Excerpt from After the Earthquake: A New-Year Sermon, Preached Sunday, January 9th, 1887, to the Congregation of St. Philip's Church, Charleston, S. C
We live in a community, which in the past year has both been visited and delivered by the hand Of God. With the City Of Charleston, our Parish has been identified from the earliest period of its foundation, two centuries ago, to the present moment. Scarcely had the woodman's axe cleared a space for the first settlement, when among the colonists there were steps taken to build the first Church Of St. Philip on the spot where St. Michael's, forty years after wards, was erected and now stands. From that day to this, through all the changes and chances of this mortal life, through wars and peace, fire, pestilence and tempest, the congregations Of St. Philip's, for eight generations, have shared with their fellow-citizens the vicissitudes Of an event ful history. Fifty-two years ago, we saw our second colo nial Church in ruins, after a destructive fire. Twenty-three years ago, our third church, the present one, was consider ably injured by the bombardment Of the city, and its services suspended for about two years. The cyclone Of August, 1885, again damaged it. The earthquake Of last summer nearly shook it to the ground.
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