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man, he walketh through dry that man is worse than the first. places, seeking rest; and finding And it came to pass, as he spake hone, he saith, I will return unto these things, a certain woman of my house whence I came out. the company lift up her voice, And when he cometh, he findeth and said unto him, Blessed is the it swept and garnished. Then go womb that bare thee, and the paps eth he and taketh to him seven which thou hast sucked. But he Other spirits more wicked than said, Yea rather, blessed are they himself, and they enter in, and that hear the Word of God, and dwell there; and the last state of keep it.
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT.
The Gospel. St. John vi. 1. RANT, we beseech thee, Al
TESUS went over the sea of GaU mighty God, that we, who
lilee, which is the sea of Tibefor our evil deeds do worthily de
rias. And a great multitude folserve to be punished, by the com
lowed him, because they saw his fort of thy grace may mercifully
miracles which he did on them be relieved; through our Lord and
that were diseased. And Jesus went Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
up into a mountain, and there he
sat with his disciples. And the The Epistle. Gal. iv. 21.
Passover, a feast of the Jews, was TELL me, ye that desire to be nigh. When Jesus then lift up his
I under the law, do ye not hear eyes, and saw a great company the law? For it is written, that come unto him, he saith unto PhiAbraham had two sons, the one lip, Whence shall we buy bread, by a bond-maid, the other by a that these may eat? (And this he free-woman. But he who was of said to prove him ; for he himself the bond-woman was born after knew what he would do.) Philip the flesh; but he of the free answered him, Two hundred penywoman was by promise. Which worth of bread is not sufficient for things are an allegory: for these them, that every one of them may are the two covenants; the one take a little. One of his disciples, from the mount Sinai, which gen Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, dereth to bondage, which is Agar. saith unto him, There is a lad For this Agar is mount Sinai in here, which hath five barley-loaves, Arabia, and answereth to Je- and two small fishes : but what are rusalem which now is, and is in they among so many? And Jesus bondage with her children. But said, Make the men sit down. Now Jerusalem which is above is free; there was much grass in the place. which is the mother of us all. So the men sat down, in number For it is written, Rejoice, thou about five thousand. And Jesus barren that bearest not; break took the loaves, and when he had forth and cry, thou that travail given thanks he distributed to the est not: for the desolate hath disciples, and the disciples to them many more children than she that were set down; and likewise which hath an husband. Now we, of the fishes as much as they brethren, as Isaac was, are the would. When they were filled, children of promise. But as then he said unto his disciples, Gather he that was born after the flesh up the fragments that remain, that persecuted him that was born af nothing be lost. Therefore they ter the Spirit; even so it is now. gathered them together, and filled Nevertheless, what saith the Scrip twelve baskets with the fragments ture? Cası out the bond-woman of the five barley-loaves, which reand her son ; for the son of the mained over and above unto them bond - woman shall not be heir that had eaten. Then those men, with the son of the free-woman. when they had seen the miracle So then, brethren, we are not that Jesus did, said, This is of a children of the bond-woman, but truth that Prophet that should of the free.
come into the world.
heareth God's words; ye therefore W E beseech thee, Almighty hear them not, because ye are
W God, mercifully to look not of God. Then answered the upon thy people; that by thy Jews, and said unto him, Say we great goodness they may be go- not well, that thou art a Samariverned and preserved evermore, tan, and hast a devil ? Jesus anboth in body and soul; through swered, I have not a devil; but I Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. honour my Father, and ye do dis
honour me. And I seek not mine The Epistle. Heb. ix. 11.
own glory; there is one that seekCHRIST being come an High
eth and judgeth. Verily, verily, I U Priest of good things to come, say unto you, If a man keep my by a greater and more perfect ta saying, he shall never see death. bernacle, not made with hands; | Then said the Jews unto him, that is to say, not of this building;
Now we know that thou hast a neither by the blood of goats and devil: Abraham is dead, and the calves; but by his own blood he
prophets; and thou sayest, If a entered in once into the holy
man keep my saying, he shall place, having obtained eternal re
never taste of death. Art thou demption for us. For if the blood
greater than our father Abraham, of bulls and of goats, and the which is dead? and the prophets ashes of an heifer sprinkling the
are dead: whom makest thou thyunclean, sanctifieth to the purify self? Jesus answered, If I honour ing of the flesh; how much more
myself, my honour is nothing; it shall the blood of Christ, who, is my Father that honoureth me, through the eternal Spirit, offer- of whom ye say, that he is your ed himself without spot to God,
God: yet ye have not known him ; purge your conscience from dead
but I know him: and if I should works to serve the living God?
say, I know him not, I shall be a And for this cause he is the Medi
liar like unto you; but I know ator of the new testament, that by him, and keep his saying. Your means of death, for the redemp father Abraham rejoiced to see my tion of the transgressions that day, and he saw it, and was glad. were under the first testament,
Then said the Jews unto him, they which are called might re
Thou art not yet fifty years old, ceive the promise of eternal inhe and hast thou seen Abraham? ritance.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, veThe Gospel. St. John viii. 46.
rily, I say unto you, before AbraTESUS said, Which of you con ham was, I am. Then took they
vinceth me of sin ? and if I up stones to cast at him: but Jesay the truth, why do ye not be- sus hid himself, and went out of lieve me? He that is of God the temple.
THE SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE EASTER.
The Epistle. Phil. ii. 5. ALMIGHTY and everlasting I ET this mind be in yon, H God, who, of thy tender love which was also in Christ towards mankind, hast sent thy Jesus: who, being in the form of Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to God, thought it not robbery to be take upon him our flesh, and to equal with God; but made himsuffer death upon the cross, that self of no reputation, and took upall mankind should follow the ex on him the form of a servant, and ample of his great humility; Mer was made in the likeness of men : cifully grant, that we may both and being found in fashion as a follow the example of his patience, man, he humbled himself, and beand also be made partakers of his came obedient unto death, even resurrection; through the same the death of the cross. Wherefore Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a Name which is was wont to release unto the above every name; that at the people a prisoner, whom they Name of Jesus every knee should would. And they had then a nobow, of things in heaven, and table prisoner, called Barabbas. things in earth, and things under Therefore when they were gatherthe earth; and that every tongue ed together, Pilate said unto them, should confess that Jesus Christ Whom will ye that I release unto is Lord, to the glory of God the you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is Father.
called Christ? For he knew that
for envy they had delivered him. The Gospel. St. Matt. xxvii. 1.
When he was set down on the W HEN the morning was judgement-seat, his wife sent unto
come, all the chief priests him, saying, Have thou nothing and elders of the people took coun to do with that just man: for I sel against Jesus, to put him to have suffered many things this death. And when they had bound day in a dream because of him. him, they led him away, and de- But the chief priests and elders livered him to Pontius Pilate the persuaded the multitude that they governour. Then Judas who had should ask Barabbas, and destroy betrayed him, when he saw that Jesus. The governour answered he was condemned, repented him and said unto them, Whether of self, and brought again the thirty the twain will ye that I release pieces of silver to the chief priests unto you? They said, Barabbas. and elders, saying, I have sinned, Pilate saith unto them, What shall in that I have betrayed the inno- I do then with Jesus, which is cent blood. And they said, What called Christ? They all say unto is that to us? see thou to that. | him, Let him be crucified. And And he cast down the pieces of the governour said, Why, what silver in the temple, and depart | evil hath he done? But they cried ed, and went and hanged himself. out the more, saying, Let him be And the chief priests took the crucified. When Pilate saw that silver pieces, and said, It is not he could prevail nothing, but that lawful for to put them into the rather a tumult was made, he took treasury, because it is the price water, and washed his hands beof blood. And they took counsel, fore the multitude, saying, I am and bought with them the potter's innocent of the blood of this just field, to bury strangers in. Where person: see ye to it. Then anfore that field was called, The field swered all the people, and said, of blood, unto this day. (Then was His blood be on us, and on our fulfilled that which was spoken by children. Then released he BaJeremy the prophet, saying, And rabbas unto them: and when he they took the thirty pieces of sil had scourged Jesus he delivered ver, the price of him that was him to be crucified. Then the valued, whom they of the children soldiers of the governour took of Israel did value, and gave them Jesus into the common hall, and for the potter's field, as the Lord gathered unto him the whole band appointed me.) And Jesus stood of soldiers. And they stripped before the governour; and the go him, and put on him a scarlet vernour asked him, saying, Art robe. And when they had platted thou the King of the Jews? And a crown of thorns they put it upon Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. his head, and a reed in his right And when he was accused of the hand : and they bowed the knee chief priests and elders, he an before him, and mocked him, sayswered nothing. Then saith Pilate ing, Hail, King of the Jews. And unto him, Hearest thou not how they spit upon him, and took the many things they witness against reed, and smote him on the head. thee? And he answered him And after that they had mocked to never a word, insomuch that him they took the robe off from the governour marvelled greatly. | him, and put his own raiment on Now at that feast the governour him, and led him away to crucify
and as they came out why
of God. The with him, cast the
And strook a sand put
him. And as they came out they | him: for he said, I am the Son found a man of Cyrene, Simon by of God. The thieves also, which name; him they compelled to bear were crucified with him, cast the his cross. And when they were same in his teeth. Now from the come unto a place called Golgotha, sixth hour there was darkness over that is to say, a place of a scull, all the land unto the ninth hour. they gave him vinegar to drink And about the ninth hour Jesus mingled with gall: and when he | cried with a loud voice, saying, had tasted thereof, he would not Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ? that drink. And they crucified him, is to say, My God, my God, why and parted his garments, casting hast thou forsaken me? Some of lots: that it might be fulfilled, them that stood there, when they which was spoken by the prophet, heard that, said, This man calleth They parted my garments among for Elias. And straightway one them, and upon my vesture did of them ran, and took a spunge, they cast lots. And sitting down and filled it with vinegar, and put they watched him there; and set it on a reed, and gave him to up over his head his accusation drink. The rest said, Let be, let written, THIS IS JESUS THE us see whether Elias will come to KING OF THE JEWS. Then save him. Jesus, when he had were there two thieves crucified cried again with a loud voice, with him ; one on the right hand, yielded up the ghost. And beand another on the left. And they hold, the vail of the temple was that passed by reviled him, wag rent in twain from the top to the ging their heads, and saying, Thou bottom, and the earth did quake, that destroyest the temple, and and the rocks rent, and the graves buildest it in three days, save thy were opened, and many bodies of self: if thou be the Son of God, saints which slept arose, and came come down from the cross. Like out of the graves after his resurwise also the chief priests mocking rection, and went into the holy him, with the scribes and elders, city, and appeared unto many. said, He saved others, himself he Now when the centurion, and cannot save: if he be the King of they that were with him, watchIsrael, let him now come down ing Jesus, saw the earthquake, from the cross, and we will believe and those things that were done, him. He trusted in God; let him they feared greatly, saying, Truly deliver him now, if he will have this was the Son of God.
MONDAY BEFORE EASTER.
my redeemed is come. And I For the Epistle. Isai. lxiii. l. 1
looked, and there was none to W HO is this that cometh from help; and I wondered that there
V Edom, with dyed garments | was none to uphold: therefore from Bozrah? this that is glorious mine own arm brought salvation in his apparel, travelling in the unto me, and my fury it upheld greatness of his strength? I that me. And I will tread down the speak in righteousness, mighty to people in mine anger, and make save. Wherefore art thou red in them drunk in my fury, and I will thine apparel, and thy garments bring down their strength to the like him that treadeth in the wine earth. I will mention the lovingfat? I have trodden the wine-press kindnesses of the Lord, and the alone, and of the people there was praises of the Lord, according to none with me: for I will tread all that the Lord hath bestowed on them in mine anger, and trample us, and the great goodness towards them in my fury, and their blood the house of Israel, which he hath shall be sprinkled upon my gar- bestowed on them, according to ments, and I will stain all my rai- his mercies, and according to the ment. For the day of vengeance multitude of his loving-kindnesses. is in mine heart, and the year of For he said, Surely they are my
people, children that will not lie: Not on the feast-day, lest there so he was their Saviour. In all be an uproar of the people. And their affliction he was afflicted, and being in Bethany, in the house of the angel of his presence saved Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, them : in his love, and in his pity, there came a woman having an he redeemed them, and he bare alabaster box of ointment of spikethem, and carried them all the nard, very precious; and she brake days of old. But they rebelled, the box, and poured it on his head. and vexed his Holy Spirit; there- | And there were some that had infore he was turned to be their ene- dignation within themselves, and my, and he fought against them. said, Why was this waste of the Then he remembered the days of ointment made ? for it might have old, Moses and his people, saying, been sold for more than three hunWhere is he that brought them dred pence, and have been given up out of the sea with the shep to the poor: and they murmured herd of his flock? where is he that against her. And Jesus said, Let put his Holy Spirit within him? her alone; why trouble ye her? That led them by the right hand she hath wrought a good work on of Moses, with his glorious arm, me: for ye have the poor with dividing the water before them, you always, and whensoever ye to make himself an everlasting will ye may do them good; but Name? that led them through me ye have not always. She hath the deep as an horse in the wilder done what she could; she is come ness, that they should not stum- aforehand to anoint my body to ble? As a beast goeth down into the burying. Verily I say unto the valley, the Spirit of the Lord you, Wheresoever this Gospel caused him to rest : so didst thou shall be preached throughout the lead thy people, to make thyself a whole world, this also that she glorious Name. Look down from hath done shall be spoken of for heaven, and behold from the ha a memorial of her. And Judas bitation of thy holiness, and of Iscariot, one of the twelve, went thy glory: where is thy zeal, and unto the chief priests to betray thy strength, the sounding of thy him unto them. And when they bowels, and of thy mercies to heard it they were glad, and prowards me? Are they restrained ? | mised to give him money. And Doubtless thou art our Father, he sought how he might convethough Abraham be ignorant of niently betray him. And the first us, and Israel acknowledge us not: day of unleavened bread, when Thou, O Lord, art our Father, they killed the passover, his disour Redeemer, thy Name is from ciples said unto him, Where wilt everlasting. O Lord, why hast thou that we go and prepare, that thou made us to err from thy thou mayest eat the passover? ways ? and hardened our hearts And he sendeth forth two of his from thy fear? Return for thy disciples, and saith unto them, Go servants sake, the tribes of thine ye into the city, and there shall inheritance. The people of thy meet you a man bearing a pitcher holiness have possessed it but a of water; follow him: And wherelittle while: our adversaries have soever he shall go in, say ye to the trodden down thy sanctuary. We good-man of the house, The Masare thine: thou never barest rule ter saith, Where is the guest-chamover them; they were not called ber, where I shall eat the passover by thy Name.
with my disciples? And he will
shew you a large upper-room furThe Gospel. St. Mark xiv. 1.
nished, and prepared: there make AFTER two days was the ready for us. And his disciples A feast of the Passover, and of went forth, and came into the ciunleavened bread: and the chief ty, and found as he had said unto priests and the scribes sought how them: and they made ready the they might take him by craft, and passover. And in the evening he put him to death. But they said, I cometh with the twelve. And as
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