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18 S. JOAN THE EVANGELIST'S DAY.
Gazing upward to the skies,,
Jesu, Lord, my soul receive,
Grant to us like holiness :
S. John the Evangelist's Day. “I, John, who also am your brother and companion in tri. bulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos.''
“He signified it by His angel unto His servant John: who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw."-Bev. I. 9, 1, 2.
N exile for the Faith
Of his incarnate Lord,
Who liveth, and was dead;
That for our ransom bled:
The mysteries sublime,
Should spread from clime to clime. 4. There the new City, bath'd
In her dear Spouse's light,
Pure seat of bliss, his spirit saw,
And gloried in the sight.
To drink of life their fill,
This blessed thirst instil.
Praise with the Father be,
Through all eternity. Amen.
The Holy Innocents' Day. “These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb."- Rev. xiv. 4. 21 EARLY fowers of martyrdom!
Whom the ruthless sword hath torn On the threshold of the morn,
Rosebuds by the whirlwind shorn! 2. First to meet for Christ their doom,
Victims sweet and childlike, they,
'Neath the very altar play.
Tears by childless mothers pour'd ?
Mary's offspring, Christ the Lord !. 4. Thus, the type of Him to come,
Born a fallen race to free,
5. Jesu, born of Virgin's womb,
Father, Spirit, One and Three,
“Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."-S. Matt. xviii. 3. 22 GLORY to Thee, O Lord !
Who, from this world of sin,
Those precious ones didst win. 2. Glory to Thee, O Lord !
For now, all grief unknown,
The martyrs' heavenly crown. 3. Baptiz'd in their own blood,
Earth's untried perils o'er,
And safely gain'd the shore.
The ransom'd infant band,
And reached the quiet land. 5. O, that our hearts within,
Like theirs, were pure and bright;
We shrank not from Thy sight! 6. Lord, help us every hour
Thy cleansing grace to claim;
The Circumcision. “There is none other Name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."-Acts, iv, 12. 23 'TIS for conquering kings to gain
Glory o'er their myriads slain;
Hath restor'd a world to life.
Unto mortals under heav'n,
And exalt them to the skies,
What His Blood so dearly bought,
Shall we madly cast away?
Bear the Cross, endure the shame;
Is not death, but victory,
To be called the sinners' Friend;
Thus to make our boast of Thee, 6 Glory to the Father be,
Glory, Blessed Son, to Thee;
"And when eight days were accomplished for the circum-. cising of the child, His Name was called JESUS."-S. Luke, ii. 21.
24 NOW ancient shadows flee ;
Let night and terror cease;
Thy God, O earth, now makes with thee
Á covenant of peace.
The true unclouded Sun,
And tells His woes begun. 3. He takes that sacred Name,
At which we bend the knee;
To save and set us free !
To gain for sinners grace,
Praise from the ransom'd race. Amen.
“In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands."-Col. ji. 11 25 THE year begins with Thee,
And Thou begin’st with woe,
That blood for sin must flow. 2. Thine infant cries, O Lord,
Thy tears upon the breast,
Must do its stern behest. 3. Like sacrificial wine
Pourd on a victim's head,
Now first to offering led. 4. Now of Thy love we deem
As of an ocean vast,
Of ages gone and past.