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COMMON OF A CONFESSOR Of the 1st Epistle of S. Paul to BISHOP.

Timothy. If in Easter-tide, the rubric, p. 91, is

Lesson I. Chap. iii. to be observed. Inv. The LORD, the King of Con. THIS is a true saying, If a man

desire the office of a bishop, he fessors, * O come let us worship.

desireth a good work. A bishop then Ps. Venite. p. 3.

must be blameless, the husband of Hymn. Iste Confessor. one wife, vigilant, sober, of good the Confessor of the LORD, with behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to triumph,

teach; not given to wine, no striker, Whom through the wide world celebrate the not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, faithful,

not a brawler, not covetous; one that He on this festal merited to enter Heavenly mansions.

ruleth well his own house, having his Pious and prudent, continent and humble,

children in subjection with all gravity; Sober he was, and gentle of behaviour, (for if a man know not how to rule While in his frame dwelt, animate with action, his own house, how shall be take care Earthly existence.

of the church of GoD ?) not a novice, Oft-times, in answer to his supplication, Bodies that sorely neath disease did languish, into the condemnation of the devil.

lest being lifted up with pride he fall Gained health, and freedom from the domination

Moreover he must have a good report Of pain and apguish.

of them which are without; lest he Wherefore our choir, with willing hymns fall into reproach and the snare of the and anthems,

devil. Here, on his feast day, doth him fitting honour;

Ry. Well done, thou good and That in his glory we may have our portion, faithful servant; thou hast been faithEver and ever.

ful over a few things, I will make thee Glory and virtue, honour and salvation, ruler over many things : * enter thou Be unto Him That, sitting in the highest, Ordereth meetly earth, and sky, and ocean,

into the joy of thy LORD. Y. LORD, Onely and Trinal. Amen. Thou deliveredst unto me five talents;

behold, I have gained besides them FIRST NOCTURN.

five talents more. Enter. Ben. The Ant. 1. Blessed is the man whose Only-Begotten. delight is in the law of the LORD: in His law will he exercise himself day

Of the Epistle to Titus. and night, and whatsoever he doeth it

Lesson II. Chap. i. shall prosper. Ps. 1: Beatus vir. p. 78. FOR

a bishop must be blameless, Ant. 2. Blessed is this Saint * who as the steward of God; not selftrusted in the LORD: he preached the willed, not soon angry, not given to word of the LORD, and is set upon wine, no striker, not given to filthy His holy bill. Ps. ii. Quare fre- lucre ; but a lover of hospitality, & muerunt. p. 78.

lover of good men, sober, just, holy, Ant. 3. Thou art my glory, * O LORD, temperate; holding fast the faithful and my defender, and the lifter up of word as he hath been taught, that he my head: Thou heardest me out of may be able by sound doctrine both Thy holy hill. Ps. iii. Domine, quid to exhort and to convince the gainmultiplicasti ? «p. 79.

sayers. For there are many unruly y. The LORD loved him and clothed and vain talkers and deceivers, him with comely ornaments.

specially they of the circumcision : Ry. He put upon him that stole of whose mouths must be stopped, who glory.

subvert whole houses, teaching things Abs. Hear, LORD. y. Sir, pray. which they ought not, for filthy lucre's Ben. The FATHER. .

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Ry. This is the great priest, who in world : for Thou hast crowned Thy his days pleased God. * Therefore holy one with glory and worship, and the LORD assured him by an oath made him to have dominion over the that He would multiply him in his works of Thy hands. Ps. viii. Domine, seed. Y. The LORD gave him the Dominus noster. p. 81. blessing of all men, and established

y. The LORD chose him as His covenant upon his head. There- Priest for Himself. Ry. To offer the fore. Ben. The grace.

sacrifice of praise. Our FATHER. Abs. Lesson III. Chap. ii.

His piety. y. Sir, pray. Ben. GOD

the FATHER. BTT speak thou the things which

become sound doctrine : that the A Sermon of S. Maximus the Bishof. aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Lesson IV. The aged women likewise, that they

Homily 59. be in behaviour as becometh holiness, B' endeavouring to add to, we take not false accusers, not given to much from the praises of our holy and wine, teachers of good things; that most blessed Father N., whose they may teach the young women to feast we keep to-day; seeing that be sober, to love their husbands, to the beauty of his virtues is not to be love their children, to be discreet, explained by words, but to be chaste, keepers at home, good, obe-approved by deeds. For when Scripdient to their own husbands, that the ture saith : A wise son is the glory word of God be not blasphemed. of his father; how much greater is Young men likewise exhort to be the glory of this Saint who rejoiceth sober minded. In all things shew- in the wisdom and devotion of so ing thyself a pattern of good works : many sons ? For in CHRIST JESUS in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, he begat us by the Gospel. gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that

Ry. I have found David My servant, cannot be condemned ; that he that with My holy oil have I anointed him. is of the contrary part may be * My hand shall hold him fast. y. ashamed, having no evil thing to say The enemy shall not be able to

do him violence : the son of wickedRy. The LORD sware, and will not ness shall not hurt him My and. repent: Thou art a priest for ever Ben. CHRIST give us. after the order of Melchisedech. Y. The LORD said unto my LORD : Sit

Lesson V. thou on My right hand.

Thou. AS

S for whatever virtue and grace Glory. Thou.

there may be in this holy con

gregation, the purity of all the brooks SECOND NOCTURN.

flowed forth from him, as from a Ant. 1. The godly man was heard * most clear well-spring. For verily, of the LORD: He heard him, and because he was eminent in the made him to dwell in safety. Ps. iv. strength of his purity, gloried in the Cum invocarem. p. 80.

restraint of abstinence, was endowed Ant. 2. Let all them that put their with the winning ways of gentletrust in Thee rejoice, * O LORD : for ness, he called forth the love of Thou hast given Thy blessing unto the all his fellow citizens towards God : righteous, and crowned him with the because he shone in the adminisshield of Thy good will. Ps. V. Verba tration of his episcopate, he left mea auribus. p. 81.

many disciples as successors of his Ant. 3. O LORD our Governor, * priesthood. how excellent is Thy Name in all the Ry. I have laid help upon one that

of you.

verse

is mighty, I have exalted one chosen Lesson of the Holy Gospel according out of the people : My hand shall

to S. Matthew. hold him fast. V. I have found

Lesson VII. Chap. xxv. David My servant, with My holy oil have I anointed him. My hand. Ben. At that time : Jesus spake unto His

disciples this parable. For the Lesson VI.

kingdom of heaven is as a man WELL and fitly then upon this travelling into a far country, who

called his own servants, and delivered day, which the passage of our

unto them his goods. And that which blessed Father N. to Paradise makes

follows. joyful for us, we have been singing this

of the Psalm : The Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. righteous shall be had in everlasting Homily 9. on the Gospels. remembrance. Right worthily is he

This lesson of the Holy Gospel, had in remembrance of men who hath dearly beloved brethren, warneth us passed into the joys of angels. The to consider carefully whether we who divine word saith: Praise no man during his life; as though it would what more than others in this world,

may be seen to have received somesay, Praise him after his life, magnify may not for this cause, be more severely him after his consummation.

Be

judged by the world's Creator. For cause for a twofold reason it is more when gifts are increased, the account profitable to confer praise upon the which we must render thereof becomes memory of men than on their life, that greater. A man ought therefore to be thou mayest most extol his good deeds more humble, and ready to serve God at that time when neither flattery can in consideration of any gift bestowed prompt him that praiseth, nor vanity upon him, just in proportion as he tempt him that is praised.

realizes his obligation to give account Ry. This is he. p. 106.

for it. Behold the man who travel

leth into a far country, calleth his THIRD NOCTURN.

servants, and distributeth to them Ant. LORD, this Saint * shall dwell talents, to trade therewith.

After a in Thy tabernacle, he hath wrought long time he returneth to reckon with righteousness, he shall rest upon Thy them. Those who have well done, he holy bill. Ps. xv. Domine, quis rewardeth, but the slothful servant habitabit. p. 83.

who has not maintained good works Ant. He asked life * of Thee, LORD, he condemneth. and Thou gavest it him; glory and

Ry. The LORD loved him, and beaugreat honour hast Thou laid upon tified him with comely ornaments, him: Thou hast set on his head a and put upon him the stole of crown of pure gold. Ps. xxi. Domine, glory, * and at the gates of Paradise in virtute. p. 83.

He crowned him. y. The LORD put Ant. He shall receive * the bless- upon him the armour of faith, and ing from the LORD, and from the clothed him with comely ornaments. God of his salvation : for this is

And. Ben. He whose feast we cethe generation of them that seek lebrate. the LORD. Ps. xxiv. Domini est terra.

Lesson VIII. V. Thou art a priest for ever. R. WHO then is that man who travelAfter the order of Melchisedech. leth into a far country but our Our FATHER. Abs. The Almighty. Redeemer, who, in that flesh which He y. Sir, pray. Ben. The Evangelical had assumed, departed into Heaven? lection.

For flesh dwelleth specially on the

p. 92.

earth, and is as it were led into a far 2.-OTHER LESSONS FOR BISHOPS country when it is set by our Re

AND CONFESSORS. deemer in Heaven. But that man travelling into a far country delivered be celebrated, the Ofice is to be as

If a Feast of many Bps. and Confs. anto his servants his goods, for He above: but in the 1st. Nocturn are bestowed spiritual gifts on the faithful. read the following Scripture Lessons, And unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one: now

Of the Book of Ecclesiasticus. there are five bodily senses: viz., sight, Lesson I. Chap. xliv. hearing, taste, smell

, and touch By LET us now praise famous men,

, the gift of the five senses, i.e., the know- The LORD hath wrought great glory ledge of external things. By the two by them through his great power from talents, understanding and action are the beginning. Such as did bear rule set forth. By the mention of one in their kingdoms, men renowned for talent, the understanding alone is their power, giving counsel by their signified.

understanding, and declaring proRy. Let your loins be girded about, phecies. Leaders of the people by and your lights burning; and ye their counsels, and by their knowyourselves like unto men that wait ledge of learning meet for the people, for their lord when he will return wise and eloquent in their instrucfrom the wedding. y. Watch there- tions : such as found out musical fore, for ye know not what hour tunes, and recited verses in writing. your LORD doth come. And. Glory. Ry. Well done. p. 97. And. Ben. The King of Angels.

Lesson II.
Lesson IX.

RICH men furnished with ability,

living peaceably in their habiBUT he who had received five tations : all these were honoured in

talents gained other five. For their generations, and were the glory there are some who know not how of their times. There be of them, to search into things deep and that have left a name behind them, mystical, and yet with hearts intent that their praises might be reported. on the heavenly country, teach rightly And some there be, which have no those whom they are able to teach, meinorial ; who are perished, as concerning those external things which though they had never been; and are they understand ; they bear a double become as though they had never been talent. They keep themselves from born ; and their children after them. wantonness of the flesh, from unlawful

Ry. This is. p. 98. longing after earthly things, from taking pleasure in that which is seen,

Lesson III. and restrain others also from such things by their admonitions.

sana BUT these were merciful men, whose

righteousness hath not been forthere are some possessing intellectual gotten. With their seed shall conand active powers, endowed as it were tinually remain a good inheritance, with two talents, who have a subtle and their children are within the understanding of inner truth, and shew covenant. Their seed standeth fast, a wonderful activity in external things. and their children for their sakes. Since they preach to others by the Their seed shall remain for ever, and exercise of their understanding and their glory shall not be blotted out. active powers, they obtain as it were Their bodies are buried in peace; but a double gain by trading.

their name liveth for evermore. The Te Deum. p. 15.

people will tell of their wisdom, and the congregation will shew forth their dead, buried and sepulchred beneath praise.

a mound of iniquities, did he make Ry. The LORD sware. p. 98.

alive again unto God, by calling them

forth to amendment, as to the light; SECOND NOCTURN.

so, worthily following in the steps of A Sermon of S. Maximus the Bishop. his LORD, would he make those who

were already dead to God, die again to Lesson IV.

sin by a living death, destroying the Homily 59.

power of the first death. LET us with confidence magnify the Ry. This is. p. 106. N. already laid up in safety. Manfully

THIRD NOCTURN. grasping the helm of faith, already has Lesson of the Holy Gospel according he cast the anchor of hope in a calm

to S. Matthew. harbour, and landed his ship full of

Lesson VII. Chap. xxiv. heavenly riches and eternal rewards on the desired shore. Against all his AT that time : Jesus said unto His adversaries, he grasped with unweary- know not what hour your LORD doth

disciples: Watch therefore; for ye ing hand the shield of the fear of God,

come. And that which follows. until he attained unto victory. For what was the whole course of his life,

Homily of S. Hilary the Bp save one conflict with a watchful foe? Comment. S. Matt. c. xxvi. Ry. I have found David. p. 98. Not without reason are we ignorant of

that day which is kept secret from all, Lesson V.

seeing that silence is profitable for To how many blind, ones, erring us. That we may know this, the

from the way of truth, hovering on LORD hath exhorted us to watch, bethe verge of a precipice, and ready to cause the thief cometh, to continue fall into the abyss beneath, did he fervent in prayer, and to cleave to all restore the sight they had lost? In the works of His commandments. how many did he quicken again that For He shews us that the thief is the power of perception whereby CHRIST devil, who is ever watching to spoil is beheld ? Into how many deaf ears, our goods, and lying in wait around doomed to be closed through unbelief, the houses of our bodies, that, when did he pour the precious gift of hear- we are not watching, but given up to ing, enabling them to understand the sleep, he may break in upon us by the sound of the divine commands, so that weapons of evil counsels and enticing when God called them to taste of His

Therefore it behoves us to mercy they might respond by obedi. be ready, because our ignorance of that ence? How many inwardly wounded day should stir up in us continual did he cure of their infirmity by the carefulness, as the fruit of our earnest power of his angelic discourse, and his expectation. prayers ?

Ry. The LORD loved him. p. 99.
Ry. I have laid help. p. 98.

Lesson VIII.
Lesson VI.

WHO, then is that faithful and How many, enfeebled through long wise servant, whom his LORD

carelessness, with stain of sin, hath made ruler over His Household ? covered with a plague of leprosy, did Although He exhorteth us in general he purify by chastisements and exhor- to unwearied carefulness in watching, tations, and cleanse by the power of yet he commands the princes of the GOD working in him? How many people, that is the Bishops, to be parsouls, alive in the body, yet already ticularly anxious in waiting, and look

snares.

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