Excerpt from Gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church: A Sermon Preached in Addington Church, on Whitsunday Morning, 1883, on the Occasion of the Placing, by the Parishioners, of a New Window in the Church, in the Memory of the Archbishop Tait
Some of the friends who heard this Sermon have expressed a wish to read it. It was not composed with any view to publication, but I shall be thankful if it shall prove in any degree profitable or interesting as an explanation of the beautiful memorial which the Addington people have put up to the memory of their illustrious and loving parishioner, and I know that what I have spoken concerning him will find an echo in all their hearts.
My dear friend and successor, in his evening Sermon, brought out two points which I have begged him to allow me to quote, as I hardly touched upon them at all.
First, the connexion of Archbishop Tait's name with those of his two predecessors, Augustine and Langton, illustrates first his zeal for missionary work at home and abroad, and also his statesmanship and patriotism. He claimed for the laity that they formed as true a part of the Church as the clergy did, and refused to dissociate in any way the interests of the laity from the interests of the Church at large.
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