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the debt. So when his fellow-things.) For our conversation servants saw what was done, is in heaven, from whence also they were very sorry, and came we look for the Saviour, the and told unto their lord all that Lord JESUS CHRIST; who shall was done. Then his lord, after change our vile body, that it that he had called him, said may be fashioned like unto his unto him, O thou wicked ser- glorious body, according to the vant, I forgave thee all that working, whereby he is able debt, because thou desiredst even to subdue all things unto me shouldest not thou also himself. have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So And they sent out unto him likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye, from your hearts, forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxii. 15.
THEN went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not? But JESUs perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Show me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto
O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness; be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which them, Whose is this image and we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually, through JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Phil. iii. 17. BRETHREN, be followers together of me, and mark them who walk so, as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often,
superscription? They say unto him, Cæsar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's; and unto God the things that are GoD's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
and now tell you even weeping, THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY that they are the enemies of the cross of CHRIST; whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in O LORD, we beseech thee, their shame, who mind earthly absolve thy people from their
offences; that, through thy bountiful goodness, we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins which by our frailty we have committed: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for JESUS CHRIST's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
The Epistle. Col. i. 3.
inheritance of the saints in light.
The Gospel. St. Matt. ix. 18.
WHILE JESUS spake these things unto John's disciples, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead; but come and lay WE give thanks to GOD, and thy hand upon her, and she the Father of our Lord JESUS shall live. And JESUS arose, CHRIST, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in CHRIST JESUS, and of the love which ye have to all the saints; for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth. As ye also learned of Epaphras, our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of CHRIST; who also declared unto us your love in the spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the LORD unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of GOD; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering, with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the
and followed him, and so did his disciples. (And behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But JESUS turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.) And when JESUS came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
THE TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY
STIR up, we beseech thee, O LORD, the wills of thy faithful people; that they plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be
plenteously rewarded, through | said, Make the men sit down. JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat For the Epistle. Jer. xxiii. 5. down, in number about five BEHOLD, the days come, thousand. And JESUS took the saith the LORD, that I will raise loaves, and when he had given unto David a righteous branch; thanks, he distributed to the and a king shall reign and disciples, and the disciples to prosper, and shall execute them that were set down, and judgment and justice in the likewise of the fishes, as much earth. In his days, Judah as they would. When they shall be saved, and Israel shall were filled, he said unto his dwell safely and this is his disciples, Gather up the fragname whereby he shall be ments that remain, that nothing called, THE LORD OUR RIGHT- be lost. Therefore they gatherEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, The LORD liveth, who brought up, and who led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
The Gospel. St. John vi. 5.
ed them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that JESUS did, said, This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world. ¶ If there be any more Sundays before Advent-Sunday, the Service of some of those Sundays that were omitted after the Epiphany, shall be taken in to supply so many as are here wanting. And if there be fewer, the overplus may be omitted: Provided that this last Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, shall always be used upon the Sunday next before Advent.
SAINT ANDREW'S DAY
WHEN JESUS then lift up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? (and this he said to prove him; ALMIGHTY GOD, who didst for he himself knew what he give such grace unto thy holy would do.) Philip answered apostle Saint Andrew, that he him, Two hundred penny-worth readily obeyed the calling of of bread is not sufficient for thy Son JESUS CHRIST, and them, that every one of them followed him without delay; may take a little. One of his grant unto us all, that we, being disciples, Andrew, Simon Pe- called by thy holy word, may ter's brother, saith unto him, forthwith give up ourselves There is a lad here, who hath obediently to fulfil thy holy five barley-loaves, and two commandments, through the small fishes; but what are they same JESUS CHRIST Our Lord among so many? And JESUS Amen.
The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 18.
JESUS, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers.)
The Epistle. Rom. x. 9. | not; I was made manifest unto IF thou shalt confess with them that asked not after me. thy mouth the Lord JESUS, But to Israel he saith, All day and shalt believe in thine heart long have I stretched forth my that God hath raised him from hands unto a disobedient and the dead, thou shalt be saved. gainsaying people. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and And he saith unto the Greek for the same LORD them, Follow me, and I will over all, is rich unto all that make you fishers of men. And call upon him. For whosoever they straightway left their nets, shall call upon the name of the and followed him. And going LORD, shall be saved. How on from thence, he saw other then shall they call on him in two brethren, James the son whom they have not believed? of Zebedee, and John his and how shall they believe in brother, in a ship with Zebedee him of whom they have not their father, mending their nets; heard? And how shall they and he called them. And they hear without a preacher? And immediately left the ship and how shall they preach except their father, and followed him. they be sent? As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE. them that preach the Gospel of The Collect. peace, and bring glad tidings ALMIGHTY and everliving of good things! But they have GOD, who, for the greater not all obeyed the Gospel. For confirmation of the faith, didst Esaias saith, LORD, who hath suffer thy holy apostle Thomas believed our report? So then, to be doubtful in thy Son's faith cometh by hearing, and resurrection; grant us so perhearing by the Word of GOD. fectly, and without all doubt, But I say, have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went CHRIST, that our faith in thy to believe in thy Son JESUS nto all the earth, and their sight may never be reproved. words unto the ends of the Hear us, O LORD, through the world. But I say, Did not same JESUS CHRIST; to whom, Israel know? First, Moses with thee and the HOLY GHOST, saith, I will provoke you to be all honour and glory, now jealousy by them that are no and for evermore. people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me
The Epistle. Ephes. ii. 19.
NOW therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
SAINT STEPHEN'S DAY.
but fellow-citizens with the might believe that JESUS is the saints, and of the household of Christ, the SON OF GOD; and GOD; and are built upon the that believing, ye might have foundation of the apostles and life through his name. prophets, JESUS CHRIST himself being the chief corner-stone; in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy temple in the LORD: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of Gon, through the SPIRIT.
The Gospel, St. John xx. 24.
GRANT, O LORD, that in all our sufferings here upon earth, for the testimony of thy truth, we may steadfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be THOMAS, one of the twelve, revealed; and being filled with called Didymus, was not with the HOLY GHOST, may learn to them when JESUS came. The love and bless our persecutors, other disciples therefore said by the example of thy first unto him, We have seen the martyr Saint Stephen, who LORD. But he said unto them, prayed for his murderers to Except I shall see in his hands thee, O blessed JESUS, who the print of the nails, and put standest at the right hand of my finger into the print of the GOD, to succour all those who nails, and thrust my hand into suffer for thee, our only Mediahis side, I will not believe. tor and Advocate. Amen. And after eight days, again T Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, which shall be said continually his disciples were within, and until New-Year's Eve. Thomas with them: then came JESUS, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and STEPHEN, being full of the said, Peace be unto you. Then HOLY GHOSт, looked up steadsaid he to Thomas, Reach fastly into heaven, and saw the hither thy finger, and behold glory of GoD, and JESUS standmy hands; and reach hither ing on the right hand of God; thy hand, and thrust it into my and said, Behold, I see the side; and be not faithless, heavens opened, and the Son but believing, And Thomas of man standing on the right answered and said unto him, hand of GOD. Then they My Lord, and my GOD. JESUS cried out with a loud voice, and saith unto him, Thomas, be- stopped their ears, and ran upon cause thou hast seen me, thou him with one accord, and cast hast believed; blessed are they him out of the city, and stoned that have not seen, and yet him: and the witnesses laid have believed. And many other down their clothes at a young signs truly did JESUS in the man's feet, whose name was presence of his disciples, which Saul. And they stoned Stephen, are not written in this book. calling upon GoD, and saying, But these are written, that ye Lord JESUS, receive my spirit.
For the Epistle. Acts vii. 55.