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pattern in a measure to all, and a special pattern to Christian women, a pattern of those graces which are suited to their place and station, which make them dear to God, and accepted of Him, and fit them to do Him service. For surely this meekness and lowliness, this stillness and quietness, this modest reserve, are what are set forth, in express terms, by the apostles of our Lord as the special graces of Christian women. Thus St. Paul; In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety:" and St. Peter; "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves." Such, no doubt,
even under the Law, were the holy women, the true saints and servants of God. Such was Hannah, the mother of Samuel; she, whose prayers God heard and granted; she, who was a special type and figure of the Blessed Virgin, both in her lowliness and meekness, and in the devout thankfulness of her hymn of praise. And such, much more, since the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, have been found in the Church of Christ, mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, winning souls to Christ, not so much by the word of teaching, as, without the word," by their "chaste conversation coupled with fear." Mothers, such as the mother of St. Augustine, whose prayers for their children have at length been answered by their conversion to God; wives, whose patient and quiet gentleness has softened and bowed the hearts of their husbands unto Christ's yoke; sisters, whose purity and meekness have recalled erring brothers into the paths of religion; daughters, whose filial piety has touched and opened their fathers' hearts to receive the true faith and fear of God. Let Christian women now, by God's grace, be such as they of old were. Let them learn to be meek and lowly, still and quiet in all the daily duties of life,
after the pattern of the Blessed Virgin. Thus shall they be dear to Jesus Christ; thus shall they also be blessed, both here and hereafter; blessed here on earth with God's grace and favour, and blessed hereafter in heaven, where in His presence is the fulness of joy, and at His right hand is pleasure for evermore.
JOHN HENRY PARKER, OXFORD AND LONDON.
Sermons for the Christian Seasons.
THE WRITTEN WORD.
ST. JOHN xx. 31. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus-is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His Name.
TO-DAY is the festival of St. Mark the Evangelist. The word Evangelist was not at the first used in the same sense in which we now use it, but meant a preacher of the Gospel: thus it is used by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Ephesians, which has been read this day, "And He gave some 'Apostles; and some 'Prophets;' and some 'Evangelists;' and some 'pastors and teachers;' and in this sense Philip the deacon is called an Evangelist in Acts xxi. ". . . . we entered into the house of Philip the Evangelist, which was one of the seven ;" and Timothy also by St. Paul, in his second Epistle, "But' watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of
an Evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." This then was the old use of the word Evangelist;
it meant a preacher of the Gospel and in this sense both Philip the deacon, and Timothy bishop of Ephesus, were Evangelists. Now we use the word Evangelist, no longer for a preacher of the Gospel, but for the writer of a Gospel and, as there are only four written Gospels, there are, in this sense of the word, but four Evangelists: of whom two, St. Matthew and St. John, were also Apostles: two, St. Mark and St. Luke, not themselves Apostles, but followers of Apostles: St. Mark a follower of St. Peter, and St. Luke a follower of St. Paul. The word Evangelist then meant at the first a preacher, and is now used to mean a writer of the Gospel: the word from which it is formed, meaning, in Greek, the same as the word Gospel means in old English, "a good word," or "good tidings." Thus the word Evangelist was used at the first, of all who preached this "good word," or "good tidings," of God and is now used of the four by whom, or rather by God's Spirit in whom, we have received the same "good word," or good tidings," of God, written. And it is thus that the whole Church of Jesus Christ, from the very
first, hath in all ages received the four written