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Symbols of authority were in evidence / at the parish church of St. Peter's last night, wheu the Rev. John Lawrence Mortimer, B.A. of Oxford, was instituted to the cure of Caversbam in the presence of a representative muster of tho parishioners The Primate of New Zealand was attended by his chaplain, the Rev. Vincent King, and in the procession to the sanctur.rv were Canon Woodthorpe, the Revs. H: Williams, A. C. Button, A. J. Petne, and d. Gbates. also Mr V. H. frtathara tdiocesan secretary). Miss Favell (organist) and the choir provided a plain choral service which was easily joined m by the congregation. After the processional hymn (179) and the special prayers authorised for such an "ccasion the Rev. -Mr Mortimer read the declaration of assent in which he signified his acceptance of tho Thirty-mna Articles, the Book of Common Prayer, and so on, and in set terms promised to obey tho bishop and duly undertake the duties oi a vicar. Then the Primate read and handed to Mr Mortimer his license and confirmed the act by the laying on of the &snd. Captain Easther, as ministers cnurehwarden, intimated that tho parish received the new vicar, and in _ token thereof Captain Easther handed him tho keys of tho church and the school. The Primate then read verses from the Epistle to the Thessalonians, and delivered an exhortation to the minister and tho people, and the ceremony closed with silent prayer. A short form of evening service followed. The Rev. Mr Williams read the prayers; Canon Woodthorpe read tha first lesson, Isaiah, 61st chaptar; tha Rev. Mr Button read as the second lesson the first 10 verses of 2nd Corinthians, 6th chapter; the canticles were the Magnificat and tha Nunc Diniitti*; and the remaining hymns 157, 355, a::d 604. : Dr Nevill's address, delivered from the altar rails, was from Paul's defence before Agrippa, Acts xxvi.. 19. ''l was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision." His Lordship referred to the great Christian - epochs, the birth of Christ and the descent <>t the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and then enlarged upon that other great epoch of .tho calling of St. Paid. From this he showed that Christ, though en high, never ceased to govern the Church which He founded; that Christ was the constant Doer of all things in the Church; that ;He worked through human instrumentality ; that these operation.* were still going oh; and that, in setfirg apart a vicar thoy were trulv carrying forward the work of Christ, 'l'h.} act of instituting a vicar was performed in order that the man chosen might go forth with a strong feeling of authority, so that, however tired and unfit he might feel, he would always have the senso of being sent just the &amp as Paul was. He was sent by human agents, but really by Christ, and that carried with it the promise that the message ho delivered should ne.ver fail. Thus they could learn that it waa the duty of tho people to receive reverently tlie word that the preacher conveyed, as thnugh Christ Himself spoko it. If the people looked upon the preacher as sent from God, surely it was their place to attend and listen and refrain troni making- excuses and staying away from the house of God. The Rev. Mr Mortimer's first appointment in England was to Wallsend-on-Tyne, then to Fleet House, next to Upton Park (St. Stephens), in New Zealand he h.i 3 been stationed at St. Michael's, Christchurch. and at .St. Stephen's (Shirley), and he now takes over the charge til the Caversham parish.

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VICAR OF CAVERSHAM, Evening Star, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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VICAR OF CAVERSHAM Evening Star, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914