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Blest be the heart that was pierced with a spear; the heart that so passionately loved our peace.

Blest be the entire person of our crucified Lord; and may all our powers join in his praise :

In thy eternal praise, O blessed Jesus; and in the enrapturing thoughts of thy infinite love.

Can we remember, O Jesus, thy labours for us, and not be convinced of our duty to thee?

Can our cold hearts recount thy sufferings, and not be inflamed with the love that suffered ?

Can we believe that our salvation cost thee so dear, and yet live as if to be saved were not worth our pains ?

For all thy favours, thou dost seek no other return, than that we should follow thy steps to arrive at thy glory.

O gracious Saviour! behold, to thee we bow; we prose trate ourselves at thy cross, adoring thy mercy.

Behold, thus low we bow to implore thy blessing, and the powerful influences of thy divine grace.

Wean our affections from all vain objects, and purify our hearts from all unhallowed passions.

Then shall our lives be entirely dedicated to thee; and all the faculties of our souls to thy holy service.

Our minds shall continually study thy knowledge; and our wills grow every day stronger in thy love.

Our memories shall faithfully recount thy mercies; and both our tongues and our hearts rejoice for ever.

O blessed Jesus ! whose grce alone begins, and ends, and perfects all our hopes;

How are we bound to praise thy love! how infinitely obliged to adore thy goodness!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

THE HYMN.
From whence these direful omens round,

Which heaven and earth amaze ?
Wherefore do earthquakes cleave the ground 1

Why hides the sun his rays ?
Well may the earth astonish'd shake,

And nature sympathize !
The sun as darkest night be black !

Their Maker, Jes! is, dies!

Behold fast streaming from the tree

His all-atoning blood !
Is this the Infinite ? 'lis he,

My Saviour and my God!
For me these pangs his soul assail,

For me this death is borne;
My sins gave sharpness to the aail,

And pointed every thorn.
Let sin no more my soul enslave,

Break, Lord, its tyrant chain :
O save me, whom thon camest to save,

Nor bleed, por die in vain !

To Father, Son, &c.

O ETERNAL Father, who didst send thy only Son into the world, to assume our srail nature, and by his sufferings and death to redeem the world; grant that the continual memory of his bitter passion and death upon the cross may excite in us sincere contrition for our sins, which were the cause of his sufferings; that humbly confessing and renouncing them, we may, through the merits of his precious blood, receive forgiveness; and following through thy grace the blessed steps of his holy and suffering life, may finally be admitted to the fruition of that glory to which he is exalted; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost fos ever and ever. Amen. Our Father, &c.

(Add the Collect for the Day.)

OFFICE FOR THE EVENING.

(Repeat the Introductory Devotions and Psalm in the Morning Office )

THE LESSON-PHILIPPIANS ii. J. IF there be, therefore, any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than hemselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Let this mind be

in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men ; and, being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; th at the name of Je. sus every

knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Christ was for us made obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

He is the propitiation of our sins, and not for our's only, but for the sins of the whole world.

THE PSALM.

We are thine, O God, by creation ; for thou hast inade us after thine own image.

We are thine, O God, by redemption; for thou hast bought us by the blood of thine only Son.

To redeem us he humbled himself to this low world, and the infirmities of our miserable nature.

He patiently endured hunger and thirst, and the malicious affronts of enraged enemies.

His precious blood be shed in the garden; where his soul was overwhelmed in agony unutterable.

His precious blood he shed on the cross; where meekly bowing his fainting head, he yielded up the ghost.

Lord, how does the world requite thy love! how ungrateful are we to thy blessed memory!

We negligently forget thy sacred passion; or rather, far worse, our sins renew thy sufferings.

If we deprive others of their right, what do we but strip thee of thy garments ?

While we delight in strife and schisms, what do we else but rend thy seamless coat?

If we despise the least of thy servants, are we not as so many Herods that scorned thee?

If we through fear act ayainst our conscience, how are we better than Pilate who condemned thee ?

By forsaking thy will to follow our own, do we not choose a murderer before thee?

By cherishing a sharp and bitter malice, do we not give thee vinegar and gall to drink ?

By showing no mercy to the poor and afflicted, do we not pass by the cross as strangers unconcerned ?

Thus we again crucify the Lord of glory, and put him afresh to an open

shame. Are these the returns we make to that blessed Redeemer, who came into the world to seek and to save us when we were lost?

We sought not him, but he came from far to find us out ; we looked not towards him, but his mercy called us after him.

He called aloud in words of tenderness, Why will ye perish, 0 ye children of men ?

Return, and I will receive you ; repent, and though you have crucified me, I will forgive you.

Behold, O blessed Jesus, to thee we come, and on thy holy cross fasten all our confidence.

Never will we depart from this standard of our hope, till our troubled consciences are comforted by thy mercy.

Crucify the world to us, and us to the world ; that dead to it, we may live only to thee.

Enter into our hearts, and fill them with thyself; reign in us for ever our Redeemer and Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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THE HYMN.

My God, my God, why leavest thou me,

When I with anguish faint ; O why so far from

me removed, And from my loud complaint ? With laughter all the gazing crowd My agony survey

y ? They shoot the lip, they shake the head,

And thus deriding say "In God, he trusted, boasting oft

• That he was heaven's delight; " Let God come down to save him now " And own his favourite."

Like blood-hounds, to surround me, they

In pack'd assemblies meet ;
They pierc'd my inoffensive hands,

They pierced my harmless feet.
As spoil, my garments they divide,

Lots for my vesture cast;
Therefore approach, O Lord, my strength,
And to my succour haste.

To Father, Son, &c.

O HOLY and immaculate Lamb of God! who, by thy obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, hast made un all-sufficient atonement for the sins of the world; mercifully grant, that by thy precious blood we may be cleansed from our guilt, and by the power of thy grace be crucified unto the world; that thus, through thy mercy, we may be prepared for the inheritance of glory which thou hast pure chased for us. Grant this, we beseech thee, O blessed Jesus, who having once suffered, dost now reign with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, in glory for ever. Amen. Our Father, &c.

[Add the Collects for the Day.)

Devotions for Easter Even. THE body of the Saviour rests in the grave, while his soul triumphantly passes into the place of departed spirits.

In holy confidence thou dost address, O Saviour, thy Alo Inighty Father-" Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption." Joyful is the assurance which thou dost direct to thy Church

Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body they shall arise."

- Awake, and sing ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”

Our Saviour is dead, but he shall rise again.
Come, let us adore the glorious Conqueror of death and hell.

GRANT, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; so, by continual mortifying our corrupt affections, we may be buried

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