Seagoe Parish Magazine.
We wish all our readers at home and abroad a Happy Caristmas and a Bright and Prosperous New Year.
CLERGY :Rev.. Chancellor Archer, B .D ., The Rectory. Seagoe.
Rev. W. F. Hayes, B .A ., The Bungalow, Lower Seagoe, Portadown.
Rector's------Mr. H. MURRAY GIBSON.
People’s—Mr. THOMAS MARTIN.
Sunday, December 1st, is Advent Sunday. It
is the first day of the season preceding Christmas
which has for many centuries of the Christian
Era been set apart as a time when Christian
people are specially reminded of the Second
Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are
many passages in the New Testament which tell
us plainly that the Christ will come again. The
message of the Angels on the Mount of the
Ascension contained such a promise. But it is not
only that the New Testament contains such promise,
our own natural instincts would suggest
to us that this Dispensation cannot go on for
ever. The Laws of Nature suggest the certainty
of such an issue. The presence of Death in the
world with its accompaniments of change and
decay would be sufficient to prove the certainty
of a complete consummation of all things such
as is foreshadowed in the Second Advent. Our
Lord Him self linked the thought of the Advent
with the failure of the sun to give its light and
the rending of the structure of the earth . No one
who names the name of Christ can afford to
overlook this “ great Divine event to which the
whole Creation moves.” W hen once the certainty
of the Second Advent comes home to the
conscience of the Christian his next thought will
he that the Advent implies Judgment. He will
come to be our Judge. The supreme question
then will be How do we stand in the sight of
God? May this solemn season lead each one of
l*s to a more searching examination of self so
that when the trumpet sounds and the great
White Throne is set up we may without fear
stand before our Judge and Saviour. On each
Wednesday in Advent special Services will be
held in the Parish Church at 8 p.m .. beginning
on Wednesday, December 4th.
The Advent Collect
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast
away the works of darkness, and put upon us the
armour of light, now in the time of this mortal
life, in which Thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit
us in great humility; that in the last day, when
he shall come again in his glorious Majesty to
judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise
to the life immortal, through him who liveth
and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now
and ever. Amen.
Christmas is a very joyous season. It carries
with it the joy of childhood for it commemorates,
the Birth of the child Christ. It is also the season
of Peace, for the message of the Angels was
“ Peace on Earth .” The recent wonderful unanimity
of the League of Nations is a good augury
for the possible realisation of an era of International
Peace. The beating of swords into plow-shares
is not such a dream as some people
imagined it to be. This Christmas should rejoice
the hearts of all Christian people when they
see that Christian Peace may yet prevail on the
earth . Those who enter into the spirit of Christmas
will feel their Faith strengthened and their
Hopes confirmed as they kneel a t the Holy Table
and partake of that F east of Love Divine instituted
for us by the Child of Bethlehem . Special
Christmas Carols will be sung in the Parish
Church at Evening Prayer on Sunday, December 22nd.
On Wednesday, December 25th, being Christmas Day
or the Feast of the Nativity, the following Services
will be held in the Parish Church : —
8 a.m —Holy Communion.
11.30 a.m .—Morning Prayer, Sermon and Holy Communion.
New Year’s Day
On Tuesday, December 31st, a Service will be
held in the Parish Church at 8 p.m ., and on
Wednesday, January 1st, 1936, being New Y ear’s
Day and also the Festival of the Circumcision,
there will be a celebration of Holy Communion
in the Parish Church at 11.30 a.m ., and Evening Prayer a t 8 p.m .
Our Sunday Schools
On Advent Sunday, Dec. 1st, the new Calendar
will be in use in our Sunday Schools. The Special
Teachers’ Notes are by the late Rev. J .
Paterson Smyth. Every Teacher should have
the Book of Notes. They are a great help. Arch
deacon Paterson Smyth, who wrote them , was
one of our greatest Bible students. It was he
who wrote that famous book on “ How we got
our Bible .”
At Christmas we all think about cakes, and
what splendid cakes we now see, so different
from the Old Victorian currant buns or barm-bracks.
Seagoe Mother’s Union will have their
Cake F air in the Parochial Hall (D .V .) on
Thursday, Dec. 5th, at 3.30 p.m . The opening
ceremony will be perform ed by Miss Dorothy
Johnston, of Lurgan. She will be accompanied
by her father, John Johnston, E sq., D .L .. M .P.,
who is our member for the Northern Parliament.
There will be many lovely cakes from which to
choose. In addition there will be a variety stall,
a fruit and flower stall, and a tea stall. At
intervals during the afternoon musical selections
will be rendered. The charge for admission will
be threepence. The proceeds will be given to
the Parish Church Improvement Fund.
On Sunday, Nov. 10th, the members of the
local Branch of the British Legion, under Major
D. G. Shillington and Capt. R. Whitsitt, paraded
at Morning Prayer in the Parish Church. The
parade was headed by the C .L .B . Pipe Band.
The Old Boys, the Cadets and Training Corps of
the Seagoe Company of the Church Lads Brigade
were also present. There was a crowded congregation
at the Service, extra seating had to be
provided. The preacher was the Rev. T.
McCreight, Rector of Magheradroll, Ballinahinch.
The collection was on behalf of Earl Haig Fund
for Ex-Servicemen. Immediately after Morning
Prayer a brief Service of Remembrance was held
at the Gates. A wreath was laid at the Memorial
Pillars on behalf of the C .L .B . by Lieut.
W . Currie. The Last Post and Reveille were
sounded. On Monday, Nov. 11th, Armistice Day,
a short Service was held in the Church at 10.45,
and the two minutes’ silence was observed at
the memorial Pillars and Gates.
This month we regret to have to record a long
list of Burials. Many homes in the Parish have
been rendered dark and lonely through the loss
of some dear one. Our deep sympathy goes out
to those thus bereaved. The death of Mrs.
Robinson, of Tamnifiglasson, removes from our
midst one who was well known and much esteemed
by many in the Parish. She had been
in failing health for a long time but had always
borne her sickness with great patience. Another
loss has occurred last month in the death of Mrs.
Oibson, of Rathlin, mother of our esteemed
Churchwarden, Mr. Murray Gibson. Mrs. Gibson
had reached a great age bu t was full of life
and energy almost to the end. She was the
widow of Archdeacon Gibson, of Ferns
and Rector of New Ross. The Archdeacon and
Mrs. Gibson were splendid workers
and were most popular with everyone. Since
Mrs. Gibson came among us she made many
friends, who will miss her greatly. The death of
William M‘Knight, who has for many years been
stationed at the Kernan Crossing of the G.N.R..
is much regretted. He passed away after a comparatively
short illness. We mourn the loss of
little Winifred Whiteside, which is especially
sad, being the second death within the household
of Mr. Ferguson Whiteside this year. She was
a bright winning little one “ too fair for earth."
She has joined in the Eternity her little brother
whose tragically sudden death we recorded quite
recently. Another death, that of Mrs . Flannigan,
of Edenderry, removes from our midst one
who was well-known and much beloved by all
who knew her. She had been in infirm health
for a long time but bore it always with unfailing
patience. Mrs. Brown, of Ballinacor, has also,
passed away. During her long residence in
Ballinacor she was always much respected.
We also regret to record the death of James
McCoo, who was- known to many in Edenderry.
The sorrow which accompanies the death of our
dear ones is softened and mitigated by the
thought that in Christ who is the Resurrection
and the Life, the parting is not for ever.
The Sustentation Fund
We would ask all subscribers to the Sustentation
Fund, whether holders of the Weekly Envelopes
(if in arrears) or annual subscribers to
please see that their subscriptions are sent to the
Hon. Treasurer, Mr. Hugh Stoops, Killicomaine
Road, Portadown, without delay as the account
for the year close on December 31st.
SEAQOE PARISH MAGAZINE
Parish Register for November
The following were Baptised in the Parish
Church on November 2nd, 1935: —
Magrattan—Jane Elizabeth, daughter of John
Henry and Elizabeth Magrattan, of Levaghery.
Sponsors—Eliza Jane M grattan, Elizabeth
Conlon—Ivan, son of George and Sarah Conlon,
Sponsors—Elizabeth Rountree, Sarah Conlon.
Guy —William Robb, son of Samuel James and
Annabella Guy, of Derryvore.
Sponsors—Millicent Coulter, Annabella Guy.
McCoo— Nov. 13th, James M ‘Coo, of Edenderry,
aged 52 years. Interred at Drumcree.
Robinson;—Nov. 16th, Margaret Robinson, of
Tamilifiglasson, aged 74 years.
Gibson—Nov. 23rd, Jane Ida Gibson, of “ Rathlin ,”
Edenderry, aged 81 years. Interred at New Ross, Co. Wexford.
McKnight—Nov. 23rd, \William McKnight, of Kernan, aged 62 years.
Brown—Nov. 26th, Charlotte Brown, of Ballinacor, aged 73 years.
Whiteside— Nov. 28th, Winifred Whiteside, of
Edenderry, aged 4 years and 9 months.
Flannigan—Nov. 28th, Mary Anne Flannigan,
of Edenderry, aged 75 years. Interred at Drumcree.
Edenderry Harvest Services
The annual Services of thanksgiving for the
blessings of harvest were held in the Parochial
Hall, Edenderry, on Sunday, November 3rd, at
3.30, and on the following Monday at 8 p.m .
The Hall had been very tastefully decorated by
the Superintendents and teachers of the School.
There were large congregations at both Services.
The preacher on Sunday was the Rev. E. R.
M'Cullough, M.A., Rector of Aghalee, Lurgan.
The collection at that Service was on behalf of
the Parochial Hall Fund. The Rev. G. W . Millington,
M.A., Rector of St. M ark’s, Portadown,
preached on the Monday evening. The offerings
were on behalf of Foreign Missions. Special
music appropriate for the occasion was rendered
in a very pleasing manner by a large choir. The
music included a Harvest Anthem. The solo
portion of this was sweetly sung by Miss M.
Robinson. Miss H . Walker kindly presided at
I t has been found necessary to alter the
provisional date suggested in last month’s
Magazine for the annual C .L .B . Concert. The
Concert will be given in the Parochial Hall,
Edenderry, on Thursday, Dec. 12th, at 8 p.m.
A very interesting variety programme has been
arranged. Tickets for admission are 'now on
sale. The proceeds are on behalf of the C .L .B .
Twenty-five Years Ago
This ancient copy of Seagoe Magazine contains
the usual good wishes for Christmas.
Christmas Day that year fell on a Sunday. A
Temperance Mission was being held in Edenderry,
beginning with an open-air gathering at
the Big Lamp on Dec. 3rd, at 8 p.m . Mr.
Charles Collins is appointed Superintendent of
Levaghery Sunday School. Six Baptism s are
recorded, including that of Terence Fitzroy
Blacker. A Parish Social is arranged for Dec.
13th. The Old Seagoe Notes are on the Cloch-
Beann of Seagoe.
Old Seagoe Notes.
The Origin of Tamnifiglasson and Tamnificarbet.
—The curious proximity, side by side, of
these two Townlands bearing somewhat difficult
names, sets one thinking as to their possible
origin. The meaning of the names is not uncertain—
“ The Field of the Wood of Glasson”
and “ The Field of the Wood of Carbet.”
Glasson and Carbet are supposed to be names of
individual people. A theory has been propounded
that a great and decisive battle was
fought just about here. At one period there was
a serious conflict between the Archbishop of
Armagh and the Clan Maginnis. Maginnis was
over-running the country and had captured Lurgan.
The See of Dromore was vacant at the
time and so the Archbishop was in charge of the
Diocese. It seemed as if Maginnis would conquer
Seagoe as well as Shankill, and so the Archbishop
assembled his troops and a battle was
fought somewhere near these Townlands and
Maginnis was defeated. It is possible that
Glasson was the name of Maginnis. We read
of a certain Glassony Maginnis. Carbet may
have been the name of a leader on the Archbishop’s side.
Apparently the battle was fought on the outskirts of a
Wood or Forest and so each townland had in its name
“ The Field of or near the Wood.” It is not possible to assign
a date for the Battle but possibly it occurred
somewhere about the 14th century.
Seagoe Mothers’ Union
A meeting of the M others’ Union was held
in Seagoe School on Tuesday, Nov. 12th, at 7.30.
After tea, the Mothers’ Union Hymn was sung.
The prayers were taken by the Rev. F. J.
Halahan, M.A., Rector of Drumcree, who also
gave the address. At the close the President,
M rs. T. H . Twinem, expressed the thanks of the
Members to the speaker. The next meeting of
the Organisation will be held in Seagoe School
on Monday, December 9th, a t 7.30. An address
will be given by the Rev. J . G. Sandford,
Curate of Ballinderry.
The Parochial Hall
The following subscription has been received
since the last issue of the Magazine towards the
Parochial Hall Improvement Fund :—Frank
Girvan, 5/-. This brings the total amount received in subscriptions to £11 19s 6d.
M any new houses are being built through the
SERVICES—The PARISH CHURCH
HOLY COMMUNION 1st Sunday after Morning
Prayer ; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief
HOLY BAPTISM— 1st Saturday of each Month at 3
p m e, and during any Service in the Parish Church,
notice be given ; Two Sponsers at least are required
and they must be Confirmed Members of the Church.
Churchings are held at each Baptism. Mothers are
expected to bring a thankoffering.
(See Book of Common Prayer. )
MORNING PRAYER-Sundays and Chief Festivals,
EVENING PRAYER—Sundays, 7 p.m
Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3-30 p.m.
Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 4 p. m.
at 8 p.m.
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There have been floods along the Bann but
not so widespread as at other times. The lowering of the weir at Toome-bridge
has enabled the flood waters to escape into the Lower Bann.
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Please look through our Advertisement
Columns, and when you are buying your Christmas presents get them from those who advertise
with us and you will not be disappointed.
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The Edenderry Orange Hall has recently been
renovated and looks very bright. The use of
this Hall is kindly given to the Seagoe Men’s;
Bible Class, which is held there each Sunday
morning at 10.15.
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The Seagoe M en’s Bible Class has given a subscription of a pound to the funds of the local
branch of the Queen’s Nursing Association
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The preacher on Sunday evening was the Rev
J . W arner, B .A ., Curate of St. M ark’s. Portadown.
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Capt. E . Mitchell, escorted by Sergeants A
H eyburn and J. Topley, laid a wreath on be
half of the Down and Connor and Dromore
Battalion of the Church Lad’s Brigade at the
Belfast Cenotaph on Armistice Day.
BIBLE CLASS FOR MEN in Edenderry on
Sundays at 10 a m.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS 10 a m. Edenderry Parochial
Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry
Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne,
MOTHERS' UNION—2nd Tuesday of each month
at 7 30 p.m.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall
on Tuesdays and Fridays.
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL , 9-15 a.m. Principal—Mr.
MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p m Licenses are issued by Rev. Canon Hannon.
Rectory, Lurgan Due notice (48 hours) mus be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES— By License—
Labourers 5/- Tradesmen 10/- —, Merchants and Farmers 15/- ,Professional, £l. By Banns 5/-. FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay,
FEES FOR CERTIFICATES BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non-residents); MARRAGE 3/7.
It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the
An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases
arrival of new Church families in the Parish.
A copy of the Magazine will be sent post free to any subscriber for 3/- per anunm.
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