Rev. Brooke Herford, of Boston, conducted the services at Appleton Chapel last evening. He took for his text the 27th verse of the first chapter of St. Mark's gospel: "What new doctrine is this?" It has been thought by a great many people that the doctrines of Christianity are new, but much that is noble is to be found in other religions. It is not a name, but a principle, that inspires people in religion. In certain respects Christianity may be considered a new doctrine, but in its fundamental principles, in its thought and feelings, it is as old as creation. The Christian moral life was more aspiring and fraternal than the other religions which flourished in the first century; hence it was that it attracted followers so widely. One higher view which Christianity takes concerning men is the idea of fraternity of sinners, of the help and encouragement that should be shown brother men simply because they are sinners. As the emblems of Christmas are now seen, as the season of good will and peace to all men approaches, let Christianity be thought of as a blessing that is forever old, yet forever new.
The choir sang "O give thanks unto the Lord," by Jackson; "Awake, put on thy strength," by Stainer; "Teach me thy ways," by Giovanni Grace.