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THE PRINCIPAL FESTIVALS, FASTS, AND
1. ADVENT. 1. FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. The advent and offices of Christ, a ground of joy. (C. M.) 1 HARK, the glad sound! the SAVIOUR comes,
The SAVIOUR promis'd long;
And every voice in song.
In Satan's bondage held ;
The iron fetters yield.
To clear the mental ray,
To pour celestial day:
4 He comes the broken heart to bind,
The wounded soul to cure,
To bless the humble poor. 5 Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace, i Thy welcome shall proclaim; And heav'n's eternal arches ring
With Thy most honour'd name.
2. SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The exteilency of the Scriptures. (C. M.) i Father of Mercies ! in Thy word
What endless riches shine!
For knowledge thus divine ! 2 Here the REDEEMER's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around;
Attend the blissful sound. 30 may those heavenly pages be
My first, my chief delight.!
And still increase in light. 4 Divine Instructor! glorious Lord !
Be Thou for ever near :
And view my Saviour there.
3. Second SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Second Advent of Christ. (P. M.) i Lo, He comes! with clouds descending,
Once for guilty sinners slain, Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train.
Röb'd in dreadful majesty;
See! His solemn pomp to share
· Hallelujah !
High on Thine eternal throne ;
O! come quickly,
4. THIRD SUNDAY IN Advent. The blessings and extent of Messiah's kingdom. (L. M.) 1 The Lord shall reign, where'er the sun,
Doth His successive journeys run ;
2 To Him shall fervent pray'r be made,
And princes throng to crown His head :
With ev'ry morning sacrifice.
Shall hail His love with sweetest song:
Their early blessings on His name.
The pris'ner leaps to burst his chains;
And all the sons of want are blest. 5 Let ev'ry creature rise and bring
Peculiar honours to our King ; .
5. THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
So let our conversation be :
Wisdom with meek humility.
And tempt our thoughts or tongues to strife, On Jesus let us fix our eyes —
Bright pattern of the Christian life ! 3 To do His heavenly Father's will
Was His employment and delight : 1 Humanity and holy zea), • Shone through His life divinely bright.
4 Dispensing good where'er He came,
The labours of His life were love ;
Let us His bright example move. .
How frail, how apt to turn aside!
And ask Thy Spirit for our Guide.
6. Fourth SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Praise for redemption, and our consequent obligations. (C. M.) i With one consent let all the earth
The praise of God proclaim,
To man Salvation came.
Of Him, who left for us the sky,
We bear a joyful part;
We lift not up the heart. 4 We, by a holy life alone,
Our Saviour's laws fulfil;
Who best perform His will.
With humble pious care !
And find acceptance there.