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by his faithful servant Noah—but at length the cup of his indignation was full, and the earth exhibited but one continued scene of his wrath, the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of Heaven were opened, and all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, died. Here the general visitations of Providence ceased, but can we not recognise the same discipline, the same correcting hand in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the events of the Jewish History. And though the terrors of the Almighty's outstretched arm be not so openly bared to our view, can we not learn the same impressive, awful lesson, from the revolutions of the kingdoms of the earth, which through successive ages
exhibit the chastisements of an offended God, justifying his ways to man by making their crimes the never failing instruments of his vengeance upon the guilty nations.
The most awful declaration of God's hatred to sin remains yet for our considerationEven the work of man's redemption, the offering of the Son of God for the crimes of the whole world, to satisfy the justice of the Almighty, and atone for the violation of his laws. In the solemn melancholy service for this day,* you have heard the affecting recital.
* Preached on the Sunday before Easter.
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* Scott's Christian Life, B. 3.
niversary of your Redeemer's triumph over sin and death, the benefits of that mysterious sacrifice. Cold must be that heart, insensible to every call of religion, which determines to reject such an invitation.—Whatever mistaken notions as to the duty of receiving the Holy Sacrament have crept into the Church, the most lukewarm Christian acknowledges the necessity of obeying the command of his God on that great festival. Commence then the work of preparation, “ that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly feast, and be received as worthy partakers of that holy table.” Awaken your minds to a just sense of the high solemnity you are about to celebrate. Now, even now commune with your own hearts, determine to break off your course of carelessness and inattention, in the spirit of humble and earnest repentance, implore the mercy of the Most High--Quit not, my beloved brethren, this holy temple without calling upon his sacred name, and may he hear in Heaven his dwelling place, hear and forgive. Amen.
St. Luke xxiv. 30, 31.
AND IT CAME TO PASS, AS HE SAT AT MEAT WITH THEM, HE TOOK BREAD AND BLESSED IT, AND BRAKE, AND GAVE IT TO THEM. AND THEIR EYES WERE OPENED, AND THEY KNEW HIM; AND HE VANISHED OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.”
The journey of the two disciples to Emmaus, has ever been considered one of the most pleasing and interesting incidents in the Gospel History. The simple beauty of the narrative, the feelings and discourses of the disciples, the manner in which our
our Lord joined them on the way, guided their conversation, and finally revealed himself to them, with the wonderful effect produced on their hearts by his language, all contribute to place this singular occurrence in a distinguished rank, among the facts which St. Luke alone has recorded for our edification, and for which every sincere and pious Christian must feel