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Gazing upward to the skies,,
With his parting breath he cries,

Jesu, Lord, my soul receive,
Jesu, Lord, my foes forgive !"
3. Lord, for him Thy Name we bless;

Grant to us like holiness :
May we ever live to Thee,
And in death have victory !
Then through ages all along,
This shall be our endless

Praise the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One! Amen.

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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,
Beyond the stars, beyond all

His soul unprison'd soar'd:
There saw in glory Him

Who liveth, and was dead;
There Juda’s Lion, and the Lamb

That for our ransom bled:
There of the Kingdom learnt

The mysteries sublime,
How, sown in martyrs' blood, the Faith

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.
Now to the Lamb's clear fount,

To drink of life their fill,
He calleth all ;-0 Lord, in me

This blessed thirst instil.
To Jesus, Virgin-born,

Praise with the Father be,
Praise to the Blessed Comforter,

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,
With their palms and chaplets gay,

'Neath the very altar play.
3. What avails their early tomb?

Tears by childless mothers pour'd ?
ONE escapes the tyrant's sword,

Mary's offspring, Christ the Lord !. 4. Thus, the type of Him to come,

Born a fallen race to free,
Moses sav'd from Pharaoh see.
By the arm of Deity!

5. Jesu, born of Virgin's womb,

Father, Spirit, One and Three,
Sing we glory unto Thee,
Sing we everlastingly. Amen.

“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,
By the fierce Herod's ruthless sword

Those precious ones didst win. 2. Glory to Thee, O Lord !

For now, all grief unknown,
They wait in patience their reward,

The martyrs' heavenly crown. 3. Baptiz'd in their own blood,

Earth's untried perils o'er,
They pass'd unconsciously the flood,

And safely gain'd the shore.
Glory to Thee ! for all

The ransom'd infant band,
Who since that hour have heard Thy call, .

And reached the quiet land. 5. O, that our hearts within,

Like theirs, were pure and bright;
O, that as free from wilful sin

We shrank not from Thy sight! 6. Lord, help us every hour

Thy cleansing grace to claim;
In life to glorify Thy power,
In death to praise Thy name.


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;
Jesu, Thy more glorious strife

Hath restor'd a world to life.
2. Other Name hath none been giv'n.

Unto mortals under heav'n,
Which can make the dead to rise,

And exalt them to the skies,
3. What the Lord so hardly wrought,

What His Blood so dearly bought,
That salvation, mortals say !

Shall we madly cast away?
4. Rather, gladly for that Name

Bear the Cross, endure the shame;
Joyfully for Him to die

Is not death, but victory,
5. Jesu, Thou dost condescend

To be called the sinners' Friend;
Ours then it shall always be

Thus to make our boast of Thee, 6 Glory to the Father be,

Glory, Blessed Son, to Thee;
Glory to the Holy Ghost;
Prais'd by men and heav'nly host! Amen.

"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.
2. He, Who is Light of Light,

The true unclouded Sun,
Bleeds to remove sad nature's blight,

And tells His woes begun. 3. He takes that sacred Name,

At which we bend the knee;
Jesus! Who from heaven's glory came

To save and set us free !
4. To Him Who so much bore,

To gain for sinners grace,
With Father, Spirit, evermore,

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,
To let the world of sinners see,

That blood for sin must flow. 2. Thine infant cries, O Lord,

Thy tears upon the breast,
Are not enough; the legal sword

Must do its stern behest. 3. Like sacrificial wine

Pourd on a victim's head,
Are those few precious drops of Thine,

Now first to offering led. 4. Now of Thy love we deem

As of an ocean vast,
Mounting in tides against the stream

Of ages gone and past.

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