THE CONSECRATION OF THE BISHOP OF LLANDAFF. On Thursday the thoughts of Churchmen in South Wales, particularly in the Llandaff diocese, were centred in the beautiful Cathedral Church of St. Saviour's, Southwark, for there Dr. Hughes, the newly-appointed Bishop of Llandaff, with Dr. Gibson, the new Bishop of Gloucester, were consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Welsh patriotism would doubtless have liked the ceremony to have taken place within the bounds of the Principality. But apart from that sentiment hardly a more chastely beautiful place, or one with more memorable associations, from one point of view, except, perhaps, West- minster Abbey, could have been selected for the venue. There was a large congregation, including many clergymen from South Wales and Mon- mouth. By a quarter after ten the nave of the church was well filled. The bishops taking part had robed in the Ladye Chapel at the eastern end of the church. A procession was then formed, and when it had walked up the central aisle the Archbishop, who was accompanied by the Bishops of London and Southwark, acting as assistants, went to the sacrarium, and the bishops-elect were placed at special seats with- out the chancel rails. After a shortened form of service had been gone through, in which the prayers were read by the Archbishop, the Epistle by the Bishop of London, and the Gospel by the Bishop of Southwark, these three prelates walked to seats also in front of the pulpit, where they stayed while the sermon was preached by Canon Durst, of St. Mary's, Southampton. The reverend gentleman took as his text the words, The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all." He said that the new bishops were called to the service of the Church at a time when grace and strength were especially needed. These were dangerous and difficult times, but every period in the history of the Church had its especial difficulties and dangers. Whilst it was possible that those coming closer under their ken appeared to be the more im- portant, they should take a wider view, and then they would find that the greatest difficulties had had their counterparts in every age. If men were turning away from Christ now, they turned away from Him when He made His appeals to them at Jerusalem. One of the characteristics
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CRIMELESS MERIONETH. Mr. Justice Phillimore's Tribute. Mr. Justice Phillimore accepted an invitation to attend the ceremony at Festiniog Village on Saturday of laying the foundation stone of a new public hall. The ceremony was performed by Mr. G. H. Ellis, Penymount, the High Sheriff of Merioneth, with whom the Judge lunched. Mr. Ellis, in laying the stone, hoped that that day would also see the foundation of a new life of usefulness and good. Mr. Justice Phillimore, who was given a hearty reception by the crowd, said he was glad to be there that day were it only to enjoy a holiday on a beautiful day in a beautiful country. He was also glad that that holiday was due to the fact that Merionethshire had been good and that he had no crimes to try at Dolgelley. Long might this state of affairs continue, so that His Majesty's judges might have a holiday when they came to the county, and possibly the pleasure of being present, as he was that day, at a ceremony in connection with an institution calculated to be of benefit and of good to the community. He had known Festiniog many years. He came there first in 1857, and it was at Festiniog that he saw his first waterfall. The impression that waterfall had made upon his mind as a child had remained with him and would never be forgotten. He was a great admirer of that part of the country, and had been up the Moelwyn Mountain. He was also glad to con- tribute to a function in which the High Sheriff, who had been so good to the district, took so much interest. He hoped the hall would be the means of affording innocent enjoyment and pleasure to many, and that music, of which Wales was so fond, would be prominently identified with it. Sir Walter Phillimore drove after the cere- mony, accompanied by the High Sheriff and his chaplain (the Rev. Cadwgan Price), along the Vale of Festiniog to Deudraeth and entrained for Dolgelley at five o'clock. He stayed at Dolgelley over Sunday.
REFORM OF THE WELSH UNIVERSITY. Sir Marchant Williams's Scheme. A special meeting of the Welsh University Court is to be held at Shrewsbury to discuss a proposal by Sir Marchant Williams which, if adopted, will involve changes in the University charter. Some rearrangement of the University staff has been considered necessary for some time. At the last meeting of the Court changes were proposed which would have brought up the salaries from £ 1,100 to £r,430, the principal items being the advance of the Registrar's salary from £400 to £600, and the appointment of an assistant registrar at £200. Sir Marchant Williams's recommendation to the Court is that they should appoint as soon as possible "a principal or head of the University, who shall discharge among other duties the duties that are now discharged by the Vice Chancellor." The administrative staff would then consist of the following officials :—Rector and Vice Chancellor, ^1,000; Registrar, £ 400; academic secretary, £ r 60; head clerk, £ ISO; shorthand clerk, ^80; office boy, £'20; total, ^1,810. Sir Marchant, in the course of a statement he has just issued, turns his attention to the cost of examinations in certain subjects. Last year, he says, the sum of Z60 12S. was expended by the University on the examination of four candidates for degrees in law. No doubt it is very high; but in newly established faculties and in those which only attract a few students, the relative cost must always be much higher than in the more popular departments, and picked out from the rest such instances may look worse than they really are. Sir Marchant's terrier-like interest in the finances of the University will, however, do no harm.
eisieu ei gyflawni. Mae yn awyddus i gael gafael mewn dynion ieuainc, ym mhob Jacob ac Esau-yn enwedig yn Esau." Bob tro," meddai, "y bum yng Ngorllewinbarth Llundain byddai fy nghalon yn dyheu am fedru gwneyd rhyvvbeth i gynorthwyo y dynion ieuainc o'r wlad." Caiff ddigon o gyfle bellach. Tra nad esgeulusir yr elfen gymdeithasol rhoddir y lie blaenaf i'r elfen efengylaidd ac ysbrydol. Ennill paganiaid Llundain i Iesu Grist yw y nod, yr unig nod mewn golwg ganddo; ond y mae yn barod i ddefnyddio pob moddion anrhydeddus a all fod yn gynorthwyol i hynny. A chyda dyn mor ysbrydol ei feddwl a Mr. Phillips wrth y llyw nid oes berygl i'r Sefydliad yn Bloomsbury ddarostwng yr efengyl i fod yn iswasanaethgar i Z, amcanion bydol.
of this age was its intense mental activity. Nothing escaped, and least of all the Christian faith and religion. The three foundations upon which the Church of Christ must be established were described in the words of the text. Whilst they should maintain a high standard of learning amongst the clergy, there was something even more powerful--the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Speaking of the theological colleges in connection with their Church, the reverend gentleman expressed thanks at the fact that the young men being trained for the service of the Church were not trained solely in seminaries. There was a good series of theological colleges as well as of universities in this land. Amongst them he mentioned Leeds, Wells, and Aberdare. Wells they accounted one of the oldest; Aber- dare was amongst the youngest, but it was about to be brought to a fuller development by its removal to Llandaff, where it would make an appeal for greater assistance in its work of pre- paring a fuller supply of clergy to be sent out. They rejoiced in the manifestation of the power of the Holy Ghost that had been witnessed in the Welsh diocese, whose chief priest was that morning the subject of their prayers. Men had prayed for the power poured out at Pentecost, that indifference to sin should be removed, and just as the prayers were answered to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, so they had now been answered in Wales. He prayed that that out- pouring might be continued and increased abundantly. Why should they doubt that a new manifestation of the Spirit of God would be granted if only they continued to have faith and to pray for it? The Archbishops had asked the Church to pray for a great revival of the Christian religion. God grant that such a volume of prayer might besiege the Throne of Grace that God would send forth His Holy Spirit with such power that a new life, a new love of God, and a new fellowship with Him might be experienced, so that they might sing with one voice, "Glory be to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." The -sermon ended, the Archbishop and all the bishops present proceeded to the sacrarium, whilst the bishops-elect went to the Ladye Chapel, where they put on their rochets. Mean- while, Mendelssohn's air and chorus, Lift thine eyes," and "He, watching over Israel," were sung by the choir, and Drs. Hughes and Gibson re-appeared at the chancel rails, where, after the singing, they were formally presented to the Arch- bishop for consecration in the words, Most Reverend Father in God, we present unto you this godly and well-learned man to be ordained and consecrated bishop." Dr. Hughes was presented by the Bishops of St. David's and of Oxford. The archbishop having called for the King's mandates, which were read aloud by the Apparitor-General, the oaths of canonical obedience were administered, and then the two bishops-elect knelt on the step in front of the archbishop's chair whilst prayers and the Litany were intoned by the precentor. In the Litany was inserted the following special suffrage :— That it may please Thee to bless these our brethren elected, and to send Thy grace upon them, that they may duly execute the office whereunto they are called, to the edifying of Thy Church, and to the honour, praise, and glory of Thy Name." After the Litany and prayers by the arch- bishop, the questions of examination were put and answered, and this was followed by another retirement. Gounod's chorus, Send out Thy light," was sung. The chief part of the cere- mony was then gone through. The prelates, in their scarlet robes and white lawn sleeves, gathered around the archbishop. One by one the new bishops, still wearing all black, stepped inside and knelt, the bishops closing in for the purpose of laying on hands whilst the arch- bishop read the prayers and sentences of consecration. Further prayers and responses followed, and the newly-consecrated prelates went to their seats with the others, whilst the offertory was taken, and the service followed into the celebra- tion of the Holy Communion.