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And when he looked on him, he was God is no respecter of persons : but afraid, and said, What is it, LORD? in every nation he that feareth him, And he said unto him, Thy prayers and worketh righteousness, is accepted and thine alms are come up for a with him. The word which God sent memorial before God. And now send unto the children of Israel, preaching men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, peace by Jesus Christ: (he is LORD whose surname is Peter: he lodgeth of all :) that word, I say, ye know, with one Simon a tanner, whose house which was published throughout all is by the sea side: he shall tell thee Judæa, and began from Galilee, after what thou oughtest to do. And when the baptism which John preached; the angel which spake unto Cornelius how God anointed JEsus of Nazareth was departed, he called two of his with the Holy Ghost and with power : household servants, and a devout sol- who went about doing good, and healdier of them that waited on him con- ing all that were oppressed of the tinually ; and when he had declared devil; for God was with him. And all these things unto them, he sent we are witnesses of all things which them to Joppa.
he did both in the land of the Jews, Ry. The LORD JESUS. p. clxxxiv. and in Jerusalem; whom they slew Lesson II.
and hanged on a tree : him GOD
On the morrow, as they went on him openly ; not to all the people, but
their journey, and drew nigh unto unto witnesses chosen before of God, the city, Peter went up upon the
even to us, who did eat and drink with housetop to pray about the sixth him after he rose from the dead. hour: and he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they
Te Deum. p. 15. made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four Rex sempiterne. Ants., Pss. and yy.
Inv. The LORD is risen. Hynın. corners, and let down to the earth: as in the Psalter, p. 5. wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild
FIRST NOCTURN. beasts, and creeping things, and fowls
Of the Acts of the Apostles. of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But
Lesson I. Chap. xiii. Peter said, Not 14. Lohn fo romhave NOW when Paul and his comment or unclean. And the voice spake unto Perga in Pamphylia : and John departhim again the second time, What ing from them returned to Jerusalem. God hath cleansed, that call not thou But when they departed from Perga,
This was done thrice : and they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and the vessel was received up again into went into the synagogue on the sabbath beaven. Now while Peter doubted in day, and sat down. And after the himself what this vision which he reading of the law and the prophcts had seen should mean, behold, the the rulers of the synagogue sent unto men which were sent from Cornelius them, saying, Ye men and brethren, had made enquiry for Simon's house, if ye have any word of exhortation for and stood before the gate.
the people, say on. Then Paul stood Ry. Purge out. p. clxxxiv.
up, and beckoning with his hand said, Lesson III.
Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, THEN Peter opened his mouth, and give audience. The God of this people
said, Of a truth I perceive that of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted
the people when they dwelt as strangers from the dead : and he was seen many in the land of Egypt, and with an high days of them which came up with arm brought he them out of it. And him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who about the time of forty years suffered are his witnesses unto the people. he their manners in the wilderness. And we declare unto you glad tidings, And when he had destroyed seven how that the promise which was made nations in the land of Chanaan, he unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled divided their land to them by lot. the same unto us their children, in And after that he gave unto them that he hath raised up Jesus again ; judges about the space of four hundred as it is also written in the second and fifty years, until Samuel the psalm, Thou art my Son, this day prophet.
have I begotten thee. RZ. With great power. p. clxxxvii.
Rz. Behold. p. clxxxii.
A Sermon of S. Leo the Pope. son of Cis, a man of the tribe of
Lesson IV. Benjamin, by the space of forty years. Serm. I. on the Ascension of the LORD. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their THESE days which intervened be
tween the Resurrection and the king; to whom also he gave testimony, Ascension of our Lord did not pass and said, I have found David the son idly away ; but great Sacraments were of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, confirmed in them, great mysteries which shall fulfil all my will. Of this were revealed. In them was the fear man's seed hath God according to his of terrible death removed, in them promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, was immortality, not only of the soul, JESUS: When John had first preached but also of the body made manifest. before his coming the baptism of In them, by the breathing of the repentance to all the people of Israel. LORD, was the Holy Ghost given And as John fulfilled his course, he to all the Apostles; and to blessed said, Whom think ye that I am ? I
Peter above the rest, after the am not he. But, behold, there cometh keys of the kingdom were delivered, one after me, whose shoes of his feet I the care of the LORD's flock was comam not worthy to loose.
mitted. Ry. From the mouth. p. clxxxviii.
Ry. I am the True Vine. p. clxxxii. Lesson III.
Lesson V. MEN and brethren, children of the
stock of Abraham, and whoso- IN those days, while the two disever among you feareth God, to you ciples were on their journey, the is the word of this salvation sent. LORD joined Himself to them as a For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and third companion ; and, to the end their rulers, because they knew him that all the darkness of our doubt not, nor yet the voices of the prophets might be removed, He blamed their which are read every sabbath day, slowness as they were fearing and they have fulfilled them in con- trembling. Their enlightened hearts demning him. And though they received the flame of faith; and that found no cause of death in him, yet which was before lukewarm is made desired they Pilate that he should be to burn when the LORD Himself opens slain. And when they had fulfilled the Scriptures. Also in the breaking all that was written of him, they took of bread, the eyes of them that sit at him down from the tree, and laid him meat with Him are opened. Morein a sepulchre. But God raised him over, in the breaking of bread, the
sight of the eater is opened : their A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. eyes, being far more happily opened, Hom. 14 on the Gospels. unto whom the glorification of their
Dearly beloved brethren, ye have own nature is disclosed, than the eyes heard in the gospel lesson your inof those first parents of our race, on struction; ye have also heard our whom was heaped up shame because peril. For behold, He who is good, not of their fall.
by outward gift, but essentially, saith; Ry. The LORD JESUS. p. clxxxviii. I am the good Shepherd. And the Lesson VI.
pattern of that same goodness, which AMONG these and other miracles, we are to copy, He addeth, saying: when the disciples were wavering the sheep. He did what He taught,
The good Shepherd giveth His life for in trembling thought, and the LORD
He shewed what He commanded. had appeared in the midst of them, and had said, Peace be unto you: lest The good Shepherd gave His life for the thing they pondered in their the sheep, that He might turn His Body hearts should abide in their opinions and Blood into a Sacrament for us, and (for they thought they saw a spirit, satisfy the sheep whom He had reand not a body), He corrects their deemed with the nourishment of His fancies at variance with the truth.
own flesh. He accumulates before their doubting
RŽ. CHRIST being raised from the eyes the abiding signs of the Cross dead, dieth no more ; death hath no in His Hands and His Feet, and more dominion over Him; for in that invites them to handle Him with He died, He died unto sin once, * but greater scrutiny. Because the marks in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. of the nails and of the lance had Al. Al. Ý. He died for our sins, and been preserved to heal the wounds rose again for our justification. But. of faithless hearts: that with no
Lesson VIII. doubtful faith, but with most certain knowledge, we might hold that THE way of despising of death the same nature was about to sit
which they are to follow is shewn down at the right hand of the unto us: the pattern to which they are
to be conformed is set before us. FATHER, which had lain in the se- First, we are compassionately to lay out pulchre.
our outward goods for His sheep: and Ry. Purge out therefore the old at last, if need be, to serve these same leaven, that ye may be a new lump; sheep even with our death. From the for CHRisT our passover is sacrificed first, which is least, we advance till we for us :
therefore let us keep the reach the last, which is greater. But feast in the LORD. Al. Y. He died since the life whereby we live is beyond for our sins, and rose again for all measure better than the earthly our justification. Therefore. Glory. substance which outwardly we possess : Therefore.
he who giveth not his substance for THIRD NOCTURN.
the sheep, how will be give for them
his life? Lesson of the Holy Gospel according Ry. The good Shepherd. p. clxxxvii to S. John,
AND there are not wanting those AT that time : Jesus said unto the who while they love their earthly Pharisees: I am the good Shep- substance
than the sheep, herd : the good Shepherd giveth His deservedly lose the name of shepherd : life for the sheep. And that which of these it is next said: But he that follows.
is an hireling, and not the shepherd,
whose own the sheep are not, seeth | Men and brethren, hearken unto me: the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, Simeon hath declared how God at the and fleeth. He is called, not shepherd, first did visit the Gentiles, to take out but hireling, who feedeth the LORD's of them a people for his name. And sheep, not for inward love, but for to this agree the words of the gain. In good sooth he is an hireling, prophets ; as it is written, After this who holdeth the room of a shepherd I will return, and will build again the indeed, but who seeketh not the gain tabernacle of David, which is fallen of souls; cleaveth to earthly ease, is down; and I will build again the ruins glad at the honour of promotion, thereof, and I will set it up: that the waxeth fat with temporal lucre, residue of men might seek after the rejoiceth in the reverence paid to him LORD, and all the Gentiles, upon by man.
whom my name is called, saith the Te Deum. p. 15.
LORD, who doeth all these things.
Known unto God are all his works MONDAY.
from the beginning of the world. Of the Acts of the Apostles. Wherefore my sentence is, that we Lesson I. Chap. xv.
trouble not them, which from among BUT there rose up certain of the the Gentiles are turned to God: but
sect of the Pharisees which be- that we write unto them, that they lieved, saying, That it was needful abstain from pollutions of idols, and to circumcise them, and to command from fornication, and from things them to keep the law of Moses. And strangled, and from blood. For the apostles and elders came together Moses of old time hath in every city for to consider of this matter. And them that preach him, being read in when there had been much disputing, the synagogues every sabbath day. Peter rose up, and said unto them, Ry. From the mouth. p. clxxxvii. Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago GOD made choice
Lesson III. among us, that the Gentiles by my THEN pleased it the apostles and mouth should hear the word of the elders, with the whole church, gospel, and believe. And God, which to send chosen men of their own com. knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, pany to Antioch with Paul and Barnagiving them the Holy Ghost, even as bas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsahe did unto us: and put no difference bas, and Silas, chief men among the between us and them, purifying their brethren: and they wrote letters by hearts by faith. Now therefore why them after this manner: The apostles tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the and elders and brethren send greeting neck of the disciples, which neither unto the brethren which are of the our fathers nor we were able to bear? Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and But we believe that through the grace Cilicia : Forasmuch as we have heard, of the LORD JESUS CHRIST we shall be that certain which went out from us saved, even as they. Then all the have troubled you with words, submultitude kept silence, and gave verting your souls, saying, Ye must be audience to · Barnabas and Paul, circumcised, and keep the law: to declaring what miracles and wonders whom we gave no such commandment: God had wrought among the Gentiles it seemed good unto us, being assemby them.
bled with one accord, to send chosen Ry. With great power. p. clxxxvii. men unto you with our beloved Barna
bas and Paul, men that have hazarded Lesson II.
their lives for the name of our LORD AND after they had held their JESUS CHRIST. We have sent there
peace, James answered, saying, fore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. judge the world in righteousness by For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, j that Man whom he hath ordained; and to us, to lay upon you no greater whereof he hath given assurance unto burden than these necessary things; all men, in that he hath raised him that ye abstain from meats offered to from the dead. And when they heard idols, and from blood, and from things of the resurrection of the dead, some strangled, and from fornication : from mocked; and others said, We will hear which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall thee again of this matter. So Paul do well. Fare ye well.
departed from among them. Te Deum. p. 15.
Ry. I am the True Vine. p. cxciv.
him, and believed : among the Lesson I. Chaps. xvii. xviii.
which was Dionysius the Areopagite, THEN Paal stood in the midst of and a woman named Damaris,
and Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of others with them. After these things Athens, I perceive that in all things Paul departed from Athens, and came ye are too superstitious. For as I passed to Corinth; and found a certain Jew by, and beheld your devotions, I named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately found an altar with this inscription, come from Italy,
with his wife Priscilla
; To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him because that Claudius had commanded declare I unto you. God that made all Jews to depart from Rome ;) and
came unto them. And because he was the world and all things therein, seeing of the same craft, he abode with them, that he is the LORD heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made and wrought: for by their occupation
tentmakers. And he with hands : neither is worshipped they were
reasoned in the synagogue every with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing that he giveth to sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and
the Greeks. all life, and breath, and all things ;
Te Deum. p. 15. and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of
WEDNESDAY. the earth, and hath determined the Of the Acts of the Apostles. times before appointed, and the bounds
Lesson I. Chap. xx. of their habitation; that they should feel after him, and find him, though church.' And when they were come to seek the LORD, if haply they might AND from Miletus he sent to Ephe
and called the elders of the he be not far from every one of us.
him, he said unto them, Ye know, Rz. Behold the Lion. p. clxxxii.
from the first day that I came into Lesson II.
Asia, after what manner I bave been in him we live, and move, and with you at all seasons; serving the
have our being; as certain also of LORD with all humility of mind, and your own poets have said, For we are with many tears, and temptations, also his offspring. Forasmuch then which befell me by the lying in wait of
we are the offspring of God, we the Jews: and how I kept back ought not to think that the Godhead nothing that was profitable unto you, is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, but have shewed you, and have taught graven by art and man's devices. And you publickly, and from house to the times of this ignorance God winked house: testifying both to the Jews, at; but now commandeth all men and also to the Greeks, repentance everywhere to repent: because he hath toward God, and faith toward our appointed a day, in the which he will LORD JESUS CHRIST. And now, behold,