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after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of and the scribes came upon him, with the you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not elders, and spake unto him, saying, Tell us, down first and counteth the cost, whether he By what authority doest thou these things ? or have sufficient to finish it ? Lest haply after he who is he that gave thee this authority? And hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish he answered and said unto them, I will also ask it, all that behold it begin to mock him, saying, you one thing; and answer me: The baptism This man began to build, and was not able to of John, was it from heaven, or of men ? And finish. Or what king, going to make war they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we against another king, sitteth not down first, shall say, From heaven ; he will say, Why and consulteth whether he be able with ten then believed ye him not? but and if we say, thousand to meet him that cometh against Of men; all the people will stone us: for him with twenty thousand? Or else, while they be persuaded that John was a prophet. the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an And they answered that they could not tell ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. whence it was. And Jesus said unto them, So likewise, whosoever he be of you that for- Neither tell I you by what authority I do these saketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my things. Then began he to speak to the people disciple. Salt is good; but if the salt have lost this parable ; A certain man planted a vinehis savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned ? It yard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dung- went into a far country for a long time. And hill: but men cast it out. He that hath ears at the season he sent a servant to the husto hear, let him hear.
bandmen, that they should give him of the
fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.
beat him, and sent him away empty. And The Collect.
again he sent another servant: and they beat CRANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, him also, and entreated him shamefully, and
U to thy faithful people pardon and peace, sent him away empty. And again he sent a that they may be cleansed from all their sins, third: and they wounded him also, and cast and serve thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus him out. Then said the lord of the vineyard, Christ our Lord. Amen.
What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: The Epistle. Ephes. vi. 10.
it may be they will reverence him, when they M Y brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in see him. But when the husbandmen saw him,
the nower of his might. Put on the they reasoned among themselves, saying, This whole armour of God, that ye may be able to is the heir ; come, let us kill him, that the stand against the wiles of the devil. For we inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore principalities, against powers, against the rulers shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them ? of the darkness of this world, against spiritual He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, wickedness in high places. Wherefore take and shall give the vineyard to others. And unto you the whole armour of God, that ye when they heard it, they said, God forbid. And may be able to withstand in the evil day, andhe beheld them, and said, What is this then that having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
is written, The stone which the builders rejecthaving your loins girt about with truth; and ed, the same is become the head of the corner ? having on the breast-plate of righteousness; Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be and your feet shod with the preparation of the
broken ; but upon whomsoever it shall fall, it Gospel of peace; above all taking the shield will grind him to powder. And the chief priests of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench and the scribes the same hour sought to lay all the fiery darts of the wicked; and take the hands on him; and they feared the people : helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, for they perceived that he had spoken this which is the Word of God: praying always parable against them. with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity. and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints; and for me,
The Collect. that utterance may be given unto me, that TORD, we beseech thee to keep thy houseI may open my mouth boldly, to make known U hold the Church in continual godliness; the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an that through thy protection it may be free from ambassador in bonds; that therein I may all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
in good works, to the glory of thy Name; The Gospel. Luke xx. 1.
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. AND it came to pass, that on one of those
The Epistle. Phil. i. 3. 6 days, as he taught the people in the tem I THANK my God upon every remembrance ple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests of you,(always in every prayer of mine for you
all making request with joy,) for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now : being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye are all partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgement: that ye may approve things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere, and without offence, till the day of Christ : being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect. O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art
the author of all godliness; Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church ; and grant, that those things, which we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Gospel. Matt. xviii. 21.
The Epistle. II. Thess. i. 1. PAUL, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto
1 the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are' bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth : so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure ; which is ti a manifest token of the righteous judgement of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer : seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled, rest with us; when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and Jest from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God'would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power; that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesús Christ.
PETER said unto Jesus, Lord, how oft
[ I shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times ; but until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and be sought him, saying, Have patience with me,
ith me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not ; but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, Othou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
The Gospel. Matt. xxv. 81. W HEN the Son of man shall come in his
glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory and before him shall be gathered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another. as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me things are true, whatsoever things are honest, drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto whatsoever things are of good report; if there me. Then shall the righteous answer him, be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, on these things. Those things, which ye have and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? both 'learned, and received, and heard, and when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be in ? or naked, and clothed thee? or when saw with you. I ' we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
' The Gospel. John iv. 23. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have BUT the hour cometh, and now is, when done it unto one of the least of these my D the true worshippers shall worship the brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father shall he say also unto them on the left hand, seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: Depart from me, yè cursed, into everlasting and they that worship him must worship him fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto for I was an hungered, and ye gave me no him, I know that Messias cometh, which is meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in unto thee am be. And upon this came his disprison, and ye visited me not. Then shall ciples, and marvelled that he talked with the they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou ? we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not then left her water-pot, and went her way minister unto thee? Then shall he answer into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as man which told me all things that ever I did : much as ye did it not to one of the least of is not this the Christ? Then they went out of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go the city, and came unto him. In the meanaway into everlasting punishment: but the while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, righteous into life eternal.
eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to
eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity. disciples one to another, Hath any man brought
him aught to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My The Collect.
meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and LORD, who never failest to help and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet
govern them whom thou dost bring up four months and then cometh harvest ? behold, in thy stedfast fear and love ; Keep us, we I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on beseech thee, under the protection of thy good the fields : for they are white already to harprovidence, and make us to have a perpetual vest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both Christ our Lord. Amen.
he that soweth and he that reapeth may re
joice together. The Epistle. Phil. iv. 1. THEREFORE, my brethren dearly belov
Note. If there be any more Sundays between 1 ed and longed for, my joy and crown, so
this and the Sunday next before Advent, the stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Service of some of those Sundays, that were I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that
omitted after the Epiphany, shall be taken in they be of the same mind in the Lord. And
to supply so many as are here wanting. And I intreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help those
if there be fewer, the overplus may be omitted. women that laboured with me in the gospel,
This Anthem, Collect, Epistle and Gospel with Clement also, and with other my fellow
following, being always used on the Sunday labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
next before Advent. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say,
The Sunday before Advent. Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men: The Lord is at hand. Be careful
THE ANTHEM. for nothing ; but in every thing by prayer and K EEP silence before the Lord, O islands ; supplication, with thanksgiving, let your re 1 and let the people renew their strength : quests be made known unto God. And the let them come near, then let them speak, let peace of God which passeth all understanding, us come near together to judgement.- Is. xli.l. shall keep your hearts and minds through But who may abide the day of his coming ?
ANTHEMS, COLLECTS, EPISTLES AND GOSPELS. ** and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for
The Epistle. I. Cor. xv. 50. ** he is like a refiner's fire.—Mal. iii. 2.
N OW this I say, brethren, that flesh and Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every
N blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; eye shall see him, and they also which pierced
neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail
Behold, I shew you a mystery : We shall not because of him.- Rev. i. 7.
all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a And they that sleep in the dust of the earth
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the to shame and everlasting contempt.
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall And they that be wise shall shine as the
be changed. For this corruptible must put on brightness of the firmament, and they that turn incorruption, and this mortal must put on immany to righteousness, as the stars for ever mortality and ever.--Dan. xii. 2, 3. Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and
The Gospel. John v. 25. wast, and shall be ; even so, Lord God Al VERILY, verily, I say unto you, The hour mighty, true and righteous are thy judgements. V is coming, and now is, when the dead - Rev. xvi. 5. 7.
shall hear the voice of the Son of God : and they that hear shall live. For as the Father
hath life in himself, so hath he given to the The Collect.
Son to have life in himself; and hath given
him authority to execute judgement also, beLORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy cause he is the Son of man. Marvel not at
people from their offences; that through this : for the hour is coming, in the which all thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and from the bands of those sins, which by our shall come forth; they that have done good,
we have committed : Grant this, o unto the resurrection of life; and they that heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our have done evil, unto the resurrection of damblessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.