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Devotions for Trinity Sunday. COME let us adore the sacred Trinity, three persons and one God.
To thee, the eternal Father, made by none ;
To thee, the blessed Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son ;
To this one hely, consubstantial, and undivided Trinity, be ascribed all power, and wisdom, and glory, now and for ever.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory. O ETERNAL Father, who, by the visible descent of the Holy Spirit on thy eternal and well-beloved Son, hast given thy Church a glorious display of the Trinity of persons in the adorable Godhead; grant that we may both in heart and voice, acknowledge this high and supernatural truth; and rejecting all the fallacious suggestions of our finite reason, humbly adore the glory of the eternal Trinity ; till we come hereafter to thy blessed presence, to see the mystery revealed, O God, our Father, in thy own glorious face, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the divine Majesty, world without end. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Barnabas.
LET us this day celebrate the great disciple, a companion of the Apostles, the bright messenger of the Gospel to the Gentiles, the son of consolation to multitudes, a burning and a shining light in the Church of Antioch, and the glory of Cyprus.
Let us celebrate his blessed memory, of whom it is said that he was a good man, and fuli of the Holy Ghost and of faith; who, being rich in lands and possessions, quitted all, that he might have a name written in heaven, and a treasure there, where neither moth nor rust can corrupt.
Precious is the memory of the Saint of this day, a faithfu. witness and martyr of Jesus Christ.
O LORD God Almighty, who has built thy Church upor the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, under Chris the head corner-stone; and didst endue thy holy Apost'e Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; leave w not destitute, we humbly beseech thee, of thy manifold gits and talents, nor yet of grace to make a right use of them always, to thy honour and glory, through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
Devotions for the Festival of St. John the
Baptist. THIS is the great harbinger of the world's Redeeme', that burning and shining light, who despised the pleasure, and even conveniences of the world.
This is that prophet, and more than a prophet, of whom our Lord said, “ Among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist; yet he that is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he.”
The least in heaven was greater than John on earth.
But translated from earth, he now shines among the greatest in heaven.
O GOD, whose gracious providence calls us this day to celebrate the nativity of John the Baptist ; grant, we beseech thee, that as we now fulfil the prophecy of thy holy angel, by rejoicing in the nativity of this great forerunner of thy Son, so we may improve both ourselves and others, by imitating his life; and may endeavour to learn those excellent lessons which he exhibited of mortification, humility, selfdenial, zeal fo justice, courage in defending the truth, and generous actii ty in doing good; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who, wi 5 thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, ever, one G 1, world without end. Amen.
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Devotions for St. Peter's Day. TO-DAY Simon Peter ascended the cross, and joyfully passed to his Master.
This is he, who, after the example of his blessed Lord and Master, and remembering his words, follow me, by look
ing up steadfastly unto him, endured the cross, despising the shame.
The great Apostle of this day both preached the Gospel and died for it, confirming by his blood the truths he had delivered.
He faithfully finished the office whereto he had been ordained;
And went to receive his great reward. Alleluja.
O ALMIGHTY God, the Saviour of all those who trust in thee; may the example of thy holy Apostle, St. Peter, teach us not to expose ourselves to temptation, or to trust to our own strength. Let us ever acknowledge that our help standeth in thee, O Lord, who made heaven and earth ; in the powerful intercession of the blessed Jesus, our advocate with the Father; in the comfortable assistance of thy Holy Spirit, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption. And grant that, while we are watchful over our heart and ways, we may constantly rely on the succours of thy powerful grace; that thus neither the pleasures of life, nor the fear of death, may ever prevail on us to quit the way of thy commandments ; but that we may always abound in the work of the Lord, looking for the glorious recompense of reward, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. James.
NO sooner was James, the son of Zebedee, called by our Lord, than he immediately obeyed, and left all to follow Jesus.
He was one of the favoured disciples, admitted with Peter and John to the most endeared and familiar intercourse with his Master.
He was a son of Thunder, one of our Lord's brethren, and best beloved; who was sent, the first of the Apostles, to his Master.
Blessed James now enjoys his mother's desire ;
O GOD, who by the festival of the holy Apostle St. James, dost revive in us the memory of thy great mercy to the world, in so glorious an example of readily following out blessed Redeeiner; grant, that after the example of this great A postle, we may withdraw our thoughts and affections from all vain and superfluous cares and pursuits, and fix them upon the immortal joys and glorious rewards which thou hast prepared for those who trust in thee. And let the example of thy holy martyrs stir us up to patience and fortitude, that we may be followers of those who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises. Grant this, o merciful Saviour, who died for us, and rose again, and now sitteth at the right hand of the Father, blessed for evermore. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Bartholomeu.
HIS life, and all that he had, St. Bartholomew freely gave for the testimony of the truth, and for the love of Jesus.
At the last day he shall rise, and be clothed with his flesh, and shall see and enjoy God for ever.
Happy are they who, made perfect through suffering, attain the blissful fruition of God for ever. Alleluja.
O BLESSED Lord God! who knowest the secrets of all hearts, and from whose all-searching eye no darkness can cover, nor privacy conceal; grant that we may ever cherish that sincerity and uprightness of intention and disposition which so eminently shone forth in this blessed Apostle. May we at all times, and in all places, have respect to all thy commandments, and put in practice all the duties of piety with a pure and unfeigned heart; that thus serving thee, in spirit and in truth, we inay finally be admitted to the participation of the glories of thy heavenly kingdoin, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Matthew.
BE not discouraged, O my soul, nor suppose thy sins to be unpardonable.
Matthew, of a sinner became a preacher; and of a publican was called to be an Apostic.
Fear not then the power of the grace of God; but take heed of delaying to embrace it; take heed of refusing to obey it; take heed of relapsing into the sins from which by its power thou hast been delivered.
O GOD, whose powerful call drew Matthew the publican from the receipt of custom to become an eminent Apostle and Evangelist in thy Church ; grant, we beseech thee, that, celebrating the blessed memory of his life and death, which were worthy of his high and extraordinary vocation, we may advance thy praise for so glorious an example of thy grace; and, complying readily and faithfully with the calls of thy Holy Spirit, may we in like manner, forsake all to follow thee, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Devotions for the Festival of St. Michael
and all Angels. PRAISE the Lord all ye his Angels; praise him all his hosts.
Bless our Lord all ye Angels of his, powerful in strength, doing his will, fulfilling his word.
O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye our Lord; praise him and magnify him, ye ministering spirits that do his will.
Bless the Lord, O our souls; and forget not all his benefits.
For he hath given his holy Angels charge over us, to keep, us in all our ways.
O BLESSED God, whose throne is encircled with myriads of glorious spirits who veil their faces, not being able to behold the brightness of thy Majesty, and who delight in discharging the high and glorious offices which thou dost assign theni; give us grace, we beseech thee, to do thy will on earth, with the same diligence and industry, with the same zeal and cheerfulness with which thy blessed Angels do thy will in heaven; that, imitating their exemplary obedience, constant devotion, profound humility, unspotted purity, and ex« tensive charity, we may secure their defence and protection in our necessities, and particularly in our last conflict with death and the powers of darkness and, being by thy holy