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in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth crieth : and the cries of them which more grace : wherefore he saith, God have reaped are entered into the ears resisteth the proud, but giveth grace of the LORD of sabaoth. Ye have lived unto the humble. Submit yourselves in pleasure on the earth, and been therefore to God. Resist the devil, ; wanton; ye have nourished your and he will flee from you. Draw nigh hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye to God, and He will draw nigh to you. have condemned and killed the just; Cleanse your hands, ye sinners ; and and he doth not resist you. purify your hearts, ye double-minded.

Ry. I will sing. p. ccx. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourn

Lesson II. ing, and your joy to heaviness. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto Humble yourselves in the sight of the the coming of the LORD. Behold, LORD, and he shall lift you up.

the husbandman waiteth for the preRy. With my. with Glory. p. ccix.

cious fruit of the earth, and hath long

patience for it, until he receive the Lesson III.

early and latter rain. Be ye also SPEAK not evil one of another; patient; stablish your hearts: for the

brethren. He that speaketh evil coming of the LORD draweth nigh. of his brother, and judgeth his brother, Grudge not one against another, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth brethren, lest ye be condemned: bethe law: but if thou judge the law, hold, the judge standeth before the thou art not a doer of the law, but a door. Take, my brethren, the projudge. There is one lawgiver, who is phets, who have spoken in the name able to save and to destroy: who art of the LORD, for an example of sufferthou that judgest another? Go to ing affliction, and of patience. Behold, now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow, we count them happy which endure. we will go into such a city, and Ye have heard of the patience of Job, continue there a year, and buy and and have seen the end of the LORD ; sell, and get gain; whereas ye know that the LORD is very pitiful, and of not what shall be on the morrow. For tender mercy. what is your life? It is even a vapour,

Ry. It is a good. p. ccx. that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye

Lesson III. ought to say, If the LORD will, we shall BUT above all things, my brethren, live, and do this, or that.

swear not, neither by heaven, Te Deum. p. 15.

neither by the earth, neither by any

other oath: but let your yea be yea; SATURDAY.

and your nay, nay ; lest ye fall into Of the Epistle of S. James the Apostle. condemnation. Is any among you Lesson I. Chap. v.

afflicted ? let him pray. Is any merGo to now, ye rich men, weep and ry? let him sing

psalms. Is any sick howl for your miseries that shall among you ? let him call for the elders come upon you. Your riches are cor- of the church; and let them pray over rupted, and your garments are moth- him, anointing him with oil in the eaten. Your gold and silver is can

name of the LORD. And the prayer kered ; and the rust of them shall be of faith shall save the sick, and the a witness against you, and shall eat LORD shall raise him up; and if he your flesh as it were fire. Ye have have committed sins, they shall be heaped treasure together for the last forgiven him. Confess your faults days. Behold the hire of the labourers one to another, and pray one for who have reaped down your fields, another, that ye may be healed. which is of you kept back by fraud,

Te Deum. p. 15.

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FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. | revealed, that not unto themselves, Inv. and Hymn, &c., as in Psalter, p.5. but unto us they did minister the

things, which are now reported unto FIRST NOCTURN.

you by them that have preached the Here beginneth the 1st Epistle of S. Gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost Peter the Apostle.

sent down from heaven; which things Lesson I. Chap. i.

the angels desire to look into.

Ry. The waters. p. ccviii. PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered through

Lesson III. out Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia; Asia WHEREFORE gird up the loins of and Bithynia, elect according to the your mind, be sober, and hope foreknowledge of God the FATHER, to the end for the grace that is to be through sanctification of the SPIRIT, brought unto you at the revelation of unto obedience and sprinkling of the Jesus Christ; as obedient children, blood of JESUS CHRIST: Grace unto not fashioning yourselves according to you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed the former lusts in your ignorance ; be the God and FATHER of our LORD but as he which hath called you is Jesus Christ, which according to his holy, so be ye holy in all manner of abundant mercy, hath begotten us conversation ; because it is written, Be again unto a lively hope, by the resur- ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye rection of Jesus Christ from the dead, call

on the FATHER, who without to an inheritance incorruptible, and respect of persons judgeth according to undefiled, and that fadeth not away, every man's work, pass the time of reserved in heaven for you, who are your sojourning here in fear : foraskept by the power of God through faith much as ye know that ye were not unto salvation, ready to be revealed in redeemed with corruptible things, as the last time.

silver and gold, from your vain Ry. If I forget Thee. p. ccviii.

conversation received by tradition Lesson II.

from your fathers; but with the WHEREIN y greatly rejoice, precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb

though now for a season (if need without blemish and without spot : be) ye are in heaviness through mani- / who verily was foreordained before fold temptations; that the trial of the foundation of the world, but was your faith, being much more precious manifested in these last times for you, than of gold that perisheth, though it who by him do believe in God, that be tried with fire, might be found unto raised him up from the dead, and gave praise, and honour, and glory, at the Him glory that your faith and hope appearing of JESUS CHRIST! whom might be in God. having not seen, ye love ; in whom,

Ry. I will declare. p. ccix. though ye see him not, yet believing,

SECOND NOCTURN. ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and

From the Book of S. Ambrose the full of glory: receiving the end of

f your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Bishop, on the faith of the

Resurrection. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who

Lesson IV. prophesied of the grace that should INASMUCH as the wisdom of God come unto you: searching what, or could not die, and that which was what manner of time, the Spirit of not dead could not rise again, He Christ which was in them did signify, assumed flesh, which could die, in when it testified beforehand the suffer- order that whilst that dies which is ings of CHRIST, and the glory that wont so to do, that which had been should follow. Unto whom it was already dead should rise again. For



the Resurrection could not be, unless rising on His own account. In Him by a man: for as by man came death, the world rose again : in Him the heaby man came also the resurrection of ven rose again : in Him the earth the dead. Therefore man rose again rose again. For there shall be a new because man died; man was quickened heaven and a new earth. Resurrection again, but the quickener was God: was needless for Him Whom the bonds then, man according to the flesh: of death could not hold : for although now, God over all. For now we no He was dead according to His Manlonger know CHRIST according to the hood, yet He was free in the very grave. flesh, but we hold to the grace of His Would you know how free ?

I am flesh, in that we know that He is the become as man that hath no first-fruits of them that sleep: that strength : free among the dead. And He is the first-born from the dead. well is He called free, Who was able Ry. Praise the LORD. p. ccix. to raise Himself, according to that

which is written : Destroy this temple, Lesson V.

and in three days I will raise it up FURTHER, first-fruits are of the again, Well is He called free, Wbo

to . maining fruits; and it is that these

Ry. Sing us. p. ccix. may have more abundant increase, that the firstling gifts are offered to

THIRD NOCTURN. GOD: a sacred gift, on behalf of all, Lesson of the Holy Gospel according and as it were, a sort of oblation of

to S. John. restored nature. Therefore CHRIST is the first-fruits of them that sleep.

Lesson VII. Chap. xvi. But is He the first-fruits of His own that sleep, who, as though not liable AT that time : Jesus said unto His

disciples : Verily, verily, I say to death, are held in a sweet slumber, unto you: Whatsoever ye shall ask or of all the dead ? For as in Adam the FATHER in My name, He will give all die, so also in CHRisT shall all be it you. And that which follows. made alive. Therefore, as the firstfruits of death are in Adam, so also A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. the first-fruits of the resurrection in

Tract 102 on S. John. CHRIST shall all rise again. But let one be hopeless, nor let any

Now we have to treat of those words righteous man grieve at that common of the LORD : Verily, verily, I say fellowship in the resurrection, when unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask he looks for some special fruit of holi- the Father in My name, He will give All shall indeed rise again, but

It has been already said, each, as saith the Apostle, in his own in the previous part of this Sunday's order. The fruit of the Divine mercy discourse, on their account who ask is common; the order of merit is for some things from the FATHER in diverse.

CHRIST's name, and do not receive Ry. With my


them, that anything which is asked for

against the interest of salvation, is not Lesson VI.

asked in the Saviour's Name. For We note how deep a sacrilege it here. He is to be taken as saying,

is, to disbelieve the resurrection. when He saith, In My Name, not the For if we are not to rise again, in that mere sound of letters and syllables, case CHRIST died in vain, therefore but what the sound denotes, and what CHRIst did not rise again. For if He is rightly and truly understood by that did not rise for us, He certainly did not sound. rise at all: for He had no reason for Ry. I will sing. p. ccx.



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Lesson VIII.


If on this day occurs a feast of nine opinion concerning CHRIST, | lessons, its office is used with the which ought not to be held concerning | 9th lesson of the following Homily. A the Only-begotten Son of God, does feast of three lessons is merely commemonot ask in His Name, even though he rated. should utter the word CHRIST in letters and syllables; because he asks in Lesson of the Holy Gospel according the name of him of whom he thinks

to S. Luke. while he asks. But whosoever thinks

Lesson I. Chap. xi. what ought to be thought concerning AT that time : Jesus said unto His , does in , and

disciples : Which of you shall ceives what he asks, provided he does have a friend, and shall go unto him not ask at the risk of his own everlasting at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, salvation; and he receives it when he lend me three loaves ? And that which ought to receive it. For some things follows. are not refused, but are postponed, to be given at a fitting time. In this A Homily of S. Ambrose the Bishop, way, then, we are to understand His

Book 7 on S. Luke. saying, He will give you : that we may

er part

the precept is, that
know by these words are denoted such
who ask. For all the saints are heard, For thou seest that he who arose at
benefits as properly belong to those prayer should be offered at all times,

not by day only, but by night also. when asking for themselves;

but they midnight, asking for three loaves from are not heard, asking for every one, his friend, and persisting in his either for their friends, or their ene- resolve of asking, is not baulked of mies, or any other persons. For it is

his desire. What are these three not said, generally, He will give, but He will give you.

loaves, save the food of the Hea

venly Mystery? If thou love the Ry. It is a good thing. p. ccx. LORD thy God, thou shalt be able

to obtain not thy wants alone, but for Lesson IX.

others also. For who can be more HITHERTO; He saith, ye have our friend, than He who gave His

asked nothing in My Name: ask, Body for us? and ye shall receive, that your joy may Rz. Let them. p. ccx. be full. When He saith, Your joy

Lesson II, shall be full, it is clearly not carnal, but spiritual joy; and when it shall be IN this midnight David asked for the so great, that there shall be nothing further to add to it, it will doubtless asked, when He said; At midnight will then be full. Whatever therefore is I rise to give thanks unto Thee. asked, which may have to do with Therefore He obtained these loaves, gaining this joy, must be asked in the which he sets before us to eat. He Name of CHRIST, if we understand the asks, when he says, Every night wash grace of God: if we pray for a truly happy I my bed with my tears. For he was life. For if anything else be asked, not afraid of rousing from sleep Him nothing is asked. Not because it is Whom he knows to be ever wakeful. not really something, but because what. And, therefore, mindful of the Scripever other thing is desired in com- tures, let us continue instant in prayer parison with so great a thing as this, night and day, and intreat pardon is nothing.

for our sins. Te Deum. p. 15.

Ry. Sing, without Glory. p. ccxi.

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Lesson III.

we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, FOR if he, so great a saint, and excess of wine, revellings, banquetings,

occupied by the business of a and abominable idolatries : wherein kingdom, praised the LORD seven they think it strange that ye run not times a day, ever attentive to the with them to the same excess of riot, morning and evening sacrifices, what speaking evil of you : who shall give ought we to do? who need to ask account to him that is ready to judge all the more, in that sin the quick and the dead. For, for this more frequently through frailty of cause was the Gospel preached also to body and soul, so that, wearied with them that are dead, that they might our journey, and sorely fatigued by be judged according to men in the our course in this world, and the flesh, but live according to God in the winding journey of this life, we cannot spirit. But the end of all things is at go without the bread of refreshment, hand. which strengtheneth the heart of man. Ry. Praise. p. ccix. And the LORD teaches us, that we should not watch at midnight only,

Lesson II. but at almost all times. For He came BE ye therefore sober, and watch and was wont to knock, at even, and

unto prayer.

And, above all the second and third watch : blessed things, have fervent charity among therefore are those servants, whom the yourselves; for charity shall cover LORD, when He cometh, shall find the multitude of sins. Use hospitality watching.

one to another without grudging. As On this night is said a 3rd Ry. j every man hath received the gift, even because the Te Deum is not said :

so minister the same one to another, though said on the two ferias

as good stewards of the manifold grace following.

of God. If any man speak, let him R. I will declare Thy Name unto speak as the oracles of God; if any my brethren. Alleluia. * In the midst man minister, let him do it as of the of the congregation will I praise Thee. ability which God giveth ; that God in Alleluia. Alleluia. y. I will give Jesus CHRIST: to whom be praise and

all things may be glorified through thanks unto Thee, O LORD, among the dominion for ever and ever. Amen. people: I will sing praises unto Thee among the nations. In. Glory. In.

RZ. With my, with Glory. p. ccix.

Lesson III.


ELOVED, think it not strange If a simple feast occur to-day, its concerning the fiery trial which is office is used without commemoration to try you, as though some strange of the feria.

thing happened unto you : but Of the Epistle of S. Peter the Apostle. of CHRIST's sufferings"; that when his

rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers Lesson I. Chap. iv. glory shall be revealed, ye may be FORASMUCH then as Christ hath glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be

suffered for us in the flesh, arm reproached for the name of CHRIST, yourselves likewise with the same happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory mind : for he that hath suffered in and of God resteth upon you: on their the flesh hath ceased from sin : that part he is evil spoken of, but on your he no longer should live the rest of his part he is glorified. But let none of time in the flesh to the lusts of men, you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, but to the will of God. For the time or as an evil-doer, or as a busy body past of our life may suffice us to have in other men's matters. Yet if any wrought the will of the Gentiles, when man suffer as a Christian, let him not

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