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most actively benevolent, expressed his regret at the attempts made in his day to suppress the African slave trade, because he regarded it as, under Providence, the most powerful of all agents for the Christianization of Africa. That it was so, we are enabled to see from the four millions of Africans upon this continent, not one of whom believes in the superstition of the country from which his origin is derived, and every one of whom has been, more or less, instructed in the religion of Jesus Christ. We are not writing a defence of the African slave trade. We merely present the extenuating circumstances, and call attention to the fact that in was not an unmined evil. Far from it. Millions of human beings have been benefitted by it. Contrast it with the present traffic in human flesh, driven by the Yankees. In the former case the slave was bought from some chief who held him captive, and was prepared to sacrifice him to his gods if he could not get his price for him. His cond
e extinguishment of every vestige of freedom under the colossal throne of a military despot ! They expected the enfranchisement of the human race, and they only proved that the depravity of the human heart is made more manifest, deplorable and ruinous of government by increasing the number and destroying the responsibility of those who govern a country. And this is the universal testimony of all ancient and modern history. "Democracy," said Pius VI., "is not contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; only it requires those sublime virtues which are alone to be found in the Gospel."--The United States is running the career, and approaching the end, of all similar governments, and for the same reason. "The necessity," says Coleridge, "for external government to man is in the inverse ratio of the vigor of his self-government. Where the last is most complete the first is least wanted. Hence the more virtue, the more liberty." What virtue is left among the Northern masses? What virtue
iday next, the 10th day of March, is the day appointed for Fasting, Humiliation and prayer. The Congress of the Confederate States call upon the people, on that day, to humble themselves before Almighty God, and to beseech him, through our Lord Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, and for deliverance from our enemies. The President, in his Proclamation, has invoked the people everywhere to observe that day, and the Press and the Pulpit have sustained, with unanimity and fervor, the tony keep either of the gates to abstinence." Much might be added from the same and other authorities showing that fasting is but an instrument to an end, and that it is the individual repentance of every man seeking pardon through our Lord Jesus Christ for his own sins, to which the people are called. And, surely, never was there an hour in the history of man, or in the life of any man now living in this country, when there was more need to invoke the forgiveness and the favor of Almight
The Daily Dispatch: March 8, 1865., [Electronic resource], The Russian Church in America — Significant religious and political ceremony. (search)
e way, was interpolated into the creed by Nicholas I, Bishop of Rome, in the ninth century, and has the sanction of no ecumenical council whatever. This point has ever since been the point of difference between the Eastern and Western churches. Immediately after the creed occur these passages: Priest--Stand we well; stand we with fear; let us attend to offer the holy Oblation in peace. Choir--The anointing of peace; the sacrifice of praise. Priest--The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Choir--And with thy spirit. Priest--Let us lift up our hearts. Choir--We lift them up unto the Lord. Priest--Let us give thanks unto the Lord. Choir--It is meet and right to worship the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, consubstantial and undivided Trinity. Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord of Sabbath, Heaven and Earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the Highest.--Blessed is he
ng, with cross in hand, to the humanity of the soldiers, was rudely thrust aside. The building was afterwards fired. The Methodist Church--an humble edifice — was likewise entered, and, unable to do more, the scoundrels defaced the monument of the venerable Bishop Capers, and spoke of him as "the first damned Secessionist." They then went into the parsonage, robbed it of everything, abused the pastor's wife, stole the communion service, drank the consecrated wine, and blasphemed God and Jesus Christ in the most horrid manner. The conflagration, which commenced in the evening of Friday, destroyed nearly four-fifths of the city. The horrors of that night are as a dream. Pen cannot describe them. The city was like a sea of fire. Thousands of drunken brutes were rushing through the streets, with torches in their hands, shouting, shrieking, cursing, and even fiddling and dancing, over our burning homes.--Women and children were driven from their dwellings by the flames, only to
an account of the deeds done in the body, that the deliberate system of robbery, rapine, murder, starvation and burning, now carried on against this people, is not war, but a gigantic crime against humanity and against God. Our readers will recollect the scene in Columbia, where four thousand people were turned out of doors amidst roaring flames, and the communion vessels of a church were plundered and used in their orgies by drunken soldiers, blaspheming, as they drank, the name of Jesus Christ; and the later scene, in Winnsboro', where, as the church was burning, they sang blasphemous songs to the organ amid the sea of fire. Men wonder, when they read such accounts, that Heaven itself does not interpose, and, by some signal interposition of its vengeance, mark its sense of the crime. But that is not God's ordinary mode of dealing with man. In the dispensations of His Providence, "sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily." Men are treated as free agents, which th
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