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Annual Feirice at the Pilgrim's Clmrcli, St. Clears. The annual service in the ruins of the old church of Llanfihangel-Abercowin, commonly 11 known as tho Pilgrim's Church, was held on Sunday aifternoon, at 2.30 p.m. The service ivas. as usual, bilingual, and the ".el&t sermon Avas delivered by the Vicar (the ltev W. Davies). The Rev Canon Camber Wil- liams preached from Exodus xii, 26, "What mean ye by this. service." He referred to the fact that the spot had been consecrated by the prayers and praises of something like 1,100 years. They Avislied to remind them- selves year by year tha.t they were one with the church of those early days. The name Llanlihangel, or "Church of St. Michael" took them back to the period immediately succeeding tne year 700. Churches and parishes dedicated to St. Michael represented the later Christvanisuig of districts which lay out of the beaten track in placets inaccessible by reason of their mountainous or marshy character. Churches in those early days were made of wattle, or basket work covered over with mud, but one house succeeded another, and God's family and spiritual church re- mained the same. The three creeds which God's people to-day professed were the same as those of the old church of our forefathers in the early days of the Avattle building. The spiritual songs which had ascended that after noon and the words of prayer which they had used were mainly the same heard in those sacred walls centuries ago. Then, as now, the Church of Wales was the same. When the first building was erected there, the Church was served by the same three orders of Bishops, priests, and deacons. There was a mighty inspiration in a lengthy ancestry, and they loved to think that they had drank of the same river that took its rise on the slope.5 of Pentecost. This gathering took them back to tlie day when there were no fis*>ure>s and 110 divisions amongst the followers of Christ. At the pi-e-ieiit time there were bet-ween 200 and 300 such divisions, a fact which barbed the shafts cf the unbeliever. They gathered there year by year to remind themselves that it was in the old religious home of their people in the old church cf the land that the centre of Chistian unity and the meeting place where those who had broken away either c'n the light hand or oil the left hand could once again meet in common brother- hood. The history of the church gave them every encouragement and hope. Whatever amount of truth there might be in the story of the self-buried pilgrims, one oouild gather that it referred to a time of stress and panic, aim yet the tiny bark of LLanfihangel Church rode .safely over the billows. 2o0 years ago in days of Puritan oppression, when the shep- herd had been banished and the law forbade h: preaching within 20 rnilee. of his scattered sheep, men thought that the Church was deac,, and the great storm of political power rolled upon its grave, and yet once more the miracle of ressurection was repeated so to- day when the clouds were gathering and the storm seemed imminent they drew courage and confidence from the fact that* the God who had delivered their forefathers was with them. The Rev J. Evan Jones, B.A. vicar of Llangan, delivered an impressiA-e sennon in Welsh upon the text, "Not by might, not by pevver, but by my Spirit." A\ -tli their usual generosity AI v and Airs Uiohards, Treventy Farm, provided tea for LG visitors, as aliso did the vicar at the school- room.

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