Humiliation and Prayer

Friday, October 20, 1871

Mayor Mason “earnestly recommends” that Chicagoans observe Sunday, October 29, “as a special day of humiliation and prayer; of humiliation for those past offenses against Almighty God, to which these severe afflictions were doubtless intended to lead our minds; of prayer for the relief and comfort of the suffering thousands in our midst; for the restoration of material prosperity, especially for our lasting improvements as people in reverence and obedience to God.”