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When the armies of Napoleon swept over Europe, one of his generals made a surprise attack on the little town of Feldkirch, on the Austrian border. As Napoleon’s formidable army manoeuvred on the heights above Feldkrich, a council of it citizens were hastily summoned to decide whether to surrender or attempt a defence. In this assembly the pastor of the church arose to declare: “This is Easter Day. We have been counting on our own strength, and that will fail. This is the day of our Lord’s resurrection. Let us ring the bells and have services as usual, and leave the matter in God’s hands. We know only our weakness and not the power of God.” The council accepted his plan, and in a few minutes the church belfry chimed the joyous bells announcing the Saviour’s resurrection. The enemy, hearing the sudden peal, concluded that the Austrian army had arrived during the night, broke up camp, and before the Easter bells had ceased, the danger had been lifted.
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