of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked : for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles' feet and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.


3 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the of the price of the land? Whiles it Holy Ghost, and to keep back part

remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but these words fell down, and gave up unto God. And Ananias hearing the ghost: and great fear came on And the young men arose, wound all them that heard these things. him up, and carried him out, and

buried him. And it was about the

an-space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the Church, and upon as many as heard these things.


Speaking the truth, and command
of the temper.

From St. Paul's Epistle to the

ing, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil..... Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice and be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one other, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


Danger of insincerity in religion.
From the Acts of the Holy



ND the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace

1 Ephes. iv. 25.

2 Acts iv. 32.

3 Acts v. 1.


Some of our Lord's last divine sayings to His disciples previous to His agony in the garden.

From the Holy Gospel according to St. John.

1 [ESUS said to His disciples, Let

that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.

Eighth Week.

1 St. John xiv. 1.


Same subject continued.


2 ESUS said to His disciples, If
ye love Me, keep My com-
mandments. And I will pray the
Father, and He shall give you an-
other Comforter, that He may abide
with you for ever; even the Spirit
of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth Him not,
neither knoweth Him: but ye know
Him; for He dwelleth with you,
and shall be in you. I will not
leave you comfortless: I will come
to you. Yet a little while, and the
world seeth Me no more; but ye
see Me because I live, ye shall
live also. At that day ye shall know
that I am in My Father, and ye in
Me, and I in you.
My commandments, and keepeth
them, he it is that loveth Me: and
he that loveth Me shall be loved of
My Father, and I will love him,
and will manifest Myself to him.

He that hath

ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither



go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him. Philip saith unto Him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto Him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast Thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest


Same subject continued.


thou then, Shew us the Father? 3 TUDAS saith unto Jesus, not Believest thou not that I am in the Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Father, and the Father in Me? the Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, words that I speak unto you I speak and not unto the world? Jesus annot of Myself: but the Father that swered and said unto him, If a man dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. | love Me, he will keep My words: Believe Me that I am in the Father, and My Father will love Him, and and the Father in Me: or else be- we will come unto Him, and make lieve Me for the very works' sake. our abode with Him. He that Verily, verily, I say unto you, He loveth Me not keepeth not My saythat believeth on Me, the works that ings: and the word which ye hear I do shall he do also; and greater is not Mine, but the Father's which works than these shall he do; be- sent Me. These things have I cause I go unto My Father. And spoken unto you, being yet present whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, with you. But the Comforter, which

3 St. John xiv. 22.

2 St. John xiv. 15.

is the Holy Ghost, whom the Fa- glorified, that ye bear much fruit; ther will send in My name, He shall so shall ye be My disciples. As the teach you all things, and bring all Father hath loved Me, so have I things to your remembrance, what-loved you: continue ye in My love. soever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your

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Same subject continued.

1 ESUS said to His disciples, I ther is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father


The Divinity of Christ. the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man

John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

Then he says,

. Let us give praise to the Lord, for He is good. Ry. And His mercy endureth for ever.

. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Ry. Who made heaven and earth.

1 St. John xv. 1.

2 St. John i. 1.

. O Lord, wash us thoroughly from our wickedness. Ry. And cleanse us from our sin.

. O Lord, hear our prayer.

Ry. And let our cry come unto Thee.


Then all kneeling, say the Confession and Litany following: ALMIGHTY Lord of heaven and earth, we confess that we have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through our fault, through our great and grievous fault; and we present ourselves before Thy eyes, humbly beseeching Thee not to consider the multitude of our offences, but to remember Thy infinite mercy. Give us, O Lord a true contrition for all the sins we have committed against Thee, that being turned from all our evil ways, we may, by a sincere repentance, obtain Thy peace; for the sake of the merits of Thy blessed Son's most sacred passion, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God the Father of heaven, God the Son Redeemer of the world, God the Holy Ghost,

Have mercy on us.

O Holy Trinity, Three Persons and one God,

Have mercy on us.

From all evil, from all sin, from Thy wrath, from a sudden and unprovided death, from all Thy heavy judgments in this present world, and from everlasting death in the world to come,

O Lord, deliver us.

From the deceits of the devil, from the spirit of sloth and of self-love, from revenge, hatred, and impatience, from envy, calumny, and all uncharitableness,

O Lord, deliver us.

From the spirit of pride, vanity, and ambition, from all intemperance, prodigality, and covetousness, from fornication and all impurity,

O Lord, deliver us.

From the spirit of dissembling, flattering, and lying, from incredulity, profaneness, and all hardness of heart,

O Lord, deliver us.

From the spirit of immoderate anxiety and worldly care, from lukewarmness and indevotion, from levity and inconstancy,

O Lord, deliver us.

We sinners do beseech Thee to hear us, and that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church,

with our own bishop, and all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion;

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and concord to Christian kings and princes; especially to our queen and royal family; and to grant peace and unity to all Christian people;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, and to raise our minds to heavenly desires;

And that Thou mayest give us the spirit of universal charity, by which we may love Thee above all things, and our neighbour as ourselves;

We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

O Lord, graciously hear these our prayers.

O Christ, graciously hear us, and have mercy upon us.

Then all say,


UR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

If it be the season of Advent, Lent, or Ember-Days, here may follow the special Prayers which are to be said during those seasons.*

* Collects to be said during the season of Advent.



TIR up Thy might, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and come, that by Thy protection we may be worthy to be delivered from the threatening danger of our sins, and by Thy deliverance be saved, who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.


TIR up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of Thy only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



ASTEN, O Lord Jesus, do not delay, and grant us the help of Thy

those in mercy may

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