Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 28th.

Monday. 30th.

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Sunday. 29th.

Fine day. I attended divine Service all day. Heard Mr. Frothingham from Luke 1. 78–79. “The day spring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” An account of Christmas, how the nativity came to be fixed on the 25th. His idea was that it was owing to the change of light from the Sun in the Winter solstice. A poetical idea enough. Afternoon, Acts 4. 32, pt. “Neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own.” The community of property of the Apostles, it’s operation in their case, extended to us only in the beneficial tendencies of the faith, which makes the ability to practise virtue a common blessing. Atterbury Matthew 14. 23. “When he had sent the multitude away he went up 237into a mountain apart to pray.” The duty of religious retreat and meditation, considered in two views, 1. the limitations. 2. the benefits. Quiet evening. Harrington.