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THE GOSPEL.

" Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.—Matt. xi. 28.

HER [ERE is an undeniable statement from the lips of

Christ, that the tendency of His religion is to bring peace to the mind. He confirms what Wisdom, in the Proverbs, affirms concerning her ways and paths, that they are pleasantness and peace. God (in Ps. xxxii. 8.) has undertaken to be our tutor. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go : I will guide thee with mine eye." Christ has here undertaken the tuition of the

weary

and heavy laden who will accept His invitation. Let us learn of Him, but in the required spirit of faith, contrition, meekness, and docility. The text-book is open. Let us sit at His feet as Mary sat, and hear the words which came from His lips. He who hath sat down to read with a heavy heart, hath often before arising heard the voice, which the disciples heard speaking—“Peace be unto you."

Come ye weary, heavy laden,

Bruised and broken by the fall!
If you tarry till you 're better,

You will never come at all :
Not the righteous,

Sinners Jesus comes to call.

Come ye weary, poor and wretched,

Weak and wounded, sick and sore! Sinners, Jesus came to save you,

Full of mercy, joined with power; He is willing,

He is able: doubt no more.

Come ye thirsty, come and welcome

God's free bounty glorify: True belief, and true repentance,

Every grace that brings us nighWithout money,

Come to Jesus Christ, and buy,

Let not conscience make you linger;

Nor of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth,

Is to feel your need of Him: This He gives you ;

'T is His Spirit's rising beam.

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

THE COLLECT.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, pour Thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by His cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EPISTLE.

Therefore the Lord Himself shall yive you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."-ISAIAH vii. 14.

IT

is pleasant to remember Christ, not only as the Son of God, but as the son of a woman.

When He took upon Him to deliver man, He did not despise the Virgin's womb; and the same womb which bare thee bare Him. The infirmities of the faithful discourage them as well as their sins. Let the humanity of our Lord and His corresponding experience be our panacea under all such discouragements.

Does a crushing weight of affliction take from us our share of spiritual joy? His frame was not always exhilarant. A cloud rested upon it, when He was "exceeding sorrowful even unto death.” Does a rush of temptation from within or without assail us ? He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." was wearied as we are weary. He was an hungred as we hunger. He thirsted as we thirst. But “for the joy which was set before Him, He endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Now, these things were written for our encouragement, that, “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we should run with patience the race which is set before us."

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THE GOSPEL.

" And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her."'LUKE 38.

WHILE

we cannot maintain with the Romanist the perfect purity of the Virgin's life, still we can find in it abundant example and edification. There is very

little said of her in the sacred narrative. But whatever notice we have respecting her, proves

that

among women there could not be found a more suitable vessel for so high an honour. Meek and lowly like her Son, the expression of her faith in the angel's message, is conveyed in the language of humility. The article of belief was difficult indeed; for such a thing was never heard of as a woman becoming a mother under the circumstances predicted. Yet, though the priest staggered at a much less difficult proposition-this simple country maiden embraced the promise implicitly, because “the mouth of the Lord had spoken it.” So decisive an exhibition of faith and humility combined must have been most pleasing to the Almighty. Truly, this woman was a bright example of His grace.

Brethren, let us join to bless
Christ, the Lord our Righteousness;
Let our praise to Him be given,
High at God's right hand in heaven.

Son of God, to Thee we bow;
Thou art Lord, and only Thou;
Thou the blessed Virgin's Seed,
Glory of Thy Church and Head.

Thee the angels ceaseless sing ;
Thee we praise, our Priest and King;
Worthy is Thy name of praise,
Full of glory, full of grace.

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