163.-the Confederate fast.
In the open session of the Confederate Congress, May 14, several resolutions of interest were offered and adopted.
The first of these is a resolution presented by Mr. T. R. R. Cobb
, of Georgia
, in reference to a general day of Fasting and Prayer.
As the sentiments and intent of the resolutions are good, I shall give them to your readers entire, as follows:
The dependence of nations, as of individuals, upon an overruling Providence, at all times, we fully recognize; but when perils surround, and national existence is threatened, it peculiarly becomes a people to manifest their submission to the will and guidance of the Omnipotent Ruler of the universe.
If the cause be righteous and the quarrel just, we may confidently rely on Him who reigneth alike over the armies of earth and the hosts of heaven.
At the same time, we recognize our duty to appeal humbly to Him who hath said: ‘I will be inquired of my people.’
To the end, therefore, that the whole people of these Confederate States may, in union and with one accord, approach the Throne of the Most High, to invoke his blessing upon us in our defensive struggle for the right of self-government, and the enjoyment of the liberty He vouchsafed to our fathers, and to protect us from those who threaten our homes with fire and sword, our domestic circles with ruthless lust, our fathers' graves with the invaders' feet, and our altars with infidel desecration:
Resolved by the Congress of the Confederate States, That the President be requested to issue his Proclamation, appointing a day of fasting and prayer, in the observance of which all shall be invited to join.
who recognize our dependence upon God, and who desire the happiness and security of that people ‘whose God is the Lord.’
It is hardly necessary to say that the preamble and resolution were unanimously adopted.--Charleston Courier
, May 18.