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the sea, and there was a great The Epistle. Col. iii. 12. calm. But the men marvelled, PUT on therefore (as the elect saying, What manner of man is of God, holy and beloved) bowthis, that even the winds and the els of mercies, kindness, humblesea obey him? And when he was ness of mind, meekness, long-sufcome to the other side, into the fering; forbearing one another, country of the Gergesenes, there and forgiving one another, if any met him two possessed with de-man have a quarrel against any; vils, coming out of the tombs, even as Christ forgave you, so exceeding fierce, so that no man also do ye. And, above all these might pass by that way. And things, put on Charity, which is behold, they cried out, saying, the bond of perfectness. And let What have we to do with thee, the peace of God rule in your Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou hearts, to the which also ye are come hither to torment us before called in one body; and be ye the time? And there was a good thankful. Let the word of Christ way off from them an herd of dwell in you richly in all wisdom; many swine, feeding. So the de- teaching and admonishing one vils besought him, saying, If thou another in psalms, and hymns, cast us out, suffer us to go away and spiritual songs; singing with into the herd of swine. And he grace in your hearts to the Lord. said unto them, Go. And when And whatsoever ye do in word they were come out, they went or deed, do all in the name of the into the herd of swine; and be- Lord Jesus; giving thanks to God hold, the whole herd of swine and the Father by him. ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the good seed in his field. But while city, and told every thing, and men slept, his enemy came and what was befallen to the possess-sowed tares among the wheat, ed of the devils. And behold, the and went his way. But when the whole city came out to meet Je-blade was sprung up, and brought sus; and when they saw him, forth fruit, then appeared the they besought him, that he would tares also. So the servants of the depart out of their coasts. householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good. seed in thy field? from whence then bath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. Lord, we beseech thee to The servants said unto him, Wilt keep thy Church and House-thou then that we go and gather hold continually in thy true reli- them up? But he said, Nay; gion, that they who do lean only lest, while ye gather up the tares, upon the hope of thy heavenly ye root up also the wheat with grace, may evermore be defend them. Let both grow together ed by thy mighty power, through until the harvest; and in the time Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen. of harvest I will say to the reap
The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24. THE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed
The fifth Sunday after the
ers, Gather ye together first the children, let no man deceive tares, and bind them in bundles you: he that doeth righteousness to burn them; but gather the is righteous, even as he is righwheat into my barn. teous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
.The sixth Sunday after the
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23. THEN if any man shall unto you, Lo, here is Christ,
God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; grant us, we be- or there; believe it not. Forthere seech thee, that having this hope, shall arise false Christs and false we may purify ourselves, even as prophets, and shall show great he is pure; that when he shall ap-signs and wonders; insomuch pear again with power and great that (if it were possible) they glory, we may be made like unto shall deceive the very elect. Behim in his eternal and glorious hold, I have told you before. kingdom; where, with thee, O Wherefore, if they should say Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, unto you, Behold, he is in the he liveth and reigneth, ever one desert; go not forth: behold, be God, world without end. Amen. is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning comThe Epistle. 1 John, iii. 1. eth out of the east, and shineth BEHOLD what manner of love even unto the west; so shall also the Father hath bestowed the coming of the Son of man upon us, that we should be called be. For wheresoever the carthe sons of God; therefore the case is, there will the eagles be world knoweth us not, because it gathered together. Immediately knew him not. Beloved, now are after the tribulation of those we the sons of God; and it doth days, shall the sun be darkened, not yet appear what we shall be: and the moon shall not give but we know, that when he shall her light, and the stars shall fall appear, we shall be like him; for from heaven, and the powers of we shall see him as he is. And the heavens shall be shaken. And every man that hath this hope in then shall appear the sign of the him purifieth himself, even as he Son of man in heaven; and then is pure. Whosoever committeth shall all the tribes of the earth sin, transgresseth also the law; mourn,and they shall see the Son of for sin is the transgression of the man coming in the clouds of healaw. And ye know that he was ven, with power and great glory. manifested to take away our sins; And he shall send his angels with and in him is no sin. Whosoever a great sound of a trumpet, and abideth in him, sinneth not: they shall gather together his whosoever sinneth, hath not seen elect from the four winds, from him, neither known him. Little one end of heaven to the other.
cause no man hath hired us. He
The Sunday called Septuagesima, And about the eleventh hour he or the third Sunday before Lent. went out, and found others standThe Collect. ing idle, and saith unto them, Lord, we beseech thee favour-Why stand ye here all the day ably to hear the prayers of idle? They say unto him, Bethy people, that we, who are just-saith unto them, Go ye also into ly punished for our offences, may the vineyard, and whatsoever is be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy when even was come, the Lord right, that shall ye receive. So name, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost. ever one God, world without end.
of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their bire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they re
The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. KNOW ye not, that they which
ceived every man a penny. But run in a race, run all, but one when the first came they suppos receiveth the prize? So run, that ed that they should have receivye may obtain. And every man ed more; and they likewise rethat striveth for the mastery, is ceived every man a penny. And temperate in all things. Now when they had received it, they they do it to obtain a corruptible murmured against the good man crown, but we an incorruptible: of the house, saying, These last I therefore so run, not as uncer- have wrought but one hour, and tainly; so fight I, not as one that thou hast made them equal unto beateth the air: But I keep under us, which have borne the burden my body, and bring it into sub-and heat of the day. But he anjection, lest that by any means, swered one of them, and said, when I have preached to others, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst I myself should be a castaway. not thou agree with me for a penThe Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. ny? Take that thine is, and go THE kingdom of heaven is like thy way; I will give unto this last unto a man that is an house-even as unto thee. Is it not lawholder, which went out early in ful for me to do what I will with the morning to hire labourers into mine own? Is thine eye evil, behis vineyard. And when he had cause I am good? So the last agreed with the labourers for a shall be first, and the first last; for penny a day, he sent them into many be called, but few chosen. his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the mar ket-place, and said unto them Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way
Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing Again he went out about the sixth that we do; mercifully grant that and ninth hour, and did likewise, by thy power we may be defend
The Sunday called Sexagesima, or the second Sunday before Lent. The Collect.“
The Gospel. St. Luke, viii. 4. WHEN much people were ga The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. thered together, and were YE suffer fools gladly, seeing come to him out of every city, ye yourselves are wise. For he spake by a parable: A sower ye suffer if a man bring you into went out to sow his seed; and as bondage, if a man devour you, if he sowed, some fell by the way a man take of you, if a man exalt side, and it was trodden down, himself, if a man smite you on and the fowls of the air devoured the face. I speak as concerning it; and some fell upon a rock, and reproach, as though we had been as soon as it was sprung up, it weak: howbeit, whereinsoever withered away, because it lacked any is bold (I speak foolishly) I moisture; and some fell among am bold also. Are they Hebrews? thorns, and the thorns sprang up so am I are they Israelites? so with it, and choaked it; and other am I are they the seed of Abra- fell on good ground, and sprang ham? so am I: are they ministers up, and bare fruit an hundred fold. of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am And when he had said these more: In labours more abundant; things, he cried, He that bath in stripes above measure; in pri-ears to hear, let him hear. And sons more frequent; in deaths oft. his disciples asked him, saying, Of the Jews five times received I What might this parable be? And forty stripes save one; thrice was he said, Unto you it is given to I beaten with rods; once was I know the mysteries of the king stoned; thrice I suffered ship-dom of God: but to others in wreck; a night and a day I have parables; that seeing they might been in the deep; in journeyings not see, and hearing they might often; in perils of waters; in pe- not understand. Now the pa rils of robbers; in perils by mine rable is this: the seed is the own countrymen; in perils by word of God. Those by the way the heathen; in perils in the city; side are they that hear; then in perils in the wilderness; in pe- cometh the devil, and taketh away rils in the sea; in perils among the word out of their hearts, lest false brethren; in weariness and they should believe and be sav painfulness; in watchings often; ed. They on the rock are they, in hunger and thirst; in fastings which, when they hear, receive often; in cold and nakedness; be- the word with joy; and these sides those things that are with have no root, which for a while out, that which cometh upon me believe, and in time of tempta daily, the care of all the Churches. tion fall away. And that which Who is weak, and I am not weak? fell among thorns are they, which, who is offended, and I burn not? when they have heard, go forth, If I must needs glory, I will glory and are choaked with cares, and of the things which concern mine riches, and pleasures of this life, infirmities. The God and Father and bring no fruit to perfection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which But that on the good ground are is blessed for evermore, knoweth they, which, in an honest and that I lie not. good heart, having heard the
ed against all adversity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
word, keep it, and bring forth fruit ther there be knowledge, it shall
vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I unLord, who hast taught us that derstood as a child. I thought as all our doings without charity a child; but when I became a are nothing worth; send thy Holy man, I put away childish things. Ghost, and pour into our hearts For now we see through a glass that most excellent gift of charity, darkly; but then face to face: very bond of peace, and of now I know in part; but then all virtues; without which, who- shall I know even as also I am soever liveth is counted dead be-known. And now abideth faith, fore thee: Grant this for thine hope, charity, these three; but only Son Jesus Christ's sake. the greatest of these is charity. Amen. The Gospel. St. Luke, xviii, 31. THEN Jesus took unto him the twelve, and
The Sunday called Quinquages inla, or the next Sunday before Lent.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. THOUGH I speak with the
tongues of men and of angels, Behold, we go said unto them,
Jerusalem, and have not charity, I am be- and all things that are written by come as sounding brass or a tink- the prophets concerning the Son ling cymbal: And though I have of man shall be accomplished. the gift of prophecy, and under- For he shall be delivered unto stand all mysteries, and all know-the Gentiles, and shall be mockledge; and though I have all faith, ed, and spitefully entreated, and so that I could remove moun-spitted on: And they shall scourge tains, and have not charity, I am him, and put him to death; and nothing. And though I bestow the third day he shall rise again. all my goods to feed the poor, And they understood none of and though I give my body to be these things: and this saying burned, and have not charity, it was hid from them, neither knew profiteth me nothing. Charity they the things which were sposuffereth long, and is kind; cha-ken. And it came to pass, that as rity envieth not; charity vaunt-he was come nigh unto Jericho, eth not itself; is not puffed up; a certain blind man sa sat by the doth not behave itself unseemly; way side begging; and hearing seeketh not her own; is not easi- the multitude pass by, he asked ly provoked; thinketh no evil; what it meant. And they told rejoiceth not in iniquity, but re- him, that Jesus of Nazareth passjoiceth in the truth; beareth all ed by. And he cried, saying, things, believeth all things, hop- Jesus, thou Son of David, have eth all things, endureth all things. mercy on me. And they which Charity never faileth: but whe-went before rebuked him, that he ther there be prophecies, they should hold his peace; but he shall fail; whether there be cried so much the more, Thou tongues, they shall cease; whe-Son of David, have mercy on