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the fourth beast was like a is flesh; and that which is born flying eagle. And the four of the SPIRIT, is spirit. Marvel beasts had each of them six not that I said unto thee, ye wings about him; and they were must be born again. The wind full of eyes within : and they bloweth where it listeth, and rest not day and night, saying, thou hearest the sound thereof, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God but canst not tell whence it ALMIGHTY, who was, and is, cometh, and whither it goeth; and is to come. And when so is every one that is born those beasts give glory, and of the Spirit. Nicodemus honour, and thanks to him that answered and said unto him, sat on the throne, who liveth How can these things be? for ever and ever, the four and JESUS answered and said unto twenty elders fall down before him, Art thou a master of Israel, him that sat on the throne, and and knowest not these things? worship him that liveth for ever Verily, verily, I say unto thee, and ever, and cast their crowns we speak that we do know, and before the throne, saying, Thou testify that we have seen; and art worthy, O LORD, to receive ye receive not our witness. If glory, and honour, and power; I have told you earthly things, for thou hast created all things, and ye believe not; how shall and for thy pleasure they are, ye believe, if I tell you of and were created.
heavenly things? And no man The Gospel. St. John iii. 1.
hath ascended up to heaven,
Photo but he that came down from THERE was a man of the heaven, even the Son of man, Pharisees, named Nicodemus, who is in heaven. And as a ruler of the Jews : the same Moses lifted up the serpent in came to Jesus by night, and the wilderness, even so must said unto him, Rabbi, we know the Son of man be lifted up; that thou art a teacher come that whosoever believeth in from God : for no man can do him should not perish, but these miracles that thou doest, have eternal life. except God be with him. JESUS answered and said unto him,
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
TRINITY. except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
The Collect. Nicodemus saith unto him, How O GOD, the strength of all can a man be born when he is those who put their trust in old ? can he enter the second thee, mercifully accept our time into his mother's womb, prayers; and because, through and be born? Jesus answered, the weakness of our mortal Verily, verily, I say unto thee, nature, we can do no good except a man be born of water, thing without thee, grant us and of the spirit, he cannot the help of thy grace, that in enter into the kingdom of God. keeping thy commandments That which is born of the flesh, we may please thee, both in
will and deed, through Jesus We love him, because he first CHRIST our Lord, Amen. loved us. If a man say, I love
God, and hateth his brother, The Epistle. 1 John iv. 7. he is a liar: for he that loveth
BELOVED, let us love one not his brother, whom he hath another : for love is of God, seen, how can he love God, and every one that loveth is whom he hath not seen? And born of God, and knoweth God. this commandment have we He that loveth not, knoweth from him, that he who loveth not God; for God is love. In God, love his brother also. this was manifested the love of my
| The Gospel. St. Luke xvi. 19. GOD towards us, because that|God sent his only begotten Son THERE was a certain rich into the world, that we might man, who was clothed in purple live through him. Herein is and fine linen, and fared love, not that we loved God, sumptuously every day. And but that he loved us, and sent there was a certain beggar, his Son to be the propitiation named Lazarus, who was laid for our sins. Beloved, if God at his gate, full of sores; and so loved us, we ought also to desiring to be fed with the love one another. No man crumbs which fell from the rich hath seen God at any time. If man's table : moreover, the we love one another, God dogs came and licked his sores. dwelleth in us, and his love is And it came to pass that the perfected in uş. Hereby know beggar died, and was carried we that we dwell in him, and by the angels into Abraham's he in us; because he hath given bosom: the rich man also died. us of his Spirit. And we have and was buried : and in hell he seen and do testify, that the lifted up his eyes, being in FATHER sent the Son to be the torments, and seeth Abraham Saviour of the world. Who-afar off, and Lazarus in his soever shall confess that Jesus bosom. And he cried, and said, is the Son of God, God Father Abraham, have mercy dwelleth in him, and he in on me, and send Lazarus, that God. And we have known he may dip the tip of his finger and believed the love that God in water, and cool my tongue, hath to us. God is love; and for I am tormented in this he that dwelleth in love, flame. But Abraham said, Son, dwelleth in God, and God in remember that thou in thy lifehim. Herein is our love made time receivedst thy good things, perfect, that we may have and likewise Lazarus evil things; boldness in the day of judgment; but now he is comforted, and because as he is, so are we in thou art tormented. And this world. There is no fear besides all this, between us and in love ; but perfect love you there is a great gulph fixed: casteth out fear; because fear so that they who would pass hath torment: he that feareth, from hence to you cannot; is not made perfect in love. I neither can they pass to us that
would come from thence. Then to lay down our lives for the he said, I pray thee therefore, brethren. But whoso hath this father, that thou wouldest send world's good, and seeth his him to my father's house ; for brother have need, and shutteth I have five brethren : that he up his bowels of compassion may testify unto them, lest they from him ; how dwelleth the also come into this place of love of God in him ? My little torment. Abraham saith unto children, let us not love in word, him, They have Moses and the neither in tongue ; but in deed, Prophets ; let them hear them. and in truth. And hereby we And he said, Nay, father Abra- know that we are of the truth, ham; but if one went unto and shall assure our hearts them from the dead, they will before him. For if our heart repent. And he said unto him, condemn us, God is greater If they hear not Moses and the than our heart, and knoweth al] Prophets, neither will they be things. Beloved, if our heart persuaded, though one rose condemn us not, then have we from the dead.
.confidence towards God. And
whatsoever we ask, we receive THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER
of him, because we keep his TRINITY.
commandments, and do those
things that are pleasing in his The Collect.
sight. And this is his comO LORD, who never failest mandment, That we should to help and govern those whom believe on the name of his Son thou dost bring up in thy JESUS Christ, and love one steadfast fear and love ; keep another, as he gave us comus, we beseech thee, under the mandment. And he that keepeth protection of thy good provi- his commandments, dwelleth in dence, and make us to have him, and he in him : and hereby a perpetual fear and love of we know, that he abideth in thy holy name, through Jesus us, by the Spirit which he hath Christ our Lord. Amen. given us. The Epistle. 1 John iii. 13. The Gospel. St. Luke xiv. 16.
MARVEL not, my brethren, A CERTAIN man made a if the world hate you. We great supper, and bade many ; know that we have passed from and sent his servant at supperdeath unto life, because we time, to say to them that were love the brethren. He that bidden, Come, for all things loveth not his brother, abideth are now ready. And they all in death. Whosoever hateth with one consent began to his brother, is a murderer: and make excuse. The first said ye know that no murderer unto him, I have bought a piece hath eternal life abiding in him. of ground, and I must needs go Hereby perceive we the love and see it; I pray thee have of God, because he laid down me excused. And another said, his life for us : and we ought I have bought five yoke of
THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
103 oxen, and I go to prove them; vigilant; because your adverI pray thee have me excused. sary the devil, as a roaring lion, And another said, I have mar- walketh about, seeking whom ried a wife, and therefore I he may devour: whom resist, cannot come. So that servant steadfast in the faith; knowing came, and showed his lord these that the same afflictions are things. Then the master of the accomplished in your brethren house, being angry, said to his that are in the world. But the servant, Go out quickly into the God of all grace, who hath streets and lanes of the city, called us unto his eternal glory and bring in hither the poor, by CHRIST Jesus, after that ye and the maimed, and the halt, have suffered awhile, make you and the blind. And the servant perfect, stablish, strengthen, said, Lord, it is done as thou settle you. To him be glory hast commanded, and yet there and dominion for ever and is room. And the lord said ever. Amen. unto the servant, Go out into | the highways and hedges, and The Gospel. St. Luke xv. 1. compel them to come in, that' THEN drew near unto him my house may be filled : for I all the publicans and sinners for say unto you, that none of those to hear him. And the Pharisees men which were bidden shall and Scribes murmured, saying, taste of my supper.
This man receiveth sinners,
and eateth with them. And he THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER
spake this parable unto them, TRINITY,
saying, What man of you
having an hundred sheep, if The Collect.
he lose one of them, doth not O LORD, we beseech thee leave the ninety and nine in the mercifully to hear us; and grant wilderness, and go after that that we, to whom thou hast which is lost, until he find it ? given an hearty desire to pray, And when he hath found it, may, by thy mighty aid, be he layeth it on his shoulders, defended and comforted in all rejoicing. And when he cometh dangers and adversities, through home, he calleth together his JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. friends and neighbours, saying
Junto them, Rejoice with me, The Epistle. 1 St. Peter v. 5. for I have found my sheep
ALL of you be subject one which was lost. I say unto to another, and be clothed with you, that likewise joy shall humility : for God resisteth the be in heaven over one sinner proud, and giveth grace to the that repenteth, more than over humble. Humble yourselves ninety and nine just persons, therefore under the mighty which need no repentance. hand of God, that he may exalt Either what woman having ten you in due time: casting all pieces of silver, if she lose one your care upon him; for he piece, doth not light a candle, careth for you. Be sober, bel and sweep the house, and seek
diligently till she find it? And ourselves also, which have the when she hath found it, she first fruits of the Spirit, even calleth her friends and her neigh- we ourselves groan within bours together, saying, Rejoice ourselves, waiting for the with me, for I have found the adoption, to wit, the redemption piece which I had lost. Like- of our body. wise, I say unto you, there is The Gospel. St. Luke vi. 36. joy in the presence of the
BE ye therefore merciful, as angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be
judged: condemn not, and ye THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER
shall not be condemned : forTRINITY.
give, and ye shall be forgiven: The Collect.
give, and it shall be given unto O GOD, the protector of all you; good measure, pressed that trust in thee, without whom down, and shaken together, and nothing is strong, nothing is running over, shall men give holy ; increase and multiply into your bosom. For with upon us thy mercy; that thou the same measure that ye mete being our ruler and guide, we withal, it shall be measured to may so pass through things you again. And he spake a temporal, that we finally lose parable unto them: Can the not the things eternal : Grant blind lead the blind? shall they this, o heavenly Father, for not both fall into the ditch ? Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. The disciple is not above his Amen.
master; but every one that is The Epistle. Rom. viii. 18.
Finistle Rom. viii. 18. perfect shall be as his master I RECKON that the suffer
And why beholdest thou the
mote that is in thy brother's eye, ings of this present time are : not worthy to be compared
but perceivest not the beam with the glory which shall be
that is in thine own eye? Either revealed in us. For the earnest
how canst thou say to thy bro
ther, Brother, let me pull out the expectation of the creature
mote that is in thine eye, when waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the
thou thyself beholdest not the
beam that is in thine own eye? creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by
Thou hypocrite, cast out first
the beam out of thine own eye, reason of him who hath sub
and then shalt thou see clearly jected the same in hope : because the creature itself also
to pull out the mote that is in shall be delivered from the ny brother's eye. bondage of corruption, into the
THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER glorious liberty of the children]
TRINITY. of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth, and
The Collect. travaileth in pain together until GRANT, O Lord, we beseech now: and not only they, but thee, that the course of this