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ANOTHER sacred wave of time has rolled by, and
carmed us so much nearer to the shores of eternity.
We are but in the near offing, and a few more tides
will bear us to the strand ; the royage of human life
ill be over, and Time will be no more. Are
kyps in your voyage, and are you well freighted with
the merchandize of heaven, that when you set foot on

hasten at once to the Glorious City,
and lay hold on eternal life?

is come again, and Christian truths must be
pre over afresh. With a mother's heart the Church
teaches her children the lessons of wisdom. Alas! for
baran, who are bent on ignorance, selfishness, and sin.
tke! for them, who are not affected by the anxious
amings of a mother's love. If she moves not souls,

you may

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ADVENT.

MATTHEW xxv. 6.

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Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out

to meet Him."

Are you

ANOTHER sacred wave of time has rolled by, and carried us so much nearer to the shores of eternity. Ve are but in the near offing, and a few more tides ill bear us to the strand; the voyage of human life ill be over, and Time will be no more appy in your voyage, and are you well freighted with he merchandize of heaven, that when you set foot on nore you may hasten at once to the Glorious City, nd lay hold on eternal life?

Advent is come again, and Christian truths must be one over afresh. With a mother's heart the Church aches her children the lessons of wisdom. Alas! for em, who are bent on ignorance, selfishness, and sin. las ! for them, who are not affected by the anxious arnings of a mother's love. If she moves not souls,

ADVENT.

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affect my

how can a poor preacher hope to stir them? I am sadly troubled at times because I know not how to hearers;

the Christian seasons speed them 80 silently; the Christian lessons are said over so often; that the

very riches of salvation are (so to speak) made the cause of our poverty. The common commodities of our every-day traffic are the unsearchable riches of Christ; and, far away in the land of wisdom, beings, so bright, that their shadows would dazzle the sun, are entranced with study at the niysteries of man’s redemption. Here 'tis common-place ; there 'tis uncommonplace. Shall I be able to stir you to-day? No! not all. No! none, without heavenly agency.

There is a great stone, a very great stone, at the mouth of the sepulchre, where the soul of him who is dead in sins, lies buried. Who shall roll us away the stone from the mouth of the sepulchre ? Heaven's ministry ! “O God, let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight.” Be pleased to give Thine angels special charge concerning us, and bless what I say.

Brethren! “Behold the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him." This is the burden of my sermon this morning. If this theme stirs you not, nothing will, I fear; it will stir the universe one day.

A scene, often beheld in the East—often beheld at Jerusalem in the time of our Saviour, is made use of by Him to teach a most important lesson. In the dead of the night there was seen, wending its way through

the streets

, a gladsome procession, lit up by torches, and lamps of various kinds; and accompanied with music and other signs of joy. It was a wedding! The bridegroom, attended by the nuptial guests, was conducting his bride to his house, with her virgin train of friends bearing her company. To some peculiar circumstances our Lord is pleased to allude in this parable of His in order to teach the peculiar lesson He would have us learn. Ten virgins are said to be in espectation of the bridegroom ; five of them had made proper provision for the exigencies of the occasion, and fire had not so prepared themselves. Oppressed by weariness, and the weakness of their nature, they all fell into a slumber, when, lo ! at midnight, a cry was made" Behold, the bridegroom cometh ; go ye out to zuset him;" this shook them from their slumberings, and anon they busy themselves in making the needful preparations. The five wise virgins had no difficulty in putting themselves into the lightsome procession, and on, and on they went, entering even into the bridegron's joyous presence. But the five foolish virgins, going hither and thither, in sad perplexity, to repair, il posible, their previous neglect, found themselves

shut out from the festive scene. Oh! what a meaning this has ! I must try and

bring it home to you.

There is no relation on earth so near and dear, binding and holy, as that between man and wife. It was instituted of God in the time of man's innocency,

SO

the streets, a gladsome procession, lit up by torches, and lamps of various kinds; and accompanied with music and other signs of joy. It was a wedding! The bridegroom, attended by the nuptial guests, was conducting his bride to his house, with her virgin train of friends bearing her company. To some peculiar circumstances our Lord is pleased to allude in this parable of His, in order to teach the peculiar lesson He would have us learn. Ten virgins are said to be in expectation of the bridegroom ; five of them had made proper provision for the exigencies of the occasion, and five had not so prepared themselves. Oppressed by weariness, and the weakness of their nature, they all fell into a slumber, when, lo ! at midnight, a cry was made-"Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him ;" this shook them from their slumberings, and anon they busy themselves in making the needful preparations. The five wise virgins had no difficulty in putting themselves into the lightsome procession, and on, and on they went, entering even into the bridegroom's joyous presence. But the five foolish virgins, going hither and thither, in sad perplexity, to repair, f possible, their previous neglect, found themselves hut out from the festive scene.

Oh! what a meaning this has ! I must try and rring it home to you.

There is no relation on earth so near and dear, so inding and holy, as that between man and wife. ras instituted of God in the time of man's innocency,

It

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