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For without are dogs, and sorcerers, i wisdom, let him ask of God, that and whoremongers, and murderers, giveth to all men liberally, and upane idolaters, and whosoever loveth braideth not; and it shall be given and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent him. But let him ask in faith, mine angel to testify unto you these nothing wavering. things in the churches. I am the root Ry. If I forget Thee: Al. Let my and the offspring of David, and the right hand forget her cunning. bright and morning star. And the my tongue cleave to the roof of my SPIRIT and the bride say, Come: and mouth, if I do not remember Thee. let him that heareth say, Come: and Al. Al. y. By the waters of Babylon let him that is athirst come : and we sat down and wept, when we whosoever will, let him take the water remembered thee, O Zion. Let. of life freely. For I testify unto every

Lesson II. man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man FOR he that wavereth is like a wave shall add unto these things, GoD shall

of the sea driven with the wind and add unto him the plagues that are tossed. For let not that man think written in this book: and if any man that he shall receive anything of the shall take away from the words of the LORD.

A double minded man is book of this prophecy, God shall take unstable in all his ways. Let the away his part out of the book of life, brother of low degree rejoice in that and out of the holy city, and from the he is exalted : but the rich, in that things that are written in this book. he is made low: because as the He which testifieth these things saith, i flower of the grass he shall pass away. Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even For the sun is no sooner risen with so, come, LORD JESUS. The grace of a burning heat, but it withereth the our LORD JESUS CHRIST be with you grass, and the flower thereof falleth, all. Amen.

and the grace of the fashion of it Te Deum. p. 15.

perisheth : so also shall the rich man

fade away in his ways. FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.

Ry. The waters saw Thee, O GOD, Inv, Hymn, and the rest as in the the waters saw Thee, and were afraid. Psalter, p. 5.

The clouds poured out waters, the If the lessons of the First Nocturn air thundered. Al. Al. Al. Thy lighthave been read on the previous day, i.e., nings gave shine unto the world, the when the Feast of Ss. Philip and earth saw it and was afraid. The James falls on the preceding Saturday, clouds. on the Sunday are read the lessons of

Lesson III. the following Monday.

BLESSED is the man that endureth FIRST NOCTURN.

temptation : for when he is tried Here beginneth the General Epistle of he shall receive the crown of life, S. James the Apostle.

which the LORD hath promised to Lesson I. Chap. i.

them that love him. Let no man say JAMES, a servant of God and of the when he is tempted, I am tempted of

LORD JESUS CHRIST, to the twelve God: for God cannot be tempted with tribes which are scattered abroad, evil, neither tempteth he any man: greeting: My brethren, count it all But every man is tempted, when he is joy when ye fall into divers temp-drawn away of his own lust, and tations; knowing this, that the trying enticed. Then when lust hath con. of your faith worketh patience. But ceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin let patience have her perfect work, when it is finished bringeth forth death. that ye may be perfect and entire, Do not err, my beloved brethren. wanting nothing. If any of you lack Ry. I will declare Thy Name unto


my brethren. Al. * In the midst of worshippers of God: let us, I say, the congregation will I. praise Thee. manifest that patience which we have Y. I will give thanks unto Thee, o learnt from heavenly teachings, by LORD, among the people, and I will spiritual service. For this virtue is sing unto Thee among the nations. common to us with God. Patience In. Glory. In.

has its beginning from thence; thence SECOND NOCTURN.

is the source of all its glory and

dignity. The source and majesty of From the Treatise of S. Cyprian, patience comes forth from God its

Bishop and Martyr, on the benefits author. That thing ought to be dear of patience.

to man which is loved by God. The Lesson IV.

Divine Majesty commends to us that Serm. 3.

good thing which God loves. For if SINCE I am about to speak concerning God is our LORD and FATHER, let us patience, dearly beloved brethren,

follow the patience of our LORD and

FATHER; because it is fit that servants and to preach its usefulness and convenience, how can I better begin than should be obedient; and it is not by saying, that now I also say your

meet that sons should be degenerate. patience will be necessary : since that

Ry. With my whole heart: Al. I which ye hear and learn, can never have sought Thee. Al. * O let me not be carried out without patience. For go wrong out of Thy commandments. preaching and wholesome reasoning Al. Al. y. Blessed art Thou, O are effectually learnt, only when that LORD, O teach me Thy statutes. O let. which is spoken has been heard

Lesson VI. patiently. I find nothing, dearly beloved brethren, among the other IT is patience which commends us

to, and keeps us for, God; which ways of heavenly discipline, by which

allays anger, restrains the tongue, the paths of our faith and hope are guided to obtain divine rewards, that discipline, breaks the force of passion,

governs the mind, keeps peace, rules is more profitable for our glory, than that we, who with zealous fear and suppresses the violence of haughtiness, devotion give heed to the LORD'S the power of the rich, refreshes the

quenches the fire of discord, restrains commandments, should maintain pa- poverty of the poor, preserves the tience with the most heedful watch- blessed purity of virgins, the chastity fulness. The philosophers tell us of widows, the unbroken love of the that they are also seeking after pa- married ; makes men humble in prostience, but their patience is as false as their wisdom. For how can he be perity, brave in adversity, gentle with wise or patient, who knows neither teaches us speedily to forgive those

respect to injuries and contumely ; the patience nor the wisdom of God?

that have offended us; long and Rī. Praise ye the Lord in the con- earnestly to ask for pardon, if thou hast gregation : Al. * The LORD from the fountains of Israel. y. Worship the

thyself offended; which overthrows LORD with holy worship. The LORD.

temptations, endures persecutions,

perfects sufferings and artyrdoms. Lesson V.

Patience it is which is the firm ramBUT we, dearly beloved brethren, part to the foundations of our faith.

who are philosophers, not in word Ry. Sing us one of the songs of but in deed, who carry our wisdom, Sion: Al. * How shall we sing the not in our garb, but in truth, who LORD's song in a strange land ? Al. know more of the inner sense of virtues Al. Y. For they that led us away than of boasting, who speak not proud captive required of us then a song. things, but live as the servants and How. Glory. How.


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were spoken to them by the LORD, not Lesson of the Holy Gospel according only when He was about to keep the to S. John.

Paschal supper with His disciples, just

before His Passion, but that they were Lesson VII. Chap. xvi.

also declared from the beginning, when AT that time: Jesus said unto His the twelve apostles are first mentioned

disciples : I go My way to Him by name, and are sent to their sacred that sent Me: and none of you asketh tasks? Me, Whither goest Thou? And that

Ry. It is a good thing to give thanks which follows.

unto the LORD : and to sing praises. A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. Al. y. Upon an instrument of ten Tract 94 on S. John.

strings, and upon the harp. And. When the LORD JEsus foretold to Glory. And. His disciples the persecutions which

Lesson IX. they should suffer after His departure, WHAT then is the meaning of He added and said : These things I

what He here says: These things spake not unto you from the beginning,

I spake not unto you from the beginbecause I was with you: but now I

ning, because I was with you? unless

go unto Him Who sent Me. And here that He did not speak to them from the first thing that we have to consid

the beginning, because He was with is, whether He had not previously them, what He saith here foretold that they should have suffer- cerning the Holy Ghost, that He

should come ings. For the other three Evangelists

to them and bear sufficiently prove that He had fore- witness, when they should endure told them, before they came to the these sufferings. Therefore that comsupper, at the close of which, according forter or Advocate, (for the Greek to John, He spake those words wherein word Paraclete is interpreted both He saith, These things I spake not unto ways) was necessary when CHRIST you from the beginning, because I was

went away, and therefore He did

not speak concerning Him from the RY. I will sing a new song unto beginning, when He was with them, Thee, O Gon: Al. * on an instrument because they were comforted by His of ten strings will I sing praise unto own presence. Thee. ¥. Thou art my God, and I

Te Deum. p. 15. will praise Thee : Thou art my God,

MONDAY. and I will exalt Thee.

Of the Epistle of S. James the Lesson VIII.

Apostle. CAN the question possibly be an

Lesson I. Chap. i. swered thus, that

those Evangelists EVERY good gift and every perfect also say that He was close to His gift is from above, and cometh Passion when He spake these words ? | down from the FATHER of lights, with Therefore it was not from the begin- whom is no variableness, neither shaning, when He with them :dow of turning. Of his own will because He spake them when He was begat he us with the word of truth, about to depart, and to go to the that we should be a kind of first-fruits FATHER. Wherefore, also, that which of his creatures. Wherefore, my beis here spoken is true, according to loved brethren, let every man be swift those Evangelists : These things I to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath : spake not unto you from the begin for the wrath of man worketh not the ning. But how do we deal with the righteousness of God. truth of the Gospel according to Ry. Let them give thanks : Matthew, who relates that these words Alleluia. * whom the LORD bath re

with you.



deemed. Alleluia. y. And delivered here in a good place; and say to the from the hand of the enemy, and poor, Stand thou there, or sit here gathered them out of the lands. under my footstool: are ye not then Whom.

partial in yourselves, and are become Lesson II.

judges of evil tboughts ? WHEREFORE lay apart all filthi- Ry. Praise the LORD. p. ccix. ness, and superfluity of naughti

Lesson II. ness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save HEARKEN, my beloved brethren,

Hath not God chosen the poor your souls. But be ye doers of the of this world rich in faith, and heirs word, and not hearers only, deceiving of the kingdom which he hath proyour own selves. For if any be a mised to them that love him? But ye hearer of the word, and not a doer, have despised the poor. Do not rich he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in & glass : for he men oppress you, and draw you before beholdeth himself , and goeth his way, blaspheme that worthy name by the

Do not they

the judgment-seats ? and straightway forgetteth what man- which ye are called ? °If ye fulfil the ner of man he was.

royal law according to the scripture, Rz. Sing unto the LORD: Alleluia. * Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyand praise His name, Alleluia. y; self, ye do well: but if ye have respect Ascribe unto the LORD worship and to persons, ye commit sin, and are strength : give the LORD the honour convinced of the law as transgressors. due unto His name. And. Glory.

Ry. With my. with Glory. p. ccix. And. Lesson III.

Lesson III. BUT

whoso looketh into the perfect FOR whosoever shall keep the whole

law of liberty, and continueth law, and yet offend in one therein, he being not a forgetful point he is guilty of all. For he hearer, but a doer of the work, this that said, Do not commit adultery, man shall be blessed in his deed. If said also, Do not kill. Now if thou any man among you seem to be commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, religious, and bridleth not his tongue, thou art become a transgressor of the but deceiveth his own heart, this man's law. So speak ye, and so do, as they religion is vain. Pure religion, and that shall be judged by the law of undefiled, before God and the FATHER, liberty. For he shall have judgment is this, To visit the fatherless and without mercy, that hath shewed no widows in their affliction, and to keep mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against himself unspotted from the world. judgment. Te Deum. p. 15.

Te Deum. p. 15.

Of the Epistle of S. James the Apostle. Of the Epistle of S. James.
Lesson I. Chap. ii.

Lesson I. Chap. ii.
Y brethren, have not the faith of WHA

HAT doth it profit, my brethren, our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the though a man say he hath Lord of glory, with respect of persons. faith, and have not works ? can faith For if there come unto your assembly save him? If a brother or sister be a man with a gold ring, in goodly naked, and destitute of daily food, apparel, and there come in also a poor and one of you say unto them, Depart man in vile raiment; and ye have in peace, be ye warmed and filled; respect to him that weareth the gay notwithstanding ye give them not clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou those things which are needful to the

body; what doth it profit? Even so

Lesson II. faith, if it hath not works, is dead, BEHOLD also the ships, which, being alone.

though they be so great, and are Ry. I will sing. p. ccx.

driven of fierce winds, yet are they

turned about with a very small helm, Lesson II.

whithersoever the governor listeth. YEA, a man may say, Thou hast Even so the tongue is a little member,

faith, and I have works: shew me and boasteth great things. Behold thy faith without thy works, and I how great a matter a little fire will shew thee my faith by my works. kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a Thou believest that there is one God; world of iniquity. thou doest well : the devils also

Ry. The waters. with Glory. p. ccviii. believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without

Lesson III. works is dead? Was not Abraham S is the tongue among our members

, our father justified by works, when he that had offered Isaac his son upon the setteth on fire the course of nature; altar ? Seest thou how faith wrought and it is set on fire of hell. For every with his works, and by works was kind of beasts, and of birds, and of faith made perfect ?

serpents, and of things in the sea, is Ry. It is a good thing. p. ccx. tamed, and hatjı been tamed of man

kind : but the tongue can no man Lesson III.

tame; it is an unruly evil, full of AND the Scripture was fulfilled deadly poison. Therewith bless we

which saith, Abraham believed God, even the FATHER; and therewith God, and it was imputed unto him curse we men, which are made after for righteousness : and he was called the similitude of God. Out of the the friend of God. Ye see then how same mouth proceedeth blessing and that by works a man is justified, and cursing. not by faith only. Likewise also was

Te Deum. p. 15. not Rahab the harlot justified by

FRIDAY. works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out Of the Epistle of S. James. another way? For as the body with

Lesson I. Chap. iv. out the spirit is dead, so faith without

FROM whence come wars and fight: works is dead also. Te Deum. p. 15.

hence, even of your lusts that war in

your members ? Ye lust, and have THURSDAY.

not: ye kill, and desire to have, and Of the Epistle of S. James the Apostle. cannot obtain : ye fight and war, yet

Ye Lesson I. Chap. iii.

ye have not, because ye ask not.

ask, and receive not, because ye ask Mbrethren, be not many meistehe amiss

, that ye may consumenit apon. greater condemnation.

For in many teresses, know ye not that the friend. things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a whosoever therefore will be a friend

ship of the world is enmity with God? perfect man, and able also to bridle of the world is an enemy of God. the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may

Ry. Praise ye. p. ccix. obey us: and we turn about their

Lesson II. whole body.

Do ye think that the scripture saith Ry. If I forget. p. ccviii.

in vain, The spirit that dwelleth

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