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they besought him, that he would | the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to depart out of their coasts. God and the Father by him. The fifth Sunday after the
The Gospel. St. Matth. xiii. 24. Epiphany. THE
HE kingdom of heaven is
likened unto a man which The Collect.
sowed good seed in his field. O Lord, we beseech thee to But while men slept, his enemy
came and sowed tares among hold continually in thy true re- the wheat, and went his way. ligion ; that they who do lean But when the blade was sprung only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be up, and brought forth fruit, then
So the defended by thy mighty power; servants of the housholder came, through Jesus Christ our Lord. and said unto him, Sir, didst not Amen.
thou sow good seed in thy field ? The Epistle. Col. iii. 12.
from whence then hath it tares ? PUT
T on therefore, as the elect He said unto them, An enemy
of God, holy and belov- hath done this. The servants ed, bowels of mercies, kindness, said unto him, Wilt thou then humbleness of mind, meekness, that we go and gather them long-suffering ; forbearing one up? But he said, Nay; lest another, and forgiving one an
while ye gather up the tares, other, if any man have a quar- ye rooť up also the wheat with rel against any; even as Christ them. Let both grow together forgave you, so also do ye. And until the harvest; and in the above all these things put on time of harvest I will say to charity, which is the bond of the reapers, Gather ye together perfectness. And let the peace first the tares, and bind them of God rule in your hearts, to in bundles to burn them : but the which also ye are called in gather the wheat into my barn. one body; and be
thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell The sixth Sunday after the in you richly in all wisdom,
Epiphany teaching and admonishing one
The Collect. another in psalms, and hymns
; O God, whose blessed Son was
your hearts to the Lord. destroy the works of the devil, And whatsoever ye do, in word and make us the sons of God, or deed, do all in the Name of and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that, hav- | teth sin is of the devil : for the ing this hope, we may purify devil sinneth from the beginourselves, even as he is pure; ning. For this purpose the Son that, when he shall appear a- of God was manifested, that he gain with power and great glory, might destroy the works of the we may be made like unto him devil. in his eternal and glorious king- The Gospel. St. Matth. xxiv. 23. dom ; where with othee, O F THEN if any man shall, say ther, and thee, O Holy Ghost, unto , , he liveth and reigneth, ever one
or there ; believe it not. For God, world without end. Amen. there shall arise false Christs,
The Epistle. 1 St. John iii. 1. and false prophets, and shall shew B EHOLD, what manner of great signs and wonders; inso
love the Father hath be- much that (if it were possible) stowed upon us, that we should they shall deceive the very elect. be called the sons of God: there- Behold, I have told you before. fore the world knoweth us not, Wherefore, if they shall say unto because it knew him not. Be- you, Behold, he is in the deloved, now are we the sons of sert; go not forth: behold, he God, and it doth not yet appear is in the secret chambers; bewhat we shall be: but we know, lieve it not. For as the lightthat, when he shall appear, we ning cometh out of the east, shall be like him ; for we shall and shineth even unto the west ; see him as he is. And every so shall also the coming of the man that hath this hope in him Son of Man be. For wherepurifieth himself, even as he is soever the carcase is, there will pure. Whosoever committeth sin the eagles be gathered together. transgresseth also the law : for Immediately after the tribulasin is the transgression of the tion of those days shall the sun law. And ye know that he was be darkened, and the moon shall manifested to take away our not give her light, and the stars sins; and in him is no sin. shall fall from heaven, and the Whosoever abideth in him sin- powers of the heavens shall be neth not : whosoever sinneth shaken. And then shall appear hath not seen him, neither known the sign of the Son of Man in him. Little children, let no man
heaven: and then shall all the deceive you: he that doeth righ- tribes of the earth mourn, and teousness is righteous, even as they shall see the Son of Man he is righteous. He that commit- coming in the clouds of heaven,
his angels THE
with power and great glory. The Gospel. St. Matth. xx. 1. And he shall send his
HE kingdom of heaven is with a great sound of a trumpet,
like unto a man that is an and they shall gather together his housholder, which went out early elect from the four winds, from in the morning to hire labourers one end of heaven to the other. into his vineyard. And when he
had agreed with the labourers The Sunday called Septuage for a peny a day, he sent them
sima, or the third Sunday into his vineyard. And he went before Lent.
out about the third hour, and The Collect.
saw others standing idle in the O Lord, we beseech thee fa- market-place, and said unto them,
vourably to hear the prayers Go ye also into the vineyard, of thy people; that
and whatsoever is right I will justly punished for our offences, give you. And they went their may be mercifully delivered by way." Again he went out about thy goodness, for the glory of the sixth and ninth hour, and thy Name; through Jesus Christ did likewise. And about the our Saviour, who liveth and eleventh hour he went out, and reigneth with thee and the Holy found others standing idle, and Ghost, ever
one God, world saith unto them, Why stand ye without end. Amen.
here all the day idle? They say The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. unto him, Because no man hath KNOW ye not, that they hired us. He saith unto them,
ye all, but one receiveth the prize? whatsoever is right, that shall So run that ye may obtain. And ye receive. So when even was every man that striveth for the come, the lord of the vineyard mastery is temperate in all things: saith unto his steward, Call the now they do it to obtain a cor- labourers, and give them their ruptible crown, but we an in- hire, beginning from the last unto corruptible. I therefore so run, the first. And when they came not as uncertainly ; so fight I, that were hired about the elenot as one that beateth the air : venth hour, they received every but I keep under my body, and man a peny. But when the first bring it into subjection, lest that came, they supposed that they by any means, when I have should have received more; and preached to others, I myself they likewise received every man should be a cast-away.
a peny. And when they had received it, they murmured a- cerning reproach, as though we gainst the good-man of the house, had been weak : howbeit, wheresaying, These last have wrought insoever any is bold, (I speak but one hour, and thou hast foolishly,) I am bold also. “Are made them equal unto us, which they Hebrews ? so am I. Are have borne the burden and heat they Israelites ? so am I. Are of the day. But he answered they the seed of Abraham ? so one of them, and said, Friend, am I. Are they ministers of I do thee no wrong ; didst not Christ? (I speak as a fool,) I thou agree with me for a peny ? am more: in labours more abunTake that thine is, and go thy dant; in stripes above measure; way; I will give unto this last in prisons more frequent; in even as unto thee. Is it not deaths oft. Of the Jews five lawful for me to do what I will times received I forty stripes with mine own? Is thine eye save one; thrice was I beaten evil, because I am good ? So with rods; once was I stoned ; the last shall be first, and the thrice I suffered shipwreck; a first last: for many be called, night and a day I have been in but few chosen.
the deep; in journeying often;
in perils of waters; in perils of The Sunday called Sexagesima, robbers; in perils by mine own
or the second Sunday before countrymen; in perils by the Lent.
heathen ; in perils in the city; The Collect.
in perils in the wilderness; in Lord God, who seest that
perils in the sea ; perils among we put not our trust in any false brethren ; in weariness and thing that we do; Mercifully painfulness; in watchings often ; grant that by thy power we may in hunger and thirst; in fastbe defended against all adver- ings often ; in cold and nakedsity; through Jesus Christ our
ness; besides those things that Lord. Amen.
are without, that which cometh The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. upon me daily, the care of all YE
E suffer fools gladly, seeing the churches. Who is weak, and
ye yourselves are wise. For I am not weak? who is offendye suffer if a man bring you into ed, and I burn not? If I must bondage, if a man devour you, if needs glory, I will glory of the a man take of you, if a man things which concern mine infirexalt himself, if a man smite mities. The God and Father of you on the face. I speak as con- our Lord Jesus Christ, which is
blessed for evermore, knoweth | the word with joy; and these that I lie not.
have no root, which for a while The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4. believe, and in time of temptaWHI
CHEN much people were tion fall away. And that which
gathered together, and fell among thorns, are they, were come to him out of every which, when they have heard, city, he spake by a parable: A go forth, and are choked with sower went out to sow his seed ; cares, and riches, and pleasures and as he sowed, some fell by of this life, and bring no fruit the way-side, and it was trodden to perfection. But that on the down, and the fowls of the air good ground, are they, which devoured it. And some fell up- in an honest and good heart, on a rock, and as soon as it was having heard the word, keep it, sprung up, it withered away, be- and bring forth fruit with pacause it lacked moisture. And tience. some fell among thorns, and the
The Sunday called Quinquathorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on
gesima, or the next Sunday good ground, and sprang up, and
before Lent. bare fruit an hundred-fold. And
The Collect. when he had said these things, he O Lord, who hast taught us let him hear. And his disciples charity are nothing worth ; Send asked him, saying, What might thy Holy Ghost, and pour into this parable be? And he said,
our hearts that most excellent Unto you it is given to know gift of charity, the very bond of the mysteries of the kingdom peace and of all virtues, withof God: but to others in para- counted dead before thee: Grant
out which whosoever liveth is bles ; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not this for thine only Son Jesus understand. Now the parable is Christ's sake. Amen. this : The seed is the Word of The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. God. Those by the way-side are THOUGH I speak with the they that hear; then cometh the tongues of men and of andevil, and taketh away the word gels, and have not charity, I am out of their hearts, lest they become as sounding brass, or a should believe, and be saved. tinkling cymbal. And though I They on the rock are they, have the gift of prophecy, and which, when they hear, receive understand all mysteries, and