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beast had a face as a man, and God. Nicodemus faith unto the fourth beast was like a fly- him, How can a man be born ing eagle. And the four beasts when he is old? can he enter had each of them fix wings the second time into his moabout him; and they were ther's womb, and be born ? full of eyes within ; and they Jesus answered, Verily, verily, rest not day and night, saying, 1 say unto thee, except a man Holy, holy, holy, Lord God be born of water, and of the Almighty, who was, and is, Spirit, he cannot enter into the and is to come. And when kingdom of God. That which those beasts give glory, and is born of the flesh, is flesh l; honour, and thanks to him and that which is born of the that sat on the throne, who Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not liveth for ever and ever, the that I said unto thee, ye must four and twenty elders fall be born again. The wind down before him that sat on bloweth where it listeth, and the throne, and worship him thou hearest the sound there. that liveth for ever and ever, of, but canft not tell whence and cast their crowns before it cometh, and whither it gothe throne, saying, Thou art eth; so is every one that is worthy, O Lord, to receive born of the Spirit. Nicodeglory, and honour, and power; mus answered and said unto for thou hast created all him, How can these things things, and for thy pleasure be ? Jesus answered and said they are, and were created. unto him, Art thou a master
of Israel, and knoweft not The Gospel. St. John iii. 1. these things ? Verily, verily, I
HERE was a man of the fay unto thee, we speak that
Pharisees, named Nico- we do know, and testify that demus, a ruler of the Jews : we have seen; and ye receive The fame came to Jesus by not our witness. If I have told night, and said unto him, you earthly things, and ye beRabbi, we know that thou art lieve not; how shall ye believe, a teacher come from God : If I tell you of heavenly For no man can do these mi- things ? And no man hath racles that thou doest, except ascended up to heaven, but God be with him. Jesus an- he that came down from heaswered and said unto him, Ve- ven, even the Son of man, rily, verily, I say unto thee, who is in heaven. And as except a man be born again, Moses lifted up the serpent in he cannot see the kingdom of the wilderness, even so muit
the Son of man be lifted up; in us. Hereby know we that that whosoever believeth in we dwell in him, and he in us; him should not perish, but because he hath given us of have eternal life.
his Spirit. And we have seen The First Sunday after Trinity. fent the Son to be the Saviour
and do testify, that the Father The Collea.
of the world. Whosoever shall those who put their trust of God, God dwelleth in him, in thee, mercifully accept our and he in God. And we have prayers ; and because, through known and believed the love the weakness of our mortal that God hath to us. God is nature, we can do no good love ; and he that dwelleth in thing without thee, grant us love, dwelleth in God, and the help of thy grace, that in God in him. Herein is our keeping thy commandments love made perfect, that we we may please thee, both in
may have boldness in the day will and deed, through Jesus of judgment; because as he Christ our Lord. Amen.
is, so are we in this world. The Epistle. 1 St. John iv. 7. There is no fear in love; but
ELOVED, let us love perfect love casteth out fear ;
one another : for love is because fear hath torment : of God, and every one that He that feareth, is not made loveth is born of God, and perfect in love. We love him, knoweth God. He that loveth because he first loved us. If a not, knoweth not God; for man say, I love God, and hatGod is love. In this was mani- eth his brother, he is a liar : fested the love of God towards for he that loveth not his us, because that God sent his brother, whom he hath seen, only begotten Son into the how can he love God, whom world, that we might live he hath not seen ? And this through him. Herein is love, commandment have we from not that we loved God, but him, that he who loveth God, that he loved us, and sent his love his brother also. Son to be the propitiation for our fins. Beloved, if God so The Gospel. St. Luke xvi. 19. loved us, we ought also to love HERE was a certain one another. No man hath rich man, who was closeen God at any time. If we thed in purple and fine linen, love one another, God dwelleth and fared sumptuously every in us, and his love is perfected day. And there was a certain
beggar, named Lazarus, who unto him, They have Moses was laid at his gate, full of and the Prophets ; let them fores; and defiring to be fed hear them. And he said, Nay, with the crumbs which fell father Abraham ; but if one from the rich man's table : went unto them from the moreover, the dogs came and dead, they will repent. And licked his fores. And it came he said unto him, If they hear to pass that the beggar died, not Moses and the Prophets, and was carried by the angels neither willthey be persuaded, into Abraham's bolom : the though one rose froin the rich man also died, and was dead. buried: andin hell he lifted up his eyes, beingintorments, and
The Second Sunday after Trinity. seeth Abrahạm afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And
The Colleet. he cried, and said, Father Lord, who never failest Abraham, have mercy on me,
to govern those and send Lazarus, that he may whom thou doft bring up in dip the tip of his finger in wa- thy stedfast fear and love; keep ter, and cool my tongue; for I us, we beseech thee, under the am tormented in this flame. protection of thy good proviBut Abraham said, Son, re- dence, and make us to have a member that thou in thy life- perpetual fear and love of thy time receivedst thy good holy Name, through Jesus things, and likewife Lazarus Christ our Lord. Amen. evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tor- The Epiftle. 1 St. John iji. 13. mented. And besides all this,
brebeiween us and you there is a thren, if the world hate great gulph fixed : so that you. We know that we have they who would pass from passed from death unto life, hence to you cannot ; neither because we love the brethren. can they pass to us that would He that loveth not his brother, come froin thence. Then he abideth in death. Whosoever said, I pray thee therefore, hateth his brother, is a murfather, that thou wouldest derer : and ye know that no send him to my father's house: murderer hath eternal life for I have five brethren : that abiding in him. Hereby perhe may testify unto them, left ceive we the love of God, bethey also come into this place cause he laid down his life for of torment. Abraham saith us : and we ought to lay down
our lives for the brethren. all things are now ready. And But whoso hath this world's they all with one consent begood, and feeth his brother gan to make excule : The have need, and shutteth up his first said unto him, I have bowels of compaffion from bought a piece of ground, and him ; how dwelleth the love I must needs go and see it ; I of God in him? My little pray thee have me excused : children, let us not love in And another said, I have word, neither in tongue; but bought five yoke of oxen, and in deed, and in truth. And I go to prove them; I pray hereby we know that we are thee have me excufed : And of the truth, and shall assure another faid, I have married our hearts before him. For if a wife, and therefore I cannot our heart condemn us, God come. So that servant came, is greater than our heart, and and showed his Lord these knoweth all things. Beloved, things. Then the Master of if our heart condemn us not, the house, being angry, said then have we confidence to- to his servant, Go out quickly wards God. And whatsoever into the streets and lanes of we ask, we receive of him, be- the city, and bring in hither cause we keep his command- the poor, and the maimed, ments, and do those things and the halt, and the blind. that are pleasing in his fight. And the servant said, Lord, it And this is his commandment, is done as thou hast comThat we should believe on the manded, and yet there is Name of his Son Jesus Christ, room. And the Lord said unand love one another, as he to the servant, Go out into gave us commandment. And the highways and hedges, and he that keepeth his command- compel them to come in, that ments, dwelleth in him, and my house may be filled : for he in him: and hereby we I say unto you, that none of know that he abideth in us, those men which were bidden by the Spirit wbich he hath shall taste of my supper. given us. The Gospel. St. Luke xiv. 16. The Third Sunday after Trinity.
great supper, and bade Lord, we beseech thee many; and sent his servant at
mercifully to hear us ; supper time, to say to them and grant that we, to whom that were bidden, Come, for thou hast given an hearty
desire to pray, inay, by thy And the Pharisees and Scribes mighty aid, be defended and murmured, saying, This man comforted in all dangers and receiveth finners, and eateth adversities, through Jesus with them. And he spake this Christ our Lord. Amen. parable unto them, saying,
What man of you having an The Epiftle. 1 St. Peter v. 5. hundred sheep, if he lose one
of them, doth not leave the LL of you be subject ninety and nine in the wilder
one to another, and be ness, and go after that which clothed with humility: for is lost, until he find it? And God resisteth the proud, and when he hath found it, he giveth grace to the humble. layeth it on his shoulders, Humble yourselves therefore rejoicing. And when he under the mighty hand of cometh home, he calleth toGod, that he may exalt you gether his friends and neighin due time : casting all your bours, saying unto them, care upon him; for he careth Rejoice with me, for I have for you. Be sober, be vigi- found my sheep which was lant; because your adversary loft. I say unto you, that the devil, as a roaring lion, likewise joy shall be in heawalket b about, seeking whom ven over one finner that rehe may devour: whom refift, penteth, more than over ninestedfast in the faith ; knowing ty and nine just persons, that the same afflictions are which need no repentance. accomplished in your bre. Either what woman having thren that are in the world. ten pieces of filver, if she lose But the God of all grace, who one piece, doth not light a hath called us unto his eternal candle, and sweep the house, glory by Christ Jesus, after and seek diligently till the that ye have suffered a while, find it? And when she hath make you perfect, stablish, found it, she calleth her Atrengthen, settle you. To friends and her neighbours him be glory and dominion together, saying, Rejoice for ever and ever. Amen. with me, for I have found
the piece which I had lost. The Gospel. St. Luke xv. 1. Likewise, I say unto you,
There is joy in the presence HEN drew near unto of the angels of God over
him all the Publicans one finner that repenteth. and Ginners for to hear him.