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earth, and to save your lives by a | Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, great deliverance. So now it was saith unto Him, There is a lad here, not you that sent me hither, but which hath five barley-loaves, and God; and He hath made me a fa- two small fishes: but what are they ther to Pharaoh, and lord of all his among so many? And Jesus said, house, and ruler throughout all the Make the men sit down. Now land of Egypt.
there was much grass in the place. Thou wilt keep him in perfect So the men sat down, in number peace, whose mind is stayed on about five thousand. And Jesus Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. took the loaves, and when He had Trust thou in the Lord for ever; for given thanks He distributed to the in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting | disciples, and the disciples to them strength.
that were set down ; and likewise 2 Brethren, be careful for nothing; of the fishes as much as they would. but in everything by prayer and sup- When they were filled, He said plication with thanksgiving let your unto His disciples, Gather up the requests be made known unto God. fragments that remain, that nothing
3 Casting all your care upon Him, be lost. Therefore they gathered for he careth for you.
them together, and filled twelve 4 And the peace of God, which | baskets with the fragments of the passeth all understanding, shall five barley-loaves, which remained keep your hearts and minds through over and above unto them that had Christ Jesus.
eaten. Then those men, when they
had seen the miracle that Jesus did, Seventh Week.
said, This is of a truth that Prophet WEDNESDAY.
that should come into the world. Same subject continued.
FRIDAY. From the Holy Gospel according to St. John.
Our Lord's baptism, fasting, and 5 TESUS went over the sea of Ga
temptation. J lilee, which is the sea of Tibe From the Holy Gospel according rias. And a great multitude fol- |
to St. Matthew. lowed Him, because they saw His OTHEN cometh Jesus from Ga. miracles which He did on them that 1 lilee to Jordan unto John, to were diseased. And Jesus went be baptised of him..... And Jeup into a mountain, and there He sus, when He was baptised, went up sat with His disciples. And the straightway out of the water: and, Passover, a feast of the Jews, was lo, the heavens were opened unto nigh. When Jesus then lift up His Him, and He saw the Spirit of God eyes, and saw a great company come descending like a dove, and lighting unto Him, He saith unto Philip, upon Him : and lo a voice from Whence shall we buy bread, that heaven, saying, This is My beloved these may eat? (And this He said | Son, in whom I am well pleased. to prove him; for He Himself knew Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit what He would do.) Philip an- into the wilderness, to be tempted swered Him, Two hundred penny of the devil. And when He had worth of bread is not sufficient for fasted forty days and forty nights, them, that every one of them may He was afterward an hungred. take a little. One of His disciples, | And when the tempter came to
1 Isai. xxvi. 3.
2 Phil. iv, 6.
31 St. Pet. v. 7.
Him, he said, If Thou be the Son us make here three tabernacles; of God, command that these stones one for Thee, and one for Moses, be made bread. But He answered and one for Elias. While he yet and said, It is written, Man shall spake, behold, a bright cloud overnot live by bread alone, but by shadowed them; and behold a voice every word that proceedeth out of out of the cloud, which said, This the mouth of God. Then the devil is My beloved Son, in whom I am taketh Him up into the holy city, well pleased; hear ye Him. And and setteth Him on a pinnacle of when the disciples heard it, they the temple, and saith unto Him, If fell on their face, and were sore Thou be the Son of God, cast Thy- afraid. And Jesus came and touched self down; for it is written, He them, and said, Arise, and be not shall give His angels charge con- afraid. And when they had lifted cerning Thee, and in their hands up their eyes, they saw no man, they shall bear Thee up, lest at any save Jesus only. .... And when time Thou dash Thy foot against a they were come to the multitude, stone. Jesus said unto Him, It is there came to Him a certain man, written again, Thou shalt not tempt kneeling down to Him, and saying, the Lord thy God. Again, the devil Lord, have mercy on my son : for taketh Him up into an exceeding he is a lunatic, and sore vexed : for high mountain, and sheweth Him ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and all the kingdoms of the world, and oft into the water. And I brought the glory of them; and saith unto him to Thy disciples, and they could Him, All these things will I give not cure him. Then Jesus answered Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and and said, O faithless and perverse worship me. Then saith Jesus unto generation, how long shall I be with him, Get thee hence, Satan ; for it you ? how long shall I suffer you? is written, Thou shalt worship the bring him hither to me. And Jesus Lord thy God, and Him only shalt rebuked the devil; and he departed thou serve. Then the devil leaveth out of him; and the child was cured Him, and behold, angels came and from that very hour. ministered unto Him.
2 And when He was come into the
house, his disciples asked Him pri. Eighth Tweek.
vately, Why could not we cast him WEDNESDAY.
out ? And He said unto them, Our Lord's transfiguration.
This kind can come forth by noFrom the Holy Gospels according
thing, but by prayer and fasting. to St. Matthew and St. Mark.
FRIDAY. 1 AND after six days Jesus taketh A Peter, James, and John his
The betrayal of our Lord by Judas
Iscariot. brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was
From the Holy Gospel according transfigured before them: and His
to St. Luke. face did shine as the sun, and His 3 A ND while Jesus yet spake, be. raiment was white as the light. A hold, a multitude, and he And, behold, there appeared unto that was called Judas, one of the them Moses and Elias talking with twelve, went before them, and drew Him. Then answered Peter, and near unto Jesus to kiss Him. But said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good Jesus said unto him, Judas, be. for us to be here : if Thou wilt, let trayest thou the Son of Man with
1 St. Matt. xvii. 1. 2 St. Mark ix. 28. 3 St. Luke xxii. 47.
a kiss ? When they who were about the space of one hour after, another Him saw what would follow, they confidently affirmed, saying, Of a said unto Him, Lord, shall we smite truth this fellow also was with Him; with the sword ? And one of them for he is a Galilean. And Peter smote the servant of the high-priest, said, Man, I know not what thou and cut off his right ear. And Jesus sayest. And immediately, while he answered and said, Suffer ye thus yet spake, the cock crew. And far. And He touched his ear, and the Lord turned, and looked upon healed him. Then Jesus said unto Peter; and Peter remembered the the chief priests, and captains of the word of the Lord, how He had said temple, and the elders who were unto him, Before the cock crow, come to Him, Be ye come out as thou shalt deny Me thrice. And against a thief, with swords and Peter went out, and wept bitterly. staves ? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched The awful dignity and majesty of forth no hands against me: but this
Christ. is your hour, and the power of dark- From the Revelation of St. John Dess.
1 2 A ND I, John, saw heaven openThe short chapters following may A ed, and behold a white horse; be read occasionally instead of land He that sat upon him was the foregoing, at the discretion called Faithful and True.
called Faithful and True, and in of the reader.
righteousness He doth judge and St. Peter's denial of Christ. make war. His eyes were as a
flame of fire, and on his Head wer From the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
many crowns; and he had a name
written, that no man knew, but He IMTHEN took they Jesus, and led Himself. And He was clothed with
1 Him, and brought Him into a vesture dipped in blood : and His the high priest's house: and Peter name is called The Word of God. followed afar off. And when they And the armies which were in heahad kindled a fire in the midst of ven followed Him upon white horses, the hall, and were set down toge- clothed in fine linen, white and ther, Peter sat down among them. clean. And out of His mouth But a certain maid beheld him, as goeth a sharp sword, that with it he sat by the fire, and earnestly he should smite the nations : and looked upon him, and said, This He shall rule them with a rod of man was also with Him. And he iron : and He treadeth the winedenied Him, saying, Woman, I press of the fierceness and wrath of know Him not. And after a little Almighty God. And He hath on while another saw him, and said, His vesture and on His thigh a name Thou art also of them. And Peter written, KING OF KINGS, AND said, Man, I am not. And about LORD OF LORDS.
Then he says, . Let us bless the Lord for His goodness. Ry. Thanks be to God who poureth His benefits upon us. Ť. O Lord, turn Thy face from our sins, RY. And put out all our misdeeds.
1 St. Luke. xxii. 54.
2 Rev. xix. 11.
V. Cast us not away from Thy presence.
Then all kneeling say the following Litany and Confession : PEMEMBER not, 0. Lord, our offences, nor those of our I forefathers, and take not vengeance of our sins. Spare us, O Lord, we beseech Thee. Christ have mercy upon us, and graciously vouchsafe to receive our prayers.
O God the Father, Creator of the world,
O God the Holy Ghost, Dispenser of all grace and comfort,
Have mercy on us.
For we have sinned against Thee. As we have grown in years, we have multiplied the number of our offences, and every day Thy goodness adds to our lives, our wickedness increases the number of our transgressions ;
Have mercy on us.
We have sinned against Thee in the vain thoughts and unlawful desires of our hearts, in the idle talk and perverse words of our mouth, in the wicked works and fruitless course of our lives;
Have mercy on us.
We have sinned against Thee by our ingratitude for Thy blessings, and our impatience under Thy chastisements, by preferring ourselves, and the satisfaction of our own inordinate appetites and desires, before Thee and the observance of Thy holy commandments;
Have mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father, and according to the greatness of Thy tender compassion, pardon the multitude of our grievous offences. Remember, O Lord, whereof we are made; remember the gracious promises of Christ, and for the merits of His sacred passion and most precious death,
O Lord, deliver us.
From the evils of this present world, from the unquenchable fire of the world to come, from the evil of sin, which is the only
cause of all our misery, and from the false liberty of an undisciplined life,
O Lord, deliver us.
From pride, covetousness, and lust, from envy, gluttony, and sloth, from slander, vain-glory, and hypocrisy, from the great guilt of inducing others to sin, and from the unhappiness of being perverted ourselves,
O Lord, deliver us.
From ignorance of Thy will, and neglect of what we know to be our duty, from denying Thee before men for worldly respects, from new and factious interpretations of Thy holy word, and from proudly preferring our own private conceits before the judgment of Thy Church, *
O Lord, deliver us.
From the temptations to which by nature we are most exposed, from relapsing into the sins of which we have repented, or contracting any customary habit of vice, from provoking Thy justice by presumption, or offending Thy mercy by despair, from murmuring against the orders of Thy providence, and from an obstinate and impenitent heart,
O Lord, deliver us. . In the first motions of sin, and the repeated assault of any temptation, in the time of our trial when Thou seemest to withdraw Thy grace from us, in health and prosperity, in sickness and adversity, in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment,
O Lord, deliver us.
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord ; and that it may please Thee to defend Thy Catholic Church; to bless and preserve all ecclesiastical persons therein in unity of truth and holiness of life, and to give the blessings of peace and order to all Christian people;
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.
That it may please Thee to bring heretics into unity of faith and doctrine, and dissolute Christians to a virtuous life; and that Thou wouldst have compassion on all the afflicted in mind, body, or estate; enable them to bear their crosses patiently, and release them from their sorrows in Thine own good
* “ Grant, O Lord, that in reading Thy holy word I may never prefer my private sentiments before those of the Church in the purely ancient times of Christianity.”—Bishop Wilson's Prayers.