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53 “ The priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his
mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts."- Mal. ii. 7.
(DURING A VACANCY IN DIOCESE OR PARISH.)
that fadeth not away.”--1 St. Pet. V. 4. I ETERNAL Shepherd, God most high, And, in Thy might made brave and strong, In mercy hearken as we cry,
To war with sin, to right the wrong. And send us, in our time of need,
4 So leading where Thyself hast trod, A pastor wise, Thy flock to lead.
So guiding with Thy staff and rod, 2 Upon him pour the Holy Ghost,
May he Thy sheep in safety bring With all the flame of Pentecost;
To those bright pastures of the King. With Peter's faith, vouchsafe him all
5 And when at last, O gracious Lord, The love of John, the zeal of Paul.
Thou shalt bestow his full reward, 3 Be his, like Thee, O Jesu meek,
Let those whom he hath led aright To heal the bruised, to stay the weak, Be jewels in his crown of light. Amen.
255 “ He offereth the bread of thy God; he shall be holy unto thee." -Lev. xxi. 8.
1 CAPTAIN of our salvation, take
The souls that here are trained for Thee,
And then transplant to Paradise.
Preserve them for Thy glorious cause,
The welcome burden of Thy cross ;
Till all Thy perfect mind they gain.
2 God and Father of all spirits, 5 Cause him, Lord, to fly full swiftly
Whose dread call young Joshua knew, With the mystic coal in hand, Forty days in darkness waiting
Sin-consuming, soul-transforming, With Thy servant good and true,
(Faith and love will understand,) Thence to wage Thy war descending; Touch our lips, Thou awful Mercy,
Own us Lord, Thy champions too. With thine own keen, healing brand !
“What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know
hereafter."-St. John xiii. 7. PI GOD moves in a mysterious way 4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, His wonders to perform :
But trust Him for His grace ; He plants His footsteps in the sea, Behind a frowning providence And rides upon the storm.
He hides a smiling face. 2 Deep in unfathomable mines
5 His purposes will ripen fast, Of never-failing skill,
Unfolding every hour ; He treasures up His bright designs, The bud may have a bitter taste, And works His sovereign will.
But sweet will be the flower. 3 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take ; 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err, The clouds ye so much dread
And scan His work in vain ;
And He will make it plain. Amen.
258 “All Thy waves and T'hy billows are gone over me.”—Ps. xlii. 7. Pi God of our life, to Thee we call ; 3 Friend of the friendless and the faint, Afflicted at Thy feet we fall ;
Where should we lodge our deep complaint? When the great water-floods prevail, Where, but with Thee, whose open door
Leave not our trembling hearts to fail. Invites the helpless and the poor? 2 Amidst the roaring of the sea 4 Did ever mourner plead with Thee, Our souls still hang their hopes on Thee; And Thou refuse the mourner's plea ? Thy constant love, Thy faithful care, Doth not the word still fixed remain Alone can save us from despair. That none shall seek Thy face in vain ?
5 Then hear, O Lord, our humble cry,
And bend on us Thy pitying eye :
259 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted in me?
Hope thou in God.”—Ps. xlii. 5.
And humbly, with united cry, to Thee for mercy call;
But hear us from Thy lofty throne, and help us when we pray.
Yet wondrously from age to age Thy goodness hath been shown ;
When dangers, like a stormy sea, beset our country round,
And, pouring forth confession meet, mourn with our mourning land ;