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kneeling in Fairfield Church, and listened to the bishop's voice as he prayed God to “ defend them.” And when the service was over, and the long drive home accomplished, the little party at the cottage that evening were as happy and thankful as any household in the village.
Still greater joy was in store for that aged woman, when on the following Sunday she knelt with her two grandchildren as together they received for the first time the blessed sacrament of the body and blood of Christ. Jane Prynne was there, too, with her mother, who had now begun regularly to attend the Church services, and who found, that instead of hindering her in her daily work, the holy words and hymns seemed rather to help her onward on her way. Miss Gardiner, also, was there, dressed in deep mourning, but with a calm and softened expression of countenance, which was to Mr Manners a sign of a great change in her heart. There were others, too, at that holy communion for the first time. Those elderly men who the vicar had persuaded to be confirmed.
As the vicar looked at them all in the church, he breathed a fervent prayer, that having received God's confirming grace by the hands of an earthly bishop, they might one day, young and old, rich and poor, be owned as good and faithful servants by the great Shepherd and Bishop of their souls.
Sanson and Co., Printers, Edinburgh.