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ceremony of washing bur feet

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as did tiénext, those of our guide..... . . . . .

the whole being conducted in Silence; ...and with an humility of demeanor that had the appearance of devotion. . . Having rested a little:x: and being . . very much recruited by fishist indulgehee......our hest led us to another apartment, where we gladly sat down to a eovered table laid out with eggs... mil?: excellent bread......and dried * fruits. . . Here we were, introduced to the

lady of the house;......a fine elderly
woman......who requested we would

partake......without ceremony.......the frugal repast which she was prevented by the late hour from making more acceptable. It is not possible to give you an idea of the sort of sentiment the first sight of this amiable matron inspired we with........ She had the dignity of a Queen, tempered with the meekness of a Saint....... I do not think she had ever been a beauty..........but she was infinitely more....... and the expression of her countenance.......then indefinable to me......I found......after my initiation into the rites of Christianity .....to have been of that composed...., Serene......holy.....kind of complexion, which a painter would have taken as a model to represent the blessed Virgin. It was a most gratifying sight to view this noble pair, surrounded by

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their hopeful offspring.......resembling a venerable tree, branched out into so many luxuriantly thriving boughs....... One heart,......soul,.....and disposition - - - - - - - seemed to animate the whole of this happy family....The wishes of the parents were preconceived by the children, and obeyed with the instinctive cheerfulness that the members observe to the will of the body......Benevolence......good-nature......and compla

of temper.......distinguished their conduct to each other, and spoke in every animated feature........ Language was useless in a family like this.......the eye of one sparkled a wish.....and the attentive observance of another fulfiled it........The soul spoke on all occasions;.....and mutual sympathy was so perfectly organised among them, that its silent harmony filled up every pause.

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“Can these”..said I..“ be the Chris“ tians, of whose tenets our priests “ speak with abhorrence?....... whom “ our rabble treat with ridicule 2......

“ are these worthy people inspired “ with sanctity and devotion all their “Town ......Surely the blessings of the golden age-teemed not with more

o-pujy than this happy family- - - - - - -

“ and would be renovated in a world
“ peopled with their virtuous spirit....
“ The Stranger called Christians,......
“ the New Birth...Nurslings of a New
“Creation....Assuredly he had reason
“...if all his disciples resembled this
“ praise-worthy groupe of exalted
“ human beings.” -
From my infancy I had been pre-
judiced against the Christians.....who
....as you know....in our days, were
the mockery and contempt of Greece.
..Indeed, I had heard little of them

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at: Pārium, where my retired life exeluded the from communication with mankind.....and at Athens, still less....

My grandfather's abhorrence of Jews

vos rooted and determined;........ SO that whatever I did know on the subject, was not calculated to inspire me with respect for Christians, who were considered a Jewish sect;...and, what contributed still to weaken their in

fluence.......a sect.....whom the very

Jews themselves had expelled their
society.' "
It is theolore a natural inference,
that every man thought himself justi-
fied in avoiding them; and their cere-
foonies ;....... particularly......when a

prince so wise and good as Trajan..... ..and men so enlightened as Pliny and

Tacitus, held them in open contempt. * , Having imbibed this aversion with my education.....I never troubled myself too look for reasons to alter my

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