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only, deceiving your own selves.
TUESDAY. For if any be a hearer of the word, Stedfastness of faith in God's and not a doer, he is like unto a
promises. man beholding his natural face in
From St. Paul's Epistle to the a glass : for he beholdeth himself,
Hebrews. and goeth his way, and straightway
RETHREN, let your converBut whoso looketh into the
sation be without covetousperfect law of liberty, and continu. ness ; and be content with such eth therein, he being not a forget- things as ye have : for He hath ful hearer, but a doer of the work, said, I will never leave thee, nor
forsake hee. So that we may this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem
boldly say, The Lord is my helper, to be religious, and bridleth not his and I will not fear what man shall
Remember them tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure which have the rule over you, who religion and undefiled before God
have spoken unto you the word of and the Father is this, To visit the God: whose faith follow, considerfatherless and widows in their affic- ing the end of their conversation : tion, and to keep himself unspotted and to day, and for ever.
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, from the world.
3 And having an high priest
over the house of God; let us Second Tweek,
draw near with a true heart in full
assurance of faith, having our hearts Humility.
sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure From the Holy Gospel according to water. Let us hold fast the proSt. Luke.
fession of our faith without waverESUS spake this parable unto ing (for He is faithful that pro
mised). selves that they were righteous, and despised others : Two men went up into the temple to pray ;
Stedfastness of faith in God's the one a Pharisee, and the other a power and mercy amid trials Publican. The Pharisee stood and
and difficulties. prayed thus with himself, God, I From the Holy Gospel according to thank Thee, that I am not as other
St. Mark. unjust, | 4
Jesus saith unto His discifast twice in the week, I give tithes ples, Let us pass over unto the of all that I possess. And the Pub- other side. And when they had lican, standing afar off, would not sent away the multitude, they took lift up so much as his eyes unto Him even as He was in the ship. heaven, but smote upon his breast, And there were also with Him saying, God be merciful to me a other little ships. And there arose sinner. I tell you, this man went a great storm of wind, and the down to his house justified rather waves beat into the ship, so that it than the other : for every one that was now full. And He was in the exalteth himself shall be abased ; hinder part of the ship, asleep on a and he that humbleth himself shall pillow; and they awake Him, and be exalted.
say unto Him, Master, carest Thou 1 St. Luke xviii. 9. 2 Heb. xii. 5. 3 Heb, x. 21. 4 St. Mark iv. 35.
'JEcertain which trusted in them.
terers, or even as this Publicandal 1' AND when the even was come,
not that we perish. And He arose, of God: but he that denieth Me and rebuked the wind, and said before men shall be denied before unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the angels of God. the wind ceased, and there was a 3 If thou shalt confess with thy great calm. And He said unto mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt them, Why are ye so fearful ? how believe in thine heart that God hath is it that ye have no faith? And raised Him from the dead, thou they feared exceedingly, and said shalt be saved : for with the heart one to another, What manner of man believeth unto righteousness ; man is this, that even the wind and and with the mouth confession is the sea obey Him?
made unto salvation.
Third week. The fear of God, not of man; and resolute confession of Christ's Government of the tongue and
temper. From the Book of the Prophet From the Book of Proverbs ; from
Isaiah ; from the Holy Gospel the Holy Gospel according to St. according to St. Luke; and from Matthew ; and from the General St. Paul's Epistle to the Ro- Epistle of St. James.
EATH and life are in the 'HEARKEN unto Me, ye that power of the tongue; and
know righteousness, the peo- they that love it shall eat the fruit ple in whose heart is My law ; fear of it. ye not the reproach of men,
neither 5 Jesus said, But I say unto you, be
ye afraid of their revilings. For That every idle word that men shall the moth shall eat them up like a speak, they shall give account theregarment, and the worm shall eat of in the day of judgment. For by them like wool : but My righteous- thy words thou shalt be justified, ness shall be for ever, and My sal- and by thy words thou shalt be vation from generation to genera condemned. tion.
6 For in many things we offend 2 Jesus said, I say unto you My all. If any man offend not in word, friends, Be not afraid of them that the same is a perfect man, and able kill the body, and after that have also to bridle the whole body. Beno more that they can do. But I hold, w put bits in the horses' will forewarn you whom ye shall mouths, that they may obey us ; fear : Fear Him, which after He and we turn about their whole hath killed hath power to cast into body. Behold also the ships, which hell ; yea, I say unto you, fear though they be so great, and are Him. Are not five sparrows sold driven of fierce winds, yet are they for two farthings, and not one of turned about with a very small them is forgotten before God ? But helm, whithersoever the governor even the very hairs of your head listeth. Even so the tongue is a are all numbered. Fear not there- little member, and boasteth great fore : ye are of more value than things. Behold, how great a matter many sparrows. Also I say unto a little fire kindleth ! And the you, Whosoever shall confess Me tongue is a fire, a world of inbefore men, him shall the Son of iquity : so is the tongue among Man also confess before the angels our members, that it defileth the 1 Isaiah li. 7.
2 St. Luke xii. 4.
3 Rom. X. 9. 4 Prov. xviii. 21.
5 St. Mutt, xii. 36.
6 St. James iii. 14.
whole body, and setteth on fire the first after the troubling of the water course of nature; and it is set on stepped in was made whole of whatfire of hell. For every kind of soever disease he had. And a cer. beasts, and of birds, and of ser- tain man was there which had an pents, and of things in the sea, is infirmity thirty and eight years. tamed, and hath been tamed of When Jesus saw him lie, and knew mankind : but the tongue can no that he had been now a long time man tame; it is an unruly evil, full in that case, He saith unto him, of deadly poison. Therewith bless Wilt thou be made whole ? The we God, even the Father ; and impotent man answered Him, Sir, therewith curse we men, which are I have no man, when the water is made after the similitude of God. troubled, to put me into the pool : Out of the same mouth proceedeth but while I am coming, another blessing and cursing. My brethren, steppeth down before me. Jesus these things ought not so to be. saith unto him, Rise, take up thy Doth a fountain send forth at the bed, and walk. And immediately same place sweet water and bitter ? the man was made wŁole, and took
Who is a wise man up his bed, and walked. And he and endued with knowledge among that was healed wist not who it you ? let him shew out of a good was : for Jesus had conveyed Himconversation his works with meek- self away, a multitude being in that ness of wisdom. But if ye have place. . . . Afterward Jesus findeth bitter envying and strife in your him in the temple, and said unto hearts, glory not, and lie not him, Behold, thou art made whole : against the truth. This wisdom sin no more, lest a worse thing descendeth not from above, but is come unto thee. earthly, sensual, devilish. For where
THURSDAY. envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But
Same subject continued. the wisdom that is from above is From the Holy Gospel according to first pure, then peaceable, gentle,
St. Luke. and easy to bec en treated, filho of A Deit came to pass, as alesus partiality, and without hypocrisy. passed through the midst of SamaAnd the fruit of righteousness is ria and Galilee. And as He entered sown in peace of them that make into a certain village, there met peace.
Him ten men that were lepers,
which stood afar off: and they lifted Thankfulness for special mercies.
up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
And From the Holy Gospel according to when He saw them. He said unto St. John.
them, Go shew yourselves unto the W there is at Jerusalem by priests. And it came to pass, that
is called in the Hebrew tongue Be- And one of them, when he saw that thesda, having five porches. In he was healed, turned back, and these lay a great multitude of im- with a loud voice glorified God, and potent folk, of blind, halt, wither- fell down on his face at His feet, ed, waiting for the moving of the giving Him thanks : and he was a water. For an angel went down at Samaritan. And Jesus answering a certain season into the pool, and said, Were there not ten cleansed ? troubled the water : whosoever then but where are the nine? There are 1 St. John v. 2.
2 St. Luke xvii. 11.
not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
to St. Matthew.
Same subject continued.
how oft shall my brother sin From the Book of Deuteronomy, seven times? Jesus saith unto him,
against me, and I forgive him ? till and from the First General Epis- I say not. unto thee, until seven tle of St. Peter.
times; but until seventy times EWARE that thou forget not seven. Therefore is the kingdom
keeping His commandments, and king, which would take account of His judgments, and His statutes, his servants. And when he had be. which I commanded thee this day : gun to reckon, one was brought lest when thou hast eaten and art unto him, which owed him ten thoufull, and hast built goodly houses, sand talents. But forasmuch as he and hast dwelt therein; and when had not to pay, his lord commanded thy herds and thy flock multiply, him to be sold, and his wife and and thy silver and thy gold is mul- children, and all that he had, and tiplied, and all that thou hast is payment to be made. The servant multiplied; then thy heart be lifted therefore fell down and worshipped up, and thou forget the Lord thy him, saying, Lord, have patience God, which brought thee forth out with me, and I will pay thee all. of the land of Egypt, from the house Then the lord of that servant was of bondage; . who fed thee in the moved with compassion, and loosed wilderness with manna, which thy him, and forgave him the debt. But fathers knew not, that He might the same servant went out, and humble thee, and that He might found one of his fellow-servants, prove thee, to do thee good at thy which owed him an hundred pence; latter end; and thou say in thy and he laid hands on him, and took heart, My power and the might of him by the throat, saying, Pay me my hand hath gotten me this wealth. that thou owest. And his fellowBut thou shalt remember the Lord servant fell down at his feet, and thy God: for it is He that giveth besought him, saying, Have patience thee power to get wealth, that He with me, and I will pay thee all. may establish His covenant which And he would not; but went and He sware unto thy fathers, as it is cast him into prison, till he should this day.
pay the debt. So when his fellow2 But ye, brethren, are a chosen servants saw what was done, they generation, a royal priesthood, an were very sorry, and came and told holy nation, a peculiar people; that unto their lord all that was done. ye should shew forth the praises of Then his lord, after that he had Him who hath called you out of called him, said unto him, O thou darkness into His marvellous light: wicked servant, I forgave thee all which in time past were not a peo- that debt, because thou desiredst ple, but are now the people of God: me: shouldest not thou also have which had not obtained mercy, but had compassion on thy fellow-sernow have obtained mercy.
vant, even as I had pity on thee?
i Deut. viii. 11.
21 St. Pet. ii. 9.
3 St. Matt. xviii. 21.
And his lord was wroth, and deli- | likewise he that had received two, vered him to the tormentors, till he he also gained other two. But he should pay all that was due unto that had received one went and dighim. So likewise shall My hea- ged in the earth, and hid his lord's venly Father do also unto you, if money. After a long time the lord ye from your hearts forgive not of those servants cometh, and reckevery one his brother their tres- oneth with them. And so he that passes.
had received five talents came and TUESDAY
brought other five talents, saying, Same subject concluded. Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five From the Book of Proverbs ; from talents : behold, I have gained be
His the Holy Gospel according to side them five talents more. St. Mark; and from the First lord said unto him, Well done, thou General Epistle of St. Peter.
good and faithful servant: thou
hast been faithful over a few things, THE
reth his anger; and it is his things : enter thou into the joy of glory to pass over a transgression. thy lord. He also that had re
2 At that time Jesus said to His ceived two talents came and said, disciples, When ye stand praying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two forgive, if ye have ought against talents : behold, I have gained two any : that your Father also which other talents beside them. His lord is in heaven may forgive you your said unto him, Well done, good and trespasses.
faithful servant; thou hast been 3 Brethren, be ye all of one mind, faithful over a few things, I will having compassion one of another, make thee ruler over many things : love as brethren, be pitiful, be cour- enter thou into the joy of thy lord. teous : not rendering evil for evil, Then he which had received the one or railing for railing : but contrari- talent came and said, Lord, I knew wise blessing ; knowing that ye are thee that thou art an hard man, thereunto called, that ye should in- reaping where thou hast not sown, herit a blessing.
and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and
went and hid thy talent in the earth : Diligence in our respective
lo, there thou hast that is thine. callings.
His lord answered and said unto From the Holy Gospel according him, Thou wicked and slothful serto St. Matthew.
vant, thou knewest that I reap *A?
T that time Jesus said to His where I sowed not, and gather
disciples, The kingdom of hea- where I have not strawed: thou ven is as a man travelling into a far oughtest therefore to have put my country, who called his own ser- money to the exchangers, and then vants, and delivered unto them his at my coming I should have received goods. And unto one he gave five mine own with usury. Take there. talents, to another two, and to an- fore the talent from him, and give other one; to every man according it unto him which hath ten talents. to his several ability; and straight- For unto every one that hath shall way took his journey. Then he be given, and he shall have abundthat had received the five talents ance: but from him that hath not went and traded with the same, and shall be taken away even that which made them other five talents. And he hath. And cast ye the unprofit1 Prov. xix. 11.
2 St. Mark xi. 25. 3 1 St. Pet. iii. 8.
4 St. Matt. xxv. 14.