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done to deserve such a heavy punishment.

Nothing," was the reply, “ I am innocent.” Every prisoner gave him the same answer. At last he came to one who looked sad and downcast. On hearing the king's question

. he replied by stating the crime of which he had been accused. " And it's right enough,” he added, “I deserve all I have got to suffer, for I know I did very wrong, and I am very sorry

for it. “ Then,” replied the king, " I grant you at once a free pardon. You are the only man in the whole prison who acknowledges he has done wrong.

And so we too must ask our Father's pardon, if we would have His forgiveness.

Above all things we must give most humble and hearty thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both God and Man, Who did humble Himself, even to the death upon the Cross for us miserable sinners, Who lay in darkness in the shadow of death ; that He might make us the children of God, and exalt us to everlasting life.” Always remember the exceeding great love of our

Master and only Saviour Jesus Christ thus dying for us.”

No human words can tell you what that love is.

Jesu, the hope of souls forlorn
How good to them for sin that mourn,
To them that seek Thee, O how kind,
But what art Thou to them that find ?
No tongue of mortal can express,
No pen can write the blessedness.
He only who hath proved it knows
What bliss from love of Jesus flows.

Let us come then to Him with the burden of our sins. Let us lay down all at His feet. He will pardon us, He will comfort us, He will save us.

Weeping at Thy feet I fall,
Wearied, burdened, lonely, sad,
Thou dost bid me come, my Lord,
Thou alone canst make me glad :
Jesu, grant my soul release,
Bid, O bid me go

in

peace. Boldly at Thy Throne of Grace, Lord, I now forgiveness seek,

In Thy tender pitying love
To
my

soul Thy pardon speak;
Jesu, make my anguish cease,
Bid, O bid me go in peace.
Prince of Peace! Who in Thy death
Didst for me the ransom pay,
Cleanse me in Thy precious blood,
Give to me Thy peace to-day:
Now, Lord, grant my soul release,
Now, Lord, bid me go in

peace.-Anon.

Grant, we beseech Thee, merciful Lord, to Thy faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve Thee with a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

My sins, my sins, my Saviour !

They take such hold on me,
I am not able to look up,

Save only, Christ, to Thee;
In Thee is all forgiveness,

In Thee abundant grace,
My shadow and my sunshine

The brightness of Thy face.

My sins, my sins, my Saviour !

How sad on Thee they fall! Seen through Thy gentle patience

I tenfold feel them all ; I know they are forgiven,

But still, their pain to me Is all the grief and anguish

They laid, my Lord, on Thee. My sins, my sins, my Saviour !

Their guilt I never knew Till with Thee in the desert

I near Thy passion drew! Till with Thee in the garden

I heard Thy pleading prayer, And saw the sweat-drops bloody

That told Thy sorrow there. Therefore my songs, my Saviour !

E’en in this time of woe, Shall tell of all Thy goodness

To suffering men below; Thy goodness and Thy favour

Whose presence from above, Rejoice those hearts, my Saviour, That live in Thee and love.

Rev. John Monsell.

VIII.

FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE

THEM THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US.”

THEN came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? till seven times ? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times; but, until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

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