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OHEISTMAS DAY SERVICE. One hundred years ago on Christmas Day, the Rev. Samuel Maisden md his little band of missionaries commenced in the Bay of Islands the first great missionary enterprise of the 19th century (says the Auckland "Herald"). The epofe where Marsden ' first preached the Gospel is now marked by a stone oross, at the foot of whioh, on Christmas Day this year, there will be a celebration of Holy Communion. It is expected thet there will be present a large gathering from the north, especially of the Maoris, and it is hoped to rai3e a sum of money sufficient to erect a memor ± ial ohurch to Samuel Mareden at Buesell. On December 15 the celebration of the centenary will be commenced by a gathering in the Auckland Town Hall The Mayor, Mr. C. J. Parr, will pre side, and speeches will Be delivered by the Anglcan Bishop of Auckland, who j will speak on the life work of the great missionary, by Canon. MacMurry, who will deal with other of our pioneer mis aionaries, and by the Key. F. Bennett, who will state the present position of the Moaii race. Combined chior will - supply the musical portion of the programme. A Ohurch Congress was to have mken place in Auckland at the b-gn nicg of the year. This portion of t>e programme baa bed to be deleted, bowever, though it is hoped that the Sob yme co rai?e a centenaiy thaukgiv inge fund of £20,000 for education purposes and £80,000 for augmenting the stipends of the poorer clergy will not. bo abandoned altogether, and thai something will be done to Bbow prac neal appreciation of the work of Mara den and those eariy pioneers of New Zealand. Miss Marsden, a relative ofth6 pioneer missionary, is already in New Zea land, and a cable message ha 3 been received from a grandson of Samuel Marsden, stating his intention to visit! New Zealand from Australia, and at-1 tends the celebrations. J The special services on Christmas j Day will e be general throughout the Dominion. I

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3461, 15 December 1914

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MARSDEN CENTENARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3461, 15 December 1914