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¶ The xvii Sondaye.
Mirabilia. Psalm cxix.
are wonderful : therfore doeth my soule kepe them.
LORD we praye
thee that thy grace maye alwayes prevente [=go
before] and folowe us, and make us continuallye to be geven to
all good workes thorough Jesus Christe our Lorde.
"after Trinity" added to the titles of each of the Sundays, in the late 1500's
The Epistle. Ephes. iv.
I (WHICH am a
prisoner of the Lordes) exhorte you that ye walke worthy of the vocacion
wherwith ye are called, with al lowlines and mekenes, with humblenes
of mynde, forbearyng one another through love, and be dylygente to kepe
the unytie of the spirite through the bonde of peace, beyng one bodye
and one spirite, even as ye are called in one hope of youre callyng.
Let there be but one Lorde, one faith, one baptisme, one God and father
of all, whiche is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The Gospel. Luke xiv.
IT chaunced that Jesus went into the house of one of the chiefe Pharises, to eate breade on the Sabboth daye; and they watched him. And behold, there was a certaine man before him which had the dropsie. And Jesus aunswered and spake unto the lawiers and pharises, saiyng. Is it laweful to heale on the Sabboth day? And they held theyr peace. And he toke hym, and healed him, and let him go; and answered them, saiyng; which of you shal have an Asse or an Oxe fallen into a pit, and wil not straightwaie pul him oute on the Sabboth day? And they could not aunswere him again to these thinges. He put forth also a similitude [=parable] to the gestes, when he marked how they preaced [pressed] to bee in the hiest roumes [=places], and sayed unto them; when thou arte bidden of any man to a weddyng, sit not doune in the highest roume, leste a more honorable man than thou, be bidden of hym, and he (that had hym and thee) come and saye to thee; geve this man roume, and thou then begin with shame to take the lowest roume. But rather when thou arte bidden, go and sit in the lowest roume, that when he that bad thee cometh, he maye saye unto thee, frende, sit up hier. Then shalte thou have worship, in the presence of them that sit at meate with thee. For whosoever exalteth himselfe, shalbe brought lowe, and he that humbleth hymselfe, shalbe exalted.
¶ The xviii Sondaye.
Justus es, Domine. Psalm cxix.
thou, O Lorde : and true is thy judgement.
LORDE we beseche
thee, graunt thy people grace to avoyde the infeccions of the Devil,
and with pure harte and mynde to folowe thee the onelye God; Through
Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. i.
I THANKE my god
alwaies on your behalfe, for the grace of God, whych is gyven you by
Jesus Christe, that in all thynges ye are made riche by hym, in al utteraunce,
and in al knowleage, by the whiche thynges, the testimonye of Jesus
Christe, was confirmed in you, so that ye are behinde in no gift; waityng
for the apperyng of oure Lorde Jesus Christe, which shall also strength
you unto the ende, that ye maie be blameles, in the daye of the commyng
of oure Lorde Jesus Christ.
[1 Cor. 1:4-8]
The Gospell. Matt. xxii.
WHEN the Phariseis had harde, that Jesus dyd put the Saduces to silence, they came together, and one of them (which was a doctor of lawe) asked hym a question, temptyng hym, and saying; Maister, whiche is the greatest Commaundement in the lawe? Jesus saied unto hym; Thou shalte love the Lord thy God with all thy harte, and with all thy soule, and with all thy mynde. This is the firste and greatest commaundement. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalte love thy neighbour as thyselfe. In these twoo commaundementes hang all the lawe and the prophetes. While the Phariseis were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying; what thynke ye of Christ? whose sonne is he? They sayed unto him; the sonne of David. He saied unto them; how then doeth David in the spirite, call hym Lord? saying; The Lord sayed unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till I make thyne enemies thy footestoole. If David then call hym Lorde, how is he then his sonne? And no manne was able to aunswere hym any thyng, neither durst [=dared] any man (from that daye furthe) aske hym any mo [more] questions.
The xix Sundaie.
Clamavi. Psalm cxix.
CALL with my whole harte : heare me, O Lord, I wyll kepe thy statutes.
GOD, for asmuche as without thee, we are not able to please thee; Graunte
that the workyng of thy mercie maye in all thynges directe and rule
our heartes; Through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. Ephes. iv.
THIS I saye, and
testifie through the Lord, that ye hencefoorth walke not as other Gentiles
walke, in vanitie of their mynde; while they are blinded in their understandyng,
being farre from a godly life, by the meanes of the ignorancie that
is in them, and because of the blindnesse of their heartes, whiche,
beyng past repentaunce, have geven themselves over unto wantonnes, to
woorke all manner of unclennes, even with gredines. But ye have not
so learned Christe. If so bee that ye have heard of hym, and have been
taught in him, as the trueth is in Jesu (as concernyng the conversacion
in time past) to laye [=put
off] from you that olde man, which is corrupt, accordyng to the
deceiveable [deceitful] lustes. To be renued
also in the spirite of your mynde, and to putte on that newe man, whiche
after God, is shapen in righteousnes and true holynes. Wherfore put
awaie lying, and speake every man trueth unto his neighbour, forasmuche
as we are members one of another. Be angery and synne not: Let not the
Sunne go doune upon your wrathe, neither geve place to the backbiter.
Lette hym that stole, steale no more, but lette him rather laboure with
his handes the thing whiche is good, that he maye geve unto hym that
nedeth. Let no filthy communicacion procede out of your mouthe: But
that whiche is good to edifie withall, as oft as nede is, that it maye
minister grace unto the hearers. And greve not ye the holy spirite of
God, by whome ye are sealed unto the daie of redempcion. Let all bitternesse
and fearsenesse, and wrath, and roaryng, and cursed speakyng, be put
awaye from you, with all maliciousnes. Be ye curteous one to another,
mercifull, forgeving one another, even as God for Christes sake hathe
The Gospell. Matt. ix.
JESUS entred into a shippe and passed over, and came into his owne Citie: And beholde, they broughte to hym a manne sicke of the Palsey, lying in a bed. And when Jesus sawe the faith of them, he saied unto the sicke of the Palsey; Sonne bee of good chere, thy synnes be forgeven thee. And behold, certaine of the Scribes saied within themselves; this manne blasphemeth. And when Jesus sawe their thoughtes, he saied; wherfore thinke ye evill in your heartes? Whether is it easyer to saye, they synnes be forgeven thee? or to saye arise and walke? But that ye maye knowe that the sonne of manne hathe power to forgeve synnes in yearth; Then sayeth he unto the sick of the Palsey; Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thyne house. And he arose, and departed to his house: But the people that sawe it, merveiled and glorified God, whiche had geven suche power unto men.
The xx Sondaie.
Vide humilitatem meam. Ps. cxix.
CONSIDRE myne adversitie and deliver me : For I do not forget thy lawe.
and merciful God, of thy bountiful goodnes, kepe us from all thynges
that maye hurte us; that we, beyng ready bothe in body and soule, maye
with free heartes accomplishe those thynges that thou wouldest have
doen; Through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. Ephes. v.
TAKE hede therefore,
howe ye walke circumspectelye: not as unwise, but as wise menne, wynnyng
occasion, because the dayes are evill. Wherfore be ye not unwise, but
understand what the wyll of the Lorde is, and be not dronken with wine,
wherin is excesse: But be filled with the spirite, speaking unto yourselves
in Psalmes, and Hymnes, and spirituall songes, syngyng and makyng melody
to the Lorde in your hartes, gevyng thankes alwayes for all thynges
unto God the father, in the name of our Lorde Jesus Christe: submittyng
yourselves one to another, in the feare of God.
The Gospell. Matt. xxii.
JESUS saied to his disciples; The kyngdome of heaven is lyke unto a man that was a Kyng, whiche made a Mariage for his sonne, and sent furthe his servauntes, to call them that were bid to the weddyng, and they would not come. Agayne he sent furth other servauntes, saying; Tell them whiche are bidden; beholde, I have prepared my diner, myne Oxen and my fatlinges are kylled, and al thinges are redy, come unto the Mariage. But they made lighte of it, and wente their wayes; One to his farme place, another to his Marchaundise, and the remnaunte tooke his servauntes, and intreated them shamefully, and slewe them. But when the Kyng heard thereof, he was wrothe [=angry], and sente furthe his men of warre, and destroyed those murtherers, and brent [burnt] up their citie. Then sayed he to his servauntes; the Mariage indede is prepared, but they whiche were bidden, were not worthy: Go ye therfore out into the hyewayes: and as many as ye finde, bid them to the mariage. And the servauntes went furthe into the hyewayes, and gathered together all, as many as they could finde, bothe good and bad, and the weddyng was furnished with gestes. Then the King came in to see the gestes, and when he spied there a man, whiche had not on a wedding garment, he sayed unto hym; frende, howe cammest thou in hither not havyng a wedding Garment? And he was even speacheles. Then sayed the Kyng to the ministers; take and bynde hym hande and foote, and caste hym into utter darkenesse, there shalbe weping and gnashing of teeth. For many be called, but fewe are chosen.
¶ The xxi Sondaie.
Principes persecuti. Psalm cxix.
PRINCES have persecuted
me withoute cause : But my hart standeth in awe of thy wordes.
GRAUNT we beseche
thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithfull people pardon and peace, that
they maye bee clensed from all. their synnes, and serve thee with a
quiet mynde. Through Jesus Christ our Lorde.
The Epistle. Ephes. vi.
MY brethren, be
strong through the lord, and through the power of his might. Put on
all the armoure of god, that ye may stande agaynst the assaultes of
the devill: for we wrestle not against bloude and fleshe, but againste
rule, against power, against worldly rulers, even governours of the
darkenesse of this world, against spinituall craftinesse, in heavenly
thynges. Wherfore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye maye
be able to resist in the evill daie, and stande perfect in al thynges.
Stande therfore and your loynes girde with the trueth, havyng on the
breste plate of nighteousnesse, and havyng shoes on your feete, that
ye may be prepared for the gospel of peace. Above all, take to you the
of faith, wherwith ye maie quenche all the fiery dartes of the wicked;
and take the helmet of salvacion, and the sworde of the spirite, whiche
is the worde of God. And praie alwayes with all maner of prayer, and
supplicacion in the spirite, and watch thereunto with all instaunce
and supplicacion, for all sainctes, and for me; that utteraunce maye
bee geven unto me, that I maye open my mouthe frely, to utter the secretes
of my Gospell (wherof I am a messenger in bondes,) that therein I maye
speake frely, as I oughte to speake.
The Gospel. John iv.
THERE was a certaine Ruler, whose sonne was sicke at Capernaum. As sone as the same heard, that Jesus was come out of Jewry [=Judea] into Galile, he went unto him, and besought hym that he would come doune and heale his sonne. For he was even at the poinct of death. Then saied Jesus unto him; except ye see signes and wonders, ye wil not beleve. The Ruler saieth unto him; Sir, come doune or ever that my sonne dye. Jesus sayeth unto hym; Go thy waye, thy sonne liveth. The manne beleved the woorde that Jesus had spoken unto hym. And he wente his waye. And as he was goyng doune, the servauntes mette hym, and told hym, saying; thy sonne liveth. Then enquired he of them the houre, when he heganne to amende. And thy saied unto hym; yesterdaie at the seventh houre, the fever left him. So the father knew that it was the same houre, in the whiche Jesus saied unto hym. Thy sonne liveth, and he beleved, and all his houshold. This is agayn the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Jewry into Galile.
¶ The xxii Sondaye.
Appropinquet deprecatio. Ps. cxix.
LET my complainte
come before thee, O Lorde : Geve me understandyng accordyng unto thy
LORDE we beseche
thee to kepe thy housholde the churche in continuall godlines; that
throughe thy proteccion it maye be free from al adversities, and devoutly
geven to serve thee in good workes, to the glory of thy name; Through
Jesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.
The Epistle Philipp. i.
I THANKE my God
with all remembraunce of you alwayes in al my praiers for you, and praye
with gladnes; Because ye are come into the felowship of the Gospell,
from the firste daye unto nowe. And am surelye certified of this, that
he whiche hath begon a good worke in you, shall performe it untill the
daie of Jesus Christe: as it becommeth me, so judge I of you all, because
I have you in my heart; forasmuche as ye are all companions of grace
with me, even in my bondes, and in the defendyng and stablishyng of
the Gospell: for god is my recorde, how greatly I long after you all
from the very heart rote [=affection]
in Jesus Christ. And this I praye, that your love maye increase yet
more and more in knowlege, and in al understandyng, that ye maye accept
the thinges that are moste excellent, that ye maye be pure, and suche
as offende no man, until the daye of Christe, beyng filled with the
fruite of righteousnes, whiche commeth by Jesus Christ, unto the glory
and prayse of God.
The Gospell. Matt. xviii.
PETER saied unto Jesus; lorde how oft shall I forgeve my brother, if he sinne against me, till seven tymes? Jesus sayeth unto hym; I saye not unto thee untill seven tymes; but seventie tymes seven times. Therfore is the kyngdome of heaven likened unto a certaine man that was a kyng, whiche would take accoumptes of his servauntes. And when he had begon to recken, one was brought unto hym, whiche ought [owed] hym tenne M  talentes, but forasmuche as he was not able to paye, his lord commaunded hym to be solde, and his wife and children, and al that he had, and paiment to be made. The servaunt fell doune, and besought hym, saying; syr, have pacience with me, and I will paye thee all. Then had the lorde pitie on that servaunt, and loced hym, and forgave hym the debt. So the same servaunt went out, and found one of his felowes, whiche ought him an c  pence, and he layed handes on hym, and toke hym by the throte, saying; paye that thou owest. And his felowe fell doune, and besought hym, saying; have pacience with me, and I will paye thee all. And he would not, but went and caste hym into pryson, till he shoulde paye the debt. So, when his felowes sawe what was doen, they were verye sorye, and came and tolde unto their Lorde all that had happened. Then his Lord called him and sayd unto hym. O thou ungracious servaunt, I forgave thee all that debte, when thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy felowe, even as I had pitie on thee? And his lorde was wroth, and delivered hym to the Jaylers, till he shoulde paye all that was due unto hym: So likewyse shall my heavenly father do also to you, yf ye from your hartes forgeve not (every one his brother) their trespaces.
¶ The xxiii Sondaye.
Nisi quia Dominus. Psalm cxxiv.
IF the Lorde himselfe
had not been on our side (now maye Israell saye) : if the Lorde hymselfe
hadde not been on our side, when men rose up against us;
GOD, our refuge
and strength, which art the author of all godlines, be ready to heare
the devoute prayers of thy churche; and graunt that those thynges which
we aske faithfully we maye obteine effectually; through Jesu Christe
our lorde. Amen.
The Epistle. Philipp. iii.
BRETHREN, be folowers
together of me, and looke on them which walke even so, as ye have us
for an example. For many walke (of whom I have tolde you often and now
tell you weping,) that they are the enemyes of the crosse of Christe,
whose ende is damnacion, whose bely is theyr god, and glory to their
shame, whiche are worldly mynded. But our conversacion [=citizenship]
is in heaven, from whence we looke for the savioure, even the Lord Jesus
Christ, which shal chaunge our vyle body, that he maye make it lyke
unto his glorious body, accordyng to the working, whereby he is able
also to subdue al thynges unto hymselfe.
The Gospell. Matt. xxii.
THEN the Phariseis went out and toke counsayl, howe they mighte tangle hym in his wordes. And they sent out unto hym their disciples with Herodes servauntes, saying; Maister, we know that thou arte true, and teachest the waye of God truly, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the out ward appearaunce of men. Tel us therfore, how thinkest thou? Is it lawfull that tribute be geven unto Cesar, or not? But Jesus perceyving their wickednes, said; Why tempt ye me ye ypocrites? Shew me the tribute-money. And they tooke him a peny. And he sayed unto them; whose is this Image and superscripcion [=inscription]? they saied unto hym, Cesars: Then saied he unto them; geve therfore unto Cesar the thinges whiche are Cesars; and unto God, those thinges that are Goddes. When they had hearde these wordes, they mervayled, and left hym, and wente their waye.
¶ The xxiiii Sondaye.
Qui confidunt. Psalm cxxv.
THEY that pute
their truste in the lord shalbe even as the mount Syon : which maye
not be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
LORD we beseche
thee, assoyle [absolve] thy people from their
offences, that through thy bountiful goodnes we maye bee delyvered from
the handes of all those synnes, whiche by our frayltye we have committed
: Graunt this, &c.
The Epistle. Coloss. i.
WE geve thankes
to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christe, alwayes for you in our
prayers; for we have heard of your fayth in Christ Jesu, and of the
love whiche ye beare to all saynctes; for the hopes sake whyche is layde
up in store for you in heaven, of whych hope ye heard before by the
true worde of the gospel, which is come unto you even as it is, fruitfull,
and groweth as it is also among you, from the daye in the whiche ye
heard of it, and had experience in the grace of god through the truth,
as ye learned of Epaphra, our deare fellowe servaunt, which is for you
a faythfull minister of Christe, whyche also declared unto us youre
love which ye have in the spirite. For this cause we also, ever sence
the daye we heard of it, have not ceased to pray for you, and to desyre
that ye myght be fulfylled with the know ledge of hys will in all wisdome
and spiritual understandyng: that ye myght walke worthy of the Lorde,
that in all thynges ye maye please, being fruitefull in all good workes,
and encreasyng in the knowledge of God, strengthed with all myght, through
his glorious power, unto al pacience and longsufferyng with joifulnesse,
geving thankes unto the father, which hath made us meete to be partakers
of the inherytaunce of sainctes in lyght.
The Gospel. Matt. ix.
WHYLE Jesus spake unto the people, beholde, there came a certaine ruler, and worshipped him, saiyng; my doughter is even nowe disceased [deceased], but come and laye thy hande upon her, and she shall lyve. And Jesus arose and folowed hym, and so dyd hys discyples. And beholde, a woman whyche was diseased with an issue of bloude twelve yeres, came behinde him and touched the hemme of his vesture. For she saide within herselfe: If I maye touche but even hys vesture only, I shalbe safe [=saved]. But Jesus turned him about, and when he sawe her, he sayde: doughter, be of good comfort, thy fayth bath made thee safe. And the woman was made whole even that same tyme. And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and sawe the mynstrelles and the people makyng a noyse, he said unto them; get you hence, for the maide is not dead but slepeth. And they laughed hym to scorne: But when the people were put furth he went in, and toke her by the hande (and sayde: damosell aryse). And the damosell arose. And thys noyse went abrode into all that lande.
¶ The xxv Sondaye.
Nisi Dominus. Psalm cxxvii.
EXCEPT the Lorde
buylde the house : their labour is but loste that buylde it.
up we beseche thee, O Lord, the wylles of thy faythfull people, that
they, plenteously bringing furth the fruite of good workes; may of thee,
be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christe our Lorde. Amen.
The Epistle. Jer. xxiii.
BEHOLD, the tyme
commeth, saith the Lord, that I wyll rayse up the righteous braunche
of David, which kyng shall beare rule, and he shall prosper with wysdome,
and shall set up equite and righteousnes againe in the earth. In his
time shall Juda be saved, and Israel shall dwell without feare. And
this is the name that they shal call him; even the Lord our righteousnes:
and therfore behold, the time commeth, saith the Lord, that it shal
no more be saide: the Lorde lyveth, which brought the children of Israel
out of the lande of Egipt; But the Lorde lyveth which brought furth
and lead the seede of the house of Israel out of the north lande, and
from all contries where I had scatered them; and they shall dwell in
theyr owne lande agayne.
The Gospell. John vi.
WHEN Jesus lift
up his eies, and sawe a great companie come unto him, he saith unto
Philip; whence shall we bye bread that these maye eate? This he sayd
to prove him; for he himselfe knewe what he wolde do. Phylyp aunswered
hym; two hundreth peniworth of bread are not sufficiente for them, that
every man may take a litle. One of hys dysciples (Andrewe, Simon Peters
brother) said unto hym; There is a ladde here, whyche hath five barley-loves,
and two fishes; but what are they among so many? And Jesus sayd; make
the people syt doune. There was muche grasse in the place. So the men
sat doune, in nombre about five thousand. And Jesus toke the breade,
and when he had geven thankes, he gave to the disciples, and the dysciples
to them that were set doune: And likewise of the fishes, as much as
thei wold [would].
When they had eaten inough, he saith unto his disciples; Gather up the
broken meate which remayneth, that nothing be lost. And they gathered
it together, and fylled twelve baskettes with the broken meate of the
fyve barley loaves, which broken meat remained unto them that had eaten.
Then those men (when they had seen the myracle that Jesus did) said;
this is of a truth the same Prophete that shoulde come into the worlde.
If there be any mo Sondayes before Advent Sondaie, to supply the same shalbe taken the service of some of those Sondayes, that were omitted betwene Thepiphany and Septuagesima.
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