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outside Cuba, the local people have congratulation to the Government. “For taken the heavy end of the load. They moral culture means the putting of body have given generously and have cour- and mind under sane control, and diageously assumed the responsibility for recting the powers of men for righteous the indebtedness upon the building. ends." “The Government,” he said, They deserve help, and help they cer. “having a function distinct and absotainly will have when people in this lute, owes a debt of gratitude to the country fully realize the situation. Church for fostering loyalty and promot
ing proper social conditions, and it may For the Havana well view with favor each spire that What the Churchmen have not points the people upward. So long as Havana Church- been building mere- the cross be held aloft over against the men Have Done ly a parish church flag, so long will purity and patriotism
for their own com- fill the hearts of men." fort; they have been discharging a na- From Holy Trinity, Havana, will tional duty. The new church will bear radiate many lines of Church work and its witness to the Cuban people that influence, reaching to every part of the Americans are looking to the God of Na- island republic, while the increasing tions for wisdom and guidance, and number of American visitors from that they realize the fact so well stated abroad will find in Holy Trinity a welby Secretary Taft in Carnegie Hall on come and an opportunity to join with April 20th, that a beneficent and endur- their fellow-countrymen living in a foring government must rest upon the eign land in the worship of a common Christian faith and practice of the peo- Father. To the Republic of Cuba, thereple. A year and a half ago, when the fore, to the Church in Cuba, and to the corner-stone of the new building was thousands of visitors from abroad, the laid, Governor Magoon voiced similar people of Holy Trinity have rendered a convictions when he said that the cere- service that should be fully recognized mony of that day afforded occasion for and appreciated.
THE OPENING OF THE NEW HOLY
TRINITY CHURCH, HAVANA
BY THE REVEREND W. W. STEEL,
ARCHDEACON OF HAVANA
HE Altar of the Lord in Havana has wandered widely, and had its days and years of tribula
tion. In 1762, in the time of the British occupation of Cuba, it rested for a while on the decks of a man-ofwar, and then in a temporary building. One hundred and ten years later, in the days of Bishop Whipple, it travelled from the deck of a vessel in the harbor to a room at the American Consulate. From that time to this, through all the years of the life of Bishop Young, who always had the Cuban Church so close to his inmost soul, and who died from the exposure of a trip to New York in its behalf, through all the agonies of the Spanish-Cuban war, it has been roaming about, from hotel parlor and lobby to a rented store, from store to a temporary building erected for commissary purposes during the first American occupation, and from that to another rented store, where it has now been for several years, subjected to the dust and interruptions of a noisy and crowded street. But at last a noble house of worship has been erected, through the indefatigable efforts of Bishop Knight and Dean Colmore, aided by the self-denying labors of the congregation, and assisted by the generous gifts of friends in the United States. On Palm Sunday the new building was opened with solemn services conducted by the bishop and the dean, assisted by all the clergy of Havana, together with those of Matanzas, Bolondron and Guanabacoa.
The first service was a celebration of the Holy Communion in English, at which the bishop was the celebrant, assisted by the dean. This was followed by a celebration in Spanish, at which the
Rev. M. F. Moreno was the celebrant, assisted by the Rev. Francisco Diaz, of Matanzas.
At the ten o'clock service the procession consisted of the postulants, the candidates for Holy Orders, the clergy from Matanzas, Bolondron and Guanabacoa, the Rev. E. Morell, the Rev. A. T. Sharpe, warden of the seminary, Archdeacon Steel, Dian Colmore, and the bishop. The large congregation more than filled all the seats, and many people stood throughout the entire service. Large delegations came from Matanzas, more than fifty miles, and from Macagua, more than one hundred miles,
In his sermon the bishop expressed his appreciation of the devotion of the members of the congregation, and the generosity of the friends of the work in Cuba, which had made it possible at last to erect such a noble edifice to the praise and glory of God, and in which the services of the Church could be conducted with dignity and solemnity, to the edification both of those who speak English and of those who speak Spanish.
At the afternoon service in English, Dean Colmore was the preacher. Canon Morell preached at the Spanish evangelistic service at night.
The offerings for the building fund amounted to nearly $1,500, besides those for current expenses.
The new church is in the “Spanish colonial" style, with its severely plain interior walls of great height, and its mighty semicircular arches, with no ornamentation save that which will adorn the reredos. Without, it is equally 8evere, with the exception of the great portal, and the upper portion of the tower,
where the wonderful “churrigueresco” forty feet in breadth of nave, or fifty work has been massed with very striking feet including the baptistery, and seveffect. The chancel departs from the us- enty-one including the choir-room and ual Spanish churches in that it is much sacristies. At present it has only the deeper, so as to make provision for a inadequate furniture of the old chapel, large choir. The building is fireproof, including the altar. But better things being constructed of reinforced cement, are planned and hoped for in the near and having a tiled floor. The only wood- future. work is in the doors and windows. A An architect from New York visited very striking effect is made by the inser- the new church a few days after the tion of colored tiles, or "azulejos," into opening service, and said that it was the the cement work of the upper part of the best piece of work he had ever seen. He tower.
asked and received permission to make a The building is 105 feet in length, drawing of the building,
IS IT WORTH WHILE ?
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FIVE MONTHS LATER
BY DEACONESS CARTER
THOUGHT of you so many times
yesterday (Christmas Day) and of
York as to whether my effort to minister to these scattered far-away people would be worth the cost. Yesterday morning, when Miss Heintz and I were standing among seventeen children-our own school children, who had just taken down the stockings which they had hung up in my little living room the evening before, children who had never heard of hanging a stocking on Christmas Eve-I thought of you and wished that you might have witnessed their unbounded joy and have entered into it with us.
Later, when we stood in the church among our own people, and visitors who had travelled from Coldfoot in the north, to Koyukuk Station at the mouth of this river on the south, again I thought of you and wondered if you could have stood there with us if that question could possibly arise in your mind.
In my diary goes down the record of the very happiest Christmas in my life. We had, I should judge, about 125 Indians in all; about fifty of these were our own. Two, a little boy and his father, came from Coldfoot, a number from near Bettles, five from Koyukuk Station at the mouth of this river, and fifty or more from Arctic City, almost twelve miles down the river. Among these was Chief Moses. We had a very short service, the tree was lighted, the children sang their Christmas hymn and carol, and our gifts were distributed. From beginning to end the day was filled with joy and gladness, and in the evening when I knelt beside our little George's cot and listened to his newlylearned prayers, which I feel so sure reach our Father's ear, once more I thought of you and wondered if you could still doubt whether it was worth while. You know what I think. St. John's in the Wilderness,
NCE again Nevada has its own In Nevada the new bishop will have in
bishop. The Rev. Henry D. many respects a difficult field, for disRobinson, D.D., elected by the tances are great, communities small, and
General Convention in Rich- transportation facilities, away from the mond, was consecrated in St. Luke's few main lines of traffic, none of the Church, Racine, Wis., on March 25th. best. But, on the other hand, Nevada Besides the Presiding Bishop, who was presents an inspiring opportunity. For the consecrator, there were present the Nevada is essentially a men's state. The Bishops of Indianapolis, Milwaukee, great revival of mining enterprises has Tennessee, Minnesota, Chicago, Fond du attracted men from all parts of the land. Lac, and the coadjutor of Fond du Lac. They are men whose business it is to
The new bishop is a western man, and achieve and accomplish. Hundreds of was educated at Racine Grammar college-bred mining engineers, besides School and College, of which he was the hardy prospectors and miners, offer warden at the time of his election. His an opportunity for helpful companionentire ministry has been spent in educa- ships and for the exercise of the kind of tional work in California and Wiscon- personal influence that counts for so sin. Dr. Robinson is a man of power,
much in community of robust with marked abilities as a preacher and men. administrator. He has been on the staff Succeeding as he will to the work of of Racine College for seventeen years, men like Bishops Whitaker, the last and since 1899 has been the executive Bishop of Nevada, Leonard, Moreland head of the institution. During the past and Spalding, Bishop Robinson will nine years he has practically revolu- have inspiring traditions to look back tionized it, bringing it to a condition of upon and will certainly lead the Church great usefulness and promise.
in the State to new yictories.