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CHURCH AND KING.

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CHURCH AND KING. The death of a King of England must ever be deeply felt by all religions bodiep within the realm, but by none so acutely as by the Church of England. The re- lations between the Monarch and the National Church, of which by law as well as by birth he is a member, must neces- sarily be of an intimate character. He iE not, indeed, as is sometimes ignorantlj stated, the Head of the Church," this- title having been in fact, expressly dis- claimed by Queen Elizabeth, who described herself as the Church's Supreme Govern- our." In the fifty-fifth Canon the King is referred to as Supreme Governour; in these his realms and all other his domin- ions and countries, over all persons in all causes, ecclesiastical as well as tempera] In other words, the Sovereign dispensef justice in ecclesiastical causes through the Church Courts, and in temporal causes through his Judges in the secular Courts. Moreover, the aneient Convocationp of the two provinces of Canterbury and York assemble by the writ of the King at the beginning of each Parliament, and their first proceeding is to vote an addresp to the Crown. This time-honoured pro- cedure took place as recently as March 1st last, when our late beloved Sovereign received in Buckingham Palace the Arch. bishops of Canterbury and York and many members of the two Convocations. Nothing could have been more touching or more felicitously expressed than the reply of his late Majesty to the addresses of the two Convocations. In that which he addressed to the Convocation of Canter- bury he referred with special pleasure to their recognition of his efforts to maintain the peace of the world, and he expressed his conviction that as civilisation advanced and the influence of Christian teaching increased it would inculcate in ever-grow- ing degree the love of peace upon which the happiness and the material progress of all nations to such a large extent depended. King Edward went on to say how much the strength of the Church was a bulwark to all which was held dear in family life, and he commended in particular the grow- ing work of the Church among the poor and friendless, especially in great cities. By a natural transition this led his Majesty to allude to the Royal Commission on the Poor Law, and to express the hope that before long steps might be taken to carry out some at least of their recommendations. The King concluded with an expression oi his interest in the deliberations of the Pan-Anglican Congress and the Lambeth H. Conference. His Majesty's reply to thel. congratulations of the Convocation of theH Province of York was on similar lines, though in it he referred rather more specifi- ( cally to the work of the Church in every sphere of his people's life and aspirations both at home and beyond the seas, and he concluded with an earnest desire that the power of the Church to limit and repair the many evils of our civilisation and to aid the people might be strengthened as ( the years unfolded. The Church may well mourn the death t of a Sovereign imbued with such elevated t aspirations for the religious life of the country as are contained in these recent I utteranoes of his late Majeaty, and, indeed, without labouring the point, it is a matter of common knowledge that while King Edward fully appreciated the valuable work of all Christian bodies, other than the Church of England, yet he was a deeply attached member of the Church to which Englishmen instinctively turn as representing the nation in times oi national rejoicings. The Archbishop of Canterbury was as much in his rightful place by the bedside of the dying monarch as when his immediate predecessor in thf Archbishopric placed the crown upon his head, or as when, in 1863, Arebbishop Longley united him in the bonds of holy matrimony to his beloved consort Queen Alexandra. It will not be forgotten that in the Coronation oath the Sovereign bind., himself to maintain the connection between the Church and the state, and to preserve to the Bishops and clergy and to the churches committed to their charge ali such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain to them. This oath his present Majesty will in due course take, as our King, with as full and implicit ac- ceptance as did his late father. Indeed, the Church and the nation are fortunate that in King George they will possess a Sovereign who will extended as full sympathy to the Church of England and to the religious work of the country as did the great King who has just passed away. From this point of view we cannot but regret that the terms of the Declaration which his Majesty will be called upon t( make in the House of Lords have not yet been modified by the excision of the con- tumelious expression in which the King is made to refer to the Roman Communion.

RHYDYMWYN.|

LLANARMON-YN-YALE.I

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