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Pour out; 0 Lord, as thou hast promised, thy spirit upon all flesh; that all the ends of the world may remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations may worship before Him ;-that Jerusalem may be a rejoicing, and her people a joy ;-that the Gentiles may come to her light, and Kings to the brightness of her rising ;-that peace may be extended to her as a river, and the glory of the Gentiles as a flowing stream ;—that the Lord of Hosts may reign in Zion, and His name may be great among the Heathen ; that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of our God, and of His Christ,-so that at the name of Jesus every knee may bow, of things in heaven, of things on earth, and things under the earth : and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father.]
Arise, O Lord, help us, and deliver us for thy name's sake. Arise, O Lord, help us and deliver us for thine honour. For thine is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine! Thine is the kingdom, O Lord; and thou art exalted as Head above all !
Hear us, 0 merciful Father, we most humbly beseech Thee, in these our imperfect supplications. We do not presume to come before Thee trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hearken and do! Defer not, for Thine own sake, 0 our God! but do for us exceeding abundantly above all' that we can ask or think, for the merits of Thy blessed Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; in whose prevailing name, and perfect form of words, we further call upon Thee, saying, Our Father who art in heaven, fc.
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The author of the following epistles lived in the age of the Apostles. He was the disciple and friend of the Apostle St. John, by whom he was instructed in the doctrines of the gospel. He was the companion and correspondent of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna ; and became Bishop of the church at Antioch, about thirty-seven years after the ascension of our Lord. And finally, having labored in the ministry for the space of forty years, he suffered martyrdom at Rome, by order of the emperor Trajan, A. D. 116. These considerations confer emi. nent value and authority upon his epistles—which by comparison will be seen also to harmonize with the spirit and doctrines of those written by the apostles,
EPISTLE OF ST. IGNATIUS
TO THE EPHESIANS,
Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church which is
at Ephesus in Asia, most deservedly happy ; being blessed through the greatness and fullness of God the Father, and predestinated before the world began, that it should be always unto an enduring and unchangeable glory ; being united and chosen through his true passion, according to the will of the Father, and Jesus Christ our God ; all happiness, by Jesus Christ, and his undefiled Grace.
1. I have heard of your name, much beloved in God, which ye have very justly attained by a habit of righteousness, according to the faith and love which is in Jesus Christ our Saviour : how that being followers of God, and stirring up yourselves by the blood of Christ, ye have perfectly accomplished the work that was connatural unto you. For hearing that I came bound from Syria, for the common name and hope, [viz. of Christ,] trusting through your prayers to fight with beasts at Rome; that so by suffering I may become indeed the disciple of him who gave himself to God, an offering and sacrifice for us, [ye hastened to see me.
.] I received therefore, in the name of God, your whole multitude in Onesimus ; who by inexpressible love is ours, but according to the flesh is your Bishop : whom I beseech you by Jesus Christ, to love ; and that you would all strive to be like unto him. And blessed be God, who has granted unto you,
who are so worthy of him, to enjoy such an excellent Bishop.
2. For what concerns my fellow servant Burrhus, and your most blessed deacon in things pertaining to God; I entreat you that he may tarry longer, both for your's, and your Bishop's honour. And Crocus also worthy both our God and you, whom I have received as the pattern of your love, has in all things refreshed me, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ shall also refresh himn ; togeth
er with Onesimus, and Burrhus, and Euplus, and Fronto, in whom I have, as to your charity, seen all of you. And may I always have joy of you, if I shall be worthy of it. It is therefore fitting that you should by all means glorify Jesus Christ who hath glorified you that by a uniform obedience ye may be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment ; and may all speak the same things concerning every thing ; and that being subject to your Bishop, and the Presbytery, ye may be wholly and thoroughly sanctified.
3. These things I prescribed to you, not as if I were somebody extraordinary ; for though I am bound for his name, I am not yet perfect in Christ Jesus. But now I begin to learn, and I speak to you as sellow-disciples together with me. For I ought to have been stirred up by you, in faith, in admonition, in patience, in long suffering : but forasmuch as charity suffers me not to be silent towards you, I have first taken upon me to exhort you, that ye would all run together according to the will of God. For even Jesus Christ, our insuperable life, is sent by the will of the Father ; as the Bishops, appointed unto the utmost bounds of the earth, are by the will of Jesus Christ.
4. Wherefore it will become you to run together according to the will of your Bishop, as also ye do. For your famous Presbytery, worthy of God, is fitted as exactly to the Bishop, as the strings are to the harp. Therefore in your concord, and agreeing charity, Jesus Christ is sung; and every single person among you makes up the chorus : that so being all consonant in love, and taking up the song of God, ye may in a perfect unity, with one voice, sing to the Father by Jesus Christ ; to the end that he may both hear you, and perceive by your works, that ye are indeed the members of his Son : wherefore it is profitable for you to live in an unblamable unity, that so ye may always have a fellowship with God.
5. For if I in this little time have had such a familiarity with your Bishop, I mean not a carnal, but spiritual
acquaintance with him ; how much more must I think | you happy who are so joined to him, as the Church is to
Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ to the Father ; that so