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Third Sunday in Lent.

Third Sunday in Lent.

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BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.

St. Luke, xi. 27, 28.

And it came to pass, as lie spake these things, a certain woman
of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him,
Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which
Thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are
they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.

St. Luke, xi. 27, 28.

And it came to pass, as lie spake these things, a certain woman
of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him,
Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which
Thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are
they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

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THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT. BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.St. Luke, xi. 27, 28. And it came to pass, as lie spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. It was an honest and natural feeling of the woman mentioned in this history, which led her, (while wondering at the gracious words which came from the mouth of Christ, and experiencing within herself, their power to make her wise unto salvation) which led her, I say, to consider the distinguished honour and happiness of that Holy Virgin, who had brought so perfect and pure a Being into the world ; who had held, in her arms and to her motherly breast, the hope and restorer of a lost creation ; who had watched the early wisdom and the lisped prayer of Him, who, for our sake, became a child ; and whom
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the King of Glory was, in His earthly nature, not ashamed to reverence by the name of mother. o 2 196 SERMON XVII. Blessed, indeed, among women, and, above all women, highly favoured, was Mary the daughter of David ; in whose womb the Son of God did not abhor to make His habitation bodily, — whose Seed was ordained to triumph over death and hell, and to bruise for evermore the head of that infernal serpent by whom the first created woman had been deceived. Blessed and highly favoured, the angel declared her to be ; when he brought to her the salutation of God Most High : blessed has she since been worthily called among all generations of the faithful ; and blessed in the fruit of her womb are all the nations of mankind, who, with her, and like her, have been taught to build their hopes of salvation on the merits of
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her Saviour, and ours. It was a deep sense of that honour and blessed-ness, which led the Roman Catholics into a great and dangerous error; insomuch that they are accustomed to offer prayers, and burn frankin-cense, to the Virgin Mary, and before her image \ to call on her to be their mediator with Christ, even as Christ is their mediator with God the Father ; to address her, as " queen of Heaven j" as " star of the sea ;" and with many other titles taken from the old idolatry of the heathen ; and even in some of their addresses, to speak of her as the creatress of the world, and to implore her to shew herself a mother by commanding her Son in their behalf. THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT. 197 Of the manner, in which this strange and grievous superstition crept into the world, it is needless, at present, to inform you. It is enough
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