St Jude Liverpool
from W.H.B. Proby Annals of the 'Low-Church' Party in England vol 2 (J.T. Hayes 1888) page 479

In this Orange-ridden town [of Liverpool] the Rev. Ernest James Augustus Fitzroy had been appointed to the vicarage of St. James's [sic: should read St Jude's], Hardwick Street, in 1879; and soon gave offence to his Low-Church neighbours by improving the services of his church. On Sunday, the 6th of August, 1882, there were scenes of disorder inside and outside the church. As soon as the Vicar entered the pulpit, thirty or forty persons left the church, and, quiet being restored, he gave out his text, when another batch departed, all the malcontents standing between the inner and outer door of the church, where they kept up a lively conversation during the sermon. After the sermon, reinforced by about 150 persons, they returned into the church, and, gathering under the gallery, formed a large body. The opening prayers of the Communion-service were read amidst groans and hisses, and cries of "Shame!" and "No Popery!" After the service the choir, on returning to the vestry, were hustled, and yells resounded thronged the sacred edifice. On emerging from the church the Vicar, Mr. Fitzroy, was hooted, and the mob cut the reins of the horse that was to take him home. In the evening order was restored by a force of police, but after the service on leaving the church the Vicar was again hooted.

The Rev. E. J. A. Fitzroy telegraphed the following account of the affair : — "Yesterday there were disturbances at St. Jude's, Liverpool, almost equal to those which have occurred at St. George's-in-the-East and St. James's, Hatcham; with this difference, that the services which have elicited mob violence in this instance can in no sense be called Ritualistic, being simply of the same type as those in cathedrals, and the only ornaments being a cross and vases of flowers on the super-altar. Those who object to the present services, having twice invoked the interference of the Bishop of Liverpool, yesterday during the celebration of the Holy Communion, stood on the seats, shouted 'No Popery!' and during the Prayer of Consecration hissed, hooted, and laughed in the most shameful manner."

On the night of Saturday, the 16th of September, an orange-coloured placard was posted in the neighbourhood with the following contents : — "God save Protestantism! The parishioners oppose the profanation of the services because of — first, monkish cassocks; second, a surpliced choir; third, processions; fourth, preaching in the surplice; fifth, intoning the prayers; sixth, early morning (fasting) celebration of the Lord's Supper; seventh, naming the Lord's table the 'altar' and bowing to it; eighth, a cross and flower-vases on the Lord's table; ninth, teaching the Real Presence and Baptismal Regeneration; tenth, turning to the east and bowing is [sic] anti-Scriptural and Papistic, and therefore likely to provoke tumult. Protestants, help in opposing the pranks until they are withdrawn."

In obedience to this sensible and Christian invitation, many Low-Churchmen attended the service at St. Jude's Church on the following day, and gave vent within the sacred building to various disagreeable sounds; and when the Vicar and choristers proceeded down the aisle an attempt was made to stop them. A disgraceful struggle followed, and Mr. Fitzroy and the choristers took off their surplices on the spot. Several blows were aimed at him, and he warded them off as well as he could. At last, however, the police appeared, and a young man, being given into custody, was afterwards fined five pounds and costs. A meeting of Protestants was held shortly afterwards in Kensington Fields, and one of the speakers thereat said that the bishop of the diocese (Dr. Ryle) had done more of the Devil's work than any man in Liverpool by walking in procession at St. Jude's Church when he had preached at the harvest festival there two years before. 

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