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An Incident of the Consecration.

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Few of those who attended the service at the consecration of Bishop Julius were aware of the appropriate position taken up by a group of Maoris, who were clustered round the steps of the Selwyn memorial pulpit. These representatives of the race amongst whom the Anglican Church was first planted in this country, had so placed themselves that the Primate, in going to the pulpit, had to pass f'-r;-;;: 1! tVicrr.. Their presence in the <VL .i> !-!u-t have awakened strange s'■ -ii-.'li! ■ iil i lie jiftind of- one who,;as a pioneer missionary^ helped to found-that church over which he now rules as the .third Primate in succession. What a contrast the -building, the congregation, ithe service in^whifch^he was then taking so prominent a part must have presented to -his surroundings, when alone and singlehanded he raised the banner of the cross amongst, thewi^d and warlike Maori tribes on the ''shores JoTOook Strait more than fifty years ago. As the Primate proceeded with his sermon, one Maori, sitting among the robed in r a .surplice— whose' 'intelligent- face andk'-4reverent demeanour had attracted particular notice— became visibly affected j the tones of the Ereacher's cvoice, t doubtless, recalling ;to" is mind tlie time when, as a slave in the household of the great warrior chieftian, Te RauparaKa",' he 1 "heard from the Primate's lips the Gospel which ultimately -freed him from the bonds of slavery and r-cathon siipor^riiion, and conferred upon Jiim 'fhf liberty .of the children of God. and a place among civilised men. ) <

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An Incident of the Consecration., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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An Incident of the Consecration. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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