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no use of it, he must expect the dreadful sentence, "Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”* Consider this, I beseech you every one. Whether we be rich or poor, old or young, learned or ignorant, we have all much to do. All must work the work of God. All must endeavour to know his will, and to perform it to the utmost
All must humbly entreat his pardon, when they fail in their duty; and all must beg the assistance of his Holy Spirit to enable them to perform it. In order to obtain that assistance, all must attend the public worship of the church. They who have children, must bring them to be baptized and confirmed. All must observe the duties of the Lord's day, and gladly embrace every opportunity of receiving the holy sacrament. And may all to whom God has given
. the inestimable blessing of being born in a Christian country, and educated by pious parents, remember how much they owe to those who teach them their duty, and point out to them the way of eternal life. May all young persons frequently reflect on the promises made for them in baptism, and on the blessings they may receive from the
* Matt. xxv. 30.
Christian covenant. May they remember their Créator in the days of their youth; and then He will not forget them when the evil days come, and the years in which there is no pleasure ; He will not forsake them when they are grey-headed. May they never forget that they were signed with the cross in baptism, that they might fight manfully, under the banner of Christ, against the world, the flesh, and the devil. May they never forget the vows which were made for them by their sureties in baptism, and renewed by themselves in Confirmation; but through every part of their lives, in youth and in age, as children, as men, as husbands, as fathers, may they always act as Christians. May this title be their highest glory ; may it raise them above this world, and make them constantly endeavour to follow the example of Him, by whose name they are called ; to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be glory now and for ever. Amen.
ST. LUKE Xxii. 19.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and
gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you ; this do in remembrance of me.
E are told by the blessed apostle St. John,
that “when JESUS knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." The evening before his death was spent with his chosen friends, in a manner which it seems impossible they should ever forget. He confirms their faith, he instructs them in their duty, he promises them another comforter to abide with them for ever. He strengthens them to meet the
trials and persecutions to which they must soon be exposed ; and he bids them be of good cheer, for he had overcome the world. He exhorts them to love one another, as he had loved them; and he commends them to the care and protection of his heavenly Father, in the admirable prayer which you may
you may read in the seventeenth chapter of St. John's gospel. It was at that interesting moment, when he was offering himself as a sacrifice on the cross for the sin of the world, when he was immediately to suffer a most painful and cruel death, it was at that awful period, that our Saviour instituted the Holy Communion. “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body, which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. And he took the
and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it, for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins.” This was the last command of our dying Master; and if no benefit to ourselves were to be expected from the performance of this duty, still it might have been supposed impossible that any Christian could neglect to give this proof of obedience to his Saviour, his Redeemer, and his God. Is