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be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one fat on the throne. And he that fat was to look upon like a jasper, and a fard ne stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in fight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and Thunderings, and voices: And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion; and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created.

The Gospel. St. John iii. 1. "HERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode.

mus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: For no man can do these miracles that thou doelt, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his


mother's womb, and be born? Jefus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thce, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he caanot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I faid unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it lifteth, and thou heareft the found thereof; but canít pot tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: fo is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus anfwered and faid unto him, How can these things be? Jefus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I fay onto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not; how shall ye

believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath alcended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the ferpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him lould not perish, but have eternal life.

The first Sunday after Trinity.

The Collett.

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thee, Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal pature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen.

The Collect} This prayer for fruitfulness in good works was adopted 1549, from the Liturgy of St. Ambrose; where it is the firft colle& after the octaves of Pentecoft. The introitus was part oft of Pfalm. cxix.

The Epistle. John iv. 7.
Eloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;

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knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath feen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwellech in us, and his love is perfected

in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and · he in us, because he hath given us of his spirit. And we

have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confefs that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment : because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love ; but perfect love casteth qut fear, because fear hath torment: He that feareth, is got made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seein, how can he love God whom he hath pot seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God, love his brother also.

The Gospela St. Luke xvi. 19. THERE was a certain rich man, who was clothed in

purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of fores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table:

Rich man] This parable was introduced by our Saviour to reprehend and alarm the Pharisees for their ill-gotten riches and avarice.

moreover, the dogs came and licked his fores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Şon, remember that thou in thy life-time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulph fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, left they also come into this place of torment.

Abraham faith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

The second Sunday after Trinity.

The Collect.
Lord, who never failest to help and govern them

whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence; and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Colle{f} This prayer for protection by God's providence was composed anew at the Reformation, and altered a little at the Review 1662. It stood before that time, “Lord, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy name; for thou never faileft &c.” The introitus was Pfalm ii.


The Epifle. John iii. 13.
ARVEL not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother, abidech in death. Whosoever hateth his brother, is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethreti, But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from bim; how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall affure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us hot, then have we confidence toward God. And whatfoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his fight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the Name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

The Gospel. St. Luke xiv. 16.
Certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

and sent his servant at supper-time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excufe. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another faid, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and thewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry, said to his servant, Go out quickly


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