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VERBA VERBI.

THE WORDS OF JESUS

Arranged in order of time :

AS A DAILY COMPANION,

EPITOME OF THE GOSPEL,

AND TREASURY OF MENTAL PRAYER.

BY

EDWARD CASWALL,

PRIEST OF THE ORATORY OF ST. PHILIP NERI.

CREDO QUIDQUID DIXIT DEI FILIUS.

LONDON:

BURNS & LAMBERT, 17 PORTMÁN STREET,

AND 63 PATERNOSTER ROW.

1855.

138. d. 131

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LONDON: PRINTED BY ROBSON, LEVEY, AND FRANKLYN,

Great New Street and Fetter Lane.

TO THE DEVOUT CHILDREN

OF ST. PHILIP,

THIS COMPENDIUM

OF THE MOST SACRED WORDS

OF ETERNAL LIFE

IS DEDICATED,

IN THE AFFECTIONATE HOPE THAT,

THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF OUR HOLY FATHER,

IT MAY CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS FORMING IN THEM,

BY DIVINE GRACE,

THAT MIND

WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS

OUR LORD.

“The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."-St. John vi. 64.

Vos ut doceret, induit
Vocis sonos Verbum Patris;
Vestris adhuc in paginis
Nobis loqui non desinit.

Wrapp'd in a voice of mortal mould,

The Father's viewless Word,
To you His truths eternal told ;
And still, as we your page unfold,

That selfsame voice is heard.

HYMN TO THE EVANGELISTS,

in the Monastic Breviary of Cluny.

PREFACE.

The collection of our dear Lord's most gracious and life-giving words here presented to the reader, does not make any pretension to originality; being little more than the Verba a Christo prolata of the Scripturæ Sacræ Cursus Completus, harmonised agreeably with the Concordia Evangelica in the same admirable Series. Its object cannot, perhaps, be better expressed than in the language of those to whom, as far as the Editor is aware, the first idea of it is due.

“In a former volume,” remark the Editors of the Cursus, “we exhibited in one connection all those passages of the Old Testament which are quoted by our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the New ; here, in a similar manner, we bring together, under one view, our Lord's own sacred oracles, as respectively recorded by His four Evangelists. The devout soul will thus be at liberty to contemplate in one context, without break or hindrance, those all-divino utterances, which, issuing from the lips of uncreated Wisdom, were committed to Holy Scripture, by in.

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