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The Calendar for the twelve months of the year, with the fixed Lessons, differs somewhat from that in use in our Church, the chapters being frequently divided into two Lessons, for the sake of brevity; the black letter days are also omitted in this Calendar.
The other Tables are the same as with us.except the followi ng :— "A Table of Feasts, to be observed in this Church throughout the year:
All Sundays in the Year. "The Circumcision of our Lord
Jesus Christ. "The Epiphany. "The Conversion of St. Paul. "The Purification of the Blessed
Virgin. "St. Matthias the Apostle. "The Annunciation of the Blessed
Virgin. "St. Mark the Evangelist. "St. Philip and St. James, the
Apostles. "The Ascension of our Lord Jesus
Christ. "St. Barnabas. "The Nativity of St. John the
Baptist. "St. Peter the Apostle.
"St. James the Apostle.
"St. Bartholomew the Apostle.
"St. Matthew the Apostle.
"St. Michael and All Angels.
"St. Luke the Evangelist.
"St. Simon and St. Jude the Apostles.
"St. Andrew the Apostle.
"St. Thomas the Apostle.
"The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"St. Stephen the Martyr.
"St. John the Evangelist.
"The Holy Innocents.
"Monday and Tuesday in Easter Week.
"Monday and Tuesday in Whitsun Week."
"A Table of Fasts :—Ash-Wednesday. Good-Friday.
"Other Days of Fasting; on which the Church requires such a measure of Abstinence, as is more especially suited to extraordinary Acts and Exercises of Devotion.
"1st. The forty days of Lent
"2d. The Ember days at the four Seasons, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, September 14, and December 13.
"3d. The three Rogation days, being the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Holy Thursday, or the Ascension of our Lord.
"4th. All the Fridays in the year, except Christmas-day."
"In addition to the above, the first Thursday in November (or, if any other day be appointed by the civil authority, then such day) shall be observed as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God, for the fruits of the earth, and all other blessings of his merciful Providence."
The Rubric about the place in which Morning and Evening Prayer are to be said; the ornaments of the Church and the ministers thereof; and the saying the Service with a loud voice, (which latter was designed to supersede the low muttering voice in which the Romish priests are ordered to say the greater part of the mass, and certain parts of the other offices of their superstitious worship,) are omitted, being probably thought no longer necessary.
In the introductory Psalm, Veniie Exultemus, the last four verses art omitted; and, instead of them, the two following sentences occur:—
"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
"For he cometh, for he corneth to judge the earth; and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth."
In my former communication, it was stated that, besides the Anthem for Easter-day, as in our Prayer Book, there were also appropriate Anthems for certain other special occasions; and certain additional Prayers and Thanksgivings for occasional use during Morning and Evening Prayer, instead of the short clauses to be inserted when any desire to be prayed for, or to return thanks; and, as these are beautiful forms of devotion, I will here insert them.
"Portions of Psalms, to be sung or said, at Morning Prayer, on certain Feasts and Fasts, instead of the Veniie Exultemus, when any of the foregoing selections are to follow instead of the Psalms, as in the Table.
"Christmas day.—From Psalms 45, 89, 110.
"Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever; the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
"Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
"My song shall be alway of the loving kindness of the Lord; with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth, from one generation to another.
"For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; thy truth shalt thou establish in the heavens.
"The Lord is our defence; the Holy One of Israel is our king.
"Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
"I will set his dominion in the sea, and his right hand in the floods.
"And I will make him my first-born, higher than the kings of the earth.
"The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
"The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion; be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
"In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is of the womb of die morning.
"The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedec.
"Ash-Wednesday.—From Psalms 32, 38,130.
"Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven, and whose sin is covered.
"Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth no sin, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
"Put me not to rebuke, O Lord, in thine anger; neither chasten me in thy heavy displeasure:
"For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thine hand presseth me sore.
"My wickednesses are gone over my head, and are like a sore burden, too heavy for me to bear.
"I will confess my wickedness, and be sorry for my sin.
"Haste thee to help me, O Lord God of my salvation.
"Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord; Lord, hew «y voice.
"Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
"If thou, Lord, shouldest be extreme to mark what is done amis?, 0 Lord, who shall stand?
"But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
"Good-Friday.—From Psalms 22, 69, 40.
"My God, my God, look upon me: why hast thou forsaken me? and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint?
"But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
"I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.'
"All they that see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the up, they shake the head, saying,
"He trusted in God, that he would deliver him; let him deliver him, if he will have him.
"The counsel of the wicked layeth siege against me; they pierced my hands and my feet.
"They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
"But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
"Thy rebuke hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness: I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no man j neither found I any to comfort me.
"They gave me gall to eat; and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
"Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not; but mine ears hast thou opened.
"Burnt-offerings and sacrifice for sin hast thou not required: Thee said t, Lo, I come;
"In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O God: I am content to do it; yea, thy law is within my heart.
"Ascension-day.—From Psalms 24,47.
"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in.
"Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty; even the Lord mighty in battle.
"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in.
"Who is the King of glory? Even the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.
"O clap your hands together, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
"For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
"God is gone up with a shout; the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
"Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
"God reigneth over the heathen: God sittcth upon the throne of his holiness.
"The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham; for the shields of the earth belong unto God; He is greatly exalted."
"Whitsunday.—From Psalms 2, C8.
"I will declare the decree; the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
"Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
"Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
"Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
"Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
"Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, and rcfreshedst it when it was weary.
"The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those that published it.
"Though ye have lain among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
"Thou hast ascended on high; thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.
"Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth: O sing praises unto the Lord;
"To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, which were »f old: Lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
"Ascribe the strength unto God; his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
"O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places; the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God."
(To be continued.)
ISAIAH LX. 12. WISDOM V.
"For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee (the church) shall perish; yea, thoae nationa shall be utterly wasted." Isaiah lx. 12.
"Them that honour me, I will honour; and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." ('ArivaiOrioiTut, shall be disgraced.—Sept.) Sam. ii. 30.
(Continuedfrom p. 674.)
Thus all wherein the sinner trusts shall fail,
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Or the thin smoke, which idly floating on
Feels but the rising breezes and is gone,
Nor earlier dies the memory away
Of the brief guest that tarries but a day.
Meanwhile the righteous, death and sorrow o'er,
Wake to the life that blooms for evermore,
Bright with the sunshine of their smiling Lord,
Their Father, and exceeding great reward.
Lo! where bursts softly on the melting sight
That glorious kingdom, and that crown of light;
There shall they reign, and wave the victor palm*
In the repose of his all-sheltering arm.
O! how unlike that Lord whose sword of wrath
Pours its sharp lightning round the sinner's path,
When clothed in righteous judgment o'er his breast,
Justice his helmet, jealousy his vest,
His shield unconquer'd holiness, (while all
Creation answers to her Master's call,)
The Avenger comes, the clouds his well-drawn bow,
Whence the right-aiming thunderbolts shall go,
And far and wide in restless fury dart
To their sure home—the guilty rebel's heart.
Where shall he hide, while nature's self awakes.
And with her Lord a willing portion takes?
Thick, dark, and charg'd with fate, her hailstones fly
Unerring, from her amoury in the sky;
The tempests roar, the foaming billows roll,
Bursting relentless o'er the palsied soul,
And all her mighty winds, releas'd at length
To prove uncheck'd around their giant strength,
Rush wildly on, and, tottering to its fall,
Dash from the troubled spheres this yielding ball;
The loosening globe, to one vast ruin hurl'd,
Flashes the fragments of a burning world,
And all is o'er, as though it ne'er had been,
While virtue's self shrinks inward from the scene.
Where shall they hide in that last dreadful day,
When thrones shall fade, and empires pass away,
To whom, false stewards, it was greatly given
To rule on earth the delegates of heaven,
To spread religious banners all abroad,
And make their kingdoms, kingdoms of their Lord l\
Wisdom, to whom, alas ! by deed, by word,
Told her pure tale, unheeded and unheard,
Taught, urged, and warn'd in vain, that thus alone
Safe should their country stand, and firm their throne;
Swords change to ploughshares, wars and tumults cease
'Mid ways of pleasantness and paths of peace.
• Rev. vii. 9.
t Dan. iv. SO—33, and cli. v. 20; Rom. xiii. 1, 4; 1 Vet. ii. 14; Isa. xlix. 23; 2 Kings x. 30; 1 Kings ii. 4; Proverbs xvi. 12; Psalm lxxv. 6, and lii. 7.