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ical worship of the confession of Augsburg, May 17, 1826. Svo. 2s. 6d. Seeley.

FABER Rev. G. S., B. D. The difficulties of Romanism. 8vo. 10s. 6d.

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GARBETT Rev. JOHN, M. A. The Nullity of the Roman Faith, being a practical refutation of the doctrine of Infallibility, in a view of the History and Evidence of the leading tenets of the Church of Rome. Svo. Murray.

A letter to the Right Rev. John Milner upon certain erroneous statements and incorrect quotations respecting the character of eminent Divines of the Church of England, in a book entitled, "The End of Religious Controversy."

GILLEY Rev. WM. STEPHEN, M. A., M. R. S. L. Narrative of an Excursion to the mountains of Piedmont in 1823, and Researches among the Vaudois or Waldenses, &c. with an appendix, containing copies of ancient M.S.S., &c. 4th Edition. 8vo. 18s. Rivingtons. HORNE REV. T. Hartwell, M. A. Romanism contradictory to the Bible, or the peculiar tenets of the Church of Rome as exhibited in her accredited formularies, contrasted with the Holy Scriptures. New Edition. 12mo. 1s. Cadell.

HUNTINGFORD H., L. L. B. Romanist Conversations, or Dialogues between a Romanist and a Protestant. Translated from the original work published at Geneva, 1713. 2d Edition. 18mo. 2s. 6d. Longman.

ISAACSON Rev. Stephen, B. A. Translation of Jewell's Apology, with a memoir of his life and writings, and a preliminary discourse on the doctrine and discipline of the Church of Rome, in reply to some of the opinions of C. Butler, Esq. Addressed to Dr.Southey, on his Book of the Church. 8vo. Hearne. KEARY Rev. WM. An Historical Review of papal and conciliar Infallibility. 12mo. 5s. Hatchard.

Mc. CRIE THOS., D. D. History of the progress and suppression of the Reformation in Italy. 8vo. 10s. 6d. Cadell.

MENDHAM Rev. JOSEPH, M. A. An account of the Indexes both prohibitory and expurgatory, of the Church of Rome. 8vo. 7s. Hatchard.

PHILPOTT Rev. H., D. D. Letters to Charles Butler, Esq. 2d Edition. 8vo. 9s. 6d. Murray.

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Supplemental Letter to Charles Butler, Esq. Svo. 5s. 6d.

RICHARDSON Rev. JAMES, M. A. Popery brought to the test of its own principles: a Review of the Declaration of the Roman Catholic Bishops, &c. 8vo. 5s. Hamilton.

SOUTHEY ROBERT, L. L. D. The Book of the Church. 3d Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. 24s. Murray.

Vindicia Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ. The Book of the Church vindicated and amplified. 8vo. 15s. Murray.

SCOTT JOHN, M. A. History of the Church of Christ, particularly in its Lutheran branch from the diet of Augsburg, A. D. 1530, to the death of Luther, A. D. 1546. Intended as a continuation of Milner's History of the Church of Christ. 8vo. 12s. Seeley.

TODD Rev. HENRY JOHN, M. A., F. S. A. Archbishop Cranmer's Defence of the true Catholic doctrine of the Sacrament of the body and blood of our Saviour Christ, &c., with an Introduction, historical and critical, in illustration of the work; and in vindication of the character of the Author and therewith of the Reformation in England, against some of the allegations which have been recently made by the Rev. Dr. Lingard, Rev. Dr. Milner, and Charles Butler, Esq. 2d Edition, with Notices of Dr. Lingard's and Mr. Butler's remarks on the first Edition. Baldwin.

TOWNSEND Rev. GEO., M. A. The accusations of History against the Church of Rome examined, &c., with a supplementary Letter to Mr. Butler. New Edition. 8vo. 10s. Supplement separate, Svo. 3s. Murray.

Review of a Pamphlet entitled "Declaration of the Catholic Bishops, the Vicars Apostolic, and their Coadjutors in Great Britain"-paragraph by paragraph, to which is added an appeal to the Roman Catholic Laity who signed an Address to their Protestant fellow-countrymen founded upon that Declaration. Svo. London. WHITE REV. JOSEPH BLANCO, M. A., B. D. Practical and Internal Evidence against Catholicism. 8vo. 9s. Murray.

Letter to Charles Butler, Esq., on his Notice of Practical and
Internal Evidence against Catholicism. 8vo. 6s. Murray.
A Letter to Protestants converted from Romanism.
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Poor Man's Preservative against Popery. 4th Edition.
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A correspondent informs us that the Rev. J. Blanco White's “Evidence against Catholicism" has been translated into the German language, and appears in a list of German works published by Treuttel and Wurtz, London.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

ROMISH SUPERSTITIONS.

Coronation of the Image of the
Virgin Mary of the Immaculate
Conception in the Church of
Gesù Vecchio, Naples.

By whatever modified appellation Roman Catholics may chuse to designate the worship they pay to images, its practical tendency on the minds of the lower orders, who cannot enter into such finedrawn distinctions, must be collected from the effect it produces in those countries, where that religion is the only one of which they have any notion. It may, therefore, be interesting to give a short account of the ceremony mentioned in the heading of this article-the quotations which I shall make are from a book given to those admitted to the reserved

seats on that occasion, and containing the prayers, hymns, anthems, &c. prescribed for the occasion.

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"The most Reverend Chapter "of St. Peter, "in Vaticano" is "accustomed to bestow every year, crowns of gold to adorn those 'images of the Blessed Virgin, "which are most celebrated either "for their antiquity, or their pro"digies, or their concourse of "people; for the purpose of con"tinually increasing their worship "("il culto,”) and to excite the "piety and devotion of the faithful "towards the great Mother of "God, &c. &c. in having taken "into consideration the solicitations made to them to grant the crown of gold to the image of the "Immaculate Conception which

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"is venerated ("che si venera") "in the Church, &c. &c.-has "granted the crown of gold, as "well to the said image of the "Blessed Virgin as to that of the "Infant Jesus in her arms, and "has obtained the Apostolic Brief "of the reigning Pontiff Leo xii. "dated this 2nd December, 1826, "not only approving this grant, "but according a plenary indulgence to all the faithful who hav"ing confessed and communicated, "may visit said Church on the day "of said Coronation; the same "brief has appointed as Delegate "to perform said Coronation, the "Cardinal Archbishop of Naples, "&c. and has named the 30th of "this month for this sacred rite!" From the above it is evident, 1st, that there is a worship Culto" paid to images separate from that paid to the persons they represent: and 2nd that there is a "piety and devotion" paid to the Mother of God separate from that paid to God himself: and lastly, that the chapter of the Vatican and the Pope himself, consider this worship of the image, and this devotion to the Virgin of such importance as to deserve the issue of an Apostolic Brief, and the prescription of most solemn observances (as will be seen in the sequel,) which should obtain for the faithful attendants thereon, a plenary indulgence. The book I have mentioned then prescribes, that for three days previous to the coronation, preparation should be made by prayers, sermons, and benedictions in said Church. In the vespers of the evening, a hymn to the Virgin is introduced, which contains the following petitions, Solve vincla reis, Profer lumen cœcis, Mala nostra pelle, Bona cuncta posce, Vitam præsta puram, Iter para tutuin, Ut videntes Jesum, Semper collætemur.

In which it seems to me that she is represented as able "to loose those that are bound"-"to open VOL. I.

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the eyes of the blind"-and to bestow " every good and perfect gift" ("Bona cuncta")-which I have hitherto been taught to believe with the Apostle, can only come from "the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning," James i. 17. -She is also represented as able to bestow on us a holy life, and lead us in the safe way-was it then of her aid the Prophet said, "thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left;"-when he also said "ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold, thou shalt cast them away, thou shalt say unto it get thee hence." (Is. xxx. 21, 22.) After the above hymn, is prescribed the following prayer: Famulorum tuorum, quæsumus Domine, delictis ignosce; ut qui tibi placere de actibus nostris non valemus, Genetricis Filii tui Domini nostri intercessione salvemur." In this prayer it is hard to determine which is considered of most importance, the pardon sought from the mercy of God, or that salvation expected from the intercession of the Virgin-In a subsequent anthem, however, the minds of the faithful which might have been. perplexed for a moment by the character of the preceding prayer, are led to contemplate the Virgin alone in the full plenitude of her power as an abundant refuge -"Sub tuum præsidum confugi, mus sancta Dei Genetrix; nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus; sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, virgo gloriosa et benedicta."

Similar petitions might be cited from other parts of the ceremony; but these must suffice.

The crowns having been sprinkled with holy water, fumigated with sacred incense, and consecrated, the brief, containing the plenary indulgence, was promulgated; then followed various an

thems, petitions and rites, performed by an excellent orchestra, (the whole Royal Family being present,) and a great number of priests and canons richly dressed. Now, that expectation was raised to the utmost, the delegated Archbishop preceded by a priest bearing the crowns on a magnificent cushion, and followed by canons and priests, carrying wax torches, ascended to the gallery, and the recess above the grand altar, where the Virgin awaited them; the whole keeping time to the sound of solemn music. When the crown was placed on the head of the infant Jesus, there was a general movement; but when she was crowned, the lower orders could no longer contain themselves, and the shout of men, the cries, the outstretched imploring hands, the tears and convulsive shrieks of the women, shewed how vehemently and profoundly they adored the Virgin, and worshipped her image. At this moment the royal band outside the Church struck up, (as prescribed;) all the Church bells in the city sounded, and all the batteries sounded a royal salute.

The feeling of the multitude is contagious, and it is difficult for one in a crowd to resist the progress of a strong and universal excitement. As I listened and looked, I was confused, and dazzled, and for a moment I thought I saw the Royal Divinity animated, and nod, and smile; but the shout ceased, I looked again, and she was cold and stationary as before. She was not, however, allowed to remain so, for being crowned, she must be borne, like a queen, in royal pomp.

Having been, with some difficulty, brought down from her niche, in front of the high altar, six priests, clad in rich dresses of blue silk and silver, to correspond to her drapery, elevated her on their shoulders; and six others supported over her (on long poles,) a stately canopy of blue silk and silver, ornamented with plumesthe Royal Family carrying wax

torches, with the public functionaries and priests, followed, and two priests went before, fumigating her with incense; the whole accompanied by sacred music and anthems. Thus she was conducted outside the Church, and exhibited to the assembled crowds who could not obtain admittance, and whose applause testified their gratitude and adoration; nor was the homage of those within during the procession less enthusiastic, and in the progress of her return to her abiding place, the confused mixture of supplications and aprenewed. Methought for a moplause, of shouts and shrieks was ment, in the general tumult, that I heard a Satanic voice, triumphantly exclaim, "Great is Diaha of the Ephesians." Thus was she brought back to her niche; "they bear him on the shoulder; they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove; yea, one shall cry unto him, yet shall he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble."-Is. xlvi. 7.

I had nearly forgotten to mention, that the moment after the coronation, the delegate and priests pronounced the following sentences and responses, in which the unlimited power of the Virgin over all nature is unhesitatingly proclaimed in phrases almost

Scriptural.
Ves.

"Corona aurea super caput ejus."-Ecclus. xiv. 15. R. "Expressa signo sanctitatis, gloria honoris, et opus fortitudinis."

V.

R.

"Coronasti eam Domine." "Et constituisti eam super opera manuum tuarum."

When the crowd dispersed, and I remained almost alone in the closer view of this wonder working Church, I drew nigh to take a being, whose claims to be more highly exalted, had occupied the attention of the chapter of the Vatican, and had been recognized by a Papal Brief; and whose coronation had wrought up the public feelings to such a pitch of enthu

siastic emotion. I drew nigh, but behold it was a lifeless, motionless image of wood, too like those of ancient days, which "had mouths, but spoke not-eyes, but saw not, -ears, but heard not-hands, but they handled not, and fect, but they walked not."-Ps. cxv. 5, 6, 7; Oh! that this benighted people had the Scriptures, that they might read the verses which follow, "they that make them are like unto them, and so is every one that trusteth in them. Ó Israel trust thou in the Lord, he is their help and their shield."

R. H. G.

We are indebted for the above interesting sketch to the valuable pages of the Christian Examiner and Church of Ireland Magazine." The original communication is dated Naples, Dec. 30th, 1826. We shall take occasion from time to time to lay before our readers similar specimens of the degrading superstitions of modern Popery. We are fully aware that the state of things in this country is very different, and we are thankful that it is so. It may serve, however, an important purpose to exhibit Popery in her full growth and proper genius, not forgetting that we have specimens in the sister island which may almost compete with any which Italy or Spain can furnish.

POPISH INTOLERANCE.

An ordonnance of the King of Saxony (who lately succeeded to the throne) prohibits every Saxon, who is under twenty-one years of age, or who is not in the full possession of his intellectual powers, from changing his religion. Those persons, however, are excepted, who shall determine on making such change in the article of death. "Every Saxon subject, who shall secretly embrace a new creed, shall for ever be deprived of all his civil rights AND CONDEMNED TO A PECUNIARY FINE. Every clergyman, who shall attempt to draw over to his religion any person who professes another, shall be deprived of his place: and, if he make use

either of promises or other manouvres, in order to effect a conversion, he shall be condemned to a further fine of fifty dollars. By the same ordonnance, children under fi teen years of age, belonging to parents who shall change their religion, cannot themselves change their religion, until they have attained the age of twenty-one years."

Although this tyrannical ordonnance is made to appear to be directed against a change of religion generally, we do not hesitate to say, considering the quarter from which it proceeds, that it is only a mode of Popish intolerance adapted to the circumstances of the present times. Popery would impede the inquiry into religious truth, which now is happily prevailing, by all the means in its power; and as these seasons of inquiry are not the times for the extension of its dominion, till they be past, it will consent to have its hands tied, so that Protestantism be disabled in like manner. If I cannot advance my own interests, says the Church of Rome, in the liberty of conscience, I will do all I can to obstruct the advancement of those interests to which I am opposed by putting fetters upon conscience-Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo!

We can but remark how strong is the contrast between the ample liberty of proselyting without molestation which Roman Catholics in this country possess under a Protestant King, with the restraints on the liberty of acting according to conscience imposed by the King of Saxony. The spiritual tyranny of which we have just given an instance, the advocates of the Church of Rome would persuade us was peculiar to the dark ages but is now never resorted to. The present case, however, does not stand alone. A similar instance it will be remembered by most of our readers, occurred recently in the case of the Prince of Salm Salm, who was banished from his country when signifying his inten

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