Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 25, 1819

December 25, 1819 - Christmas. - This day we pass under the vertical rays of the sun in the Tropic of Capricorn.  This day we joyfully commemorate the rising of that SUN which is the Light of the world, far more glorious that the orb of day.  We thought it desirable to devote the day to meditation upon that interesting event which was hailed with rapture by the hosts of heaven, and to the recollection and acknowledgement of our obligations to our condescending Savier.  In the evening Bro. Bingham preached a sermon on the occasion from Luke 2. 14, in which the birth of the Saviour was considered, 1st, as a manifestation of the "good will toward men," 2nd, as a means of promoting, "Peace on earth", and 3rd, as an illustration of the glory of God.  Concluding with four reflections, 1st, This event is worthy of the most grateful and joyful commemoration, 2nd, How widely different are the feelings and conduct of infidels and scoffers from those of angels, respecting this birth of a Savior, 3rd. The propagation of the gospel is the most desirable employment this side of heaven; 4th, This event will be an occasion of joy to the thousands of the Sandwich Isles, to the millions of the earth universally, and to the holy kingdom of Jehovah to all eternity."  The hymns sung were, "Angels song", by Watts (10 of W's select.", "Epiphany" and an original humn from Matt. 2.2., composed for the occasion by W.G. Conant, a serious youth of liberal education, mate of the Brig Thaddeus and considerabley interested in the object of our mission.
     This day is to us truly a joyful day and we cherish the hope that before another Christmas we shall be enabled to proclaim to the deluded worshipers of Akoah, "Behold we bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day a Saviour which is C. the Lord," and that on each succeeding anniversary of this event many tongues which have long been employed in chanting vain orisons to dumb Idols, tuned by Divine grace to the song of angels, will with adoring gratitude respond, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men."

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