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guardian churches, which rear their silent heads above the noise and the shadows of this great city, should resound with the cry, “Behold the Bride

• groom cometh,” and blaze out with light, and so far forth be types to an unthinking world, of that True Light which ariseth now with healing in His wings, and amidst the noise as of a trumpet, shall soon arise in glorious majesty to judge the quick and the dead. If the feeble efforts made in one of the poorest and least accessible churches in London has yielded lasting fruit, what, by God's blessing, might not be looked for from the earnest preaching of mercy and repentance in the naves

in the naves of our two cathedrals ? What more worthy use of the mother churches of the diocese? What means,

What means, under God, more calculated to awaken the impenitent, and to arouse the careless? What season more precious than Advent-tide and Christmas, in which to offer the bread of life freely to famishing thousands, and to strengthen with spiritual food those just ready to perish?

The greatest spiritual works have sprung from feeble beginnings ; a scarcely discernible fountain has swollen into an ocean of good. In the hope that this Volume may tend to like greatness, it is now sent forth ; but not sent forth without a prayer that it may quicken to greater devotion all who read its pages, so that these Advent sermons may not be amongst those many unregarded warnings for which we shall all have to give account at the last day. And from all who joined in our services, or shall benefit by these pages, but one return is asked, —their earnest prayer that God would strengthen the hands and bless the feeble ministrations of His servants, to the good of the long-neglected people of the parish of St. Bartholomew, Moorfields.

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[Preached on Thursday, Dec. 2, by the Rev. J. Keble, Vicar of

Hursley.]

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of All Saints, Margaret Street.]

SERMON V.

ADVENT OFFERINGS.

St. John i. 42.

“ He brought him to Jesus.”

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[Preached on Tuesday, Nov. 30, by the Rev. W. J. BUTLER, Vicar of

Wantage.]

SERMON VI.

SIGNS OF THE JUDGMENT NATURAL AND CONTINUOUS.

Sr. LUKE xxi. 25, 26.

" And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the

stars ; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;

the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for

fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on

the earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

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[Preached on Sunday, Dec. 5, by the Rev. F. Ashpitel, Curate of

Hampstead.]

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