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of holiness: let the whole earth stand in awe of Him.
IVE sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people: O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King and that it is He who hath made the round world so fast that it cannot be For Thou art the God of my moved; and how that He shall strength, why hast Thou put me from Thee and why go I so hea-judge the people righteously.
vily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad : let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is.
O send out Thy light and Thy truth, that they may lead me : and bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy dwelling.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it: then shall all the
trees of the wood rejoice before the
And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness and upon the harp will I give thanks unto Thee, O God, my God.
For He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth: and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with His truth. PSALM 122.
Why art thou so heavy, O my soul and why art thou so disquieted within me ?
O put thy trust in God: for I WAS glad when they said unto
me: We will go into the house of the Lord.
will yet give Him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity in itself.
For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
SING unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.
Sing unto the Lord, and praise His name be telling of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His honour unto the heathen and His wonders unto all the people.
For the Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised: He is more to be feared than all gods.
As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols: but it is the Lord that made the heavens.
For there is the seat of judgment: even the seat of the house of David.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls and plenteousness within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions' sakes: I will wish thee prosperity.
Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God: I will seek to do thee good.
Glory and worship are before Him: power and honour are in His sanctuary.
Ascribe unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people: ascribe unto the Lord worship and power.
Ascribe unto the Lord the honour
due unto His name : bring presents, TE
and come into His courts.
O worship the Lord in the beauty
Psalm which may be said instead of the foregoing, when there is Holy Communion.
THE Lord is my shepherd: there-
ture and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
He shall convert my soul and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.
Then all say,
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven 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,
"AY the reading of the Holy Word (or, Holy Gospel, if such alone happens to form the short chapter read) be unto us salvation and protection. Amen.
Public worship enjoined.
Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : Thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
But Thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Then he reads one of the short chapters following, giving out from whence the Lesson is taken, according to the selection which forms the Lesson read.
priests were come out of the holy place. . . . . Also the Levites which were the singers; being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the
east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets. It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord saying,
endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for
12 Chron. v. 11.
ND after these things, I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are His judgments.
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be
1 Ephes. v. 17. 4 Eccles. v. 1.
arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage-supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Decency and reverence in Divine worship.
From the Book of Ecclesiastes, and from St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians.
EEP thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
• How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let all things be done decently and in order.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it. . . . . Them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon Mine altar; for Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
3 Brethren, he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
God of Israel, Amend your ways
eyes? Behold, even I have seen it,
saith the Lord.
Christ sanctions the performance of beneficent works on the Jewish Sabbath.
Same subject continued. From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, and from the First General Epistle of St. Peter.
HUS saith the Lord, Keep ye my salvation is near to come, and my
1 St. Matt. xxi. 12.
From the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
ND Jesus was teaching in one
'And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and
of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed to
overthrew the tables of the money-gether, and could in no wise lift up changers, and the seats of them herself. And when Jesus saw her, that sold doves, and said unto them, He called her to Him, and said It is written, My house shall be unto her, Woman, thou art loosed called the house of prayer; but ye from thine infirmity. And He laid have made it a den of thieves. His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath-day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and
then answered him, and said, Thou 2 Isai. lvi. 1, 7.
31 St. Pet. iii. 10.
you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath-day? And when He had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
hypocrite, doth not each one of piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
From the Holy Gospel according
to St. Matthew.
ISDOM hath builded her
AND when Jesus was departed
house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her He went into their she hath mingled her wine; nagogue and, behold, there was a she hath also furnished her table. man which had his hand withered. She hath sent forth her maidens: And the Pharisees asked Him, sayshe crieth upon the highest places ing, Is it lawful to heal on the Sab- of the city, Whoso is simple, let him bath-days? that they might accuse turn in hither: as for him that Him. And He said unto them, wanteth understanding, she saith What man shall there be among to him, Come, eat of my bread, you, that shall have one sheep, and and drink of the wine which I have if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath-mingled.
day, will he not lay hold on it, and 4 Jesus saith, I am the living lift it out? How much then is a bread, which came down from heaman better than a sheep? Where-ven: if any man eat of this bread, fore it is lawful to do well on the he shall live for ever: and the Sabbath-days. Then saith He to bread that I will give is My flesh, the man, Stretch forth thine hand. which I will give for the life of the And he stretched it forth; and it world.... Verily, verily, I say unto was restored whole, like as the you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My
blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My From St. Paul's Epistle to the blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in Hebrews.
The keen and piercing power of God's Word in discriminating between the true and false Chris
Short chapters, which may be read
RETHREN, the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
St.Matt. xii. 9.
2 Heb. iv. 12.
Same subject continued.
From the Book of the Prophet
3 Prov. ix. 1.
St. John vi. 51.