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a small choir. The pulpit occupies the north-east corner of the nave, and on the opposite side is the reading-desk,,—we wish we could have rightly designated it a praying-desk,—but this is almost the only part of the arrangements of the Church with which we have any great reason to find fault. It is arranged to face the people, and conveys painfully to the devout mind the feeling that the prayers are to be preached to the people, and not said to God. We regret this mistake the more because there was no reason for it. Within the arch in the lower part of the chancel, there is ample room for correct ecclesiastical arrangements for properly conducting this part of Divine service. We regret that where so much pains have been taken to do everything well, such an oversight as this should have occurred. The effect was to our mind painful. All the priests present seemed to be worshipping God, while the officiating minister looked more as if holding converse with the congregation. We the rather notice this now, because it may still be easily altered; and the slighest consideration must convince every devoutly inclined person, of the manifest propriety, not to say necessity, for the change. The chancel is very well proportioned; but requires a window on the south side, both to give light, and to relieve the deadness of the unbroken wall.
The Altar is covered with a crimson cloth on which is wrought the sacred monogram with gold thread. Over this is a Triple window filled with stained glass by Clutterbuck of London in the medallion style, exhibiting a variety of appropriate Scripture subjects. This on the whole is a good specimen of the Art; but the ground-work is too brilliant and elaborate, and tends to withdraw attention from the important subjects on the medallions. The colouring is beautiful; and on the whole does great credit to the artist. In the north wall of the chancel there is a Credence table. The Sanctum Sanctorum is inclosed with an appropriate railing. The vestry communicates with the lower part of the chancel; and its foundations and walls are so substantially laid as to admit the raising a tower upon them when the funds can be obtained.
On the whole we were greatly pleased with this goodly edifice, which, including the price of the site, will cost about £1000. The congregation have hitherto had no fitter place of worship than a loft over weavers' shops, which on Christmas day and Good Friday afforded the same monotonous music as at all other times. We can therefore warmly sympathise with the feelings of thankful joy with which the Churchmen of Cupar Angus and its vicinity behold their new church dedicated to the worship of the Most High. At the same time we cannot but deeply regret that they should not possess church privileges in a higher degree than they do at present. We trust the day is not far distant. A very slight degree of self-denial on the part of a few of the leading members of the congregation, will do all that is required. They have already made a great effort and done much; but with such a Church, they will not, we are sure, be much longer satisfied with the quartered energies of a single Clergyman divided between themselves and two other distant congregations. There is enough in Cupar Angus to occupy the full time of the most active Clergyman. There are two ways in which this might be done by reserving the labours of the present incumbent for Cupar,
and allowing another to be appointed for Alyth and Meigle; or to allow an incumbent for the three and appoint a Deacon and schoolmaster for each of them, to supply the services in the absence of the Incumbent. This could be done for about forty pounds a year at each place. Some such arrangement we think worthy of consideration, and we trust at least our suggestion will give offence to no one.
On Sunday, January 2, the Rev. Thomas Wildman was instituted to the pastoral charge of Kirriemuir in the Diocese of Dunkeld, by the Rev. William Taylor, of Forfar, who officiated as Surrogate for the Bishop. Mr Taylor preached an excellent and appropriate sermon on the occasion from Cor. ii. 5, 11,- Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.' Immediately after the service, the people waiting in the vestibule for their new pastor, united in giving him a most cordial welcome; each heartily and warmly shaking him by the hand, wished him much success and happiness in his official duties. In the afternoon, the Incumbent preached from Haggai ii. 9,—The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts; and in this place I will give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts.' At both services there was a full attendance of the members of the Church; and many Presbyterians were also present, who retired with a favourable impression of the solemnity of the Church services.
On Tuesday, the 7th of December last, the Right Rev. the Bishop of St Andrews, &c., held an ordination in the Church at Peterhead, when John Maynard, of the Training College, York, was admitted to the holy order of Deacons. Mr Maynard is licensed by the Bishop as curate to the Rev. A. Lendrum, of Muthill and Crieff.
SCOTTISH CLERGY LIST.
IN conformity with suggestions received from correspondents in England, we here subjoin a list of the Scottish Clergy, with the names of places where their Churches are situated, and date of ordination. This may seem to natives, and residents in Scotland, an unnecessary insertion, as the lists are published annually in an Edinburgh Almanac; and on this account, we did not intend to insert them in these pages, until reminded by correspondents in the South, that there is no Scottish Clergy list circulated in England. The mere mention indeed of a Clergy list for Scotland may provoke a melancholy smile, when we compare our small (though we trust, faithful and true) band of pastors in the wilderness, with the magnificent body of our Southern brethren whose names and benefices fill a portly volume; and whom, in spite of all the efforts of their enemies, we still rejoice to call the established Clergy of the Church of England.
We publish our list however, small as it is, with rejoicing and thankfulness; for although it contains not 120 names, it has been, and gradually is, steadily increasing. At this moment, the information we possess does not enable us to give more detailed particulars of the increase of the Church's ministrations within late years; but we can mention one remarkable fact, that in the memory of the present revered diocesan of Glasgow, one room, and that not of more than ordinary dimensions, could contain all the professing worshippers of the diocese, over which he now presides with a list of twenty-one congregations, and every prospect of that number being progressively augmented. Within the last seven years, the number of Clergy in Scotland has been raised from 89 to 112; and as the increase has been most rapid during the latter portion of that time, we look forward with ardent hope to a still more effectual progress in the congregations of true believers.
We now give the bare outline; the list of Clergy with their incumbencies, principally for the use of those distant friends who take an interest in our Zion; but we hope to be enabled, from time to time, to give more detailed particulars and statistics respecting individual congregations; and we earnestly request the Clergy in this country, who are the persons most competent to procure this information, to favour us with whatever they know or can collect, as interesting in their several localities.
Right Rev. WILLIAM SKINNER, D.D., Bishop of Aberdeen, Primus: elected 1841.
I. DIOCESE OF ABERDEEN.
Right Rev. WILLIAM SKINNER, D.D., Bishop; ordained 1802; consecrated 1816; residence, Aberdeen.
Synod Clerk and Registrar, Rev. A. RANKEN, M.A., Old Deer.
II. UNITED DIOCESES OF ST ANDREWS, DUNKELD, AND DUNBLANE
Right Rev. PATRICK TORRY. D.D., Bishop; ordained 1782; consecrated 1808; residence, Peterhead. Aberdeenshire.
Right Rev. DAVID LOW, D.C.L., Bishop; ordained 1787; consecrated 1819: residence, Pittenweem, Fifeshire.
Dean, Very Rev. CHARLES FYVIE, M.A., Inverness.
J. Smith, M.A.
Elgin and Duffus
Arpafeelie & Fortrose Dn. Mackenzie, jun.., M.A. 1839 Munlochy
Right Rev. MICHAEL RUSSELL, D.C.L., Bishop; ordained, 1808; consecrated, 1837. Residence, Leith.
Dean, Very Rev. W. S. WILSON, M.A., Ayr.
Synod Clerk, Rev. A. HENDERSON, M.A., Hamilton.