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mandments of the Lord thy God, NATIONAL THANKSGIVING
and walk in his ways. Deut. 28. And it shall come to pass, if thou
And all the people of the earth shall hearken diligently unto the
shall see that thou art called by the voice of the Lord thy God,
name of the Lord; and they shall To observe to do all his com
be afraid of thee. mandments which I command
And the Lord shall make thee thee this day,
plenteous in goods, in the fruit
of thy body, and in the fruit of That the Lord thy God will set
thy cattle, and in the fruit of thee on high above all the nations
thy ground. of the earth : And all these blessings shall
In the land which the Lord sware come upon thee, and overtake unto thy fathers to give thee. thee, if thou shalt hearken unto The Lord shall open unto thee
the voice of the Lord thy God. his good treasure the heavens, Blessed shalt thou be in the city, to give the rain of thy land in
And blessed shalt thou be in the its season, and to bless all the field.
work of thine hand: Blessed shall be the fruit of thy
Deut. 8. body, and the fruit of thy ground,
For the Lord thy God bringeth and the fruit of thy cattle, thee into a good land, a land of
The increase of thy kine, and brooks of water, of fountains and the flocks of thy sheep.
springs, flowing forth in valleys Blessed shall be thy basket and and hills; thy store.
A land of wheat and barley, and Blessed shalt thou be when thou
vines and fig-trees and pomecomest in, and blessed shalt thou
granates; be when thou goest out.
A land of olive trees and honey; The Lord shall command the
a land wherein thou shalt eat bread blessing upon thee in thy barns, and
without scarceness, thou shalt not in all that thou puttest thine hand
lack anything in it; unto: And he shall bless thee in the
A land whose stones are iron, land which the Lord thy God and out of whose hills thou giveth thee.
mayest dig copper. The Lord shall establish thee for And thou shalt eat and be full, and an holy people unto himself, as he thou shalt bless the Lord thy God hath sworn unto thee;
for the good land which he hath If thou shalt keep the com
Hear therefore, O Israel, and obSELECTION 57
serve to do it; that it may be well THE FAMILY
with thee, and that ye may increase Ps. 128.
mightily, Blessed is every one that feareth
As the Lord, the God of thy the Lord, that walketh in his ways.
fathers, hath promised unto thee, For thou shalt eat the labor of
in a land flowing with milk and thine hands:
honey. Happy shalt thou be, and it shall
Hear, Israel: the Lord our God be well with thee.
is one Lord: and thou shalt love Thy wife shall be as a fruitful
the Lord thy God with all thine vine, in the innermost parts of
heart, thine house:
And with all thy soul, and with Thy children like olive plants,
all thy might. round about thy table.
And these words, which I comBehold, that thus shall the man
mand thee this day, shall be upon be blessed that feareth the Lord.
thine heart: The Lord shall bless thee out of
And thou shalt teach them dili. Zion: and thou shalt see the good
gently unto thy children, and of Jerusalem all the days of thy
shalt talk of them when thou life.
sittest in thine house, Yea, thou shalt see thy chil
And when thou walkest by the dren's children. Peace be upon
way, and when thou liest down, Israel.
and when thou risest up. Deut. 6. Now this is the commandment, the
And thou shalt bind them for a statutes, and the judgements,
sign upon thine hand, which the Lord your God com And they shall be for frontlets manded to teach you,
between thine eyes. That ye might do them in the And thou shalt write them land whither ye go over to pos upon the door posts of thy
house, and upon thy gates. That thou mightest fear the Lord Prov. 6. thy God, to keep all his statutes My son, keep the commandment of and his commandments,
thy father, and forsake not the law Which I command thee, thou, of thy mother: and thy son, and thy son's son, Bind them continually upon thy all the days of thy life; and that heart; and tie them about thy thy days may be prolonged.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
youth; and let thy heart cheer Matt. 18.
thee in the days of thy youth, In that hour came the disciples And walk in the ways of thine unto Jesus, saying, Who then is
heart, and in the sight of thine greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
eyes: And he called to him a little
But know thou, that for all child, and set him in the midst
these things God will bring thee of them and said,
into judgment. Verily I say unto you, Except ye Prov. 1. be converted, and become as little My son, hear the instruction of children,
thy father, and forsake not the law Ye shall not enter into the king of thy mother : dom of heaven.
For they shall be an ornament Whosoever therefore shall humble of grace unto thy head, and himself as this little child,
chains about thy neck. The same is the greatest in the My son, if sinners entice thee, conkingdom of heaven.
sent thou not. Take heed that ye despise not one
Enter not into the path of the of these little ones;
wicked, For I say unto you,
And walk not in the way of evil heaven their angels do always
men. behold the face of my Father
For they eat the bread of wickwhich is in heaven.
edness, and drink the wine of Then there were brought unto him
violence. little children, that he should lay But the path of the just is as the his hands on them, and pray: and shining light, the disciples rebuked them.
That shineth more and more But Jesus said, Suffer the little
unto the perfect day. children, and forbid them not,
Come, ye children, hearken unto to come unto me; for of such is
me: I will teach you the fear of the kingdom of heaven.
the Lord. And he laid his hands on them, and
What man is he that desireth departed thence.
life, and loveth many days, that Remember also thy Creator in he may see good? the days of thy youth,
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy Before the evil days come, and the lips from speaking guile. years draw nigh, when thou shalt Depart from evil, and do good, say, I have no pleasure in them; seek peace and pursue it.
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In the morning they are like grass THE NEW YEAR
which groweth up. My days are like a shadow that de- In the morning it flourisheth, clineth; and I am withered like
and groweth up;
In the evening it is cut down, and grass.
But thou, O Lord, wilt abide withereth. for ever; and thy remembrance The days of our years are threeunto all generations.
score years and ten; and if by Of old didst thou lay the founda- reason of strength they be fourtion of the earth; and the heavens
score years, are the work of thy hands.
Yet is their strength labor and sor
row; for soon it is cut off, and we They shall perish, but thou shalt endure;
So teach us to number our days, Yea, all of them shall wax old like
that we may apply our hearts a garment; as a vesture shalt thou
unto wisdom. change them, and they shall be changed:
Return, O Lord, how long? and let But thou art the same, and thy
it repent thee concerning thy serv
ants. years shall have no end.
Oh, satisfy us early with thy Lord, thou hast been our dwelling mercy; that we may rejoice and place in all generations.
be glad all our days. Before the mountains
Make us glad according to the days brought forth, or ever thou
wherein thou hast afflicted us, hadst formed the earth and the And the years wherein we have
world, Even from everlasting to everlast- Let thy work appear unto thy serving, thou art God.
ants, and thy glory upon their chilThou turnest man to destruc
dren. tion; and sayest, Return, ye And let the beauty of the Lord children of men.
our God be upon us: For a thousand years in thy sight And establish thou the work of our are but as yesterday when it is past,
hauds upon us; and as a watch in the night.
Yea, the work of our hands esThou carriest them away as tablish thou it.
Thou art the King of Glory, O
Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to
deliver man, thou didst humble
thyself to be born of a virgin. We praise thee, O God; we ac When thou hadst overcome the knowledge thee to be the Lord.
sharpness of death thou didst All the earth doth worship thee,
open the kingdom of heaven to the Father everlasting.
all believers. To thee all angels cry aloud;
Thou sittest at the right hand of
God, in the glory of the Father. The heavens and all the powers We believe that thou shalt come therein;
to be our Judge. To thee cherubim and seraphim We therefore pray thee, help thy continually do cry, — Holy, holy, servants, whom thou hast
reholy, Lord God of Sabaoth; deemed with thy precious blood. Heaven and earth are full of
Make them to be numbered with the majesty of thy glory.
thy saints, in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people, and bless The glorious company of the
thine heritage. apostles praise thee.
Govern them, and lift them up The goodly fellowship of the
for ever. prophets praise thee. The noble army of martyrs praise Day by day we magnify thee; thee.
And we worship thy name ever,
world without end. The holy Church throughout ali the world doth acknowledge Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us thee;
this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, The Father of an infinite majesty;
have mercy upon us. Thine adorable, true and only O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us, Son:
as our trust is in thee. Also the Holy Ghost, the Com O Lord, in thee have I trusted; forter.
let me never be confounded.