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The Epiphanie.

At Mattins.

The Firste Lesson, Isa. lx. unto the ende.
The ii Lesson, Luke iii. "And it fortuned," unto the ende.

At the Communion.

Cantate Domino. Psalm xcvi.

O SYNG unto the Lorde a newe song : sing unto the Lorde all the whole yearth.
    Syng unto the Lorde, and prayse his name : be tellyng of his salvacion from daye to daye.
    Declare his honour unto the heathen : and his wonders unto all people.
    For the Lord is great, and cannot worthely he praised : he is more to bee feared than all Goddes.
    As for all the Goddes of the heathen, they bee but ydolles; but it is the Lorde that made the heavens.
    Glory and woorshyp are before hym : power and honoure are in his Sanctuarie.
    Ascribe unto the Lord, (O ye kinredes of the people) ascribe unto the Lorde woorship and power.
    Ascribe unto the Lord the honour due unto his Name : brynge presentes, and come into his courtes.
    O worshyp the Lorde in the beautie of holynes : let the whole earth stande in awe of hym.
    Tell it out amonge the heathen that the Lord is Kinge : and that it is he whiche hathe made the rounde worlde so fast that it cannot be moved; and howe that he shall judge the people righteouslye.
    Let the heavens rejoyse, and let the yearth be glad : let the sea make a noyse, and all that therein is.
    Let the felde be joyful and al that is in it : then shal all the trees of the wood reioyce before the Lorde.
    For he commeth, for he commeth to judge the yearth : and with rightuousnes to judge the world, and the people with his trueth.
    Glory be to the Father, &c.
    As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Collect.

O GOD, which by the leading of a starre diddest manifest thy onelye begotten sonne to the Gentiles; Mercifully graunt, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruicion of thy glorious Godhead; through Christe our Lorde.




[Luke 3:21-38]; 1549 only

The Epistle. Ephes. iii.

FOR thys cause I Paule am a priesoner of Jesus Christe for you heathen; yf ye have heard of the ministracion of the grace of God, which is geven me to you-ward. For by revelacyon shewed he the misterie unto me, as I wrote afore in a few woordes, wherby when ye reade, ye maye understande my knowledge in the misterye of Christe; which misterie in times passed was not opened unto the sonnes of men, as it is nowe declared unto his holy apostles and prophetes by the spirite: that the Gentiles should be inheritors also, and of the same bodye, and partakers of his promise in Christ, by the meanes of the Gospel, whereof I am made a minister, accordyng to the gifte of the grace of god which is geven unto me after the workyng of his power. Unto me the leaste of all saintes is this grace geven, that I shoulde preache amonge the Gentiles the unsearcheable riches of Christe, and to make all men see what the felowship of the misterie is, whiche from the beginnyng of the worlde, hath bene hyd in God whiche made al thinges through Jesus Christe: to thentente, that nowe unto the rulers and powers in heavenly thinges, might be knowen, by the congregacion the manifolde wisedome of God accordyng to the eternall purpose which he wrought in Christ Jesu our lord: by whom wee have boldenesse and entraunce with the confidence which is by the faith of him.



[Ephesians 3:1-12]

The Gospel. Matt. ii.

WHEN Jesus was borne in Bethleem a city of Jury [Jewry, i. e., Judea], in the tyme of Herode the kyng: Behold there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, salyng: where is he that is borne king of Jewes? For we have sene his starre in the East, and are come to worship him. When Herode the kyng had heard these thynges, he was troubled, and all the citie of Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered al the chief priestes and scribes of the people together, he demaunded of them, where Christe shoulde be borne. And they said unto him, At Bethleem in Jurie. For thus it is written by the prophete; And thou, Bethleem, in the land of Jury, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for oute of thee there shall come unto me the capitain that shal governe my people Israel. Then Herode (when he had prievely called the wise men) he inquired of them diligentlye what time the starre appeared, and he bad them go to Bethleem, and said go your waie thither, and serche diligentelye for the childe. And when ye have found him, bring me woord again, that I maie come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and loe, the starre whiche thei sawe in the Easte, wente beefore them, tyll it came and stoode over the place where the child was. When thei saw the starre thei were exceadyng glad, and wente into the house, and founde the child with Marie his mother, and fel downe flat and woorshipped him, and opened their treasures and offred unto hym gyftes: Golde, Frankinsence, and Mirre. And after they were warned of God in slepe, (that they shoulde not go again to Herode,) they returned into their owne countrey another waie.



[Matthew 2:1-12]


At Evensong.

    The Firste Lesson, Esai. xlix. unto the ende.
    The ii Lesson, John ii. "After this he wente doune Capernaum," unto the ende.

[John 2:12-25]; 1549 only


The firste Sonday after the Epiphanye.

Usquequo, Domine? Psalm xiii.

HOW long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever? howe long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
    How long shall I seke counsayle in my soule, and be so vexed in my heart : how long shal mine enemie triumph over me?
    Consider, and heare me, o Lorde my God: lighten myne iyes, that I slepe not in death.
    Lest myne enemie saie, I have prevailed againste him : for if I be caste down, they that trouble me will rejoyce at it.
    But my trust is in thy mercye : and my harte is joyful in thy salvacion.
    I wil sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me : (ye I wyll prayse the name of the Lorde most Highest.)
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the begynnyng, &c.

The Collect.

LORDE we beseche the mercyfullye to receive the praiers of thy people which cal upon thee; and graunt that they maie both perceave and knowe what thinges they ought to do, and also have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same [through Jesus Christ our lord]*.

* added 1552.

The Epistle. Rom. xii.

I BESECHE you therfore brethren, by the mercyfulnesse of God, that ye make youre bodies a quicke sacrifice, holy, and acceptable unto God, which is your resonable servyng of god, and fashion not yourselfes like unto this world; but be ye chaunged in your shape by the renuing of your minde, that ye maie prove what thing that good, and acceptable, and perfect wil of god is. For I saye (throughe the grace that unto me geven is) to everye man amonge you, that no man stand hygh in his owne conceite, more than it becommeth him to esteme of himself; but so judge of hymselfe, that he be gentle and sobre, accordyng as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith: for as we have many membres in one body, and all membres have not one office; so we being many, are one body in Christ, and every man among ourselves, one anothers members.



[Romans 12:1-5]

The Gospel, Luke ii.

THE father and mother of Jesus wente to Hierusalem after the custome of the feast day. And when they had fulfilled the dayes; as they returned home, the child Jesus abode stil in Jerusalem, and his father and mother knewe not of it: but they supposyng hym to have beene in the cumpanye, came a dayes joumey, and sought him among their kinsfolke and acquaintaunce. And when they found him not, they went backe agayn to Jerusalem, and soughte him. And it fortuned that after three dayes, they founde him in the temple sitting in the middest of the doctours [=teachers, rabbis], hearyng them, and posing [questioning] them. And all that heard him were astonied [astonished] at his understanding and answers.
    And when they saw him, they merveiled, and his mother sayd unto hym; Sonne why haste thou thus dealte with us? Beholde, thy father and I have sought thee sorowing. And he said unto them: how happened it that ye sought me? wist [=know] ye not that I must go about my fathers busines? And they understode not that saying, which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient unto them: but his mother kept all these sayinges together in her heart. And Jesus prospered in wisdom and age and in favour with god and men.



[Luke 2:41-52]


The second Sonday.

Dixit insipiens. Psalm xiiii.

THE foole hath sayd in his heart : there is no god.
    They are corrupte, and become abhominable in theyr doinges : there is not one that doth good, (no not one.)
    The Lorde boked downe from heaven upon the children of men : to see if there were any that woulde understande and seeke after God.
    But they are al gone out of the waye, they are altogether becum abominable : there is none that doth good, (no not one.)
    Their throte is an open sepulcre, with theyr tongues they have deceived : the poyson of Aspes is under theyr lippes.
    Theyr mouth is full of curssinge and bitternes : theyr feete are swift to shed bloud.
    Destruccion and unhappines is in theyr wayes, and the way of peace have they not knowen : there is no feare of God before theyr iyes.
    Have they no knowlege, that they are all suche woorkers of myschefe : eatinge up my people as it were bred, and call not upon the Lorde?
    There were they broughte in greate feare (even where no feare was) : for god is in the generacion of the righteous.
    As for you, ye have made a mocke at the counsaile of the poore : because he putteth his truste in the Lorde.
    Who shal geve salvacion unto Israell out of Syon? when the Lorde turneth the captivitie of his people : then shal Jacob rejoyce, and Israell be gladde.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the begynnyng, &c.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTIE and everlasting God, whiche doest governe all thynges in heaven and earthe: mercifully heare the supplicacions of thy people, and graunt us thy peace all the dayes of our life.

The Epistle. Rom. xii.

SEEYNG that we have dyverse gyftes, according to the grace that is geven unto us; if any man have ye gift of prophecy, let him have it, that it be agreeing to the fayth. Let him that hath an office waite on his office. Let him that teacheth, take hede to hys doctryne. Let hym that exhorteth, geve attendaunce to hys exhortacion. If any man geve, let him do it with singlenes. Let him that ruleth, doe it with diligence. If any man shew mercy, let him doe it with cherefulnes. Let love be without dissimulacion. Hate that which is evil, and cleave unto yt whiche is good. Be kynde one to another with brotherly love. In geving honor goe one before another. Be not slothful in the busines which ye have in hand. Be fervent in the spirite. Apply yourselves to the time. Rejoyce in hope; bee pacient in tribulacion. Continue in praier, distribute unto the necessitie of the saintes. Be ready to harbour [=show hospitality]. Blesse them which persecute you; blesse, I say, and curse not. Be mery with them that are merie; wepe also with them that wepe: be of like afleccion one towardes another. Bee not hie minded, but make youreselves equall to them of the lower sorte.



[Rom. 12:6-16]

The Gospel. John ii.

AND the third daye was there a mariage in Cana, a citie of Galyle, and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus was called (and hys disciples) unto the mariage. And when the wine fayled, the mother of Jesus sayde unto hym: they have no wine. Jesus said unto her, woman, what have I to do with the? mine houre is not yet come. his mother said unto the ministers; whatsoever he saieth unto you, do it. And there were standing there vi [6] waterpottes of stone, after the maner of the purifiyng of the Jewes, conteining ii or iii fyrkyns apeece. Jesus saide unto them: fil the waterpottes with water. And thei filled them up to the brimme. And he saide unto them: draw out now, and beare unto the Governour [=steward] of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler [=steward] of the feast had tasted the water that was turned into wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the ministers, which drewe the water, knewe) he called the bridegrome, and said unto him; Everie man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men be dronke, then that whiche is woorse, but thou hast kepte the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galile, and shewed hys glorye, and his dysciples beleved on him.



[John 2:1-11]


The thirde Soondaye [after the Epiphany]*.

Domine, quis habitabit? Psalm xv.

LORDE who shall dwelle in thy tabernacle? who shall reste upon thy holye hyl?
    Even he that leadeth an uncorrupte lyfe, and doth the thing whiche is right, and speaketh the trueth from his harte.
    He that hath used no deceite in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, and hath not slaundered his neighbours.
    He that setteth not by hyrnselfe, but is lowelye in his own iyes : and maketh much of them that feare the lord.
    He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and dissapointeth hym not : though it were to his owne hinderaunce.
    He that hath not geven his money unto usury : nor taken rewarde agaynst the innocente. Whoso dothe these thynges shall never fall.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the beginnyng, &c.

The Collect.

ALMYGHTYE and everlastyng God, mercifullye looke upon oure infirmities, and in al our daungiers and necessities, stretche foorth thy ryghte hande to helpe and defende us; through Christ our Lorde.


* Added late 1500's

The Epistle. Roma. xii.

BE not wise in your own opinions. Recompence to no man eivil for eivil. Provide aforehand thinges honest, not only before God, but also in the syghte of al men. If it be possible, (as much as is in you) live peaceablye with al men. Dearely beloved, avenge not youreselves, but rather geve place unto wrath. For it is written: Vengeaunce is myne; I will reward sayth the lorde. Therfore, if thyne enemie hunger, fede him, yf he thirst, geve hym drynke. For in so dooyng thou shalte heape coales of fyre on his head. Be not overcome of eivill, but overcome eivill with goodnes.



[Romans 12:16-21]

The Gospell. Matt. viii.

WHEN he was come downe from the mountaine, muche people folowed him. And beholde, there came a Lepre and worshypped hym, saiyng, Maister, if thou wilte thou canst make me cleane. And Jesus putte foorth his hande, and touched hym, saying; I wil, bee thou cleane. And immediatelye hys Leprosye was cleansed. And Jesus saide unto hym, [see thou]* tell no manne, but goe and shew thyselfe to the priest, and offer the gift (that Moses commaunded to bee offered) for a witnesse unto them.
    And when Jesus was entred into Capernaum, there came unto him a Centurion, and besought him, saying: Maister, my servaunt lyeth at home sicke of the palsey, and is grevously pained. And Jesus said, when I come unto him, I wil heale him. The Centurion aunswered, and said: Sir I am not woorthie that thou shouldeste come under my roofe; but speake the woorde onely, and my servaunt shalbe healed. For I also [my selfe]* am a man subject to the autoritie of another, and have souldiers under me: and I say to this man, goe, and he goeth; and to another man, come, and he cummeth; and to my servaunt, doe thys, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these wordes, he merveiled, and saide to them that folowed him: verely I say unto you, I have not founde so great faith in Israel. I saye unto you, that many shal come from the East, and West, and shall reste with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kyngdome of heaven. But the children of the kyngdome shalbe caste out into utter darkenes, there shalbe weping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus sayde unto the Centurion: Goe thy way, and as thou belevest so be it unto thee: and his servaunt was healed in the selfesame houre.



[Matthew 8:1-13]

* 1549 only.






The iiii Sonday[after the Epiphany]*.

Quare fremuerunt genies? Psalm ii.

WHY do the heathen so furiously rage together : and why doe the people imagyn a vaine thing?
    The kinges of the earth stande up, and the rulers take counsel together : against the lord, and against his anoynted.
    Let us breake theyr bondes asunder : and cast away theyr coardes from us.
    He that dwelleth in heaven, shall laugh them to scorne : the lorde shall have them in derision.
    Then shall he speake unto them in hys wrath, and vexe them in his sore dyspleasure.
    Yet have I set my kyng: upon my holy hill of Sion. I will preache the lawe, whereof the Lorde hath sayde unto me : thou art my sonne, this day have I begotten thee.
    Desyre of me, and I shall geve thee the heathen for thine inheritance : and the uttermost partes of the earth for thy possession.
    Thou shalt bruse them with a rod of yron : and breake them in pieces lyke a potters vessel.
    Be wise nowe therfore, o ye kinges : be learned, ye that are judges of the yearth.
    Serve the lorde in feare : and rejoyse (unto him) with reverence.
    Kisse the sonne, lest he be angrie, and so ye perish from the righte way : if his wrath be kiendled, (yea but a litle,) blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, and to the &c.
    As it was in the beginning, is nowe and ever shalbe, worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

GOD, whiche knoweste us to bee set in the middest of so many and great daungers, that for mannes fraylnes we cannot alwayes stande uprightly; Graunt to us the health of body and soule that al those thinges which we suffer for sinne, by thy helpe we may wel passe and overcome; through Christ our lorde.


* Added late 1500's

The Epistle. Rom. xiii.

LET every soule submit hymselfe unto the auctoritie of the higher powers; for there is no power but of God. The powers that be are ordeined of God, whosoever therefore resysteth power, resisteth the ordinaunce of God: But they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnacion.
    For rulers are not feareful to them that do good, but to them that do evil. Wilt thou be without feare of the power? do well then, and so shalt thou be praysed of the same: for he is the minister of God for thy wealth. But and yf thou do that which is evill, then feare, for he beareth not the swerde for naught: for he is the minister of God to take vengeaunce on hym that doth evill. Wherfore, ye must nedes obey, not onely for feare of vengeaunce, but also because of conscience: and even for this cause paye ye tribute; for they are Goddes ministers servyng for the same purpose. Geve to every man therefore his duetie; tribute, to whom tribute belongeth: custome, to whom custome is due: feare, to whom feare belongeth: honor to whom honor pertaineth.



[Romans 13:1-7]

The Gospel. Matt. viii.

AND when he entred into a ship, his disciples folowed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with waves, but he was aslepe. And his disciples came to him, and awoke hym, saying, Maister, save us, we perishe. And he sayeth unto them: Why are ye fearfull O ye of litle fayth? Then he arose, and rebuked the wynde and the sea, and there folowed a great calme. But the men mervailed, saying, What maner of man is this, that both wynde and sea obey him? And when he was come to the other syd into the countrey of the Gergesites [Gadarenes], there met hym ii possesse of devils, whiche came out of the graves, and were out of measure fierce, so that no man might go by that way. And beholde, they cryed out, saying, O Jesu, thou sonne of God, what have we to do with thee? Art thou come hither to torment us before the tyme? And there was a good way of from them a heerd of many Swine, feding. So the devils besought him, saying, I thou cast us out, suffre us to goe into the heerde of Swine. And he sayd unto them go your wayes. Then went they out and departed into the heerde of Swyne. And behold, the whole heerde of swyne was caryed hedlong into the sea, and perished in the waters. Then they that kept them, fled, and went theyr wayes into the citie, and tolde every thing, and what had happened unto the possessed of the devils. And behold, the whole citie came out to mete Jesus : and when they sawe him, they besought him that he would depart out of theyr coastes.



[Matthew 8:23-34]


The v. Sonday[after the Epiphany]*.

Exaudiat te Dominus. Psalm xx.

THE Lorde heare thee in the daye of trouble : the name of the God of Jacob defende thee;
    Sende thee helpe from the Sanctuary : and strength thee out of Sion;
    Remembre all thy offeringes : and accept thy brent-sacrifice;
    Graunt thee thy heartes desyre : and fulfyll all thy mynde.
    We will reioyce in thy salvacion, and triumph in the Name of the Lorde oure God : the Lorde perfourme all thy peticions.
    Nowe knowe I that the Lorde helpeth his annoynted, and wil heare him from his holy heaven : even with the wholsome strength of his right hand.
    Some put their trust in Chariotes, and some in horsses : but we wil remembre the name of the lorde our God.
    They are brought doune and fallen : but we are rysen, and stand upright.
    Save, lorde, and heare us, O kyng of heaven : when we call upon thee.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, and to the holy ghost.
    As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and ever shalbe, worlde withoute ende. Amen.

The Collect.

LORD, we beseche thee to kepe thy Churche and housholde continually in thy true religion; that they whiche do leane onlye upon hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore bee defended by thy mightie power; through Christ our lorde.


* Added late 1500's

The Epistle. Coloss. iii.

PUT upon you as the electe of God, tendre mercy, kyndnes humblenes of mynd, mekenes, long-suffryng, forbearyng one another, and forgevynge one another, if any man have a querel against another; as Christ forgave you, even so do ye. Above all these thynges put on love, which is the bond of perfectnes. And the peace of God rule in your heartes, to the whiche peace ye are called in one bodye; And see that ye bee thankefull. Let the worde of Christe dwell in you plenteously with all wisedome. Teache and exhorte your owne selves in Psalmes, and Himnes, and spiritual songes, syngyng with grace in your hartes to the lorde. And whatsoever ye doe, in woorde or deede, doe all in the name of the lorde Jesu, gevyng thankes to God the father by him.



[Colossians 3:12-17]

The Gospel. Matt. xiii.

THE kyngdome of heaven is like unto a manne whiche sowed good sede in his felde: but while men slept, his enemy came, and sowed tares [=vetch, or weeds] amonge the wheat, and went his waye. But when the blade was sprong up, and had brought furth fruite, then appeared the tares also. So the servauntes of the housholder came, and said unto him: Sir, diddest not thou sowe good seede in thy felde? from whence then hath it tares? he sayde unto theim, the envyous man hath done this. The servauntes sayd unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and wede them up? But he saide, naye; leste whyle ye gather up the tares, ye plucke up also the wheat with them: lette bothe growe together until the harvest; and in tyme of harvest I will say to the reapers: gather ye fyrste the tares, and bynde them together in sheves to be brent: but gather the wheat into my barne.

The vi sonday (if there be so many) shall have the same [psalme,]* Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, that was upon the v.



[Matthew 13:24-30]

* 1549 only

The sonday called Septuagesima.

Dominus regit. Psalm xxiii.

THE Lorde is my sheparde : therefore can I lacke nothyng.
    He shall feede me in a grene pasture : and leade me foorth beside the waters of comfort.
   He shall converte my soule : and brynge me foorth in the pathes of righteousnes; for his names sake.
    Yea, though I walke thorough the valley of the shadowe of death, I will feare no evill : for thou art wyth me; thy rod and thy staffe comfort me.
    Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : thou haste annoynted my heade with oyle, and my cup shalbe full.
    But thy lovyng-kyndnes and mercy shall folowe me all the dayes of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the lorde for ever.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne : and to the holy ghost.
    As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe and ever shall be: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

O LORD, we beseche thee favourably to heare the praiers of thy people; that we whiche are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodnes, for the glory of thy name, through Jesu Christ our savior, who liveth and reigneth, &c.

Variable endings to this collect in different Books.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix.

PERCEYVE ye not, how that they whiche runne in a course runne all, but one receiveth the reward? So runne that ye may obtayne: Every man that proveth masteries, abstayneth from all thinges. Arid they do it to obtain a crowne that shall perishe, but we to obtayne an everlastyng crowne. I therefore so runne not as at an uncertain thyng. So fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre: but I tame my body, and bryng it into subjeccion, lest by any meanes it come to pass, that when I have preached to other, I myselfe should be a cast-away.



[1 Cor. 9:24-27]

The Gospell. Matt. xx.

THE kyngdome of heaven is like unto a manne that is an housholder, whiche went out early in the mornyng to hyre laborers into his vyneyarde. And when the agrement was made with the laborers for a peny a day, he sent them into his vyneyarde. And he went out about the third houre and sawe other standyng idle in the marketplace, and sayd unto them: Go ye also into the vyneyarde, and whatsoever is right I will geve you. And they went theyr way. Againe he went out about the vi. and ix. houre, and did lykewise. And about the xi. houre he went out, and founde other standyng idle, and sayd unto them; why stande ye here all the day idle? They sayd unto hym ; because no man hath hyred us. He sayeth unto them, Go ye also into the vineyarde, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receyve.
    So, when even [evening] was come, the lorde of the vyneyarde sayd unto his steward: call the laborers and geve them their hyre, beginnyng at the last untill the first. And when they did come that came about the xi. houre, they received every man a penny: But when the first came also, they supposed that they should have receyved more, and they lykewyse receyved every man a penny. And when they had receyved it, they murmured against the good-man of the house, saying: these last have wrought [worked] but one houre, and thou hast made them equall with us, whiche have borne the burthen and heate of the day. But he answered unto one of them, and sayd: Frende, I do thee no wrong, diddest thou not agree with me for a penny? Take that thyne is, and go thy way; I wyll geve unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawfull for me to do as me lusteth ["listeth" in Great Bible & Tyndale, =desire] with myne owne goodes? Is thyne eye evill because I am good?, So the last shalbe first, and the first shalbe last. For many. be called, and fewe chosen.



[Matthew 20:1-16]


The Sunday called Sexagesima.

At the Communion.

Domini est terra. Psalm xxiv.

THE yearth is the lordes, and all that therin is : the compass of the worlde, and they that dwell therin.
    For he hath founded it upon the seas: and prepared it upon the fluddes.
    Who shall ascende into the hyl of the Lorde? or who shall rise up in his holy place?
    Even he that hath cleane handes, and a pure heart : and that hath not lyft up his mynde unto vanitie, nor sworne to deceyve his neyghbour.
    He shall receyve the blessyng from the Lorde : and righteousnes from the God of his salvacion.
    This is the generacion of them that seke hym : even of them that seke thy face, O Jacob.
    Lyft up your heades O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlastyng doores, and the kyng of glory shall come in.
    Who is the kyng of glory : it is the Lord strong and mightie even the Lorde mightie in battail.
    Lift up your heades (O ye gates) and be ye lift up ye everlasting doores : and the kyng of glory shall come in.
    Who is this kyng of glory : even the lorde of hostes, he is the kyng of glory.
    Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, &c.
    As it was in the begynning, is now, &c.

The Collect.

LORDE GOD, whiche seest that we put not our trust in any thyng that we do; mercyfully graunt that by thy power we may be defended against al adversitie; through Jesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi.

YE suffre fooles gladly, seyng ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffre if a man bring you into bondage: yf a man devoure: yf a man take: if a man exalte himselfe: if a man smite you on the face. I speake as concernyng rebuke, as though we had been weake in this behalfe. Howbeit, wherinsoever any man dare be bolde (I speake folishly) I dare be bolde also. They are Hebrues, even so am I. They are Israelytes, even so am I. They are the seede of Abraham, even so am I. They are the ministers of Christ, (I speake as a foole) I am more: In labours more aboundaunt: In stripes above measure: In prison more plenteously: In death ofte: Of the Jewes five tymes received I xl. stripes save one: Thrise was I beaten with roddes: I was once stoned. I suffered thrise shipwracke. Night and day have I been in the depe sea. In jorneying often; in parels [perils] of waters, in parels of robbers; in jeopardyes of myne owne nacion; in jeopardyes among the heathen; in parels in the citie; in parels in wyldernes; in parels in the sea; in parels among false brethren; in labour and travayle; in watchynges often; in hunger and thirst; in fastynges often; in colde and in nakednes; besyde the thynges whiche outwardly happen unto me. I am combred [=troubled] dayly, and do care for al congregacions. Who is weake, and I am not weake? who is offended, and I burne not? If I muste nedes boast, I wyl boast of the thynges that concerne myne infirmities. The God and father of our lorde Jesus Christ, whiche is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lye not.



[2 Cor. 11:19-31]

The Gospel. Luke viii.

WHEN muche people were gathered together, and were come to hym out of all cities, he spake by a similitude [=parable]: The sower went out to sowe his seede: and as he sowed, some fell by the way-syde, and it was troden doune, and the foules of the ayre devoured it up. And some fell on stones, and as sone as it was sprong up, it withered awaye, because it lacked moystnes. And some fell among thornes, and the thornes sprang up with it and choked it. And some fell on good ground, and sprong up, and bare fruite an hundreth-folde. And as he sayd these thinges, he cryed; he that hath eares to heare, let him heare. And his disciples asked hym, saying, what maner of similitude is this? And he sayd; unto you it is geven to know the kyngdome of God, but to other by parables; that when they see, they should not see, and when they heare they should not understande. The parable is this: The seede is the worde of God: those that are beside the way, are they that heare: then commeth the devil and taketh the worde out of their hartes, leste they should beleve, and be saved. They on the stones, are they whiche when they heare, receive the woorde with joye; and these have no rotes [roots], whiche for a while beleve, and in tyme of temptacion go away. And that whiche fell among thornes, are they whiche when they have heard, go furth, and are choked with cares, and riches, and voluptuous lyving, and bryng furth no fruite. That whiche fell in the good grounde, are they whiche with a pure and good heart, heare the woorde and kepe it, and bryng furth fruite through pacience.



[Luke 8:4-15]


The Sonday called Quinquagesima.

Judica me Domine. Psalm xxvi.

BE thou my judge, O lorde, for I have walked innocently : my trust hath been also in the lorde, therfore shal I not fal.
    Examyne me, O Lord, and prove me : trye out my reynes and my heart.
    For thy lovyng-kyndnes is before myne eyes : and I will walke in thy trueth.
    I have not dwelt with vaine persons : neither wil I have felowship with the deceiptful.
    I have hated the congregacion of the wicked : and will not syt among the ungodly.
    I will washe my handes in innocency, O lorde: and so will I go to thine aulter;
    That I may shewe the voyce of thankesgevyng : and tell of all thy wonderous workes.
    Lorde, I have loved the habitacion of thy house : and the place where thyne honor dwelleth.
    O shut not up my soule with the synners : nor my life with the bloudthirsty;
    In whose handes is wickednes : and their right hande is full of giftes.
    But as for me I will walke innocently : O lorde deliver me, and be mercyful unto me.
    My foote standeth righte : I will praise the Lorde in the congregacions.
    Glory be to the father, &c.
    As it was in the &c.

The Collect.

O LORDE whiche doeste teache us that all our doynges withoute charitie are nothyng woorthe; sende thy holy ghost, and powre into our heartes that most excellent gyft of charitie, the very bond of peace and al vertues, without the whiche whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee: Graunte this for thy onlye sonne, Jesus Christes sake.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii.

THOUGH I speake with the tongues of men and of angels, and have no love, I am even as sounding brasse, or as a tynklyng Cimbal. And thoughe I could prophecy, and understande all secretes, and all knowlege; yea, if I have al faith, so that I coulde move mountaines out of their places, and yet have no love, I am nothyng. And thoughe I bestowe all my goodes to fede the poore, and thoughe I gave my bodye even that I burned, and yet have no love, it profyteth me nothyng. Love suffreth longe, and is curteous; love envieth not; love dothe not frowardely, swelleth not, dealeth not dishonestly, seketh not her owne, is not provoked to anger, thynkethe none evyll, rejoyseth not in iniquitie. But rejoyseth in the trueth, suffreth all thynges, beleveth all thynges, hopeth all thynges, endureth all thyengs.
    Thoughe that propheciyng fayle, either tongues cease, or knowlege vanishe awaye, yet love falleth never awaye. For our knowlege is unperfecte, and our prophecying is unperfecte: But when that, which is perfect, is come, then that whiche is unperfect shalbee done awaye. When I was a childe I spake as a chylde; I understode as a childe, I imagined as a chylde. But as sone as I was a man, I put away childishnes. Nowe we see in a glasse, even in a darke speakyng; but then shall wee see face to face. Nowe I knowe unperfectely, but then shall I know even as I am knowen. Nowe abideth fayth, hope, and love: even these thre; but the chiefe of these is love.



[1 Cor. 13:1-13]

The Gospell. Luke xviii.

JESUS toke unto him the xii, and sayd unto them: beholde, we go up to Jerusalem, and all shalbe fulfylled that are written by the Prophetes, of the sonne of man. For he shalbe delivered unto the gentyles, and shalbe mocked and despitefully intreated, and spitted on. And when they have scourged him, they will. put hym to death, and the third day he shall ryse again. And they understode none of these thinges. And this saying was hyd from them, so that they perceyved not the thynges whiche were spoken. And it came to passe, that as he was come nigh unto Hierico [Jericho], a certain blind man sate by the hyewayside beggyng. And when he heard the people passe by, he asked what it meant. And they sayd unto him, that Jesus of Nazareth passed by. And he cried, saying: Jesu thou sonne of David have mercy on me. And they whiche went before rebuked hym, that he shoulde hold his peace. But he cryed so muche the more, thou sonne of David have mercy on me. And Jesus stoode styll, and commaunded him to he brought unto hym. And when he was come nere, he asked hym, saying, what wilt thou that I do unto the and he sayd, Lord, that I may receyve my sight. And Jesus sayd unto him, receive thy syght, thy faith hath saved thee. And immediatly, he receyved his syght, and folowed hym, praysing God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.



[Luke 18:31-43]

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