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MODE OF BAPTISM AMONG THE ARME
Holy Ghost, that his grace should be upon
thee !'-2d. On the eyes of the child, say. olsFrom the journal of the Rev. Joseph || and that thou mayest never slumber the
ing, Oh! that thy eyes may be opened, Wolf
, the agent of the London Society sleep of eternal death!'.-30. He anoints Dugo
for promoting Christianity among the the ear of the child, saying, "Oh! that
Jews, we extract the following interesting thou mayest hear the commands of our via particulars relative to the mode of baptism | Saviour and the Gospel ??-4th. He anoints among the Armenians :
the nose of the child, saying, Oh! that Mr. W. proposed a series of questions it may be a savour to you of the world to to the Bishop of that persuasion, resident | come!'-5th. He anoints the mouth of at Bassorah, on the borders of Persia. In the child, saying, 'Oh! that every evil
answer to the question, “ What is their conversation may be banished out of the ghts manner of baptism ?” the Bishop replied: | mouth.'—6th. He anoints the hands of the
-"The godfather takes the child, and child, saying, 'Oh! that thy hands may stands at the door of the church. The be always prone to do good!'-7th. He priest cometh, and asks, · What do you anoints the child upon the heart, and wish ?' The godfather says, “I wish the saith, 'Oh! that the Holy Spirit may be child to be baptized.?—Priest, (prays and put into thy heart, and give thee a new says), 'Do you believe in the glorious heart.'—8th. He anoints the back, and Trinity ?'-Godfather. Yes, I myself saith, ‘By this seal of the Holy Ghost
and the child do believe in the glorious mayest thou be kept from the insidious her Trinity, God, Father, Son, and Holy | assaults of the devil!' and lastly, he the Ghost; one of those three is Christ, the | anoints the feet of the child, saying, 'Oh! the
true son of God, and our Saviour, born of that thou mayest walk in the best road the Virgin Mar
by the Holy Ghost, born leading to life everlasting.'-The child after nine months, whom we believe to be wears for three days a white shirt and a perfect man and perfect God. He preach-coat of white and red colour, indicating ed in the world, and suffered all the pains the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ; of the Cross, was crucified, died, and some drops of the consecrated wine are was buried for the sake of our in-dwelling given to the child." sin; and by this he saved us from the power of the devil, and after three days he rose again, and then ascended upwards towards heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the quick and the
Our readers will rejoice to hear that the of dead. Then they enter the church near the Apocryphal Controversy is at length teroh water. The priest prays over the water, || minated. The following circular, con
and puts three drops of the holy oil into | taining this gratifying information, has
London, November 28, 1825.
tee having been solicited, by certain ing to your desire.' Then the priest puts | Members of the Society,and also by many the child into the water, and washeth the of the Committees of its Auxiliaries, to head with three handfuls of water, and the propriety of affording aid, from the prays, and saith, I baptize thee in the Funds of this Institution, to the circulation name, &c. and then dips the child three of Foreign Editions of the Scriptures, times in the water, and names the child, which contain the Apocrypha; the suband then gives it to the godfather, and | ject was referred to a special Committee, says thus : Christ having been baptized appointed for that purpose ; from which, in the river Jordan, the heavens were as well as from the General Committee, opened, and the Holy Ghost descended it has received the most mature consideraupon him like a dove.'--Then the priest | tion. The result we are instructed to prays again, and anoints with ointment, transmit to you in the subjoined Resolu1st. The forehead of the child, saying, | tion. 'The holy oil put on thy face, may it be It is our fervent prayer, that the harto thee a seal of the Father, Son, and I mony which has hitlerto subsisted among
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
NEWTON THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIOX.
the Members and Friends of this Institu- | date of the Report, January 1825, was tion, both at home and abroad, may be fifty-four, viz. ten native Hindoos, of preserved to the latest age; and that the whom eight are Brahmuns, one MussulSociety may long continue to prove a man, three Garrow youths, and forty nablessing to the Christian Church, and || tive Christians. Two new Professors also to the world at large. We have the have been employed, Mr. Albrecht, from honour to remain, dear Sir, your faithful the Missionary Seminary at Basle, Switand obedient Servants,
zerland, and the Rev. Mr. Swan, from ANDREW BRANDRAM,
the Academy at Bristol, England. ProJoseph Hughes, Sec's.
fessor Mack delivers lectures on some of C. F. A. STEINKOPFF,
the natural sciences, which are indiscrim
inately open to all nations, without ref. British and Foreign Bible Society. erence to religious tenets. As the system
Nov. 21, 1825.
of Hindoo polytheism is in a great meas
ure built on fallacious principles respectAt a meeting of the Committee, sum
ing natural science, such lectures, if able moned for the purpose of receiving the and judicious, will be found extensively Report of the Special Committee, ap- | useful in a religious as well as a philopointed on the 1st of August, to consider | sophical point of view. The improve The proceedings and communications on
on the College buildings and the subject of the Apocrypha :- The Re: I grounds have been considerable..Star. port of the Special Committee was read and received.
The Committee, in accordance with the spirit of the recommendation in the Report of the Special Committee, adopted the following resolution ; viz.--- That the Funds of the Society be applied to the Our readers will be pleased to learn, printing and circulation of the Canonical that this interesting Seminary has been Books, of Scripture, to the exclusion of those Books and parts of Books, which legally incorporated. The following pow. are usually termed Apocryphal; and that ers were granted at the last session of the all copies printed, either entirely or in
legislature. part, at the expense of the Society,, and whether such copies consist of the whole,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. or of any one or more of such Books, be invariably issued bound; no other Books In the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hun. whatever being bound with them; and,
dred and twenty-six. further, that all money grants to Societies || An Act to INCORPORATE THE NEWTON or individuals be made only in conformity
THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTION. with the principle of this regulation.”
Sec.1. Be it enacted by the Senate At a meeting of the Committee, speci. Court assembled, and by the authority of
and House of Representatives in General ally summoned to confirm the proceed the same, That 'there be, and hereby is ings of the last meeting; the Right Hon. | established in the Town of Newton and Lord Teignmouth, President, in the chair; || in the County of Middlesex, an Institution the minutes of the last meeting were read for the purpose of educating pious young and confirmed.
men for the gospel ministry, in such manExtracted from the minutes,
ner as the Trustees for the time being JOSEPH TARN, shall direct; and that Joseph Grafton, Assistant Secretary.
Lucius Bolles, Daniel Sharp, Jonathan
Going, Bela Jacobs, Ebenezer Nelson, We are informed, that since the above | Francis Wayland, jun. Henry Jackson, circular was issued, the Committee have Ensign Lincoln, Jonathan Bachellor, and received many letters from Auxiliary So- | Nathaniel R. Cobb be nominated and apcieties, expressing the satisfaction with pointed Trustees, and they are hereby inwhich the decision has been received.
corporated into a body politic, by the name of the Trustees of the Newton The ological Institution, and they and their successors shall be and continue a body politic by that name forever.
Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That all We have received the Fifth Report of lands, monies or other property, heretofore Serampore College. It contains nothing | given or subscribed for the purpose of of great interest, except the statement of erecting of establishing an Institution as some facts, which indicate that the Insti- || aforesaid, or which shall hereafter be givtution is advancing in reputation and util- en, granted or assigned to the said Trusity. The number of the students at the l' tees, shall be confirmed to the said Trus- .
tees, and to their successors in that trust said seal, and delivered and acknowledged forever, for the uses which in such instru. || by the Treasurer of said Trustees by their ment shall be expressed: and the said | order, shall be good and valid in law ; Trustees shall be capable of having, hold- and said Trustees may sue and be sued ing and taking in fee simple, by gift, grant, in all actions, and prosecute and defend devise or otherwise, any lands, tenements, the same to final judgment and execution, and other estate, real or personal: Provi- | by the name of the Trustees of the Newton ded the annual income of the same shall Theological Institution. not exceed the sum of twenty thousand Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, Thai dollars; and shall apply the profits there- || the number of said Trustees shall never of so, as most effectually, to promote the exceed twenty-five, nor be less than nine ; designs of the Institution.
and one third of the existing number of Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That | Trustees shall be necessary to constitute the said Trustees for the time being shall a quorum for doing business; but a less be the Governors of said Institution, shall number may from time to time adjourn have full power from time to time to elect until a quorum can be constituted. such officers thereof as they shall judge Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That necessary and convenient, and fix the Lucius Bolles and Daniel Sharp be and tenure of their respective offices; to re they are hereby authorized and empowmove from office, any Trustee, when from | ered to fix the time and place for holding age or otherwise he shall become incapa- | the first meeting of the Trustees, and to ble of discharging the duties of his office, | notify them thereof, by serving each of or when in the judgment of a majority of them with personal notice six days before the Trustees, he is an improper person to the time appointed for the first meeting. hold such office; to fill all vacancies that may happen in the Board of Trustees ; to
In House of Representatives, Feb. determine the time and place for holding 20, 1826.
This Bill having had three their meetings; the manner of notifying several readings, passed to be enacted. the Trustees; the method of electing
Timothy FULLER, Speaker. members of the Board ; to elect instruct. ers and prescribe their duties ; to make | having had two several readings, passed
In Senate, Feb. 21, 1826. This Bill all such rules and regulations, as they may
to be enacted. from time to time consider expedient for the management of the Institution, provi NATHANIEL SILSBEE, President. ded the same be not repugnant to the laws | Feb. 22, 1826. of this Commonwealth.
Approved, Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Trustees of said Institution
LEVI LINCOLN. may
have a common seal, which they may change
A true Copy, at pleasure ; and all deeds sealed with Att. EDWARD D. BANGS, Secr’y.
Miss ELIZA LINCOLN. Died in this city, July 7, 1825, Miss her from this pleasing but melancholy Eliza LINCOLN, eldest sister of Heman duty, she devoted herself exclusively to Lincoln, Esq. in the forty-fifth year of her labours of benevolence. Denying herself age.
of every superfluity, that she might adIn the personal history of a secluded minister to the wants of the poor, overfemale, it cannot be expected that many || coming her natural diffidence, which was events should occur which could interest distressing almost to a fault, she visited a bustling and out-of-doors world. It is, | constantly the Almshouse, House of Corhowever, proper to remark concerning the rection, and the abodes of suffering subject of this notice, that her mother be wretchedness in every part of the city ; ing always in feeble health, on her, the and in the hovels of poverty, and by the eldest sister, the principal care of the fam- | bedside of age and infirmity, a great ily devolved; and to the discharge of the part of her time during the last years of complicated duties of sister and daughter, || her life was consumed. the whole of her youth was devoted. No In very early years she had been made sooner were her sisters grown beyond the a subject of divine grace. She frequently want of her immediate attention, than the said, that she did not recollect the time increasing illness of her mother confined when she was not in the habit of secret her for several years to the bedside of an prayer. At the age of three or four years, afflicted parent. After death had relieved / she seems to have had real convictions of
the evil of sin, and remembered at that tion with its accomplishment. She sought early age to have longed sincerely to be out the most obscure and the most friend. prepared for heaven.
less, as the objects of her benevolence. At the age of 13, she made a public || And her charity was not confined to ad. profession of religion, her attention hav- | vice and consolation. She knew that ing been particularly devoted to this sub- || these were most likely to take effect when ject by reading Henry on Communion. | accompanied by a token of good will, At this time, as sbe afterwards remarked, || which would leave her motives without she had no doubt that her heart had been the shadow of ambiguity. Hence in visreuewed; but her views of sin were much | iting the poor and the irreligious, she was fainter, and her consolations in piety much in the habit of leaving thema little presents less animating, than at a subsequent period of clothing, of medicine, or of food, that
In the early part of her life, she seems thus she might allure them to think fanot to have enjoyed the consolations of || vourably of religion, and hearken to the religion in so great a degree as many who admonition which told them of a better have been eminent for piety. For seve world. ral years, her attention was particularly And in these visits she generally went directed to the native sinfulness of her || alone. In this she consulted her own heart, and the spotless purity of the law feelings, and her deliberate opinions upon of God. These views, though distressing the nature of benevolence. Her natural and self-abasing, were of peculiar use in diffidence was so great, that she rarely the formation of her Christian character. || took part in a mixed conversation. NothIt was hence she derived that deep ac- ling but a conviction of duty could have quaintance with the human heart for nerved her with resolution to enter the which she was so much remarked; hence houses of the poor, to converse with them also sprung her unfeigned humility, and upon religious subjects. But while thus hence did her faith learn habitually to flee || doing what she believed to be her duty, to, and to trust in, the blood of that atone she chose to do it in that manner which ment, which cleanseth from all sin. She should expose her to the least embarrasshad tried the efficacy of the cross of ment from this, which she considered, the Christ so frequently when burdened with natural weakness of her character. Beguilt, that she knew always where to go | sides, she conceived that the charity of for pardon and for peace; and hence her the gospel was distinguished from that of later years were marked with calm seren the world by nothing more than its averity and unwavering assurance of her in- sion to publicity. So jealous was she of terest in Christ.
her own heart, and so fearful lest selfishFor nothing was she more remarkable ness should mingle itself with her deeds through life, than for her conscientious of mercy, that she dared not expose herdischarge of the duties of secret devotion. self even to the admiration of her friends. We have already mentioned that she She desired to acquire the habit of acting could not remember when she commenced for the day of judgment, and to exclude this practice. With every year, she spent from influence upon herself, as much as a greater and greater portion of her time || possible, every principle derived from in. in her closet. And when in youth the in- || ferior and sublunary considerations. Actcessant labours of the day had allowed ing from these motives, even her nearest her no time for retirement, she was fre- relatives were never, until after her death, quently known to arise at midnight, and fully apprised of the extent of her charipour out her soul before God. In her last ties. It was not until the widows and the illness, when asked why she had spent so orphans, whom she had relieved by her long a time in secret prayer, she said, “I self-denying liberality, were mourning have generally tried to pray till I felt over their loss, and showing the coats enough to weep. If I have felt much, I and the garments which she had made have wept much. In pleading with the while she was with them,” that it was blessed Saviour to grant me communion known how wide had been the range of with him, I have been most led to use her benevolence. the strong language of solemn entreaty." The Christian reader will doubtless be
We have mentioned that the latter part solicitous to know somewhat more conof Miss Lincoln's life was spent almost cerning the peculiar type of the piety of entirely in the active duties of charity. I one, whose actions exhibited so much of But it is proper to remark, that hers was the spirit of Christ. We are happy to a charity as disinterested and self-denying have it in our power to gratify this solicias it is rare. Her opinion of her own tal- tude. Miss Lincoln left some brief notient for usefulness was singularly low. ces of the state of her religious feeling at Hence she relinquished those walks of different times, from which we will now benevolence in which distinction may be make a few extracts. acquired; she even retired from the active In the following, under the date of May management of those institutions where a 2d, 1814, every Christian will recognise multitude of names gives eclat to a plan, the most affecting exhibition of deep conand public observation associates reputa- litrition and penitence.
"May 2. O my soul, what shall I do ? ,itude the great goodness of the Lord 10 I have been for many weeks exceedingly | me, that in this time of trouble I have stupid. Omy soul, dost thou know what been kept from utterly sinking. This it is to feel peace in believing? I greatly sister, that has been removed, was so exfear I have been deceiving myself. My | ceedingly dear, I knew not how to live heart is harder than a rock. I cannot without her. But Thou hast kept me pray. Mine iniquities have separated be- from perishing in my affliction. Thou twoen me and my God. I fear I have | bast always been better to me than my sinned away all my mercies. O what an fears. And O how unspeakablo a blessevil and bitter thing is sin! and yet when || ing, to have so good a hope ; a hope my mind is so dark as it has been for a worth thousands of worlds. I have not a long time, I have no power to resist it. doubt, that whilst I am groaning away In this distressing condition I am, and my time in sin and sorrow, her happy must remain, until an Almighty arm is spirit is with Jesus, singing, redeeming stretched out for my help: O Friend of love. And can I wish her back again? friendless sinuers, wilt Thou pity me? || O no! O that I could be a follower of Wilt Thou help me? O leave me not in her, who through faith and patience inthis deplorable condition, I humble pray herited the promises." Thee. If thou dost, I am lost forever. “ March, 1821. I think I have felt of I cry unto thee, Lord; save, or I perish. | late something of that peace which God 0
may I never forget what I suffer, by my | only can give. I have sensibly felt my great folly and wickedness, in departing soul thirsting and longing for God, for the from thee. May I never forget what I enjoyment of his presence, for real com, have suffered this evening; the darkness, munion with him. I think the language the grief, and the awful fears that I have of my heart has been, O Lord, if I may sinned away all thy mercies. May I nev not enjoy thy presence, şuffer me not to er again think lightly of sin. May I be enjoy any thing; but may I go mourning enabled in future to watch and strive for Thee to the grave.” against it more successfully. In doing “ April 20. Sabbath day. I have had this, I beg that Thou, O God, wouldst some happy reflections to-day of the strengthen me; and I here take this pa- blessed Saviour in his rising from the per to witness against me, if ever I break grave, and most gloriously triumphing not these resolutions."
only over the powers of darkness, but “ Sept. 27. My heart continues exceed over death and the grave, so that to those ingly hard; and I am so stupid, that i who now believe on him, death is gain. have reason to fear that I am indeed dead | O blessed, forever blessed be thy name, in sin. But I cannot yet give up all hope. dearest Saviour, for what Thou hast done 0 Thou, who hast promised that him that and suffered, that poor wretched sinners cometh unto Thee, Thou wilt in no wise may live.” cast out, help me to come ; for without August. Although I have been for a Thee I can do nothing.
long time exceedingly stupid, yet I have .“ I have lately been reading the life of now some comfort in praying for others, Mr. B. who says, that in the time of temp even when I cannot pray for myself; and tation he was glad to lay hold on a prom,
I have also some comfort in the belief ise to keep him from sinking. He had that my soul is united to the blessed Reonce been afraid to take any comfort from deemer; and that although, by reason of a promise, unless he could feel it applied the great weakness of my faith, I take to himself; but in time of distress, like a faint hold on him, yet that he takes strong person that was drowning, he was glad of and unconquerable hold upon my soul. any thing to uphold him from despair. || Forever blessed be his name for the com. This I think I have of late in some de- || fort which I trust he has given me. O gree felt. How long was I in so stupid may I live entirely to him." a situation, that not one of all the prec Sept. 12. I think I can truly say, that ious promises was any comfort to me, be- || I have felt this morning a most eamest cause I thought they were not for me. desire to give myself away entirely to the But in my distress, when I knew not what | Lord, to be his wholly, unreservedly, and to do, when I looked on the right hand forever; praying that my time, my tal. and on the left, but no man could help | ents, my influence over others, and all me, then, O my soul, did not the precious that I am and have, may be entirely de. promises keep thee from sinking! I had || voted to his service. Having thus given 90 where else to go, and necessity drove myself away, may I never forget that I me to thy word, O my God. But, O my am under everlasting obligations to be the soul, where art thou now? O how hast Lord's. O Lord, help me. I do most hum. thou forsaken the Fountain of living wa- bly entreat Thee, help the weakest and ters, and hast been following after lying vilest of all thy children. I know that vanities. O may I now repent, and return
without Thee I can do nothing; but un. to Thee, my God, with all my heart.”. less Thou keep me, I shall forget all these
Under the date of May 5, after mention- desires and resolutions. But I do most ing the death of a very dear sister, she earnestly beg and pray that Thou, O writesomas I desire to remember with grat." blessed Saviour, wilt keep me.”