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unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The Gospel. St. Luke xiv, 1. T came to pass, as Jesus went into the house of one of
the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the fabbath-day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certạia man before him who had the dropsy. And Jesus answering, spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the fabbath-day? And they held,
. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; and answered them, saying, Which of you
hall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the fabbath-day? And they could not answer again to these things. And he put forth a parable to those who were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; faying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, fit not down in the highest room; left a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room, But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that fit at meat with thee. For whosoever ex. alteth himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.
The eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.
withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and The Collect] This prayer for grace to resist temptation, and follow righteousness, was composed at the Reformation, and altered at the latt Review 1662. Before that time it ran thus: “To avoid the infections of the devil, &c.” The introitus was Psalm xyii.
flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee the only God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. i. 4.
of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Chrift: who fhall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel
. St. Matth. xxii. 34. HEN the Pharisees had heard that Jesus had put
the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, who was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? whose fon is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He faith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his fon? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durit any man (from that day forth) aik him any more questions.
The nii:cteenth Cunday after Trinity.
please thee; Mercifuily grant, that thy holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts, through Jesus Chrif our Lord. ca.
Tie Erille. Epher. iv. 17. "HIS I fy there ore, and testify in the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as other Genuiles walk, in ene vanity of their mind; having the understanding dırkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the igno. rance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling, have given themselves over unto lasciviousnels, to work all uncleannels with greediness. But ye have not so learned Chrift; if fo be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lufts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on that new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore parting away lying, speak every man truth with his ncighbour: for we are members one of another. Ne ye angiy, and sin not: Let nor 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. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, in l wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking, be put away from yoa, with all malice: and be ye
The Collef?] This prayer for the direction of the Holy Spirit was.composed at the Reformation, and improved at the last Review 1662. Before this time it ran thus: “ That the working of thy mercy may in all things, &c.” The introitus was Pfalm xix.
kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's fake hath forgiven you.
The GospelSt. Matth. ix. 1. (ESUS entered into a fhip, and passed over, and came
into his own city. And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the pally, lying on a bed. And Jesus seeing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the fcribes said within themselves, This man blafphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is eafier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee? or to say, Arife, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive fins, (then faith be to the fick of the pally,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitude faw it, they marvelled, and glo. rified God, who had given such power unio men.
The twentieth Sunday after Trinity.
goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we being ready both in body and foul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. v. 15. EE then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit: speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual fongs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
The Collect] This prayer for protection was adopted 1549, from Greg. Sac. The introitus was Pfalm XX.
Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xxii. 1. ESUS said, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a cer.
tain king, who made a marriage for his son ; and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, le sent forth other fervants, saying, Tell them who are 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, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and flew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then faith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bid. den were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those fervants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good': and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: and he faith unto him, Friend, low camelt thou in hither, not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then faid the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; There shall be weeping and gnalling of teeth. For many are called, but few are chofen,
A wedding-garment! This guckt was inexcufibly guilty of contemptuous behaviour; becaufe the maiter of the featt himself furniihed such garments.-Wolsius. Sibi millia quinque cffe domi chlamydum.-Hor. They were probably mantles. How happily illustrative this part of the allegory is of the kind provilion of graces made gratuitously by the Gospel for its professors.
Few are chofen] i.e. Many are called to the belief of the Gospel; but few are objects of God's finalacceptance, from the circumstance of their abusing this inestimable gift. The firft clestion into the Gospel covenant is often teferred to in the Epistles; 10 that eke:7, and believer in Chrift are fynony