Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Memorial 1889

The Second Adventists

Celebrated the Feast of the Pssover in Allegheny Yesterday.

The Feast of the Passover was observed yesterday at a meeting of the Second Adventists held in their hall, at 1010 Federal street, Allegheny. The ceremonies begun at 10 o’clock in the morning and continued through the day, under the guidance of Rev. C. T. Russell. There were about 400 persons present. One of the delegates, or colporteurs, Mr. Webb, said his home was in Canada and that he had traveled 1,700 miles to be in attendance. There were others from New York, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan and West Virginia.

There was no prescribed form of ceremony, the attendants confining their address to experiences in spreading their faith and reporting on their work. This occupied the entire morning and a portion of the afternoon. At noon a luch was served in the hall, and again at 2 and 6 o’clock in the afternoon. Baptismal services were conducted by Mr. Russell at 2 o’clock, when 10 men and 12 women professed the faith of sect and were received into the organization.

In the evening the feast of the Passover was celebrated after Rev. Russell had delivered a short address, and all present ate of unleavened bread, signifying the purity of the flesh, as by faith the spirit is pure.

There was a choir in attendance and hymns were sung, and ta 10 o’clock the ceremony came to a conclusion. These services are observed on Palm Sunday every year.

The Pittsburgh Dispatch, Monday April 15, 1889


Anonymous said...

Bruce, is this the same Memorial that appears in:
“View from the Tower.” En: Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence, 1889, vol. X, no. 8, june, p.1 y 2; Reprints, p.1111?

And another question: Do you know if before 1900 there were any attempt to reach the spanish field in North America or in Central America or in Spain?

And finally, at least one of your books have arrived to Spain. I bought one copy.
Miquel Angel (Spain)

Anonymous said...

At least two of them. ;-)
Sergio (Spain)

jerome said...

I noticed that the reporter was given information by the Memorial attendees, and was generally favourable as a result. But the heading was “The Second Adventists”. Was CTR’s group still viewed as a branch of the Second Adventists ten years into Zion’s Watch Tower? It suggests that their separation as an independant group was still a work in progress at this time.

B. W. Schulz said...

Watch Tower adherents were often viewed as Second Adventists in this period,even though they denied it. The press tended to label anyone who believed in Christ's return as a Second Adventist.