N. York as a summary of the state of the church N. Jersey in 1821. I. Parochial reports. II. Dio. Penn. cesan reporis. III. Conventional re- Del.

Maryl. ports, as follows:


N. C. 1. Table of Parochial Reports.

S. C Maine

Georgia N. H.

Ohio Mass.

Ken. Vermont

Lou. R. I.


N. York


An inspection of these tables will, Maryl.

we think, do more than any observa. Virg.

tions we can offer, to convince our N. C. S.C

readers of the importance of forming Georgia

them. Our church has been hitherto Ohio

in a depressed state. We have labourKen.

ed under the disadvantages arising from Lou, Missouri

the prejudices of those, who are not Florida

members of our communion, and from

that relaxation of energy among ourTotal

1. Missionary societies.
2. Academical education societies.
3. Theological education societies.
4. Bible and prayer book societies.
5. Prayer-book and homily or tract societies.
6. Societies for promotion of Christian knowl.
7 Societies for the relief of the poor.
8. Societies for relief of wid. & orph. of clerg.

9. Number of paro. funds for support of clerg.
| 10. Amount of fund for support of episcopate.

11. Amount of missionary fund. | 12. Amount of fund for conting. ex. of diocese,

1. Number of parishes.
2. Number of families.
3. Number of souls.
4. Number of presbyters.
5. Number of deacons.
6. Number of baptisms.
7. Nurnber of marriages.
8. Number of funerals.
9. Number of Sunday schools.
10. Number of catechumens.
11. Number of communicants.
12. Parochial libraries.

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