2nd Dromora Presbyterian Church (1859)



On the 25th ult., on their way home from a meeting, seven persons were smitten down under conviction. On the 29th, another meeting, consisting of about 2000 persons, was held. During the evening and next day, not fewer than fifty or sixty persons were convicted of sin. Another meeting, even larger than the preceding, was held on last Sabbath evening in the same place. On that occasion and since, between 100 and 200 persons, as far as can be known, were led to cry out, "'What Must I do to be saved?"—At a recent open-air meeting, one little girl poured forth a prayer remarkable for earnestness and power. Many educated persons have been converted.—There was a wedding here some days ago. After the ceremony, instead of whiskey-drinking, the party formed. themselves into a prayer-meeting, which continued till two o'clock of the next morning. There is little else here than singing, reading, and praying.

‘The Revival Newspaper,’ Volume i, p19, August 13th, 1859.

"The good work has, at length, extended to this Parish and has come with marvellous power. For some time past joint prayer meetings have been held in the 1st and 2nd Presbyterian Churches which, on different occasions, were addressed by the Rev. J. J. Black of Dublin, by converts from Ahoghill, and others. On the 25th the joint meeting was held in Mr. Craig's church, and was addressed by Messrs. Workman and Lee from Belfast. On the way home from it seven people were smitten down under conviction. On the 29th another meeting, consisting of about two thousand people, was held in the green beside Mr. Patton's church which was addressed by Dr. Steen and two converts from Connor. During the evening and the next day not fewer than fifty or sixty people were convicted of sin. Another meeting, even larger than the preceding, was held last Sabbath evening in the same place and was addressed by Messrs. W. and A. Wilson of Saintfield. On that evening, and since, between one hundred and two hundred people, as far as can be known, were led to cry out, 'What must I do to be saved?' The whole Parish is in a wonderful state of excitement, there being little else done than singing, reading, and praying." "Banner of Ulster" Thursday, 4th August 1859

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I am assuming that the meeting took place in this field, but of course it might have been on the other side of the church. Much will have changed in 150 years.


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