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Glory to Thee, O LORD!
Who from this world of sin,
These precious ones didst win.
For now, all grief unknown,
The martyr's heavenly crown.
Earth's untried perils o'er,
And safely gained the shore.
The ransomed infant band,
And reached the heavenly land.
Like theirs were pure and bright;
We shrunk not from Thy sight.
Thy cleansing grace to claim ;
PSALM VIII. Domine, Dominus noster.
O LORD our Governor, how excellent is Thy Name in all the world : Thou that hast set Thy glory above the heavens !
Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength, because of Thine enemies : that Thou mightest still the enemy, and the avenger.
For I will consider Thy heavens, even the works of Thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained.
What is man, that Thou art mindful of him : and the son of man that Thou visitest him ?
Thou madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship.
Thou makest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands : and Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the sea.
O LORD our Governor : how excellent is Thy Name in all the world!
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
LITANY OF THE HOLY NAME.
O GOD the Son, Redeemer of the world;
O God the Holy GHOST;
Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us.
JESUS, Meek and humble of heart;
By Thy Nativity;
LAMB of God, who takest away the sin of the world ;
Have mercy on us, O JESUS.
O God, who hast made the most sweet Name of Jesus a source of joy to Thy faithful people, and a cause of terror to evil spirits ; grant that we who venerate this Holy Name, may in this life obtain comfort, and in the life to come everlasting happiness; through the Same Thy Son our LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
“ And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called Jesus."-S. Luke ii, 21.
The year begins with CHRIST, and CHRIST begins with suffering. Our new year is consecrated with the memory of His entrance upon His sufferings : as though to check the thoughtless exultation of earthly festivities, and to remind us of that Great Example which is set before each one of us.