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ALMIGHTY and everlasting
God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee, that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world
without end. Amen.
For the Epistle. Rev. iv. 1. FTER this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne: and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight 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 doest, 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 saith 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? Jesus answered,
Verily, verily I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot 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 said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every
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 ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man, who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The first Sunday after Trinity.
O God, the strength of all
them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. 1St. John iv. 7.
one that is born of the Spirit. BELOVED, let us love one
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our
another for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards 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
he who loveth God love his bro-
The Gospel. St. Luke xvi. 19.
propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought man, which was clothed in also to love one another. No purple, and fine linen, and farman hath seen God at any time. ed sumptuously every day. And If we love one another, God there was a certain beggar namdwelleth in us, and his love is ed Lazarus, which was laid at perfected in us. Hereby know his gate full of sores, and desirwe that we dwell in him, and he ing to be fed with the crumbs, in us; because he hath given us which fell from the rich man's of his Spirit. And we have seen, table: moreover, the dogs came and do testify, that the Father and licked his sores. And it sent the Son to be the Saviour came to pass, that the beggar of the world. Whosoever shall died, and was carried by the anconfess that Jesus is the Son of gels into Abraham's bosom. The God, God dwelleth in him, and rich man also died, and was buhe in God. And we have known ried: and in hell he lift up his and believed the love that God eyes being in torments, and seeth hath to us. God is love; and he Abraham afar off, and Lazarus that dwelleth in love dwelleth in in his bosom. And he cried and God, and God in him. Herein said, Father Abraham, have meris our love made perfect, that we cy on me, and send Lazarus, that may have boldness in the day of he may dip the tip of his finger judgement; because as he is, so in water, and cool my tongue; are we in this world. There is for I am tormented in this flame. no fear in love; but perfect love But Abraham said, Son, rememcasteth out fear; because fear ber that thou in thy life-time rehath torment: He that feareth ceivedst thy good things, and is not made perfect in love. We likewise Lazarus evil things; but love him, because he first loved now he is comforted, and thou us. If a man say, I love God, art tormented. And besides all and hateth his brother, he is a this, between us and you there is liar: for he that loveth not his a great gulf fixed: so that they brother, whom he hath seen, how who would pass from hence to can he love God, whom he hath you cannot; neither can they not seen? And this command-pass to us, that would come from ment have we from him, That 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, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith 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.
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 brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him; 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 assure 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 not, then have we confidence towards God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 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
The Gospel. St. Luke xiv. 16. Certain man made a great supper, and bade many;
and sent his servant at suppertime to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I
hast given an hearty desire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
have bought a piece of ground, A
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 said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the high-ways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
The third Sunday after Trinity.
Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou
The Epistle. 1 St. Pet. v. 5. LL of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. The Gospel. St. Luke xv. 1. HEN drew near unto him all the Publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you