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Seven times a day do I praise light of Thy countenance, and we Thee : because of Thy righteous shall be whole. judgments.
O Lord God of Hosts : how long Great is the peace that they have wilt Thou be angry with Thy people who love Thy law : and they are not that prayeth ? offended at it.
Thou feedest them with the bread Lord, I have looked for Thy of tears : and givest them plenteoussaving health : and done after Thy ness of tears to drink. commandments.
Thou hast made us a very strife My soul hath kept Thy testi- unto our neighbours : and our enemonies : and loved them exceed- mies laugh us to scorn. ingly.
Turn us again, Thou God of I have kept Thy commandments Hosts : shew the light of Thy counand testimonies : for all my ways tenance, and we shall be whole. are before Thee.
Thou hast brought a vine out of
Egypt : Thou hast cast out the Trust in God amid trouble. heathen, and planted it
Thou madest room for it : and PSALM 70.
when it had taken root it filled the ASTE Thee, O God, to deliver land. me : make haste to help me,
The hills were covered with the O Lord.
shadow of it : and the boughs Let them be ashamed and con- thereof were like the goodly cedarfounded that seek after my soul : trees. let them be turned backward and She stretched out her branches put to confusion that wish me unto the sea : and her boughs unto evil.
the river. Let them for their reward be soon Why hast Thou then broken brought to shame : that cry over down her hedge : that all they that me, There, there.
go by pluck off her grapes ? But let all those that seek Thee The wild boar out of the wood be joyful and glad in Thee : and let doth root it up : and the wild beasts all such as delight in Thy salvation of the field devour it. say alway, The Lord be praised. Turn Thee again, Thou God of
As for me, I am poor and in Hosts, look down from heaven : misery : haste Thee unto me, o behold, and visit this vine; God.
And the place of the vineyard Thou art my Helper, and my that Thy right hand hath planted : Redeemer : 0 Lord, make no long and the branch that Thou madest tarrying.
so strong for Thyself.
It is burnt with fire, and cut The Church's prayer in trouble. down : and they shall perish at the
rebuke of Thy countenance. PSALM 80.
Let Thy hand be upon the man TEAR, O Thou Shepherd of of Thy right hand : and upon the
, , Joseph like a sheep : shew Thyself so strong for Thine own self. also, Thou that sittest upon the And so will not we go back from cherubims.
Thee : O let us live, and we shall Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and call upon Thy name. Manasses : stir up Thy strength, Turn us again, O Lord God of and come, and help us.
Hosts : shew the light of Thy counTurn us again, O God : shew thel tenance, and we shall be whole.
alway be shewing forth Thy praise
from generation to generation. GOD, the heathen are come
into Thine inheritance : Thy The sure establishment of Christ's holy temple have they defiled, and
kingdom amid dangers. made Jerusalem an heap of stones. The dead bodies of Thy servants
PSALM 46. have they given to be meat unto OD is our hope and strength : the fowls of the air : and the flesh
a very present help in trouble. of Thy saints unto the beasts of the Therefore will we not fear, though land.
the earth be moved : and though Their blood have they shed like the hills be carried into the midst water on every side of Jerusalem : of the sea. and there was no man to bury them. Though the waters thereof rage
We are become an open shame and swell : and though the mounto our enemies : a very scorn and tains shake at the tempest of the derision unto them that are round same. about us.
The rivers of the flood thereof Lord, how long wilt Thou be shall make glad the city of God : angry : shall Thy jealousy burn the holy place of the tabernacle of like fire for ever?
the Most Highest. Pour out Thine indignation upon God is in the midst of her, therethe heathen that have not known fore shall she not be removed : Thee : and upon the kingdoms that God shall help her, and that right have not called upon Thy name. early.
For they have devoured Jacob : The heathen make much ado, and laid waste his dwelling-place. and the kingdoms are moved : but
O remember not our old sins, God hath shewed His voice, and but have mercy upon us, and that the earth shall melt away. soon : for we are come to great The Lord of hosts is with us : misery.
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Help us, O God of our salvation, O come hither, and behold the for the glory of Thy name : 0 de works of the Lord : what destrucliver us, and be merciful unto our tion He hath brought upon the sins, for Thy name's sake.
earth. Wherefore do the heathen say : He maketh wars to cease in all Where is now their God ?
the world : He breaketh the bow, O let the vengeance of Thy ser- and knappeth the spear in sunder, vants' blood that is shed : be openly and burneth the chariots in the shewed upon the heathen in our fire. sight.
Be still then, and know that I Olet the sorrowful sighing of am God : I will be exalted among the prisoners come before Thee : the heathen, and I will be exalted according to the greatness of Thy in the earth. power, preserve Thou those that The Lord of Hosts is with us : are appointed to die.
the God of Jacob is our refuge. And for the blasphemy wherewith our neighbours have blas
Penitential. phemed Thee : reward Thou them,
PART OF PSALM 102, v. 1. O Lord, sevenfold into their bosom.
So we that are Thy people, and (EAR my prayer, O Lord : and sheep of Thy pasture, shall give Thee thanks for ever : and will | Thee.
Hide not Thy face from me in that come after : and the people the time of my trouble : incline which shall be born shall praise the Thine ear unto me when I call; O Lord. hear me, and that right soon.
For He hath looked down from For my days are consumed away His sanctuary : out of the heaven like smoke : and my bones are did the Lord behold the earth ; burnt up as it were a firebrand. That He might hear the mourn
My heart is smitten down, and ings of such as are in captivity : withered like grass : so that I for- and deliver the children appointed get to eat my bread.
unto death ; For the voice of my groaning : That they may declare the name my bones will scarcely cleave to of the Lord in Sion : and His wor
ship at Jerusalem ; I am become like a pelican in When the people are gathered the wilderness : and like an owl together : and the kingdoms also, that is in the desert.
to serve the Lord. I have watched, and am even as He brought down my strength in it were a sparrow : that sitteth my journey : and shortened my alone upon the house-top.
days. Mine enemies revile me all the day But I said, O my God, take me long : and they that are mad upon not away in the midst of mine age : me are sworn together against me. as for Thy years, they endure
For I have eaten ashes as it were throughout all generations. bread : and mingled my drink with Thou, Lord, in the beginning weeping ;
hast laid the foundation of the And that because of Thine indig- earth and the heavens are the nation and wrath : for Thou hast work of Thy hands. taken me up, and cast me down. They shall perish, but Thou shalt
My days are gone like a shadow : endure : they all shall wax old as and I am withered like grass. doth a garment;
But Thou, O Lord, shalt endure And as a vesture shalt Thou for ever : and Thy remembrance change them, and they shall be throughout all generations.
changed : but Thou art the same, Thou shalt arise, and have mercy and Thy years shall not fail. upon Sion : for it is time that Thou The children of Thy servants have mercy upon her, yea, the time shall continue : and their seed shall is come.
stand fast in Thy sight. And why? Thy servants think upon her stones and it pitieth
PSALM 130. them to see her in the dust.
UT of the deep have I called Part of Psalm 102, v. 15.
unto Thee, O Lord : Lord,
hear my voice. THE THE heathen shall fear Thy O let Thine ears consider well : name,
O Lord : and all the the voice of my complaint. kings of the earth Thy majesty ; If Thou, Lord, will be extreme
When the Lord shall build up to mark what is done amiss : 0 Sion : and when His glory shall ap- Lord, who may abide it? pear ;
For there is mercy with Thee : When He turneth Him unto the therefore shalt Thou be feared. prayer of the poor destitute : and I look for the Lord ; my soul despiseth not their desire.
doth wait for Him : in His word is This shall be written for those my trust.
My soul fleeth unto the Lord : with Him is plenteous redempbefore the morning watch, I say, tion. before the morning watch.
And He shall redeem Israel : O Israel, trust in the Lord, for from all his sins. with the Lord there is mercy : and
Then all say,
and earth :
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Then he says,
the reading of the Holy Word (or Holy Gospel) be
2 But when the Pharisees had heard that Jesus had put the Sad
ducees to silence, they were gaGood works : love of God and our thered together. Then one of them, neighbour.
which was a lawyer, asked Him a The Lesson is taken from the Book question, tempting Him, and sayof Deuteronomy; from the Holy ing, Master, which is the great
commandment in the law ? Jesus Gospel according to St. Mat- said unto him, Thou shalt love the thew; and from the First Gene- Lord thy God with all thy heart, ral Epistle of St. John.
and with all thy soul, and with all '
the Lord require of thee, but great commandment. And the seto fear the Lord thy God, to walk cond is like unto it, Thou shalt in all His ways, and to love Him, love thy neighbour as thyself. On and to serve the Lord thy God these two commandments hang all with all thy heart, and with all thy the law and the prophets. soul, to keep the commandments 3 This is the love of God, that of the Lord, and His statutes, we keep His commandments : and which I commanded thee this day His commandments are not grievfor thy good? I Deut. x. 12.
2 St. Matt. xxii. 34.
31 St. John v. 3.
sus spake by a parable: A sower
went out to sow his seed : and as he Keeping the commandments.
sowed, some fell by the way-side ; From the Book of Ecclesiastes, and and it was trodden down, and the
from the Holy Gospel according fowls of the air devoured it. And to St. Matthew.
some fell upon a rock; and as soon ET us hear the conclusion of as it was sprung up, it withered
the whole matter : Fear God, away, because it lacked moisture. and keep His commandments; for And some fell among thorns; and this is the whole duty of man. the thorns sprang up with it, and
2 Jesus said, If thou wilt enter choked it. And other fell on good life, keep the commandments. ground, and sprang up, and bare
Again, at another time, Jesus fruit an hundredfold. And when He said, Not every one that saith unto had said these things, He cried, He Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into that hath ears to hear, let him hear. the kingdom of heaven ; but he And His disciples asked Him, saythat doeth the will of My Fathering, What might this parable be? which is in heaven. Many will say And He said, Unto you it is given to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, to know the mysteries of the king
not prophesied in Thy dom of God: but to others in paname ? and in Thy name have castrables ; that seeing they might not out devils ? and in Thy name done see, and hearing they might not many wonderful works ? And then understand. Now the parable is will I profess unto them, I never this : The seed is the word of God. knew you : depart from Me, ye Those by the way-side are they that work iniquity. Therefore, that hear; then cometh the devil, whosoever heareth these sayings of and taketh away the word out of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken their hearts, lest they should behim unto a wise man, which built lieve and be saved. They on the his house upon a rock: and the rock are they which, when they rain descended, and the floods hear, receive the word with joy ; came, and the winds blew, and beat and these have no root, which for a upon that house ; and it fell not : while believe, and in time of tempfor it was founded upon a rock. tation fall away. And that which And every one that heareth these fell among thorns are they which, sayings of Mine, and doeth them when they have heard, go forth, not, shall be likened unto a foolish and are choked with cares and man, which built his house upon riches and pleasures of this life, and the sand : and the rain descended, bring no fruit to perfection. But and the floods came, and the winds that on the good ground are they, blew, and beat upon that house ; which in an honest and good heart, and it fell : and great was the fall having heard the word, keep it, and of it.
bring forth fruit with patience.
Same subject continued.
From the General Epistle of St. when
RETHREN, be ye doers of come to Him out of every city, Je
the word, and not hearers I Eccles. xii. 13. 2 St. Matt. xix. 17.
3 St. Matt. vii. 21. 4 St. Luke viii. 4.
5 St. James i. 22.