Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A religious meeting or religious services held on the last night of the year, and terminated on the arrival of the new year. See watch-night.
“Society watch-meeting, which was postponed until March.”
“At our watch-meeting I asked how many there were who would come to the front pews and kneel before God as a token to Christians to pray for them, and ten came.”
“Pastor Brown was impressed to observe watch-meeting the last night in December, 1873.”
“Page 134 annals of time, and, as had ever been the custom of the church for some years, by permission from the mayor of the city, they assembled in their house of worship and held a watch-meeting, singing and praying until the new year came in; then greeted each other with a happy new year, and then separated.”
“One day, when at Wilmington, he proposed to me to come to his place and hold a watch-meeting.”
“I told them I would try and come over again watch-night and hold a watch-meeting.”
“Visiting California recently, Mr. Ufford sang his hymn at a watch-meeting and told the story of the loss of the Elsie Smith on Cape”
“I mind when I was at Uncle Allister's last year I went to the Methodist watch-meeting, and the singing -- oh, you should have heard the singing, Hamish!”
“a watch-meeting at one of the churches near, so we started for a large barn-like structure bearing the imposing name of ----.”
“-- [Prepared for Red Cross Society watch-meeting, which was postponed until March.”
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