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Funeral Sermon, Washington, D.C.
Across the country, ministers rewrote their Easter sermons to lament the loss of the nation’s leader. Many of those “Black Easter” sermons were later published, and copies are held in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. In the nation’s capital, Rev. John Chester of the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church titled his sermon “The Lesson of the Hour: Justice as well as Mercy.” He reminded his listeners that “the hour of trial is an hour of duty” and their duty was to support the authorities in finding and judging the perpetrators of this great crime against the President and the nation. The people must mourn Lincoln, but, he asserts, “The assassin’s weapon deprived [his] body of life; [he] still livest, enshrined in our hearts, and nations yet unborn shall rise up and call [him] blest.”
- Funeral Sermon, Washington, D.C.
- John Chester
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