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CHURCH SERVTOFS. A special service was held in First) Church at 10.30 yosterdav morning. The service was one of thanksgiving In connection with the centenary of the preaching of the 00.-mel by Samuel Marsden, and of intercession mi account of tlte war. The Rev. J-J. ]f. Barton presided, and others takiim part wrrc the Revs. I. K. M'ln tyre. A. Don. P. Fairmaid, W. Seorgie, and G. if. ikdfotir. The addresses were delivered by Messrs Soorgie and Balfour. Mr Scorgio said that Christmas was a festival of innocence, purity, and peace. It was a supreme festival. The coming of the little Child had been the beginning of the new age-—the final aa,e, which was id he the perfect age, and was introduced by the perfect Agent. Xn other agent- was to succeed Christ. The which he had. initiated would be closed by the. millennium, and then would come eternity. Now, therefore, we „we;-e in the perfect aye, of which the coming of a little Child" had marked the dawning. The person of Christ and the manner of His coming had been a marvellous revelation. He had grown up to a perfect, manhood amidst an imperfect, r.xe, anil had been sinless amidst a sinful race 71m dawn of tht> perfeit revelation had been marked by His birth. On Hi? coming the. spirit of war, and selfishness, rind everything thru, was evil was to, and the spirit of the little Child was to possess the earth. When this consummation was reached thr> People of the world would be fit. lor tin; glory that, was Jo h--. Mr Balfour spoke from the *oxt '" PeR,« on earth and good-will to men." In concluding his address he .said : Was Christianity, then, a failure, since, after all these years of it, there was the greatest conflict of the agps ? No; it was not that Christianity had failed, but that men hurl not receive,J the truth, and hail not. followed Christ's exnmpl"—that was the reason why there was war and confusion today. Bui the Kingdom of Christ was coming, and even out of this bloodshed the work! would become a better place. In this conflict Britain stood for the defence of the weak—for honor, and for the sur redness of the written word. Out of confusion (;r >d could brine; blessedness, and though this Christinas was darkened with war. one could believe that some di eat and wonderful blessing would come of it. The help of mankind was in Cod. A rr-tirinc; <o'!e-tjon was taken np. of villi, li the surplus went to the Belgium fund. ALT. SAINTS'. At All Saints' Church v-steidav ser\i,".s were held at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., and 11 a.m. There was also an intercession servie- in the The Dean's sermon in the niorniiit; was on the ' Incarnation.' The Marsden icntenary was observed, and there were special thanksejvincs. ST. MATTHEWS. Tin Christmas services were very c la.rui-lv attended. The vicar (Canon Cur--7,0u-Sie£ers) preached at the Choral En -diarist, and tie , urate (the Rev. A. F. Petri, > at the carol service in tlte evening, whidi was beautifully renib-i- d. The < hiuvh decorations were very effective. , ST. MALY'S. MORNINGTON. The Christmas observance at this church bepin last ."Sunday evenimx. when a -selection of carols was smu by the choir. On "Wednesday evenim: a service in preparation for the Christmas lommunion was held. On Christmas Day there were celebrations, of ho'y (on.hi'iui'jii at 7 and ( o'clock, also alter matins at 11 o'clock, The Lev. .1. C. Small, vicai . was celebrant, at each of these services. and preached ;,t. the 1,-iM. ],',. also ollh iriic.l at the iir:-i cVeiiso:u r of Chri.-tmas in tiechap- 1 (.!' St. Marv's orphana.ire at 5.30 on i h-h-;,!i.,s Jv.-c. lie - liuri hj was tastetuily do. orated. .«■•(". ./0.-lths ' A"i'//?'"n/' ci. On Christmas Day ma.-.-es were > el»brated e\ cry h,il 9 a.m. At 11 o'clock there was a soletiiO hipdi mass, the l{ev. 1- at:::-i K . „ -_n l.cin_' ceicl.rant. the I,'ev. father l!mkley deacon, and the Rev. l-'ath-r 0-,i--,'"!ii sub dea en. The \"ery Hev. Fat hi r Coffey was ma-Mei -d ceremonies, and th>- s--i----nion '-va - piva, he! bv the 1,',-v. Father Coll. v. The. mud,- at the mass was.Moz;in':' No. 2. Mr Vallis presided at* the ur-,11!. and tlte (dmir were under the\-m----dm ini'ship of Si-nor Sijuari.-e. As in offei-toi-v tin- ' Adeste Fideles' was sin ■_•. Mr.-. ]•"..' .1. -Mee rend,-line the 501.,. In the evening a .-,':■ red '.,n,eri. was Juld. a programme ~oii-!.-t)ii_; o! solos by members beiii_' riiidered. '!']..• following contributed : —Mr;, Frah-r. Miss I'oppr-l well. Mr J. M'Cralh. Mr F. Wood.:. Mr 11. P"p-pel-Acll. and Mr K. .1. Mee. >T. PAIT.'S CATHEDRALHoly < oiimiiiiii-.»n was <<-le-brat<>d at St. J'aulV i r.ih-di ;d v.-.-t, rc.'.uy* ;noniia~ at 6, 7, ami '<>,. the , e'ehr.iuis 'h-dntr the \\u. Ai'chdi.-a--oi. W.icdthorj.e and the Hev. Mr Button. d'h.'i- -.'.as ,-i choral ■-oi-diratiou at 11, th» I'r.mM- h-bur the ceh-hr.uu. His Lordship Mas tie- preacher at this (service, his 1-xt heir >; tal;--n from Luke ii., 10: " Behold 1 br;i- tidings of -great, joy." ld:e Marsden ,'!itenaiy was lh" theme of t lie ,cl-lr- ■«. There was a chil-dren'.-1 address ,n, ?> p m. and eyensonjr at 5.5-0. In th'- e\e;nnj; n musical servic" l win jiven. and an * l v "rt-ory tak«-u for the ST. /JOHN'S. ROSLVN. At Sl. .John's. L'oslyn, yesterday holy communion was • clebrated at 6.50, 8 and 11 a.m., tk-'- '. elebrant on ea-h occasion being the vicar (Bev. \V. A. R. Fit-hettl. v. ho also preached at the 1] o'clock service. The church v.,'is nicely decorated, and tie music was appropriate \ tJ the (..-

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CHRISTMAS DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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CHRISTMAS DAY Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914