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EASTER SERVICES.

"The Easter.services in all.the city and Suburban, churches Were well attended yesterday. Special services were held at St. Matthew's Church, Wellesleystreet, Holy Communion being celebrate; i. at 7 and 8 a.m., while - service was conducted at 11 o'clock by the Rev, W. E. Gillam, and in the evening by the Rev. iDr. Sutton, special anthems being sung "by the choir on both occasions.

There were four celebrations of Holy Communion at St. "Mary's Cathedral, Parnell, during the morning. A service for diocesan institutions was held at -3 J>__., and a, festival evensong at 7 p.m.

At St. Paul's Church, Symonds-street, Celebrations of Holy Communion and matins were held at 7, S, and 10.15 a.m., and also at the 11 o'-cloek service. In the afternoon a children's service was _eld.

Services were conducted by the Roy. Knowles Kempton at the Baptist Tabernacle. The Rev. R. L. Walker officiated at St. James' Presbyterian Church. Wel-lington-street. At the Pitt-street Methodist Church, the Rev. C. Bavin, of Fiji, preached in the morning, and in the evening the Rev. A. N. Scotter, 8.A., was the preacher.

All the services at St. Patrick's Cathedral were well attended yesterday morning. At 11 o'clock solemn high mass, in the presence of his Lordship Bishop Lenihan, took place, Rev. Father Wright heing the celebrant, with Fathers Hol"brook and Meagher, deacon and subdeacon respectively. His Lordship delivered an impressive sermon on "The {Resurrection." A fine rendering of Haydn's "Second ilass" was given by the choir and orchestra. The Easter hymn "O Filii et Filiae-" was sung during the offertory, and at the close of the service his Lordship gave the Pontifical blessing. In the evening there was a crowded congregation. Easter music was rendered by the choir, including a "Laudato Pueri, - ' composed by the organist. Mr. "Harry Hiseocks, which received a fine rendering. An eloquent discourse on "The Feast of tbe Hay" was given by the Rev. Father Meagher, and at the conclusion his Lordship gave Pontifical benediction of the blessed sacrament.

At the Seamen's Institute, Swansonstreet, last evening, there was a good attendance of sailors and their friends at a service conducted by Mr. Arthur G- CawJe.

On Good Friday evening a religious service was held in the Mission Hall, when a large number of seafaring men assembled. The inissioner (Mr. Ralph) presided and delivered an interesting aadress on ''Jesus a Reality." Several ladies and gentlemen rendered appropriate solos during the evening. The anniversary of Beresford Street Congregational Church was celebrated yesterday. The Rev. M. Bawden Harris preached in the morning, and Miss Cox sang "Cah-ary." In the afternoon the ■Men's Meeting was held in Beresford Hall, when Mr. H. Thomson read a paper on "Individuality." In the evening the "Rev. H Steele Craik .preached on "Socialism and the . Charter of the Church." Miss X&wcombe Hall (a visitor from the South) sang Gounod's beautiful solo, "O Divine Redeemer," and Mr. Gilmer contributed '-Ye that are iWeary." On Tues.'_y evening tbe church soiree will be held. THEOSOPHY. Sir. W. Melville Xewton lectured at She Theosophical Society's rooms last night on "The Historic Persistence of Theosophie Teaching." At the" Theo6ophical Hall Air. Thompson lectured on •The Building on the Individual." BTBLiE CLASS UXiIOX. The meetings now being held by the •Presbyterian Young Men's Bible-Glass Union and Institute of Xew Zealand were continued on Saturday and yesterday at Kohimarama. The president for the ensuing year is Mr. T. W. Reese iCChristchurcb), and the secretary Mr. Colin Monro fClirisfcliurch)". The executive will be .located at Christchureh, and .the next annual camp and conference at Timaru at "Easter. The protest from the Auckland District Committee regarding the admission of professionals in tbe Union's sports was not sustained. The [Leslie Stewart championship shield, for competition amongst Auckland junior classes, was won. after keen competition, iby the Devonport Class.

Thi;. junior members at the conference held a rally on Saturday evening, and at a mass meeting the .subject, "Wherein 03o„ We "Fail ?" .Tvas By the new president (Mr. T. W. ~Rees"e")". ' Yesterday the usual meetings were held, the service in the morning bing conducted by the Rev. J. M. Simpson, B.A. (Knox Church, Parnell), and the evening meeting was addressed- by the Rev. A. A. Murray (St. Andrew's Church). A mission service was also held during the nay, and addressed by Mr. Hector McLean, M.A., B.Sc.

To-day the formal business will be concluded, and the afternoon w_is devoted to visitors and the annual sports for the Dominion championship banner. Sectional meetings will also be held, and e.t night a special concert will follow, "when the Stewart Shield and the banner will be presented to the successful classes.

The conference and camp arrangements Slave been well carried out in every detail by the president (Mr. H. E. Perry), Messrs. S. H. Pitkethley (secretary), and Colin Matheson and Ernest P. Hay (vicepresidents), supported by a strong committee. A contingent from the local branch of the St. John Ambulance Association has been located on the ground, and in the charge of Mr. H. Monteith tDoull has rendered good service. ; HOSPITAL SUNDAY AT THAMES. The success of the annual Friendly Societies' demonstration in aid of the hospital fund, which took place at the Thames yesterday, was rather marred by the inclement weather. The Druids, Foresters, Hibernians, and Oddfellows, 'leaded by the Battalion Band, marche.d through the streets to the Oddfellows' Hall. Short addresses were given by Mr. E. H. Taylor, MT*., and Messrs W. J. SicCormick (president of the Thames conference) and Collins (president of., the (Waihi conference). Vocal items were Sontribut2d by Messrs. Kenny, Bongard, land Henry, and the Battalion Band contributed selections. _TOUXG WOMEN'S METHODIST BIBLE ; i CLASS UNION. I The annua! convention of the Young Women's Methodist Bible Class Union .fwas continued at the Pitt-street Church jon Saturday and Sunday. A business session was held on Saturday morning, When several matters of importance were "nm l * Witb " U was decide d to hold the convention next Easter in Dunedin. f and officers for the ensuing year were fleeted from -that Union, Sister Annie, jMcnodist deaconess of Trinity Church, ( Olunedm, being chosen president. Votes , Of thanks , were passed to the retiring I j-Bfficers, _a a special tribute was paid

to _Irs. J. Armitage (retiring president) and, .to.Miss ID. Harvey (secretary) for their untiring efforts during the past year. In the afternoon two 5 pers entitled ''Woman's."\York" and Opportunities of Young Women f&g To-day" were read and discussed, aftei' ftdnch the members of the convention? "i - ei c conveyed by special cars to Corjtsal Park, where afternoon tea had jSjet'EP i>i spared by the Auckland Unipn. A J'erj/ enjoyable time was spent ex---raining the beautiful grounds and climiing <*> le-tree Hill.

On Sunday afternoon a combit ed meeting of young women was.-, he] 1, when addresses were delivered by Sister Nellie (Meth6dist deaconess to the "Maoris) and Sister Annie (Dunedin), over 200 members being present. The visiting delegates were the guests of the .Methodist young men at their camp at Kohimarama to-day. The convention has proved to be one of the most successful 3-et held, and the visitors are loud in their praises of the arrangements that have been made for their entertainment and comfort. A number of the delegates will leave for the south by the "Main Trunkline to-night.

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EASTER SERVICES. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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