« PreviousContinue »
lated the employments of angels and men: grant that those who are always ministering before thee in heaven, may defend our lives here on earth. Thro'.
For the Epistle. Rev. i. 1. 5. In those days : God gave unto him, to make known to his servants the things which must shortly come to pass : and signified, sending by his angel to his servant John, who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen. Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy: and keepeth these things which are written in it. For the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia. Grace be unto you and peace from him that is, and that was, and that is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth, who hath loved us, and bath washed us from qur sins in his own blood.
The Gospel. Matt. xviii. 1. 10. At that time : The disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in
the depth of the sea. Wo to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless wo to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee, It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. “And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones : for I say unto you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
St. Luke the Evangelist's Day.
The Collect. May the holy Evangelist, Luke, we beseech thee, O Lord, intercede for us, who continually bore the mortification of the cross in his body for the honour of thy name.
Thro', The Epistle. . 2 Cor. viii, 16. 24. Brethren: Thanks be to God, who hath given the same carefulness for you in the heart of Titus. For indeed he accepted the exhortation : but being more careful, of his own will, he went unto you. We have sent also with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel through all the churcbes : and not that only, but he was also ordained. by the churches companion of our travels, for this grace, which is administered to us to the glory of the Lord, and our determined will : avoiding this, lest any man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us. For we forecast what may be good not only before God, but also before men.
And we have sent with them our brother also, whom we have proved diligent in
many things: but now much more diligent, with much confidence in you, either for Titus, who is my companion and fellow-labourer towards you, or our brethren, the apostles of the churches, the glory of Christ. Wherefore shew ye to them, in the sight of the churches, the evidence of your charity, and of our boasting on your behalf.
The Gospel. Luke x. 1.9. At that time: The Lord appointed other seventy-two : and he sent them two and two before his face into' every city and place whither he was to come.
And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his barvest. Go : bebold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes ; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not; it shall return to you.
And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have. For the labourer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house, And into what city sos ever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you ; and heal the sick that are therein, and say to theni : The ki
om of God is come nigh unto you.'
SS. Simon and Jude's Day.
The Collect, O God, who by thy blessed apostles, Simon and Jude, hast taught us to know thee; grant that We may solemnize their eternal glory with true devotion, and by observing their festival bę improved in the love of thee. Thro'.
The Epistle. Ephes, iv. 7. 15. Brethren: To every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high he led captivity captive : he gave gifts to men.
Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth. He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.
The Gospel. John xv. 17. 21. At that time: Jesus said to his disciples : These things I command you, that you love one another. if the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own : but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than the master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for
my name's sake : because they know not him that sent me.
If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin : but now they have no excuse for their sin. He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among
them the works that no other man hath done, the world would not have sin : but now they have both sten and hated both me and my Father. But that the word may be fulfilled, which is write ten in their law: They hated me without cause.
All Saints' Day.*
The Collect. ALMIGHTY and eternal God, by whose favour we honour, on one solemnity, the merits of all thy saints : grant we may obtain a plentiful blessing of thy so much desired mercy, since we have so many petitioners in our behalf. Thro'.
For the Epistle. Rev. vj. 2. 12. In those days: Behold J, John, saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying: Hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we have signed the servants of our God in their forea head. And I heard the number of them that were signed, an hundred forty-four thousand were signed of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda, were twelve thonsand signed: Of the tribe of Ruben, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Gad, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Aser, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Nephthali, were twelve thousand signed : Of the tribe of Manasses, were twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Simeon, were twelve thou
* As the Saints in heaven consist of a great multitude which no man can number (Apoc. 7. 9) The church ts necessarily prevented from making a particular cominemaration of each, and has therefore appointed this day for uniting with the whole charch triumpbant in praising the Almighty for that transcendant glory with which he has crowaed his elect. It was called by our-Saxon ancestors ALL-BALLOWS.