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And the Gentiles shall come to thy light : and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls : and their kings shall minister unto thee;
For in my wrath I smote thee : but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
Therefore thy gates shall be open continually : they shall not be shut day nor night;
That men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles : and that their kings may be brought.
The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee : the fir tree and the pine tree and the box together;
To beautify the place of my sanctuary : and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee : and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet;
And they shall call thee, The city of the LORD : the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Wisdom ii. 1-6. 8. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God : and there shall no torment touch them;
In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die : and their departure is taken for misery.
And their going from us to be utter destruction : but they are at peace.
For though they be banished in the sight of men : yet is their hope full of immortality;
And having been a little chastised : they shall be greatly rewarded ;
For God proved them : and found them worthy for himself.
As gold in the furnace hath he tried them: and received them as a burnt-offering.
They shall judge the nations and have dominion over the people : and their Lord shall reign for ever.
Saint John the Evangelist's Day.
1 John iv. 7-11. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God : and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God : for God is love.
In this was manifested : the love of God toward us ;
Because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world : that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us : and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins;
Beloved, if God so loved us : we ought also to love one another.
The Innocents' Day.
Song of the Children, 29—34. Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers : and to be praised and exalted above
all for ever;
And blessed is thy glorious and holy name : and to be praised and exalted above
all for ever ;
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holy glory : and to be praised and glorified above
all for ever;
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims : and to be praised and exalted above all for ever ;
Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom : and to be praised and glorified above all for ever;
Blessed art thou in the firmament of Heaven : and above all to be praised and glorified for ever.
The Sunday after Christmas Day.
1 Isaiah xvi. 9. 2 lx. 18–20. 1 Break forth into joy, sing together : ye waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord hath comforted his people : he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
· Violence shall no more be heard in thy land : wasting nor destruction within thy borders
; But thou shalt call thy walls, Salvation : and thy gates, Praise.
The sun shall be no more thy Light by day : neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee;
But the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light : and thy God thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down : neither shall thy moon withdraw itself ;
For the LORD shall be thine everlasting light : and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.