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The Story of the Prodigal Son.
(From the 15th Chapter of St. Luke's Gospel.)
And Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.' And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land ; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, “How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish of hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants."' And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on
his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, “ Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, “Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.' And he was angry, and would not go in; therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering, said to his father, 'Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends : but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with sinners, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.' And he said unto him,
Son, thou art ever with me; and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.'"
The Story of the Pharisee and the Publican.
(From the 18th Chapter of St. Luke's Gospel.)
“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: "God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, "God be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other : for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
The Story of the Raising of Jairus's Daughter.
(From the Gospels of St. Mark and Sr. LUKE.)
A man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought that he would come into his house; for he had one only daughter; about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. And there came one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying unto him, “Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the master !” But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, "Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.”
And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept and bewailed her; but he said, “Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.” And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, “Maid, arise.” And her spirit came straightway: and she arose and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years.