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ESTASLISSED IN 1873.
HEAD OF
THE FESTIVAL
OF EASTER-
why AND
WE OBSERVE IT
K' ASTER Day, from which all !
others are reckoned, is al-
"ways the first Sunday after
the first full moon happens
next after the One and Twentieth
(21st) day of March, and if the full
moon happens upon a Sunday, Easter
Day is the Sunday after.
Advent Sunday is always the near
est Sunday to the Feast of St. Andrew,
whether before or after. Rogation
Sunday is five weeks after Easter.
Ascension Day is forty days after
Easter. Whit Sunday is seven weeks
after Easter. Trinity Sunday is eight
Weeks after Easter.
But Easter Sunday is the great Fes
tival of the anniversary commemora
tion of our Saviour's Resurrection,
Which for its antiquity and excellence
Challenges precedence of all other fes
tivals. The observation of this festival is
as ancient as the times of the apostles,
as is clear to those who are conversant
in the affairs of the primitive church.
. In those purer times, the only dis
pute being, not about the thing, but
the particular time when the festival
Was to be kept. -
A controversy between the different
churches about the keeping of Easter
Day was kept up for auite a while:
the Asiatic churches kept their Easter
upon the same day that the .Tews oh
served their Passover. xW. th. w.
teenth day of their first month, chiefly
answering our March; and this they
- uld Upon Whatever rl.nv of fViQ Trrftir
it fell, and from thence they were
styled Quarto
i JAAJ-J-, iJUO"
ter upon the fourteenth. day after the
appearance of the moon
The other churches, especially those
of the West, kept Easter upon the
uay following the Jewish P.n
over. These latter churches .pleaded
apostolic tradition
claimed the practice of the apostles
themselves. ,
The peat controversy was finally
u-immeci V the EciimenirM nmmnii
of
-Mce, assembled hv' thp
constant
'-n u was uruamea
wat Laster should be kept upon one
u the same day throughout the
oim; ot according to the custom
"J the .Jews, .but upon the Lord's Day,
jvmch decree was-ratified and pub-
Shed by tho Imperial Letters to all
e churches; therefore, it became the
mperative ,duty of. all - Christians
wuoujrhout the world at thni- ti .
bserve Easter I on the day set apart
"y the said Imperial Letters.
hat f V?e f obs1Tnnce of the dav
jas not been changed since, and the
jhiwtian world has for nearly six-
W a thG first Sunday er the
tTv'l versnry of the Passover
so 01' IIKlay' ana continues to do
Easter IV .Prese-nt (lay flld. time,
comm. y !'ems pved as the day
jommemorativo of the resurrection of
Cff 011 Christiana must be
I ; cternal Son of God. who
not long continue in the state: of
CHRIST.
1 -to
WHEN
death, but on the third day, by His
infinite power, did revive and raise
Himself, by reuniting the same soul
to the same body which was buried,
and so rose the same Man.
Hope is a beautiful meteor, and like
the rainbow, it is not only lovely be
cause of its seven rich and radiant
stripes, but as the memorial of a cove
nant entered into betweu man and his
1 "" " ' 1 n m rAn i i i mm f J y
HILLSBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1903
Maker, telliag tig W were born for.
immortality, destined, unless we se
pulchre our greatness, to the highest
nonor and noblest happiness. '::':y':3f
Hope proves man deathless. It is
the" struggle of the soul breaking
loose trom what is perishable and aU
testing her eternity, and when the
eye of the mind is turned upon. Christ;
delivered f or . our offences and raised
again for our justification, the unsub
stantial and deceitful character is taki
en away from hope.-
It is good then that he hope; it is
good also that he quietly wait. There,
is much promised in the scriptures to-
the waiting upon God.' ;Men wish and 1
really expect immediate , answer, to
prayer, and think themselves forgot
ten unless the reply or answer be in
stantaneous. This is undoubtedly a
great mistake ;" the delay is of ten a part
and a great part of the answer. It
exercises faith and hope and patience,
and what better thing can be done for
us than strengthen those graces to
whose growth shall be proportioned
the splendors of immortality? It is
good, then, that we wait
It is not good that a man hope for
wealth, since "riches profit not in the
day of wrath"; and it :s not good that
he hope for worldly things, since the
mean and mighty go down to the same
burial. But it is good that he hope
for salvation ; the meteor then gathers
like a golden halo round his head, and
as he presses forward in the battle
of time, no weapon of the evil one can
pierce through that helmet.
"They that wait on the Lord shall
renew their strength; they shall mount
up with wings as eagles;, they shall
run and not be weary." Atlanta
Journal.
A Bad Investment.
1 i. -
"Guess I was stuck when I give
up thirty cents fer dis rabbit. It ain't
laid no colored eggs yet." New York
Journal.
'I'm a Bunny that's made of two eggs,
With a tail of white cotton. And legs
That are glued on a place
That were ne'er meant to grace, "' .. -But
for Rabbits like me each child begs."
The Oster Base's Nest.
Easter-time is not complete for Ger
man little folk without an "Qster
Hase's nest." It holds many a favor
and present, serving the same purpose
that Christmas stockings and wooden
shoes do at Christmas-time. Mrs. A.
G. Lewis, in the Woman's Home Com
panion. "FRESH EASTER EGGS TO-DAY.'
From a German postal card.
NEW SERD3S-VOL.
A SERMON FOR SUNDAY
an eloquent discourse entitled
" Circumstances of life.,
The Rev. I)r. Frank Oliver Hall Says We
, Must .earn How to Face the Pros
perlty as Well as the Hard Condi
T tions off This World, f '.
NewiTobk City. The' Rev. Dr. Frank
Oliver Hall, pastor of the Church of the
Divine Paternity, preached Sunday morn
ing on "Facing the Circumstances of Life."
He took his text from Philippians iv: 12:
I know-how to be abased, and I also
know how to abound.- I have learned, the
secret." Dr. Hall said:
f In other words, Paul said, v "I have
learned the secret of how , to be independ
ent of circumstances. I know how to face
humble circumstances, and I know how to
f ace DrosDeritv."
That is a great lesson, and one which few
men ever do learn. But it is a lesson
which we all need to learn in order to pre
serve happiness, the integrity of character
and to make the most of life.
First Let us look first for the secret of
now to face humble circumstances. Every
one stands in danger of being reduced to
poverty. No matter how much von mav
possess to-day, on the morrow it may be
au swept away, it you put your money m
a bank -the cashier may abscond with it
and leave you with nothing but a book
with certain hieroglyphics scribbled there
in to indicate that you were once affluent.
If you put your money in mining stocks,
the ore may give out, or bad management
may ruin the enterprise. If you invest in a
railroad, a rival line may get all the traffic,
or some unscrupulous speculator may
wreck the business for his own enrich ;
ment. If you buy real estate, it may de
preciate upon your hands, or . a fire mav
sweep away your holdings in a night. If
you conclude to wrap your treasures in a
napkin and hide it in a hole, some thief
may discover and steal it. So no matter
how rich you may be, to-morrow you may
be as poor as any. Proverbially, riches
take to themselves wings and fly away.
It is, therefore, extremely important that
one learn the secret of how to face humble
circumstances. What is the first step to
be taken in this direction?
(1) My first word of advice is this : Train
yourself to work. Learn to be useful in
some specific way. Learn to perform some
service of importance so that you might he
dropped down in any portion of the civil
ized globe absolutely without resources,
and yet be able at once to command at
least the necessities of life from the com
munity in which you find yourself, in re
turn for the service which you are able to
render.
I take it that this was one of the great
reasons for the contentment of the man
who wrote the words our text- He was
independent because he was a skilled work
man, and knew how, by the use of his
hands, to command in ny community' the
necessities of life. The Jewish people were
extremely wise in many directions, and
their wisdom was nowhere more manifest
than in tha rule which they made as to
the education of youth. Every. Jewish boy,
no matter what the circumstances of hia
Jife, must be taught a trade.. The boy
Saul, although probably from an early ago
preaescinea oy ms parents to become a
scholar, "a teacher, a religious leader, was
nevertheless taught to make tents. That
is, he knew how to weave camel's hair and
other material into the fabric of which
tents were made. Thus, after his conver
sion to Christianity, when his worldly
prospects were ruined, and he had cast in
his lot with the poorest and humblest neo-
ple. on earth, he was, as far as it is possi-
De ior a man, maepenaent. now was it
that this man was able to travel over the
.world delivering his message to slaves and
people without resources? When he went
to a new community he at. once sought
-work, and found it because he was skilled
in making something which that commu
nity needed. He earned his bread by the
worn oi ms nanas, ana spoKe nis message
because he loved it. And when the peo
ple to whom he spoke came to him out of
gratitude and wanted to contribute to
ward his support, he accented their hum
ble gifts on the principle that the laborer
is worthy oi his hire, and thanked them,
but repeatedly declared that such ,gifts
were not necessary to his life. "For I am
not in want," he said. "I can earn the
necessities of life."
And if this is true of religious teachers
it is just as true of people in other depart
ments of life. Liberty is but a dream for
any man who must conform his political
opinions to those of his employer unless he
would see his supply of food cut off. Many
a man in the business World works for and
votes for measures in which he does not
believe, or becomes a party to trickery and
dishonesty, because these are for tne- in
terest of the employer, and unless he works
for the interest of his employer-his family
will lack food. Many a girl marries a. man
she distrusts, or even despises,-because she
must nfarry or become a pauper.
Therefore let those who would find the
secret of independence in the face of hum
ble circumstances first learn to work, learn
to command some useful occupation by
which they may win from the world the
necessities of life in return for honest aid
.worthy service.
2. But this is not the whole of Paul's
secret. For one who has known prosperity
to be obliged to face humble circumstances,
to maintain courage and cheerfulness, is
extremely difficult. How shall he be able
to do this? - '
Let him meditate upon the relation of
values. Paul had been a man of great
promise, and was on the high road to
wealth and exalted position, but he lost it
all and came to associate with slaves and
people held in .sock.1 contempt; he went
back to tent-making, and from being a re
ligious leader became a common laborer.
But his courage,, instead of being dimin
ished, was increased. No braver man ever
lived. His cheerfulness was constant.
When they had 'scourged him and placed
him in the torturing, stocks he sang. No
pessimistic word ever escaped him, no
gloomy reflection can be found in his let
ters. "How did he escape gloom and de
spair under such circumstances?. He had
learned the relation of values. "All thing3
which once stood to my credit I have now.
for Christ's sake, come to reckon as loss.
Mora than that, I reckon everything else
as loss, on account of the exceeding value
of knowins Jesus Christ my Lord. And
for His sake I have lost everything, and
reckon it a. I as the merest reiuse n 1 can
but sain Christ, and be found in union
with Him." Here was a man who counted
wealth, position, country, home, every
thing as so much refuse if only he could
feel that he possessed a true, honest Christ
like character.
3. But that is not the whole of the se
cret. Listen: "I have learned the secret
both to b3 filled and to be hungry, both to
abound and to be m want How.' le
Ticn T hnvfl discovered that "1 can do al
things in Him that strengthened me." To
the person who really believes in God,
XXII. NO. 11.
E roved generosity, some man in whose
onor you implicitly believe, were to seek
you out and say, "Come, serve me. I need
you. Go to v ork in my shop, or my vine
yard;, take up your residence in my house;
what is mine shall be yours, and it shall
be my care that you and yours do not suf
fei want." If you really believed in that
man and trusted him, there could be no
further anxiety on your part.. Only as far
as you disbelieved in him, only as far as
you distrusted his honor or his generosity,
could ' you be anxious. Now the richest
being in the universe, God who owns it
all, has laid Himself under obligation to us
by bringing -us into the world. God has
duties, - as every moral being must have.
If a father or a mother has duties toward
an offspring, God must have duties to
ward us. He has invited us to come and
live in His house, yea, has brought us here
whether we would or not, and He has said
in effect that if we will do as weir as we
can He will care for us. It is only as far
as we distrust the providence of God. or
disbelieve in His providence, that anxiety,
can find a place in our lives. "Why are ye
anxious?" ;asked Jesus. "If God clothes
the grass of the field and cares for the
birds of the air, shall He not much more
care for you, O ye of little faith?"
But this is only one-half of Paul's secret
He had learned how to be abased, but he
had also learned how to abound. He had
learned to face adverse circumstances, and
he had also learned to face prosperity. We
must all have known people who came un
scathed through adversity, and were after
ward ruined by prosperity. Under the in
fluence of good fortune they become con
ceited, arrogant and selfish. More people
have been spoiled by wealth than by pov
erty. I have come to feel that no greater
evil can befall a young man or woman
than to be rich through the effort of father
or grandfather, and so be freed from the
blessed necessity of winning one's own way.
Those who struggle trom poverty to afflu
ence by learning first how to be abased af
terward learn how to abound. - But those?
who begin in abundance are frequently
spoiled by possessing without effort what
we are apt to call the blessings oi lile.
Wealth may be a blessing, but poverty ist
poor." Now a poor man is not blessed be
cause he is poor. If that were so how easy;
for anv one of tra to secure blessedness. .
But poverty urges to effort and effort opens
the door to large attainment. '
How. then, mav one cultivate and pre
serve such admirable qualities of charac
ter, the true riches of the soul, while lac
ing prosperity?
(1) Let him in the first place take a les
son in humility. We are apt to say of a
wealthy man, "He is independent." It is
a false saying. No man who Uvea in a civ
ilized community is independent- The only
really independent being i the savage maa(
who lives by himself in the wilderness,
dressing in the skins of wild beasts and
eating roots. The moment he exchanges
his bear skin for a blanket he places him
self under obligation to: the man who raises
the sheep, the man who cuts the wool, the
man who spins the- yarn, the man who
weaves the blanket.. ' The moment he ex
changes his diet of roots for one of bread
he places himself under obligation to the
farmer who: raises the wheat,, the reaper
who- cuts it, the miller who- grinds it, and
to thousands of others whose busy brains
and hands have constructed th& instru
ments which make these processes possible
This truth is extremely far reaching. Nofr
only for material wealth are- we under ob
ligations to our fellows,, but also for our in-,
tellectual wealth. Others have labored and
we have entered into- their labors- It is
creditable for a man to study and poasess
the wisdom of the ages- But let him tem-
er his pride in the abundance of his intel
ectual possession with the thought thafc
every great truth he learns has been dis
covered by another. Our abundance of in
tellectual riches has been dug out of the
solid rock by the men of the past who la
bored with bleeding hands-
And this is just as true of those spiritual
riches which we value. Liberty of thought
how much has it cost in the suffering and -mighty
courage of men who have long since
gone to their reward? The environment of
our lives which conduces to purity of heart,
how much did it cost in the struggle of our
ancestors" out of a beastly state into de
cency of living? Let us not be wise in our (
own conceit, but in the midst of our abund
ance let us think humbly, soberly, accord
ing as God has given unto us, through the
ministry of onr fellow men, the measure
of all things which we possess.
(2) Then as we face abundance, even as
when we face want, let us endeavor to ap
preciate the relation of values. Is the mart
who possesses wealth better than the man
who possesses nothing? Perhaps. But not
because he possesses wealth. Is the univer
sity graduate, the man who possesses intel
lectual riches, better than the man who has
never been to school: May be. Jbut nou
because he is a university graduate. Ihe
man who possesses much and is stingy is
worse than the man who possesses little
and is stingy, because there may be an ex
cuse for the stinginess of the man who has
only a crust and faces starvation, but there
is no excuse tor the man wno goes on aau-ina-
hflrn to barn or thousands of dollars to
other thousands, while his neighbors hun
ger. There may be excuse tor the ignor
ant man for not trying to advance the in
tellectual standards ot the community in
which he lives. He has nothing to give, no
capital to work with. But there is no ex-
cuse to be made ov tne man wno nas nau
all the advantages that the colleges afford,
for doing nothing for the world. He has
power and should U3e it. ; ' ,
The only riches worth while are m the
character. Use your abundant possessions
to help build the kingdom of God, as the
workman uses his tools to construct a
wall or to build a bridge. So shall your
dollars be transformed into character, and
your intellectual achievements minister to
ethical attainments. .
(3) Finally learn to face prosperity, by
continually acknowledging that what you
seem to possess you do not really poseess
at all. You are only a trustee of a portion
of the estate which belongs to God. I
possess so many golden dollars. How "beau
tiful thev are, how substantial, how en
during. 'See me clutch them. They arc
mine. . I will hold them. Nothin-r shall
rob me of them. Nothing? Wait. Shortly
this hand of mire which clutches so firriiy
shall be palsied in death and later crumbie
to dust. The grasp upon the gold shall be
loosened. Mine? It was never mine. Out
of God's earth it came. In God's earth no
human power can prevent it3 ultimately
returning. "Naked came I into the world,
and naked shall I depart thither " To
night, may be, that journey shall com
mence. How absurd, then, to talk of my
possessing wealth. . ,
But there is one possession wnir-n we
shall keen, and which shall endure as Ions
as we endure. Character shall endure, he-.
-ir.?0 mv r-haraetfr is mver. n oi"-- ucv
man'whoin1 the irit rfinWep, to
Se sS. clothes the naked feeds the hnn-
learned love, that.nftaii amae. a-aritv l
heart, honesty of purpose, kindness or life
11 endure, for these be on? to the jm-
srrv. visits the prisons - , a"u "".""V,
Sail hear the voice of Him who sitteth
Sdc" the throne, saying, 'Come ye blessed,
the foundation of the wor.d-
I that God watches over him and loves him,
no such thins as adver-
From New York Mail and Express.
aitv If some man' of immense wealth and

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