Unveiling of memorial windows - 1902

 

Visit of the Bishop.

Unveiling of the Memorial Windows

The Bishop of Wellington preached yesterday at St. Matthews, Masterton, in the morning and evening to crowded congregations (extra seats being required at evensong). He also preached in the afternoon at the Taueru. At Matins he dedicated the new stained glass memorial windows (referred to in Friday's issue), the ceremony being very impressive, though extremely simple. At the conclusion of the singing of hymn 108, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," the Vicar, the Rev. Wyndham Earee stepped forward from his seat and addressed the Bishop in the following words:—

My Lord Bishop, On behalf of four ladies, who (in loving memory of two dear relatives departed-—Helen and Catherine Bennett, and for the glory of God and the beautifying of His Church) have presented two memorial windows, I request that you will now dedicate them to God and the use of His Church in this Parish for ever.

 

The windows were then unveiled by the pulling of a cord, which drew the curtains back in opposite directions (the appliance having been fixed up by Mr A. Morton), and the Bishop then formally dedicated the windows in the following words:—

To the honour and glory of Almighty God, and in the faith of a joyful resurrection, and looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, we dedicate this window in loving memory of His servants, Helen and Catherine Bennett. May God accept this gift at our hands, and bless it, so that it may help to lead all who look upon it in the way of holiness, and lift their eyes from the types and shadows of this world to the unseen and eternal glories; through Jesus Christ our Lord.