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Death of the Rev. G. A. Jones,…


Death of the Rev. G. A. Jones, Card iff. We regret to announce the death of the Rev. G. A. Jones, who was for many years vicar of st. Mary's, Cardiff The rev. gentieman, who was 79 years of age, had been in failing hea'th for some time, and for the past few davs had been lying in a critical condition at No. 15, Lonacross-street. where he passed peacefully away about 8.30 on Saturday evening, iu the presence of his niece, Mrs Hickman, of Sutton. Surrey, and one or two old friends, including the liev. Father Noel. late of St. Barnabas, Oxford Deceased had been attended by Dr. Alired Sheen and Dr. Davies. The actual cause oi death was senile decay and exhaus- tion. Rev. G. Arthur Jones. I (Photo by Alfred Freke, Cardiff.) J Touchng references were made to the death of tho Rev. G. A. Jones at several Cardiff dJUrches on Sunday. The Rev. Gilbert Heater., preaching" at St. Mary's on Sunday morning, took as his text, Behold an Israelite indeed in whom is no guile," and delivered an eloquent eulogy on the splen- did character of the cieccased, and referred to hi3 long and iaiiluul services in the parish of St. Mary. Biographical Details. The Rev. G. A. Jones, or as he was more generally called the Rev. Father" Jones, was the pioneer ot Ritualism in Cardiff. For many years the Rev. Leigh Morgan, canon of Llan- daff Cathedrai-a thoroughly evangelical clergyman—wa3 vicar or Icoabh and also st, Mary's, Cardiff, preaching at Roath in the morning and at St. Mary's in the evening. In 1882 he resigned both livings and retired to a smail parish near Cow bridge. Prior to this the late Lord Bute having joined tbe Roman: Catholic Church, hi? trustees (Lord Bute being the patron of both livings) appointed the Rev. G. A. Jones as vicar of at. Mary's, and soon afterwards the Rev. Mr Puller as vicar of Roath. both being extreme Rituaiists. The change in the mode of conducting the services at St. Mary's Church gave great offence to the congregation, who after some months applied to Bishop OUivant, the then Bishop of Llan- daff, to divide the parish and form an ecclesi- astical district in the souih part. Thi3 he con- sented to do, and as a result St- Stephen's ecclesiastical district was formed and the Rev. G. A. Russell, an evangelical clergyman, ap- pointed, and the Church of St. Mary was after- wards but thinly attended daring Divine service for years. The Rev. G. A. Jones refused to depart from any of the Ritualistic practices instituted by him. In 1889 the Church Congress was held at Cardiff, and the congress secretary, without being aware of the chauge in the mode of conducting the ser- vices, arranged for a congress sermon to be preached at St. Mary's Cnurch- The astonish. went of the clergy was greao, and many were shocked at the character of the service, and a considerable amount of correspondence fol- lowed, much of which was published in the South Wales Daily News." The endowment on the church wag small, but the Rev. G. A. Jones, after the aduit population had left the church, made every effort to secure the children and he erected the schools in North Church- street and Temperancetown He opened some of the houses in North Church-street as a kind of home where several sisters resided, and then v;sited ail the poorer districts of St. Mary, and although the church never recovered its posi- tion in the parish people gradually became accustomed to the form of service held there, Under his direction the interior of the building was much altered. He was a very conscientious man, believing sincerely in what he taught aud when ag compelled him to resign the active duties in connection with the vicar of a large parish like St. Mary's he sUB undertook to the last the Eucharistic service at St. Mary's Church every Sunday. Few clergymen aimed more at securing the attendance, of the chil- dren. He had a pleasing manner, could scarcely pass a group of children without mingling with them, and as these children grew up they be- came members of his congregation. He was frecuentlv seen in the streets with children clinging around him and running after him to take hold of his hand as be walked along. His congregation might be small, but every one of them was sincerely attached to him, and there are few churches in the district whero such a strong bond of sympathy exists between pastor. and people as between the vicar of St. Mary's and tho--e who attended the church. The division of the parish by the formation of St. I Stephen's ecclesiastical district, against his wili. was a severe blow to him, as it cut off a large portion of the population of j St. Mary's. Thi3 was followed by the for- mation of St. Dyfrig's ecclesiastical district, on the west, leaving him but a somewhat sparse population. His life was a struggle against adverse circumstances. Still he was always cheerful, always looking on the bright side of the picture, never complaining, and never uttering a word of reproach against those whose religious views differed from his own. He was a clergyman for the poor, and though poor himself he often made himself poorer still to benefit those who needed a helping hand. FUNERAL AT CARDIFF. A Ritualistic Service. The obsequies connected with the burial of the Rev. G. Arthur Jones, formerly vicar of St. Mary's, Cardiff (1872-1903). were remark- able for the ornate character cf their ritual. I The body, enclosed in a coffin of polished oak. surmounted by a cross attached to the lid, had been canveyed on Tuesday evening from I'ho residence, Longcross-street, to St. Mary's Church, where at 7.30, in the presence of the amily and a large congregation, tha first part :t the burial service was read by the Rev. Griiuert Heaton, the vicar. Subsequently some > £ the deceased's old parishioners kept an all-night vigil in the church, and at 6, 7, and 8 in the mornin cele- brations of the Holy Eucharist took place. Afc 10.30, preceding the procession to the cemetery, a requiem wa3 sung, this being de- scribed as the ordinary funeral service of the Church of England combined with a requiem mass. For this service, the principal mourners attended together with some 50 or 63 surpliced c!ergy, many unsurpliced clergv, and a large gathering of the parishioners of St. Mary's, the church being fairly full. The coffin, covered with a purple pall with crimson stripes, stood on high trestles in the sanctuary, with three tall candles lighted at each side, the altar also being illuminated by half a dozen candies. MrG. H. Cole, F.R.C.O., organist of St. John's, who was for some years organist of St. Mary's, introduced the service with Chopin's F-cral March, and hymn 3S9, •' When our beads are bowed with woe," was sung by the surpliced choir and congregation as an introit. Alter the Collect the Epistle was read by the Rev. Gilbert Heaton. vicar of St. Mary's, and the Gospel by the Rev. J. W. Ward, vicar of Llan- tarnam. "On the resurrection morning"was sung ns the Offertory piece, whiie Day of wrath 0, day of mourning," was solemnly and rever- entially rendered as the sequence. To Pro- testant eyes the celebration of the Communion that followed was Ritualistic in the extreme, and it was observed that some evangelical clergymen did not enter the church until this was over. The Rev. H. A. Coe, vicar of St. Dyfrig's, was the celebrant, the Rev. J. W. Ward, vicar of Llantarnam, acting as deacon, and the Rev. Gilbert Heaton, vicar of St. Mary's, as sub-deacon. Both Mr Coe and Mr Ward Had worked with the deceased for twenty years at St. Mary's. Thespeciai feature of the service was the singing of the Dies Irse, and after the Epistle, and that the Creed, and the Gloria were said and no At the acts of consecration the saCT-ing bell was rung, and subsequently the officiating clergy marched in procession around the cotSn, the ceiebrant carrying a censer or thurible, which ho swung towards tiieccflin, around which thin clouds of incense arose. The prayers of the con- gregation were asked for the reposo of the soul of Griffith Arthur Jones." During tha requiem Marbecke's setting was sung, with Mr T. Davies at the organ, and at the close Mr Cole played Beethoven's Funeral March and Handel's Dead March. The procession from the church to the ceme- tery was watched by many hundreds of people congregated en route along the canal bank and in St. Mary-street, The head constable, mounted, led the way; then came the surpliced choir, headed by the Crucifix, and followed by the surpticed clergy, walking two abreast. The officiating clergy rode in a private carriage sent by Lady Hill. The coffin, carried in an open hearse, was covered with wreaths. Nineteen carriages preceded the hearse, and 10 vehicles followed, while at the rear of the cortege was a long procession of old parishioners. In a car. riage in front was Vicar Jones's old sacristan. Samuel Hodge, who, though on the verge of 80, and infirm, insisted upon being allowed to take his share in performing the last rites at his old vicar's graveside. The chief mourners were :— First coach-Rev. S. P. and Mrs Parry, Mr find Mr3 Hickman second coach—the Misses Hickman, Nurse Orendan, Rev. J. O. Evans third coach—Mr and Mrs George David, Mr and Mrs Carlton Riches fourth coach—the Sisters I of St. Mary's fifth coach—Mrs Fletcher, the Misses Fletcher: sixth coach-Mr and Mrs Herman seventh coach—the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and Lady Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs Robert Hughes).. Mrs Robert Hughes). The bearces were Mr Edwin Dobbin and Mr NJ II. J. Thatcher. churchwardens of St. Mary's and the following, sidesmen of St. Mary's, St. Michael's, and St. Samson'—.Messrs A. Gandy, j H. J. Gardiner, H. Bartiett, J. E. Maddocks, and W. Bannister. Among the clergy in church and in the pro- cession were the Revs. Canon F. J. Beck, I M.A., vicar of Roath Joseph Baker, M.A., vicar of St. Catherine's F. E. Biggart, curate of St. Saviour's David Davies, M. A., rector I of Canton; C. A Empson, M.A., vicar of St. I Saviour's A. Henderson, B.A., vicar of St. Jolin's F. P. Hill. M.A., vicar of St. Paul's, Grangetown A. E. H. Hyslop, vicar of All Saints' R. J- I^es, vicar of St. German's D. Jenkins, curate oi Grangetown A. G. Russeli, B.A., incumbent of St. Stephen's C. A. L. Senior, curate of St. German's W. T. Southern, B.A., curate of St. I Margaret's, lioalth F. W. Clarke, Caldicot; E. J. Treharne and S. Owen, curates, St. Andrew's Owen, Pontlottyn J. T. Richards, Canton • Gaul. Cardiff; F. T. Shellard, Bristol; H. G. Hellier, vicar of St. Martin's G. P- Symonds, B.A., St. Martin's F, Summers, Newport A. G. Stallard, M. H. Noel (late ot St, Barnabas', Oxford), Caldicot Geoffrey W- Standish and W. F. Adams, curates of st. Saviour's Z. P. Williamson. R.D., Marga- T. C. Phillips, vicar of Skewen D. Price Morgan, curate, All Saints'; J. T. Wordsworth, Seamen's Mission W. O. Wellington and W. G Grigg, St. Mary's, Cardiff. Among very old friends of the de. ceased present were the Revs. D. Rees. vicar of Pontlottyn G. Howard Lewis, assistant curate of St Mark's, Farnboriiugh and J. Owen Evans, formerly vicar of Cowbridgc, and now of Cardiston, near Shrewsbury. The English Church Union, Cardiff branch, was represented by Messrs F. R. Kempson, George David, S. J. Price, A. C. Kirk, and Dr. Herbert Vachell. Other prominent laymen in the congregation included Councillor Walter Thomas, Messrs W. S. de Winton, Spiridion, Lansdowne, G. N. David, and Vernon Hill. I At the graveside the ordinary burial service ¡: of the Church of England was read by the Vicar of St. Mary's,and the ceremony closed with the singing of an English and a Welsh hymn. Amongst those who sent wreaths, in addition to immediate relatives, were the children of Longcross-street," Little children who loved him in Silver-street, Orbit-street, j and Longcross-street,' organist and mem- I bers of St. Mary's Choir, St. Mary's Cricket Ciub, the Cardiff Conservative Club, the English Church Union (Cardiff branch), the Cardiff Rural Deanery Chapter, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Cardiff, Mr Owen S. Wynne. Carlton Club, Mrs Hick- man, St. Mary's Church Mr Carlton Riches and family, Rev. J. W- Ward and the Misses Ward, Llantarnam Mrs S. Fletcher and famiiy, Windsor-pi ace Mrs C. H. Williams, Roath Court; Mr Edwin Dobbin and Mr H. J. Thatcher, churchwardens I Mr H. J. Thatcher's Bible class, Mr J. Gawan Clark, Mrs Thomas and Emily Dr. and Mrs Alfred Sheen, teachers and children of St. Mary's Mission schools J. B. and E. D. Maddocks and family, Mr E. Ashmore Corke, Dowlals Mr and Mr3 George David, Mr and Mrs Dawn ay, Newport-road Mr and Mrs Cuthberfc Allen, Mrs E. Dobbin and Aggie and Dorothy, Mr W. M. Williams, Frances-street; Mr W. A. E. Dobbin. Mr Augustine J. Stone had charge of the funeral arrangements. PASSING THE MONUMENT. M II ■■ .1 iwm ■—— ——im—M——————————————' 1 — PROCESSION IN ST. MARY-STREET. (Photos by A. and G. Taylor, Cardiff.) A.









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