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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
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 GRA RANT, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, him also, and entreated him shamefully, and
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
see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power 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
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, and, he 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,
The Collect. and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that L
ORD, we beseech thee to keep thy houseI may open my mouth boldly, to make known 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.
The Epistle. Phil. i. 3. AND it came to pass,
that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the
tem. I THANK my
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 Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity.
even as it is meet for O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art me to think this of you all, because I have you
the author of all godliness; Be ready, we in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds, Church ; and grant, that those things, which
beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye are all partakers of my grace. For
we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually; God is my record, how greatly I long after you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more The Epistle. II. Thess. i. 1. and more in knowledge, and in all judgement : that ye may approve things that are excellent; PAUL, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto
the church of the Thessalonians in God that ye may be sincere, and without offence,
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace till the day of Christ : being filled with the
unto you, and peace, from God' our Father and fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus
the Lord Jesus Christ. We are' bound to Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
thank God always for you, brethren, as it is
meet, because that your faith groweth exceed The Gospel. Matt. xviii. 21.
ingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth: so that we our:
selves glory in you in the churches of God, PETER said unto Jesus, Lord, how oft for your patience and faith in all your persecushall my brother sin against me, and I for
tions and tribulations that ye endure ; which is give him? till seven times ? Jesus saith unto
a manifest token of the righteous judgement of him, I say not unto thee, until seven times;
God, that ye may be counted worthy of the but until seventy times seven. Therefore is
kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain
seeing it is a righteous thing with God to reking, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was
compense tribulation to them that trouble you;
and to you who are troubled, rest with us ; brought unto him, which owed him ten thou
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from sand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to
heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and
taking vengeance on them that know not God, his wife, and children, and all that he had,
and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, destruction from the presence of the Lord, and
Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay
from the glory of his power; when he shall thee all. Then the lord of that servant was
come to be glorified in his saints, and to be moved with compassion, and loosed him, and
admired in all them that believe (because our forgave him the debt. But the same servant
testimony among you was believed) in that went out, and found one of his fellow-servants,
day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid bands on him, and took him by the throat, calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his
that our God would count you worthy of this saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his
goodness, and the work of faith with power; fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and be
that 'the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may sought him, saying, Have patience with me,
be glorified in you, and ye in him, according and I will pay thee all. And he would not ;
to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus but went and cast him into prison, till he should
Christ. pay the debt. So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and
The Gospel. Matt. xxv. 81. came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called WHEN the Son of man shall come in his him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, glory, and all the holy angels with him, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou de- then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: siredst me: shouldest not thou also have had and before him shall be gathered all nations ; compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I and he shall separate them one from another, had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the and delivered him to the tormentors, till he goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right should pay all that was due unto him. So hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto the King say unto them on his right hand, you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the one his brother their trespasses.
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
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 þungered, 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 we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them,
The Gospel. John iv. 23. 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 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, ye cursed, into everlasting and they that worship him must worship him fire, prepared for the devil and his ángels: 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
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 O 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,
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. WHEREFORE, my brethren dearly belov
Note. If there be any more Sundays between TH 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 KEEP silence before the Lord, O islands ; supplication, with thanksgiving, let your re- 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 ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for
The Epistle. I. Cor. xv. 50. he is like a refiner's fire.-Mal. iii. 2. Behold, he cometh with clouds ; and every Now
this I say, brethren, that flesh and
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 to shame and everlasting contempt.
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the
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. -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, frailty 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.