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OPENING OF ABERDARE NEW OHURCH.

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OPENING OF ABERDARE NEW OHURCH. The interesting ceremony of opening this large and beau- tiful edifice for divine wotship took place on Thursday, linder the most favourable and cheering auspices. Special trains having been announced to leave Swansea, Neath, Cardiff, and other intermediate places, hundreds of highly respectable persons availed themselves of the facilities offered, the inducement being enhanced by the favourable State of the day, which presented a mark contrast, as to the leather, in the preceding part of the week. Aberdare, from its unbounded mineral resources, is one (If the most extraordinary districts known. England, and tve-i the United States, can supply few, if any instances of a 1se in wealth and population more rapid than this hive of Industry. In 1838 there existed but few works in the neigh- bourhood. The population then did not exceed 4,500. At Present it is surrounded by collieries, blast furnaces, and a tpeming population of about 20,000 souls. This vast in- crease has, as a matter of course, caused a proportionate Ivaiit of accommodation for religious worship. Thanks to the spirited exertions of the Vicar the Rev. J. Griffiths, aided by the inhabitants, the erection of such the noble fttructure now opened will go far towards obviating tuch a want, whilst at the same time, it will enable the town to boast of the possessslOn of one of the finest Ecclcsiastical Edifices in the principality. The Church is a Gothic structure, of the geometric, deco- rated style, consisting of a chancel 30ft. by 20, nave 82ft. 6in. and 23 feet from centre of columns aisles North and South 82ft. 6in. lesgth, and 13ft. 9in. wide total width 55 feet 6 tower at west end 15 feet in the clear, with provision for eight bells, Total length of church, including nave, tower, and chancel, 140 feet oin., north transept and N. E. vestrv, With organ loft over 18 feet by 16, with North porch. Height ffthe church from level of floor 50 feet in the clear. Height of tower and spire the vane turns at an elevation of 180 feet 'tom the ground. The altar, rai:ing> carpet, altar cloth, communion linen, at.d plate, are all gifts of ladies, and respectively of the liÓet and best workmanship The church is heated on the newest system with hot water. The Marchioness of Bute, with her characteristic liberality, furnished the communion plate as a memorial of the late Marquis. We must not omit also to state that the interior wli shortly be enriched with a powerful-toned organ, and th tower supplied with a peal of bells. This is very dc- sire, and Aberdare Church will then rank amongst our I,ost complete Parish Churches, capable of seating 1000 persois In ci-nsequence of indisposition, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese was not present. There was, however, a strong assemblage of the clergy on th,- occasion, amongst whom we observed t.e following :—The Dean of LI?ndaft', Archd?con ^illiams, Lev. Canon Jones Tredcgar Kev. Canon Evan nkins, Do?tais Bevds. D. 'Willi,Ws, Heps Butcher, Evan Morgan, John Morgan (St. Andrews), ?i, L Bloss (Bridgcnd) ?iHiamLe)gh,I'\P. Thomas, Alfred Jenner, John Grif- hs, Wm. RohhJ, Wm. Brice, L. Charles Lewis (Ebhw 'a'e), Wm. Williams, C. M. Evans, Jas. Evans, David ?ones, Judah Jones, Richard Pritchard, David Morgan, Goo. ?homas, John Hughes, David Williams, David Jenkins, -paries Mayberry, Thomas Williams, C. F. B. Wood, Wm. "°mas, J. W. Downs (St. Johns, Woolwich), Gilbert Harris. (Merthyr), Walter Griffiths, and a large number of other clergy from various districts, amounting in the whole to about 70. Sir George Tyler, Bart., M.P., Howel Gwyn, Esq., M.P., and Crawshay 'Bailey, Esq., M.P., besides most of the leading gentry were also present. The Church in the morning was densely crowded. At eleven o'clock the interesting ceremony commenced by the worthy Vicar, the Rev. J. Griffith, reading the peculiarly solemn and beautiful service of tha Church of England. The Rev. Richard Pritchard preached in the morning, taking his text from the 8th chapter of Amos, 11th and 12th verses. A collection was made, and the handsome sum of £ 140 subscribed towards defraying the expenses of the church. The afternoon service commenced at three o'clock, and the Church presented a most intci-p?!'? sn?ht, bdlig agai n completely filled with a most respectable audience. The Rev. Canon Evan Jenkins read the afternoon service in a very solemn manner, and the choir s?ng some nne se- lections from the service, as they had also done in the morning. The Rev. Archdeacon Williams preached, and selected for his text, the 23d verse of the 16th chapter of St. John's Gos- pel. Verily, verilv, I say unto you, whatsoever he sha): ask the father in my name, he will give it yon." The Rev. Gentle- man, observed in the first place, that Christ forewarned his dis- ciples of that which was about happening, and hence, in the preceding verses, he tells them. He should be taken away from them. When Christ undertook the salvation of the world, he saw all the trials he would have to undergo he saw his agony in the garden,he saw his death upon the across, the desertion of his disciples, the betrayal of one of them, and the refusal to acknowledge him by another all this was before his eyes, and now we find him telling them that he should be taken away from them lie told them he was going back to the Father. This announcement struck them with wonder and astonishment and so it might. He, in whose love they had so long trusted whose words they had so long listened to with gladness and joy he was no-.v to be taken away from them, and the bright hopes which they had cnce entertained, were to be crushed at once. But Christ would not leave them comfortless. No. He well understood what his kingdom would cost he told them as the world had treated their master, so it would treat them, but he would not leave them comfortless, he was going to prepare a place for them in those mansions which He had assigned for them; and that by His death He might open the kingdom of Heaven to all believers. But he would send them the Spirit who would abide with them for ever, and with the church even to the end of the world. Here, then, was the source of comfort and consolation. The throne of grace was then opened to re- ceive the prayers of the people of God here was the refuge in all their troubles. Two things were suggested by the text, viz., prayer was the privilege, as well as the duty, of every Christian and all our prayers ought to be presented to God through the name of Ciirist. The rev. gentleman shewed clearly these two ideas were suggested by the text, and con- cluded a very ably-written and eloquent discourse. Another collection was then made, and a sum of about £ 29 collected. The Rev. E. Jones, of Tredegar, preached in Welsh in the evening, when a collection was again made, and throughout the day nearly £ 200 was collected towards this laudable pur- pose. Such a deep interest did the inhabitants of the town take in the proceedings of the day that nearly the whole of the shops were shut, and all appeared in church on the occa- sion.

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