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worthy of the vocation wherewith ye | as CHRIST also hath loved us, and are called, with all lowliness and hath given himself for us an offering meekness, with longsuffering, forbear- and a sacrifice to God for a sweeting one another in love; endeavour- smelling savour. But fornication, ing to keep the unity of the Spirit in and all uncleanness, or covetousness, the bond of peace.
There is one let it not be once named among you, body, and one SPIRIT, even as ye are as becometh saints ; neither filthiness, called in one hope of your calling ; nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which one LORD, one faith, one baptism, one are not convenient; but rather giving God and FATHER of all, who is above of thanks. all, and through all, and in you all. Ry. I will thank Thee. p. lxxviii. Ry. In Thee, O LORD. p. lxxvii.
FOR this ye know, that no whoreBUT unto every one of us is given monger, nor unclean person, nor
grace according to the measure covetous man, who is an idolater, of the gift of CHRIST. Wherefore he hath any inheritance in the kingdom saith, When he ascended up on high, of Christ and of God. Let no man he led captivity captive, and gave gifts deceive you with vain words: for beunto men.
(Now that he ascended, cause of these things cometh the what is it but that he also descended wrath of God upon the children of first into the lower parts of the earth ? disobedience. Be not ye therefore He that descended is the same also partakers with them. For ye were that ascended up far above all heavens, sometimes darkness, but now are ye that he might fill all things).
light in the LORD : walk as children of Ry. O let my mouth. p. lxxvii. light.
Ry. Great is Thy mercy. p.
lxxviij. Lesson III. ND he gave some, apostles ; A
and some, prophets; and
some, FOR the fruit of the Spirit is in all evangelists; and some, pastors and goodness and righteousness and teachers; for the perfecting of the truth ;) proving what is acceptable saints, for the work of the ministry, unto the LORD. And have no fellowfor the edifying of the body of Christ: ship with the unfruitful works of till we all come in the unity of the darkness, but rather reprove them. faith, and of the knowledge of the Son For it is a shame even to speak of of God, unto a perfect man, unto the those things which are done of them measure of the stature of the fulness in secret. But all things that are of CHRIST: that we henceforth be no reproved are made manifest by the more children, tossed to and fro, and light : for whatsoever doth make carried about with every wind of doc- manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, trine by the sleight of men and cun- Awake thou that sleepest, and arise ning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait from the dead, and Christ shall give to deceive ; but speaking the truth in thee light. love, may grow up into him in all Ry. The LORD is my refuge. p. things, which is the head, even CHRIST. lxxviii. Ry. My lips. p. lxxvii.
Of the Epistle to the Ephesians. FRIDAY.
·Lesson 1. Chap vi. Of the Epistle to the Ephesians.
YHILDREN, obey your parents in
the LORD : for this is right. BE ye therefore followers of God, as Honour thy father and mother; which
dear children; and walk in love, is the first commandment with pro
mise ; that it may be well with thee, in CHRIST Jesus which are at Philippi, and thou mayest live long on the earth. with the bishops and deacons : grace And, ye fathers, provoke not your be unto you, and peace, from God our children to wrath : but bring them up FATHER, and from the LORD JESUS in the nurture and admonition of the CHRIST. I thank my God upon every LORD.
remembrance of you, always in every R¥. Destroy me not. p. lxxvi. prayer of mine for you all making
request with joy, for your fellowship Lesson II.
in the gospel from the first day until be ; that are your masters according to thing, that he which hath begun a the flesh, with fear and trembling, in good work in you will perform it until singleness of your heart, as unto the day of JESUS CHRIST: even as it is CHRIST; not with eyeservice, as men- meet for me to think this of you all, pleasers ; but as the servants of because I have you in my heart; inasCHRIST, doing the will of God from much as both in my bonds, and in the the heart; with good will doing defence and confirmation of the gospel, service, as to the LORD, and not to ye all are partakers of my grace. men: knowing that whatsoever good
Ry. O LORD, rebuke me not. p. lxxiii. thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the LORD, whether he be
Lesson II. bond or free. And, ye masters, do FOR God is my record, how greatly the same things unto them, forbearing I long after you all in the bowels threatening: knowing that your Master of JESUS CHRIST.
And this I pray, also is in heaven; neither is there that your love may abound yet more respect of persons with him.
and more in knowledge and in all Ry. My heart. p. lxxvii.
ye may approve things
that are excellent; that ye may be Lesson III.
sincere and without offence till the FINALLY, my brethren, be strong day of CHRIST ; being filled with the
in the LORD, and in the power of fruits of righteousness, which are by his might. Put on the whole armour JESUS CHRIST, unto the glory and of God, that ye may be able to stand praise of God. But I would ye should against the wiles of the devil. For we understand, brethren, that the things wrestle not against flesh and blood, which happened unto me have fallen but against principalities, against out rather unto the furtherance of the powers, against the rulers of the dark- gospel; so that my bonds in CHRIST ness of this world, against spiritual are manifest in all the palace, and in wickedness in high places. Wherefore all other places; and many of the take unto you the whole armour of brethren in the LORD, waxing confident God, that ye may be able to withstand by my bonds, are much more bold to in the evil day, and having done all, speak the word without fear. to stand.
Ry. God, Who sittest. p. lxxiii. Ry. Unto Thee. p. lxxvii.
Lesson III. FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.
SOME indeed preach Christ even of FIRST NOCTURN.
envy and strife ; and some also of Here beginneth the Epistle of S. Paul of contention, not sincerely, supposing
good will: the one preach CHRIST the Apostle to the Philippians.
to add affliction to my bonds : but the Lesson I. Chap. i.
other of love, knowing that I am set PAUL and Timotheus, the
servants for the defence of the gospel. What of JESUS CHRIST, to all the saints then ? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth,
Lesson VI. Christ is preached; and I therein HERE, then, the elect are bound do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
down with troubles, because they Ry. The LORD is on my right are as yet burdened with the penalty hand. p. lxxiii.
of corruption. But when we put off
the corruptible flesh, we shall be, as it SECOND NOCTURN.
were, released from those fetters of From the Book of the Morals of S. For we desire now to be presented
trouble wherewith we
are bound. Gregory the Pope.
before God, but are hindered by the Lesson IV.
claims of this mortal body. Well Book 4, Chap. 30.
may we be called fettered, when we WE fill our body with refreshments, have not that free access to God
which lest it perish of inanition; we things eternal, yet carrying about with
Whence Paul, desiring lower it by abstinence, lest it weigh us him the burden of corruption, crieth down with fulness. We rouse it by out in bonds: I desire to be set free, moving about, lest it die of inactivity; and then again we give it rest by not seek to be set free, did he not see
and to be with CHRIST. He would sitting down, lest it give way through
himself in bonds. that very rousing. We cover it with the help of clothing, lest cold should R%. The earth is the LORD's. p. destroy it ; and cast off that very help lxxiv. which we sought, lest heat should
THIRD NOCTURN. burn us up. Subject then to so many Lesson of the Holy Gospel according diversities, what are we but servants
to S. Matthew. of corruption, so that the manifold
Lesson VII. Chap. viii. service we bestow on the body can but just enable it to endure that anxiety AT that time: When He due to its weak changefulness, which
entered into a ship, His disweighs it down ?
And, behold, ciples followed Him.
there arose a great tempest in the Ry. Thou shalt shew me. p. lxxiv. sea, insomuch that the ship was
covered with the waves, but He was Lesson V.
asleep. And that which follows. WHEREFORE Paul saith well : The creature was made subject
A Homily of S. Jerome the Priest. to vanity, not willingly, but by reason Comm. on S. Matthew viii. Book 1. of Him Who hath subjected the same The fifth miracle He performed in hope ; because the creature itself when, going on board the ship at also shall be delivered from the Capernaum, He commanded the winds bondage of corruption into the glorious and the sea. The sixth, when, in the liberty of the children of God. Truly country of the Gergesenes, He gave the creature is not subject to vanity the unclean spirits power over the willingly; for man, who willingly left swine. The seventh, when, entering His native state of changelessness, is into His own city, He cured the second justly burdened with the weight
paralytic in his bed. For the first mortality, and serves unwillingly his paralytic was the Centurion's servant. corrupt and changeful state. But the creature is delivered from the bondage
Ry. Unto Thee. p. lxxiv. of corruption, when it is raised at
Lesson VIII. the resurrection, incorruptible, to the BUT He was asleep, and they came glory of the sons of God.
Ry. I will love Thee. p. lxxiv. LORD, save us, we perish. We read a
type of this miracle in Jonah, when | The LORD is at hand. Be careful for while the others were in danger, he nothing; but in every thing by prayer himself is secure, and is fast asleep, and supplication with thanksgiving let and is awakened; and by his com- your requests be made known unto God. mand, and by the mystery of his and the peace of God, which passeth passion, delivers those who wake him. all understanding, shall keep your Then arising, He commanded the hearts and minds through CHRIST winds and sea. From this place we JESUS. understand that all creatures perceive Ry. Thou art my Helper. p. lxxv. their CREATOR. For those which He
Lesson III. rebuked, and those which He commanded, perceive Him as He com- FINALLY, brethren, whatsoever mands; not, as heretics falsely sup
things are true, whatsoever things pose, because all things have a son, are honest, whatsoever things are just, but by reason of the majesty of their whatsoever things are pure, whatsoMaker, things which are insensible to ever things are lovely, whatsoever us are sensible to Him.
things are of good report; if there be
any virtue, and if there be any praise, Ry. Two Seraphim. p. lxxv.
think on these things. Those things, Lesson IX.
which ye have both learned, and FURTHER, the men were asto- received, and heard, and seen in me,
nished, saying, What manner of do: and the God of peace shall be man is this, that the winds and sea with you. But I rejoiced in the LORD obey Him? It was not the disciples, greatly, that now at the last your care but the sailors, and others who were of me hath flourished again; wherein in the ship, that were astonished. ye were also careful, but ye lacked But if any one wishes to contend that opportunity. it was the disciples who were asto
Ry. I will bless. p. lxxv. nished, we will reply that they are justly called men who did not yet know Here beginneth the Epistle of S. Paul
TUESDAY. the SAVIOUR'S power.
the Apostle to the Colossians.
Lesson I. Chap. i.
PAUL, an Apostle of Jesus CHRIST Of the Epistle to the Philippians. by the will of God, and Timotheus Lesson I. Chap. iv.
our brother, to the saints and faithful
brethren in CHRIST which are at THEREFORE, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy
Colosse: Grace be unto you, and and crown, so stand fast in the LORD, peace from God our FATHER and the my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, LORD JESUS CHRIST. We give thanks and beseech Syntyche, that they be of to God and the Father of our LORD the same mind in the LORD. `And I JESUS Christ, praying always for you, entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help since we heard of your faith in CHRIST those women which laboured with me Jesus, and of the love which ye have in the gospel, with Clement also, and to all the saints, for the hope which with other my fellowlabourers, whose is laid up for you in heaven, wherenames are in the book of life.
of ye heard before in the word of Ry. O how plentiful. p. lxxv.
the truth of the gospel ; which is
come unto you, as it is in all the Lesson II.
world : and bringeth forth fruit, as it REJOICE in the LORD alway: and doth also in you, since the
day ye again I say, Rejoice. Let your heard of it, and knew the grace of moderation be known unto all men. God in truth : as ye also learned of
Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who mind, meekness, longsuffering; foris for you a faithful minister of CHRIST; bearing one another, and forgiving who also declared unto us your love in one another, if any man have a quarrel the SPIRIT.
against any: even as Christ forgave Ry. Hear my prayer. p. lxxvi.
you, so also do ye. And above all
these things put on charity, which is Lesson II.
the bond of perfectness. And let the FOR this cause we also, since the peace of God rule in your hearts, to
day we heard it, do not cease to the which also ye are called in one pray for you, and to desire that ye body; and be ye thankful. might be filled with the knowledge of Ry. Destroy me not. p. lxxvi. his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk
Lesson II. worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, L
ET the word of CHRIST dwell in being fruitful in every good work, and you richly in all wisdom ; teachincreasing in the knowledge of God; ing and admonishing one another in strengthened with all might, according psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, to his glorious power, unto all patience singing with grace in your hearts to and longsuffering with joyfulness; the LORD. And whatsoever ye do in giving thanks unto the FATHER, which word or deed, do all in the name of hath made us meet to be partakers the LORD JESUS, giving thanks to God of the inheritance of the saints in and the FATHER by him. Wives, sublight.
mit yourselves unto your own husRy. The LORD hath set. p. lxxvi.
bands, as it is fit in the LORD.
Husbands, love your wives, and be Lesson III.
not bitter against them. Children, WHO hath delivered us from the obey your parents in all things :
power of darkness, and hath for this is well pleasing unto the translated us into the kingdom of his LORD. Fathers, provoke not your dear Son : in whom we have redemp- children to anger, lest they be distion through his blood, even the for-couraged. giveness of sins : who is the image of Ry. My heart is fixed. p. lxxvii. the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all
Lesson III. things created, that are in heaven, SERVANTS, obey in all things your and that are in earth, visible and in- masters according to the flesh; visible, whether they be thrones, or not with eye service, as menpleasers ; dominions, or principalities, or powers: but in singleness of heart, fearing all things were created by him, and for GOD :: and whatsoever ye do, do it him: and he is before all things, and heartily, as to the LORD, and not unto by him all things consist. And he is men: knowing that of the LORD ye the head of the body, the church : who shall receive the reward of the inis the beginning, the firstborn from heritance :_for ye serve the LORD the dead.
CHRIST. But he that doeth wrong Ry. I said, LORD. p. lxxvi.
shall receive for the wrong which he bath done : and there is no
persons. Masters, give unto your ser
vants that which is just and equal; Of the Epistle to the Colossians.
knowing that ye also have a Master in Lesson I. Chap. iii. and iv. heaven. Continue in prayer, and PUT on therefore, as the elect of watch in the same with thanks
God, holy and beloved, bowels giving. of mercies, kindness, humbleness of Ry. Unto Thee. p. lxxvii.