The Sabbath in Puritan New England, 1891

Interestingly biased history of Sabbath keeping in the New World. Hosted by The Reformed Reader.

The Vermont “Blue Book” contained equally sharp “Sunday laws.” Whoever was guilty of any rude, profane, or unlawful conduct on the Lord’s Day, in words or action, by clamorous discourses, shouting, hallooing, screaming, running, riding, dancing, jumping, was to be fined forty shillings and whipped upon the naked back not to exceed ten stripes. The New Haven code of laws, more severe still, ordered that “Profanation of the Lord’s Day shall be punished by fine, imprisonment, or corporeal punishment; and if proudly, and with a high hand against the authority of God–with death.”

by Alice Morse Earle, Seventh Edition, To the Memory of my Mother Mother

I. The New England Meeting-House

II. The Church Militant

III. By Drum and Horn and Shell

IV. The Old-Fashioned Pews

V. Seating the Meeting

VI. The Tithingman and the Sleepers

VII. The Length of the Service

VIII. The Icy Temperature of the Meeting-House

IX. The Noon-House

X. The Deacon’s Office

XI. The Psalm-Book of the Pilgrims

XII. The Bay Psalm-Book

XIII. Sternhold and Hopkins’ Version of the Psalms

XIV. Other Old Psalm-Books

XV. The Church Music

XVI. The Interruptions of the Services

XVII. The Observance of the Day

XVIII. The Authority of the Church and the Ministers

XIX. The Ordination of the Minister

XX. The Ministers

XXI. The Ministers’ Pay

XXII. The Plain-Speaking Puritan Pulpit

XXIII. The Early Congregations


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