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And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, Whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.-Daniel vii. 18, &c.
The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels: He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day. — 2 Thessalonians i. 7, 10.
We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come ; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy Name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.—Revelation xi. 17, 18.
The nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog. They went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.-Revelation xx. 8, 9.
Alleluia : for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white : for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.- Revelation xix. 6-8.
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Y reason of very copiousness there appears not a self-evident text for All Saints' Day. My brief selection, even if poorly chosen, cannot but be full of grace; and may serve, I hope, as a sample of good things to be drawn from the inexhaustible treasury of Truth, so that he that eateth
may yet be hungry and he that drinketh yet thirsty; it may serve perhaps as a sort of flower of God's love towards man, that so we may the more keenly desire our approaching day of harvest. Now, as on former Festivals, responding to the high-pitched note of promise we catch the deep thunder of warning: the jubilant saint is balanced by the miserable sinchooser. “ Let us also fear :" yet while we fear take courage ; and thank God, who instructing us in mysteries of grace through subtilties of nature, has made it perceptible by human observation that even discords of music die out in harmony.
Equally deficient is a text for our Memorial Psalms : and this I have hoped to supply by an endeavour to connect the Psalms of the Feast with (for the most part) certain holy personages of the New Testament, in whose honour our Church has not appointed public days of thanksgiving; but who, wearing the nimbus of love to God, are enshrined within His love and therefore within our own,
And if while contemplating such lofty princes and peers of Christ's Court the hearts of any die within them till they become as stones, paralyzed by consideration of a beauty we ourselves wear not, a glory whereunto how
shall we hope to attain ?-perhaps a word which once struck myself may no less be commended to them. One drew a lesson from the sea waves, who noticed that not their actual position but their direction determines the tendency of the whole moving mass of water : at ebb tide the highest wave of all is but water losing ground; at the flow, the feeblest ripple is yet a wave on the mount and is one which the embattled forces of nature cannot forbid to mount,
In some star-combinations where a brilliant luminary shines as if associated with a minute speck of brightness, I have remarked that when I peer at the lesser light I fail or well nigh fail to discern it; while if I fix my eye on its more refulgent neighbour, then I become vividly conscious of the presence of the second also, which again eludes me when I revert to it.
This seems no less than a heavenly parable of that supreme love of God which includes and involves all secondary affections: though these must dwindle, disappear, and as it were come to nothing, if we fix on them exclusively or primarily the eye of our heart. One has by his own rule most touchingly suggested that whoso attracts human love should hear the Voice of God saying, “I will that this soul love Me, and therefore I have inclined it to love thee:”—and this and nought less, and if need were nought beside, will I crave for myself of God.
Perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever.-Philemon 15.
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A Prayer of Desire. GOD, Who hast filled us with yearnings of an infinite desire, longings insatiable, groanings that cannot be uttered ;-Who providest for us here beauty and joy beset with pangs, that our eyes and ears may fail after that which they have not seen or heard, and our heart sicken
with hope deferred while we conceive not that which we wait for :-0 God, Whom not having seen we love, and know for that which not knowing we desire, bring us home to Thee; each of us, all of us, from any height or depth, at any time, with or without anything or all things; only bring us, ourselves, our very selves, all ourselves, to Thine own Presence which is our home, bring us home one with another, all home to Thee. By Him who is our Way and our Door, Thy Son our only hope, Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Memorial for the Feast of All Saints.
Zacharias, a righteous Blessed is the man that
man before God :- hath not walked in the counThe froward is abomina- sel of the ungodly, nor stood tion to the Lord: but His in the way of sinners : and secret is with the righteous. hath not sat in the seat of the - Proverbs iii. 32.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in His
law will he exercise himself
day and night.his earnest prayer,
Ponder my words, O Lord : Thou, even Thou only
meditation. knowest the hearts of all the O hearken Thou únto the children of men.—1 Kings voice of my calling, my King,
and my God : for unto Thee will I make my prayer.
My voice shalt Thou hear betimes, O Lord : early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will
And he shall be like a tree Let us not be weary in planted by the water-side : well doing : for in due sea- that will bring forth his fruit son we shall reap, if we faint in due season.not.-Galatians vi. 9. Simeon.
I will lay me down in He shall not much peace, and take my rest : for member the days of his life ; it is Thou, Lord, only, that because God answereth him makest me dwell in safety. — in the joy of his heart.Ecclesiastes v. 20.
Such as be foolish shall She that is a widow in- not stand in Thy sight : for deed, and desolate, trusteth Thou hatest all them that in God, and continueth in work vanity.supplications and prayers But as for me, I will come night and day.-1 Timothy into Thine house, even upon
the multitude of Thy mercy: and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple.