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LONDON LETTER.

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HARRY SEYMOUR; OR Incidents…

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-AN UNLICENSED LONDON THEATRE.

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FACTS AND FANCIES.

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CHURCH EXTENSION AT CAR' DIFF.

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CHURCH EXTENSION AT CAR' DIFF. Opening of st. Catherine's "j Canton. i Sermon by Dean Vaughan. x On Wednesday morning, a new church rt King s-road, Canton, of which a full description has already been given in these columns, tyag solemnly dedicated to divine worship, under thl patronage of St. Catherine. There was a large congregation which filled the part of the sacredi edifice completed, and the service was thoroughly congregational. The clergy robed at the ad* joining mission-room, and amongst those present were the Lord Bishop of Llandaff (Dr. Lewis), the Very Rev. the Dean (Dr. V ahan), the Venerable the Archdeacon Griffiths, Canon Woods tchanceillor of the Diocese), the RevS. C. J. Thompson, M.A. (vicar of St. John's, and chaplain to the bishop), G. Arthur Jones, M.A. (vicar of St. Mary' s)» F. J. Beck, B.D. (vicar of Roath), R. J. Ives, M.A. (vicar of St. German's), Vincent Saulezi M.A. (rector of Canton), A. G. Russell, M.A. (vicar of St. Stephen's), J. R. Buckley (vicar of Llandaff), Minor Canon Downing, Godfrey; Wolfe, H. A. Coe, F. E. Nugee, J. G. Monro, R, Phillips, T. Rees, R. Gibbings, M. Evanson, and Henry Morgan. The latter clergyman will have i charge of the new spiritual district. An unusual feature in the body of ecclesiastics was the presence of the Very Rev. S. G. Hatherly, arch* i priest of the patriarchal throne of Constantinople. 1 This distinguished Greek priest is at present j visiting Cardiff for the purpose of ministering t<> the spiritual necessities of his c:>-religionists, an^ on Tuesday, which is kept by the orthodo* church of the east as Christmas Daý, he celebrated mass on board H.M.S. Thisbe, and dispensed the Holy Communion to a number of Greek sailors. His attendance upon such an occasion, vested as he was in his clerical vestments, may be taken as evidencing his fraternal feelings towards the Anglican Church. The clergy and choir, headed by a banner, marched into the church singing Brightly gleams our banner," and after another hymn,the Archdeacon of Llandaff read the bishop's licence opening the building. The" Miserere" was then sung kneeling, and after the blessing of the altar, and special prayers and lessons from Scrip- ture, the choir rendered in excellent style the anthem," 0, how amiable are thy dwellings." Dean VAUGHAN was the preacher, and he took for his text St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians II. 19-22. No more strangers and foreigners, but of the household of God, and a habitation of God through the Spirit." Having applied these words to the hearts of his hearers with his accustomed fervour, the dean went on to say 18,000 people are swarming round this church which will seat but a thirtieth part of them. What a provision is this for a church to offer which calls itself the church of the nation, and angrily resents the very sound of the word Disestablishment!" This was the thought which moved the breast of Bishop Ollivant when he laid upon us the burden of rearing up this new church; it was a project very dear to the heart of that good old man, and thus far the work had gone on towards the fulfilment of his wish. Some persons might possibly make the fact of this building being an unfinished, shapeless, and unsightly fragment, a plea for withholding those gifts which are wanting to make it beauti- ful. Beautiful it was in its design, as it passed from the skilled and practised hand of its arehi- tect, and beautiful it would be when a genera- tion arose which would think of the glory of God, and of the glory of that temple, which, in the sight of God, was the habitation of the Spirit. Must I speak of a future generation, and not of that one upon which lie all the oppor- tunities and all the responsibilities of the day of grace that has come ? Where is that spiritual enthusiasm which built up from its waste the cathedral of Llandaff ? Or has it all been dissipated in that ona effort ? We will not believe it it is not true. Many influences are at work now in the town and church of Cardiff, and Canton shall not always be forgotten in its poverty, whether material or spiritual. Two things we will say for this half-church which we open to-day. One of these speaks well for the honesty, the other for the practical good sense of its builders. They would not incur » dbt-jn other words, they would not do evil that good might come. Whatever might happen, they would pay their way, and when the money was gone say so honestly, and throw themselves upon the sympathy of those who had hearts. Then as to their good sense. They might have j gratified their love of art by building first tho most beautiful part of the church—the chancel- but they preferred to suspend any adornment until the necessary means were forthcoming. It | is depressing that the church is at present without chancel and its proper length of nave. The circumstances of the moment are solemn. The recent shock of a local bereavement has stung us; we are mourning with a neighbouring family. To-day's newspaper, too, told us that the metropolis had lost its spiritual head. The death of the Bishop of London, which re- moved the eldest by consecration from the episco- pal bench, and one of its wisest and most excel- lent members, must be felt through the length and breadth of the Church. All thlese things weigh upon our spirits, as we throw open the doors of St. Catherine's Church for the perpetual use of the surrounding people. May it be one of the many gathering places of God's saints, and con- I, tribute towards the fabric of that spiritual temple, which shall be the habitation of God Himself through all eternity. A collection, which amounted to 235 14s 3d, was made, and the Te Deum" having been sung before the altar, the service concluded by the singing in procession of Onward, Christian soldiers." Mr R. Gould Thcrno presided at the harmonium,and Dr Evans and Mr C. H. Priestley (churchwardens of Canton), and Messrs C. Birr Waite, and A. Arnott, rendered help in tne p ceedmgs. Mr J. E. Dunn acted as master of ceremonies. Mr W. Treseder, nuseryman, has generously presented the committee of the church (through the rector) a large number of young trees ? suitable for planting the churchyard. The thanks" of the rector and committee are tendered for this valuable gift. i

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