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Ry. Noah builded an altar unto the lineage of souls. For the kindreds of LORD, and offered thereon a burnt- men are made great by the grandeur offering; and the LORD smelled a sweet of their lineage, but the honour of souls savour, and blessed him, and said, is made to shine by the grandeur of * Increase and multiply, and fill ye virtue. the earth. Ý. Behold, I make my Ry. I have sworn by Myself, saith covenant with you, and with your seed the LORD, that I will no more bring a after you. Increase.

flood of waters upon the earth: I will

remember My covenant, * and I will Lesson V.

no more destroy all flesh in the waters H E further threatened that He would of the flood. ¥. I do set My bow

destroy man. I will destroy, in the cloud, and it shall be for & saith He, man and cattle, and creeping token of a covenant between Me and things, and the fowls of the air. What the earth. And. Glory. And. had brute creatures offended ? But because they had been made for the

THIRD NOCTURN. sake of man, when he, for whom they were made, had been destroyed, it Lesson of the Holy Gospel according followed that they also should perish,

to S. Luke. because there was none to use them. Lesson VII. Chap. viii. But, in a deeper sense, this also is manifested, that man is a soul

, cap- AT that time: When much people able of reason. For man is defined ;

were gathered together, and were a living, mortal, rational soul. That come to Jesus out of every city, He which is his principal part having spake by a parable : A sower went out been extinguished, every sense is like to sow his seed. And that which

follows. wise extinguished, because nothing pertaining to virtue can remain, when A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. virtue itself, the foundation of salva

Homily 15. On the Gospels. tion, has been lost. Ry. I do set My bow in the cloud,

The lesson ye have just heard from said the LORD to Noah, * and I will the Holy Gospel, needs no exposition, remember My covenant with thee. beloved brethren, but to be applied by Ť. And when I do cover the heaven way of admonition.

What Very with clouds, the bow shall be seen

Truth has expounded, human frailty in the cloud. And.

dares not to discuss. But there is

matter for grave thought in this our Lesson VI.

LORD's exposition. For if we had told IT is for the condemnation of others, you that the seed signifies the word :

and for the expression of the the field, the world : the birds, devils : Divine mercy, that Noah is said the thorns, riches : ye might have to have found favour with God. doubted to accept our teaching. But At the same time we learn that the LORD Himself hath deigned to the sins of many wicked cannot explain His own words, that ye may injure one righteous, since he is re- learn to seek out the meanings of served as the source and origin of those things, which He hath refrained the whole human race. He is praised from explaining. not for his high descent, but for Ry. The LORD blessed Noah and the merit of his righteousness, and his seed, and said unto them, * Be perfection. For the lineage of the fruitful and multiply, and replenish worthy man is the pedigree of virtue: the earth. ¥. Behold, I establish because even as men form the lineage My covenant with you, and with your

so the virtues form the seed after you. Increase.

of men,

Lesson VIII.

fell on good ground, and bare fruit an

A sower. FOR by expounding His own words, hundredfold.

Glory. A He shews His language to be sower. figurative; and confirms our interpre- On Wednesday and Saturday instead tations, when we weakly open to you of this Response, is said the first Rethe meaning of His speech. For who sponse of Monday. would ever have believed me, if I had interpreted thorns as meaning riches ?

MONDAY. Especially, as those prick, and these Of the Book of Genesis. delight. Yet are they thorns, for they

Lesson I. Chap. vii. tear the minds by the pricks of anxious thought they occasion, and when A

ND the LORD said unto Noah, they draw the said soul into sin, they into the ark; for thee have I seen

Come thou and all thy house inflict a wound as it were, and stain with blood. And therefore, as another righteous before me in this generation. Evangelist testifies, the LORD in this Of every clean beast thou shalt take place calls them, not riches only, but to thee by sevens, the male and his deceitful riches.

female, and of beasts that are not Rz. Behold, I establish My sovenant clean by two, the male and his female. with you, and with your seed after of fowls also of the air by sevens, you,

the male and the female; to keep seed * neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. y. I alive upon the face of all the earth. do set My bow in the cloud, and it For yet seven days, and I will cause shall be för a token of a covenant be it to rain upon the earth forty days tween Me and the earth. And there. and forty nights; and every living sub

stance that I have made will I destroy Lesson IX.

from off the face of the earth. FOR those things are deceitful, Ry. In the selfsame day entered

which cannot remain long in our Noah into the ark, and the sons of possession ; which appease not the Noah, * and Noah's wife, and the cravings of our inner being. Those three wives of his sons. ¥. All flesh alone are true riches, which make us died that moved upon the earth: and rich in virtues. If then, brethren, ye Noah only remained alive, and they would be rich, love true riches. If ye that were with him in the ark. seek the summit of true honour, make for the heavenly kingdom. If ye love

Lesson II. the glory of dignity, haste to be en. AND Noah did according anto all rolled in the angelic choir above. Let

that the LORD commanded him. your minds retain the words of our And it came to pass after seven days, LORD, which your ears have received that the waters of the flood were For the word of God is the food of upon the earth. In the six hundredth the mind; and, as it is with food year of Noah's life, in the second which after having been received, is month, the seventeenth day of the rejected by a sickly stomach, so it is month, the same day were all the with the word when it is heard and fountains of the great deep broken not retained in the memory. But up, and the windows of Heaven were whoso is unable to retain food, his opened. And the rain was upon the life is surely despaired of.

earth forty days and forty nights. Ry. When much people were gath- Ry. And God remembered Noah, and ered together to Jesus, and were come made a wind pass over the earth, and to Him out of every city, He spake by a the waters asswaged, * and the rain parable. * A sower went out to sow from heaven was restrained. y. The his seed y. And as he sowed, other waters returned from off the earth continually : and after the end of the tains seen. And it came to pass at hundred and fifty days the waters were the end of forty days, that Noah opened abated.

the window of the ark which he Lesson III.

had made : and he sent forth a raven,

which went forth to and fro, until the IN

and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, earth. Also he sent forth a dove from the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, him, to see if the waters were abated and the three wives of his sons with from off the face of the ground; but them, into the ark; they, and every the dove found no rest for the sole of beast after his kind, and all the cattle her foot, and she returned unto him after their kind, and every creeping into the ark. thing that creepeth upon the earth

Ry. I do set my bow. p. cviii. after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And

Lesson III. they went in unto Noah into the ark,

AN

ND he stayed yet other seven two and two of all flesh, wherein is days; and again he sent forth the breath of life. And they that the dove out of the ark; and the went in, went in male and female of dove came in to him in the evening; all flesh, as God had commanded and, lo, in her mouth was an olive him: and the LORD shut him in. leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that And the flood was forty days upon the the waters were abated from off the earth ; and the waters increased, and earth. And he stayed yet other seven bare up the ark, and it was lift up days; and sent forth the dove; which above the earth.

returned not again unto him any more. R. For forty days. p. cvii. And it came to pass in the six hun

dredth and first year, in the first month, TUESDAY.

the first day of the month, the waters

were dried up from off the earth.
Of the Book of Genesis,

Ry. I have sworn. p. cviii.
Lesson I. Chap. viii.

WEDNESDAY.
AND God remembered Noah, and

every living thing, and all the Of the Book of Genesis. cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over

Lesson I. Chap. viii. the earth, and the waters asswaged; AND God spake unto Noah, saying, the fountains also of the deep

Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy and the windows of heaven were wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' stopped, and the rain from heaven wives with thee. Bring forth with was restrained ; and the waters re. thee every living thing that is with turned from off the earth continually: thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of and after the end of the hundred cattle, and of every creeping thing and fifty days the waters were abated. that creepeth upon the earth; that And the ark rested in the seventh they may breed abundantly in the month, on the seventeenth day of the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply month, upon the mountains of Ararat. upon the earth. And Noah went forth, Ry. Noah builded. p. cvii.

and his sons, and his wife, and his

sons' wives with him: every beast, Lesson II.

every creeping thing, and every fowl, AND the waters decreased continu- and whatsoever creepeth upon the

ally until the tenth month: in earth, after their kinds, went forth out the tenth month, on the first day of of the ark. the month, were the tops of the moun- RX. The LORD blessed. p. cviü.

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Lesson II.

that is with you, for perpetual generaAND Noah builded an altar unto tions; I do set my bow in the cloud,

the LORD: and took of every and it shall be for a token of a coveclean beast, and of every clean fowi, nant between me and the earth. And and offered burnt offerings on the it shall come to pass, when I bring altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet a cloud over the earth, that the bow savour; and the LORD said in his shall be seen in the cloud : and I heart, I will not again curse the will remember my covenant, which is ground any more for man's sake ; between me and you and every living for the imagination of man's heart creature of all flesh; and the waters is evil from his youth; neither will shall no more become a flood to deI again smite any more every thing stroy all flesh. living, as I have done. While the Ry. The Lord said. p. cvii. earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer

Lesson II. and winter, and day and night shall AND Noah began to be an husbandnot cease.

man, and he planted a vineyard : Rz. Behold I. p. cix.

and he drank of the wine, and was

drunken; and he was uncovered Lesson III. Chap. ix. within his tent. And Ham, the father AND GOD blessed Noah, and his of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his

sons, and said unto them, Be father, and told his two brethren withfruitful, and multiply, and replenish out. And Shem and Japheth took a the earth. And the fear of you, and garment, and laid it upon both their the dread of you shall be upon every shoulders, and went backward, and beast of the earth, and upon every covered the nakedness of their father; fowl of the air, upon all that moveth and their faces were backward, and upon the earth, and upon all the they saw not their father's nakedfishes of the sea; into your hand are ness. they delivered. Every moving thing Ry: Noah was. p. cvii. that liveth shall be meat for you;

Lesson III. even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the AND Noah awoke from his wine, life thereof, which is the blood

and knew what his younger son

had done unto him. thereof, shall

And

And he said, ye not eat. surely your blood of your lives will Cursed be Canaan; a servant of serI require; at the hand of every And he said, Blessed be the LORD GOD

vants shall he be unto his brethren. beast will I require it, and at the of Shem; and Canaan shall be his hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, Whoso sheddeth man's blood,

and he shall dwell in the tents of by man shall his blood be shed! Shem; and Canaan shall be his serfor in the image of God made he vant. And Noah lived after the flood

three hundred and fifty years. And

all the days of Noah were nine hunRy. In the selfsame day. p. cix.

dred and fifty years; and he died.
THURSDAY.

Ry. For forty days. p. cvii.
Of the Book of Genesis.

FRIDAY.
Lesson I. Chap. ix.

Of the Book of Genesis.
A)
ND God said, This is the token of

Lesson 1. Chap. x. the covenant which I make between Now these are the generations of me and you and every living creature

, Ham

man.

man.

naan.

and Japheth: and unto them were

SATURDAY. sons born after the flood. The sons

Of the Book of Genesis. of Japheth ; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and

Lesson I. Chap. xi. Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons THESE are the generations of of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath,

Shem: Shem was an hundred and Togarmah. And the sons of years old, and begat Arphaxad two Javan ; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kit- years after the flood : and Shem lived tim, and Dodanim. By these were after he begat Arphaxad five hundred the isles of the Gentiles divided in years, and begat sons and daughters. their lands; every one after his And Arphaxad lived five and thirty tongue, after their families, in their years, and begat Salah: and Arnations. And the sons of Ham, Cush, phaxad lived after he begat Salah and Mizraim, and Phut, and Ca- four hundred and three years, and

begat sons and daughters. And Salah Ry. Noah builded. p. cvii.

lived thirty years, and begat Eber :

and Salah lived after he begat Eber Lesson II. Chap. xi.

four hundred and three years, and

begat sons and daughters. AND the whole earth was of one

language, and of one speech. And Ry. The Lord blessed. p. cviii. it came to pass, as they journeyed

Lesson II. from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar ; and they dwelt A

ND Eber lived four and thirty there. And they said one to another,

years, and begat Peleg: and Go to, let us make brick, and burn Eber lived after he begat Peleg four

hundred and thirty years, and begat them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for sons and daughters. And Peleg lived morter. And they said, Go to, let us Peleg lived after he begat Reu two

thirty years, and begat Reu: and build us a city and a tower, whose top hundred and nine years, and begat may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered sons and daughters. And Reu lived abroad upon the face of the whole and Reu lived after he begat Serug

two and thirty years, and begat Serug: earth.

two hundred and seven years, and Ry. I do set my bow. p. cviii.

begat sons and daughters. And Serug

lived thirty years, and begat Nahor: Lesson III.

and Serug lived after he begat Nahor AN

ND the LORD came down to see two hundred years, and begat sons and the city and the tower, which the

daughters. children of men builded. And the

Ry. Behold I. p. LORD said, Behold the people is one, and they have all one language ; and

Lesson III. this they begin to do: and now

A

ND Nahor lived nine and twenty nothing will be restrained from them,

years, and begat Terah: and which they have imagined to do. Go Nahor lived after he begat Terah an to, let us go down, and there con- hundred and nineteen years, and begat found their language, that they may sons and daughters. And Terah lived not understand one another's speech, seventy years, and begat Abram, NaSo the LORD scattered them abroad hor, and Haran. Now these are the from thence upon the face of all the generations of Terah : Terah begat earth : and they left off to build the Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and city.

Haran begat Lot. And Haran died Ry. I have sworn. p.cviii.

before his father Terah in the land of

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