"bore the curse which thou shouldest "have borne, restored thee to the bles


sing thou hadst forfeited, and purchased "the advancement which thou must inhe"rit for ever."-(Baxter's Saint's Rest.) His death gives sinners life, his sufferings release them from suffering, and his going into the grave takes away the sting of death, and opens the gates of heaven to all believers. Every sinner ought to look up to the cross for salvation, as the children of Israel looked up to the brazen serpent. And no sinner ought to despair, for Christ is able to save to the uttermost them that come to God by him that truly repent of their sins, and trust to the merits of their redeemer for salvation. "In true con"trition and humiliation, the hope of


pardon hath its birth; there the trou"bled conscience is set at rest, the grace "that was lost is found again. Man is "delivered from the wrath to come, and "God and the penitent soul meet toge

"ther with a holy kiss. The humble


sorrow of a broken and contrite heart, "is thy chosen sacrifice; O Lord, infi


nitely more fragrant than clouds of "burning insence. It is the precious

"ointment with which thou desirest to "have thy holy feet anointed. A broken "and a contrite heart thou never didst,


nor ever will despise, that is the place "of refuge from the wrath of the enemy, "and there all impunity both of the "flesh and of the spirit, is cleansed and "washed away." (Thomas a Kempis.)

For one that is in great bodily pain. Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.

Read Psalms 38th, 77th, and 88th.— Job, 10th and 14th chapters.-St. Matthew, 9th chapter, to 9th verse.-St. Mark, 5th chapter, from verse 25, and 9th chapter, from verse 17th to 28th.St. Luke, 16th chapter, from verse 19th, or the following texts :-55th Psalm, and

22nd verse. Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Cast thy burden upon the

71st Psalm, and 20th verse. Thou which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Proverbs, 3rd chapter, 11th and 12th verses. My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of his correction. For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth, even as a father the son, in whom he delighteth.-24th chapter, and 10th verse. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. The 2nd Epistle of Timothy, and 3rd verse.

Thou therefore endure hardness,

as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

1st Epistle of Peter, 2nd chapter, and 21st verse. For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps.

Remark to the Sick Person.-That many most excellent persons have suffered the greatest bodily pains and sickness, as Job, Hezekiah, Lazarus,—and that under them all they put their trust in God. That as Christ healed the greatest distempers amongst the Jews, and as God sent an angel to strengthen Christ in his agony, so he will always send a remedy for the greatest of our sufferings, either by blessing the means used for our recovery, or by taking us away from our distress. That he never willingly afflicts us, and that what pain and misery he may send, it will prove beneficial to us. We are not to think that because God sometimes afflicts us very sorely, that therefore he is unmindful of us, but that in all circumstances "God's design is to "bring us happily to himself in another



world, and he will leave no means unessayed for that purpose. If we "have the same end in view, and look up to him as carrying it on steadily for










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ways of Providence."-(Adams's Private Thoughts.)

For one that is low spirited.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Read Psalms 4th, 43rd, 56th, and 69th. St. Matthew, 4th chapter, to 12th verse. St. Luke, 12th chapter, to verse 8th.St. John, 11th chapter, to verse 46th, and 16th chapter.-Hebrews, 10th chapter, and 12th chapter to 14th verse.1st Epistle of St. John, 1st chapter, or the following texts:

3rd verses.

Hebrews, 12th chapter, 1st, 2nd and Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the


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