Un­der the North­ern Cross

The Compass - - NEWS - Bur­ton K. Janes of Bay Roberts can be reached at bur­tonj@nfld.net

The Church of Eng­land Bishop of New­found­land and Ber­muda, Llewellyn Jones (1840-1918), was away in Ber­muda at the time, but was ex­pected back any day. Mean­while, prepa­ra­tions were un­der­way for an or­di­na­tion ser­vice on Trin­ity Sun­day.

Rev. Ge­orge M. John­son, head of the ex­am­in­ing chap­lains, in­formed Smith that he was to ap­pear be­fore the board for ex­am­i­na­tion.

“ I as­sure you,” Smith de­clared to John­son, “there isn’t the slight­est rea­son for my giv­ing you or the other chap­lains any trou­ble on the score of my pro­fi­ciency in sa­cred stud­ies, for I passed very suc­cess­fully the ex­am­i­na­tion for Holy Or­ders held by Ox­ford and Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ties, hav­ing ob­tained a first class. And, even the dio­cese of Lon­don it­self would be sat­is­fied with that!”

Smith’s ob­jec­tions amounted to noth­ing. “ New­found­land,” he rem­i­nisced, “ had its own stan­dards.” Nev­er­the­less, he suc­ceeded in sat­is­fy­ing the ex­am­in­ers.

His or­di­na­tion took place in the Cathe­dral of St. John the Bap­tist. A ca­pac­ity con­gre­ga­tion, in­clud­ing the Gov­er­nor of New­found­land and his staff, crowded into the build­ing. Smith “was made dea­con, along with oth­ers, and read the Gospel. No more beau­ti­ful set­ting for an or­di­na­tion ser­vice could then have been found on this con­ti­nent... for St. John’s Cathe­dral, the cre­ation of Sir Gil­bert Scott, wanted noth­ing in dig­nity.”

A few days later, Smith ac­com­pa­nied Bishop Jones as his chap­lain to Con­cep­tion Bay. They vis­ited, among other places, Har­bour Grace, then a town of 6,000 and the next town in im­por­tance to St. John’s. It was Smith’s “good for­tune to set­tle as cu­rate and to re­main among a loving and at­tached peo­ple for well nigh a year and a half.”

To be con­tin­ued.

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