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in England, can undertake all petty correspondence for those so hard at work at Bombay and Poona.
The last thing that the Bishop of Bombay wrote home about, prior to his dangerous illness, was to ask for funds to start an Industrial School at Poona, for the children of native converts, who would be placed under a Parsi Christian.
The money has not been supplied. It has therefore been suggested that the kindly expressions of solicitude and thankfulness that the Bishop has been given back again to labour awhile, shall take a practical form, and that the Industrial School at Poona should be raised up as a lasting thankoffering to Almighty God, for graciously hearing the prayers
for His servant. If this is done, there can be no doubt but that the fact of the school being established during the Bishop's convalescence, would speak out to the heathen, ay from ages to ages, (when those now toiling will long have gone to their rest) with greater power than the most eloquent preacher. Would not the " very stones cry out,” There is a God; there is a great Prayer-Hearer ; the Europeans do believe what they tell us ?
Can we not almost hear the “story” that some Industrial” would tell his child, how he was one of the first to be taught to "labour with his hands” in the school that the "white folks” built; because one dear to them (who had given himself to India,) who had been at the point of death, had yet not died, because "prayer prevailed,” because longer life was granted that he might labour more, and because they wanted to teach them that thanksgiving is a twin sister of prayer ? How well one may fancy the scene—the little up-turned face, the look of reverence that would steal over the child, for he would feel there was something he could not quite understand then; no, but that would come in time. The full understanding of what ? Not as now the worship of idols, the unholy sacrifices, no, but that there is one GOD and Father of us all, one holy, undivided Trinity to be worshipped, one Sacrifice for sin once offered, yet ever being pleaded, by the Great High Priest at the right hand of His FATHER, and upon every altar. Yes, this is what, if the school is established, the future Mara children will learn. Let us not be slow, if needs be, to deny ourselves that such great things may be attained. Surely we who in many cases reap much of our wealth from India, should be happier and holier if we spent more upon these people, who from the very fact of their having embraced our religion, have upon us a special claim. Oh truly may we all feel with regard to our many blessings, spiritual and temporal, “all things come of Thee,” but let us give, and give largely, adding, " and of Thine own have we offered unto Thee.”
The Parsi Christian has not yet been ordained, for upon the day fixed for the ordination the Bishop, who so short a time before had thankfully made arrangements to perform the sacred rite, lay between life and death, knowing nothing of what passed around him.
An appeal was made in the October number of the “Churchman's Companion” (for particulars of the Industrial school and other matters see same paper,) for help in money, disused altar vessels, and other Church furniture. As yet there has been no response. It was to make something like a decent worship possible" at the up-country stations that the above were specially asked for, and had they been given the Rev. Father Page, who came to Europe with the Bishop of Bombay, (having gone at the express desire of the Bishop to nurse him while so very ill,) would most thankfully have taken out any Church fittings. He would also have taken out anything useful for the Poona mission, and he would have been “especially glad to have given information to any who might like to go out to India as medical men, school teachers, or nurses.” Should any one desire such information, they must write at once to the Rev. Father Page, the Mission House, Cowley S. John, Oxford. 1
Good jewellery (in any state) and precious stones are always of use for Church plate. Are not some of us treasuring up trinkets for the sake of those we love, now passed out of sight, who would far rather that we gave that which belonged to them for this holy purpose than keep it never so carefully ? Soon we too shall be no more on earth, things we have prized most will fall into uncaring hands. Should we not do better (could we do better than) to commit our“ precious things” to the keeping of our dear Mother, the Holy Catholic Church ? Ay, could we do better? In older days the people brought of their gold to Solomon, and “behold a greater than Solomon is here.” Shall not we give what we can? It may be that to us this opportunity is afforded because we have already as many claims upon our money as we can meet.
1 This paper not finding space in the January number, questions must now be addressed to the Father Superior at Cowley. Father Page sailed January 12th from Liverpool in the “Childnall Hall,” accompanied by four ladies, but another who is a trained nurse would probably find an opening for service by applying to the Rev. R. M. Benson.
“If thou hast little, do thy diligence gladly to give of that little ; for so gatherest thou thyself a good reward in the day of necessity."
Perhaps nothing could encourage us better than to think how “one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in Spain was originated by the alms of a poor beggar.” Doubtless the heart of that poor beggar-the offering of that which was such a real gift-was far more beautiful in the eyes of the great Master Builder than the edifice gazed upon by thousands. Who shall say how beautiful the crown of the one who, like the Greater Outcast, was not seldom passed by unheeded; who shall say
how richly the diadem now shines on that brow, for every soul saved by the means of that beautiful Cathedral; (many go first to see the building—to hear the music, who end by worshipping Almighty God.) Let us, then, help to attract not only the heathen, but our fellow-countrymen and fellow-countrywomen. Let us hasten to compel them to join heartily in Mission Work. Why should there be such sums expended upon carrying out labourers when so many of our own people are living there already, who from the fact of their residence in the country could do so much that “fresh” people cannot attempt ? Would, oh, would that every Priest would press home to his congregation their duties to those with whom they are by God's providence called to dwell. May it not be that it is insufficiently realised that there are many waiting to be kindled who alone can be reached from the pulpit. Thousands of persons go to Church from habit, because they are on duty,“ in waiting,” &c., who never take a religious publication in their hands, and yet these very people are composed of the same matter, body, soul, and spirit that makes the holiest missionary, the most self-denying men and women.
Father Rivington writes home, referring to the Mission conducted by the Bishop of Bombay and himself at Poona, that he had “known nothing like the results of this Mission" in England, far less in India. “The Church, which holds 1000, was so full on week-days, people came an hour before service. The Bishop gave a short Instruction-a quarter of an hour." Father Rivington preached and also gave a short Instruction. The Bishop always took the Celebration, and there was an address to soldiers at midday. “The effect, by God's blessing, upon the soldiers is such" (continues Father Rivington) “as I never dared to look for."
On the 14th of August, 1875, the first meeting of the Guild of the Holy Standard was held at Poona. The Guild meets two Thursdays every month. It was doubtless owing to these “meetings,” and the various interesting lectures that have from time to time been addressed to soldiers by the Rev. S. Stead and others, that the hearers were so ready, the blessing so vast. The Bishop, (himself a soldier's son,) has a warm interest in the Guild, and so had Bishop Douglas. It is good once more to read Father Rivington's words,—“This Mission has quite changed the Bishop's relationship to many of the people and my own too."
One rarely takes up any Missionary publication without reading how men are needed : more workers are implored to offer themselves. On the other hand, in a letter written by the Bishop of Bombay from Kolhapur, May, 1877, he says, “ For the first time I believe for many years men are waiting to come out to India.” The Bishop refers to his personal connection with Oxford. When we know that the men alluded to would teach the sound Catholic Faith, the Prayer Book in all its fulness; the help that the lives of those who practise as well as preach all that the Church teaches ; when we know all these things should we not do well to give to the special fund at the S.P.G., that more men may go, and go speedily?
No words can be more appropriate to finish this paper, in which it has to some extent been shown what is waiting for us to help in, and what our sin will be if we refuse to assist as we are able the workers so far away-for India being our own, our own people living there so much, we are specially responsible--no words, I say, can be more fitting to close this paper than those of the holy, self-renunciating Bishop Forbes, while on earth known as Alexander Penrose, Bishop of Brechin. He had a great love for the Bishop of Bombay, and he loves bim, prays for him still. Listen to him now in these words, written in “The Duties of Society”: “I fear that most of us are so taken up with the conventionalities of respective positions, that we never look beyond our own circle upon the mass of duties and obligations, which our conditions as Christian men and Christian women demand of us. I fear that we seldom think of the active duties with regard to the bodies and souls of our brethren which God expects even of the weakest and feeblest of us. I fear, in short, that we often, if not in words, at least in thought, cherish the detestable sentiment of Cain, "Am I my brother's keeper ?'
. . You know what very special blessings are promised to those who turn others to righteousness. CHRIST vouchsafes to share with you a portion of His own office and
mission of mercy. Surely He will aid your efforts. Surely He will give success if you faint not. Surely He will reward in the end. How much better is a life of duty than the frivolous endless selfish existence which so many people live. .. Will such as these never remember the unprofitable servant ? Will they never call to mind that they have not been made for themselves to dress, and laugh, and be amused, and to weary and to die—but that they were summoned into existence for the noble purpose of serving God and benefiting His creatures, and that if they neglect these, they neglect the end of their being ?
.. Oh, how awful when the time of rendering our solemn account comes, will it be to feel we have wasted the opportunities given to us, that bodies have been in misery which we might have relieved that souls are lost which we might have saved. Every man as the child of God and the brother of Christ is your brother. Each one is his brother's keeper."
As SS. Philip and James's day was that of the Bishop of Bombay's Consecration in 1876, and of the profession of some of the Sisters working at Poona in 1877, it has been adopted by several (the Warden of S. Augustine's, Canterbury, and the Rev. W. D. Maclagan, are among the number) as a day on which, by prayer and alms, specially to remember the works and workers in the Diocese of Bombay : those who are unable now to respond to any of the above-mentioned appeals may well consider if by the Feast of SS. Philip and James, they cannot see their way to offering time and talents, even if they have no money. Many ways have been suggested to assist the Poona Mission, but for lack of workers they cannot be put in action.
Again, too, those who can, may well take the first of each month, one day each week, as a time to work particularly for Bombay. Even one day's work from all who read this would achieve that which seems quite impossible.
Others may set themselves to give, “get," or make £l (this is simply putting it lowest.) £1000 per annum from private sources would be a great help to the Poona Mission, to the Bombay Diocese generally. £l can be given or gathered by many who see this paper, then why not £1,000? WHO WILL HELP ?
Moneys and all chief correspondence relating to the “Sisters" should be addressed to Mrs. (Eliza) Douglas, Lauderdale, Bournemouth.
Moneys and offers of every kind for all Bombay works may be addressed to Miss (Ann C.) Maclachlan, 2, Great Stanhope Street, Bath.