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pious and good old man, who was expecting SÉRM. the coming of the promised saviour, and to whom it had been revealed that he should not die till he had seen the Lord Christ. He came by the guidance of the spirit into the temple, at the time when Jesus was in. troduced by his parents, and immediately being filled with the Holy Ghost, he took him in hisarms, and said, " Lord, now lettest “ thou thy servant depart in peace accord“ ing to thy word, for mine eyes have seen " thy salvation;" — I am content now, O Lord, to lay down my life, now that I have lived to behold, according to thy promise, the redeemer of mankind, “whom thou "" hast prepared before the face of all “ people, to be a light to lighten the Gen“ tiles (to guide -all the nations of the * earth to true religion) and to be the “ glory of thy people Israel,” - to those of them, at least, who own Jesus to be the Christ. I omit to mention those other Vol. II. : M

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SERM. advanced the poor good man to unexs pected opulence, and hath brought down

the arrogant wealthy man to beggary.

He, remembering his mercy, hath holpen

his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers Abraham' and his seed for " ever;" he is now about to perform his engagement to Abrahami and his true descendants in the birth of the Messiah :". In thy seed shall all the nations of the “ earth be blessed.”

Of the cause of the joy of the blessed Virgin we all partake, and therefore may very properly (with some little allowance) repeat this hymn; for by the birth of Jesus Christ we are all redeemed from a state of sin and death, and put into a condition, if we are willing to comply with the easy terms, of obtaining everlasting salvation.

The hymn, which we repeat after the second lesson, is likewise taken from St. Luke; it is the thanksgiving of Simon, a

pious and good old man, who was expecting SÉR M. the coming of the promised saviour, and to whom it had been revealed that he should not die till he had seen the Lord Christ. He came by the guidance of the spirit into the temple, at the time when Jesus was in. troduced by his parents, and immediately being filled with the Holy Ghost, he took him in hisarms, and said, “ Lord, now lettest “ thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word, for mine eyes have seen “ thy salvation;" — I am content now, O Lord, to lay down my life, now that I have lived to behold, according to thy promise, the redeemer of mankind, “ whom thou "" hast prepared before the face of all “ people, to be a light to lighten the Gen“ tiles (to guide -all the nations of the " earth to true religion) and to be the " glory of thy people Israel,” - to those of them, at least, who own Jesus to be the Christ. I omit to mention those other VOL. II.

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SERM. two hymns, which it is at the minister's

choice to repeat instead of these, for the same reason that I omitted those which follow the morning lessons, because, I think, they are now rarely, if ever, used.

Of the two collects in the evening service, which differ from those of the morning, the first is for peace; we beseech God, from whom all religious thoughts, all pious suggestions, and all good actions do pro. ceed, to pour into our hearts that peace and tranquility, which it is not in the power of the world to bestow; that we may be fully determined to obey the divine commandments; and resting secure that we are under God's protection, may pass, quiet and undisturbed, the time of our abode here on earth. The other collect, which is peculiar to the evening service, is for God's aid and protection, in the dangers arising from darkness of mind, ignorance, and the perils, also, of the night.

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I now proceed, according to the plan I SERM.

XI. formerly laid down, to a consideration of a the Litany. The meaning of the word • Litany' is an earnest supplication to God; in that of ours, almost all the sins which a Christian should avoid, and all the graces which he should seek, are particularly enu. merated; so that it has this, added to the other good in it, to recommend it, that it serves to bring to our minds many offences, of which, otherwise, we might not have noticed that we were guilty, and admonishes us of the necessity of some virtues, which we might not else have known that we were to aim at. Most parts of it are very plain; I shall only speak of those few, with regard to which there may be any hazard of their being not understood. Those short ejaculations,—“Good Lord deliver us, " —we beseech thee to hear us, good Lord,” which the people are ordered to repeat at frequent intervals, belong to the preceding

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