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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.

Our FATHER, &c.

PSALM CVI. 1. Confitemini Domino.

O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is gracious : and His mercy endureth for ever.

Who can express the noble acts of the LORD :

: or shew forth all His praise ? Blessed are they that alway keep judgment: and do righteousness.

Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

WEDNESDAYS IN EPIPHANY.

“ Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the LORD JESUS."'-Col. iii. 17.

What Christian but acknowledges that JESUS is his SAVIOUR, his King, bis God, his Spouse, his Advocate ? What believer

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but desires to unite himself to JESUS under all these characters, to consecrate himself to His service, and to depend upon His aid ? But to realise all this, JESUS should be in our heart and in our mouth. He should be the beginning, the midst, and the end of all our undertakings. We should put Him as a seal upon our heart, and as a signet upon our arm, and engrave His Name in characters of love upon all our affections. And oh! that I could thus bring Jesus into all my actions. "O Divine JESUS !" cries out à devout servant of GOD, " whatever I do shall be done under Thy patronage, and in Thy Name: if I watch, JESUS shall be before my eyes : if I sleep, I will close my eyes breathing His pure love: if I walk, it shall be in the sweet company of JESUS : if I sit, JESUS shall be at my side: if I study, Jesus shall be my Master: if I write, JESUS shall guide my hand and

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it shall be my highest pleasure to write His holy Name : if I pray, JESUS shall form and animate my prayers : if I am fatigued, JESUS shall be my rest: if I am sick, JESUS shall be my Physician: if I die, it is in the bosom of JESUS, Who is my life, that I hope to die. JESUS shall be my tomb, and His Name and Cross my epitaph."

My soul, take a lesson from this holy

man, and love JESUS as he loved Him. Then thou shalt have no tediousness in His service, no weariness in thy well-doing, no bitterness in thy conversation. If thou art in sorrow, this Name will be thy comfort. If thou art in dulness, this Name will scatter all clouds, and be a light to thee. It will be honey in thy mouth, music in thy ear, joy in thy heart. It will mark thee for election in the sight of holy angels, and thou shalt wear this Name on thy forehead in glory, as the new name given thee by JESUS.

O CHRIST JESU, in union with that love whereby Thou didst finish the work of our redemption, I offer to Thee all my works and actions, to the greater glory of Thy Name, and my neighbour's salvation and my own.

O good JEsu, Son of the Virgin Mary, full of love and mercy; I implore Thee, by that precious Blood which it was Thy will to shed for sinners, wash away my sins, and look Thou upon me in my misery and unworthiness, while I humbly beg forgiveness in this holy Name of JESUS.

O Name of Jesus, precious and instrengthening Name. For what is JESUS, but SAVIOUR ? Wherefore, () Jesus, for Thy holy Name's sake, be JESUS to me and

save me.

O good JESU, own what is Thine in me, and what is not Thine wipe away.

O JESU, solace of them that flee to Thee, make me one of the number of Thine elect.

O JESU, Son of the Virgin Mary, pour into me grace, wisdom, charity, chastity, and humility, that I may perfectly love Thee, praise Thee, enjoy Thee, serve Thee, and glory in Thee; and so may all who with me invoke Thy Name of JESUS. Amen.

Our FATHER, &c.

PSALM CVI. 3. Confitemini Domino. Remember me, O LORD, according to the favour that Thou bearest unto Thy people : O visit me with Thy salvation;

That I may see the felicity of Thy chosen : and rejoice in the gladness of Thy people, and give thanks with Thine inheritance.

We have sinned with our fathers : we have done amiss, and dealt wickedly.

Nevertheless He helped them for His Name's sake : that He might make His power to be known. Glory be to the FATHER, &c. As it was in the beginning, &c.

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THURSDAYS IN EPIPHANY.

A new Name, which no man knoweth sav. ing he that receiveth it." —Rev. ii. 17.

The Name of JESUS was given to our Blessed LORD at His Circumcision, although it had been announced before His Birth to the Virgin Mary, and afterwards to Joseph. It pleased GOD so to have it, first for the greater glory of His only Son, that in His lowly state He should be exalted, receiving that Name which is above every name, the SAVIOUR of sinners. Therefore will I give infinite thanks to the Eternal FATHER for thus honouring His Son when for love He humbles Himself; by which He gives me an assured pledge that, if I humble myself, He will also exalt me, and will give me grace to receive and hold fast that thrice blessed Name of JESUS.

Moreover, Jesus received that holy Name at His Circumcision, to set forth that the Name and Office of SAVIOUR was to cost Him the shedding of His Blood : for “ without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” And therefore JESUS, taking now the office of a Redeemer, gives in earnest of the price that He is to pay for our ransom, some precious drops of

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