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The senseless world thought their end dishonourable ;
O GOD, by whose grace the blessed apostles, St. Philip and St. James, watered with their blood the heavenly seed of thy doctrine, which they had sown over the world; give us grace to celebrate their blessed memories, to imitate their
al, their patience, their charity, and self-denial; that, by the grace of thy Holy Spirit, we may copy in our lives the holy example which they set us, and, finally, be blessed with tam in the fruition of ihe glories of thy presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Add the Collect for the Day.)
Devotions for the Rogation Days. IF you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it you, says our Saviour, whose word cannot fail.
If we, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more shall our heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him?
Heavenly Father, who art good, and delightest in doing good to all thy children;
Shut not thy merciful ear to the voice of our prayers.
O GOD, who, by thy Church, hast ordained this solemn time of supplication for all our necessities ; open, we beseech thee, thy gracious ears to our prayers; and, by granting us those good things which we thy children, with humility and resignation ask of thee, our heavenly Father, so encourage our devotion and obedience, and so increase our hope and love, that our souls may be fixed supremely upon thee, and aspire after the fruition of thee, who art our all in all, for ever, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Office of Devotion for the Festival of the
TO-DAY our glorious Jesus ascended into heaven-come let us adore him. Alleluja.
I have finished the work which my Father gave me to do ; and now it is time I return to him that sent me.
your hearts be troubled; I go to my Father and your Father, my God and
God. To-day our glorious Jesus ascended into heaven-come let us adore him. Alleluja.
Let not your hearts be troubled ; I go to prepare a place for you ; and I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.
To-day our glorious Jesus ascended into heaven-come let us adore him. Alleluja.
In the meanwhile, I will not leave you comfortless, but will pray the Father; and he shall give you another Comforter, the spirit of truth, to dwell with you for ever.
To-day our glorious Jesus ascended into heaven-come let us adore him. Alleluja.
PSALM. Raise the eye of faith, O my soul, and look up; and behold the glory of thy crucified Saviour.
He who was dead and laid in the grave, is risen again, and ascended into heaven.
He made the light his garment, and commanded the clouds to be the chariot of his triumph.
The gates of heaven obeyed their Lord, and the everlasting doors opened to the King of glory.
Enter, bright King, attended with thy beauteous angels, and the glad train of saints who arose and came out of their graves at the resurrection.
Enter and repossess thy ancient throne; and reign eter: nally at the right hand of the Father. May every
knee bow low at thy exalted name; and every tongue confess thy glory.
May all created nature adore thy power; and the Church of the redeemed exult in thy goodness.
Whom have we in heaven, O Lord, but thee; there is none upon the earth that we desire but thee.
Why should our hearts still dwell upon earth; since the treasure of our hearts is returned to heaven?
Since our glorified Jesus is ascended above; to prepare us a place in his own blest kingdom:
A place of rest and secure peace; where we shall see, and praise and adore him for ever:
A place of joy and everlasting fruition ; where we shall love, and possess and delight in him for ever.
How will our spirits be ravished with bliss, when admitted to the ineffable fruition of the Lord of glory!
We shall know all that is true, and love all that is good; and shall delight in that knowledge and love for ever.
No ignorance shall darken, nor error deceive us; we shall be like the angels in heaven.
No cares shall perplex us, nor crosses afflict us ; we shall be like the angels in heaven.
Our joys shall be full, and pure and everlasting; we shall be like the angels in heaven.
Cheer thee, O my soul, and bless thy bounteous Lord; it is by him we shall be like the angels in heaven.
Cheer thee, and raise thy hopes yet gloriously higher ; WE SHALL BE LIKE HIMSELF, for we shall see him as he is.
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 LESSON._From HEBREWS xii.
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith ; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Thither, O my soul, let us still be going, whither our Saviour Christ hath gone before; and where once to arrive, is always to be happy.
Since whatever we desire, we are sure to have ; and what. ever we have, can never be taken from us.
Let us believe, and obey, and suffer ; let us read, meditate, and pray; heaven is a reward worthy of all our pains.
Since whatever we desire, we are sure to have ; and whatever we have, can never be taken from us.
Erect your heads, eternal gates,
Unfold to entertain
With his celestial train.
Who is the King of glory? who?
The Lord for strength renown'd:
Eternal victor crown'd.
Ascends bis shining throne;
The vict'ries he has won.
And so our souls should rise ;
Our spirits to the skies.
There ye would sain have place,
To Father, Son, &c.
O GOD, who hast inspired thy Church to celebrate the day the memory of the Saviour's ascension, when, having finished on earth the great work of our redemption, he car. ried up his glorified humanity above the clouds to its eternal rest; grant, we humbly beseech thee, that, taking off our eyes from the vanities here below, we may stand continually looking after kim into heaven; and surely expecting his appearance thence again at the last great day, may we be always ready to obey his call, to meet him in the clouds, and follow him into those blissful mansions which he went to prepare for us at thy right hand, for ever more ; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen. Our Father, &c.
[Add the Collect for the Day.]
Office of Devotion for Whitsunday.
OFFICE FOR THE MORNING.
TO-DAY for us the Holy Ghost descended—come let us adore him.
Let us humbly implore his quickening grace, that we may worthily adore our eternal Sanctifier ; who, from the Father and the Son, eternally proceeds, and with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified.
To-day for us the Holy Ghost descended—come let us adore him.
Lei us prepare our understandings to assent to his truths, and our wills to follow his divine inspirations; let us fill our memories with his innumerable mercies, and our whole souls with the glory of his attributes.
To-day for us the Holy Ghost descended--- come let us adore him.
Let us confidently address to him our petitions, who protoises to help the infirmities of our prayers; let us not doubt the bounty of his goodness, but hope hu will grant what he inspires us to ask.
To-day for us the Holy Ghost descended-come let us adore hin.
Blessed be thy name, O Holy Spirit, and blessed be thy adorable goodness.
When the eternal Father, by creating the world, had declared himself and his Almighty power;
When the increated Word, by redeeming mankind, had revealed himself and his infinite wisdom;
The Spirit of the Father and the Son comes down to be the Guide, the Comforter and Sanctifier of the faithful.
He descends from heaven in the shape of a dove ; and gently lights on the Prince of Peace.
Again, he descends in the likeness of fire; and miraculously sits upon the heads of the disciples.
Under these symbols, dispensing mildness to allay the heat of zeal ; and to quicken the indifferency of mildness.
Innocency to adorn the light of knowledge; and knowledge to direct the simplicity of innocence.
O blest and admirable teacher; who can instruct like the Spirit of God!
He, by his divine inspirations, perfected the disciples; and polished rude fishermen into eloquent preachers.
He touched the heart of a persecuting Pharisee; and instantly changed him into a glorious Apostle.
By thee, blest Spirit, we are at first regenerated in baptism ; by thee confirmed in the imposition of hands. By thee we are healed by the absolving sentence of divine