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[pee press association.] ! Oheistohtjboh, -May 1. - The consecration, of Archdeacon Julius as Bishop took place this morning in the Cathedral. Admission was by ticket, the number of which had been limited to 800. TJie> doors, were announced to be open at 10.30, but half an hour before numbers of people were crowding round them. The

congregation, which filled the cathedral, was essentially representative of the Diocese, over which the Bishop-Elect would preside. The chancel was tastefully decorated with chrysanthemums and geraniums. The clergy, having robed in the tower, entered the cathedral by the western doorway and passed up the nave to the chancel, led by the Precentor, Rev W. Dunkley, followed by the choir, clergy, andl canons ; the Dean, preceded !by his verger bearing- the mace; the Bishop-Elect, similarly attended; the Bishops of Waiapa, Dunedin, Nelson; Bishop Harper ; the Primate (Bishop of Wellington), preceded by his chaplain, Archdeacon Fancourt, bearing the crozier. The hymn, "Onward, Christian Soldiers," was sung as a processional. The communion service was Baid by the Primate, Bishop Neville read the" epistle, and Bishop Suter the gospel. After the recital of the Nicene Creed, the i Primate preached, taking for ■; his text I. Timothy, fourth chapter, sixteenth verse—" Take heed to thyself and unto the doctrine." After referring to the vicissitudes through which the church had passed until the present day, he spoke of the duties of Bishops, especially with reference to the preaching of sound doctrine and defending the Word of God agairist the assaults of unbelievers. He addressed the Bishop-Elect, and referred to the high estimation in which Archdeacon Julius's former work had been held, and pointed to the eminent example of the Venerable Bishop Harper, whom he would succeed.

The Bishop-Elect was presented to the Primate for consecration by Bishops Harper and Suter. The Hon H. B. Gresson, Chancellor of the Diocese; read the Primate's mandate for consecration, and the Bishop-Elect made the declaration of obedience to the church of the province of New Zealand. The Litany was then intoned by the Precentor. The questions appointed were put by the Primate, and answered by the Bishop-Elect in a clear humble voice. A special hymn, the words composed by the Dean and the music by Mr G. F. Tendall, Cathedral. organist, was then sung, followed by the Veni Creator sung in union without accompaniment, the congregation all kneeling. The imposition of hands having been made, by all the Bishops present, the Bible was handed to the newly consecrated Bishop by the Primate. At the conclusion of the consecration all the ,clergy present partook of Holy" Communion

[SPECIaL TO " GXTAKDIAH,"] The cathedral was crowded to-day on the occasion of the consecration of Bishop Julius. The service was a very impressive one, and was taken part in by the Primate, Bishop Harper, and the Bishops of Nelson, Waiapu and Dunedin. Owing to the fact that several hundreds stayed to communion, the service was not over till two p.m. Bishop Julius preaches the sermon at this evening's service.

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CONSECRATION OF BISHOP JULIUS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2415, 1 May 1890

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CONSECRATION OF BISHOP JULIUS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2415, 1 May 1890

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