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her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: * for it is the time of the Lord's, &c.Jer. li. ; Rev. xviii.
r. 2nd. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers ; hide thyself, as it were, for a little moment, * until the indignation be overpast. --v. Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile, until the indignation, &c.-Is. xxvi. ; Mark vi.
r. 3rd. Let us go unto Jesus without the camp bearing his reproach; * for here have we no continuing city; but we seek one to come. -v. We are strangers before thee and so journers; our days on the earth are as a shadow ; * for here we have no continuing city, &c. --Heb. xiii. ; 1 Chron. xxix.
IN THE SECOND NOCTURN.
Lectio the 4th. Sermon of St. John Chrysostom. Let your minds be turned to the memory of the saints, such as are clothed in sackcloth, who dwell in the desert, who would not receive the purple of kings if it were offered to them; but as princes would loathe and turn away from the tattered garments of the poor, so would these reject the purple of princes. And this their coarse apparel confirms them in these purposes of life, by which they are rendered more excellent than they. For could you open the doors of their minds, and see their secret thoughts, you would be struck down with shame, nor would you be able to bear the brightness of that light with which consciousness hath clothed the inner man.
r. Every man that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things: * I therefore so run not as uncertainly; so ght I, not as one that beateth the air ; but I keep my body under, and bring it into subjection.-— v. When I was yet young, I desired wisdom, my soul hath wrestled with her: * I therefore so run, &c.-1 Cor. ix. ; Eccles. li.
LECTIO THE FIFTH.
You will therefore find nothing melancholy in their habitations; but, as persons who are building their abodes in heaven, they dwell far from the cares of this world, engaged in warfare against the evil one, and opposing his assaults with gladness. For this is the reason why they have left the cities and habitations of men, and taken upon themselves to live in solitude; for he who has a war to carry on, cannot quietly settle himself at home, but must ever be in readiness, as one who may be suddenly called upon to depart. Who, when engaged in the camp, thinks of laying the foundations of a house? Who thinks of building at a place from which he soon must depart? Who is there that purchases land when engaged in an army? Certainly no one. Such things are to be done at home, not abroad.
We walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit ; because the carnal mind is enmity against God: * they that are in the flesh cannot please God
.. The high and lofty one dwelleth with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. *They that, &c.—Rom. viii.; Is. Ivii.
LECTIO THE SIXTH.
These things I thus express in the way of simile, when I say that when you have arrived at this your final abode and country, then you may do these things ; not that there you will have any occasion for such toils, since these mansions have been already prepared for you there by the Great King. Here, therefore, for the camp all that is needful is, that we dig deep the trench and fix the rampart : no need for costly structures. Christians who have to carry on a warfare with the devil, and seize the captives that are taken by his hands, ought to live in a disregard to all things temporal. Why, therefore, O man, art thou building magnificent houses? Is it that thou mayest bind thyself the more? Why art thou laying up treasures? Is it that thou mayest invite the devil against thy soul? What are these walls thou art raising? Is it in order to construct a prison for thyself? But if it appears to the a hard matter to disregard these things, let us go to the rude dwellings of the monks, that thou mayest be fully convinced that it is no difficult matter to despise them. They construct for themselves hovels, which they can relinquish when called upon to do so with as little regret as soldiers their camp:
r. What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ; * that I may be found in him having that righteousness which is by faith, being made conformable unto his death.
v. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness, * that I may be found in him, &c.—Phil. ii.; Ps. lxxxiii.
IN THE THIRD NOCTURN.
Lectio from the sacred Gospel according to St. Mark.
LECTIO THE SEVENTH. Cap. 10. At that time began Peter to say unto Jesus, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. Et reliqua.
The Homily of St. Paulinus, the Bishop. Those goods which we brought not with us into this world, anul cannot take hence, we have restored, as things which had been only lent to us; and, in doing this, we have not been as if we were severing the skin from our flesh, but as if we were only laying aside a garment from the body. And now it is needful that we leave in dependance upon God those things which are truly ours the heart and the soul. Offering up our bodies a living sacrifice, as it is written, to the Lord; and building up ourselves as a holy temple unto him, even upon that the chief corner-stone, him who hath given us in himself a pattern of that holiness to which we ought to aspire, and hath said, “ Be ye holy, even as I am holy." No thanks, therefore, to us if we are faithful only in that which was another's, and not our own, unless We serve him in that which is our own also; that is to say, with the free choice of our wills, with our whole heart, with all the strength, as it is written, of our whole soul-loving God.
r. Wisdom prospered their works: * they went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where there was no way.v. They wandered about in goat skins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented: of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts, and in caves of the earth. * They went, &c.—Wis. ii. ; Heb. xi.
LECTIO THE EIGHTH.
Therefore the relinquishing of those temporal things, which are esteemed goods in this world, or rather, I should say, the laying them aside, is not the finishing of our appointed course, but the entering upon it; not the goal, but the door of starting. For the wrestler is not then victorious, when he hath stripped himself of his garments; this he does that he may commence the conflict
, and then shall he be crowned when he hath contended lawfully. And the swimmer, too, who would overcome an interposing stream, is stripped of his garments ; but this preparation does not bear him across the stream, unless with the effort of his whole body he cleaves the impetuousness of the torrent, and successfully concludes his toils. I see in Jacob the order of this our course prefigured, when I read that, after he had crossed the ford, and had sent forward all the burden of his cares--that is to say, all the incumbrances of his baggage and his substance, he was left alone on the holy spot to wrestle with his God.
r. The multitude of them were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any that aught of the things which be possessed was his own; but * they had all things common.—v. Behold, how good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity. * They had all things common.--Acts, iv.; Ps. cxxxii,
LECTIO THE NINTH. Therefore we shall not be sufficient for this, to seize on the way of life, and to receive the word of God, and to prevail for the kingdom of heaven, which from the days of John suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force; we shall not be sufficient, I say, for this, unless we send before us all those things which, either from our atfection to them or the care they require, while they adhere to us in passing through this world, are likely to become an impediment to our journey forward. Unless we send them onward before the evening, and through the whole night of our stay in this world, we endeavour to lay hold of, and to retain Christ, and wrestle with him, in struggling for every spiritual good work and attainment; nor ever be separated from him, like Jacob, from his embrace, unless, like him, we extort from him his blessing. And would that, for a testimony of this life-giving struggle, he would strike the sinew of the thigh with the fear of his majesty, which, being deadened, the strength the flesh will be weakened, and spiritual grace strengthened and supported.
r. The Lord's portion is his people; he found him in a desert land, he led him about, he instructed him, and bore him on his shoulders. * He made him ride on the high places of the earth. -0. Confessing that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth, they desire a better country: therefore God hath prepared for them a city. * He made them ride on high places.—Deut. xxxii.; Heb. xi.
AT THE LAUDS.
to his father and to his mother, I know you not; and to his brethren, I am ignorant of you.-Deut. xxxii. (the Latin reading.) Ant. I sat not in the assembly of the mockers ; I sat alone, because of thy hand.- Jer. xv.
Ant. I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer ; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One.-Baruch, iv. Ant. The world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.-Gal. vi.
Ant. I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving: I will pay that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. ---Jonah, ii.
VOL. VIII.-Oct. 1835.
Capitulum. Isaiah, li. The Lord shall comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places ; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. If the person commemorated be an Abbot, Monk, or Cænobite.
For an Anchorite and Solitary.
To know, to worship, and adore.
What joys thou dost to them impart, To mansions of unfading spring;
Who serve thee, Lord, with steadfast heart. And less to earthly influence given,
They seek for thee the cave unblest; Her meditation holds with heav'n.
Thou hidest them in thy fostering breast.
&c. &c. *v. I cried unto thee, O Lord, I said, thou art my refuge, -r. and my portion in the land of the living.–Ps. cxlii.
* The Versicles always follow the hymn at the Lauds and Vespers ; and the Antiphone of the last Psalm at the Nocturns ; and the short Responsory, at ihe first and other Hours. Instances of the first may be here seen, as would have been in the other two had space allowed for those parts to have been given. In these offices called Commune, there are Lectios given for the Sunday which occurs before the Octave, and likewise for the Octave, besides those for the day as here given. In the present service they must be omitted with regret, being taken from Augustine, Jerome, Basil, and Chrysostom. In the Roman Breviary there is no Commune Monarchorum, in other respects the subjects are mostly similar.
THE COUNTRY PASTOR.
THE PASTOR REPROVING.
LAZARUS is the gate, thou know'st it not,
Or ah! too well I know thy heart would bleed,
Albeit used on gentle thoughts to feed;
Nor ever dost thou see, nor hear, nor heed,
Penury's stern family, from cloud of need
And thou mayst find Him in affliction's smile
Oh, haste, for Time is on the wing, and while
THE PASTOR'S DIFFICULTY.
And Hope, and Fear, fall from him, hedged in scale
Of wild obduracy, like iron mail;
Wing’d by Faith's pure resolve Prayer shall prevail;
It hath the Promise. Into Life’s dim vale,
THE SABBATH BELL.
Of that sweet Sabbath bell,
Yea, she doth swell,
Of that sweet Sabbath bell?
Why doth she swell,
• The question has been well asked, Does it appear from the Scripture account that the rich man was aware of Lazarus's being at his gate? is it not rather implied that he was living a life in which he was not likely to know of such a circumstance ?
Hast thou the chained eagle seen
Gazing on the sun ?
That glorious One
For many a tiresome day
In bonds of clay,
That cruel and galling chain;
(O wondrous gain !) A flight to the land where my Father doth reign. This world prevaileth to hold me down
For six long tedious days,
It tells of the praise
Speaketh in accents sweet,
Where His people meet
Amidst His worshippers,
With penitent tears
Is keeping holiday;
Goeth out of her way
Who are now in Paradise,
E'en now in this my day,
The narrow way,