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tion of life can exempt us from it, and that it is the only passage into another world. That our Saviour having undergone death, has taken away the sting and terror of it: and that as he promised that where he is, his faithful followers should be so likewise, we should endeavour so to live, that after death we may be admitted into the mansions of bliss, and re-united to those whom we have loved and lost; and remember that though the Christian sorrows for his departed friends, " he sorrows, but not without hope-he “ weeps, but he knows that God will “ soon wipe away all tears from his eyes " —his friends are not lost for ever, they “ are only gone before, where he must “ soon follow. He hopes that they will “ bid him welcome to a better world, “ where all who have obtained mercy " through Christ,' will meet to 'part no “ more.”-(Bowdler.)
“ It is no inconsiderable boon that “ death will make us companions of those
“ who have been the friends of God, and " the bright models of faith and virtue to “ mankind. Our kindred also are dead, “our fathers-it may be our dear mothers, “ and the friends whom we have loved " as our own souls. In a world which “ they have left for ever, who would al“ ways remain ? To the state to which “ they have passed, who does not some“ times solace himself with the expecta“ tion of one day going? Death gathers “ us to our fathers.--Death restores to “ us the friends of whom he had deprived 6 us.-Death brings the child to the long “ absent parent: he brings the parent to “ her oft lamented child. Pleasant to “ nature is the thought of even mingling “ our ashes with the ashes of our ances" tors, and sharing with our kindred the " repose of the Grave. But ravishing “ to the eye of faith is the prospect of “ rejoining their spirits in better worlds, “ and winging with them the flights of “ immortality. Jesus too, our blessed
" Redeemer, he hath passed through the s gate of death : and shall we not choose o to drink of the cup of which he drank? “ The vale which he hath consecrated by “ his own presence, shall we be averse to “ enter? There is a noble satisfaction “ in sharing the fate of the worthy, “ There is a comfort, a joy in being con“ formed in our fortunes to those whom “ we venerate or love. How much then in “ the contemplation of dissolution, must “ it bend the Christians mind lo meet “his doom, to recollect that his Lord “ submitted to die.' --(Bishop Dehon.)
Different condition of the good and bad.
Collect for the 18th Sunday after Trinity. Read Psalms 1st, 9th 73rd, 91st, and 112th, Job, 18th chapter.—Deuteronomy, 11th chapter, from verse 22nd to 29th, and the 32nd chapter, to verse 48th. 1st of Samuel, 2nd chapter, to verse 11th.
Isaiah, 57th chapter from verse 15th.. Jeremiah, 5th chapter, from verse 21st to 30th.—Ezekiel, 18th chapter.--St. Matthew, 25th chapter, from verse 31st. St. Luke, 12th chapter, from verse 31st to 49th, and 16th chapter, from verse 19th.--Romans. 2nd chapter, to verse 12th.--2nd Thessalonians, 1st chapter. Hebrews, 10th chapter, from verse 16th, or the following texts :
Proverbs, 21st chapter, 3rd and 15th verses. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to God than sacrifice. It is joy to the just to do judgment, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Daniel, 12th chapter, 2nd and 3rd verses. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
1st Corinthians, 6th chapter, 9th verse Know ye not, that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Romans, 6th chapter, and 23rd verse. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1st of Peter, 3rd chapter, and 12th verse. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
2nd Corinthians, 5th chapter, 101h and 11th verses. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God, and I trust also are made manifest unto your consciences.
Remark to the Sick Person.—That the condition of the good and bad is very