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not any man of his goods: I do but Philistines took the ark of God, they lawfully enjoy the good things granted brought it into the house of Dagon, me to use. For that rich man, I and set it by Dagon. And when they repeat, is not punished for robbing of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, another man of his goods, but because behold, Dagon was fallen upon bis that, with the good things which he face to the earth before the ark of had himself received, he made him the LORD. And they took Dagon and self and left himself vile. And this it set him in his place again. And when was that handed him over to hell, they arose early on the morrow mom. that in his day of happiness he waxed ing, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his fat and feared not, but wrested to the face to the ground before the ark of the purposes of his pride the gifts he had LORD; and the head of Dagon and received of God. For he knew no both the palms of his hands were cut bowels of mercy; be willed not to off upon the threshold; only the redeem his sins, though the price of stump of Dagon was left to him. their redemption was in his hands:

Ry. And the whole. p. vi.
enough, yea, more than enough.
Ry. As the living Father. p. ix.

Lesson II.
Lesson IX.

BOT the hand of the LORD was some there are who hold the he destroyed them, and smote them

heavy upon them of Ashdod, and putting on of costly apparel to be with emerods, even Ashdod and the no sin at all. But the Word of the LORD

coasts thereof. And when the men would never have so expressly declared of Ashdod saw that it was so, they that the rich man, then being tormented said, The ark of the God of Israel in hell, had been clothed in purple and shall not abide with us: for his hand fine linen, had this been no sin and is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our nothing blameworthy. And why? god. They sent therefore and gathered For not a man is there who seeketh all the lords of the Philistines unto after choice vesture, but doth so for them, and said, What shall we do with empty parade, and to seem in the the ark of the God of Israel? And sight of men more honourable than they answered, Let the ark of the God his fellows. And yet further: behold, of Israel be carried about unto Gath. the beggar Lazarus is laid full of sores at the rich man's gate. Now it

Rz. Ye shall eat. p. vii. might have been that the rich

Lesson III. man would have had & kind of excuse, if Lazarus, a beggar and full AND they carried the ark of the God

of Israel about thither. And it of sores, had not been laid at his gate, was so, that, after they had carried it and if his need and great necessity about, the hand of the LORD was had never been thrust, as it were, against the city with a very great under his very eyes, and thus destruction: and he smote the men importuned him in vain.

of the city, both small and great, and Te Deum. p. 15.

they had emerods in their secret parts. MONDAY.

Therefore they sent the ark of God to In the Octave.

Ekron. And it came to pass, as the FIRST NOCTUEN.

ark of GOD came to Ekron, that the

Ekronites cried out, saying, They have Of the 1st Book of Samuel.

brought about the ark of the God of Lesson I. Chap. v. . Israel to us, to slay us and our pe sple. AND the Philistines took the ark of So they sent and gathered together all

lords Ashdod. When the Send away the ark of the God of

was

See ye

Israel, and let it go again to his own 'one, moreover, who is unclean. I say place, that it slay us not and our | this to the communicants, and to you people: for there a deadly the ministers. For it is necessary destruction throughout all the city; to address my discourse to you, that the hand of God was very heavy there. ye should distribute these gifts with And the men that died not were great care. For no light punishment smitten with the emerods : and the hangs over you, if you suffer any one, cry of the city went up to heaven. conscious of such a fault, to be parRy. And Elijah. p. vii.

taker of this table. His blood will SECOND NOCTURN.

be required at your hands. Whoever And for the months of May and June. comes unworthily, be he general, or

governor, or king crowned with his A Sermon of S. John Chrysostom.

diadem, repel him, for you have Lesson IV.

greater power than he. God hath From the same Hom. 60. graced you with this honour, precisely CHRIST unites Himself, through that you might make such distinctions.

the mysteries, to each of the This is your dignity, this is your faithful, and of Himself nourishes security, this is your entire crown : those whom He begat, nor intrusts not that ye should walk about robed them to another, in this wise, im- in a white and splendid vestment. pressing upon thee again that He hath And you too, O laymen, when ye taken thy flesh. Let us not then be see the priest making the oblation, slothful, who are counted worthy of count not that it is the priest who so much love and honour.

does it; but that CHRIST's hand is not how readily little children take invisibly stretched out. the breast, and with what eagerness Ry. Jesus took. p. viii. they press their lips to the teats ? Let us come with like alacrity to this

Lesson VI. table, and to the breasts of the with far greater alacrity, imbibe the we are made worthy. Let us bear spiritual cup. Nay, rather let us, LET us then hear, both priests and

people, what food it is whereof SPIRIT'S grace, like sucking infants, and tremble. He hath granted us to and let it be our one sorrow to lack be filled with His holy flesh; He hath this food. What is here set before set Himself before us as a sacrifice. as is no work of human power; for What excuse then can we have, when, He Who made it what it was in that having been so fed, we commit such last Supper, does the same now also. sins ? When we become wolves, after We occupy the position of ministers ; eating the Lamb? when, though fed but it is He Rimself Who hallows like sheep, we rend as lions? For this and changes it. Let no Judas then Sacrament commands thee to be thobe present, no covetous man. If any roughly free, not only from the spirit be a disciple, let him come;

for He of ravening, but even from the slightest saith, I keep the passover with My feeling of ill will. For it is the Sadisciples. This table is that passover, crament of peace. God imposed upon and nothing less. For it is not true the Jews yearly festivals as records of that CHRIST consecrated that table, His own bounties, but on thee daily and man, this one; but He Himself

ones, through this Sacrament. Thereconsecrates this one also.

fore let no Judas, no Simon, seek this Ry. As they were. p. vii.

table ; for these two perished by Lesson V.

reason of covetousness : let us then LET no morose person approach, shun this gulf.

no cruel and unmerciful one, no Ry. I am. p. viii.

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THIRD NOCTURN.

Lesson VIII. And for the months of May and THE faithful know the Body of June.

CHRIST, if they do not neglect to Lesson of the Holy Gospel according then become the Body of CHRIST, if

be the Body of CHRIST. Let them to S. John.

they wish to live by the Spirit of Lessom VII. Chap. vi. CHRIST. Nothing lives by the Spirit A T that time: Jesus said unto of CHRIST save the Body of CHRIST.

the multitude of the Jews : My Understand, my brethren, what I am Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood saying to you. Thou art a man, and is drink indeed. And that which hast a spirit and a body. By spirit, I follows.

mean that which is called a soul,

whereby thou existest as a man. For A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. thou existest of soul and body: thou Tract 26 on S. John.

hast an invisible spirit and a visible This is the Bread which cometh body. Tell me, which of these derives down from heaven. The manna was its life from the other ?

Does thy a type of this Bread: the altar of God spirit draw its life from thy body, or was a type of this Bread. They were thy body from thy spirit ? Every one sacraments, unlike in their types, but who lives, answers; and whoso canon a level in the thing which they not answer this, I know not if he typify. Hear the apostle : Brethren, lives. What answer doth every one I would not that ye should be ignorant who liveth make ? Certainly my body how that all our fathers were under the lives by my spirit. Well then: dost cloud, and all passed through the sea, thou wish to live by the spirit and were all baptized unto Moses in the of CHRIST? Be in the Body of cloud and in the sea, and did all eat the CHRIST. same spiritual meat. That is to say, Ry. As the living FATHER. p. ix. the same spiritual meat, for the bodily meat was different ; because they ate

Lesson IX. manna, and we, something else. For

DO

OES my body live by thy spirit ? those who ate the same spiritual meat

My body lives by my spirit, and which we eat, were our fathers, not thine by thy spirit. The Body of their fathers : men whom we are like, CHRIST cannot live, save by the Spirit of not whom they were like. And he CHRIST. Therefore it is that the Aposadds: And did all drink the same tle Paul, explaining this Bread to us, spiritual drink. They drank

one saith, We, being many, are one Bread thing, and we another, but only in and one Body. O sacrament of visible form, signifying however the affection, O sign of unity, O bond of very same thing in spiritual power. love! He who wishes to live, has a How did they drink the same drink? place where to live, and means whereThey drank, he saith, of the spiritual by to live. Let him draw near, beRock which followed them, and that lieve, be joined to that Body, that he Rock was CHRIST. Thence came the may be quickened. Let him not be Bread, thence the drink. CHRIST was discordant with the union of the the Rock, in type. Very CHRIST was members. Let him not be a rotten in the Word, and in flesh. And how member which must be cut away. Let did they drink? The rock was twice him not be a deformed one, to cause smitten with the rod. The twofold shame. Let him be comely, let him smiting typifies the two beams of the be shapely, let him be healthy, let Cross.

him cling to the Body; let him live Ry. He tha:. p. ix.

to God, on God. Let him toil now on earth, that he may reign hereafter went along the highway, lowing as in heaven.

they went, and turning not aside to Te Deum. p. 15.

the right hand or to the left ; and the

lords of the Philistines went after TUESDAY.

them unto the border of Beth-shemesh. In the Octave.

And they of Beth-shemesh were reapFIRST NOCTURN.

ing their wheat harvest in the valley :

and they lifted up their eyes, and saw Of the 1st Book of Samuel.

the ark, and rejoiced to see it. And Lesson I. Chap. vi.

the cart came into the field of Joshua, AND the ark of the LORD was in the Beth-shemite, and stood there,

country of the Philistines geven where there was a great stone: and months. And the Philistines called they clave the wood of the cart, and for the priests and the diviners, offered the kine a burnt offering unto saying, What shall we do to the ark the LORD. And the Levites took down of the Lord ? tell as wherewith we the ark of the LORD. shall send it to his place. And they Ry. Aud Elijah. p. vii. said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty ; but

SECOND NOCTURN. in any wise return him a trespass And for the months of July and offering: then ye shall be healed, and

August. it shall be known to you why his

Lesson IV. band is not removed from you. Ry. And the whole. p. vi.

From the letter of S. Cyprian, Bp.

and M., to Cæcilius. Lesson II. WHEREFORE then do ye harden In the priest Melchisedech, we see your hearts, as the Egyptians sacrifice prefigured, according to what

the sacrament of the LORD'S and Pharaoh hardened their hearts ? when he had wrought wonderfully holy Scripture testifieth and saith : among them, did they not let the And Melchisedech, king of Salem, people go, and they departed ? Now brought forth bread and wine; and he therefore make a new cart, and take was the priest of the Most High God; two milch kine, on which there hath and he blessed Abraham. But that come no yoke, and tie the kine to the the HOLY GHOST declareth in the

Melchisedech was a type of CHRIST, cart, and bring their calves home from them: and take the ark of the LORD, psalms, saying in the person of the and lay it upon the cart ; and put the Farner to the Son: I have begotten jewels of gold, which ye return him art a priest for ever after the order of

Thee before the morning star; Thou for a trespass offering, in a coffer by Melchisedech. And this order, doubtthe side thereof; and send it away: less, comes from that sacrifice, and is that it may go. And see, if it goeth

derived from this, that Melchisedech up by the way of his own coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us that he offered bread and wine,

that he

was the priest of the Most High GOD, this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his band that

blessed Abraham. smote us; it was a chance that hap

Ry. As they were. p, vii. pened to us. And the men did so.

Lesson V.
Ry. Ye shall eat. p. vii.
Lesson III.

FOR who is more a priest of the

Most High God, than our LORD ANI

ND the kine took the straight way Jesus CHRIST ? Who offered sacrifice to the way of Beth-shemesh, and to God the FATHER: and offered the

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