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DAYS AND VIGILS

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WITH A PREFACE BY

THE LORD BISHOP OF DERRY

Meanwhile with every son and Saint of Thine

Along the glorious line,
Sitting by turns beneath Thy sacred feet,
We'll hold communion sweet,
Know them by look and voice, and thank them all
For helping us in thrall,
For words of hope and bright examples given,
To show through moonless skies that there is

light in heaven."

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LOVINGLY AND REVERENTLY

TO THE DEAR AND SACRED MEMORY OF

R. C. A. M.,

WHO WAS CALLED FROM GREAT SUFFERING ON EARTH

TO JOIN THE SAINTS IN PARADISE,

AUGUST I, 1882.

“Make us to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting."

The principle which is the life of the Church's observance of Saints' Days has been illustrated in the pages of an old commentator * by an anecdote in ecclesiastical history, and enforced by a little-studied text of Scripture.

The anecdote is to be found in the "Confessions" of St. Augustine.

Somewhere about A.D. 385, an officer of the Imperial Guard, and a few of his comrades, slipped away while the Emperor was occupied one afternoon with the Circensian games at Trèves, and lounged in some gardens adjacent to the walls of the city. Two of the party found their way into a cottage, which was occupied by certain

* Cornelius à Lapide on 3 John v. II.
+ Lib. viii. 6.

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