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utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue
Monday-Fourth Week in Advent.
he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple ; even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming and who shall stand when He appeareth ? for He is like a refiner's fire and like fuller's soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver : and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousThen shall the offering
of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherles
fss, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Tuesday-Fourth Week in Advent.
GALATIANS IV. I-—7.
OW I say, that the heir, as long as he is
a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were chil. dren, were in bondage under the elements of the world; but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Wednesday-Fourth Week in Advent.
ISAIAH XXXV. 1-10. THE wilderness and the solitary place shall joice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way; and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it: but it shali be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found there ; but the redeemed shall walk there : and the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads : they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Thursday-Fourth Week in Advent.
EPHESIANS V. 13-21.
manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord ;, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Friday-Fourth Week in Advent.
ISAIAH XI. 1-9. THERE shall come forth a Rod out of the
out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear
of the LORD; and shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears : but with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp; and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain : for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Christmas Eve, December 24.
St. LUKE II. 8—20. AN ND there were in the same country shep
herds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel