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Immortal honours, endless fame,
“Come, pour thy joys on human kind!" O Almighty God, and Father of all mercies, who alone
canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men, and who didst in the beginning, powerfully instruct, and graciously lead thy faithful servants, in a most eminent manner, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; grant us, by the same Spirit, to have a right judgment in all things that are necessary to our salvation, and refusing, for the sake thereof, the comforts and pleasures of this world, continually to rejoice in his holy consolation. Give us, we beseech thee, the spirit of wisdom, and understanding, and counsel, that, by the inspiration thereof, we may think those things that are good and suitable for 48 ; the spirit of faith, fortitude, and power, that, by the guidance thereof, we may perform the same, in a manner most acceptable unto thee. Give us the spirit of prayer and supplication, that we may adore thee in spirit, with reverence, steadfastness, and perseverance. O confirm us by this spirit, when we are weak; restore us by it when we go astray from thee; let thy grace prevent our falling by its power, and let thy mercy lift us up when we are down.
Govern our senses, inspire our thoughts, guard our words, direct all our actions to thy glory; let thy Holy Spirit be unto us a spirit of patience under all crosses, and in all provocations ; a spirit of trust and steadfast repose in thy care and providence; a spirit of forgiveness to our enemies; a spirit of mildness, contentment, and humility. To thee, we offer our whole spirit, soul, and body, and all that we are, and all that we have, to be entirely devoted unto thee. Keep us always safe from both our visible and invi. sible enemies; for the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who, being ascended into the heavens, left us not comfortless, but, according to his word, sent us this holy Comforter to abide with us to the end : To whom, therefore, with thee, and this our blessed Lord and Saviour, be all honour and glory, power, might, and dominion, in all the churches of the saints, and by all the host of the blessed, from this time forth and for evermore. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
Devotions for Trinity Sunday. COME, let us adore the sacred Trinity, three persons and
one God. To thee, the eternal Father, made by none; To thee, the increated Son, begotten by the Father alone ;
To thee, the blessed Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son;
To this one holy, consubstantial, and undivided Trinity, be ascribed all power, and wisdom, and glory, now and for
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.
Eternal Father, who, by the visible descent of the Holy
Spirit on thy eternal and well-beloved Son, hast given thy Church a glorious display of the Trinity of persons in the adorable Godhead; grant that we may, both in heart and voice, acknowledge this high and supernatural truth; and rejecting all the fallacious suggestions of our finite reason, humbly adore the glory of the eternal Trinity ; till we come hereafter to thy blessed presence, to see the
mystery revealed, O God, our Father, in thy own glorious face, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the divine Majesty, world without end. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Barnabas,
of the apostles, the bright messenger of the Gospel to the Gentiles, the son of consolation to multitudes, a burning and a shining light in the Church of Antioch, and the glory of Cyprus.
Let us celebrate his blessed memory, of whom it is said that he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith; who, being rich in lands and possessions, quitted all, that he might have a name written in heaven, and a treasure there, where neither moth nor rust can corrupt.
Precious is the memory of the Saint of this day, a faithful witness and martyr of Jesus Christ,
foundation of the apostles and prophets, under Christ the head corner-stone; and didst endue thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; leave us not destitute, we humbly beseech thee, of thy manifold gifts and talents, nor yet of grace to make a right use of them always, to thy honour and glory, through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
Devotions for the Festival of St. John the Baptist.
that burning and shining light, who despised the pleasures, and even conveniences of the world.
This is that prophet, and more than a prophet, of whom our Lord said, “ Among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist ; yet he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he.”
The least in heaven was greater than John on earth.
But translated from earth, he now shines among the greatest in heaven.
God, whose gracious providence calls us this day to ce
lebrate the nativity of John the Baptist; grant, we beseech thee, that as we now fulfil the prophecy of thy holy angel, by rejoicing in the nativity of this great forerunner of thy Son, so we may improve both ourselves and others, by imitating his life; and may endeavour to learn those excel. lent lessons which he exhibited of mortification, humility, self-denial, zeal for justice, courage in defending the truth, and generous activity in doing good; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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Devotions for St. Peter's Day. TO-DAY Simon Peter ascended the cross, and joyfully
This is he, who, after the example of his blessed Lord and Master, and remembering his words, follow me, by look.
ing up steadfastly unto him, endured the cross, despising the shame.
The great apostle of this day both preached the Gospel and died for it, confirming by his blood the truths he had delivered.
He faithfully finished the office whereto he had been ordained ;
And went to receive his great reward. Alleluja. 0 Almighty God, the Saviour of all those who trust in
thee; may the example of thy holy Apostle St. Peter, teach us not to expose ourselves to temptation, or to trust to our own strength. Let us ever acknowledge that our help standeth in thee, O Lord, who made heaven and earth; in the powerful intercession of the blessed Jesus, our Advocate with the Father; in the comfortable assistance of thy Holy Spirit, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption. And grant that, while we are watchful over our heart and ways, we may constantly rely on the succours of thy powerful grace; that thus neither the pleasures of life, nor the fear of death, may ever prevail on us to quit the way of thy commandments; but that we may always abound in the work of the Lord, looking for the glorious recompence of reward, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. James. N:
O sooner was James, the son of Zebedee, called by qur
Lord, than he immediately obeyed, and left all to follow Jesus.
He was one of the favoured disciples, admitted with Peter and John to the most endeared and familiar intercourse with his Master.
He was a son of Thunder, one of our Lord's brethren, and best beloved; who was sent, the first of the apostles, to his Master.
Blessed James now enjoys his mother's desire;
Seated at the right hand of Jesus in his kingdom. O
God, who, by the festival of the holy Apostle St. James, dost revive in us the memory of thy great mercy to the
world, in so glorious an example of readily following our blessed Redeemer; grant, that after the example of this great apostle, we may withdraw our thoughts and affections from all vain and superfluous cares and pursuits, and fix them upon the immortal joys and glorious rewards which thou hast prepared for those who trust in thee. And let the example of thy holy martyrs stir us up to patience and for. titude, that we may be followers of those who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises. Grant this, O merciful Saviour, who died for us, and rose again, and now sitteth at the right hand of the Father, blessed for evermore. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Bartholomew. HTS IS life, and all that he had, St. Bartholomew freely gave
for the testimony of the truth, and for the love of Jesus. At the last day he shall rise, and be clothed with his flesh, and shall see and enjoy God for ever.
Happy are they who, made perfect through suffering, attain the blissful fruition of God for ever. Alleluja.
O Blessed Lord God, who knowest the secrets of all hearts»
and from whose all-searching eye no darkness can cover, nor privacy conceal; grant that we may' ever cherish that sincerity and uprightness of intention and disposition, which so eminently shone forth in this blessed apostle. May we at all times, and in all places, have respect to all thy commandments, and put in practice all the duties of piety with a pure and unfeigned heart; that thus serving thee in spirit and in truth, we may finally be admitted to the participation of the glories of thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Matthew. BE not discouraged, O my soul, nor suppose thy sins to be
Matthew, of a sinner became a preacher; and of a publican was called to be an apostle.