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Then he reads one of the short chapters following.
Cornelius. And when he looked
on him, he was afraid, and said,
| What is it, Lord ? And he said Prayer : its obligation and accept-|
unto him, Thy prayers and thine ableness.
alms are come up for a memorial The Lesson is taken from the Book before God.
of the Prophet Daniel ; from the Blessed Paul saith, I will that
Prayer : its prevailing power with went into his house ; and his win-|
God when persevering. dows being open in his chamber From the Books of the Prophets towards Jerusalem, he kneeled upon Jerez
Jeremiah and Daniel ; and from his knees three times a day, and the General Epistle of St. James. prayed, and gave thanks before his 5 THEN shall ye call upon Me, God, as he did aforetime.
1 and ye shall go and pray un2 And it came to pass, that, as to Me, and I will hearken unto you. Jesus was praying in a certain place, And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when He ceased, one of His dis- when ye shall search for Me with ciples said unto Him, Lord, teach all your heart. us to pray, as John also taught his 6 And I, Daniel, set my face undisciples. And he said unto them, to the Lord God, to seek by prayer When ye pray, say, Our Father and supplications, with fasting, and which art in heaven, hallowed be sackcloth, and ashes : and I prayed Thy name. Thy kingdom come. unto the Lord my God, and made Thy will be done, as in heaven, so my confession, . . . . And whiles I in earth. Give us day by day our was speaking, and praying, and condaily bread. And forgive us our fessing my sin and the sin of my sins ; for we also forgive every one people Israel, .... the man Gathat is indebted to us. And lead briel, whom I had seen in the vius not into temptation ; but deliver sion at the beginning, being caused us from evil.
to fly swiftly, touched me about the 3 Brethren, There was a certain time of the evening oblation. And man in Cæsarea called Cornelius, a he informed me, and talked with centurion of the band called the me, and said, O Daniel, I am now Italian band, a devout man, and come forth to give thee skill and one that feared God with all his understanding. At the beginning house, which gave much alms to of thy supplications the commandthe people, and prayed to God ment came forth, and I am come alway. He saw in a vision evi- to shew thee ; for thou art greatly dently about the ninth hour of beloved : therefore understand the the day an angel of God coming matter, and consider the vision. in to him, and saying unto him, 7 Brethren, the effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth | same coasts, and cried unto Him, much. Elias was a man subject to saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, like passions as we are, and he Thou Son of David; my daughter prayed earnestly that it might not is grievously vexed with a devil. rain : and it rained not on the earth | But He answered her not a word. by the space of three years and six And His disciples came and bemonths. And he prayed again, and sought Him, saying, Send her away; the heaven gave rain, and the earth for she crieth after us. But He brought forth her fruit.
answered and said, I am not sent,
but unto the lost sheep of the house Second TWeek.
of Israel. Then came she and worWEDNESDAY.
shipped Him, saying, Lord, help
me. But He answered and said, Same subject continued.
It is not meet to take the children's From the Holy Gospel according to bread, and to cast it to dogs. And St. Luke.
she said, Truth, Lord ; yet the dogs TAND Jesus spake a parable unto eat of the crumbs which fall from
A His disciples to this end, that their master's table. Then Jesus men ought always to pray, and not answered and said unto her, O woto faint; saying, There was in a man, great is thy faith : be it unto city a judge, which feared not God, thee even as thou wilt. And her neither regarded man: and there daughter was made whole from that was a widow in that city; and she very hour. came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would
Third Tweek. not for a while : but afterward he
WEDNESDAY. said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man ; yet be- Congession u
man vet be. Confession of sins sanctioned and cause this widow troubleth me, I
enjoined. will avenge her, lest by her con- From the Holy Gospel according to tinual coming she weary me. And St. Mark ; from the Acts of the the Lord said, Hear what the un- | Holy Apostles; from the General just judge saith. And shall not Epistle of St. James, and First God avenge His own elect, which General Epistle of St. John. cry day and night unto Him, though 3 TOHN did baptise in the wilderHe bear long with them? I tell ) ness, and preach the baptism you that He will avenge them of repentance for the remission of speedily. Nevertheless when the sins. And there went out unto Son of man cometh, shall He find him all the land of Judea, and they faith on the earth ?
of Jerusalem, and were all baptised
of him in the river of Jordan, conFRIDAY.
fessing their sins. Same subject continued.
14 God wrought special miracles
by the hands of Paul: so that from From the Holy Gospel according to his body were brought unto the sick St. Matthew.
handkerchiefs or aprons, and the 2 THEN Jesus went thence, and diseases departed from them, and
T departed into the coasts of the evil spirits went out of them. Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a . . . . And fear fell on all the Jews woman of Canaan came out of the and Greeks dwelling at Ephesus,
1 St. Luke xviii. 1. 2 St. Matt. xv. 21. 3 St. Mark i. 4.
and the name of the Lord Jesus
Fourth week. was magnified. And many that
WEDNESDAY. believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them
Warning against covetousness. also which used curious arts brought | From the Holy Gospel according to their books together, and burned
St. Luke. them before all men: and they 8 AND Jesus said unto the multicounted the price of them, and A tude, Take heed, and beware found it fifty thousand pieces of sil- of covetousness : for a man's life ver. So mightily grew the word of consisteth not in the abundance God and prevailed.
of the things which he possesseth. 1 The holy Apostle St. James And He spake a parable unto them, saith, Confess your faults one to saying, The ground of a certain rich another, and pray one for another, man brought forth plentifully : and that ye may be healed.
| he thought within himself, saying, 2 Brethren, if we say that we have What shall I do, because I have no no sin, we deceive ourselves, and room where to bestow my fruits ? the truth is not in us. If we con- And he said, This will I do: I will fess our sins, He is faithful and just pull down my barns, and build to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse greater; and there will I bestow all us from all unrighteousness. my fruits and my goods. And I
will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast FRIDAY
much goods laid up for many years; The acceptableness and benefit of merry.
take thine ease, eat, drink, and be
But God said unto him, almsgiving. . Thou fool, this night thy soul shall From the Book of Proverbs and be required of thee: then whose
Tobit ; from the Holy Gospel shall those things be, which thou according to St. Luke ; and from hast provided ? So is he that lay
St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews. eth up treasure for himself, and is 3 LTE that hath pity upon the poor not rich toward God.
IT lendeth unto the Lord ; and that which he hath given will He
FRIDAY. pay him again.
4 It is better to give alms than to | Warning against love of the world. lay up gold ; for alms doth deliver From the General Epistle of St. from death, and shall purge away James, and the First General all sin.
Epistle of St. John. 5 Jesus saith, Give alms of such 9D RETHREN, know ye not that things as ye have; and, behold, all D the friendship of the world things are clean unto you.
is enmity with God? whosoever o Sell that ye have, and give alms; therefore will be a friend of the provide yourselves bags which wax | world is the enemy of God. not old, a treasure in the heavens 10 Love not the world, neither the which faileth not.
| things that are in the world. If 7 Brethren, to do good and to any man love the world, the love distribute forget not: for with such of the Father is not in him. For sacrifices God is well pleased. all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, five brethren ; that he may testify and the pride of life, is not of the unto them, lest they also come into Father, but is of the world. And this place of torment. Abraham the world passeth away, and the saith unto him, They have Moses lust thereof : but he that doeth the and the prophets ; let them hear will of God abideth for ever. them. And he said, Nay, father
1 St. James v. 16.
2 1 St. John i. 8.
3 Prov. xix. 17.
Abraham ; but if one went unto Fifth Tweek.
them from the dead, they will re
pent. And he said unto him, If WEDNESDAY.
they hear not Moses and the proFatal effects of careless indulgence phets, neither will they be perin the good things of this life. suaded, though one rose from the
| The duty and benefit of fasting. purple, and fine linen, and fared From the Books of the Prophets sumptuously every day. And there Daniel, Ezekiel, and Joel. was a certain beggar named Lazarus, 2 TN those days I Daniel was which was laid at his gate full of 1 mourning three full weeks. sores, and desiring to be fed with I ate no pleasant bread, neither the crumbs which fell from the came flesh nor wine in my mouth, rich man's table: moreover, the neither did I anoint myself at all, dogs came and licked his sores. till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And it came to pass, that the beg- And in the four and twentieth day gar died, and was carried by the of the first month, .... I lifted up angels into Abraham's bosom. The mine eyes, and looked, and behold rich man also died, and was buried : la certain man clothed in linen, and in hell he lift up his eyes, whose loins were girded with fine being in torments, and seeth Abra- gold. . . . His body also was like ham afar off, and Lazarus in his the beryl, and his face as the apbosom. And he cried and said, pearance of lightning, and his eyes Father Abraham, have mercy on as lamps of fire, .... and the me, and send Lazarus, that he may voice of his words like the voice of dip the tip of his finger in water, a multitude. And I Daniel alone and cool my tongue; for I am tor- saw the vision : for the men that mented in this flame. But Abra- 'were with me saw not the vision ; ham said, Son, remember that thou . . . . And he said unto me, o in thy lifetime receivedst thy good Daniel, a man greatly beloved, unthings, and likewise Lazarus evil derstand the words that I speak things; but now he is comforted, unto thee, and stand upright: for and thou art tormented. And be- unto thee am I now sent. And sides all this, between us and you when he had spoken this word unto there is a great gulf fixed : so that me, I stood trembling. Then said they who would pass from hence to he unto me, Fear not, Daniel : for you cannot; neither can they pass from the first day that thou didst to us, that would come from thence. set thy heart to understand, and to Then he said, I pray thee therefore, chasten thyself before thy God, thy father, that thou wouldest send him words were heard, and I am come to my father's house : for I have for thy words. 1 St. Luke xvi. 19.
? Dan. x. 2.
1 Behold, saith the Lord, this was groom shall be taken away from the iniquity of Sodom, pride, ful- them, and then shall they fast in ness of bread, and abundance of those days. idleness was in her and in her 5 Cornelius said, Four days ago, daughters, neither did she strength- I was fasting until this hour, and en the hand of the poor and needy. at the ninth hour I prayed in my
2 Therefore also now, saith the house, and behold a man stood beLord, turn ye even to Me with all fore me in bright clothing, and said, your heart, and with fasting, and Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and with weeping, and with mourning : thy alms had in remembrance, in and rend your heart, and not your the sight of God. garments, and turn unto the Lord 6 And as certain prophets and your God: for He is gracious and teachers, with Barnabas and Saul, merciful, slow to anger, and of great ministered to the Lord and fasted, kindness, and repenteth Him of the the Holy Ghost said, Separate me evil. Who knoweth if he will re- Barnabas and Saul for the work turn and repent, and leave a bless - whereunto I have called them. And ing behind him; even a meat of- when they had fasted and prayed, fering and a drink offering unto the and laid their hands on them, they Lord your God?
sent them away.
| Undivided trust in God's proThe same subject continued.
vidence. From the Holy Gospels of St. From the Book of Genesis; from Matthew and St. Luke, and from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah ;
the Acts of the Holy Apostles. from St. Paul's Epistle to the 3 A T that time Jesus said, When Philippians; and from the First
A ye fast, be not as the hypo- | General Epistle of St. Peter. crites, of a sad countenance: for 7 AND Jacob said, O God of my they disfigure their faces, that they A father Abraham, and God of may appear unto men to fast. Verily my father Isaac, the Lord which I say unto you, They have their saidst unto me, Return unto thy reward. But thou, when thou country, and to thy kindred, and I fastest, anoint thy head, and wash will deal well unto thee; I am not thy face ; that thou appear not worthy of the least of all Thy merunto men to fast, but unto thy Fa- cies, and of all the truth, which ther which is in secret ; and thy Thou hast shewed unto Thy serFather, which seeth in secret, shall vant; for with my staff I passed reward thee openly.
over this Jordan ; and now I am * Then came to Jesus the disci. become two bands. ples of John, saying, Why do we 8 Joseph said unto his brethren, and the Pharisees fast oft, but Thy I am Joseph your brother, whom disciples fast not? And He said ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore unto them, Can ye make the chil- be not grieved, nor angry with dren of the bridechamber fast, while yourselves, that ye sold me hither, the bridegroom is with them? But|... for God sent me before you the days will come, when the bride-to preserve you a posterity in the