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O let me hear Thy loving-kind- | God : let Thy loving Spirit lead me ness betimes in the morning, for in forth into the land of righteousThee is my trust : shew Thou me ness. the way that I should walk in, for Quicken me, O Lord, for Thy I lift up my soul unto Thee. name's sake : and for Thy right
Deliver me, O Lord, from mine eousness' sake bring my soul out of enemies : for I flee unto Thee to trouble.
And of Thy goodness slay mine Teach me to do the thing that enemies : and destroy all them that pleaseth Thee, for Thou art my vex my soul ; for I am Thy servant.
Then all say,
I BELIEVE. in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Then he says,
AY the reading of the Holy Word (or Holy Gospel) be
unto us salvation and protection. Amen.
Then he reads one of the short chapters following:
their scorning, and fools hate know-
hold, I will pour out my spirit unto Repentance not to be delayed.
you, I will make known my words
unto you. Because I have called, The Lesson is taken from the Book and ye refused, I have stretched out
of Proverbs, and of the Prophet my hand, and no man regarded ; Isaiah ; and from the Second but ye have set at nought all my General Epistle of St. Peter. counsel, and would none of my re
VISDOM crieth without; she proof: I also will laugh at streets. saying, How long, cometh. Then shall they ye simple ones, will ye love sim- call upon me, but I will not anplicity ? and the scorners delight in swer ; then shall they seek me
1 Prov. i. 20.
early, but they shall not find me: vineyard, Behold, these three years for they hated knowledge, and did I come seeking fruit on this fignot choose the fear of the Lord . tree, and find none : cut it down; . . Therefore shall they eat of the why cumbereth it the ground ? fruit of their own way, and be filled And he answering said unto him, with their own devices.
Lord, let it alone this year also, 1 Seek ye the Lord while He may till I shall dig about it, and dung be found, call upon Him while He it: and if it bear fruit, well: and is near: let the wicked man for- if not, then after that thou shalt sake his way, and the unrighteous cut it down. man his thoughts ; and let him return unto the Lord, and He will
Second udeek have mercy upon him; and to our God, and He will abundantly pardon.
Difficulty of leading a Christian 2 Beloved, the Lord is not slack
life must not hinder us from at. concerning His promise, as some
tempting it. men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing From the Holy Gospels according that any should perish, but that all
to St. Matthew, Mark, and Luke; should come to repentance.
and from St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews.
THEN said one unto Jesus, Same subject continued.
Lord, are there few that be
saved ? And He said unto them, From the Holy Gospel according Strive to enter in at the strait gate: to St. Luke.
for many, I say unto you, will seek 3 THERE were present at that to enter in, and shall not be able.
season some that told Him 5 He that loveth father or mother of the Galilæans, whose blood Pi- more than Me is not worthy of late had mingled with their sacri- Me : and he that loveth son or fices. And Jesus answering said daughter more than Me is not worunto them, Suppose ye that these thy of Me. And he that taketh Galilæans were sinners above all not his cross, and followeth after the Galilæans, because they suffered Me, is not worthy of Me. such things ? I tell you, Nay: but 6 And if thy hand offend thee, cut except ye repent, ye shall all like- it off : it is better for thee to enter wise perish. Or those eighteen, into life maimed, than having two upon whom the tower in Siloam hands to go into hell, into the fire fell, and slew them, think ye that that never shall be quenched, where they were sinners above all men their worm dieth not, and the fire is that dwelt in Jerusalem ? I tell not quenched. you, Nay : but, except ye repent, 7 For which of you, intending to ye shall all likewise perish. He build a tower, sitteth not down spake also this parable ; A certain first, and counteth the cost, wheman had a fig-tree planted in his ther he have sufficient to finish it ? vineyard ; and he came and sought Lest haply, after he hath laid the fruit thereon, and found none. Then foundation, and is not able to finish said he unto the dresser of his lit, all that behold it begin to mock
1 Isaiah lv. 6.
St. Luke xiv, 28.
2 2 Pet. iii. 9.
3 St. Luke xiii. 1.
him, saying, This man began to when ye fall into divers temptabuild, and was not able to finish. tions; knowing this, that the try
1 Blessed Paul saith, The time ing of your faith worketh patience. would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and But let patience have her perfect of Barak, and of Samson, and of work, that ye may be perfect and Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, entire, wanting nothing. If any of and of the prophets : who through you lack wisdom, let him ask of faith subdued kingdoms, wrought God, that giveth to all men liberally, righteousness, obtained promises, and upbraideth not; and it shall stopped the mouths of lions. be given him. But let him ask in Women received their dead raised faith, nothing wavering. to life again : and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance ;
Third Tweek. that they may obtain a better resurrection : and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, The course of temptation, and way moreover of bonds and imprison
of resisting it. ment. .... Being destitute, afflicted, tormented. (Of whom the
From the General Epistle of St. world was not worthy.)
James. 2 Wherefore brethren, seeing we LESSED is the man that enalso are compassed about with so dureth temptation : for when great a cloud of witnesses, let us he is tried, he shall receive the lay aside every weight, and the sin crown of life, which the Lord hath which doth so easily beset us, and let promised to them that love Him. us run with patience the race that Let no man say when he is tempted, is set before us, looking unto Jesus I am tempted of God: for God the author and finisher of our faith; cannot be tempted with evil, neiwho for the joy that was set before ther tempteth He any man : but Him endured the cross, despising every man is tempted, when he is the shame, and is set down at the drawn away of his own lust, and right hand of the throne of God. enticed. Then when lust hath con
ceived, it bringeth forth sin : and sin, when it is finished, bringeth
forth death. Do not err, my beTemptation to be expected, and loved brethren. Every good gift
boldly encountered by the Chris- and every perfect gift is from above, tian.
and cometh down from the Father From the Book of Ecclesiasticus, of lights, with whom is no varia
and from the General Epistle of bleness, neither shadow of turning. St. James.
Of His own will begat He us with son, if thou come to serve the word of truth, that we should
for temptation. Set thy heart aright, tures. Wherefore, my beloved breand constantly endure, and make thren, let every man be swift to not haste in time of trouble. Cleave hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: unto Him, and depart not away, for the wrath of man worketh not that thou mayest be increased at the righteousness of God. Wherethy last end.
fore lay apart all filthiness and su* My brethren, count it all joy perfluity of naughtiness, and receive 1 Heb. xi. 32. 2 Heb. xii. 1.
3 Ecclus. ii. 1. 4 St. James i. 2.
5 St. James i. 1
with meekness the engrafted word, fourth JHeek.
From the First Epistle of St. Paul
to the Thessalonians, and from
the First General Epistle of St. From the Holy Gospel according Peter. to St. Luke.
UT of the times and the seaT that time Jesus said, And sons, brethren, ye have no
there shall be signs in the need that I write unto you. For sun, and in the moon, and in the yourselves know perfectly that the stars; and upon the earth distress day of the Lord so cometh as a of nations, with perplexity ; the sea thief in the night. For when they and the waves roaring; men's hearts shall say, Peace and safety ; then failing them for fear, and for look- sudden destruction cometh upon ing after those things which are them, as travail upon a woman with coming on the earth : for the powers child ; and they shall not escape. of heaven shall be shaken. And But ye, brethren, are not in darkthen shall they see the Son of man ness, that that day should overtake coming in a cloud with power and you as a thief. Ye are all the chilgreat glory. And when these things dren of light, and the children of begin to come to pass, then look the day; we are not of the night, up, and lift up your heads : for nor of darkness. Therefore let us your redemption draweth nigh. not sleep, as do others; but let us And He spake to them a parable; watch and be sober. For they that Behold the fig - tree, and all the sleep sleep in the night ; and they trees; when they now shoot forth, that be drunken are drunken in the ye see and know of your own selves night. But let us, who are of the that summer is now nigh at hand. day, be sober, putting on the breastSo likewise ye, when ye see these plate of faith and love ; and for an things come to pass, know ye that helmet, the hope of salvation. For the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. God hath not appointed us to wrath, Verily I say unto you, This gener
but to obtain salvation by our Lord ation shall not pass away, till all be Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall whether we wake or sleep, we should pass away: but My words shall not live together with Him. pass away. And take heed to
3 Brethren, be sober, be vigilant;
yourselves, lest at any time your hearts because your adversary the devil, be overcharged with surfeiting, and as a roaring lion, walketh about, drunkenness, and cares of this life, seeking whom he may devour : and so that day come upon you un- whom resist stedfast in the faith.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye Against over-carefulness for therefore, and pray always, that ye
worldly things. may be accounted worthy to escape From the Holy Gospel according all these things that shall come to
to St. Matthew. pass, and to stand before the Son 4
up for yourselves treasures I St. Luke xxi. 25.
21 Thess. v. 1.
3 St, Pet, v. 8. 4 St. Matt. vi. 19.
upon earth, where moth and rust
fifth Tweek. doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up
WEDNESDAY. for yourselves treasures in heaven, Submission to Church authority. where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not From the Book of Proverbs; from break through nor steal: for where St. Paul's Epistles to the Royour treasure is, there will your mans and Hebrews; from the heart be also..... No man can Second Epistle to the Thesserve two masters: for either he salonians; and from the Holy will hate the one, and love the Gospel according to St. Matother; or else he will hold to the thew. one, and despise the other. Ye
UT away from thee a froward cannot serve God and mammon. mouth, and perverse lips put Therefore I say unto you, Take no far from thee. Let thine eyes look thought for your life, what ye shall right on, and let thine eyelids look eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor straight before thee. Ponder the
your body, what ye shall put path of thy feet, and let all thy on. Is not the life more than meat, ways be established. Turn not to and the body than raiment ? Be- the right hand nor to the left : rehold the fowls of the air : for they move thy foot from evil. sow not, neither do they reap, nor 2 Now I beseech you, brethren, gather into barns; yet your heavenly mark them which cause divisions Father feedeth them. Are ye not and offences contrary to the docmuch better than they? Which of trine which ye have learned; and you by taking thought can add one avoid them. For they that are cubit unto his stature ? And why such serve not our Lord Jesus take ye thought for raiment? Con- Christ, but their own belly; and sider the lilies of the field, how they by good words and fair speeches grow; they toil not, neither do they deceive the hearts of the simple. spin: and yet I say unto you, That 3 Now we command you, bretheven Solomon in all his glory was ren, in the name of our Lord Jesus not arrayed like one of these. Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves Wherefore, if God so clothe the from every brother that walketh grass of the field, which to-day is, disorderly, and not after the tradiand to-morrow is cast into the oven, tion which he received of us. shall He not much more clothe you, 4 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, O ye of little faith? Therefore and hold the traditions which ye take no thought, saying, What shall have been taught, whether by word we eat ? or, What shall we drink? or our epistle. or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? 5 Obey them that have the rule (For after all these things do the over you, and submit yourselves : Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly for they watch for your souls, as Father knoweth that ye have need they that must give account. of all these things. But seek ye 6 Jesus saith to His disciples, If first the kingdom of God, and His thy brother shall trespass against righteousness; and all these things thee, go and tell him his fault beshall be added unto you.
tween thee and him alone : if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained
thy brother. But if he will not
32 Thess. iii. 6.
6 St. Matt. xviii. 15.