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and Redeemer; and to this end I will sometimes think of His offices of Mediator, Advocate, High Priest, Judge, and King. At other times I will think of my extreme weakness, blindness, and misery, unless I am“found in Him." Then I will remember that to honour Him aright is the work rather of the heart, than the voice; that I must do it in spirit and in truth; and that whatever outward praises I offer Him, should be the fruit of interior love and gratitude,
O Thou Who art yet to come in Thy glorious majesty, come now in Thy quickening grace, and so plant Thy holy love and fear in my heart, that it shall own no other LORD beside Thee; and that Thou mayest look upon it with a forgiving Countenance, and pour into it the gift of everlasting life. Amen.
O God, the strong Foundation of our faith, establish me in Thy truth and rightedušness, and grant me with such boldness to confess Thy Son our LORD before men, that He may confess me before Thee, and Thy angels in heaven. Amen.
LORD, have mercy,
Have mercy on us.
God, who hast made all things for Thyself,
Who workest all things according to the counsel of Thy will ;
In Whose hand is the soul of every one living, and the spirit of all flesh;
Who dost great things and unsearchable, and wonderful things without number;
Who takest the wise in their craftiness, and disappointest the counsels of the wicked ;
Who art the FATHER of orphans, and the Judge of widows;
Our Protector, and our exceeding great Reward,
Be merciful and spare us, O LORD.
From spiritual sloth, and forgetfulness of Thee;
Through Thy great Majesty and eternal Glory;
Through Thine infinite Mercy;
Through all the humiliations and sufferings of Thine Only-Begotten Son,
LAMB of God, that takest away the sins of the world ;
Have mercy on us.
O LORD, deliver us.
O Loving LORD, JESU CHRIST, I pray Thee for those who love me, and whom I love in Thee. For Thine own sake make them love Thee with all their heart, with all their mind, with all their soul; that those things alone which are pleasing to Thee and expedient for them, they, may will, and speak, and do; and that being always and everywhere ruled and protected by Thee, they may attain to a glorious and eternal reward, through Thy merits, Who livest and reignest with the FATHER and the HOLY GHOST, One God, for ever. Amen. Our FATHER, &c. When I sink down in gloom or fear,
Hope blighted or delayed,
" 'Tis I, be not afraid."
If fretful thoughts I feel,
As balm my wound to heal.
Some onward pass defend ;
“ Be not afraid I a friend !"
Awakes me from the grave,
"'Tis CHRIST! He comes to save,"
PSALM CXIX. Et veniat super me.
Let Thy loving mercy come also unto me, O LORD : even Thy salvation, according unto Thy word.
So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers : for my trust is in Thy word.
O take not the word of Thy truth utterly out of my mouth : for my hope is in Thy judgments.
So shall I alway keep Thy law : yea, for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty : for I seek Thy commandments.
I will speak of Thy testimonies also, even before kings : and will not be ashamed.
And my delight shall be in Thy commandments : which I have loved.
My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved : and my study shall be in Thy statutes.
Glory be to the FATHER, &c.
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
“ Ye shall draw water out of the wells of sal. vation.”—Isa. xii. 3.
The wells of salvation contain four fountains of grace, saith S. Bernard; and it was to these fountains, opened for the healing of the nations, that S. John Baptist specially summoned all men, when he stood beside the river Jordan, and called aloud, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” There stood the Saint of the desert in awful semblance-himself despising the world and all its treasures-calling upon his fellow men in like wise to despise all things save their salvation; bidding them repent and seek first the kingdom of God: and many who heard, yea, great multitudes, flocked to him, earnestly desiring to be taught in the way of repentance; and confessing their sins, were baptized by the holy Baptist. But are those sacred fountains sealed now? Is there no voice crying unto us also, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand " Yes, surely. Every Priest in CHRIST's holy Catholic Church is entrusted with the same message, and in like