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ye shall weep and lament, enlarged, your sorrow shall be turned but the world shall rejoice :

into joy. and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy,

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the

22 Such joy as the world giveth, world. ?? And ye now there- a passing world must take away ; fore have sorrow : but I will

but in the Lord we may “rejoice

alwuys.” (Phil. iv. 4.) see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23 And in that day ye shall 23 We ask of God the Father, through ask me nothing. Verily,

Jesus Christ the Son. verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name : ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs : but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak anto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name : and I say unto you, that I will pray the Father for you : for the Father himself loveth you,

have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world : again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee : by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye

32 These words were verified, when now believe ? Behold, the

at the seizure of our Lord by his hour cometh, yea, is now enemies, sudden terror so acted upon come, that ye shall be scat- the infirmity of his disciples, that tered, every man to his own,

they all forsook Him, and fled ; and

He was left alone. and shall leave me alone : and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace, In the world ye shall have tribulation : but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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MARCH 30, JULY 29, Nov. 25. Under all circumstances you will be peaceful or restless, happy or miserable, as your heart is either devoted to God, or alienated from Him. | These words spake Jesus, 1 Well was this prayer answered. and lifted up his eyes to The hour came-the hour of death : heaven, and said, Father, the but it came, the hour of triumph ; hour is come ; glorify thy and the Father and the Son were

together glorified. Son, that thy Son also may

2 To Gentiles as well as Jews, to glorify thee : ? as thou hast

whom my name shall be revealed. given him power over all Hesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou last given him. And this is life

3 Other Gods, are " no Gods, but the eternal, that they might know work of men's hands; wood and thee the only true God, and

stone." Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. • And now, O Father,

5 The required recompense was, glorify thou me with thine

that his human nature be exalted to own self with the glory which heaven, where He might resume the I had with thee before the glory which He had before the world world was.

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world : thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast

8 If thou too hast received the given me are of thee. * For words” of life, blessed be thy faith ! I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst

9 His anxious care that all should send me. 'I pray for them: be saved, is evidenced in his earnest I pray not for the world, but prayer for those, through whose for them which thou hast ministry salvation was to be offered

to all. given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine ; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am 11 When He thinks of his Apostles, no more in the world, but left to the overwhelming anxieties these are in the world, and I awaiting them in the world - Himself come to thee. Holy Father, no longerpresent in person to counsel

and encourage them—his whole heart keep through thine own name

is poured out for them. He pleads those whom thou hast given by the honour of his Father's holy

as we are.

me, that they may be one, name, that they may be his special

While I was care : saved from the misery of with them in the world, I

division ; and strengthened and kept them in thy name :

blessed at once in their unity. those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition ; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. "I have given them 14 Do you too sometimes meet hatred thy word; and the world for your good will ?— Be patient, even hath hated them, because as your Master was. they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. "I pray not that thou should

15 Religion does not require excluest take them out of the sion from intercourse with societyworld, but that thou should far from it. We are to pray and est keep them from the evil. guard against an abuse of it *. 16 They are not of the world, He not of the world.

16 Jesus lived in the world, yet was even as I am not of the

17 Study well the word. It is that world. Sanctify them word, which sanctifieth to the saving through thy truth : thy word our souls in life. is truth. As thou hast sent

18 Hence the Church claims divine me into the world, even so

authority for her ministers +. have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through

21 Having first prayed that the their word ; 21 that they all Apostles be sanctified in their work, may be one ; as thou, Father, He prayed for their successors, the art in me, and I in thee, future ministers of his church ; and that they also may be one

for every member thereof. in us : that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou 22 How pointedly does our Saviour gavest me I have given them; enforce both the duty and the imthat they may be one, even

portance of Unity. as we are one : I in them, and thou in me, that they may be

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Jesus prays that his servants being in the world-fulfilling all its duties, and enjoying humbly and thankfully, such blessings as God's bounty provides—may by his grace be delivered from all the evils

incident to them in it. Unnecessary seclusion often deadens those sympathies, the exercise of which tends to produce peace on earth, good will towards

+ The Father sent the Son—the Son of God sent his Apostles—the Apostles ordained their immediate successors. They, in their turn, ordained others. Thus, to this day, the Church has been blessed with an Apostolical succession.

men,

made perfect in one ; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 21 Father, I will that they 24 O blessed Jesus ! keep me in also, whom thou hast given safety here on earth, and at last me, be with me where I am ; admit me where thou art-to the that they may behold my

blessed rest of heaven. glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these hare known that thou hast sent 26 « Take them, O Father, to thy me. 26 And I have declared

care, as of adoption-born unto them thy name, and will again through Faith in me." declare it : that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Lo ! the Son of God flees to prayer. Behold him, so committing to the care of his heavenly Father, the loved disciples and friends whom He was about to leave to scorn, and contempt, and ignominy, and death. In the prospect of that sharp trial He is sustained by prayer. And did ever tongue utter a prayer so noble—so affecting! Who can contemplate the fulness of heavenly love by which it is marked, without sharing in some degree the lofty aspirations which breathe through it. He, in life's last hour, thought for youfor you He prayed—for you He pleadeda -you He blessed ! What affecting solicitude on his part! Let 14 gratitude be wanting on yours !

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CHAPTER XVIII. MARCH 31, July 30, Nov. 26. Good Friday, morning. Having strengthened his heart by prayer, Jesus advances to fulfil the work appointed Him. When Jesus had spoken

" As the garden of Eden witnessed these words, he went forth man's fall, so the garden of Gethse with his disciples over the mane saw the early promise of his brook Cedron, where was a

recovery. garden, into which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place : for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them,

5 This is indeed courage. Dangers Whom seek ye? • They answered him, Jesus of Naza- is welcomed by Him who is yet Love

foreseen, are calmly met; and death reth. Jesus saith unto them, of life. I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with

hem. As soon then as he

6 Such was the power of his heahad said unto them, I am he, venly Majesty. they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have

8 Mark his anxiety for others ! told you that I am he: if Behold how He loved them ! Recktherefore ye seek me, let these less of his own safety, all his care go their way: ' that the say

was for them.

9 This refers to ch. xvii. 12. ing might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said

11 Is the cup of affliction thy porJesus unto Peter, Put up thy tion? Let the meek language of sword into the sheath : the the Saviour be thine—“Shall I not cup which my Father hath

drink it ?" given me, shall I not drink it? Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, and led him away to Annas first ; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. Now Caiaphas was he which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. " And himself, the writer of this Gospel.

15 That other disciple was St. John Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not. And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves : and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself. The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world ; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort ; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I 22 Among the trials of a christian said. 22 And when he had life, perhaps the hardest to bear is thus spoken, one of the offi

contempt, and the mean scorn of

base minds. Yet our Lord bare cers which stood by struck

even that with meekness. O noble Jesus with the palm of his courage !

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