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hear thee, then take with thee one this is acceptable with God. For
WEDNESDAY. Submission to temporal authority. The privilege and blessing of From the First General Epistle of
obedience. . St. Peter.
From the Holy Gospels according IN EARLY beloved, submit your-) to St. Matthew and St. John.
U selves to every ordinance of W HILE Jesus yet talked to man for the Lord's sake : whether W the people, behold, His moit be to the king, as supreme ; or ther and His brethren stood withunto governors, as unto them that out, desiring to speak with Him. are sent by him for the punishment Then one said unto Him, Behold, of evil doers, and for the praise of Thy mother and Thy brethren stand them that do well. For so is the without, desiring to speak with will of God, that with well-doing Thee. But He answered and said ye may put to silence the ignorance unto him that told Him, Who is of foolish men: as free, and not My mother ? and who are My using your liberty for a cloke of brethren ? And He stretched forth maliciousness, but as the servants His hand toward His disciples, of God. Honour all men. Love and said, Behold My mother and the brotherhood. Fear God. Ho- My brethren! For whosoever shall nour the king. Servants, be sub- do the will of My Father which is ject to your masters with all fear; in heaven, the same is My brother, not only to the good and gentle, and sister, and mother. but also to the froward. For this 3 Jesus said at another time, If is thankworthy, if a man for con- any man will do His will, he shall science toward God endure grief, know of the doctrine, whether it be suffering wrongfully. For what of God. glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted 4 Again Jesus said to His disfor your faults, ye shall take it ciples, If ye keep My commandpatiently ? but if, when ye do well, ments, ye shall abide in My love ; and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, leven as I have kept My Father's 11 St. Pet. ii. 13.
2 St. Matt. xii. 46. 3 St. John vii. 17.
4 St. John xv. 10.
commandments, and abide in His ) Seventh JMeek. love. These things have I spoken
WEDNESDAY. unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be
Constraining reasons for following
a holy life. full. This is My commandment, That ve love one another, as I have From St. Paul's Second Epistle to loved you. Greater love hath no
the Corinthians. man than this, that a man lay down 2D RETHREN, be ye not unhis life for his friends. Ye are My D equally yoked together with friends, if ye do whatsoever I com- unbelievers: for what fellowship mand you.
hath righteousness with unrighte
ousness? and what communion hath FRIDAY.
J light with darkness ? And what Brotherly love.
concord hath Christ with Belial ? From St. Paul's Epistle to the I or what part hath he that believeth Romans.
with an infidel ? And what agree'D RETHREN, let love be with-ment hath the temple of God with
D out dissimulation. Abhor idols ? for ye are the temple of the that which is evil ; cleave to that living God; as God hath said, I which is good. Be kindly affec- will dwell in them, and walk in tioned one to another with brotherly them; and I will be their God, and love; in honour preferring one an- they shall be My people. Whereother; not slothful in business ; fer- fore come out from among them, vent in spirit ; serving the Lord ; and be ye separate, saith the Lord, rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribu- and touch not the unclean thing; lation; continuing instant in prayer; and I will receive you, and will be distributing to the necessity of saints; a Father unto you, and ye shall be given to hospitality. Bless them My sons and daughters, saith the which persecute you : bless, and Lord Almighty. Having therefore curse not. Rejoice with them that these promises, dearly beloved, let do rejoice, and weep with them that us cleanse ourselves from all filthi. weep. Be of the same mind one ness of the flesh and spirit, perfecttoward another. Mind not high ing holiness in the fear of God. things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your
FRIDAY. own conceits. Recompense to no
Same subject continued. man evil for evil. Provide things | honest in the sight of all men. If From St. Paul's First Epistles to it be possible, as much as lieth in the Thessalonians and Corinyou, live peaceably with all men. I thians. Dearly beloved, avenge not your-'W E beseech you, brethren, and selves, but rather give place unto V exhort you by the Lord Jewrath : for it is written, Vengeance sus, that as ye have received of us is mine; I will repay, saith the how ye ought to walk and to please Lord. Therefore if thine enemy God, so ye would abound more and hunger, feed him; if he thirst, more. For ye know what comgive him drink : for in so doing mandments we gave you by the thou shalt heap coals of fire on his Lord Jesus. For this is the will head. Be not overcome of evil, but of God, even your sanctification, overcome evil with good.
| that ye should abstain from forni| Him.
i Rom. xii. 9.
32 Cor, vi. 14.
31 Thess. iv. l.
cation : that every one of you should fied the flesh with the affections know how to possess his vessel in and lusts. sanctification and honour; not in
FRIDAY. the lust of concupiscence,... for God
The history of our Lord's last sufhath not called us unto unclean
ferings and crucifixion. ness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not
From the Holy Gospels according man, but God, who hath also given
St. Matthew, Luke, and John. unto us His holy Spirit.
3DILATE therefore took Jesus, ? What ? know ye not that your 1 and scourged Him. And the body is the temple of the Holy soldiers platted a crown of thorns, Ghost which is in you, which ye and put it on His head, and they have of God, and ye are not your put on Him a purple robe, and own? For ye are bought with a said, Hail, King of the Jews : and price ; therefore glorify God in your they smote Him with their hands. body, and in your spirit, which are
4 And after that they had mocked God's.
Him they took the robe off from
Him, and put His own raiment on Eighth Tweek.
Him, and led Him away to crucify WEDNESDAY. Same subject continued. 5 And when they were come to From St. Paul's Epistle to the
the place which is called Calvary, Galatians.
| there they crucified Him; and the
malefactors, one on the right hand, 2D RETHREN, walk in the Spirit, and the other on the left. Then
B and ye shall not fulfil the said Jesus, Father, forgive them, lust of the flesh. For the flesh for they know not what they do. lusteth against the Spirit, and the And they parted His raiment, and Spirit against the flesh : and these cast lots. And the people stood are contrary the one to the other : beholding; and the rulers also with so that ye cannot do the things that them derided Him, saying, He saved ye would. But if ye be led of the others ; let Him save Himself, if He Spirit, ye are not under the law. be Christ, the chosen of God. And Now the works of the flesh are the soldiers also mocked Him, commanifest, which are these : Adul- ing to Him, and offering Him vinetery, fornication, uncleanness, lasci-gar, and saying, If Thou be the viousness, idolatry, witchcraft, ha- King of the Jews, save Thyself. And tred, variance, emulations, wrath, a superscription also was written strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, lover Him in letters of Greek, and murders, drunkenness, revellings, Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE and such like : of the which I tell KING OF THE JEWS. And you before, as I have also told you one of the malefactors, which were in time past, that they which do hanged, railed on Him, saying, If such things shall not inherit the Thou be Christ, save Thyself, and kingdom of God. But the fruit us. But the other answering reof the Spirit is love, joy, peace, buked him, saying, Dost not thou long - suffering, gentleness, good- fear God, seeing thou art in the ness, faith, meekness, temperance: same condemnation ? And we inagainst such there is no law. And deed justly; for we receive the due they that are Christ's have cruci- | reward of our deeds, but this man 11 Cor. vi. 19.
2 Gal. v. 16.
3 St. John xix. 1. 4 St. Mat. xxvii. 31. 5 St. Luke xxiii. 33.
hath done nothing amiss. And he sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, said unto Jesus, Lord, remember and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus me when Thou comest into Thy therefore saw His mother, and the kingdom. And Jesus said unto disciple standing by, whom Heloved, him, Verily I say unto thee, To- He saith unto His mother, Woman, day shalt thou be with Me in para-behold thy son. Then saith He to dise. And it was about the sixth the disciple, Behold thy mother. hour: and there was a darkness And from that hour that disciple over all the earth until the ninth took her unto his own home. After hour. And the sun was darkened, this, Jesus, knowing that all things and the veil of the temple was rent were now accomplished, that the in the midst.
Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, 1 And about the ninth hour Jesus I thirst. Now there was set a vescried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, sel full of vinegar : and they filled Eli, lama sabachthani ? that is to a spunge with vinegar, and put it say, My God, my God, why hast upon hyssop, and put it to His Thou forsaken me ?
mouth. When Jesus therefore had 2 And when Jesus had cried with received the vinegar, he said, It is a loud voice, he said, Father, into finished : and he bowed His head, Thy hands I commend My spirit ; and gave up the ghost. And having said thus, He gave up the ghost. Now when the cen- The awful dignity and majesty of turion saw what was done, he glori
Christ. fied God, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
From the Revelation of St. John.
INTO Him that loved us, and The short chapters following may U washed us from our sins in
be read occasionally, instead of His own blood, and hath made us the foregoing, at the discretion kings and priests unto God and His of the reader.
Father ; to Him be glory and doSame subject continued.
minion for ever and ever. Amen.
| Behold, He cometh with clouds ; From the Holy Gospel according and every eye shall see Him, and to St. John.
they also which pierced Him : and 3ITHEN the soldiers, when they all kindreds of the earth shall wail
1 had crucified Jesus, took His because of Him. Even so, Amen. garments, and made four parts, to I am Alpha and Omega, the beginevery soldier à part; and also His ning and the ending, saith the Lord, coat: now the coat was without which is, and which was, and which seam, woven from the top through is to come, the Almighty. .... out. They said therefore among I John was in the Spirit on the themselves, Let us not rend it, but Lord's day, and heard behind me cast lots for it, whose it shall be : a great voice, as of a trumpet, saythat the Scripture might be ful- | ing, I am Alpha and Omega, the filled, which saith, They parted My first and the last. ... And I turned raiment among them, and for My to see the voice that spake with me. vesture they did cast lots. These And being turned, I saw seven things therefore the soldiers did. golden candlesticks; and in the Now there stood by the cross of midst of the seven candlesticks Jesus, His mother, and His mother's one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to twoedged sword: and His counthe foot, and girt about the paps tenance was as the sun shineth in with a golden girdle. His head and His strength. And when I saw His hairs were white like wool, as Him, I fell at His feet as dead. white as snow; and His eyes were And He laid His right hand upon as a flame of fire ; and His feet like me, saying unto me, Fear not; I unto fine brass, as if they burned in am the first and the last. I am He a furnace; and His voice as the that liveth, and was dead ; and, besound of many waters. And He hold, I am alive for evermore, had in his right hand seven stars : Amen ; and have the keys of hell and out of His mouth went a sharp and of death.
1 St. Matt. xxvii. 46. 2 St. Luke xxii. 46, and St. Matt. xxvii. 54. 3 St. John xix. 23.
4 Rev. i. 5.
Then he says,
Then all kneeling, say the following Litany and Confession : DEMEMBER not, O Lord, our offences, nor those of our 10 forefathers, and take not vengeance of our sins. Spare us, O Lord, we beseech Thee. Christ have mercy on us, and graciously vouchsafe to receive our prayers.
O God the Father, Creator of the world,
For we have sinned against Thee. We have sinned against Thee, in not doing to others as we would they should do unto us, and against our own souls in pursuing more eagerly the things of this life than those which belong to our eternal happiness;
Have mercy on us.
We have sinned against Thee in delaying our repentance, and breaking the solemn promise of amending our lives; in exposing ourselves to the danger of temptation, and often omitting the opportunities of serving Thee; while even our best endeavours are full of imperfections ;