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was like a lion, and the second of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel beast like a calf, and the third not that I said unto thee, yo beast had a face as a man, and must be born again. The wind the fourth beast was like a fly- bloweth where it listeth, and ing eagle. And the four beasts thou hearest the sound thereof, had each of them six wings but canst not tell whence it coabout him; and they were meth, and whither it goeth; so full of eyes within: and they is every one that is born of the Test not day and night, saying, Spirit. Nicodemus answered Holy, holy, holy, Lord God and said unto him, How can Almighty, who was, and is, and these things be? Jesus answeris to come. And when those ed and said unto bim, Art thou beasts give glory, and honour, a master of Israel, and knowand thanks to him that sat on est not these things ? Verily, the throne, who liveth for ever verily, I say unto thee,we speak and ever, the four and twenty that we do know, and testify elders fall down before him that that we have seen; and ye resat on the throne, and worship ceive not our witness. If I have him that liveth for ever and told you earthly things, and ye ever, and cast their crowns be- believe not; how shall ye before the throne, saying, Thou lieve, if I tell you of heavenly art worthy, O Lord, to receive things ? And no man hath asglory, and honour, and power; cended up to heaven, but he that for thou hast created all things, came down from heaven, even and for thy pleasure they are, the Son of man, who is in heaand were created.
ven.. And as Moses lifted up The Gospel. St. John iii. 1. the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man was a man of the be lifted up; that whosoever Pharisees, named Nico- believeth in him should not pedemus, a ruler of the Jews: rish, but have eternal life. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rab- THE FIRST SUNDAY AFbi, we know that thou art a TER TRINITY. teacher corne from God: For no man can do these miracles
The Collect. . and those who said unto him, Verily, verily, in thee, mercifully accept our say unto thee, except a man be prayers, and because, through born again, he cannot see the ihe weakness of our mortal nakingdom of God. Nicodemus turo, we can do no good thing saith unto him, How can a man without thee, grant us the help be born when he is old ? can of thy grace, that in kecping he enter the second time into thy commandments we may his mother's womb, and be please thee, both in will and born? Jesus answerel, Verily, deed, through Jesus Christ our verily, I say unto thee, except Lord. Amen. a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into The Epistle. 1 John iv. 7.
brickingdoorn of God. le That BELOPEPor vesisovecone flesh; and that which is born and every one that lovcth
that thou dgest, exceper Godbe o God, the strength of all
born of God, and knoweth God. purple and fine linen, and fared He that loveth not,knoweth not sumptuously every day. And God; for God is love. In this there was a certain beggar, nawas manifested the love of God med Lazarus, who was laid at towards us, because that God his gate, full of sores;
and desent his only begotten Son into siring to be fed with the crumbs the world, that we might live which fell from the rich man's through him. Herein is love, table: moreover, the dogs came not that we loved God, but that and licked his sores. And it he loved us, and sent his son to came to pass that the beggar be the propitiation for our sins. died, and was carried by the Beloved, if God so loved us, angels into Abraham's bosom : we ought also to love one an- the rich man also died, and was other. No man hath seen God buried: and in hell he lifted up at any time. If we love one his eyes, being in torments, and another, God dwelleth in us, seeth Abraham afar off, and and his love is perfected in us. Lazarus in his bosom. And he Hereby know we that we dwell cried, and said, Father Abrain him, and he in us; because ham, have mercy on me, and he hath given us of his Spirit. send Lazarus, that he may dip And we have seen and do testi- the tip of his finger in water, fy, that the Father sent the Son and cool my tongue : for I am to be the Saviour of the world. tormented in this flame. But Whosoever shall confess that Abraham said, Son, remember Jesus is the Son of God, God that thou in thy life-time redwelleth in him, and he in God. ceivedst thy good things, and And we have known and be- likewise Lazarus evil things; lieved the love that God hath to but now he is comforted, and us. God is love; and he that thou art tormented. And bedwelleth in love, dwelleth in sides all this, between us and God, and God in him. Herein you there is a great gulf fixis our love made perfect, that ed; so that they who would we may have boldness in the pass from hence to you cannot; day of judgment; because as he neither can they pass to us that is, so are we in this world. would come from thence. Then There is no fear in love;, but he said, I pray thee therefore, perfect love casteth out fear; father, that thou wouldest send because fear hath torment: He him to my father's house ; for that feareth, is not made perfect I have five brethren. that he in love. We love him, because may testify unto them, lest they he first loved us. If a man say, also come into this place of torI love God, and hateth his bro- ment. Abrabam saith unto him, ther, he is a liar: for he that They have Moses and the Pro loveth not his brother, whom he phets; let them hear them. hath seen, how can he love God, And he said, Nay, father Abrawhom he hath not seen ? And ham; but if one went unto them this commandment have we from the dend, they will repent. from him, that he who loveth And he said unto him, If they God, love his brother also. hear not Moses and the ProThe Gospel. St. Luke xvi. 19. phets, neither will they be THERE was a certain rich persuaded, though one rose man, who was clothed in from the dead.00
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THE SECOND SUNDAY of his Son Jesus Christ, and bu AFTER TRINITY. love one another, as he gave us
commandment. And he that The Collect.
kecpeth his commandments, LORD, who never failest dwelleth in him, and he in hin: whom thou dost bring up in thy abideth in useiven us.
me steadfast fear and love; keep which he hath
Spirit us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good provi- The Gospel. St. Luke xiv. 16. dence, and make us to have a
A perpetual fear and love of thy great supper, und bade holy name, through JesusChrist many; and sent his servant at our Lord. Amen.
supper-time, to say to them that
were bidden, Come, for all The Emstle. 1 John iii. 13. things are now ready. And ren, if the world hate you to make excuse: The first said
: We know that e have pass
unto him, I have bought a piece from death unto life, because of ground, and I must needs go we love the brethren. He that and see it; I pray thee have loveth not his brother, abideth
me excused : And another said, in death. Whosoever hateth I have bought five yoke of oxhis brother, is a murderer: anden, and I go to prove them; I ye know that no murderer hath pray thee have me excused: eternal life abiding in him. And another
said, I have marHereby perceive we the love ried a wife, and therefore I of God, because he laid down cannot come. So that servant his life for us: and we ought to came, and showed his lord these lay down our lives for the things. Then the master of the brethren. But whoso hath this house, being angry, said to his world's good, and seeth his servant, Go out quickly into the brother have need, and shutteth streets and lanes of the city, and up his bowels of compassion bring in hither the poor, and from him: how dwelleth the the maimed, and the halt, and love of God in him? My little the blind. And the servant said, children, let us not love in Lord, it is done as thou hast word, neither in tongue; but in commanded, and yet there is deed, and in truth. And hereby room. And the lord said unto we know that we are of the the servant, Go out into the truth, and shall assure our highways and hedges, and comhearts before him. For if our pel them to come in, that my heart condemnus, God is
house may be filled : for I say greater than our heart, and unto
you, that none of those knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, taste of my supper.
men which were bidden shall then have we confidence towards God. And whatsoever THE THIRD SUNDAY we ask, we receive of him, be
AFTER TRINITY. cause we keep his commandments, and do these things that
The Collect. are pleasing in his sight. And O mercifully to hesr us ; and this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name l grant that we, to whom thon