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THE CHILDREN'S MONTHLY

MISSIONARY NEWSPAPER .

VOL. II.

“ TIIY KINGDOM COME.”

No. 5.

JOHN RONGE, AND THE HOLY COAT OF TREVES.

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ANY of my things of a similar description. It is most young read- probable that these things are all imposiers have seen tions, and that they are nothing of the sort in the shop- of what they pretend to be ; however, they

windows, are shewn to the people, and, in some inbook bearing this title ; stances, large sums of money are presented and as they may be won by the foolish and ignorant worshippers, dering what it is about, which are devoted to the use of the Catholic and as it is about some community. Amongst other precious relics,

thing very interesting, they say they have, is the coat of Christ, and very important, and quite in which you read of as being without seam, keeping with the little paper, I think and over which the soldiers cast lots. it well to tell them the story in They say this coat was brought from Pasimple easy language.

lestine in the fourth century, by Helena, John Ronge has been a Roman the mother of Constantine the Great, and Catholic priest, living in a little deposited in the Cathedral at Treves, a town called Grotkau, of Upper Si- city near the Rhine. Here it was concealed

lisia, in Prussia, and has lately many years, and was first shewn to the peobecome very noted from the part he is ple in the year 1196. It was again exhitaking to reform the Roman Catholics bited in 1514, when Pope Leo X. proclaimed throughout the German States. He began a full forgiveness of all sin to every body his reformation only some months ago, but that would go in a proper spirit to look at it is spreading on every hand, and pro- it, and give something towards the expense ceeding with wonderful rapidity ; so that of shewing it. It was again shewn after many hope he may be enabled, ere long, this, but has been hidden for the past 34 to bring about a Reformation like that of years, and was brought out for exhibition Luther's, 300 years ago.

once more in the month of August last. The occasion of his first beginning the The Bishop of Treves published, a month work was the following : You have most before, his intention of shewing it, and likely often heard, that the Roman Catholics proclaimed, like Leo X., a full forgiveness allow in many places the worship of what to all, so-called, pious pilgrims. It was they call “ relics,” or remains of noted declared, too, that this coat possessed sin things about which we read in the Bible. gular virtue in working miracles, so that Thus I have heard of their having a splin many wretched and diseased people were ter of the ark, pieces of the cross, the nails encouraged to go. The whole country by which Christ was bound to the cross, round was put in motion, and no fewer heads and arms of saints, and many other than 1,200,000 people flocked to Treves

May 1945.

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JOHN RONGE, AND THE HOLY COAT OF TREVES. The ceremony of shewing the coat was and they ordered him to go to a place performed in the Great Cathedral. It was called the Seminary, where he would be placed in a gold frame on the altar, with confined until their future pleasure. Many a glass front, and every one on passing by enemies rose to accuse him of different was allowed a little time to stand and look things, which they could not prove ; but at it. It is said that all business was the townspeople of Grotkau, along with stopped in the city for six weeks, and no- the Magistrates, sent certificates in his thing but the religious ceremonies con behalf, and declared him to be a most nected with the exhibition carried on. godly man. All this, however, would not Many of the poor people sold their all to do, and poor Ronge was condemned. Acget money to go; and some, it is said, even cordingly, he left the church. His people committed crimes in order to raise the rallied round him, and took him for their required funds. As they passed by the minister. Other priests were glad to see coat, they knelt and worshipped it, and the stand he had taken, and encouraged cried out, “ Holy coat, pray for us !"- him on, while many in different parts of the “ Holy coat, we pray to thee !" and such country have since joined his cause. He like impious things.

has published a letter to the priests, calling When John Ronge heard of these foolish on them, to come out and join against the and wicked practices at Treves, he wrote Romanists; and he has also printed a dea letter to the Bishop, calling on him to claration of his faith, in which he shews he put a stop to such idolatry, and declaring is quite a Protestant, and thinks very much that neither he nor any other man had any like us. Of course the Catholics are all right to pardon sin. His letter was very very angry, and would ruin him if they bold and faithful, and was published in the could ; but he is working on, and will, no newspapers. It was read by thousands of doubt, be greatly blessed in the promotion Catholics, and produced a great sensation. of God's work. The Bishop was very angry, so were many Let us all commend him to God. He others of the Catholic priests and bishops, is a good man and a noble-minded minister. and poor Ronge was accused before a re- Popery must come down, and here is one ligious court that proceeded to try him, helping to pull it down. May God make though he was not present, and pronounce him a second Luther ! à condemnation on him. He refused to I may tell you, perhaps, more of hima answer some questions they put to him, another day.

GENEROSITY REWARDED. I have lately received a letter contain-, when it happened to be the half-yearly ing a little story for you, and put it in, with collection for missions, and when the sermany thanks to the kind friend who has mon and address were of course approsent it. My correspondent says :

priate. When I lived in Fulnec, about fifty-five He was very attentive, and forcibly struck years ago, a very poor man, with a wife and with the importance of the cause, and the six or seven children, who had in the for- necessity of every one giving according to mer part of his life been a soldier, but from his ability. some cause or other had got his discharge, He happened to have a crown-piece ir and lived in that neighbourhood, came his pocket, which was all the money he had one Sunday morning to Fulnec Chapel, in the world. He felt constrained to give

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35 something, but he well knew he could not note, from his old Captain, as a token

of the respect which he still felt towards Had it been in separate shillings, he would him !" soon have decided how much to give ; but The sight of this, melted both himself he could not think of giving it all, and go- and his wife to tears of thankfulness to the ing home to his family penniless ; and yet Lord for having influenced his old friend he must give something.

the captain thus to remember him, and so Thus his mind was agitated, whether to wonderfully to relieve his mind respecting give or not to give his crown-piece. His the crown-piece. heart misgave him when he thought of the I should be sorry if any of my young wants of his family, and he finally resolved readers fancied that I wished them to think to keep the money in his pocket.

that they were always to expect God to pay However, when the service was ended, them back with such large interest, for and the box was presented at the door, he what they may do for him. Quite otherfelt compelled by an impulse to give, and wise ; it is our privilege, and we should down he dropt his crown-piece into the box always esteem it as such, to do all we can and was proceeding homewards with a very for him who has done so much for us, even heavy heart, for the thoughts of his family's though he should never seem to us to take wants rushed into his mind, and he felt afraid notice of it. But I have copied you the

go home. He soon, however, met the post- story to let you see how God often comes man, who said to him, “ James, I have a in for the help and deliverance of those letter for you.” He replied, “ I am very who do his will, under great and trying cirsorry for that ; I have no money, and cannot cumstances. It is not always right for us

“ Never mind that,” said the to wait till every thing is just as we wish postman ; “ I will trust you, for I know it before we obey God; but it is always ou are an honest man.

right to obey his directions, and leave reHe therefore took the letter home, and sults with him. He is sure then to help when he opened it he found inclosed a £5 us out.

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THE MISSIONARY MAP. On the other side you have a Missionary you have had before, but they were needed map of as large a size as we could get into here to make it quite complete. You must this paper:

I have before described all read these and the explanations very carethe countries on it, and so do not do it fully, as they will help to give you a better again now, but hope you will read my idea of the condition of the world than descriptions in the two first Numbers of you could get from almost any other source this paper for last year; or if you have not in the same room. I feel sure you will be them, if you would buy my little book, pained as you look at the large patches of called “ The Heathen World," you would black and other shades, marking the porfind all the information there. You can tions where error reigns, and the small porget it where you get this paper. You should tions where the gospel is really known, keep the map beside you, and then you “ There remaineth yet very much land to would always have it to refer to when I be possessed,” and a great deal to be done tell you of the different countries where before the whole earth shall be covered the Missionaries labour. A few particu- with the knowledge of the Lord, as the lars are put upon the map, some of which waters of the sea.

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In the about 800,00

Of the 455,000,000...). 140,000,000..

5,000,000... 80,000,000.. 50,000,000... 70,000,000...

There are oniy 1400 Missionaries employed in the whole world ;

or one Missionary for each 400,000 persons.

E WORLD.

EASTERN HEMISPHERE.

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che Religion of the people inhabiting are Missionary Stations.

Protestantism. Greek Church. Popery Mahomedanism. Paganism.

HANTIT

Sierra Leone

DAHOMI

SALACCA

Ceylon

Fernando Po

SUNATRA

CUINEN

NINO

Mauritius

KONGASCAR

CAFFRARIA

USTRAL

Van Diemans Land

ed there are 0,000 of people. henere are

..Pagans. ... Mahomedans. ...Jews.

..Papists. ...Greek Church.

Protestants.

There are only about L.500,000 raised for Missionary purposes each year

in Britain and America to convert the whole world.

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