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given back to Him in love. Give therefore thyself to Him who created, redeemed, sanctified thee; thus making thee threefold His own, by Himself, thy Maker, by His Son, thy Redeemer, and by His Holy Spirit, thy Sanctifier; grafting thee in upon the true Vine—even Jesus; and adopting thee as a child of His love. Hold not back; give thyself to Him, for who can be unto thee such a Lord and Master as the Lord who hath loved thee só well, and loves thee still in Christ? Whose service can be so glorious a service as His which embraces in it angel and archangel, all the glorious hosts of heaven, and all the saints ? From whom canst thou hope to receive so great a gift as that which He offers, even the gift of Eternal Life ? The gift, for thou couldest never so love and serve Him as to gain it for thy right. He asks for thy love, and is ready to give thee
of His love wherewith thou mayest be able to love Him. He asks for thy service, and is ready with His divine grace so to assist thee, that He may give thee His gift of Eternal Life.
Give therefore thyself, O my soul to Him, and be this thy prayer. Lord, I give myself to Thee. Accept me in Thy beloved, and grant to me, and to all Thy people everywhere, Thy preventing, Thy sustaining grace, that we may never wander from the Saviour's fold; but, being one in our holy fellowship, may as one band do all good works, and, pleasing Thee here, take up for ever the song of praise in heaven.
The words of prayer again I've raised
Unto my Father's throne;
Which He to us has shown.
With heavenly food our souls He feeds,
Food gained us by Christ's love : He sees, He knoweth all our needs,
And answers from above.
Answers with more than tongue can tell,
More than the mind conceive; His blessings tell us, All is well
To those who Christ receive.
THE ASCRIPTION OF GLORY.
Then shall be said or sung,
GLORY be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son Jesu Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Wuat, lingering yet? Even so, for who, O Lord, would leave a king's palace where earthly good things had been ministered unto him, without speaking the words of thankfulness? And shall I, could I leave Thy courts, wherein Thou hast fed me “with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,” without praising and magnifying Thy glorious name? No, Lord. Therefore, I linger still, and with my fellow guests take up with one heart and soul the words of praise. Angels have taught us the opening words of our praise. They sang them, that joyous, holy company, they sang them first in the Shepherds’ hearing, when the Christ was born. Fitting, most fitting are they for us to use in order to bless Thee, and praise Thee, and glorify Thee, for all the mercies which in the Christ we have received from Thee, “O Lord God, heavenly king, God the Father Almighty."