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Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee. And behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For is to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee? or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of Man Irath power on earth to forgive sins, then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, who had given such power untó
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Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish 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 ia. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs; singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Fa
ther, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
The Gospel. St. Matth. xxii. 1. JESUS said, The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain 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, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which 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 slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth; and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burnt up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, not worthy. Go ye therefore but they who were bidden were into the high-ways, and as many as ye shall find bid to the mar riage. So those servants went out into the high-ways, 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 which had not on a wedding-garment. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then said 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 gnashing of teeth.
which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
For many are called, but few are chosen.
The Gospel. St. John iv. 46. THERE was a certain noble
man, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard
merciful Lord, to thy faithfal people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee
dæa into Galilee, he went unto that was come out of Juhim, and besought him that he would come down and heal his
sus Christ our Lord. Amen.
with a quiet mind; through Je-son; for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him,
die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way, thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And, as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend: and they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth; and himselt believed, and his whole house. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judæa into Galilee.
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The Epistle. Ephes. vi. 10. Y brethren, be strong in power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth; and having on the breast-plate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: praying always with all prayer the
and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel, for
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ORD, we beseech thee to thy houshold the. Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen.
The Epistle. Phil. i. 3. I Thank my God upon every remembrance of you, (always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,) for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, masmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet and in all judgement: that ye nore and more in knowledge, may approve things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere, and without offence, till the day of Christ: being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. The Gospel. St. Matth. xviii. 21.
shipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that And his fellowthou owest. servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And lie would not; but went and cast him into pri son, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto called him, said unto him, O their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou shouldest not desiredst me: thou also 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
all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times; but until seventy times seven. Therefore is the Kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children,
and all that he had, and pay-fully we may obtain effectually, inent to be made. The servant through Jesus Christ our Lord. therefore fell down and wor- Amen.
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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 we ask faith
The Epistle. Phil. iii. 17.
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together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have
Lord, we beseech thee, ab
us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
offences; that through thy bounsolve thy people from their tiful goodness we may all be deweeping, that they are the ene-livered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed: Grant this,
mies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;
heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things
of our Lord
The Gospel. St. Matth. xxii. 15. the Pharisees and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him 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 law ful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? shew me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a peny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Cæsar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto
The Epistle. Col. i. 3. WE give thanks to God and Jesus 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 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 fellow-servant, 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 increas ing in the knowledge of God
Cæsar the things which are Cæ-strengthened with all might, acsar's; and unto God the things cording to his glorious power, that are God's. When they had unto all patience and long-suf heard these words, they marvel-fering with joyfulness; giving led, and left him, and went their
thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be par
takers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
The Gospel. St. Matth. ix. 18.
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 thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus' arose, 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.
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STIR up, we beseech thee, O
raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign, and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the be saved, and Israel shall dwell In his Judah shall safely and this is his Name whereby he shall be called, THE NESS. Therefore behold, the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSdays come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the
land of Egypt; but, The Lord liveth, which brought up, and which 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
The Gospel. St. John vi. 5. WHEN Jesus then lift up
his eyes, and saw a great saith unto Philip, Whence shall company come unto him, he we buy bread that these may him; for he himself knew what eat? (And this he said to prove he would do.) Philip answered him, Two hundred peny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes; but what are they among so many? And Jesus
said, Make the men sit down. the place. So the men sat down, Now there was much grass in in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and, when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down, and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would. When they were filled, he said