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hence to the sepulchre itself is narrow and low-perhaps that no one may enter but in a posture reverently bent. The interior dimensions by no means correspond to the exterior. It is a small closet, rather more than six feet square by eight in height. Halt its breadth, and about the whole of its length, is occupied by the sarcophagus, which is an oblung block of stone, on which it is said that the body of Christ was laid. It is encased in bluish-white marble, to protect it from the too zealous pilgrims, who might break off fragments for relics. For the same reason, the interior of the cave is lined with slabs of that beautiful breccia commonly called Perde antique marble ; and it is also hung with silk, of the colour of the firmament. The sarcophagus * is strewed with flowers and bedewed with rose-water, and over it are suspended four and forty lamps, which are ever burning. The greater part of these are of silver, richly chased, a fer are of gold, and were furnished by the different sects who divided the possessions of the church." So says Jolliffe ; but Dr. Richardson says " There are seven silver lamps constantly burning over it, the gifts of different potentates."
It will be observed that this sepulchre is above ground, not a subterraneous tomb), as all the excavated sepulchres of the Jews were. Shaw, like others, accounts for this, observing, that all the surrounding rocks were cut away, to form the level of the church, so that it is now a grotto above ground. Clarke denies this, and remarks that all the rocks of Jerusalem are of compact limestone, of which there is no appearance about this place. The answer to this would be. that the rock of this venerated spot is everywhere covered with slabs of marble: and this answer it might be difficult to refute, when a further reference is made to the small dimensions of the interior, as compared with the exterior mausoleum, so that ample room is afforded between the outside walls and the alieged internal lining of marble, for the rocky walls of such a grotto as the sepulchre is said to be ; while these same walls of rock afford the best reason for the contracted limits of the interior. While therefore we doubt that there is evidence to show that the alleged sepulehre is not essen
a grotto, it by no means follows that, even if a grotto, it is to be considered the true sepulchre of Christ. If it were such (which we have not yet affirmed or denied), how much more gratifying and exciting to every reasonable mind would it have been, if left in its originally simple state, instead of being dressed out with the labour of art and the theatrical disguisings which we have described.
Godfrey of Bouillon and his brother Baldwin were honoured with sepulchres in the church. Their original tombs were however destroyed, some years ago, by the Greeks ; but the sword and spurs of Godfrey continued to be carefully preserved ; and the tombs also have now been restored.
5. “ Clothed in a long while garment."- The Jews believed that good angels always wore, or at least, always appeared in white raiment. The present angel's appearance in white was therefore calculated, and probably intended, for the encouragement of those faithful woinen whose praise is in all the churches."
Elisabeth was barren, and they both were | The preface of Luke to his whole Gospel. 5 The
now well stricken in years. conception of John the Baptist, 26 and of Christ. 8 And it came to pass, that while he exe39 The prophecy of Elisabeth, and of Mary, con- cuted the Priest's office before God in the cerning Christ. 57 The nativity and circum- order of his course, cision of John. 67 The prophecy of Zacharias, both of Christ, 76 and of John.
9 According to the custom of the Priest's
office, his lot was to burn incense when he ORA S. went into the temple of the Lord. much as
10 And the whole multitude of the peomany have ple were praying without at the time of intaken in
cense. hand to set 11 And there appeared unto him an an
forth in gel of the Lord standing on the right side order a de- of the altar of incense. claration 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was of those troubled, and fear fell upon him. things 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, which are Zacharias : for thy prayer is heard ; and thy most sure wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and ly believed thou shalt call his name John. among us, 14 And thou shalt have joy and glad
2 Even ness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. as they 15 For he shall be great in the sight of
delivered the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor them unto us, which from the beginning were strong drink; and he shall be filled with the eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
3 It seemed good to me also, having had 16 'And many of the children of Israel perfect understanding of all things from the shall he turn to the Lord their God. very first, to write unto thee in order, most 17 And he shall go before him in the excellent Theophilus,
spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts 4 That thou mightest know the certainty of the fathers to the children, and the disof those things, wherein thou hast been in- obedient sto the wisdom of the just; to structed.
make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 5 1 THERE was in the days of Herod, 18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, the king of Judæa, a certain Priest named Whereby shall I know this ? for I am an old Zacharias, of the course of Abia : and his man, and my wife well stricken in years. wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her 19 And the angel answering said unto name was Elisabeth.
him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the pre6 And they were both righteous before sence of God; and am sent to speak unto God, walking in all the commandments and thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. ordinances of the Lord blameless.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and 7 And they had no child, because that not able to speak, until the day that these 1 Exod. 30.7. Levit. 16. 17.
things shall be performed, because thou be- beth conceived, and hid herself five months, lievest not my words, which shall be ful- saying, filled in their season.
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in 21 And the people waited for Zacharias, the days wherein he looked on me, to take and marvelled that he tarried so long in the away my reproach among men. temple.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Ga22 And when he came out, he could not briel was sent from God unto a city of Gaspeak unto them: and they perceived that lilee, named Nazareth, he had seen a vision in the temple: for he 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose beckoned unto them, and remained speech- name was Joseph, of the house of David; less.
and the virgin's name was Mary. 23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as 28 And the angel came in unto her, and the days of his ministration were accom- said, Hail, thou that art 'highly favoured, plished, he departed to his own house. the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou 24 And after those days his wife Elisa-among women.
Or, graciously accepted, or, much graced: see verse 30.
29 And when she saw him, she was trou- Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there bled at his saying, and cast in her mind shall be no end. what manner of salutation this should be. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear shall this be, seeing I know not a man? not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with 35 And the angel answered and said unto
her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in and the power of the Highest shall overthy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt shadow thee: therefore also that holy thing call his name JESUS.
which shall be born of thee shall be called 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of God. the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, shall give unto him the throne of his father she hath also conceived son in her old David :
age: and this is the sixth month with her 33 And he shall reign over the house of who was called barren.
6 Dan. 7. 14. Mic. 4.7.
5 Isa, 7. 14. Matt. l. 21.
37 For with God nothing shall be impos- | heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy sible.
upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid 59 And it came to pass, that on the of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy eighth day they came to circumcise the word. And the angel departed from her. child; and they called him Zacharias, after
39 And Mary arose in those days, and the name of his father. went into the hill country with haste, into a 60 And his mother answered and said, city of Juda
Not so; but he shall be called John 40 And entered into the house of Zacha- 61 And they said unto her, There is none rias, and saluted Elisabeth
of thy kindred that is called by this name. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisa- 62 And they made signs to his father, beth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe how he would have him called. leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was 63 And he asked for a writing table, and filled with the Holy Ghost:
wrote, saying, His name is John. And they 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, marvelled all. and said, Blessed art thou among women, 64 And his mouth was opened immeand blessed is the fruit of thy womb diately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake,
43 And whence is this to me, that the and praised God. mother of my Lord should come to me? 65 And fear came on all that dwelt round
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy sa- about them: and all these ''sayings were lutation sounded in mine ears, the babe noised abroad throughout all the hill country
his That we should be saved from our ene
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things up in their hearts, saying, What manner of which were told her from the Lord.
child shall this be! And the hand of the 46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify Lord was with him. the Lord,
67 And his father Zacharias was filled 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, say
ing, 48 For he hath regarded the low estate 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for of his handmaiden : for, behold, from hence- he hath visited and redeemed his people, forth all generations shall call me blessed. 69 "And hath raised up an horn of salva
49 For he that is mighty hath done to tion for us in the house of his servant David; me great things, and holy is his name. 70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy
50 And his mercy is on them that fear prophets, which have been since the world him from generation to generation.
began : 51 'He hath shewed strength with his arm; "he hath scattered the proud in the mies, and from the hand of all that hate us; imagination of their hearts.
72 To perform the mercy promised to our 52 "He hath put down the mighty from fathers, and to remember his holy covenant ; their seats, and exalted them of low de- 73 7The oath which he sware to our fagree.
ther Abraham, 53 "He hath filled the hungry with good 74 That he would grant unto us, that we things; and the rich he hath sent empty being delivered out of the hand of our eneaway.
mies might serve him without fear, 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, "in 75 In holiness and righteousness before remembrance of his mercy;
him, all the days of our life. 55 13 As he spake to our fathers, to Abra- 76 And thou, child, shalt be called the ham, and to his seed for ever.
prophet of the Highest : for thou shalt go be56 And Mary abode with her about three fore the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; months, and returned to her own house. 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto
57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that his people by the remission of their sins, she should be delivered; and she brought 78. Through the tender mercy of our forth a son.
God; whereby the "dayspring from on high 58 And her neighbours and her cousins | hath visited us, 7 Or, which believed that there
IS Jer, 31. 3, 90. 1* Or, things. is Or, bowels of the mercy. 20 Or, sun-rising, or, branch. Num. 24. 17. Isa. 11. 1. Zech. 3. 8. Mal. 4.2.
8 I sa. 51 9.
9 Peal. 33. 10.
10 1 Sam. 2 6 11 Psal. 34. 10.
13 Gen. 17.19. Psal. 132. 11.
18 Or, for.