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HAPPY NEW YEAR. | have been unfulfilled; but renewed promises M E Home Journal sends the greetings
from some of the best men of the Church,
and of whom the Church may well be proud, 1 of the New Year, to its patrons. It
w fondly cherishes the hope that during the
give additional means for promises of amendyear upon which they have entered, Hea
ment on the part of the Ilome Journal itself. yen's richest blessings may rest upon them.
Henceforth, therefore, no effort shall be It utters also the language of sincerity,
spared to render the Home Journal a pleawhen the desire is expressed that the friend- sant companion, and one whose periodical ship of the past may be continued in the
visits shall be anticipated both by young future. As the beginning of the New and old with gladness; and this, notwithYear is the turning over of a fresh page
standing past remissness, our renders may in the book of life, the Home Journal expect. desires to review what has been written
Now having honestly confessed its own upon the pages of its past existence, that
faults, the Home Journal hopes it will not it may clearly ascertain what defects can
be taken amiss if it inquires of its patrons be remedied and what improvements for whether there are no delinquencies of the future be made, in order that nothing which they have been guilty, and which but what is beautiful and good may be
should be redressed by them also, and written during the coming year, upon that humbly submi
humbly submits the following questions : page as yet untouched and unsullied.
IIow can a Journal, even though its editLamenting the former tardiness of its ors are faithful and laborious, be expected monthly visits and the fact that resort has to have its pages furnished with original been had too frequently to articles taken articles, rich, racy and brilliant, when from the well cultivated gardens of others those who have promised their assistance instead of supplying them with that origi- are, when “weigbed in the balance found nal matter which was faithfully promised, wanting?” How can even the life which it hopes to do better for the future, and is it does possess, be longer retained, when so determined to do it. The main cause of many whose names are on the subscription this dependence upon foreign material has | list seem totally unconscious of those been the failure upon the part of many Scriptural injunctions, “Owe no man anypromised contributors to supply it regular-thing,” and “Pay that thou owest ?” How ly with matter, shall it not say Lutheran too, can it go forth cheerfully and merrily matter, that would adorn its pages and in. when it feels, that by many it will only be terest its readers. Many of these pledges rigidly scrutinized for the purpose of being
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condemned, who, for an unintentional | trons, who with all its faults have still adword or expression will accuse it of heresy hered to it, and who, amid every discourand then sternly forbid its future visits, | agement have nobly cheered and sustained without even thanking it for any past en- it.
L. joyment given, or remunerating it for services already rendered? The Ilome Jour
LUTHER. nal disclaims all intention of offending any, and has only addressed these simple
A continuation of promiscuous paragraphs from Archquestions to the guilty, in order that an deacon Hare's “Vindication of Luther.” opportunity might be given to test their courage by honorably acknowledging their
BY REV. M. SHEELEIGH. errors and the sincerity of that acknow- THE best vindication of Luther is, inledgment by a proper atonement in the 1 deed, that supplied by his own works, shape of a dollar a year henceforth and the — by the volumes which he sent forth duprompt payment of all money due. The ring thirty years, at one period almost like Home Journal flatters itself that by a pro- flights of birds, in assertion of God's truth, per patronage, it will be able to make its and to destroy the strongholds of falsefuture career more productive of good than hood,—and still more by that which he was its past, and now earnestly looks to its pa- enabled in God's strength to write on the trons for an increased and more efficient page of history, and on the hearts of his support. It believes that by a little effort, countrymen, and of so large a portion of all indebtedness to it can be removed, and Christ's Church. Hence, the most satisthe Journal placed upon such a basis, as factory apology for him is his life, the fullest its want in the Church demands. That a and most faithful record of it. Such apolperiodical like the Journal is needed for ogies are found in several books written of our homes and firesides, none will dispute. late years, both of English growth, and Its mission is emphatically a loving and exotics which have been naturalized. It peaceful one. It comes as much to cheer is the intense interest of Luther's character as to instruct, to scatter the flowers of in- | that has given such wide popularity in nocence and hope around the pathway to England to D’Aubigne’s History of the the tomb, and allure by that which is beau- Reformation, notwithstanding the great tiful and true and good to a happier and vices of its style and manner.—p. 7. better world beyond! It trenches not upon This deep interest in the education of the ground of the weekly press, or the the people, abode with Luther through life, Quarterly Review: they have their appro- and is continually expressed; nor did he priate work, and in that work let all wish erer shrink from exhorting and expostuthem God speed. They are the tillers of lating with the princes and nobles, to prethe soil, the Home Journal seeks to beau- vail on them to fulfill their sacred duty in tify it. Let their's be the golden grain this matter.—p. 71. and the ripened fruit, whilst the latter is His intense love of truth revolts those content with the sunshine that gladdens who dally with truth, and play tricks with the harvest and cheers the “Home circle,” it, until they cease to discern the distincboth useful in their spheres and both as- tion between truth and falsehood. His sisting to form one glorious whole. With straight-forwardness finds no sympathy in an earnest desire, therefore, to please, and those who walk in crooked ways. His an equally earnest expectation of being hunger and thirst after that which is spirithenceforth better appreciated, the Home ual, and his comparative indifference about Journal enters upon another year of its ex- outward forms, are mortal offences to those istence. May its every wish be realized, with whom forms, institutions, rites, ordias well as the wishes of those of its pa- | nances are the main thing, and almost
everything. Hence the contest about Lu-, lose the reality in the form, in the symbol, ther's character now has a peculiar interest in the outward work, in the outward ordiand importance.- p. 74.
nance: and this superstition was pervading The blind admiration for the Fathers, | the whole Church, from the crown of the the servile deference to their authority, head to the sole of the foot, when Luther have wrought much harm in former ages, arose to call it back from the worship of and are no less mischievous now. In Cole- forms to the worship of realities. It was ridge's Remains we find several instances because he saw hardly anything but shadnoted of the injury done to our divines of ows and masks and empty forms, the the seventeenth century, by their exagge
spawn of the limbo of vanities, moving to rated reverence for the Fathers; he remarks,
and fro in the death dance around him,“Luther was too spiritual, of too heroic because the spirit of life had slipped away faith, to be thus blinded by the declama-l from institutions and ordinances, which tions of the Fathers.”—p. 80.
may once have bad life and meaning and If it was Luther's fate that his name a practical purpose, but which were now should be borne by a large branch of the become purposeless and hollow and cavernChurch, even though it should be falselyous for all manner of evil lusts to revel deemed heretical or schismatical, is not a in,--and because, when, in his yearning school. Seeing too that the name was after realities, he threw his arms around originally imposed on his followers by their these hollow forms, they crumbled to dust adversaries,-seeing that it was a great in his fervent embrace, because he could trouble and grief to him, which he often not bear to live in a world of shadows expresses, to hear his name attached to and fictions, amid a swarm of “unreal those who ought to bear no name save that mockeries,”--because he felt through all of their crucified Lord,-seeing that from the depths of his heart and soul and mind, first to last his desire was ever to decrease, that God and Christ and Salvation and and that his beloved Master might in-Grace and Holiness and Righteousness are crease,--the name may so far be accepted, not words and shadows, but realities,-as a testimony to all generations that Lu- while at the same time he felt no less ther was the man of God, sent with the strongly that Sin and Evil and Condemnapower and spirit of Elijah to cast down the tion and Hell are also terrible realities, altars of Baal, and to re-establish the true which have thrust their iron fangs through spiritual worship of the Father, in hearts | our hearts,-it was because of this yearning reconciled to Him by the Incarnation and after realities, and of his deep conviction Sacrifice of His Only-begotten Son. of this twofold reality, that, as one shadow p. 84.
after another revealed its hollowness to You can hardly read a prayer of Luther, him, he bade it avaunt and vanish.-pp. either in the four folio volumes of his Latin 89, 90. works, or the twenty-two thick, double- Whatever Lutheranism may be, seeing columned German quartos,-you can hardly it has exercised a vast power over manread a single letter, however slight and kind, its principle or form, the kernel of short, among 2324 in Dr. Wette's Collec- | its true definition, must be something position,-without being impressed with the tive, not something negative, an assertion, conviction that religion with Luther is not not a denial. The assertion will indeed a thing of habit or custom, of convention inyoke a denial, or, it may be many denior tradition, not a thing of times and sea- als; and these will be the limits of the sons, but an intense, vivid reality, which definition: but a No has little power, ungoverns the pulses of his heart and the less it be the rebound of a Yes, the thunmotions of his will.—p. 89.
derclaps following the lightning-flash. Indeed this is superstition, to seek and | Erasmus's No, Voltaire's No, merely awa
kened echoing Noes in the hollow caverns of Hezekiah, surrounded by houses, and of men's hearts, dried up the fountains of supplying the bathing establishment of tears, and turned their smiles into sneers. the Greeks on Patriarch Street, derives its Luther's shook the world, but shook it in supply of water entirely from the Manilla order to steady it. It burst the chains of Pool, outside of Jerusalem, and usually death, to set free the spirit of life.—p. 110. has from two to six feet of water, though
it sometimes becomes entirely exhausted SACRED LOCALITIES. | late in the fall. The water is drawn up V Eintroduce specimen wood-cuts, and to a considerable height, at great expense Vy brief accompanying descriptions, of of labor, by two stout Fellaheen, and sent only a few of the many interesting sacred across the street over a large stone arch to localities that embellish the pages of the supply a bathing establishment; which, “City of the Great King,” for the benefit being lower than the pool, might easily be of the readers of the Journal.* The Pool supplied by a small leaden pipe, acting as
POOL OF HEZEKIAH.
a syphon. But such a device as this, em- tioned by Benjamin of Tudela, in connecanating from Christians, the Simon-pure tion with this same spot. On the capture Moslem spurns.
of Jerusalem by Adrian, they were excluded The “Wailing-PLACE OF THE Jews," from the city and forbid the sight of it, even occupying a space of forty yards, from a from the neighboring hills, till the age of point about one hundred yards north of the Constantine; when they were allowed to southwest corner of the Temple Area, is a enter the city once a year, on the anniverplace of constant resort by the poor Jews, sary day of its captivity by Titus, that they who purchase the right from the Turks to might wail over the ruins of the Temple, approach this boundaryofthe Temple, to wail a privilege purchased then, as now, at the over the desolation of Judah, and implore hands of their oppressors. In the shadow the mercy and forgiveness of God. This ofthe wall, the Jew, with bare feet, will bring touching custom was observed by the Jews his Talmud and Bible, and spend a large as early as the twelfth century, and is men- portion of his declining days at this place; * This splendidly illustrated work is just issued and
questing an early burial with his fathers, in for sale at the Lutheran Publication House, 732 Arch
the mournful valley of Jehoshaphat. The Street. Price, cloth $3 50, morocco $5 00.
women resort here, too, in their long white
robes, and kiss the sacred stones of the Tem- Another very beautiful fountain, similar in ple wall, and insinuating their heads into appearance to the one here represented, the crevices of the wall,offer up their prayers adorns the Lower Pool of Gihon, which, of deep devotion, that may frequently be however, is not dry, as are most of those heard at quite a distance from the place. It within the city. is deeply affecting, thus to see a handful of Leaving the city, with its mosqued domes this people under such circumstances, still and peering minarets, intermingled with identified with the ruins of their Temple, church turrets and a confused mass of terwhose stones in the hands of the conquering raced roofs, and threading our way through Romans, are “poured out on the tops of the narrow streets and thronged bazaars, every street," amid them, yet lifting up we pass under the frowning Hippie Tower, their prayer to that God whoendowed them from whence the blood-stained crescent with the proudest and most exalted nation- | banner of the Moslems now waves, and ality on earth, when the nations around | making our exit through the Jaffa Gate them lay sunk in idolatry.
enjoy the luxury of pure fresh air from the On the western side of the Haram enclo- Mediterranean. sure, numerous fountains, of exquisite Sara- A lively and gay scene here presents cenic architecture, adorn the streets leading itself in the afternoon, when the Frank reto this tabooed locality. Adjoining the sidents come out in mass to "shoon el “House of Dives,” is one of ornate finish, howah,” drink in the wind; which is very that will not fail to attract the eye of the acceptable, in exchange for the heat and traveller, as well as the derout and hyper-confined atmosphere within the walls. On credulous pilgrim, who halts at this spot to effecting a passage through the crowd of cross himself at the bowl of Lazarus, from two-legged and four-legged nondescript which tradition says the “poor man” was animals thronging the gateway, all alike wont to eat, eighteen long centuries back. intent and eager in forcing their way in