Lyttelton Times, Rōrahi XII, Putanga 719, 28 Mahuru 1859, Page 4
The Bishop of Christchurch held an ordination in the church at Christchurch, on Sunday last, 25th instant, when the Revds. Croasdaile Bowen, Henri William Harper, and Francis Knowles, Deacon? wore admitted to Priest's Orders, and Mr. H. Tor! mv °°^ an l?'ora>was ordained Deacon. The church on this occasion was densely crowdedbetween 600 and 600 persons being present. All the seats were quite filled, and numerous p ers( J in the lower part of the church being unable to find seats were ob hgedto stand throughout the service the additional sittings lately supplied in the new wing being insufficient for the accommodation of tt <fd ° " °r UIC dergy °f the provincp
The Rev. 11, Jacobs preached on the occasion a sermon suited to the circumstances, drawing attention to the nature of the sacred offices to which those now before the congregation were called and pointing out the part which each one of those present was called in duty to perform, by ass-stinc with their prayers those entering the sacred offices of the church. He traced shortly the origin in tho Holy Scriptures of the office of elder, corresponding in all points but the mere name to the priest of the present Church, as well as of the subordinate office of deacon.