Signs of the Times

[Public Ledger, Philadelphia, Pa.]

Twenty-one Episcopal clergymen met in the Church House yesterday [Oct. 17] and adopted the following remonstrance on the church closing order, which was promptly sent to Director Krusen:—

We the undersigned, clergymen of the Episcopal church in the diocese of Pennsylvania, do hereby protest against the closing of the churches and places of public worship because of the prevailing epidemic. We recognize fully the seriousness of the situation, and we are doing all we can to help the sufferers and prevent the spread of the disease. But we believe that such a trouble calls for renewed and redoubled public prayer and worship, that God, our only help in time of need, may recognize our trust in Him and send us relief. "None can deny," writes John Fiske, "that religion is the largest and most ubiquitous fact connected with the existence of mankind upon the earth." Religion bids us appeal to God at all times and that, not only privately, but by public prayer in church. Such has everywhere been the custom for centuries, and the people, even those who are not professed Christians, expect it. They look to us as ministers of God to lead them in public supplications.

November 30, 1918

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