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of our infirmities ; but was in all / was upon them all. Neither was points tempted like as we are, yet there any among them that lacked : without sin. Let us therefore come for as many as were possessors of boldly unto the throne of grace, that lands or houses sold them, and we may obtain mercy, and find grace brought the prices of the things to help in time of need.
that were sold, and laid them down
at the apostles' feet: and distriTUESDAY.
bution was made unto every man
according as he had need. Speaking the truth, and command
3 But a certain man named Anaof the temper.
nias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a From St. Paul's Epistle to the possession, and kept back part of Ephesians.
the price, his wife also being privy ID RETHREN, putting away ly
| to it, and brought a certain part, D ing, speak every man truth
and laid it at the apostles' feet. with his neighbour : for we are
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath members one of another.
Satan filled thine heart to lie to the
Be ye angry, and sin not : let not the sun
Holy Ghost, and to keep back part
of the price of the land ? Whiles it go down upon your wrath : neither give place to the devil. .... Let no
remained, was it not thine own?
and after it was sold, was it not in corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is
thine own power? why hast thou
conceived this thing in thine heart? good to the use of edifying, that it
thou hast not lied unto men, but may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit
unto God. And Ananias hearing of God, whereby ye are sealed unto
(these words fell down, and gave up the day of redemption. Let all
ů | the ghost : and great fear came on bitterness, and wrath, and anger,
"all them that heard these things. and clamour, and evil speaking, be
| And the young men arose, wound
him up, and carried him out, and put away from you, with all ma
buried him. And it was about the lice: and be ye kind one to another, L. tender-hearted, forgiving one an
space of three hours after, when his other, even as God for Christ's sake
wife, not knowing what was done,
came in. And Peter answered unto hath forgiven you.
her, Tell me whether ye sold the
land for so much? And she said, THURSDAY.
Yea, for so much. Then Peter said Danger of insincerity in religion.
| unto her, How is it that ye have
agreed together to tempt the Spirit From the Acts of the Holy
of the Lord ? behold, the feet of Apostles.
| them which have buried thy hus2 AND the multitude of them that band are at the door, and shall
A believed were of one heart carry thee out. Then fell she down and of one soul : neither said any straightway at his feet, and yielded of them that aught of the things up the ghost : and the young men which he possessed was his own; came in, and found her dead, and, but they had all things common. carrying her forth, buried her by And with great power gave the her husband. And great fear came apostles witness of the resurrection upon all the Church, and upon as of the Lord Jesus : and great grace | many as heard these things.
1 Ephes. iv. 25.
2 Acts iv. 32.
3 Acts v. 1.
that will I do, that the Father may
be glorified in the Son. If ye shall Some of our Lord's last divine:
ask any thing in My name, I will sayings to His disciples previous
18 do it. to His agony in the garden.
Eighth Tweek. From the Holy Gospel according to St. John.
MONDAY. ITESUS said to His disciples, Let Same subject continued.
J not your heart be troubled : 12 TESUS said to His disciples, If ve believe in God, believe also in J ve love Me, keep My comMe. In My Father's house are mandments. And I will pray the many mansions: if it were not so, Father, and He shall give you anI would have told you. I go to other Comforter, that He may abide prepare a place for you. And if I l with voi
with you for ever; even the Spirit go and prepare a place for you, Iof truth ; whom the world cannot will come again, and receive you receive, because it seeth Him not. unto Myself; that where I am, I neither knoweth Him : but ye know there ye may be also. And whither Him ; for He dwelleth with you. I go ve know, and the way ye know. land shall be in you. I will not Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we leave you comfortless: I will come know not whither Thou goest; and
to you. Yet a little while, and the how can we know the way? Jesus world seeth Me no more ; but ve saith unto him, I am the way, the see Me: because I live, ye shall truth, and the life : no man cometh live also. At that day ye shall know unto the Father, but by Me. If ye that I am in My Father, and ye in had known Me, ye should have Me, and I in you. He that hath known My Father also : and from
| My commandments, and keepeth henceforth ye know Him, and have them, he it is that loveth Me: and seen Him. Philip saith unto Him, he that loveth Me shall be loved of Lord, shew us the Father, and it My Father, and I will love him, sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto Him, I and will manifest Myself to him. Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast Thou not known Me,
TUESDAY Philip ? He that hath seen Me hath
Same subject continued. seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? |3 TUDAS saith unto Jesus, not Believest thou not that I am in the J Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Father, and the Father in Me ? the Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, words that I speak unto you I speak and not unto the world ? Jesus annot of Myself: but the Father that swered and said unto him, If a man dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. love Me, he will keep My words : Believe Me that I am in the Father, and My Father will love Him, and and the Father in Me: or else be- we will come unto Him, and make lieve Me for the very works' sake. our abode with Him. He that Verily, verily, I say unto you, He loveth Me not keepeth not My say. . that believeth on Me, the works that ings : and the word which ye hear I do shall he do also ; and greater is not Mine, but the Father's which works than these shall he do; be- sent Me. These things have I cause I go unto My Father. And spoken unto you, being yet present whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, with you. But the Comforter, which
i St. John xiv. 1.
2 St. John xiv, 15.
3 St. John xiv. 22.
is the Holy Ghost, whom the Fa- glorified, that ye bear much fruit; ther will send in My name, He shall so shall ye be My disciples. As the teach you all things, and bring all Father hath loved Me, so have I things to your remembrance, what- loved you : continue ye in My love. soever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give
SATURDAY. unto you : not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your The Divinity of Christ. heart be troubled, neither let it be 2 TN the beginning was the Word, afraid. .... These things I have I and the Word was with God, spoken unto you, that in Me ye and the Word was God. The same might have peace. In the world ye was in the beginning with God. shall have tribulation ; but be of All things were made by Him; and good cheer; I have overcome the without Him was not any thing world.
made that was made. In Him was THURSDAY.
| life; and the life was the light of Same subject continued. men. And the light shineth in
darkness; and the darkness comITESUS said to His disciples, I prehended it not. There was a man
J am the true vine, and My Fa- sent from God, whose name was ther is the husbandman. Every John. The same came for a witbranch in Me that beareth not fruit ness, to bear witness of the Light, He taketh away: and every branch that all men through Him might that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, believe. He was not that Light, but that it may bring forth more fruit. was sent to bear witness of that Now ye are clean through the word Light. That was the true Light, which I have spoken unto you. which lighteth every man that Abide in Me and I in you. As the cometh into the world. He was in branch cannot bear fruit of itself, the world, and the world was made except it abide in the vine ; no more by Him, and the world knew Him can ye, except ye abide in Me. I not. He came unto His own, and am the vine, ye are the branches : His own received Him not. But he that abideth in Me, and I in as many as received Him, to them him, the same bringeth forth much gave He power to become the sons fruit: for without Me ye can do of God, even to them that believe nothing. If a man abide not in Me, on His name: which were born, he is cast forth as a branch, and is not of blood, nor of the will of the withered : and men gather them, flesh, nor of the will of man, but of and cast them into the fire, and they God. And the Word was made are burned. If ye abide in Me, and flesh, and dwelt among us (and we My words abide in you, ye shall ask beheld His glory, the glory as of what ye will, and it shall be done the only begotten of the Father), unto you. Herein is my Father | full of grace and truth.
Then he says,
2 St. John i. 1.
Ť. O Lord, wash us thoroughly from our wickedness. Ry. And cleanse us from our sin. Ý. O Lord, hear our prayer. Ry. And let our cry come unto Thee. Then all kneeling, say the Confession and Litany following: | ALMIGHTY Lord of heaven and earth, we confess that
we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through our fault, through our great and grievous fault; and we present ourselves before Thy eyes, humbly beseeching Thee not to consider the multitude of our offences, but to remember Thy infinite mercy. Give us, O Lord a true contrition for all the sins we have committed against Thee, that being turned from all our evil ways, we may, by a sincere repentance, obtain Thy peace; for the sake of the merits of Thy blessed Son's most sacred passion, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God the Father of heaven, God the Son Redeemer of the world, God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
From all evil, from all sin, from Thy wrath, from a sudden and unprovided death, from all Thy heavy judgments in this present world, and from everlasting death in the world to come,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the deceits of the devil, from the spirit of sloth and of self-love, from revenge, hatred, and impatience, from envy, calumny, and all uncharitableness,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the spirit of pride, vanity, and ambition, from all intemperance, prodigality, and covetousness, from fornication and all impurity,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the spirit of dissembling, flattering, and lying, from incredulity, profaneness, and all hardness of heart,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the spirit of immoderate anxiety and worldly care, from lukewarmness and indevotion, from levity and inconstancy,
O Lord, deliver us.
We sinners do beseech Thee to hear us, and that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church,
with our own bishop, and all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion ;
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and concord to Christian kings and princes ; especially to our queen and royal family ; and to grant peace and unity to all Christian people;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, and to raise our minds to heavenly desires ;
And that Thou mayest give us the spirit of universal charity, by which we may love Thee above all things, and our neighbour as ourselves ;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
Then all say, OUR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. U Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen. If it be the season of Advent, Lent, or Ember-Days, here may
follow the special Prayers which are to be said during those seasons. *
* Collects to be said during the season of Advent.
FIRST WEEK. STIR up Thy might, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come, that by W Thy protection we may be worthy to be delivered from the threatening danger of our sins, and by Thy deliverance be saved, who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
SECOND WEEK. STIR up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of Thy only-begotten
Son, that by His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THIRD WEEK. ITASTEN, O Lord Jesus, do not delay, and grant us the help of Thy
1 heavenly power, that those who confide in Thy mercy may be