all to the glory of God," we shall do it with His blessing and ap- probation : it will be so much more of happiness, joy, and thanks- giving to us. Thus we may understand the words to teach the same lesson as the Apostle, when he says, " Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say, rejoice." They are God's gracious word of permis- sion to those who fear Him, encouraging them to enjoy, with innocence, moderation, and thankfulness, the daily comforts and reliefs, with which He so plentifully supplies them, even in this imperfect world. They bring the same assurance from God as St. Paul gives to Timothy: " Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving." Let us only think for one moment, what a heavenly light it would throw over our ordinary works and refreshments, if, being always careful to set about them with a good conscience, we could seriously bring it home to ourselves, that they are so many tokens of heavenly and eternal love ; so many reasonable grounds of hope, that God really accepteth our works. But there is yet a higher, a Christian sense of these words, a sense in which they were taken of old by the holy Fathers of the Christian Church. The bread and wine, the white garments, the ointment for the head, are, according to this interpretation, figures and types of our Christian privileges, the blessings and favours of the kingdom of Heaven. It is, then, as if the Holy Word had said to us, being, as we are, Christian men, Members FESTIVAL JOY. 119 of the mystical Body of our Lord and Saviour, " Now you have been brought into the communion of Saints ; now God has set His seal ujjon you; now," to speak the Apostle's words, " you are washed, sanctified, justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Go your way, then ; use your privileges with all reverence, joy, and fear. Draw near as often as you can, to the holy feast of that Bread and Wine, which, to those who take it with penitent and obedient hearts, is the very Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ. Awful as such an in- vitation is, you may yet draw near with holy cheerfulness, having God's seal and mark upon your forehead, and the earnest of His Spirit in your hearts." And it would seem that if Christians were at all such as they ought to be, the words might be well and profitably understood with a particular reference to this sacred season of Whitsuntide.