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In Their Own Words

July 25, 1738

Whitefield’s Weekly Routine

Anglican minister George Whitefield recorded his usual weekly routine:

“… On Sunday Morning at five o’Clock, I publickly [sic] expond the second Lesson for the Morning or Evening Service as I see most suited to the Peoples Edification; at Ten I preach and read Prayers, at Three in the Afternoon I do the same, and at Seven expound part of the Church Catechism, at which great Numbers are usually present. I visit from House to House, read publick prayers and expound twice and catechise (unless something extraordinary happens,) visit the Sick every Day, and read to as many of my Parishioners as will come thrice a Week, - and blessed be God my Labours have not been altogether in vain in the Lord. For he has been pleased to set his Seal to my Ministry in a Manner, I could not, I dared not in America expect.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 293.