Easter Sentiments of Our Bishops.
Remember Easter ! The law
Easter day is the evergreen is is emphatic, duty is emphatic,
lining of the grave. and the injunctions of heaven
BENJ. F. LEE. are emphatic.
BENJ. TUCKER TANNER.--A poem. (See Cover.)
The first Easter morn was The flowers that have died
the birth-time of humanity's for ages and risen in new
hope. Each succeeding East- life each sprig seem to say
er has been a renewal of the to us, "Surely the God that his
prophecy and promise of im- raised us a thousand times
mortality which made radiant can raise a man once!"
Christ's resurrection morning ABRAHAM GRANT.
w. J. GAINES.
A. D. 33. CHRIST AT BETHANY. The sisters of
Lazarus greeted him with the same pathetic saluta-
tion, "Lord,if thou hadst been here, my brother had
not died." But when the two sisters met Jesus, the
difference between them is apparent. Martha's grief
is not so overwhelming as to prevent her utterance.
She is calm and collected; she gives expression to her
convictions and hopes. Not so with her sister
Mary: she remained in the house some time after the
message had reached the house that the Master had
come. She, indeed,at last goes forto meet Him; and
her reverence, her devotion, her faith, are not less
than those of Martha; but her heart is too full for
words, that is all.
0 Most Blessed mourners, with whose tears thy
Saviour mingles His own ! O Sympathy most un-
To each of the two stricken and afflicted ones, the
Lord addressed the very consolation that was most
What a friend is this! What a brother! Yea, and
more than a brother-the Saviour, the Redeemer,
the Resurrection and the Life!
And how confidently may you, dear reader, come
out, as these two sisters did, and meet this Friend,
this Brother, this, your only Saviour.
JAMES H. HANDY.
Easter is the central thought, as Jesus Christ is the central person, of the gospel
to the poor; the rising day, the elevating day or age, the rising from death to life of
the body, from darkness to light of the mind, and from earth to heaven of the soul.
The hope of the moral, intellectual, spiritual and political elevation of the hu-
man family lingers on the horizon of Easter morning; it furnishes the key-note
to the natal song of the Son of Mary and of God, and supplies the missing note in
the hallelujah chorus of universal salvation on earth and in heaven.
BENJ. W. ARNETT.
The tomb that was the black hole Easter comes once more with its
of despair to the disciples and all sweet psalm to the soul. It is a
who loved Jesus, when his slain beautiful blending of faith, history
body was laid therein; became, and prophecy. It is the voice of
when the angel rolled the stone awakening. Life more abundant
away that his risen body might is nature's song. May we demon-
come forth,thefountain and source strate in our lives that we have re-
of eternal light to all believers. ceived this more abundant life and
Thus have our hearts prepared, not have had the grave clothing of sinful
a tomb, but a throne, for Him to nature removed, and are now new
whom be all honor, dominion and creatures in Christ Jesus, our Sov-
glory. ereign Head.
MOSES B. SALTER. WM. B. DERRICK.
Bp. J. H. ARMSTRONG, deceased, Mar. 23, '98.
"By faith ***he being dead, yet speaketh."-EDITOR.