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The Gospel. St. Luke xiv. 1. THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY
IT came to pass, as Jesus went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread, LORD, we beseech thee, on the Sabbath-day, that they grant thy people grace to withwatched him. And behold, stand the temptations of the there was a certain man before world, the flesh, and the devil; him, who had the dropsy. And and with pure hearts and minds JESUS answering spake unto to follow thee, the only GoD, the CHRIST Our Lawyers and Pharisees, through JESUS saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath-day? And they The Epistle. 1 Cor. i. 4. held their peace. And he took I THANK my God always him, and healed him, and let on your behalf, for the him go; and answered them, GOD which is given you by saying, Which of you shall JESUS CHRIST; that in every have an ass or an ox fallen into thing ye are enriched by him, a pit, and will not straightway in all utterance, and in all pull him out on the Sabbath- knowledge; even as the_testiday? And they could not mony of CHRIST was confirmed answer him again to these in you. So that ye come behind things. And he put forth a in no gift; waiting for the parable to those who were bidden, when he marked how CHRIST, who shall also confirm coming of our Lord JESUS they chose out the chief rooms; you unto the end, that ye may saying unto them, When thou be blameless in the day of our art bidden of any man to a Lord JESUS CHRIST. wedding, sit not down in the highest room, lest a
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxii. 34.
honourable man than thou be WHEN the Pharisees had bidden of him; and he that heard that JESUS had put the bade thee and him come and Sadducees to silence, they were say to thee, Give this man place; gathered together. Then one and thou begin with shame to of them, who was a lawyer, take the lowest room. But asked him a question, tempting when thou art bidden, go and him, and saying, Master, which sit down in the lowest room; is the great commandment in that when he that bade thee the law? JESUS said unto him, cometh, he may say unto thee, Thou shalt love the LORD thy Friend, go up higher: then GOD with all thy heart, and shalt thou have worship in with all thy soul, and with all the presence of them that thy mind: This is the first and sit at meat with thee. For great commandment. And the
whosoever exalteth himself, second is like unto it, Thou shall be abased: and he that shalt love thy neighbour as humbleth himself, shall be thyself. On these two comexalted. mandments hang all the law
and the prophets. While the that ye have heard him, and Pharisees were gathered toge- have been taught by him, as ther, JESUS asked them, saying, the truth is in JESUS: that ye What think ye of CHRIST? put off, concerning the former whose son is he? They say conversation, the old man, unto him, The son of David. which is corrupt according to He saith unto them, How then the deceitful lusts; and be doth David in spirit call him renewed in the spirit of your Lord, saying, The LORD said mind: and that ye put on the unto my Lord, Sit thou on my new man, which after GoD is right hand, till I make thine created in righteousness and enemies thy footstool? If David true holiness. Wherefore putthen call him Lord, how is he ting away lying, speak every his son? And no man was able man truth with his neighbour: to answer him a word, neither for we are members one of durst any man, from that day forth, ask him any more questions.
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O GOD, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; mercifully grant that thy HOLY SPIRIT may in all things direct and rule our hearts, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole, steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. grieve not the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. The Epistle. Ephes. iv. 17. Let all bitterness, and wrath, THIS I say therefore, and and anger, and clamour, and testify in the LORD, that ye evil-speaking, be put away from henceforth walk not as other you, with all malice. And be Gentiles walk, in the vanity of ye kind one to another, tendertheir mind; having the under-hearted, forgiving one another, standing darkened, being alien- even as GOD for CHRIST's sake ated from the life of GOD, hath forgiven you. through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 1. of their heart: who, being past JESUS entered into a ship, feeling, have given themselves and passed over, and came into over unto lasciviousness, to his own city. And behold, they work all uncleanness with brought to him a man sick of greediness. But ye have not the palsy, lying on a bed. And so learned CHRIST; if so be JESUS, seeing their faith, said
unto the sick of the palsy, Son, SPIRIT: speaking to yourselves be of good cheer, thy sins be in psalms and hymns and forgiven thee. And behold, spiritual songs, singing and certain of the scribes said within making melody in your heart themselves, This man blas- to the LORD; giving thanks phemeth. And JESUS, knowing always for all things unto God their thoughts, said, Wherefore and the FATHER, in the name think ye evil in your hearts? of our Lord JESUS CHRIST ; For whether is easier to say, submitting yourselves one to Thy sins be forgiven thee? or another in the fear of God. to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxii. 1.
JESUS said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son; and sent forth his servants to call them that were
departed to his house. But bidden to the wedding: and when the multitude saw it, they they would not come. Again, marvelled, and glorified GoD, he sent forth other servants, who had given such power saying, Tell them who
THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY
bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, O ALMIGHTY and most one to his farm, another to his merciful God, of thy bountiful merchandize: and the remnant goodness keep us, we beseech took his servants, and entreated thee, from all things that may them spitefully, and slew them. hurt us; that we, being ready But when the king heard both in body and soul, may thereof, he was wroth and cheerfully accomplish those he sent forth his armies, and things which thou commandest, destroyed those murderers, and through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
burnt up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were The Epistle. Ephes. v. 15. bidden were not worthy. Go SEE then that ye walk cir- ye therefore into the highways, cumspectly, not as fools, but and as many as ye shall find, as wise,deeming the time, bid to the marriage. So those because the days are evil. servants went out into the Wherefore be ye not unwise, highways, and gathered togebut understanding what the will ther all, as many as they found, of the LORD is. And be not both bad and good: and the drunk with wine, wherein is wedding was furnished with excess; but be filled with the guests. And when the king
came in to see the guests, he with the preparation of the saw there a man who had not Gospel of peace; above all, on a wedding garment. And taking the shield of faith, he saith unto him, Friend, how wherewith ye shall be able to camest thou in hither, not quench all the fiery darts of the having a wedding garment? wicked. And take the helmet And he was speechless. Then of salvation, and the sword of said the king to the servants, the Spirit, which is the word Bind him hand and foot, and of GoD: praying always with take him away, and cast him all prayer and supplication in into outer darkness: there shall the Spirit, and watching therebe weeping and gnashing of unto with all perseverance, and teeth. For many are called, supplication for all saints; and but few are chosen. for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel; for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
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GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful LORD, to thy faithful people, pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee with a quiet mind, through JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.
The Gospel. St. John iv. 46.
THERE was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that JESUS was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him, that he would come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. Then said JESUS unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
The Epistle. Ephes. vi. 10. MY brethren, be strong in the LORD, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but The nobleman saith against principalities, against unto him, Sir, come down ere powers, against the rulers of my child die. JESUS saith unto the darkness of this world, him, Go thy way, thy son liveth. against spiritual wickedness in And the man believed the word high places. Wherefore take that JESUS had spoken unto unto you the whole armour of him, and he went his way. And GOD, that ye may be able to as he was now going down, his withstand in the evil day, and servants met him, and told him, having done all, to stand. Stand saying, Thy son liveth. Then therefore, having your loins girt inquired he of them the hour about with truth; and having when he began to amend: and on the breast-plate of right- they said unto him, Yesterday, eousness; and your feet shod at the seventh hour, the fever
left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour in the which JEsus said unto him, Thy son liveth; and himself believed, and his whole house. This is again the second miracle that JESUS did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee.
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that are excellent, that ye may be sincere, and without offence till the day of CHRIST; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by JESUS CHRIST, unto the glory and praise of GOD.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xviii. 21.
PETER said unto JESUS, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? JESUS LORD, we beseech thee to saith unto him, I say not unto keep thy household the Church thee, until seven times: but in continual godliness; that, until seventy times seven. through thy protection, it may Therefore is the kingdom of be free from all adversities, heaven likened unto a certain and devoutly given to serve king, who would take account thee in good works, to the glory of his servants. And when he of thy name, through JESUS had begun to reckon, one was CHRIST Our Lord. Amen. brought unto him, who owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the
lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, who owed him
The Epistle. Phil. i. 3. I THANK my GoD upon every remembrance of you (always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy) for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of JESUS CHRIST; even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and con-hundred pence; and he laid firmation of the Gospel, ye all hands on him, and took him by are partakers of my grace. For GOD is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of JESUS CHRIST. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment: that ye may approve things
the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay