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defended by thy mighty power, | this. The servants said unto through JESUS CHRIST our him, Wilt thou then that we go
The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.
and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat
PUT on therefore (as the elect of God, holy and beloved) bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as CHRIST into my barn. forgave you, so also do ye.
And, above all these things, put THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE
on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of GOD rule in your hearts, to the which also ye O GOD, whose blessed Son are called in one body; and be was manifested that he might ye thankful. Let the word destroy the works of the devil, of CHRIST dwell in you richly and make us the sons of God, in all wisdom; teaching and and heirs of eternal life; grant admonishing one another in us, we beseech thee, that having psalms, and hymns, and spirit- this hope, we may purify ourual songs; singing with grace selves, even as he is pure; that in your hearts to the LORD. when he shall appear again And whatsoever ye do in word with power and great glory, or deed, do all in the name of we may be made like unto him the LORD JESUS; giving thanks in his eternal and glorious to God and the Father by him. kingdom; where, with thee, O FATHER, and thee, O HOLY GHOST, he liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without Amen.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xiii. 24.
The Epistle. 1 John iii. 1.
THE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sow-end. ed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done
BEHOLD what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Gop; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is. And every the moon shall not give her man that hath this hope in him light, and the stars shall fall purifieth himself, even as he is from heaven, and the powers pure. Whosoever committeth of the heavens shall be shaken. sin, transgresseth also the law; And then shall appear the sign for sin is the transgression of of the Son of man in heaven; the law. And ye know that he and then shall all the tribes of was manifested to take away the earth mourn, and they shall our sins; and in him is no sin. see the Son of man coming in Whosoever abideth in him, sin- the clouds of heaven, with neth not: whosoever sinneth, power and great glory. And he hath not seen him, neither shall send his angels with a known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 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 Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23.
THEN if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is CHRIST, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that (if it were possible) they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you! before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and
great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
THE SUNDAY CALLED SEPTUA
GESIMA, OR THE THIRD SUN-
O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people, that we, who are may be mercifully delivered by justly punished for our offences, thy goodness, for the glory CHRIST Our Saviour, who liveth of thy name, through JESUS and reigneth with thee and the HOLY GHOST, ever one GOD, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24.
KNOW ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air; but I keep under my body and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means,
when I have preached to others, | hast made them equal unto us, I myself should be a cast-away. which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine
The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. THE kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labour- is, and go thy way; I will give ers into his vineyard. And unto this last even as unto thee. when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market-place, and called, but few chosen. said unto them, Go ye also into
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many be
the vineyard, and whatsoever THE SUNDAY CALLED SEXAGESI
MA, OR THE SECOND SUNDAY
The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19.
is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likeO LORD GOD, who seest wise. And about the eleventh that we put not our trust in any hour he went out, and found thing that we do; mercifully others standing idle, and saith grant that by thy power we unto them, Why stand ye here may be defended against all adall the day idle? They say unto versity, through JESUS CHRIST him, Because no man hath our Lord. Amen. hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right that shall ye receive. So when ye yourselves are wise. For even was come, the lord of the ye suffer if a man bring you vineyard saith unto his steward, into bondage, if a man devour Call the labourers, and give you, if a man take of you, if a them their hire, beginning from man exalt himself, if a man the last unto the first. And smite you on the face. I speak when they came, that were as concerning reproach, as nired about the eleventh hour, though we had been weak: they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou
howbeit, whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I are they Israelites? so am I: are they the seed of Abraham? so am I: are they ministers of CHRIST? (I speak as a fool) I am more: in labours more abundant; in stripes above measure; in prisons more fre
quent; in deaths oft. Of the up, and bare fruit an hundred Jews five times received I forty fold. And when he had said stripes save one; thrice was I these things, he cried, He that beaten with rods; once was I hath ears to hear, let him hear. stoned; thrice I suffered ship- And his disciples asked him, wreck; a night and a day I have saying, What might this parabeen in the deep; in journey-ble be? And he said, Unto you ings often; in perils of waters; it is given to know the mysteries in perils of robbers; in perils of the kingdom of God; but to by mine own countrymen; in others in parables: that seeing perils by the heathen; in perils they might not see, and hearing in the city; in perils in the they might not understand. wilderness; in perils in the sea; Now the parable is this: the in perils among false brethren; seed is the word of God. Those in weariness and painfulness; by the way-side are they that in watchings often; in hunger hear; then cometh the devil, and thirst; in fastings often; in and taketh away the word out cold and nakedness; besides of their hearts, lest they should those things that are without, believe and be saved. They that which cometh upon me on the rock are they, which,
daily, the care of all the when they hear, receive the
Churches. Who is weak, and word with joy; and these have I am not weak? who is offend- no root, which for a while beed, and I burn not? If I must lieve, and in time of temptation needs glory, I will glory of the fall away. And that which things which concern mine fell among thorns are they, infirmities. The GoD and Fa- which, when they have heard, ther of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, go forth, and are choaked with which is blessed for evermore, cares, and riches, and pleasures knoweth that I lie not. of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4.
THE SUNDAY CALLED QUINQUA-
WHEN much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it; and some fell upon a rock, and as soon as it was O LORD, who hast taught sprung up, it withered away, us that all our doings without because it lacked moisture; and charity are nothing worth ; some fell among thorns, and send thy HOLY GHOST, and the thorns sprang up with it, pour into our hearts that most and choaked it; and other fell excellent gift of charity, the on good ground, and sprang very bond of peace, and of all
virtues; without which, who- things. For now we see soever liveth is counted dead through a glass darkly; but before thee: Grant this for then face to face: now I know thine only Son JESUS CHRIST's sake. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1.
in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31.
THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a THEN JESUS took unto him tinkling cymbal: and though the twelve, and said unto them, I have the gift of prophecy, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and understand all mysteries, and all things that are written and all knowledge; and though by the prophets concerning the I have all faith, so that I could Son of man shall be accomremove mountains, and have plished. For he shall be delinot charity, I am nothing. And vered unto the Gentiles, and though I bestow all my goods shall be mocked, and spitefully to feed the poor, and though entreated, and spitted on: and I give my body to be burned, they shall scourge him, and put and have not charity, it profit-him to death; and the third eth me nothing. Charity suf-day he shall rise again. And fereth long, and is kind; charity they understood none of these envieth not; charity vaunteth things: and this saying was not itself; is not puffed up; hid from them, neither knew doth not behave itself unseem- they the things which were ly; seeketh not her own; is spoken. And it came to pass, not easily provoked; thinketh that as he was come nigh unto no evil; rejoiceth not in iniqui- Jericho, a certain blind man ty, but rejoiceth in the truth; sat by the way-side begging; beareth all things, believeth all and hearing the multitude pass things, hopeth all things, en- by, he asked what it meant. dureth all things. Charity never And they told him, that JESUS faileth but whether there be of Nazareth passeth by. And prophecies, they shall fail; he cried, saying, JESUS, thou whether there be tongues, they Son of David, have mercy on shall cease; whether there be me. And they which went knowledge, it shall vanish away. before rebuked him, that he For we know in part, and we should hold his peace; but he prophesy in part. But when cried so much the more, Thou that which is perfect is come, Son of David, have mercy on then that which is in part shall me. And JESUS stood, and be done away. When I was commanded him to be brought a child, I spake as a child, I unto him: and when he was understood as a child, I thought come near, he asked him, sayas a child; but when I became ing, What wilt thou that I a man, I put away childish should do unto thee? And he