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BKi'l'WSiCOJiD PAiUSH . UHUltutl.…


BKi'l'WSiCOJiD PAiUSH UHUltutl. DEDICATION OF THE NEW TO cR. I Tn,) Bishop of Bangor to-day week dedicated tue newiy-compieted tower 01 tho Bettws^coea 1;1'1-3.1 vüÜn;ü. i'iio tower lias been raised auout ii ivxti-y tue worn being earned out by Aatssib .1. Ü(J>Hi::> and Uo., contractors, .Lancaster, alia tne 1h\1'i:\ .t\lti:\l.eu aHa j/cviiey, ot ijaiioast-er, and Air Kcbert iarry, Bod iuuoai, iU, cJerK 01 worn#. A iiaiiasome unoo- (1-1 ciocis has been placed in tne tower by tne geutrosuy ot tne late Mrs Paterson, wno was a 1 requeue visitor to lieUw sycoeo, and Coionel Jomiftioiid has presented a lino peal of belis. Tnere was a large congregation at the uetiica- iion service, in winch tue lohowmg clergy rook i .ie Lord Bisnop; Arcndeacon Lloyd Jones, Cnccieth (a. former curate of Bettwoy- coeu); tno Rov. Canon Jones, Penmaeniuavvr fiwral Dean); tho Rector of Llanrwst (the Rev. donii Morgan); tne Rector of Llangefni; the Hey. R. J. Edwarus (also a former curate of Bettwsy- coea); tne Vicar of Biaenau Eestimog (the Rev. T, H. Hughes); and tne Rev. R. Morns Jones, M.A., tne present vicar. Other clergy present included tno Revs. D. Alban Lloyd, vicar of Pentre Vceiasj T. Llechid Jones, vicar of Ys- bytty; J. C. Jonea, rector of Llangelynm; Ben Jones, rcctor of fenmaonno; and H. Thomas, vicar of Cape] Garrnon. 4 ADDRESS BY THE BISHOP. The Bishop based his discourse on the words in the 61st Psalm, "Thou hast- been a shelter for me and a strong tower against the enemy." He said they were so accustomed to seo towers as a part of the fabric of churches in England—he said in England because they all knew that the majority of tiie village churches in Wales only possessed a email belfry—that they were apt to look at a onurcn without a tower as incomplete. It might be well for them to ask what was the reason that it came into being, and what led their forefatners to erect church towers. The answer would be found in the insecurity of the times in which their forefathers lived. In these days they had been so used to live in safety and security to go and worship their God without, fear that they could hardly picture to themselves the early 'I times when continual forces of the heathen made sudden incursions upoai them to kill slay, burn, and destroy. In times before the conquest they over and over again did this. In those years the invaders landed and ravaged Canterbury, and then the fleet sailed up the Thames. In times like that it was necessary that people should have some place to flee to when without warning these incursions were made upon them. What more natural place of security could there be than close by the churches in which they wor- shipped? There they could gather all that was precious, and defend themselves until the heath- en had passed to some other place. So the towers were built close by the churches as a place of security. Tnrough the mercy of God tms timo of tyrtumy passed away, and God's peo- ple were ablo to move about in piece and quiet- ness, but still the churcn towers remained, though no longer were they wanted for warlike purposes, but to remind tho people of what had gone by. Then tho custom of using bells to summon God's people to worship began and spreau. The towers naturally suggested a fit- ting placo for the hanging of the bells. They had now no fear of violence; but still the towers had their purjiose. and, if he might say, they wero parables in atone, telling them that in the Giiurch was refuge and a strong tower against the enemy. Was there a congregation anywhere who did .not long for rest and refuge from the strife of tongues, from the prying of some eyes, and from the unkindness of those amongst wiloill they lived, and perhaps again from their own consciences and their memory of long past sins? They knew that exquisite gem of Mendelssohn's "Ob, that I had wings like a dove." Why was it that, it appealed so forcibly to so many who heard it? Was it merely a story? Was it not more like some responsive call to many who felt that they would like to flee into the wilderness, and there be at rest for ever? So the church tower reminded thorn that there was a refuge against all fret, worry, and the circumstances of daily life. So might it be in this new addition to the House of God at Bettwsycoed. Might that tower speak its welcome to those who pass by. Concluding, his Lordship said he had been asked to say that it had been hoped that at that service there would be unveiled two tablets to the memory of two former vicars of Bettwsvcoed -Mr Griffiths, in whose time the funds for the building of that church were collected, and who was for 18 years a faithful pastor of the church, and also in memory of his lordship's most dear friend, the Rev. Richard Jones, in whose time the funds for the building of the tower were collected. That church would be the richer for the memorial tablets. In the evening a sermon was preached to a lararo congregation by the Rev. R. T. Jones, vicar of Glanogwen. The offertories, at both services were towards the church tower building fund.


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