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Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.
Rz. vii. Blessed are. p. cxlix.
Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii.


Lesson I. Chap. i.


Here beginneth the Book of Nahum THE burden which Habakkuk the the Prophet. prophet did see. O LORD, how Lesson I. long shall I cry, and thou wilt not burden of Nineveh. The book hear! even cry out unto thee of of the vision of Nahum the Elko-violence, and thou wilt not save! shite. GOD is jealous, and the LORD Why dost thou show me iniquity, and revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and cause me to behold grievance? for is furious; the LORD will take spoiling and violence are before me: vengeance on his adversaries, and he and there are that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. Ry. At Thy. p. cl.


Here beginneth the Book of Habakkuk the Prophet.

reserveth wrath for his enemies. The

LORD is slow to anger, and great in
power, and will not at all acquit the
wicked: the LORD hath his way in
the whirlwind and in the storm, and

the clouds are the dust of his feet.
He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it
dry, and drieth up all the rivers.
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Lesson II.

BASHAN languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation?

and who can abide in the fierceness of

his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.

Lesson III.

THE LORD is good, a strong hold in
the day of trouble; and he
knoweth them that trust in him. But
with an overrunning flood he will
make an utter end of the place thereof,
and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
What do ye imagine against the
LORD? he will make an utter end:
affliction shall not rise up the second
time. For while they be folden
together as thorns, and while they are
drunken as drunkards, they shall be
devoured as stubble fully dry.
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Lesson II.

BEHOLD ye among the heathen,
and regard, and wonder marvel-
lously for I will work a work in your

days, which ye will not believe, though
it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the ·
Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty
the breadth of the land, to possess the
nation, which shall march through
dwelling places that are not their's.
They are terrible and dreadful: their
ceed of themselves.
judgment and their dignity shall pro-

Ry. Gird about. p. cli.

Lesson III.

THEIR horses also are swifter than

the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. Ry. On a sinful. p. cli.



THURSDAY. Here beginneth the Book of Zephaniah Here beginneth the Book of Haggai the Prophet.

the Prophet. Lesson I. Chap. i.

Lesson I. Chap. i. word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, In the second year of Darius the

king, in the sixth month, in the the son of Gedaliah, the son of Ama- first day of the month, came the word riah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of the LORD by Haggai the prophet of Josiah the son of Amon, king of unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Judah. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the governor of Judah, and to Joshua

the son of Josedech, the high LORD. I will consume

man and beast: I will consume the fowls of LORD of hosts, saying, This peo

priest, saying, Thus speaketh the the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, ple say, The time is not come, the and the stumblingblocks with the time that the LORD's house should be wicked ; and I will cut off man from

off the land, saith the LORD.
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R%. I saw the LORD. p. cxlviii,
Lesson II.

Lesson II. I WILL also stretch out mine hand THEN came the word of the LORD upon Judah, and upon all the in

by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is habitants of Jerusalem; and I will it time for you, 0 ye, to dwell in your cut off the remnant of Baal from this cieled houses, and this house lie waste? place, and the name of the Chema- Now therefore thus saith the LORD of rims with the priests; and them that hosts ; Consider your ways. Ye have worship the host of heaven upon the sown much, and bring in little; ye housetops; and them that worship

eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, and that 'swear by the LORD, and but ye are not filled with drink; ye that swear by Malcham ; and 'them clothe you, but there is none warm; that are turned back from the and he that earneth wages earneth LORD ;

and those that have not wages to put it into a bag with sought the LORD, nor enquired for

holes. him.

Ry. Look down. p.

cxlviii. Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.

Lesson III.
Lesson III.

THUS saith the LORD of hosts ; HOLD thy peace at the presence of Consider your ways. Go up to

the LORD GOD; for the day of the mountain, and bring wood, and the LORD is at hand : for the LORD build the house; and I will take hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, his guests.

And it shall come to pass saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, and, lo, it came to little ; and when ye that I will punish the princes, and brought it home, I did blow upon it. the king's children, and all such as Why? saith the LORD of hosts. are clothed with strange apparel. In Because of mine house that is waste, the same day also will I punish all and ye run every man. unto his own those that leap on the threshold, house. Therefore the heaven over which fill their master's houses with you is stayed from dew, and the earth violence and deceit.

is stayed from her fruit. Ry. My God. p. ale

Rz. Behold. p. cxlviii.

Here beginneth the Book of Zechariah
the Prophet.
Lesson I. Chap. i.

IN the eighth month. in the second
year of Darius, came the word of
the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of
Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet,
saying, The LORD hath been sore
displeased with your fathers. There-

fore_say thou unto them, Thus saith AN

the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me,
saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn
unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.
Ry. I have set. p. cxlix.

Lesson II.

BE ye not as your fathers, unto
whom the
cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of
hosts; Turn ye now from your evil
ways, and from your evil doings: but
they did not hear, nor hearken unto
me, saith the LORD. Your fathers,
where are they? and the prophets, do
they live for ever?

Ry. With Thine. p. cxlix.
Lesson III.

BUT my words and my statutes,
which I commanded my servants
the prophets, did they not take hold
of your fathers? and they returned
and said, Like as the LORD of hosts
thought to do unto us, according to
our ways, and according to our doings,
so hath he dealt with us.

Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.

saith, We are impoverished, but we
will return and build the desolate
places; thus saith the LORD of hosts,
They shall build, but I will throw
down; and they shall call them, The
border of wickedness, and, The people
against whom the LORD hath indigna-
tion for ever.

Ry. Blessed are. p. cxlix.
Lesson II.

ND your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith

the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests,
that despise my name.
Wherein have we despised thy name?
ye say,
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine
altar; and ye say, Wherein have we
polluted thee? In that ye say, The
table of the LORD is contemptible.

Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.
Lesson III.

AND if ye offer the blind for sacri

fice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech GOD that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for


Here beginneth the Book of Malachi nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. the Prophet. I have no Lesson I. Chap. i. pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. Ry. My God. p. cl.

THE burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to S. Luke.

Lesson VIII.

FOR spiritual pleasures increase

desire in the mind, while they satisfy; because the more their savour is perceived, the more is it recognised that it should be eagerly loved: and therefore when they are not possessed they cannot be loved, because their savour is unknown. For who can love what he knows not? Hence the Psalmist admo

A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope.

Homily 36 on the Gospels. There is wont to be this difference,

beloved brethren, between the plea-nishes us, saying, O taste and see sures of the body and those of the how gracious the LORD is. As if he soul; namely, that bodily pleasures, were saying plainly, Ye know not this when they are not being enjoyed, sweetness if ye taste it not; but touch kindle a strong desire for themselves the good of life with the palate of the but when they are greedily devoured, heart, that, making trial of its sweetthrough satiety they beget a distaste in ness, ye may be able to love it. For the eater. But on the other hand, man lost these delights when he spiritual pleasures, when they are not sinned in paradise: he went out when possessed, are distasteful, but when he closed his mouth to the food of they are possessed are desired; and by eternal sweetness. so much the more they are hungered after by the eater, the more are they devoured by the hungry. In the former, appetite pleases, experience displeases; in the latter appetite is nought, and experience the rather pleases. In the former, appetite begets fulness, and fulness distaste; in the latter, appetite produces fulness, and fulness appetite.

Lesson VII. Chap. xiv.

AT that time: JESUS spake this parable unto the Pharisees: A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. And that which follows.

This Ry. is said to-day instead of Ry. vii. xxviii. p.

Ry. A certain man made a great supper, and sent his servant at supper-time to say to them that were bidden, Come, * for all things are now ready. y. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. For. Glory. For

Lesson IX.

WHENCE we also who have been
born in this toilsome pil-
grimage come hither now with distaste:
for we know not what we ought to
desire. And the more this disease
of distaste from which we suffer is
increased, the more the mind with-
draws itself from feeding on that
sweetness. And the less appetite
does it now feel for internal delights,
the longer it has been unaccustomed
to feed upon them.
We pine away
therefore through our distaste, and
we are worn out through our long and
deadly fast. And because we will not
taste inwardly the sweetness that has

been prepared for us, we stand out- | to the weak; and the less they believe side in our misery, in love with our themselves to be sinners, to a worse own hunger. degree do they become sinners. And truly among the number of these were the Pharisees, who, in passing judgment on the LORD because He received sinners, with dry and barren heart found fault with the very fountain of

pity Himself. But because they were so sick that they knew not themselves to be sick (seeing that they were ignorant of what they were) the

A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope.heavenly Physician heals them with gentle remedies. He sets before them an example of kindness, and represses the swelling of the wound in their heart.

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to S. Luke.

Lesson VII. Chap. xv. AT that time: Drew near JESUS all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And that which follows.


Homily 34 on the Gospels. Ye have heard in the lesson of the Gospel, my brethren, that the sinners and the publicans drew near to our Redeemer and not only to converse with Him, but to eat with Him, were they received. Which when the Pharisees saw they had indignation. AT that time: JESUS said unto His From which we that true disciples: Be ye therefore mercirighteousness has compassion, but ful as your FATHER also is merciful. false righteousness indignation, alA Homily of Venerable Bede the though the righteous are wont rightly Priest. to feel indignation against sinners. But what is done through pride is one thing; what is done through zeal for discipline is another.

Lesson VIII.

FOR they feel indignation, but yet are not disdainful; they are not hopeful for them, but yet not utterly hopeless; they stir up persecution, but in love; for although outwardly they multiply rebukes by way of discipline, yet inwardly they preserve sweetness through charity. They frequently in their heart prefer before themselves those very persons whom they are correcting; they think even those better whom they are judging. And in the performance of this, they keep themselves in subjection through discipline and through humility.

Lesson IX.

BUT, on the other hand, they who

are wont to feel pride in false righteousness, despise every one else; they do not condescend with any pity

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to S. Luke.

The one great, and indeed only, precept taught us in this place of Holy Scripture I hold to be this: That we should consider things to be meant for the best, though it be doubtful with

what mind they were done. Charity believeth all things: hopeth all things. When it is written: By their fruits ye shall know them: this is clearly said of those open and flagrant crimes which could not possibly be done with an honest mind and purpose; as, for example, adulteries, fornications, blasphemies, thefts, acts of drunkenness, and such like, which it is permitted us certainly to judge and to condemn. Lesson VIII.

BUT, as touching things indifferent,

for instance, various kinds of food, they may by any be taken with an honest heart and conscience, apart from all vice of concupiscence. An Apostle forbids those who eat flesh meat and drink wine to be judged of those who abstain from these general sorts of food. He saith: Let not him

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