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IGREENHILliS HEROES Impressive Ceremonial at I Swansea. I ST. JOSEPH'S CONSECRA- I TION SERVICES. â " â The consecration services on Saturday morning on the freeing from debt of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Swansea were of an impressive ecclesiastical character, conducted by Archbishop Mclntyre, of Birmingham. Others assisting were Abbots Butler (President of the English Benedictines) and Abbot Hurley (Douai I Abbey, and formerly of St. David's). The service Wa; of some hours' duration and Pontifical High Mass was celebrated. Following in the afternoon was the cere- mony of unveiling the eighteezi-feet high Celtic Cross, which has been erected as a war memorial to the 126 fallen out of the local Roman Catholic community of 1,200 who went to fight for freedom. A large procession of ex-Service men fell in at Dyfatty Park a?d proceeded to St. Joseph's, headed by the St. Joseph's Band playing the Dead March in Saul, with muffled drums, draped with black material., Affecting scenes were witnessed on the way, for in the streets passed through reside many fathers and mothers,, widows and orphans of the men and the one woman whose names are on the cross. As the public assembled, who had come together in large numbers and had ranged themselves in tiers on the pic- turesque hillside of Brynmelyn Park, the procession of choristers, prelates and Eriests, carrying incense, crucifix and ghted *ca iidies, emerged from the interior J of the church, making a VERY MEMORABLE AND IMPRES- I i SIVE SIGHT as they surrounded the memorial, with all the names of the departed inscribed thereon. A wreath was carried by sailors at the head of the public procession and was The Eighteen-feet High Cross, I placed at the foot of the cross. This had been made by the sisters of St. Joseph's and in immortelles was in- scribed" In Memory of cur Fallen Heroes." The blessing of the memorial was performed by Archbishop Mclntyre, and it was unveiled, in the absence of the Mayor, by First Class Petty Officer Francis Whittey, who had two sons' names inscribed upon the war memorial, and Lieut/ M. Earls, D.C.M. Archbishop Mclntyre then solemnly Hessod the cross, the choir singing with deep feeling the solemn De Pr-oftin- dis. I Ftither- Bede Cox,. Liverpool (and j i formerly of St. Joseph's) gave a very I telling address, with many referen ces to I the gallant men who, in a. far away land, had made the great sacrifice, and he hoped this memorial would prove as a record in our own lives to make the I world a better place for hose who were left behind. Ald. P. Molyneux, the Deputy Mayor, then arrived and apologised for the absence of the Mayor, who very much regretted his inability to be present. Aid. Molyneux expressed his own satis- faction at being present, as he knew practically all those men who had paid the supreme sacrifice, and he con- gratulated the great constituency of Greenhill to have paid such a tribute to the men w hr., had helped to make our country free. The "Last Post" was then thrillingly sounded by Lance-Corporal Arthur Fitzgerald. Amongst those present among the clergy on Saturday afternoon were Prior Higgins, Sub Prior of Belmont; Father Bond, Wolverhampton; Father II Bruno Hicks, Canon Formby, Father Ronald Leonard, Belmont; Father Schola, Belmont, and many others. Processions were then reformed and with the rest of the laity more than filled the beautiful ediSce. where after a service of Pontifical Benediction Mr. Cyril Bayjiham (of St. Mary's Parish Church) g:ArtA a recital upon the beauti- ful organ, which has just been rebuilt by organ, Bishop's, London, being now worked by ^l our-i^atic action and elec- tTicitT. ELOQUENT SERMONS ON SUNDAY. Crowded congregatipns witnessed th<> con J tiriaation of the consecration services on Sunday, Abbot BntJér pont-'ficating in tha moe-nitig, and the pertcher, Prior HigginG, ot London, taking as a simile the Temple of Solomon ¡.11d if* e6neecr<>tk>it. dw a parallel between that and the consumma- tion of Lho work of the local community in raising that' Temple, which was a. real dwell- ing-house of Cod .mid the Real Presence. It was duo to the self-sacrifice of the parish '11 years pa,.L that hAd made that edIfice VK'tfvsible. and ANXIOUS vVOuK I 1. 1 1 I had been accpmpnuied .before izity t»«sr me 'rnit o? their toil. In the evening a met eloquent discourse was preached by Archbishop Mclntyre. of Birmingham, who urged that the people should by their adherence to the Catholic standard of principle make themselves worthy of the great TemnJe they had raised, ard making it a living Ten pie to the honour and glory of the Lord. The hurch had been beautifully decorated (or the occasinn hv the Si,-fe,s. F, Bede Cox, of Liverpool, and formerly of St. -Joseph's, officiated at the orga,-i -which, by 'he wav. was blessed on the previous day by Abbot Taylor. The day's ceremonies were controlled by ''athers Hicks (Downside), R. Leon.ird> (Bel- no), Joseph B?)d (Douai), ajjrf won- liont), Joseph BnTid (DouaaL .,awl ?-?.

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