Issue 1 – January 1900
P.1-2 – “The Bishops as Followers of Lord Halifax”, editorial
P.3 – “Official Notes”, ‘Another great Protestant Demonstration will be held in the Royal Albert Hall on the 30th inst. The Right Hon the Earl of Portsmouth will preside.’
P.3 – “Meeting for Humility and Prayer”, ‘Some time ago the Council of the Church Association petitioned Lord Salisbury to ask the Queen for an Order-in-Council appointing a day of humiliation. In the absence of such Royal appointment the Association called its friends together on December 14th for confession and prayer, while still feeling the necessity for a national manifestation of humiliation that God’s further judgments might be averted.’
P.5-6 – “The Method of St Sulpice”, a critique on the ‘Marlborough Catechism’ for use in Church schools.
P.7-10 – “Our Protestant Vans”, an update.
P.16 – The Trinitarian Bible Society (for the circulation of uncorrupted versions of the Word of God) advertises that at the forthcoming Paris Exhibition 1900 it is arranging for a large Free Distribution of the Scriptures.
Issue 2 – February 1900
P.17-19 – “Disestablishment”, editorial. ‘ . . . to men of common sense it goes without saying that such a deplorable and destructive policy should not be seriously entertained until we have first honestly tried to reform the established Church from within.’
P.19-22 – “The Garbled Prayer Book”, ‘ . . . the obligations incumbent on printers and publishers of the Book of Common Prayer to provide unaltered copies of the Liturgy of the Church of England as is now by law established.’
P.24-26 – “The Brighton Faculty Case”, Details of the case concerning ‘the mode of celebrating ‘Mass’ in the notorious Church of the Annunciation, Brighton, where, under the ‘oversight’ of Bp. Wilberforce, the Catechism of St Sulpice and the worship of the Virgin go hand in hand.’
Issue 3 – March 1900
P.33-34 – “The Episcopal Craving for Secrecy”, editorial. ‘The correspondence of the bishops relating to prayers for the dead well illustrates the importance of resisting at the outset the papal powers now claimed for “The Primate of all England”.’
P.35-36 – “Prayers for the Dead”
P.37-43 – “The Great Protestant Demonstration”, proceedings of the meeting. ‘Some ten thousand people assembled in the Albert Hall on January 30th, during the opening of Parliament, to urge the Government to keep faith with the Church of England.’
Issue 4 – April 1900
P.49-50 – “An Archbishop’s Excuses”
P.54-61 – “The Spring Conference”, proceedings of the meetings in York.
Issue 5 – May 1900
P65-66 – “The Church Discipline Act, 1900”, editorial. The text of the Bill, ‘The Convocation Prayer against Popery in the Church of England’, appears on P.68-69.
P.69-73 – “Our Protestant Vans”, an update report continued from P.10.
Issue 6 – June 1900
P81-83 – “The Developing Situation”, editorial. ‘It is from the Legislature alone that any adequate remedy can be found for the evils which now threaten ruin to the faith of our forefathers, and to the “Protestant reformed religion established by law”.
P.85-89 – “The ‘Opinions’ of the Primates on Reservation”
P.89-93 – “The 35th Anniversary”, proceedings of the annual meeting.
Issue 7 – July 1900
P.97-100 – “The ‘Pious Frauds’ of the E.C.U.” editorial. ‘The consternation produced in the enemy’s camp by the “Rescript” of the Primates on “Reservation of the Host” abundantly vindicates our extended notice of that pronouncement.’
P.100-101 – “Under the Form of Bread and Wine”. The preface to The First Book of Homilies published in 1547 is reproduced.
P.101 – A resolution was passed expressing the Council’s sincere regret on hearing of the death of the late Bishop of Liverpool – the Rev J C Ryle.
Issue 8 – August 1900
P.113-115 – “The Impenitent Leaders of the Priest-Party”, editorial. ‘Two events have occurred . . . which shew that neither the bishops nor the Government are willing to interfere with the avowed lawlessness of the Ritualists.’
P.117 – “Bp. John Wordsworth’s New Allocution”. ‘. . . it also shews how arbitrary and fanciful and unsatisfactory a thing it is to leave bishops to proclaim their personal fads as constituting an ‘authoritative Jus Liturgicum’ to which mere clerks and laics (ie the whole Church) are to regard themselves as inevitably in bondage.’
P.118-119 – “Lord Halsbury’s Pickle for Protestants”. ‘Lord Halsbury has once more given evidence of his willingness to aid the priest party in their effort to ‘bend and break the will’ of the English race, on the lines of Abp. Manning’s well-known programme.’
P.120-124 – “Our Protestant Vans”, an update.
P.128 – “The Disruption of the Church of England”, an advertisement for a pamphlet containing the names of over 9000 Clergymen who are helping the Romeward Movement of the National Church.
Issue 9 – September 1900
P.129-130 – “The Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s”, editorial. ‘The narrow and tyrannical spirit in which this small group of clergymen administer the duties and wield the powers entrusted to them, point to one of the weakest spots in the Established Church.’
P.131-132 – “The Debate in the Lords – Lord Salisbury and His Bishops”. Opinions of the press. ‘When the Earl of Portsmouth urged Lord Salisbury to bring in a practical measure ‘with the sole object of making the clergy obey the law’, his lordship flatly refused.’
P.132-133 – “‘Our’ Parish Magazines I”. The Parish Magazine is a valuable index of the condition of the Church in any given neighbourhood. Always controlled, and usually edited, by the clergy whom the Bishop has instituted or licensed, it shews what sort of teaching is now being given in the name of the Church of England.’
P.133-135 – “Professor Ince on the Real Presence”, ‘. . . a valuable criticism . . . of the attack made upon the doctrine of the Church of England by the Romanisers.’
P.135-136 – “The Bishop of Southwell on Sacramental Grace”. ‘This remarkable Charge . . . is almost the first attempt made by an English bishop to discharge his duty as ‘the teacher of his diocese’ in regard to the mischievous heresies of the priest party.’
P.140-143 – Reviews are presented on two books. 1. “An Introduction to the History of the Church of England” (fifth edition) by H O Wakeman, and 2. “A Popular History of the Church of England from the earliest Times to the present day” by the Bishop of Ripon. The latter says of the former ‘While other bishops are forcing upon their candidates for orders the mendacious fables of Mr wakeman, the Bishop of Ripon has produced a very honest and readable history which supplies a long-felt want.’
Issue 10 – October 1900
P.145-147 – “The Danger and the Need of legislation for the Church”, editorial.
P.148-150 – “Our Parish magazines II”, continued from P.133.
P.151-153 – “Dr Davidson (Lord Bishop of Winchester) and the English Church Union”. ‘The scathing rebuke of the duplicity of those leaders of the priest party appeared in The Times,’
P.155-156 – “Rood-Screens Illegal”, article in the Times.
Issue 11 – November 1900
P.161-163 – “The New Parliament and the National Church”, editorial.
P.165-166 – “Convocations Bill”. ‘. . . a Bill was brought into the late parliament, under the above title, which has been described as a Bill to enable Convocation to legislate behind the back of parliament.’
P.166-169 – “Our Protestant Vans”, report continued from P.137.
P.172-174 – Review of book, “The Reformation Settlement” by the Rev Canon MacColl.
Issue 12 – December 1900
P.177-178 – “Litigation v Legislation”, editorial. ‘Protestant Churchmen will do well to study the object lesson now provided for them in the so-called ‘Ecclesiastical Courts’.’
P.179 – ‘Protestant Post Cards’. As illustrated Post Cards are now so much in vogue, it has occurred to the Council that cards with illustrations of protestant events, places of interest, or of martyrdom might well be used. With this view they have in the Press a series of twelve such cards.
P.180-185 – “The Autumn Conference”, Proceedings of the conference at Birmingham. (P.179 states that ‘The meetings were well attended and at the public meeting in the Town Hall, where the Earl of Portsmouth presided, there was an attendance of some sixteen hundred people’.)