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Saint Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral at nightSometime after visiting the picturesque Lambeth Palace, the Church Army took over the majestic Saint Paul's Cathedral for its annual service of Thanksgiving. Three hundred choir members and nine hundred uniformed officers in the body of the cathedral sang with great gusto, and finally erupted into shouts of praise. How magnificent it was to see Wilson Carlile's monument for Christ! When Sir Christopher Wren the architect and builder of this enormous cathedral died, friends built a stone tablet at his resting place in the crypt. It read, "If you seek his monument, look around."

Zealous Officers

St Paul Cathedral PostcardLooking around that day at all these zealous officers, I saw a monument not to the builder of the cathedral Sir Christopher Wren but to Prebendary Wilson Carlile himself. He left a living army for Christ established during his own lifetime. The Chief never seemed to dwell on the army's achievements however, but took every opportunity to appeal for new projects like the homes he wanted to build in the slums. After one such challenge at a rally in London, he astounded everyone by suddenly concluding, "Well, I must get to bed!" He then turned and hurried off the platform!

"Wilson Carlile's Monument"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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