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Primate of Wales elected

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09 April 2020

April 9th, 1920.

ON THE edge of Llandrindod Common, overlooking the lake, and curiously remote from the life of the busy spa, is the little church of the Holy Trinity, surviving from days when Llandrindod was a parish in no way differing from the pastoral, mountainous parishes which to-day make up the smallest and most sparsely populated of Welsh counties. The church is characteristic of the country, small, plain, betokening the poverty of those who built it. It has suddenly become historic. For, by a happy inspiration, it was here and not in the large church of the modern town that the Welsh bishops met on Wednesday to elect their first metropolitan. The synod was all but secret; the Welsh diocesans, with the Bishop of Swansea, their chaplains, archdeacons and registrars, and one or two others, made up the little congregation for whom the Bishop of St Asaph celebrated the Holy Mysteries. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s mandate releasing the Welsh bishops from their allegiance to the see of Canterbury was read, the Bishop of St David’s proposed the election of the Bishop of St Asaph as Archbishop and Metropolitan, the other bishops concurred, and the Archbishop-elect gave the Benediction. It remains only that the election shall be announced and confirmed, as it will be to-day, and the Archbishop installed, and Wales will be fully constituted as a province of the Church. She goes forward now, as she has been going forward for many years past, in the path of progress, but under new and untried conditions. Poorer by the loss of ancient endowments, but rich in faith, with an unconquerable hope and a rising enthusiasm, she applies herself anew to her great mission. We believe that her confidence in herself, and the confidence of English Churchmen in her, will be most fully justified, since it is, at base, confidence in that Holy Spirit of God Whose work in the Church of Wales is clearly evident.

 

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