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Protestantism itself. The Anglican archbishop of Belgrade, were among Church is herself more divided than the patrons of this association. ever, and demonstrates more conclu- In 1864, Dr. Young of New York sively from year to year how impossi- made a visit to Russia, where he put ble it is for her to keep fast hold upon himself in communication with the any creed whatever. Perhaps this more prominent members of the Rusmanifestation of internal division and sian episcopate. The Episcopalian doctrinal anarchy may contribute bishop of San Francisco visited Georsomewhat to turn the eyes of Angli- gia, Servia, and Bulgaria, and more cans toward the ancient and immova recently Nice, where he frequented ble Church of the East.
the Russian chapel. However this may be, we have be- Messrs. Popof and Wassilief, chapfore us in our own day a fresh attempt lains of the Russian ambassadors at at reunion about wbich we must say a London and Paris, were present at the few words. The facts are as follows: sittings of the English commission Three or four years ago Dr. Troll,* and took part in its deliberations. bishop of the Episcopalian Church in By the very last news from America San Francisco, liscovered that there we are informed that divine service were in his dinceze some four hundred si. e., mass.-Ed.] was solemnly celepersons belong'sig to the Greek Church, brated, according to the Oriental rite who, while they recognized his author and in the Sclavonic language, in ity up to a certain point, yet refused one of the principal Episcopalian to receive minmunion from his hands. churches of New York city. According Dr. Troll referred the matter to the to the American newspapers, the celeconvention of the Episcopal Church in ebrant was F. Agapius, recently come the United States, who appointed a to America, having been appointed by committee to examine and report on the Russian Church to the spiritual the relation in which the two churches charge of his co-religionists in the stood toward one another. The United States. The “ Union ChréChurch of England took part in the tienne," a Paris paper, informs us that investigation, and convocation met Father Agapius Honcharenko is a at Canterbury in 1863, appointing a deacon of the Russian Church who commission whose duty it should be to was ordained priest by a bishop of have an understanding with the Epis- the Greek Church, which ordination copal Church in America and co-ope- was irregular; and that F. Agapius acted rate with her. In the month of Feb- without any authority from the Rusruary, 1865, this commission presented sian Church; and lastly, that he was their report before convocation at associated with M. Alexander Herzen Canterbury. The American com- at London and took part in the publimittee published a series of works cation of the “ Kolokol" (the “ Clock”). designed to prepare the way for union This last fact is of a character to by making known the dogmas and make a deep impression upon the rites of the Greco-Russian Church. members of the synod of St. Petersburg, The English commission formed an but it is not so clear that it exercised association whose object it was to the same influence upon the mind of make the Oriental churches known to the Americans. The “Union ChréEnglishmen, and in turn to make the tienne" appears to think that when this Anglican Church understood by the valuable information about Agapius Christians of the East. The Angli- Honcharenko reaches New York, can archbishop of Dublin, many other the Episcopal Church will have nothbishops of the same church, and the ing more to do with him. This is
possible, but as yet it is mere conjecture. However this may be, this little incident is not calculated to kin
# There is some mistake here. Dr. Kip is the Protestant Bishop of California.-ED. C. W.
dle in the synod of Russia any great and the schismatical churches of the zeal for the proposed reunion.
East, and that for his own part he The “ Den" (Day), a periodical would not hesitate to express in warm in Moscow, has also an account of the terms his gratitude to the Protestants celebration of this mass in New York, for their profitable investigations rein its fourteenth number, 1865. Evi- garding the Greek Church. In fine, dently the Moscovite journal has none it is possible that Monsignor Michel of the information as to this individual, might allow himself to be induced to P. Honcharenko, which was given by take up again, in an underhand the “Union Chrétienne;" but it makes way, the scheme of Cyril Lucar. up for this by the important fact that This is no small undertaking. Before although this priest may have receiv- it is possible to blend these two ed no mission from the Russian churches into one, a perfect underChurch, he was endowed witu at least standing must be had on a great numequal power and authorization by the ber of points which are of the highest metropolitan of Athens and the synod importance. It will suffice to menof the kingdom of Greece, which tion such, e. g., as the mass, the sacrais easy of explanation, since from ments, the procession of the Holy Athens he embarked for America. Ghost, devotion to the Blessed Virgin
The April number, 1865, of the and the saints, and the honor to be “Otetchestrennyja Sapiski,” or “Pa- paid to relics and images. In addition triotic Annals," also speaks of the to these must be settled the quesattempt at reunion, and it repeats tion as to the validity of the Anglican the conditions proposed by the theolo- orders. As to Monsignor Michel pergians of the Epicopal churches of sonally, he would have an additional England and America. These condi- difficulty to contend with. Everybody tions no doubt constitute matter of knows that the people of Servia have much interest, but as we have not very little sympathy with the people of been able to procure this number of England, and they would undoubtedly the St. Petersburg review, we can say manifest very little inclination to nothing about them.
follow their metropolitan should he On the whole, up to the present try to induce them to do so. time but one bishop of the Oriental It must be admitted, however, that schismatic church has shown himself the endeavor to reunite the two favorable to this project, viz., Monsig- churches has far more hope of sucnor Michel, archbishop of Belgrade, or, cess in the nineteenth than it had rather, metropolitan of Servia, under either in the sixteenth or seventeenth which title he presides over the church centuries. On the one hand, the in Servia. This prelate made his the teaching of the Puseyites has spread ological studies at Kief, has held the widely among the Anglican clergy. see of Belgrade since 1859, and is Men of distinction who have made not yet forty years of age. Those their studies at Oxford and Cambridge persons whose privilege it has been to are beginning more and more to sushave access to him, represent him pect that apostolicity is an essential as a man of a high order of intelli- note of the church of Jesus Christ, gence, very pleasing and attractive in and that it is very difficult to discover his personal appearance, dignified in this in a church which dates only from his manners, and very exemplary in the time of Henry VIII.; they his life. If one may rely upon the testi- are gradually giving up the principle mony of Protestant travellers who of private judgment, and are learning have been in communication with him, to appreciate more and more the it would appear that he has shown value of tradition, of the fathers, and himselt very favorable to a reconcilia- of the general councils of the Church. uon between the Church of England On the other hand, adherence to orthodoxy has, in the East, lost some- for the people of the East in any what of its deep, sincere, and in- point of view, least of all on the side flexible character. Some years since of externals, and that the difficulty of we had occasion to show, in the making Protestants of the people of pages of this review, that in her theo- the East would be very great; still, logical teaching the Russian Church one must not conclude from this that had been materially affected by Prot- it would be impossible to bring about estant influence. This is no longer a certain kind of union; that an arso in our own day, if we may judge rangement might not be made which by the public writings of the Russian would introduce a different spirit into bishops, and there has been a very the schismatical churches of the East general return to doctrines much while they yet preserved their extermore in harmony with the traditions nal form. I grant you the liturgy of of the churches of the East. But at the East, eminently dogmatical as it the same time one must admit that ra- is, would contrast most singularly with tionalism and infidelity have made Protestant notions ; but remember, we fearful ravages in the East as well as are not now speaking of Protestantin the West. Talk with young men ism in its pure development, but of the from Russia, Greece, Romania, and Anglican phase of it, and of AngliServia who have made their studies canism leavened by Puseyism. in either Russian or German univer- In conclusion, I have no faith mysities, who have attended the course self in this attempt; but still a person of lectures given by professors from would have a false idea of the state either Athens or Paris, and you will of the case who should regard the see how feeble, cold, and warering move as a purely fanciful one, and their faith has become. The result one unworthy the attention of serioushas been a prevailing atmosphere, minded men. both intellectual and moral, which But, now, supposing this effort enervates the firmness of convictions, should be successful, have we Cathoand generates a certain laxity in one's lics any cause for alarm ? I think hold on the teachings of the faith. rather the contrary. The Church of People have become more ready to England is as clearly wanting in aposconform to public opinion, and I tolicity as the Greek Church is in should be greatly surprised if an at- catholicity. The one has need to tempt similar to that made by Cyril link herself on to the chain of past Lucar should find in the East of time; the other to extend her boundto-day an equally universal and aries, that she may no longer feel herprompt condemnation.
self to be enclosed within a part of Moreover, the working of Protestant the world ; that she may not have the missions in the East has not been so appearance of identifying herself with completely unsuccessful as many per- only a few of the many races of men. sons are pleased to report. As a gen- Even admitting that by means of this eral thing Protestant missionaries are alliance the English could congratumen of intelligence, education, and late themselves upon having won back good breeding ; they make a thorough their title to apostolicity, and the study of the country in which they re- Greeks in turn theirs to catholicity, side; they erect schools and printing the need of unity would be felt all the presses, and put in circulation a large more, which neither can ever attain to, number of books. It is impossible to apart from that rock upon which our admit that all this can be absolutely Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has without effect. These schools and built his Church, and against which those books must be the germ of an the gates of hell shall never prevail. influence which time cannot fail to de
J. GAGARIN.* velop. I am very well assured that * F. Gagarin is a Russian prince, a convert From The Sixpenny Magazine.
from the Greek schism, and a member of the Protestantism has very few attractions Socie
Society of Jesus.-ED.
WHEN the lessons and tasks are all ended,
And the school for the day is dismisseri, The little ones gather around me
To bid me “good night," and be kissed.
My neck in their tender embrace;
Shedding sunshine of love on my face.
And when they are gone, I sit dreaming
Of my childhood—too lovely to lastOf joy that my heart will remember
While it wakes to the pulse of the past :
A partner of sorrow and sin,
And the glory of gladness within.
I ask not a life for the dear ones
All radiant, as others have done;
To temper the glare of the sun;
But my prayer would bound back to myself: Ah, a seraph may pray for a sinner, .
But a sinner must pray for himself.
I shall leave the old house in the autumn,
To traverse its threshold no more; Ah! how I shall sigh for the dear ones
That meet me each morn at the door ; I shall miss the “ good-nights" and the kisses,
And the gush of their innocent glee; The group on the green, and the flowers
That are brought every morning for me.
From The Lamp.
ALL-HALLOW EVE; OR, THE TEST OF FUTURITY.
BY ROBERT CURTIS.
plates with a piping hot potato-cake,
a thing of which her father was parThe next morning Winny present. ticularly fond, and which she often ed herself at the breakfast-table, look, gave him; but this one had a few ing more attractive and more tidily carraway-seeds through it, and was dressed, her rich glossy hair better supposed to be better than usual. brushed and smoothed down more Then she had a couple of slices of carefully than was usual at that hour nice thin bacon fried with an egg, of the day. Her daily custom, like which she knew he liked too. All ail other country girls who had house this was prepared, and waiting for her hold concerns to look after, was not father, whose fatigue of the day beto “ tidy herself up” until they had fore had caused him to sleep over-long. been completed. She was not igno- While waiting for him, it struck rant, however, of the great advantage Winny that he must think such prewhich personal neatness added to parations out of the common, and perbeauty gave a young girl who had haps done for a purpose. Upon rea cause to plead. And although the flection she was almost sorry she had man upon whom she might have to not confined her embellishments to her throw herself for mercy was her father, own personal appearance, and ever she was not slow on this occasion to that, she began to feel, might have claim their advocacy for what they been as well let alone also. But she had might be worth. But she had also little time now for reflection, for she prayed to God to guide her in all her heard her father's step, as lie came replies to the parent whom she was down stairs. bound to honor and obey, as well as to she met him at the door, opening love. She had not contented herself it for him. with having set out her own appear- “Good morrow, father,” she said; ance to the best advantage, but she “how do you find yourself to-day? I had also set out the breakfast-table in hope you rested well after your long the same way. The old blue-and- walk yesterday." white teapot had been left on the After a while I did, Winny ; but dresser, and a dark-brown one, with a the tea you made was very strong, an' figured plated lid, taken out of the I didn't sleep for a long time after I cupboard of Sunday china. Two cups went to bed.” and saucers, and plates “ to match,” “Well, “ a hair of the hound, you with two real ivory-hafted knives laid know, father dear. I have a good beside them. There was also some cup for you now, too ; it will not do white broken sugar in a glass bowl, you any harm in the morning when which Winny had won in a lottery at you have the whole day before you. Carrick-on-Shannon from a “ bazaar- And I have a nice potato-cake for you, man." There was nothing extraordi- for I know you like it.” nary in all this for persons of their “ Troth I b’lieve you have, Winny; means, though, to tell the truth, it was an' I smell the carraways that I like. not the every-day paraphernalia of But, Winny, sure the ould blue teatheir breakfast-table. Wiany had not pot's not broken, is it?" been idle either in furnishing the “No, father; but I was busy with