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is light. Wherefore he saith, when he cometh, he findeth it Awake, thou that sleepest, and swept and garnished. Then arise from the dead, and CHRIST goeth he, and taketh to him shall give thee light.

seven other spirits more wicked

than himself, and they enter in, The Gospel. St. Luke xi. 14. 1

and dwell there ; and the last JESUS was casting out a state of that man is worse than devil, and it was dumb. And it the first. And it came to pass, came to pass, when the devil as he spake these things, a cerwas gone out, the dumb spake ; tain woman of the company and the people wondered. But lift up her voice, and said unto some of them said, He casteth him, Blessed is the womb that out devils through Beelzebub, bare thee, and the paps which the chief of the devils. And thou hast sucked. But he said, others, tempting him, sought Yea, rather blessed are they of him a sign from heaven. that hear the word of God, and But he, knowing their thoughts, keep it. said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT. to desolation; and a house

The Collect. divided against a house, falleth. GRANT, we beseech thee, If Satan also be divided against Almighty God, that we, who himself, how shall his kingdom for our evil deeds do worthily stand ? because ye say that I deserve to be punished, by the cast out devils through Beelze-l comfort of thy grace may merbub. And if I by Beelzebub cifully be relieved, through cast out devils, by whom do our Lord and Saviour JESUS your sons cast them out? there- Christ. Amen. fore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God

The Epistle. Gal. iv. 21. cast out devils, no doubt the TELL me, ye that desire to kingdom of God is come upon be under the law, do ye not you. When a strong man hear the law ? For it is written, armed keepeth his palace, his that Abraham had two sons, goods are in peace; but when the one by a bond-maid, the a stronger than he shall come other by a free-woman. But upon him and overcome him, he who was of the bond-woman he taketh from him all his ar- was born after the flesh; but mour wherein he trusted, and he of the free-woman was by divideth his spoils. He that is promise. Which things are not with me, is against me; and an allegory : for these are the he that gathereth not with me, two covenants; the one from scattereth. When the unclean Mount Sinai, which gendereth spirit is gone out of a man, he to bondage, which is Agar. walketh through dry places, For this Agar is Mount Sinai seeking rest; and finding none, in Arabia, and answereth to he saith, I will return unto my Jerusalem which now is, and is house whence I came out. And in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above, Peter's brother, saith unto him, is free; which is the mother There is a lad here which hath of us all. For it is written, five barley loaves, and two Rejoice, thou barren that bear- small fishes; but what are they est not; break forth and cry, among so many ? And JESUS thou that travailest not; for said, Make the men sit down. the desolate hath many more Now there was much grass in children than she which hath the place. So the men sat an husband. Now we, brethren, down, in number about five as Isaac was, are the children thousand. And Jesus took the of promise. But as then, he loaves, and when he had given that was born after the flesh thanks, he distributed to the persecuted him that was born disciples, and the disciples to after the spirit; even so it is them that were set down, and now. Nevertheless, what saith likewise of the fishes as much the Scripture? Cast out the as they would. When they bond-woman and her son ; for were filled, he said unto his the son of the bond-woman disciples, Gather up the frag. shall not be heir with the son ments that remain, that nothing of the free-woman. So then, be lost. Therefore they gabrethren, we are not children thered them together, and filled of the bond-woman, but of the twelve baskets with the fragfree.

ments of the five barley loaves,

i which remained over and above The Gospel. St. John vi. 1. ||

unto them that had eaten. Then JESUS went over the sea of those men, when they had seen Galilee, which is the sea of the miracle that JESUS did, Tiberias. And a great multi- said, This is of a truth that tude followed him, because they prophet that should come into saw his miracles which he did the world. on them that were diseased. And JESUS went up into a THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT. mountain, and there he sat with

The Collect. his disciples. And the pass

WE beseech thee, Almighty over, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then list |

God, mercifully to look upon

thy people; that by thy great up his eyes, and saw a great

goodness they may be governed company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall

i and preserved evermore, both

lin body and soul, through JESUS we buy bread that these mayo

ay Christ our Lord. Amen. eat ? (And this he said to prove

, him ; for he himself knew what The Epistle. Heb. ix, 11. he would do.) Philip answer CHRIST being come an high ed him, Two hundred penny- priest of good things to come, worth of bread is not sufficient by a greater and more perfect for them, that every one of tabernacle, not made with them may, take a little. One hands; that is to say, not of of his disciples, Andrew, Simon (this building ; neither by the

blood of goats and calves ; but shall never taste of death. Art by his own blood he entered in thou greater than our father once into the holy place, having Abraham, which is dead ? and obtained eternal redemption for the prophets are dead: whom us. For if the blood of bulls makest thou thyself? Jesus anand of goats, and the ashes of swered, If I honour myself, my an heifer sprinkling the unclean, honour is nothing; it is my sanctifieth to the purifying of Father that honoureth me, of the flesh; how much more whom ye say, that he is your shall the blood of CHRIST, who, God: yet ye have not known through the eternal Spirit, him ; but I know him : and if I offered himself without spot to should say I know him not, I God, purge your conscience shall be a liar like unto you; from dead works to serve the but I know him, and keep his living God? And for this cause saying. Your father Abraham he is the Mediator of the new rejoiced to see my day, and he Testament, that by means of saw it, and was glad. Then death, for the redemption of said the Jews unto him, Thou the transgressions that were art not yet fifty years old, and under the first Testament, they hast thou seen Abraham? JESUS which are called might receive said unto them, Verily, verily, the promise of eternal inherit- I say unto you, before Abraham ance,

was, I am. Then took they up The Gospel. St. John viii. 46. hid himself, and went out of

stones to cast at him; but JESUS JESUS said, Which of you the temple. convinceth me of sin ? And if I say the truth, why do ye not THE SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE believe me? He that is of God,

EASTER. heareth God's words; ye there

The Collect. fore hear them not, because ye

ALMIGHTY and everlasting are not of God. Then answer

God, who, of thy tender love ed the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well, that thou art

towards mankind, hast sent thy

Son our Saviour Jesus CHRIST, a Samaritan, and hast a devil ?

to take upon him our flesh, Jesus answered, I have not a devil: but I honour my Father,

and to suffer death upon the and ye do dishonour me. And follow the example of his great

cross, that all mankind should I seek not mine own glory :| there is one that seeketh and humility ; mercifully grant that judgeth. Verily, verily, I say

we may both follow the exam

ay ple of his patience, and also be unto you, If a man keep my

made partakers of his resurrecsaying, he shall never see death. tion Then said the Jews unto him,

• tion, through the same Jesus Now we know that thou hast a

Christ our Lord. Amen. devil : Abraham is dead, and The Epistle. Phil. ii. 5. the prophets; and thou sayest, LET this mind be in you, If a man keep my saying, hel which was also in CHRIST JESUS ; who being in the form because it is the price of blood. of God, thought it not robbery And they took counsel, and to be equal with God; but made bought with them the potter's himself of no reputation, and field to bury strangers in. took upon him the form of a Wherefore that field was called, servant, and was made in the The field of blood, unto this likeness of men : and being day. (Then was fulfilled that found in fashion as a man, he which was spoken by Jeremy humbled himself, and became the prophet, saying, And they obedient unto death, even the took the thirty pieces of silver, death of the cross. Wherefore the price of him that was valuGod also hath highly exalted ed, whom they of the children him, and given him a name of Israel did value, and gave which is above every name; them for the potter's field, as that at the name of Jesus every the Lord appointed me.) And knee should bow, of things in JESUS stood before the governheaven, and things in earth, or; and the governor asked and things under the earth ; him, saying, Art thou the king and that every tongue should of the Jews? And Jesus said confess that Jesus CHRIST is unto him, Thou sayest. And Lord, to the glory of God the when he was accused of the Father.

chief priests and elders, he anThe Gospel. St. Matt. xxvii. 1.

swered nothing. Then saith

Pilate unto him, Hearest thou WHEN the morning was not how many things they witcome, all the chief priests and ness against thee? And he anelders of the people took coun- swered him to never a word, sel against JESUS to put him to insomuch that the governor death. And when they had marvelled greatly. Now at that bound him, they led him away, feast the governor was wont to and delivered him to Pontius release unto the people a pri. Pilate the governor. Then soner, whom they would. And Judas, who had betrayed him, they had then a notable prisonwhen he saw that he was con- er, called Barabbas. Therefore, demned, repented himself, and when they were gathered tobrought again the thirty pieces gether, Pilate said unto them, of silver to the chief priests and Whom will ye that I release elders, saying, I have sinned, unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, in that I have betrayed the in- which is called CHRIST? For nocent blood. And they said, he knew that for envy they had What is that to us? see thou delivered him. When he was to that. And he cast down the set down on the judgment-seat, pieces of silver in the temple, his wife sent unto him, saying, and departed, and went and Have thou nothing to do with hanged himself. And the chief that just man; for I have sufpriests took the silver pieces, fered many things this day in a and said, It is not lawful for to dream because of him. But put them into the treasury, the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they found a man of Cyrene, they should ask Barabbas, and Simon by name ; him they destroy Jesús. The governor compelled to bear his cross. answered and said unto them, And when they were come unto Whether of the twain will ye a place called Golgotha, that is that I release unto you? They to say, a place of a skull, they said, Barabbas. Pilate saith gave him vinegar to drink minunto them, What shall I do gled with gall; and when he then with Jesus, which is called had tasted thereof, he would CHRIST ? They all say unto not drink. And they crucified him, Let him be crucified. And him, and parted his garments, the governor said, Why, what casting lots : that it might be evil hath he done? But they fulfilled, which was spoken by cried out the more, saying, Let the prophet, They parted my him be crucified. When Pilate garments among them, and saw that he could prevail no- upon my vesture did they cast thing, but that rather a tumult lots. And sitting down, they was made, he took water, and watched him there ; and set washed his hands before the up over his head his accusamultitude, saying, I am innocent tion written, THIS IS JESUS of the blood of this just person: THE KING OF THE JEWS. see ye to it. Then answered all | Then were there two thieves the people, and said, His blood crucified with him, one on the be on us, and on our children. right hand, and another on the Then released he Barabbas left. And they that passed by unto them: and when he had reviled him, wagging their scourged Jesus, he delivered heads, and saying, Thou that him to be crucified. Then destroyest the temple, and the soldiers of the governor buildest it in three days, save took Jesus into the common- thyself: if thou be the Son of hall, and gathered unto him the .GOD, come down from the cross. whole band of soldiers. And Likewise also the chief priests, they stripped him, and put mocking him, with the scribes on him a scarlet robe. And and elders, said, He saved when they had platted a crown others, himself he cannot save: of thorns, they put it upon his if he be the King of Israel, let head, and a reed in his right him now come down from the hand; and they bowed the knee cross, and we will believe him. before him, and mocked him, He trusted in God; let him saying, Hail, King of the Jews! deliver him now, if he will And they spit upon him, and have him : for he said, I am took the reed and smote him the Son of God. The thieves on the head. And after that also which were crucified with they had mocked him, they him, cast the same in his teeth took the robe off from him, and Now from the sixth hour there put his own raiment on him, was darkness over all the land, and led him away to crucify unto the ninth hour. And him. And as they came out, about the ninth hour, JESUS

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