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CORRIS. COKRIS. HE-OPENING or THE CHURCH. — The Parish Church waa on September 28th, after having been renewed at a cost of £ 500. A stained glass window, to the memory of the late Mr Hughes, Fronwen, has also been inserted in the chancel. The preacher was Archd aeon Williams, who, in the course of his sermon, said:—Perhaps church people at, Corris naeded encouragement. He knew that Welsh churchmen did need encouragement. There was no doubt that at the present time they were in a I minority. There was no doubt wnatever mai buey had to suffer persecution for the Church; and, the Weish character being so terribly sensitive, they sometimes inclined to hang down their hands and to uy" the numbers "—he would not say opposed to tlem-" the numbers who do not feel the same devotion to the Church of our forefathers are so overwhelming that, perhaps, after all, we had better give up the battle." But lt-t the Churchmen 01j U ^rris remember th»t tbey were but a small f^a £ p ment of a large body of the Church of the high God, the one Catholic and apostolic Church throughout the world; and that they were bound to it by the closest tie-the tie of the apostolic ministry. He wished that some of the churchmen of Corris had been with him iu the Cathedral of Bangor when the parishes around held their choral service. It was a sighr that would make the heart of any Churchman oveifiow with gratitude to God. The grand old Cathedral of Bangor wherein prayer and praise had gone up to God day by day for 1.300 years at least, was fillpd from altar to font, and from the east end to the tower, with devout Church worshippers. The Church was strong. Perhaps they wanted unity among themselves. There was sometimes jealousy among the English and the Welsh sections of the Church, one thinking that the other had better or more convenient services. Let them remember that, whether Welsh or English, it mattered not as long as they were all members of the one great body of Christ—the holy Catholic Church. They alao wanted more parochial unity. Some one said to him the other day that there was so much parochialism in the Church that when any re-opemng took place it was difficult to get people from other parishes to rally round the sanctuary. That might have been the case, but it was wearing away. There weie present, he saw, many from other parishes, and he should like them to do all they could to break down parochial isolation and to help one and all in rising into a clearer and purer atmosphere and feel that, though they be divided into parishes and deaneries and so on, they were nevertheless mem. bers of the great Church of Christ.—A luncheon was held after service, at which the memoer ior the Montgomery borough was present. Responding t,) the toast of the House of Commons, Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones, who was received with cheers, re-p,,n ding, remarked that the House of Commjns was a most industrious body. He knew something of hard work and Jong hours, but he candidly admitted that nothing but a sense of duty to the thinking and wise people of Montgomeryshire who had elected him, induced him to endure the hard work and long hours of the House of Commons. It was undoubtedly a great institution; but as a build- ing it lacked ventilation; and when some 600 mem- bers were stuffed and packed in it like sardines in a b.,x they felt inclined to thank God for the Tnrraee where they could obtain a breath of air (laughter and cheers). Some people also eaid Thank God for the House of Lords." and they as Churchmen and good Conservatives did thank God that there was such a place. It would ba wanted again on a very early occasion when that iniquitous Bill for the disestab- lishment and disendowment of the Welsh Church was sent up to it. Just as the Home Kule Bill had been treated, so would the Disestablishment Bill when it came before the House of Lords (cheers) The con- duct of the membera from across the Channel was most unfair to those who difEered from them. Could the country realise their conduct, it would realise in some degree what the state of Ireland wonld be if there were 80 or 100 suoh representatives in a Parlia- ment of their own ic Dublin. Though he had many friends among the Irish party, he regretted to have to say they were an ungovernable, presumptive, and un- fair class of men. They could not take defeat as the representatives of Wales had to take defeat often in matters on which they had made up their minds. They broke through all rules of courtesy, all the rules of debate, and all the rules of fairness to those who differed from them, and yet those were the people who desiked to constitute a Parliament in Dublin. God forbid that Wales should take example of such men (cheers). Speaking of the Church, Sir "ryee said that clergy and laity weie now doing good and success- fal work. All that was wanted was to leave the clergy alone for another eight or ten years and then Church- man would be able to cross swords with their political and Nonconformist friends. The Church was great; tie Church wai powerful; and the Church was doing immense good, and it only required time to make its position good among the peTple of Wales (applause). They could see in that pa, ioh what was being done- the splendid work that had been done in a short time. He remembered that their Vicar about twelve months ago mentioned sometbinv about the work completed that day and that also reminded him (Sir Pryoe) that he owed the Yicar a 410 uute-(Isughter)-whiah he should have the pleasure of Landinsr over before he left (applause). His visit that day was due to Lady Londonderry uurtj was "a. tenaehdv, no soared, in t bis age to depreciate if not to do away with the monied classes and the aristocracy of the land. Well, could not and did not their Nonconformist friends admire and make much of the landed pro- prietora who happened to be Nonconformists (laughter). No doubt they did, and they were only actuated by jealousy in their attempts to sever from the Church the support of the monied classes to which Mr Gladstone made unfortunate reference a short time ago in the city of London. Where, how- ever, would be the bulwarks of the state and their glorious institutions were it not for the monied classes (cheers) P He was greatly pleased to be present to see the excellent work which had been done and to listen to the splendid sermon by the Arch- deacon (applause).






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