Page:A Sermon Preached in the Temporary Chapel of Keble College.djvu/13

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enthusiasm to our faith in Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever; reminding us that we are only one generation in a royal line, heirs of all God's faithful servants in the past; uttering to us as it were a continual "glory to the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end." The richness of decoration, increasing as we pass eastward in the Chapel, accompanying the change from Old Testament subjects in the Nave to the exhibition of the New Testament in the Chancel, and culminating at the east around the Altar and in the representation of S. John's vision of our Lord in glory, carry our thoughts onward and upward along with it to the two great mysteries of redemption accomplished, the presence of Christ in heaven and His presence on earth, in heaven the ever-living and victorious figure of the once dead but now ascended Lord, and on earth the covenanted presence which is the counterpart of the cloud and the glory, the centre of our eucharists and of our worship, the most awfully and blessedly sacred gift of Himself to be and dwell among men and in men. Let these thoughts be with us on the morning of S. Mark's Day. Most fitly the first act performed in the new Chapel will be the celebration of the Holy Communion. You will not mistake me, as though I were speaking officially, or as though the idea of any one communicating who did not feel in conscience ready and free to do so were not one