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Grant this, O LORD.
That it may please Thee to rebuke) and chasten us;
That Thou mayest give us grace to confess our sins, and to lay open our wounds;
That Thy absolving Word may have power amongst us;
That we may have the dispositions of godly sorrow and compunction;
That we may bring forth fruits meet for repentance;
That all our works may be done in charity;
That Thou mayest anoint our eyes with eye-salve, that we may see;
From pride and avarice;
From the too great love of earthly comforts;
From lukewarmness and indifference;
From spiritual blindness;
From the peril of knowing, and not doing the things of the Gospel ;
From the secret desire for pomp and vanity;
From indulging our appetite;
And in the midst of judgment remember mercy.
Good LORD, deliver us.
() LORD, revive Thy work in the midst of years,
And restore the ancient paths.
I commend to Thee, O LORD, all poor sinners, that Thou mayest convert and heal them; I commend to Thee all who are in error, that Thou mayest bring them to Thy Truth; I commend to Thee all troubled souls, who are hindered from seeking Thee in Thy appointed means of grace, that Thou mayest give them the things they need, and accept in them the will for the deed; I commend to Thee the prayers of all who long for unity in Thy Church, and beseech Thee to accomplish them in Thy good time.
O Holy FATHER, look upon the Face of Thy CHRIST, and grant us all the grace to know Thee, to love Thee, and to praise Thee, together with Thy beloved Son and the HOLY SPIRIT, now and for ever. Amen.
Our FATHER, &c.
The LORD bless us, and keep us; the LORD lift up the light of His countenance upon us, and give us peace now and for evermore. Amen.
Psalm LVIII. Si vere utique. Are your minds set upon righteousness, 0 ye congregation : and do ye judge the thing that is right, O ye sons of men ?
Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth : and your hands deal with wickedness.
The ungodly are froward, even from their mother's womb: as soon as they are born, they go astray, and speak lies.
They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent : even like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ears;
Which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer: charm he never so wisely.
Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths; smite the jaw-bones of the lions, O LORD : let them fall away like water that runneth apace, and when they shoot their arrows let them be rooted out.
Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman: and let them not see the sun.
Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns : so let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw.
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance : he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly.
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous : doubtless there is a God that judgeth the earth.
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
A MEDITATION WHICH MAY BE
USED DURING ADVENT.
The same may serve also for the last day of
“Man goeth to his long home.”—Eccles. xii. 5.
Even JESUS was “a stranger upon the earth.” He was born in an Inn. He was compelled to fly into Egypt. And though He tarried for some years at the house in Nazareth with His holy Mother, and the saintly Joseph, yet He had no home in this world, not even in His “FATHER's House,” as He called the Temple at Jerusalem. All the days of His appointed time He waited; till having endured the Cross, and passed through the grave and gate of death, He went up in His risen Glory, to
“ sit down at the Right Hand of the throne of God.” And I, as a follower of JESUS, and looking unto Him as the Author and Finisher of my faith, must endeavour to run with patience the race that is set before me, till I also, having passed through the grave and gate of death, shall rise to a joyful resurrection, and enter into the true home, “the long home” of eternity. “ For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” And “we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens."
Remember then, my soul, that thou art but a passenger in this world; do not place thy affections on what thou seest, look and pass on, and seek for thyself a good home, where thou mayest dwell for ever.
Oh beautiful House in Heaven. Oh City of the Saints! He that enters into thy courts shall have nothing more to desire. He will live in continual joy. Oh friends of my youth, and of my later years, who are already at home in Paradise, when shall I be once more united with you, and rejoice with you for all eternity ?
But in this going to his long home, man is placed between two things--he must choose or lose the everlasting reward. 1!