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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.affairs in Lynchburg Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 3. In the Catholic Church of this city, yesterday, Bishop McGill administered the sacrament of confirmation to fifty persons, a majority of whom were boys and girls. Previous to the ceremony, which was of the most impressive character, the Bishop delivered a discourse on the subject of signs and ceremonies as practiced by the Catholic Church, which, for strong, close reasoning and logical conclusions, I have seldom heard equalled. Yesterday was the first day or beginning of the Ecclesiastical year, and accordingly the first Sunday in Advent. Next Friday, and each succeeding Friday between that time and Christmas, will be fasting days. The Ecclesiastical year is divided into three parts — the first part from the first Sunday in Adventist Christmas, or the birth of Christ; the second part from Christmas to Whit-Sunday, or the Ascension, and the third and last part from Whit-Sunday to the