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Convention of the Episcopal Church of Virginia. --The next Convention of the Episcopal Church of this Diocese will be held in Richmond on the 15th of May, in conformity with the following notice issued by Rt. Rev. Bishop Meade: Whereas, by the 1st Article of the Constitution of the P. E. Church of Virginia, it is ordained that "in the event of the existence of an epidemic disease or any other good cause, rendering it necessary or expedient to alter the place fixed on for any meeting of the Convention, the Bishop may change the place, or the time, or both, at his discretion;" and whereas, the present state of our country and diocese seem to require a change of the place appointed for the meeting of our Convention, therefore, 1, William Meade, Bishop of the P. E. Church of the Diocese of Virginia, do hereby give notice that the same is removed from the city of Alexandria to that of Richmond, at which latter place the Convention will assemble on Wednesday, the 15th of May nex
At St. John's Church, yesterday morning, at 7 o'clock, morning prayer was said by Rev. Mr. Butler, Rector of the Parish; after which the rite of confirmation was administered to eight persons, by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Meade.
Ordination at St. Paul's Church. --On Sunday last, the 19th inst., the solemn rite of ordination was administered by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Meade, at St. Paul's Church, in the presence of a very large congregation, when the Rev. James Saul, the Assistant Minister of that church, was admitted to the Order of the Priesthood, and Mr. Charles V. Rodefer and Mr. James Grammer, from the Theological Seminary of Virginia, were admitted to the Order of Deacons. The ordination sermon was preached by the rector, the Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, in which he set forth with much ability and impressive earnestness the high importance of the ministry, its solemn duties, responsibilities and privileges. The venerable and most worthy prelate who officiated on this solemn and interesting occasion is now in the 32d year of his Episcopacy and the 50th of his ministry, and by Divine permission continues his useful labors after having attained the usual allotment of three score years and ten.
t. It is the universal custom of Christian rulers to acknowledge, at least formally, the government of a Divine hand, and to implore its favor; but we are sure that, in the present case, it is more than a form, and is inspired by that profound sense of the need of Divine interposition which is felt by every Southern man who believes in a God, as well as by gratitude for its evident exercise already in our behalf. In a late sermon, delivered upon the fiftieth anniversary of his ministry, Bishop Meade says that during the trials and perils of the Revolution public and repeated recognitions were made by Congress of the existence and providence of God, and the people invoked to supplicate His favor; but that when the storm of war had passed, the whole land was inundated with infidelity and crime. The National Legislature, which had been loud in calling upon Him in the hour of danger, proclaiming solemn facts and having daily prayers offered up, as soon as peace was restored, passed a re
n. She landed Messrs. Mason and Slidell, the Rebel Commissioners to England and France, at Cardenas, and afterwards went to Havana. Mason and Slidell went overland to Havana, where they were received with the highest consideration by all the officials, from the Captain General down. The Theodora took a large quantity of arms on her return; also, provisions, coffee, &c. Her captain was presented with a silk flag by the Southern ladies at Havana. She took twenty passengers, including Mr. Meade, the late U. S. Minister to Brazil. Mr. Shufeldt, the American Consul General, telegraphed to the commander of the U. S. steam frigate San Jacinto, at Trinidad, on the 24th, to proceed at once to Havana. The British Consul called on the rebel Commissioners in full uniform, and presented them to the Captain General. Capt. Coxetter, late of the pirate Jeff. Davis, came to Havana in the Theodora, and remained there. Things look quite warlike in Havana, there being a large
From Norfolk. the destination of the Federal fleet--death of a Lieutenant — serious Accident--Bishop Meade--affrays, &c. [special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Nov. 4th, 1861. The probable destination of the fleet is still the most fruitful subject of conversation and interest in our city, and much anxiety is manifested to hear something definite and reliable from the Yankee fleet that left last week to attempt a grand exploit somewhere on the coast. Lieut. Sgreeable and healthful exercises of the social and joyous occasion. The fashionable circles of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and vicinities will be represented, and the display of beauty and gracefulness will doubtless be very attractive. The Right Rev. Bishop Meade, who was expected to officiate in the P. E. churches here yesterday, having been detained in Petersburg on account of indisposition, will probably not arrive here for several days. Saturday night at a late hour it was discovered t