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RE-OPENING OF PANTEAGUE CHURCH. [BY OUR REPORTER.] Again it becomes our pleasing duty to note down a red- letter day in the records of religious transactions—of late, so abundant in this neighbourhood. It is gratifying to turn from the consideration ot exciting circumstances in which we are weekly engaged, to bend our steps from the turmoil of labour and business, and stroll away from everyday life, to some quiet spot of creation, where the pa?sions of the world seem hushed, and everything around lends a charm to the event concerning which, we have rambled thither to take notes. fllo perform a duty of this character, we proceeded into the healt.i-giving country on Tuesday last, which day, the good parishioners of Panteague devoted to re-opening their charm- ingly-situated little church, which lies in the woody dell of the Aton Llwyd, at a convenient distance from the Pontypool road, and is surrounded by scenery among which the promi- nent mountain land of Twyn Callh forms the finest feature while immediately around, are cottages, gardens, and mea- dows, enbosomed amiast clustering trees, where Languidly beside the water stand all day the stately steers, And the tail, green corn is waving, with a wealth of swelling ears, And all day the joyous mavis his sweet song in shadow weaves, W here the mighty boughs are drooping, heavy with their summer leaves; And the young birds ay are singing underneath the cottage eaves." Panteague old church was one of those decayed and totter- ing temples erected by our pious forefathers some centuries since, a few of whi-bViJl i->t tr » /ace of t!ie country. Its state of decay was such as required immediate renovation: and about a twelvemonth since, when it was announced that the work of rebuilding would shortly be commenced, the hearts of the poorer and richer parishioners alike warmed on the subject, and contributions, aided by a rate, flowed iu freely in aid of the restoration. On examination of the building, it was found that the whole of the then-existing walls were sound; but that the interior would require a thorough alteration. The work was entrusted to Mr. Wdlliams, builder, of Pontypool; ar<d the edifice, as it now stands, fresh from his hands, certainly wears au improved and attractive appearance, An elegant new porch has been added, which is surniollnted by a cross; sub- stantial outer walls have been built against the old structure: the chancel end has been surmounted by a new coping, and a cross at the summit; a new roof has been laid on the old tower has been re^pointed; and a lighter and more cheerful air, given to all the exterior. Within, the plastering and painting have effected a pleasing change also; a new gallery has been fixed the church has been partially re-pewed the has been fixed; the church has been partially re-pewed the altar-place new railed; and a neat desk and pulpit erected- all being oak-stained, and presenting a very chaste and pleas- ing appearance. The expenses incurred in effecting these improvements amounted to between three and four hundred pounds, towards which, a rate was levied on the parish, and the Lord Bishop of the diocese and Capel Hanbury Leigh, Esq., the Lord Lieutenant, subscribed handsomely for the same purpose while the indefatigable exertions of the worthy rector, the Rev. D. Jones, greatly aided the funds. The Lord Lieutenant also presented a complete service of books to the church, elegantly bound in Russia, and gilt-edged while the altars and pulpit cloths, tastefully fringed were presented by Miss George, of Pontymoile. ° The interesting event of re-opening this church, was cele- brated by three services, the sermons on which occasions were preached by the Rev. Archdeacon Crawley (the Rev. T. Davies, M.A., iucumbcnt of Trevethin. reading the lessons); the Rev. John Irving, and the Rev. — Uarwood and at each of these services, the church was crowded; every arrange- ment for the accommodation of the congregations, being well carrted out bv the churchwardens, Mr. John Jones, of Pan- teague, and Mr. David W ilhams, cf Pontypool, aided very efficiently by Mr. Rogers, of Pontymoile, who exhibited un- tiring energy throughout the day. Among the congregation, we observed W. A. Williams, El;mgibby, W. A. YY'il- liams, jun., Esq., and Miss Wiliiains the°Rev. David Jones, rector of Panteague, and Mrs. Jones Mrs. Crawley Revds! J. Hughes, J. Lewis, D. hees, &c.; James Essex, Esq., and Mrs. Essex; J. Jones, Esq.; J. Harlev Esq., and Mrs. Larley; Mrs. and the Misses Ion, Ty Coch Mr Rogers, Pontymoile • Mr. and Mrs. Charles WilHams; Pontvpool: Mr. Morgan', Coedycrick; and a number of friends from Pontypool and neighbourhood. The first sermon, preached by the Rev. Archdeacon, was upon the words, The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of Hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts. —Haggai, 2nd chapter, 9th verse. The discourse was full of that plain and simple beauty and appositcness which so readily find a way to the understanding and the heart; and the sacred words of the text were strikingly applied to tiie pa.st and present state of the church, in whicli'they were enunciated. This, with the discourses in the afternoon and evening, was listened to attentively by the congregation, who testified, by very liberal contributions au the close of each, their sense of the "gentle persuasions" to Christian charitv which thev had heard. We should not omit mention of the efficient choir tbt officiated on the occasion. It was composed, we understand, of three choirs of dissenting connexions, led by Mr. W. Jones, of Pontymoile; the reader being one of the best we have ever listened 1.0— Mr. William Lloyd, of Pontymoile. The siu<n:irr in the morning service comprised Kent's beautiful antlTereT, taken from the 5Gth I salm: Hear my prayer, oh, God and hide not thyself from my petition take heed unto me-how I mourn m my prayer, and am vexed: my heart is disquieted within me, and the lear of death is fallen upon me: then I said, 0, that I had wings like a dove then would I nee away, anOe at r«st: together;-with the iUtli. 96th, and 113th if^,n 1 hc e*e«ution of the anthem was very fine and ? I,re3.eVt W1,U in awarding a full moed of churrli nu I( 'lt ?T.n ea: within the walls of a village indplri compositions sung in the afternoon were tho *Vith am' fi }i° /il0u' G°d of Israel, and the « ( ). 1 1 }e. I salms and m the evening, the chorus — oonXvY8 nsen Kom ,the doad;" the 84th Psalm and the tCTJ Lo,rd' now we part in Thy blest name." co!.lections after the tnree services amounted to eighteen T, jSlxteeu shillluSs' and seven pence halfpenny. thaJt tllose ineu(ls }xho 'me from a distance might Jr°P>?r refreshments at hand, Miss Prosser, landlady of wW,?\i1!,n' erect°d.^ spacious awning in an adjoining field, v>nv ° wc-re vi out with substantial viands and the Proverbial hospitality oi: Mr and Mrs. Pearce-who occupy ^I(e rectory house, which taeir united tastes have laMy trans,om;ed into a most delightful retreat—was enjoved bv a considerable number of friends who had come from a distance to attend the re-openmg ot the church. At the close of this cheering day, we do not think there "Was one among the ^iany the high, the lowly, the youn^- the aged, the sick, and the halt, who had come forth once^nore into the blessed sunshine, to commemorate the pleasing occa- sion -in whose heart a feeling of thankfulness was not expe- rienced and the hope enjoyed, that The glory of this latter house shall indeed be greater than the forn;cr."






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