Thou delightest our eyes by the beauty of thy house, and the becoming splendor of thy solemn worship.

Thou quickenest our affections by the liveliness of pictures; and meltest our hearts with the sweetness of thy music.

Thou strengthenest our faith by thy public assemblies; and inflamest our love for thee and for each other; · While we all meet together for the same laudable end; and by our joint devotions are more powerfully encouraged to a life of virtue.

Happy, thrice happy, o merciful God, they whom thy providence has favoured with all these advantages:

Who can freely enter thy holy sanctuary; and sing aloud their praises to thy name.

Who every day can come before thy altars, and there securely adore thy person.

Where thou art pleased to withhold these mercies, refuse not, O Lord, to extend thy grace;

That at least we may build a little chapel in our hearts; and consecrate ourselves entirely to thee.

Be thou but present, gracious God! and fill our souls with thy divine love. .

Nothing more will be requisite to render us active in thy service; nor shall we need any other temple for the offering of our prayers.

For every place where thou art not, is unholy, and where thou art, joy and peace must reign.

Glory be to the Father, &c.

Ant. Thou hast created all things, O Lord! for the use of man; and man for the enjoyment of thyself.

Ant. If the Almighty Goodness has made all things for us, shall we do nothing for him? nothing for ourselves?

Psalm IV.

Come, let us lay aside the cares of this world, and meditate upon the joys of heaven.

Let us discard every thing else from our thoughts; and prepare our mind for the entertainment of our God;

Retiring from the many distractions of life; and closely recollecting all the faculties of our soul;

To pursue in earnest that one thing necessary, the securing for ourselves the kingdom of heaven.

Why should we so much neglect that important science; and busy ourselves in every thing but our own salvation?

Why should we forsake the real substance to run after the empty shadow?

Miserable are they, O Lord, who study other things; and make no effort to taste of thy sweetness:

Miserable, though they could speak to us learnedly of the stars, and point out the ways of the planets.

To know thee, O Lord, is to be truly wise; and to contemplate thee, the most sublime philosophy.

But, O thou glorious God of truth! in whom the treasures of knowledge are all laid up,

Unless thou draw the curtain from before our eyes, and drive away the clouds that intercept our sight,

Never shall we see those heavenly mysteries; nor discern the beauty of thy providence.

Send forth thy light, O thou Morning Star! and lead us to thy holy hill.

Send forth thy truths, O Increated Wisdom! and bring us to thy blessed tabernacle.

Shew us thyself, and thy eternal Father; and it will suffice to satisfy our utmost desires.

Shew us thyself alone, O glorious Saviour! and in thee we shall behold all we can wish for.

Only so much do we ask to conceive of thy excellence, as may move our hearts to pant for thee.

Only so much of thy unapproachable deity, as may lead our souls to find thee.

If now we cannot clearly know thee, grant that we may long to behold thee more distinctly hereafter.

If we cannot love thee perfectly in this life, grant that we aspire continually to a more ardent love in the world to come.

So let us know and love thee here; O thou sovereign bliss of our souls!

That we may understand thee more fully, and love thee more fervently in the company of thy elect.

Glory he to the Father, &c.

Ant. If the Almighty Goodness has made all things for us, shall we do nothing for him? nothing for ourselves?

Our Father, &c.

LESSON 1.—1 Cor. 15, and Col. 3.

Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept; for, by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead: and as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. If then you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting, on the right hand of God: mind the things that are above, not those which are on earth, for you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory. Mortify, therefore, your members that are on the earth, fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and avarice, which is the service of idols, for which things

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