The National Fast.
--This day, appointed by the President
's proclamation for a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer, will, no doubt, be generally observed by all denominations of religious persons throughout the Confederacy
If it shall be kept in the true spirit of humility, penitence, and self-denial, who can doubt that it will bring down blessings upon our cause.
We know how more essential it is for nations, as well as individuals, in the hour of their tribulation, to turn to God, and how often they forget Him as soon as the peril is passed.
Let us hope that no such unbelief and ingratitude lurk at the bottom of our own professions.
If ever any calamity threatened man that should bring him honestly to his knees, it is the dark thunder-cloud which so long has overhung our Southern horizon.
There is no human loss or tribulation which is not involved in the downfall of the Southern
It is the loss of home, the loss of liberty, the loss of property, the loss of wives and children, the loss of life.
It is every conceivable outrage and cruelty; not only the desecration of the fireside altar, but the very sanctuaries of the dead, who have in repeated instances been dragged from the shelter of the grave and left to fester in the noonday sun. It is not only the physical destruction of the country, but, what is worse, the demoralization and degradation of its whole population, both white
, who will be overrun by a licentious and infidel race, whose contact is contamination and death to both soul and body.
If ever a people had cause to call from the bottom of their hearts upon God for deliverance, it is a people threatened with such calamities.
Our scoffing enemies may consider this prostration a sign of weakness, but, like the valiant Scots
on the eve of one of their famous battles, we can reply, "It is to God that we kneel and not to you," and when we rise from our knees we shall not be worse soldiers than those who stand proudly erect, defiant alike of God and man.
More than one third of the population of the Southern States
are communists of the Christian Church, a larger proportion than exists in any other nation.
Who can doubt that the earnest and faithful prayers of this vast multitude will prevail with Heaven, and bring down upon our country and our cause the blessings of God?