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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

587540

ASTOR, LENOX AND
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1913

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Copyright, 1912 BY RALPH BIRDSALL

Sermons in Summer

I.

THE ROMANCE OF MODERN LIFE.

There sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.-ACTS XX, 9.

HERE is given a brief but vivid glimpse of a service of the primitive Church. Little of the pomp and ceremony of later ecclesiastical life appears. It is not amid the dim aisles of some imposing cathedral that the Christians of Troas gather to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries and to hear the word of God from the lips of S. Paul, greatest of missionary apostles. The hoary ruins of the city of Troas show how much its architectural magnificence was built upon other than Christian foundations. Fragments of colossal masonry that belonged to baths and theatres still loom from the site of Troas over the Ægean sea, and the waves of the ocean for a thousand

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