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LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE NEW CHURCH,

SIGNIFIED BY THE NEW JERUSALEM IN THE REYELATION:
AND SOLD in

J. S. HODSON, 22, PORTUGAL STREET, LINCOLN'S INN;

W. NEWBERY, 6, KING STREET, HOLBORN;

And F. PITMAN, 20, PATERNOSTER ROW:

MANCHESTER: L. KENWORTHY, 7, CATEATON STREET.

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THE

INTELLECTUAL REPOSITORY

AND

NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.

No. 138. JANUARY, 1851. Vol. XII.

THE TRUE WORSHIP OP THE LORD, OR THE OFFERINGS OF GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH.

Eveby year in its speedy revolution brings with it some event interesting and solemn to every circle. Nearly every family has some melancholy tale to tell, how the past year has removed some relative or friend from his earthly to his spiritual state. Many a heart has felt sorrow and anguish at the unexpected removal of the husband or the wife, of the father or the mother, of the darling child, or of the friend who by disinterested affection had won our confidence and love. From what sources of consolation can these vacancies of the heart be filled? Evidently from no other than that there is a spiritual and a heavenly state in which sighing and mourning will be banished for ever.

Not only has the hand of death caused grief and consternation in the bosoms of many during the year that is gone, but sickness, and what the world calls misfortune, have pressed heavily upon multitudes, and have reduced them from states of comparative affluence to states of indigence and want. Here, again, what are the sources of consolation? Evidently the attainment of another state, in which these reverses, losses, disappointments and, misfortunes cannot occur.

The state of things in the world seems so constituted, as to make us, how strong soever our worldly attachments may be, — how much soever we may cling to its wealth, or be devoted to its pleasures, — the state of things and the events of life appear to be such as to induce us, by every possible means, to loosen our hold on the world, and to direct our

N. s. No. 133.—voL. XII. A

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