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THE POSITION OF WELSH AT ST. TYDFIL'S. Sir,—It may not be generally known to local church people that a change is about to be made in the services of the Parish Church, St. Tydfil's. It was announced last Sunday that, in future, the morning services would be conduct- ed in English, with the exception of a oelebra- tion of Holy Communion once a month. It was added that this change was made at the request of the parishioners. No information was vouchsafed as to when or by whom this re- quest was made. Certainly no mention of it was made at the Easter Vestry recently held. The proposed change appears to be entirely capricious, and no apparent reason can be found for it. English church people in the town are already fully provided for at St. David's, and that church is not so well attended that it can afford to dispense with even a portion of its congregation. On the other hana, the present Welsh services at the Parish Church are a ne- cessary provision for the needs of Welsh Churchmen in Merthyr. It is perfectly obvious, therefore, that the only effect of the proposed change will be to deprive Welshmen of their services, and to leave them practically without any spiritual provision whatsoever. It seems most desirable that those in authority should reconsider their present ill-advised proposal, and refuse to oust the Welsh language from the services of the Church at the clamorous de- mands of what can only be a small section of bigoted Anglicizers, who covet such a splendid building for their own use. If the change is proceeded with, it can only be inferred that the Rector is pursuing an alienising policy to the undoubted harm of the Church, and of re- ligion generally. In times past charges were frequently brought against the Welsh Church of being alien in lan- guage and sentiment; charges which, one must admit, had some basis in truth when the re- quirements of the people were ignored by her. It is, therefore, the more unfortunate at a time like the present, when the "Ecclesia Walliae" is fast regaining her position in the hearts of the nation, that such an action as this should take place. Its only effect will be to cause many to think that the old, bad policy of the past is still in force, and once more give oc- casion to the enemy to blaspheme. The present Bishop of Iondon has well said: "I do not myself think that any church that does not reoognise national, sentiment will ever last. -tt seems to me that the Holy Catholic Church must knit itself into the hearts of the nation where it is planted, and unite itself with na- tional aspirations." Surely, to ignore the na- tional language cannot be the best way of showing forth the catholicity of the Church of Wales. It is deplorable that a large and important parish like Merthyr should in this way make an attack on the Welsh language. Such an action will only afford encouragement to those clergy (and they are not a few) in other and smaller surrounding parishes who are already devoting no small effort to the work of de- nationahsing the fchurch. For this reason, if for no other, every effort should be made by Churchmen to secure that the position of Welsh in the church services shall not be interfered with in Merthyr.—Yours, etc., ELAETH

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