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feel for the necessities of every portion of the widely extended flock commilted to his charge, has long felt his heart overwhelu:ed with affliction at the sight of these miseries, both temporal and spiritual, under which the Church of Spain has so long groaned. And finding all ordinary exertions and representations ineffectual to arrest the progress of evil-imitating the example of his predecessors in times of similar calamity-he has judged proper to have recourse to the united prayers of the whole Church of God, for the purpose of imploring peace, freedom, and comfort for this afflicted portion of his flock. He calls, therefore, most earnestly upon all the dignitaries and prelates of the Church to join with him in tears and supplications to the Throne of Grace; and to engage the clergy and people entrusted to their care to unite their pious endeavours in the same holy cause.
In obedience to the voice of Christ's Vicar on earth, and with an humble but sincere wish to contribute, according to our pour abilities, to the relief of our distressed fellow-members in Christ, we ordain and commend to your notice the following regulations, to be observed in every congregation in our Eastern district, uring fifteen days, commencing on the second Sunday after Easter, and ending on the fourth Sunday after Easter inclusively :
“1. The Litany of the Saints to be repeated before every public mass offered during the fifteen days.
“2. The Collect Ne despicias, with the Secret and Postcommunion pro quacumque tribulatione to be added in every mass when allowed by the rubric.
“3. The faithful to be instructed, that by receiving worthily the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Communion once, and joining in the above public devotions three times during the fifteen days, they may gain the benefit of a plenary indulgence in the form of a jubilee.
“ N.B. As in times of jubilee, the ordinary pastors may commute or modify the above regulations, in favour of those who cannot observe them from sickness or other urgent impediment.
“William, Bishop of Ariopolis, V.A.E.D.” “Northampton, Easter Monday, 1842."
Northern DistriCT.- Francis, Bishop of Abydos, and Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District.—After announcing the receipt of the Apostolic Letter, the venerable Bishop thus proceeds:
Whilst, therefore, beloved brethren and children in Jesus Christ, we mingle our tears with the tears of the holy Father on this common topic of sorrow, we cannot but admire the lofty sentiments, the apostolic zeal, and the dignified reproofs of the illustrious Pontiff, so well calculated to strike remorse into breasts where remorse can enter, and excite sympathy where sympathy may be freely indulged. ... Entering, therefore, into the charitable views, and aiding to the best of our power the sublime purposes of his Holiness, we enjoin, beloved brethren and children in Jesus Christ, that the term of the said jubilee shall commence on Sunday, the 24th of April, to continue until Sunday, the 8th of May, inclusive. The said jubilee and plenary indulgence to be available to all those who, having duly confessed and received the holy communion, shall three times at least assist at the public prayers hereinafter prescribed, and who shall three times during the fifteen days fervently pray for the object recommended by his Holiness in any church or chapel in which mass is celebrated; all which details we recommend to our beloved clergy minutely to explain.
“We appoint that in every mass after the receipt of this letter until Whit Sunday, when the rubrics will allow of it, the prayer . Contra persecutores Ecclesiæ,' beginning Hostium nostrorum,' with the Secret and Postcommunion, be added.
in their power.
“ Also, that on every day during the fifteen days of the indulgence, after the congregational or community mass, the psalm ‘Miserere,' with the versicles, responses, and prayers as below, shall be said or sung either in Latin or in English.
“With regard to the private prayers enjoined by his Holiness on three occasions, they may be said in any church or chapel of the district in which mass is celebrated, and such prayers may be chosen as best suit each one's devotion. We would suggest thé Litany of the Saints, or a portion of the Rosary.
“ Children who have not made their first communion, may gain the jubilee by complying with the other conditions; and the sick who are not able to come to chapel, by complying with the conditions required as far as may be
" The grace of our Lord Jesns Christ, and the charity of God, and the communication of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.””
} Francis, Bishop of Abydos,
and Vicar Apostolic of the Northern Distriot.” Clifton, April 9ih, 1842.”
Ps. L.-“ Miserere," or, have mercy on me.
Let us pray. -(Deus qui, &c.) O God, who by sin art offended, and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of thy people making supplication to thee, and turn away the scourges of thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, &c. Amen.
Let us pray.-(Exaudi nos.) Hear us, O God of our salvation, and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, and of thy blessed Apostles Peter and James, and all the saints, deliver thy people from the terror of thine anger, and by the abundance of thy inercy make them secure.
Prayer.-(Deus à quo.) O God, from whom are loly desires, right counsels, and just works, give to thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be disposed to keep thy commandments, and, the fear of our enemies being removed, the times, by thy protection, may be peaceable.
Prayer.-(Deus refugium.) O God, our refuge and strength, thou who art the author of mercy, attend 10 the pious prayers of thy Church, and grant that what we ask in faith we may effectually obtain. Through our Lord, &c. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; to thee do we cry, poor banished sons of Eve; lo thee do we send our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears: turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile ended, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womh, Jesus! O most clement, most pious, and most sweet Virgin Mary!
V. Vouchsafe that we may praise thee, O blessed Virgin.
Let us pray:-(Defende quæsumus.)
LONDON.—PETITIONS TO PARLIAMENT.- :--The following petition to both Houses of Parliament, which has emanated from the Catholic Institute, is now in the course of being signed by the members of a number of the Catholic congregations throughout Great Britain :
“ Sheweth-That there are various grievances affecting your petitioners, in common with the other Roman Catholics of Great Britain, which do not affect persons belonging to the Established Church, although it was the principle as well as the object of the Catholic Relief Bill, to place the Catholics of the British Empire upon a footing of perfect equality in point of civil rights and enjoyments wiih Her Majesty's subjects professing other religious persuasions.
“ That the grievances of which your petitioners complain, are the more extensively felt, inasmuch as the Catholics form fully one-third of the inhabitants of the British Isles, and are more numerous than any other single persuasion within those Islands.
“ That the first grievance of which your petitioners complain relates to the naval service. It is probable that at least one fifth of the persons engaged as seamen and marines in the naval service of the country are Catholics; yet your petitioners have the melancholy duty to perform of calling the attention of this Honourable House to the astounding fact that no provision whatsoever is made for the spiritual instruction, or for administering the sacraments, or performing divine service, for the Catholics in the naval service, whether sailors or marines.
“ That your petitioners show that this grievance does not end here, inasmuch as the sailors and marines are not only deprived of any Catholic religious instruction, but in many instances are placed under the necessity of attending, or are actually compelled to attend, Protestant worship, in direct violation of their freedom of conscience.
“ That your petitioners further show that with respect to Her Majesty's army, your petitioners are confident that full one-third of that army consists of Caibolics. Yet, although a sum of £12,000 is allocated by ihe army estimates for purposes of religion and divine service, not above £800 thereof, that is, less than one-fifteenth of the whole, is applied to Catholis purposes, 80 that great destitution of religious instruction and divine service pervades the “That this destitution to which your petitioners allude, is somewhat alleviated in the British Islands, and in many of our colonies where there are resident Catholic clergyinen ; but it is most grievously and afflictingly felt in the British dominions and dependencies in the East Indies, and in the other countries in Asia in which the British soldiery are employed on duty.
* We had hoped to have been able to have given in this Number the Pastorals of all the Vicars Apostolic; but Bishop Briggs's has not yet been issued, and that of Bishop Brown, V.A. of Lancashire, has been only lately received from Rome.—ED.
“That there is anuther grievance accompanying those we have already stated—a grievance with a double aspect, inasmuch as on the one hand Catholic children are frequently excluded altogether from the naval and military schools, so on the other land the children of Catholic sailors and soldiers are not unfrequently compelled to attend those schools wlierein they are educated in the Protestant religion exclusively. " That
your petitioners further show that there is another afflicting grievance of which the Catholics have a right to complain, namely, that in the prisons of this country, where there happen to be persons of the Catholic persuasion imprisoned, the Catholic clergy are practically excluded from all cominunication with the Catholic prisoners, either before or after sentence. Your petitioners, however, are aware that in point of Jaw any Catholic prisoner who demands the attendance of a Catholic priest is entitled to have him admitted ; but this provision of the law is totally inadequate, as the keepers of the jails in general, and some Protestant chaplains, discourage the Catholic prisoners in making such requests, and elude the same: and when it is recollected in what abject submission the prisoners must be to the managers and jailors of the prisons, it is manifest that very few prisoners can have the moral courage to persevere in a demand repugnant to the feelings, judgments, or prejudices of their keepers. Besides, the class of prisoners whose mental and spiritual state most want the attendance and instruction of a priest, is exactly that class which would never have the good feeling and moral courage to ask for the attendance of such clergymau.
“That your petitioners further show that the grievances of which they complain respecting the prisons exist with a very considerable severity in many of the poor law union and other workhouses, especially in great towns. The Catholic inmates of such poor houses are persons unconvicted or even unaccused of any crime; their only fault is their poverty, but that is a fault which your petitioners respectfully but most firmly assert carnot, without the grossest injustice, be punished by depriving them of spiritual succour and instruction.
“May it therefore please this Honourable House to take these grievances into consideration, and to afford a prompt and adequate remedy.
And your petitioners shall ever pray.
LONDON. Henry Howard, Esq., of CORBY.—Among the assembly of the faithful who attended the dirge on the 10th of March, in the Bavarian Chapel, Warwick-street, from respect to the memory of this truly good, much lamented, and highly respected gentleman, were the following ladies and gentlemen, viz.Lord Stourton and Lady, the Hon. Sir Edward Vavasour, Bart., Mr. Darell, of Calehill, Mrs. and Miss Canning, Lady Hales, Mrs. French (her sister), Mrs. Wm. Pole, Miss Catherine Talbot, daughters of Admiral Sir John Talhot, Mr. Stanley Constable, Mr. and Mrs. John Selby, Lady Bourchier Wrey, Mrs. Searle, MichaelJones, Esq., Charles Weld, Esq., John F. Vaughan, Esq., of Courtfield, Mrs. Standish, the Hon. Edmund and Albert Petre, Hon. Mrs. Douglass, and Hon. Arabella Petre.
RICHARDS, PRINTER, ST MARTIN & LANE, CHARING CROSS,
OVERBERG was not only teacher, educator, guide of souls : he also took an important part for more than forty years in the administration of the ecclesiastical and educational affairs of his country. In the very first years of his public life, he was named, by the ecclesiastical authorities, examiner of the rising ecclesiastics. The new path into which he had thought it right to strike, in the education of youth, had already obliged him to make the study of theology one of his leading regular pursuits; his appointment as synodal examiner imposed this on him as a duty upon new motives. In the questions which he proposed for the examination of candidates for the ecclesiastical state, there was this peculiarity, that he aimed not only at discovering what each had learned, but rather, how much each had really improved himself by his theological knowledge. The ecclesiastical superior used to call on the examiners to give their advice on all important matters concerning the administration of the Church. The judgment of Overberg was calm, perspicuous, formed, after due pondering of all motives for and against, with great circumspection, knowledge, and experience, and elaborated with zealous care. He declared his opinion without hesitation. The steadiness of his convictions, and the positive character which predoniinated in all his habits of thinking and feeling, prevented his wavering in this respect. He was guided neither by prejudices, nor by old habits of thinking, but by principles ; yet with cautious and wise regard to existing circumstances. His disposition led him to gentle and conciliatory measures.
In this manner,