THE ❧ booke of the common prayer and admi­nistracion of the Sacramentes, and other rites and ceremonies of the Churche: after the vse of the Churche of England.

LONDON IN OFFICINA Edouardi Whitchurche.

Cum priuilegio ad imprime [...] solum.

ANNO DO. 1549. Mense Maij.

☝ ☝ ☝

of this Booke.

  • i. A preface.
  • ii. A table and Kalendar for Psalmes & Lessons, with necessary rules perteyning to thesame.
  • iii. The ordre for Mattins and Euensong, throughout the yeare.
  • iiii. The Introites, Collectes, Epistles and Gospelles, to be vsed at the celebracion of the Lordes Supper, and holy Communiō through the yere, with proper Psal­mes and Lessons, for diuerse feastes and dayes.
  • v. The Supper of the Lorde and holy Communion, commonly called the Masse.
  • vi. The Letany and Suffrages.
  • vii. Of Baptisme, bothe publike and priuate.
  • viii. Of Confirmacion, where also is a Cathechisme for children.
  • ix. Of Matrimony.
  • x. Of visitacion of the sicke, & Communion of thesame.
  • xi. Of Buriall.
  • xii. The purificacion of women.
  • xiii. A declaracion of scripture, with certeine prayers to bee vsed the firste daye of Lent, commonlye called Ashwednesdaie.
  • xiiii. Of Ceremonies omitted or reteyned.
  • xv. Certeine notes for the more plain explicacion and de­cent ministracion of thinges conteined in this booke.


THere was neuer any thing by the wie of man so well deuised, or so surely established, which (in continuāce of time) hath not been corrupted: as (emong other thinges) it may plainly appere by the common pray­ers in the Churche, commonly called diuine seruice: the firste originall and grounde whereof, if a manne woulde searche out by the auncient fathers, he shall finde that thesame was not ordeyned, but of a good purpose, and for a great aduauncement of godlines: For they so ordred the matter, that all the whole Bible (or the greatest parte thereof) should be read ouer once in the yeare, intendyng thereby, that the Cleargie, and specially suche as were Ministers of the congregacion, should (by often readyng and meditacion of Gods worde) be stirred vp to godlines them­selfes, and be more able also to exhorte other by wholsome doctrine, and to confute them that were aduersaries to the trueth. And further, that the people (by daily hearyng of holy scripture read in the Churche) should continuallye profite more and more in the knowlege of God, and bee the more inflamed with the loue of his true religion. But these many yeares passed, this Godly and decent ordre of the auncient fathers, hath bee so altered, broken, and neglected, by planting in vncertein stories, Legēdes, Respondes, Verses, vaine repeticions, Commemoracions and Syno­dalles, that commonly when any boke of the Bible was begon: before three or foure Chapiters were read out, all the rest were vnread. And in this sorte, the boke of Esaie was begon in Aduent, and the booke of Ge­nesis in Septuagesima: but they were onely begon, and neuer read tho­row. After a like sorte wer other bokes of holy scripture vsed. And more­ouer, whereas s. Paule would haue suche language spoken to the people in the churche, as they mighte vnderstande and haue profite by hearyng thesame: the seruice in this Church of England (these many yeares) hath been read in Latin to the people, whiche they vnderstoode not, so that they haue heard with theyr cares onely: & their hartes, spirite and minde, haue not been edified thereby. And furthermore, notwithstandyng that the auncient fathers had deuided the psalmes into seuen porcions: wher­of euery one was called a nocturne: now of late tyme a fewe of them haue been dailye sayed (and ofte repeated) and the rest vtterly omitted. More­ouer, the nōbre & hardnes of the rules called the pie, and the manifolde chaunginges of the seruice, was the cause, yt to turne the boke onlye, was so hard and intricate a matter, that many times, there was more busines to fynd out what should be read, then to read it when it was founde out.

These inconueniences therfore considered: here is set furth suche an ordre, whereby thesame shalbe redressed. And for a readines in this mat­ter, here is drawen out a kalendar for that purpose, whiche is plaine and easy to be vnderstanded, wherin (so muche as maie be) the readyng of ho­ly scripture is so set furthe, that all thynges shall bee doen in ordre, with­out breakyng one piece therof from another. For this cause be cut of An­themes, Respondes, Inuitatories, and suche like thynges, as did breake [Page] the continuall course of the readyng of the scripture. Yet because there is no remedy, but that of necessitie there must be some rules: therfore certein rules are here set furth, whiche as they be fewe in nōbre: so they be plain and easy to be vnderstanded. So yt here you haue an ordre for praier (as touchyng the readyng of holy scripture) muche agreable to the mynde & purpose of the olde fathers, and a greate deale more profitable and com­modious, then that whiche of late was vsed. It is more profitable, be­cause here are left out many thynges, whereof some be vntrue, some vn­certein, some vain and supersticious: and is ordeyned nothyng to be read, but the very pure worde of God, the holy scriptures, or that whiche is e­uidently grounded vpon the same: and that in suche a language & ordre, as is moste easy & plain for the vnderstandyng, bothe of the readers and hearers. It is also more cōmodious, bothe for the shortnes thereof, & for the plaines of the ordre, & for that the rules be fewe & easy. Furthermore, by this ordre, the curates shal nede none other bookes for their publique seruice, but this boke & the Bible: by the meanes wherof, the people shall not be at so great charge for bookes, as in tyme past they haue been.

And where heretofore, there hath been great diuersitie in saying and synging in churches within this realme: some folowyng Salsbury vse, some Herford vse, some the vse of Bangor, some of Yorke, & some of Lin­colne: Now from hēcefurth, all the whole realme shall haue but one vse.

And if any would iudge this waye more painfull, because that all thyn­ges must be read vpō the boke, where as before, by the reason of so often repeticion, they could saye many thinges by heart: if those men will waye their labor, with the profite in knowlege, whiche dayely they shal obtein by readyng vpon the boke, they will not refuse the payn, in consideracion of the greate profite that shall ensue therof.

And forsomuche as nothyng can, almoste, be so plainly set furth, but doubtes maie rise in the vse & practisyng of the same: to appease all suche diuersitie (if any arise) and for the resolucion of all doubtes, concernyng the maner how to vnderstande, do, and execute the thynges conteygned in this booke: the parties that so doubt, or diuersly take any thyng, shall alwaye resorte to the Bishop of the Diocese, who by his discrecion shall take ordre for the quietyng and appeasyng of the same: so that the same ordre be not contrary to any thyng conteigned in this boke.

❧Though it be appointed in the afore written preface, that al thinges shalbe read and songe in the churche, in the Englishe tongue, to thende that the congregacion maie be therby edified: yet it is not meante, but when men saye Matins and Euensong priuately, they maye saie the same in any language that they thē ­selues do vnderstande. Neither that any man shalbe bounde to the saying of them, but suche as from tyme to tyme, in Cathe­drall and Collegiate Churches, Parishe Churches, and Cha­pelles to the same annexed, shall serue the congregacion.

THE TABLE AND ❧ Kalender, expressing the ordre of the Psalmes and Lessons, to be sayed at Matyns and Euensong, throughout the yeare, excepte certayne proper feastes, as the Rules folowing more plainlye de­clare.

THE ORDRE ❧ how the Psalter is appoyn­ted to bee redde.

THe Psalter shalbe red through, once euery Moneth, & because that some Monethes be longer then some other be: it is thought good, to make thē euen by this meanes.

To euery Moneth, as concernyng this purpose, shalbe appointed iust .xxx. dayes.

And because Ianuary and Marche hath one daye, aboue the sayed nombre, and February whiche is placed betwene them bothe, hath onely .xxviii. daies, February shall borowe of either of the Monethes of Ianuary and Marche one daye, and so the Psalter whiche shalbe red in Februarye, muste bee begon the laste daye of Ianuary, and ended the first daye of Marche.

And whereas Maie, Iuly, August, October, and December, haue .xxxi. dayes a piece, it is ordred that thesame Psalmes shall bee redde the last daye of the saied Monethes, whiche were red the daye before: so that the Psalter maye bee begon agayne the first daye of the next Monethes ensuing.

Now to know what Psalmes shalbe red euery daye, looke in the Kalendar the nombre that is appointed for the Psalmes, and then finde thesame noum­bre in this Table, and vpon that noumbre shall you se, what Psalmes shalbee sayd at Matyns, and Euensong.

And where the .C.xix. Psalme is deuided into .xxii. porcions, and is ouer long to bee red at one tyme: it is so ordred that at one tyme shall not bee red a­boue .iiii. or .v. of the saied porcions, as you shall perceiue to bee noted in this Table.

And here is also to be noted, that in this Table, and in al other partes of the seruice, where any Psalmes are appoincted, the nombre is expressed after the greate Englishe Bible, whiche from the .ix. Psalme vnto the .C.xlviii. Psalme (folowyng the diuision of the Ebrues) doeth vary in nombres from the comō Latyn translacion.

A TABLE FOR ❧ the ordre of the Psalmes, to be sayed at Matins and Euensong.
¶Matins. ¶Euensong.
xilvi.lvii.lviii.lix lx.lxi.
xxiiiicxvi.cxvii.cxviii.cxix. Inde .iiii.
xxvInde .v.Inde .iiii.
xxviInde .v.Inde .iiii.
xxviicxx cxxi cxxii cxxiii cxxiiii cxxvcxxvi.cxxvii.cxxviii.cxxix.cxxx.cxxxi

THE ORDRE howe the rest of holy Scripture (beside the Psalter) is appoyn­ted to bee redde.

The olde Testamēt.THe old Testament is appoynted for the first Lessons, at Matins and E­uensong, and shal bee redde through euery yere once, except certain bokes and Chapiters, whiche bee least edifying, and might best be spared, and ther­fore are left vnred.

The newe Testamēt.The newe Testament is appoynted for the second Lessons, at Matins and Euensong, and shalbe red ouer ordrely euery yere thrise, beside the Epistles and Gospelles: except the Apocalips, out of the whiche there be onely certain Lessons appoynted vpon diuerse proper feastes.

Lessons.And to knowe what Lessons shall bee red euery daye: finde the daye of the Moneth in the Kalendar folowyng: and there ye shal perceiue the bookes and Chapiters, that shalbe red for the Lessons, bothe at Matins and Euensong.

Proper Psalmes.And here is to be noted, that whensoeuer there be any proper Psalmes or Lessons, appoynted for any feast, moueable or vnmoueable: thē the Psalmes and Lessons appoynted in the Kalendar, shall bee omitted for that tyme.

Ye muste note also that the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, appoynted for the Sundaye, shall serue all the weeke after, except there falsome feast that hath his propre.

The Leape yeare.This is also to bee noted, concernyng the leape yeares, that the .xxv. day of February, whiche in leape yeares is coumpted for twoo dayes, shall in those twoo dayes, alter neither Psalme nor Lesson: but the same Psalmes and Les­sons, whiche be sayed the first daye, shall serue also for the seconde daye.

Also, wheresoeuer the beginning of any Lesson, Epistle, or Gospel is not ex­pressed, there ye must begin at the beginnyng of the Chapter.

¶Ianuary. Mtains.Euensong.
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson
AKalend.iCircumci.iGen. xviiRoma. iiDeut. xCollos. ii.
biiii. Noii iiGene. iMath. iGene. iiRoma. i
ciii. No.iii iiiiiiiiiiiiii
dPrid. Noiiii iiiiviiiviiii
eNonas.v vviiiiiiviiiiiii
fviii. Id.viEpiphani.viEsai. ix.Luke. iiiEsai. xlixIohn. ii.
gvii. Id.vii viiGen. ix.Math. vGen. xi.Roma v
Avi. Id.viii viiixiivixiiivi
bv. Id.ix ixxiiiiviixvvii
ciiii. Id.x xxviviiixviiviii
diii. Id.xi xixviiiixxixix
ePrid. Id.xii xiixxxxxix
fIdus.xiii xiiixxiixixxiiixi
gxix. kl.xiiii xiiiixxiiiixiixxvxii
Axviii. kl.xv xvxxvixiiixxviixiii
bxvii. kl.xvi xvixxviiixiiiixxixxiiii
cxvi. kl.xvii xviixxxxvxxxixv
dxv. kl.xviii xviiixxxiixvixxxiiixvi
exiiii. kl.xix xixxxxiiiixviixxxvi. Cor. i
fxiii. kl.xx xxxxxvixviiixxxviiii
gxii. kl.xxi xxixxxviiixixxxxixiii
Axi kl.xxii xxiixlxxxliiiii
bx. kl.xxiii xxiiixliixxixliiiv
cix. kl.xxiiii xxiiiixliiiixxiixlvvi
dviii. kl.xxvCon. Paun.xxvxlviAct. xxii.xlviiAct. xxvi
evii. kl.xxvi xxvixlviiimat xxiiixlixi. Cor. vii
fvi. kl.xxvii xxviilxxiiiiExod. iviii
gv. kl.xxviii xxviiiExod. iixxviiiix
Aiiii. kl.xxix xxixiiiixxvivx
biii kl.xxx xxxvixxviiviixi
cPrid. kl.xxxi iviiixxviiiixxii
¶February. Matins.Euensong.
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson
dKalend.i iiExod. x.Mark. i.Exod. xi.i. Cor. xiii
eiii. No.iiPurt. Ma.iiixiiiixiiixiiii
fiii. No.iii iiiixiiiiiiixvxv
gPrid. Noiiii vxviiiiixviixvi
ANonas.v vixviiivxixii. Cor. i
bviii. Id.vi viixxvixxiii
cvii. Id.vii viiixxiiviixxiiiiii
dvi. Id.viii ixxxiiiiviiixxxiiiiii
ev. Id.ix xxxxiiiixxxxiiiiv
fiiii Id.x xixxxvxxlvi
giii. Id.xi xiileui. xviiixileui. xixvii
APrid. Id.xii xiiixxxiiNume. xviii
bIdus.xiii xiiiiNum. xixiiixiiix
cxvi. kl.xiiii xvxiiixiiiixiiiix
dxv. kl.xv xvixvxvxvixi
exiiii. kl.xvi xviixviixvixviiixii
fxiii. kl.xvii xviiixixLuk. di.ixxxiii
gxii kl.xviii xixxxidi.ixxiiGalath. i
Axi. kl.xix xxxxiiiiixxiiiiii
bx. kl.xx xxixxviiixxviiii
cix. kl.xxi xxiixxviiiiiixxviiiiiii
dviii. kl.xxii xxiiixxixvxxxv
evii. kl.xxiii xxiiiixxxivixxxiivi
fvi. kl.xxiiiiMathias.xxvxxxiiiviixxxiiiiEphes. i
gv. kl.xxv xxvixxxvviiixxxviii
Aiiii. kl.xxvi xxviiDeut. iixDeut. ii.iii
biii kl.xxvii xxviiiiiixiiiiiiii
cPrid kl.xxviii xxixvxiviv
¶Marche. Matins.Euensong.
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson.
dKalend.i xxxDeu. vii.Luk. xii.Deu. viiiEphe. vi.
evi. No.ii iixxiiixPhilip. i.
fv. No.iii iixixiiixiiii
giiii. No.iiii iiixiiixvxiiiiiii
Aiii. No.v iiiixvxvixviiiii
bPrid. Novi vxviixviixviiiCollos. i
cNonas.vii vixixxviiixxii
dviii. Id.viii viixxixixxxiiiii
evii. Id.ix viiixxiiixxxxiiiiiiii
fvi. Id.x ixxxvxxixxvii. Thes. i
gv. Id.xi xxxviixxiixxviiiii
Aiiii. Id.xii xixxixxxiiixxxiii
biii. Id.xiii xiixxxixxiiiixxxiiiiii
cPrid. Id.xiiii xiiixxxiiiIohn. ixxxiiiiv
dIdus.xv xiiiiIosue. iiiIosue. ii.ii. Thes. i
exvii. kl.xvi xviiiiiiiiiiii
fxvi. kl.xvii xviviiiiviiii
gxv. kl.xviii xviiviivviiii. Timo. i
Axiiii. kl.xix xviiiixvixii.iii
bxiii. kl.xx xixxiviixiiiiii
cxii. kl.xxi xxxiiiviiixiiiiv
dxi. kl.xxii xxixvixxvivi
ex. kl.xxiii xxiixviixxviiiii. Tim. i
fix. kl.xxiiii xxiiixixxixxii
gviii. kl.xxvAnnuncia.xxiiiixxixiixxiiiii
Avii. kl.xxvi xxvxxiiixiiixxiiiiiiii
bvi. kl.xxvii xxviIudic. ixiiiiIudic. iiTitus. i.
cv. kl.xxviii xxviiiiixviiiiii.iii
diiii. kl.xxix xxviiivxviviPhile. i
eiii. kl.xxx xxixviixviiviiiHebre. i
fPrid. kl.xxxi xxxixxviiixii
¶Aprill. Matins.Euensong.
     i. Lesson.ii. Lesson.i. Lesson.ii. Lesson.
gKalend.i iIudi. xi.Iohn. xixIudi. xiiHebre. iii
Aiiii. No.ii iixiiixxxiiiiiiii
biii. No.iii iiixvxxixviv
cPrid. Noiiii iiiixviiActes. ixviiivi
dNouas.v vxixiixxvii
eviii. Id.vi vixxiiiiRuth. iviii
fvii. Id.vii viiRuth. iiiiiiiiiix
gvi Id.viii viiiiiiivi. Regū. ix
Av. Id.ix ixi. Regū iiviiiixi
biiii. Id.x xiiiiviivxii
ciii. Id.xi xiviviiiviixiii
dPrid. Idxii xiiviiiixixIacob. i
eIdus.xiii xiiixxxiii
fxviii kl.xiiii xiiiixiixixiiiiii
gxvii. kl.xv xvxiiiixiixviiii
Axvi kl.xvi xvixvixiiixviiv
bxv. kl.xvii xviixviiixiiiixixi. Peter. i
cxiiii kl.xviii xviiixxxvxxiii
dxiii kl.xix xixxxiixvixxiiiiii
exii kl.xx xxxxiiiixviixxviiii
fxi klxxi xxixxvixviiixxviiv
gx. kl.xxii xxiixxviiixixxxixii. Peter. i
Ax. kl.xxiii xxiiixxxxxxxxiii
bviii. kl.xxiiii xxiiiiii. Regū ixxiii. Reg iiiii
cvii. kl.xxvMat. Euan.xxviiixxiiiiiii. Iohn. i
dvi. kl.xxvi xxvivxxiiiviii
ev. kl.xxvii xxviiviixxiiiiviiiiii
fiiii kl.xxviii xxviiiixxxvxiiii
giii. kl.xxix xxixxixxvixiiv
APrid. kl.xxx xxxxiiixxviixiiiiii.iii. Ihō
¶ Maye. Matins.Euensong.
   ¶ Psalmes.    
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson
bKalend.iPhil. & Ia.iii. Re. xvActe. viiiii. Re. xviIudas. i
cvi No.ii iixviixxviiixviiiRoma. i
dv No.iii iiixixMath. ixxii
eiiii No.iiii iiiixxiiixxiiiii
fiii. No.v vxxiiiiiixxiiiiiiii
gPrid Novi viiii. Reg. iiiiiiii. Re. iiv
ANonas.vii viiiiiviiiivi
bviii. Id.viii viiivvivivii
cvii Id.ix ixviiviiviiiviii
dvi. Id.x xixviiixix
ev. Id.xi xixiixxiix
fiiii. Id.xii xiixiiixxiiiixi
giii Id.xiii xiiixvxixvixii
APrid. Idxiiii xiiiixviixiixviiixiii
bIdusxv xvxixxiiixxxiiii
cxvii kl.xvi xvixxixiiiixxiixv
dxvi. kl.xvii xviiiiii. Reg ixviiii. Re. iixvi
exv. kl.xviii xviiiiiixviiiiii. Cor. i
fxiiii kl.xix xixvxviiviii
gxiii. kl.xx xxviixviiiviiiiii
Axii. kl.xxi xxiixxixxiiii
bxi kl.xxii xxiixixxxiiv
cx. kl.xxiii xxiiixiiixxixiiiivi
dix. kl.xxiiii xxiiiixvxxiixvivii
eviii kl.xxv xxvxviixxiiixviiiviii
fvii. kl.xxvi xxvixixxxiiiixxix
gvi. kl.xxvii xxviixxixxvxxiix
Av. kl.xxviii xxviiixxiiixxvixxiiiixi
biiii. kl.xxix xxixxxvxxviii. Esd. ixii
ciii. kl.xxx xxxi. Esd. iixxviiiiiixiii
dPrid. kl.xxxi xxxiiiiMarke. ivxiiii
¶ Iune. Matins.Euensong.
   ¶ Psalmes.    
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson
eKalend.i ii. Esd. vi.Mark. ii.i. Esd. viii. Cor. xv
fiiii. No.ii iiviiiiiiixxvi
giii. No.iii iiixiiiiii. Esd. iii. Cor. i
APrid. Noiiii iiiiii. Esd. iiviiiii
bNonas.v viiiiviviii
cviii. Id.vi viviviiviiiiii
dvii. Id.vii viiviiiviiiixv
evi. Id.viii viiixixxivi
fv. Id.ix ixxiixxiiivii
giiii. Id.x xHester. ixiHester. iiviii
Aiii. Id.xiBarna. apo.xiiiiAct. xiiii.iiiiActes. xv
bPrid. Idxii xiivMar. xiiviii. Cor. ix
cIdus.xiii xiiiviixiiiviiix
dxviii. kl.xiiii xiiiiixxiiiiIob. ixi
exvii. kl.xv xvIob. iixviiixii
fxvi kl.xvi xviiiiixvivxiii
gxv. kl.xvii xviiviLuke. iviiGala. i
Axiiii. kl.xviii xviiiviiiiiixii
bxiii kl.xix xixxiiixiiii
cxii. kl.xx xxxiiiiiixiiiiiii
dxi kl.xxi xxixiiiivxvv
ex. kl.xxii xxiixvivixvii xviiivi
fix. kl.xxiii xxiiixixviixxEphe. i
gviii. kl.xxiiiiNa. Io. ba.xxiiiiMala. iiiMat. iii.Mala. iiimath. xiiii
Avii. kl.xxv xxvIob. xxi.Lu. viiiIob. xxiiEphe. ii
bvi. kl.xxvi xxvixxiiiixxxiiii xxviii
cv. kl.xxvii xxviixxvixxviixxxviiiiiii
diiii. kl.xxviii xxviiixxixxixxxv
eiii. kl.xxixS. Peter.xxixxxxiActes. iiixxxiiActes. iiii
fPrid. kl.xxx xxxxxxiiiLuke. xiixxxiiiiEphe. vi
¶Iuly. Matins.Euensong.
   ¶ Psalmes.    
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson.
gkalend.i iiob. xxxvLuk. xiiiiob. xxxviPhilip. i.
Avi. No.ii iixxxviixiiiixxxviiiii
bv. No.iii iiixxxixxvxliii
ciiii. No.iiii iiiixlixvixliiiiii
diii. No.v vProuer. ixviiProu. ii.Collos. i
ePrid Novi viiiixviiiiiiiii
fNonas.vii viivxixviiii
gviii. Id.viii viiiviixxviiiiiii
Avii. Id.ix ixixxxixi. Thes. i
bvi. Id.x xxixxiixiiii
cv. Id.xi xixiiixxiiixiiiiiii
diiii. Id.xii xiixvxxiiiixviiiii
eiii. Id.xiii xiiixviiIohn. ixviiiv
fPrid. Idxiiii xiiiixixiixxii. Thes. i
gIdus.xv xvxxiiiixxiiii
Axvii. kl.xvi xvixxiiiiiiixxiiiiiii
bxvi. kl.xvii xviixxvvxxvii. Timo. i
cxv. kl.xviii xviiixxviivixxviiiii.iii
dxiiii. kl.xix xixxxixviixxxiiii
exiii. kl.xx xxxxxiviiiEccles. iv
fxii. kl.xxi xxiEccles. iiixiiivi
gxi. kl.xxiiMagdalen.xxiiiiiixvii. Tim. i
Ax. kl.xxiii xxiiivixiviiii
bix. kl.xxiiii xxiiiiviiixiiixiii
cviii. kl.xxvIames ap.xxvxxiiixiiiii
dvii. kl.xxvi xxvixiixiiiiIere. iTitus. i.
evi. kl.xxvii xxviiIere. iixviiiii.iii
fv. kl.xxviii xxviiiiiiixvivPhile. i
giiii. kl.xxix xxixvixviiviiHebre. i
Aiii. kl.xxx xxxviiixviiiixii
bPrid. kl.xxxi xxxxxixxiiii
¶August. Matins.Euensong.
   ¶ Psalmes.    
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson.
cKalend.i iIere. xiiIohn. xxIere. xiiiHebr. iiii
diiii. No.ii iixiiiixxixvv
eiii. No.iii iiixviActes. ixviivi
fPrid. Noiiii iiiixviiiiixixvii
gNonas.v vxxiiixxiviii
Aviii. Id.vi vixxiiiiiixxiiiix
bvii. Id.vii viixxiiiivxxvx
cvi. Id.viii viiixxvivixxviixi
dv. Id.ix ixxxviiiviixxixxii
eiiii. Id.x xxxxviiixxxixiii
fiii. Id.xi xixxxiiixxxxiiiIacob. i
gPrid Idxii xiixxxiiiixxxxvii
AIdus.xiii xiiixxxvixixxxviiiii
bxix. kl.xiiii xiiiixxxviiixiixxxixiiii
cxviii. kl.xv xvxlxiiixliv
dxvii. kl.xvi xvixliixiiiixliiii. Peter. i
exvi kl.xvii xviixliiiixvxlv.xlvi.ii
fxv. kl.xviii xviiixlviixvixlviiiiii
gxiiii. kl.xix xixxlixxviiliiii
Axiii. kl.xx xxlixviiiliiv
bxii. kl.xxi xxiLamēt. ixixLamē. iiii. Peter. i
cxi. kl.xxii xxiiiiixxiiiiii
dx. kl.xxiii xxiiivxxiEzech. iiiii
eix. kl.xxiiiiBart. apostxxiiiiEzech. iiixxiivii. Iohn. i
fviii. kl.xxv xxvviixxiiixiiiii
gvii. kl.xxvi xxvixiiiixxiiiixviiiiii
Avi. kl.xxvii xxviixxxiiixxvxxxiiiiiiii
bv. kl.xxviii xxviiiDani. ixxviDani. iiv
ciiii. kl.xxix xxixiiixxviiiiiiii.iii. Ihō
diii. kl.xxx xxxvxxviiiviIude. i
ePrid. kl.xxxi xxxviiMath. iviiiRoma. i
¶ September. Matins.Euensong.
   ¶ Psalmes.    
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson
fKalend.i iDani. ixMath. iiDani. xRoma. ii
giiii. No.ii iixiiiixiiiii
Aiii. No.iii iiixiiiiiiixiiiiiiii
bPrid. Noiiii iiiiOse. ivOse. ii.iiiv
cNonas.v viiiiviv.vivi
dviii. Id.vi viviiviiviiivii
evii. Id.vii viiixviiixviii
fvi. Id.viii viiixiixxiiix
gv. Id.ix ixxiiixxiiiix
Aiiii. Id.x xIoel. ixiIoel. iixi
biii. Id.xi xiiiixiiAmos. ixii
cPrid. Idxii xiiAmos. iixiiiiiixiii
dIdus.xiii xiiiiiiixiiiivxiiii
exviii. kl.xiiii xiiiivixvviixv
fxvii. kl.xv xvviiixviixxvi
gxvi. kl.xvi xviAbdias ixviiIonas. ii. Cor. i
Axv. kl.xvii xviiIon. ii.iiixviiiiiiiii
bxiiii. kl.xviii xviiiMiche. ixixMiche. iiiii
cxiii. kl.xix xixiiixxiiiiiiii
dxii. kl.xx xxvxxiviv
exi. kl.xxiMathewe.xxiviixxiiNaum. ivi
fx. kl.xxii xxiiNaum. iixxiiiiiivii
gix. kl.xxiii xxiiiAbacuc. ixxiiiiAbacu. iiviii
Aviii. kl.xxiiii xxiiiiiiixxvSopho. iix
bvii. kl.xxv xxvSoph. iixxviiiix
cvi. kl.xxvi xxviAgge. ixxviiAgge. iixi
dv. kl.xxvii xxviizacha. ixxviii.zach. ii.iiixii
eiiii. kl.xxviii xxviiiiiii.vMarke. ivixiii
fiii. kl.xxixMichael.xxixviiiiviiixiiii
gPrid. kl.xxx xxxixiiixxv
¶October. Matins.Euensong.
     i. Lesson.ii. Lesson·i. Lesson.ii. Lesson
AKalend.i izacha. xi.Mark. iiiizacha. xiii. Cor. xvi
bvi. No.ii iixiiivxiiiiii. Cor. i
cv. No.iii iiiMala. i.viMala. iiii
diiii. No.iiii iiiiiiiviiiiiiiii
eiii. No.v vToby. iviiiToby. iiiiii
fPrid. Novi viiiiixiiiiv
gNonas.vii viivxvivi
Aviii. Id.viii viiiviixiviiivii
bvii. Id.ix ixixxiixviii
cvi. Id.x xxixiiixiiix
dv. Id.xi xixiiixiiiixiiiix
eiiii. Id.xii xiiIudith. ixvIudit. iixi
fiii. Id.xiii xiiiiiixviiiiixii
gPrid. Idxiiii xiiiivLu. di. ivixiii
AIdus.xv xvviidi. iviiiGala. i
bxvii. kl.xvi xviixiixii
cxvi. kl.xvii xviixiiiixiiiii
dxv. kl.xviiiLuc. Euan.xviiixiiiiiiixiiiiiiii
exiiii. kl.xix xixxvvxviv
fxiii. kl.xx xxSap. iviSapi. iivi
gxii. kl.xxi xxiiiiviiiiiiEphe. i
Axi. kl.xxii xxiivviiiviii
bx. kl.xxiii xxiiiviiixviiiiii
cix. kl.xxiiii xxiiiiixxxiiii
dviii. kl.xxv xxvxixixiiv
evii. kl.xxvi xxvixiiixiixiiiivi
fvi. kl.xxvii xxviixvxiiixviPhilip. i
gv. kl.xxviii Sy. and Iu.xxviiixviixiiiixviiiii
Aiiii. kl.xxix xxixxixxvEccls. i.iii
biii. kl.xxx xxxEccls. ii.xviiiiiiii
cPrid. kl.xxxi xxxiiiixviivCollos. i
¶Nouember. Matins.Euensong.
   ¶ Psalmes.    
     i. Lesson.ii. Lesson.i. Lesson.ii. Lesson.
dKalend.iAl[?] sainctes.iSap. iii.He. xi. xii.Sap. vApoc. xix
eiiii. No.ii iiEccle. viLu. xviiiEccle. viiCollos. ii
fiii. No.iii iiiviiixixixiii
gPrid Noiiii iiiixxxxiiiii
ANonas.v vxiixxixiiii. Thes. i
bviii. Id.vi vixiiiixxiixvii
cvii. Id.vii viixvixxiiixviiiii
dvi. Id.viii viiixviiixxiiiixixiiii
ev. Id.ix ixxxIohn. ixxiv
fiiii. Id.x xxxiiiixxiiiii. Thes. i
giii. Id.xi xixxiiiiiiixxvii
APrid. Idxii xiixxviiiiixxviiiii
bIdus.xiii xiiixxviiivxxixi. Timo. i
cxviii. kl.xiiii xiiiixxxvixxxiii.iii
dxvii. kl.xv xvxxxiiviixxxiiiiiii
exvi kl.xvi xvixxxiiiiviiixxxvv
fxv. kl.xvii xviixxxviixxxxviivi
gxiiii kl.xviii xviiixxxviiixxxxixii. Tim. i
Axiii. kl.xix xixxlxixliii
bxii. kl.xx xxxliixiixliiiiii
cxi. kl.xxi xxixliiiixiiixlviiii
dx. kl.xxii xxiixlvixiiiixlviiTitus. i.
eix. kl.xxiii xxiiixlviiixvxlixii.iii
fviii. kl.xxiiii xxiiiilxviliPhile. i
gvii kl.xxv xxvBarue. ixviiBarue. iiHebre. i
Avi. kl.xxvi xxviiiixviiiiiiiii
bv. kl.xxvii xxviivxixviiii
ciiii. kl.xxviii xxviiiEsay. i.xxEsay. ii.iiii
diii. kl.xxix xxixiiixxiiiiiv
ePrid. kl.xxxAndre. apo.xxxvActes. ivivi
¶December. Matins.Euensong.
     i. Lesson.ii. Lessoni. Lesson.ii. Lesson.
fKalend.i. iEsai. viiActes. iiEsai. viiiHebr. vii
giiii. No.ii iiixiiixviii
Aiii. No.iii iiixiiiiixiiix
bPrid. Noiiii iiiixiiivxiiiix
cNonas.v vxvvixvixi
dviii. Id.vi vixviidi.viixviiixii
evii. Id.vii viixixdi.viixx.xxixiii
fvi. Id.viii viiixxiiviiixxiiiIacob. i
gv. Id.ix ixxxiiiiixxxvii
Aiiii. Id.x xxxvixxxviiiii
biii Id.xi xixxviiixixxixiiii
cPrid. Idxii xiixxxxiixxxiv
dIdus.xiii xiiixxxiixiiixxxiiii. Peter. i
exix. kl.xiiii xiiiixxxiiiixiiiixxxvii
fxviii kl.xv xvxxxvixvxxxviiiii
gxvii. kl.xvi xvixxxviiixvixxxixiiii
Axvi kl.xvii xviixlxviixliv
bxv. kl.xviii xviiixliixviiixliiiii. Peter. i
cxiiii. kl.xix xixxliiiixixxlvii
dxiii kl.xx xxxlvixxxlviiiii
exii. kl.xxiTho. Apostxxixlviiixxixlixi. Iohn. i
fxi kl.xxii xxiilxxiiliii
gx. kl.xxiii xxiiiliixxiiiliiiiii
Aix. kl.xxiiii xxiiiiliiiixxiiiilviiii
bviii. kl.xxvNati. dn̄i.xxvEsay. ix.Math. iEsay. viiTit. iii
cvii kl.xxviStephan.xxvilviact. vi.viilviiActes. vii
dvi kl.xxviiIohn. EuanxxviilviiiApoc. ilixApo. xxii.
ev. kl.xxviiiInnocen.xxviiiIer. xxxiActe. xxvEsay. lxi. Iohn. v
fiiii. kl.xxix xxixEsay. lxixxvilxiiii. Iohn. i
giii kl.xxx xxxlxiiixxviilxiiiiiii. Ihō. i.
APrid. kl.xxxi xxxlxvxxviiilxviIude. i

AN ORDRE ❧ for Mattins dayly through the yere.

The priest beyng in the quier, shall begynne with a loude voyce the Lordes prayer, called the pater noster.

OVRE father whiche arte in heauen; hal­lowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in hea­uen. Geue vs this daye our dayly breade. And forgeue vs our trespasses, as we for­geue them that trespasse agaynst vs. And leade vs not into temptacion. But deli­uer vs from euil. Amen.

Then lykewyse he shall saye.

O Lorde, open thou my lyppes.


And my mouth shall shewe forth thy prayse.


O God, make spede to saue me.


O Lorde make haste to helpe me.


Glory be to the father, and to the sonne, & to the holy gost. As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shall bee worlde without ende. Amen.

Prayse ye the Lorde.

And from Easter to Trinitie Sonday.


Then shalbe sayed or song without any Inuitatory this Psalme. Venite exultemas. &c in Englishe, as foloweth.

O Come, let vs syng vnto the Lorde:Psal. xc [...]. let vs hartely reioyce in the strength of our saluacion.

Let vs come before his presence with thankes geuing: and shewe our selfe glad in hym with Psalmes.

For the Lorde is a great God: and a great kyng about all goddes.

In his hande are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hilles is his also.

[Page]The sea is his, and he made it: and his handes prepa­red the drye lande.

O come, let vs worship and fall downe: and knele before the Lorde our maker.

For he is (the Lorde) oure God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the shepe of his handes.

To day, yf ye wyll heare his voyce, harden not youre heartes: as in the prouocacion, and as in the daye of temp­tacion in the wildernes

When your fathers tempted me: proued me, and sawe my workes.

Fortye yeares longe was I greued with this genera­cion, and sayed: it is a people that do erre in their heartes: for they haue not knowne my wayes.

Vnto whome I sware in my wrath: that they shoulde not enter into my rest.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

Then shall folowe certaine Psalmes in ordre as they been appointed in a table made for that purpose, excepte there be proper Psalmes appointed for that day. And at the ende of euery Psalme throughout the yeare, and likewise in the ende of Benedictus, Benedicite, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis shal be reapeted.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

Thē shalbe read .ii. lessons distinctely with a loude voice, that the people maye heare. The first of the old testament the seconde of the newe. Like as they be appoynted by the kalender, excepte there be proper lessons assigned for that day: The minister that readeth the lesson standyng & tur­ning him so as he may best he heard of all suche as be pre­sent. And before euery lesson, the minister shall saye thus. The first, seconde .iii. or .iiii. Chapter of Genisis or Exodus, Matthewe, Marke, or other lyke as is appoynted in the Kalender. And in the ende of euery Chapter he shall saye.

¶Here endeth suche a Chapter of suche a booke.

And (to the ende the people maye the better heare) in suche places where they doe syng, there shall the lessons be song in a playne tune after the maner of distinct readyng: and lykewyse the Epistle and Gospell.
[Page ii]¶After the fyrste lesson shal folowe Te deum laudamus in En­glyshe, dayly throughout the yeare, excepte in Lent, all the which time in the place of Te deum shalbe vsed Benedicite omnia opera Domini domino, in Englyshe as foloweth.
Te deum laudamus.
WE prayse thee, O God, we knowlage thee to be the Lorde.
All the yearthe doeth worship thee, the father euerlastyng.
To thee all Angels cry aloude, the hea­uens and all the powers therin.
To thee Cherubin, and Seraphin con­tinually doe crye.
Holy, holy, holy, Lorde God of Sabaoth.
Heauen and earth are replenished with the maiestie of of thy glory.
The glorious coumpany of the Apostles, prayse thee.
The goodly felowship of the Prophetes, prayse thee.
The noble armie of Martyrs prayse thee.
The holy churche throughout all the woorlde doeth knowlage thee.
The father of an infinite maiestie.
Thy honourable, true, and onely sonne.
The holy gost also beyng the coumforter.
Thou art the kyng of Glory, O Christe.
Thou art the euerlastyng sonne of the father.
Whan thou tookest vpon thee to delyuer manne, thou dyddest not abhorre the virgins wombe.
Whan thou haddest ouercomed the sharpenes of death, thou diddest open the kyngdom of heauen to all beleuers.
Thou sittest on the ryghthande of God in the glory of the father.
We beleue that thou shalt come to be our iudge.
We therfore pray thee, helpe thy seruauntes whom thou haste redemed with thy precious bloud.
Make them to be noumbred with thy sainctes, in glory euerlastyng.
O Lorde, saue thy people: and blesse thyne heritage.
Gouerne them and lift them vp for euer.
[Page]Daye by daye we magnifie thee.
And we wurship thy name euer worlde without ende.
Vouchsafe, O Lorde, to kepe vs this daye without sinne.
O Lorde, haue mercy vpon vs: haue mercy vpon vs.
O Lorde let thy mercy lyghten vpon vs: as our truste is in thee.
O lorde, in thee haue I trusted: let me neuer bee con­founded.
Benedicite omnia opera domini domino.
O All ye workes of the Lord, speake good of the Lord: prayse him & set him vp for euer.
O ye Angels of the Lord, speake good of the Lord: prayse him, & set him vp for euer.
O ye heauens, speake good of the Lorde: prayse hym, and set hym vp for euer.
O ye waters that be aboue the fyrmament, speake good of the Lorde: prayse hym, and set hym vp for euer.
O all ye powers of the Lorde, speake good of the Lord: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye Sunne and Moone, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set hym vp for euer.
O ye starres of heauen, speake good of the Lord: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye showers and dewe, speake good of the lord: praise him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye windes of God, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye fyre and heate, prayse ye the Lord: praise him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye winter and summer, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye dewes and frostes, speake good of the Lord: prayse him and set him vp for euer.
O ye frost and colde, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye yse and snowe, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye nyghtes and dayes, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye lyght and darkenes, speake good of the Lorde: [Page iii] prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye lightenynges and cloudes, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O let the earth speake good of the Lorde: yea, let it prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye mountaynes and hilles, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O all ye grene thinges vpon the earth, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye welles, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye seas and floudes, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye whales, and all that moue in the waters, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O all ye foules of the ayre, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O all ye beastes and cattell, speake ye good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye children of menne, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O let Israel speake good of the Lorde: prayse hym, and set him vp for euer.
O ye priestes of the Lorde, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye seruauntes of the Lorde, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye spirites and soules of the righteous, speake good of the Lorde: prayse him, and set him vp for euer.
O ye holy and humble men of heart, speake ye good of the Lorde: prayse ye him, and set him vp for euer.
O Ananias, Asarias, and Misael, speake ye good of the Lorde: prayse ye him, and set him vp for euer.
Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.
As it was in the beginning, is nowe. &c.
And after the second lesson, throughout the whole yere, shall be vsed Benedictus dominus deus Israel. &c. in Englishe as foloweth.
BLessed be the Lord God of Israel:
Benedictus. I [...]
for he hath visi­ted and redemed his people.
And hath lyfted vp an horne of saluacion to vs: in the house of his seruaunt Dauid.
[Page]As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophetes: which hath been sence the worlde began.
That we should be saued from oure enemyes: and from the handes of all that hate vs.
To performe the mercy promised to our fathers: and to remembre his holy couenaunt.
To perfourme the othe whiche he sware to our father A­braham: that he would geue vs.
That we being deliuered out of the handes of oure ene­mies: might serue him without feare.
In holynesse and righteousnes before him: all the dayes of our lyfe.
And thou child, shalt be called the Prophete of the high­est: for thou shalt goe before the face of the Lord, to prepare his wayes.
To geue knowledge of saluacion vnto his people: for the remission of their sinnes.
Through the tendre mercy of our God: whereby the daye spring from an high hath visited vs.
To geue light to them that sit in darkenes, & in the sha­dowe of death: and to guide our fete into the way of peace.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

Then shall be sayed dayly through the yere, the prayers fo­lowyng, aswell at Euensong as at Mattyns, all deuoutly knelyng.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs. Christe haue mercy vpon vs. Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Then the minister shall say the Crede and the Lordes prayer in Englishe, with a loude voyce. &c. Aunswere.

But deliuer vs from euill. Amen.


O Lorde shewe thy mercy vpon vs.


And graunte vs thy saluacion.


O Lorde saue the kyng.


And mercifully heare vs, when we call vpon thee.


[Page iiii]Indue thy ministers with ryghteousnes.


And make thy chosen people ioyfull.


O Lorde saue thy people.


And blesse thyne inheritaunce.


Geue peace in our time, O Lorde.


Because there is none other that fyghteth for vs, but only thou, O God.


O God, make clene our heartes within vs.


And take not thyne holy spirite from vs.


The Lorde be with you.


And with thy spirite.

¶ Then shall dayly folowe three Collectes. The firste of the daye, which shalbe the same that is appoynted at the Cōmu­nion. The second for peace. The third for grace to lyue well. And the two laste Collectes shall neuer alter, but dayly be sayed at Mattyns throughout all the yere, as foloweth. The priest standing vp, and saying.

Let vs pray.

¶ Then the Collect of the daye.

¶ The second Collect: for peace. O God, which art author of peace, & louer of concorde, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternall lyfe, whose seruice is perfecte fredome: defende vs thy humble seruaū ­tes, in all assaultes of our enemies, that we surely trustyng in thy defence, may not feare the power of any aduersaries: through the might of Iesu Christ our Lorde. Amen.

¶ The thyrd Collect: for grace. O Lord our heauenly father, almighty and euerlyuyng God, whiche haste safely brought vs to the beginning of this day: Defend vs in the same with thy mighty power, & graunt that this day we fall into no sinne, neither runne into any kinde of daunger, but that all our doinges may be ordred by thy gouernaunce, to doe alwayes that is ryghte­ous in thy sight: through Iesus Christe our Lorde. Amen.

AN ORDRE ❧ For Euensong through­out the yere.

¶ The priest shall saye. ❧ OVRE FATHER, &c, Then lykewyse he shall saye.

O God make spede to saue me.


O Lorde make haste to helpe me.


Glory be to the father, & to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen. Prayse ye the Lorde.

And from Easter to Trinitie Sonday.


As before is appoynted at Mattyns.
Then Psalmes in ordre as they be appoynted in the Table for Psalmes, except there be propre Psalmes appointed for that daye. Then a lesson of the olde testamente, as it is ap­poynted lykewise in the kalender, excepte there be proper lessons appointed for that daye. After that (Magnificat anima mea dominum) in Englishe, as foloweth.

Magnificat Luc. i. My soule doeth magnifie the Lorde.

And my spirite hath reioysed in God my sauiour. For he hath regarded the lowelynesse, of his hād­maiden.

For beholde, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is myghtie hath magnifyed me: and holy is his name.

And his mercy is on them that feare him: throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arme: he hath scate­red the proude in the imaginacion of their heartes.

He hath put downe the mightie from their seate: and hath exalted the humble and meke.

He hath filled the hungry, with good thynges: and the [Page v] ryche he hath sent emptie awaye.

He remembring his mercye, hath holpen his seruaunte Israel: as he promysed to oure fathers, Abraham and his sede for euer.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

Then a lesson of the newe testamente. And after that (Nune dimittis seruum tuum) in Englishe as foloweth.

LOrde, nowe lettest thou thy seruaunte departe in peace: accordyng to thy worde.Nunc dimit­tis. Luc. ii.

For myne iyes haue seen: thy saluacion.

Whiche thou haste prepared: before the face of all people.

To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glo­rye of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the father, & to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

Then the suffrages before assigned at Mattyns, the clerkes knelyng lykewyse, with three Collectes. Fyrste of the day: Second of peace: Thirde for ayde against all perilles, as here foloweth. Whiche .ii. laste Collectes shall be dayly sayed at Euensong without alteracion.

The second Collect at Euensong. O God, from whome all holy desyres, all good coun­sayles, and all iust workes doe procede: Geue vnto thy seruauntes that peace, whiche the worlde can­not geue, that both our heartes maye be sette to obey thy commaundementes, and also that by thee, we beyng defen­ded from the feare of our enemyes, may passe oure tyme in rest and quietnesse: through the merites of Iesu Christe our sauiour. Amen.

The thirde Collect for ayde against all perils. LYghten our darkenesse we beseche thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy, defend vs from all perils and daungers of this night, for the loue of thy onely sonne our sauiour Iesu Christe. Amen.

¶ In the feastes of Christmas, Thepiphanie, Easter, Thascencion, Penticost, and vpon Trinitie Sonday, shall be song or sayed immediately after Benedictus this confession of our christian fayth.

Quicunque vult. &c. WHosoeuer will be saued: before all thynges it is ne­cessary that he holde the Catholyke fayth.

Whiche fayth, excepte euery one doe kepe holy and vndefiled: without doubte he shall peryshe euerlastyngly.

And the Catholike fayth is this: that we wurshippe one God in Trinitie, and Trinitie in vnitie.

Neyther confoundyng the persones: nor deuydyng the substaunce.

For there is one person of the father, another of the sonne: and an other of the holy gost.

But the Godhead of the father, of the sonne, and of the holy gost, is all one: the glory equall, the maiestie coeternal.

Suche as the father is, suche is the sonne: and suche is the holy gost.

The father vncreate, the sonne vncreate: and the holy gost vncreate.

The father incomprehensible, the sonne incomprehen­sible: and the holy gost incomprehensible.

The father eternall, the sonne eternall: and the holy gost eternall.

And yet they are not three eternalles: but one eternall.

As also there be not three incomprehensibles, nor three vncreated: but one vncreated, and one incomprehensible.

So lykewyse, the father is almightie: the sonne almigh­tie, and the holy gost almightie.

And yet are they not three almighties: but one almighty.

So the father is God, the sonne God: and the holy gost God.

And yet are they not three Gods: but one God.

So lykewyse the father is Lorde, the sonne Lorde: and the holy gost Lord.

And yet not three Lordes: but one Lorde.

For like as we be compelled by the christian veritie: to ac­knowledge euery person by himselfe to be God and Lorde:

So are we forbidden by the Catholike religion: to saye there be three Gods, or thee Lordes.

The father is made of none: neither created nor begottē.

The sonne is of the father alone: not made nor crea­ted, [Page vi] but begotten.

The holy gost is of the father and of the sonne: neyther made nor created, nor begotten, but proceding.

So there is one father, not three fathers: one sonne, not three sonnes: one holy gost, not three holy gostes.

And in this trinitie, none is afore nor after other: none is greater nor lesse then other.

But the whole three persons: be coeternall together and coequall.

So that in all thinges, as it is afore sayed: the vnitie in trinitie, and the trinitie in vnitie, is to be wurshipped.

He therfore that will be saued: must thus thinke of the trinitie.

Furthermore, it is necessarye to euerlastyng saluacion: that he also beleue rightly in the incarnacion of our Lorde Iesu Christe.

For the right fayth is that we beleue & confesse: that our Lorde Iesus Christe, the sonne of God, is God and manne.

God of the substaunce of the father, begotten before the worldes: and manne of the substaunce of his mother, borne in the worlde.

Perfecte God and perfecte manne: of a reasonable soule, and humayne fleshe subsisting.

Equall to the father as touchyng his Godhead: and in­ferior to the father touchyng his manhode.

Who although he be God and manne: yet he is not two, but one Christe.

One, not by conuersion of the Godhead into fleshe: but by takyng of the manhode into God.

One altogether, not by confusion of substaunce: but by v­nitie of person.

For as the resonable soule and fleshe is one manne: So God and man is one Christe.

Who suffered for our saluacion: descended into hell, rose agayne the thirde daye from the dead.

He ascended into heauen, he sitteth on the righthande of the father, God almightie: from whence he shall come to iudge the quicke and dead.

At whose comming all men shall ryse againe with theyr bodyes: and shall geue accompte of theyr owne workes.

[Page]And they that haue done good, shall goe into lyfe euer­lasting: and they that haue done euill, into euerlasting fyre.

This is the Catholyke fayth: whiche excepte a manne beleue faythfully, he cannot be saued:

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

❧ ❧ THVS EN­deth the ordre of Mattyns and Euensong through the whole yere. (⸫) ❧ ❧

❧THE INTROITES❧ Collectes, Epistles, and Gospels, to be vsed at the celebracion of the Lordes supper and holye Communion, throughe the yeare: with proper Psalmes, and lessons for diuers feastes and dayes.

¶The first Sonday in Aduente.

BLessed is that manne that hath not wal­ked in the counsayle of the vngodly:Beatus Vir. psal. i. nor stand in the waye of synners, and hath not sit in the seate of the skornefull.

But his delight is in the law of the lorde: and in his lawe wil he exercise himself day and night.

And he shalbe lyke a tree planted by the water syde: that wyll bryng foorth his fruite in due season.

His leafe also shall not wither: and looke whatsoeuer he doth, it shall prospere.

As for the vngodly, it is not so with them: but they are lyke the chaffe, whiche the wynde skattreth awaye (from the face of the yearth.)

Therfore the vngodly shall not be hable to stand in the iudgement: neyther the synners in the congregacion of the righteous.

But the Lorde knoweth the waye of the righteous: and the waye of the vngodlye shall perishe.

Glory be to the father, & to the sonne, & to the holy ghoste.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe, and euer shal­bee: worlde without ende. Amen.

And so muste euery Introite be ended.

Let vs praye.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, geue vs grace, that we maye caste away the workes of darkenes, & put vpon vs the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, [Page] (in the which thy sonne Iesus Christe came to visite vs in great humilitie:) that in the last daye, when he shal come a­gain in his glorious maiestie, to iudge bothe the quicke and the dead: we maye ryse to the lyfe immortall, through him, who liueth and reigneth with thee and the holy ghost, now and euer. Amen.

The Epistle.

Rome, xiii. OWe nothing to any man but this, that ye loue one another. For he that loueth another, fulfilleth the lawe. For these commaundementes: Thou shalt not commit adultrie: Thou shalt not kyll: Thou shalt not steale: Thou shalt beare no false witnes: Thou shalt not luste: and so forthe (if there be any other commaundement) it is al cōprehended in this saying: namely, loue thy neigh­bor as thy self. Loue hurteth not his neighbor: therfore is loue the fulfillyng of the lawe. This also, we knowe the season, howe that it is tyme that we shoulde now awake out of slepe, for nowe is our saluacion nerer, then when we beleued. The night is passed, the daye is come nye: let vs therefore cast awaye the dedes of darkenes, & let vs put on the armoure of light. Let vs walke honestly, as it were in the day light: not in eating and drinkyng, neyther in cham­bouryng & wantonnes, neither in stryfe and enuying: but put ye on the Lord Iesus Christ. And make not prouision for the fleshe, to fulfill the lustes of it.

The Gospell.

Mat. xxi. ANd when they drew nigh to Ierusalem, & were come to Bethphage vnto Mount Oliuete, thē sente Iesus two disciples, saying vnto thē: Go into the towne that lyeth ouer agaynste you, and anone ye shall fynde an Asse bounde, and a Colte with her: looce them and bryng them vnto me.

And if any man saye ought vnto you, saye ye, the lord hath neede of them: and straight waye he will let them goe. All thys was doen that it myghte bee fulfilled, whiche was spoken by the Prophete, saying: Tell ye the daughter of Sion, beholde, thy kyng cummeth vnto thee meeke, sitting [Page viii] vpon an Asse and a colte, the fole of the Asse vsed to the yoke. The disciples went and dyd as Iesus commaunded them, and brought the Asse and the colte, and put on them their clothes, and set him theron. And many of the people spred their garmentes in the way. Other cut downe braū ­ches from the trees, and strawed them in the waye. More­ouer the people that wente before, and they that came af­ter cryed, saying: Hosanna to the sonne of Dauid: Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lorde: Hosanna in the high­est. And when he was come to Ierusalem, all the citie was moued, saying: who is this? And the people sayed: this is Iesus the Prophete of Nazareth a citie of Galile. And Ie­sus went into the temple of God, and cast out al them that solde and bought in the temple, and ouerthrewe the tables of the money chaungers, and the seates of them that solde doues, and sayed vnto them: It is written: My house shal­be called the house of prayer, but ye haue made it a denne of theues.

The seconde Sonday.

WHen I was in trouble,Ad dominū cum tribula­rer. psal. cxx I called vpon the Lorde and he hearde me.

Deliuer my soule, O Lorde, from lying lyppes: and from a deceyptfull tongue.

What rewarde shalbe geuen vnto thee, thou false tongue? euen mightie and sharpe arowes, with hote burning coales.

Woe is me that I am constrained to dwel with Mesech: and to haue myne habitacion among the tentes of Cedar.

My soule hath long dwelt among them: that bee ene­mies vnto peace.

I labour for peace, but when I speake vnto them ther­of: they make them to battayle.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c. Amen.

The Collect.

BLessed Lorde, whiche haste caused all holy scrip­tures to be writtē for our learning: graunt vs that we maye in suche wyse heare them, reade, marke, learne, and inwardly digeste them, that by pacience and [Page] coumforte of thy holy woorde, we maye embrace and euer holde fast the blessed hope of euerlasting lyfe, whiche thou haste geuen vs in our sauiour Iesus Christe.

The Epistle.

Roma. xv. WHatsoeuer thinges are written afore tyme, they are written for our learning, that we throughe pacience and coumforte of the scriptures, myght haue hope. The God of pacience and consolaci­on, graunt you to be lyke minded one towardes an other, after the ensaumple of Christe Iesu: that ye all agreeyng together, maye with one mouth prayse God the father of our Lorde Iesus Christe: wherfore receyue ye one an other as Christe receyued vs, to the prayse of God. And thys I saye, that Iesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the trueth of God, to confirme the promisses made vn­to the fathers: and that the Gentiles might praise God for his mercie, as it is wrytten. For this cause I wyll prayse thee among the Gentiles, and syng vnto thy name. And agayne he sayth: reioyce ye Gentiles with his people. And agayne: prayse the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laude him all ye nacions together. And agayne Esai sayth: there shalbe the roote of Iesse, and he that shall rise to reygne ouer the Gentiles: in him shal the Gentiles trust. The God of hope fyll you with all ioy, and peace in beleuyng, that ye maye be riche in hope, through the power of the holy gost.

The Gospell.

Luc. xxi. THere shall be signes in the Sunne and in the Mone, and in the starres: and in the earth the people shalbe at their wittes ende, through de­spayre. The sea and the water shall roare, and mennes hartes shall faile them for feare, and for looking after those thinges whiche shall come on the earth. For the powers of heauen shall moue. And then shal they see the sonne of man come in a cloud, with power and greate glory. When these thinges beginne to come to passe, then looke vp, and lyft vp youre heades, for your re­dempcion draweth nye. And he shewed them a simili­tude: [Page ix] behold the figtree, & all other trees, when they shoote furth theyr buddes, ye see and knowe of your owne selues that summer is then nye at hand. So likewise ye also (whē ye se these thinges come to passe) be sure, that the kingdom of God is nye. Verely I say vnto you: this generacion shall not passe, till all be fulfilled. Heauen and earth shall passe: but my wordes shall not passe.

¶ The thirde sonday.

HEare me when I call, O God of my righteousnes:Cum i [...]ea­rem. Psal. iiii. thou hast set me at libertie when I was in trouble, haue mercie vpon me, and hearken vnto my pray­er.

O ye sonnes of men, how long will ye blaspheme myne honour: and haue suche pleasure in vanitie, and seke after leasyng?

Knowe this also, that the Lorde hath chosen to himselfe the manne that is godly: when I call vpon the Lorde, he will heare me.

Stande in awe and sinne not: common with your owne heart, and in your chamber, and be still.

Offer the sacrifice of righteousnes: and put your trust in the Lorde.

There bee many that will saye: who will shewe vs any good?

Lorde lift thou vp the lyght of thy countenaunce vpon vs.

Thou hast put gladnes in myne hearte: sence the tyme that theyr corne and wyne (and oyle) increased.

I will lay me downe in peace and take my reste: for it is thou Lorde onelye, that makest me to dwell in safetie.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe and euer. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde, we beseche thee, geue eare to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitacion lyghten the darkenesse of oure hearte, by our Lorde Iesus Christ.

The Epistle.

[...]. Cori. iiii. LEt a man this wise esteme vs, euē as the ministers of Christe, and stewardes of the secretes of God. Furthermore, it is required of the stewardes, that a man be found faithful: with me it is but a very smal thyng that I shoulde bee iudged of you, eyther of mannes iudge­ment: no I iudge not myne owne selfe, for I knowe nought by my selfe, yet am I not thereby iustified. It is the Lorde that iudgeth me. Therfore iudge nothing before the tyme, vntil the lorde come, whiche will lighten thinges that are hidde in darkenes, and open the counsayls of the heartes, and then shall euery man haue prayse of god.

The Gospell.

Math. xi. WHen Iohn beyng in prieson hearde the woorkes of Christe, he sent two of his disciples, and sayed vnto hym: Art thou he that shall come? or doe we looke for an other? Iesus aunswered and sayed vnto them: Goe, and shewe Iohn agayne, what ye haue hearde and seene. The blynd receyue theyr sight, the lame walke, the Lepers are clensed, and the deafe heare, the dead are raised vp, & the poore receiue the glad tydinges of the gospell: and happye is he that is not offended by me. And as they departed, Ie­sus began to say vnto the people concernyng Iohn: what went ye out into the wildernes to see? A reede that is sha­ken with the winde? or what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in softe raymet? beholde, they that weare softe clo­thyng, are in kynges houses. But what wente ye out for to see? a Prophete? verely I saye vnto you, and more then a Prophete. For this is he of whome it is written: behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

¶ The fourth Sondaye.

Ʋerba mea [...]uribus. psal. v. POnder my woordes, O Lorde: consider my medi­tacion.

O harken thou vnto the voyce of my callyng, my kyng and my God: for vnto thee will I make my prayer.

[Page x]My voice shalt thou heare betymes, O Lorde: early in the mornyng wyll I direct my prayer vnto thee, and wyll looke vp.

For thou art the God that hath no pleasure in wycked­nes: neyther shall any euill dwell with thee.

Suche as be foolyshe shall not stande in thy syght: for thou hatest all them that worke vanitie.

Thou shalt destroy them that speake leasyng: the Lord wyll abhorre both the bloud thirsty, and deceyptfull man.

But as for me, I wyll come into thy house, euen vpon the multitude of thy mercy, and in thy feare wyll I wur­ship towarde thy holy temple.

Leade me, O Lorde, in thy ryghteousnes, because of myne enemyes: make thy waye playne before my face.

For there is no faithfulnes in his mouth: their inwarde partes are very wickednes.

Their throte is an open sepulchre: they flatter with their tongue.

Destroy thou them, O God, let them peryshe through theyr owne imaginacions: cast them out in the multitude of theyr vngodlines, for they haue rebelled against thee.

And let all them that put theyr trust in thee reioyce: they shal euer be geuing of thākes because thou defendest them, they that loue thy name shalbe ioyfull in thee.

For thou Lorde wylt geue thy blessyng vnto the rygh­teous: and with thy fauorable kyndnes wylt thou defende him, as with a shielde.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde rayse vp (we praye thee) thy power, and come a­mong vs, and with great might succor vs, that where as through our synnes and wickednes we be fore lette and hyndred, thy bountiful grace and mercy, through the satis­faccion of thy sonne oure Lorde, maye spedely delyuer vs: to whome with thee, and the holy gost be honor and glory worlde without ende.

The Epistle.

[Page] Philip. iiii. REioyce in the Lorde alwaye, and agayne I say, reioyce. Let your softnes bee knowen vnto all men: the Lord is euen at hande. Be carefull for nothing: but in all prayer and supplicacion let youre peticions be manifest vnto God, with geuing of thankes. And the peace of God (which passeth al vnderstandyng) kepe your heartes and myndes, through Christ Iesu.

The Gospell.

[...]ohn. i. THys is the recorde of Iohn: when the Iewes sent priestes and Leuites from Ierusalem, to aske him: what art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and sayed plainly: I am not Christ. And they asked hym: what then? art thou Helyas? and he sayeth: I am not. Art thou that Prophete? & he aunswered, no. Then sayed they vnto him: what art thou, that we may geue an aunswere vnto them that sent vs? what sayest thou of thy selfe? he sayd: I am the voyce of a cryer in the wyldernes: make straight the way of the Lorde, as sayd the Prophete Esay. And they which were sent were of the Phariseis: and they asked hym and sayde vnto hym: why baptisest thou then, if thou be not Christe, nor Helias, neyther that Prophete? Iohn aunswered them, saying: I baptise with water, but there standeth one among you, whome ye knowe not: he it is which though he came after me, was before me, whose shooe latchet I am not worthy to vnlooce. These thynges were doen at Bethabara beyond Iordan, where Iohn did baptise.

Proper Psalmes and lessons on Christmas day.

¶ At Mattins.

  • Psal. xix.
  • Psal. xlv.
  • Psal. lxxxv.

The first lesson Esai. ix. vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Mat. i. vnto the ende.

¶ At the fyrst Communion.

Cantate do­mino. psal. xcviii. O Syng vnto the Lorde a newe song: for he hath done meruaylous thynges.

With his owne right hand & with his holy arme: hath he gotten hymselfe the victorie.

[Page xj]The lord declared his saluacion: his righteousnes hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembred his mercie and trueth towarde the house of Israell: and all the endes of the worlde haue seene the saluacion of our God.

Shewe your selues ioyfull vnto the Lorde, all ye landes: syng, reioyce, and geue thankes.

Prayse the lorde vpon the Harpe: sing to the Harpe with a Psalme of thankesgeuing.

With trumpettes also and shawmes: O shewe your sel­ues ioyfull before the Lorde the kyng.

Lette the sea make a noyse, and all that therein is: the rounde worlde and they that dwell therein.

Let the fluddes clap theyr handes, and let the hilles bee ioyfull together before the Lorde: for he is come to iudge the earth.

With righteousnes shal he iudge the world: and the peo­ple with equitie.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

GOd, which makeste vs gladde with the yerely remem­braunce of the birth of thy onelye sonne Iesus Christe: graunt that as we ioyfully receiue him for our redemer, so we may with sure confidence beholde hym, when he shall come to be our iudge, who liueth and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

THe grace of God that bringeth saluacion vnto all menne, hath appeared,Tit. ii. and teacheth vs that we should denie vngodlines, and worldly lustes, and that we should liue soberly, and righteouse­ly, and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope, and appearing of the glory of the great God, and of our sauiour Iesu Christ, whiche gaue himselfe for vs, to re­deme vs from all vnrighteousnes, and to pourge vs a pe­culiare people vnto hymselfe, feruently geuen vnto good woorkes. These thynges speake and exhorte, and rebuke with all feruentnes of commaundyng. See that no manne despise thee.

The Gospell.

Luc. ii. ANd it chaunsed in those dayes, that there went out a commaundemēt from Augustus the Emperour, that all the worlde shoulde be taxed. And this tax­ing was the firste, and executed when Sirenius was lieu­tenaunt in Siria. And euery man went vnto his owne ci­tie to be taxed. And Ioseph also ascended from Galile, out of a citie called Nazareth, into Iewry, vnto the citie of Da­uid, which is called Bethleem, because he was of the house and linage of Dauid, to bee taxed, with Mary his spoused wife, whiche was with chylde. And it fortuned that while they were there, her tyme was come that she shoulde be de­liuered. And she brought furth her first begotten sonne, and wrapped him in swadling clothes, & layed him in a Maun­ger, because there was no roume for them in the Inne. And there were in the same region shepeheardes watching and keping theyr flocke by night. And loe, the Angel of the lord stoode harde by them, and the brightnesse of the lorde shone rounde about them, and they were sore afrayed. And the Angel saied vnto them: Be not afrayde: for behold, I bring you tydinges of great ioy that shall come to all people: for vnto you is borne this daye, in the citie of Dauid, a sauiour whiche is Christ the lord. And take this for a sygne: ye shal fynde the childe wrapped in swadlyng clothes, and layde in a maūger. And straight way there was with the Angel, a multitude of heauenly souldiers, praysyng god, and saying: Glory to god on hye, and peace on the earth, and vnto men a good will.

¶ At the seconde Communion.

Domine do­minus noster. psal. viii. O Lord our gouernour, how excellent is thy name in all the worlde: thou that haste set thy glory a­boue the heauens?

Out of the mouth of very babes and sucke­lynges, hast thou ordayned strength, because of thyne ene­mies: that thou mightest still the enemye and the auenger.

For I will considre thy heauens, euen the woorkes of thy fyngers: the Moone and the starres whiche thou hast ordayned.

[Page xij]What is man that thou art so myndefull of hym: and the sonne of man, that thou visitest him?

Thou madest him lower then the Angels: to croune him with glorye and worship.

Thou makest hym to haue dominion of the workes of thy handes: and thou haste put all thynges in subieccion vnder his feete.

All shepe and oxen: yea, and the beastes of the fielde.

The foules of the ayre, and the fishes of the sea: and whatsoeuer walketh thorowe the pathes of the seas.

O Lorde our gouernoure: howe excellent is thy name in all the worlde.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmyghtie God, which haste geuen vs thy only begot­ten sonne to take our nature vpon hym, and this daye to be borne of a pure virgin: Graunt that we being regene­rate and made thy children by adoption and grace, maye dayly be renued by thy holy spirite, throughe the same our Lorde Iesus Christe, who lyueth and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

GOD in tymes paste, dyuerslye and manye wayes spake vnto the fathers by Prophetes:Hebre. [...]. but in these last dayes, he hath spoken to vs by his owne sōne, whom he hath made heyre of all thinges, by whom also he made the worlde. Whiche (sonne) being the brightnesse of his glory, and the very image of his substaunce, rulyng all thynges with the worde of his power, hath by hys owne person pourged our synnes, and sytteth on the ryght hand of the maiestie on hygh: being so muche more excellent then the Angels, as he hath by inheritaunce obtayned a more excellente name then they. For vnto whiche of the Angels sayed he at any time? Thou art my sonne, thys daye haue I begotten thee. And agayne, I wyll be his father, and he shall bee my sonne. And agayne, when he bryngeth in [Page] the firste begotten sonne into the worlde, he sayeth: and let all the Angels of God wurship hym. And vnto the An­gels he sayethe: He maketh his Angels spirites, and hys ministers a flame of fyre. But vnto the sonne he sayethe: thy seate (O God) shalbe for euer and euer. The scepter of thy kingdome is a right scepter. Thou hast loued righte­ousnes and hated iniquitie: wherfore God, euen thy God, hath anointed thee with the oyle of gladnes aboue thy felowes. And thou Lorde in the beginning haste layed the foundacion of the earthe: & the heauens are the workes of thy handes. They shal perish, but thou endurest: But they all shall waxe olde as doeth a garmente, and as a vesture shalte thou chaunge them, and they shalbe chaunged. But thou art euen the same, and thy yeares shall not fayle.

The Gospell.

IN the beginning was the worde, and the worde was with God: and God was the worde. The­same was in the beginning with God.Iohn. i. All thinges were made by it, & without it was made nothing that was made. In it was lyfe, and the lyfe was the light of men, and the light shineth in darkenes, and the darkenes cōprehended it not. There was sente from God a man whose name was Iohn. Thesame came as a wit­nes, to beare witnes of the light, that al men through hym mighte beleue. He was not that light, but was sēt to beare witnes of the light. That light was the true light, whiche lighteth euery man that cometh into the worlde. He was in the worlde, & the worlde was made by him: & the worlde knewe him not. He came among his owne, and his owne receyued him not: But as many as receyued him, to them gaue he power to be the sonnes of God: euē them that be­leued on his name, whiche were borne, not of bloud, nor of the will of the fleshe, nor yet of the wil of man, but of God: And thesame worde became fleshe and dwelt amonge vs: and we sawe the glorye of it, as the glorye of the onely be­gotten sonne of the father, full of grace and trueth.

¶ Propre Psalmes and lessons at Euensong.

  • Psal. lxxxix.
  • Psal. cx.
  • Psal. cxxxii.

The first Lesson. Esay. vii. God spake once agayne to Achas. &c. vnto the ende

The seconde Lesson. Tit. iii. The kyndnes and loue of our sa­uiour. &c. vnto. foolishe questions.

¶ Sainct Stephins daye.

¶At Mattins.

The seconde Lesson. Actes .vi.vii. Stephin full of faith and power (vnto) and when .xl. yeres.

At the Communion.

WHy boastest thou thy selfe, thou tyraunt:Quid glo­riaris in ma­licia. psal. lii. that thou canst doe mischiefe?

Where as the goodnes of God: endureth yet dayly.

Thy tong imagineth wickednesse: & with lyes thou cuttest lyke a sharpe rasor.

Thou hast loued vngraciousnes more then goodnes: and to talke of lyes more then righteousnes.

Thou hast loued to speake all woordes that maye dooe hurt: O thou false tongue.

Therefore shall God destroy thee for euer, he shall take thee and plucke thee out of thy dwelling: and roote thee out of the lande of the lyuing.

The ryghteous also shall see thys, and feare: and shall laugh him to skorne.

Loe, this is the man that toke not God for his strength: but trusted vnto the multitude of his riches, and strengthed himselfe in his wickednes.

As for me I am lyke a greene Oliue tree in the house of God: my trust is in the tender mercie of God for euer and euer.

I will alway geue thankes vnto thee, for that thou hast doone: and I will hope in thy name, for thy sainctes lyke it well.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

[Page] GRaunt vs, O lorde, to learne to loue our enemies by the exaumple of thy martir Saincte Stephin, who prayed to thee for his persecutours: whiche liuest and reignest. &c.

¶Then shall folowe a collect of the Natiuitie.

The Epistle.

Actes .vii. ANd Stephin beyng full of the holy gost, looked vp stedfastly with his iyes into heauen, and saw the glory of god, and Iesus standing on the right hand of god, and saied: behold, I se the heauens open, and the sonne of manne standyng on the right hande of God. Then they gaue a shoute with a loude voyce, and stopped theyr eares, and ran vpon hym all at once, and cast him out of the citie, and stoned him. And the witnesses laied downe theyr clothes at a young mans feete, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephin, calling on and say­ing: Lorde Iesu, receiue my spirite. And he kneeled down and cryed with a loude voyce: Lorde, lay not this sinne to theyr charge. And when he had thus spoken, he fell a slepe.

The Gospell.

Math. xxiii. BEholde, I sende vnto you prophetes & wise men, and Scribes, and some of them ye shall kill & cru­cifye: and some of thē shall ye scourge in your Si­nagogues, and persecute them from citie to citie: that vpon you may come all the righteous bloud whiche hath ben shed vpon the earth, from the bloud of righteous Abel, vnto the bloud of Zacharias the sōne of Barachias, whome ye slew betwene the tēple and the altare. Verely I say vnto you: al these thinges shal come vpon this genera­cion. O Ierusalē, Ierusalem, thou that killeste the Prophe­tes and stonest them whiche are sente vnto thee: howe often woulde I haue gathered thy children together, euen as the henne gathereth her chickens vnder her winges, and ye would not? Behold, your house is left vnto you desolate. For I say vnto you, ye shall not see me hencefoorth, till that ye say: Blessed is he that cummeth in the name of the Lorde.

The seconde lesson at Euensong.

Act. vij. ¶And when .xl. yeres were expired, there appeared vnto Moses. vnto. Stephin full of the holy gost. &c.

¶ Sainct Iohn Euangelistes daye.

At Mattins.

¶The seconde lesson, Apoca. i. vnto the ende.

At the Communion.

IN the Lord put I my trust:In domino confido. psal. xi. how say ye then to my soule, that she shoulde flye as a bird to the hyl?

For loe, the vngodly bend their bowe: and make readie their arowes within the bowe, that they may prieuely shoote at them which are trew of hearte.

For the foundacions will be cast downe: and what hath the righteous doone?

The Lorde is in his holy temple: the Lordes seate is in heauen.

His eyes considre the poore: and his eye liddes tryeth the children of men.

The Lorde alloweth the righteous: but the vngodly, & him that delyteth in wickednes, doeth his soule abhorre.

Vpon the vngodlye he shall rayne snares, fyre and brim­stone, storme and tempeste: thys shall bee theyr porcion to drinke.

For the righteous Lorde, loueth righteousnes: his coun­tenaunce will beholde the thing that is iust.

Glory be the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe and euer. &c.

The Collect.

MErcifull Lorde, wee beseche thee to caste thy bryghte beames of lyghte vpon thy Churche: that it beeyng [Page] lyghtened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Euan­gelist Iohn, may attain to thy euerlasting giftes: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

THat whiche was from the beginning, which we haue hearde,i. Jhon. i. whiche we haue seene with oure eyes, which we haue looked vpon, and our han­des haue handled, of the woorde of lyfe. And the lyfe appeared, and we haue seene and beare witnes, and shewe vnto you that eternall lyfe whiche was with the father, and appeared vnto vs. That whiche we haue sene and hearde, declare we vnto you, that ye also may haue felowship with vs, and that our felowship may bee with the father and his sonne Iesus Christe. And this write we vnto you, that ye may reioyce, and that your ioy may be ful. And this is the tydinges which we haue heard of him, and declare vnto you, that God is lyght, and in him is no darkenes at all. If we say that we haue felowship with him, and walke in darkenesse, we lye, and dooe not the trueth. But and if we walke in light, euē as he is in light, then haue we felowship with him, and the bloud of Iesus Christ his sonne, clenseth vs from all sinne. If we say we haue no synne, we deceyue our selues, and the trueth is not in vs. If we knowledge our sinnes, he is faithfull and iust, to forgeue vs our sinnes, and to clense vs from al vnrighte­ousnes. If we say we haue not sinned, we make hym a lyer, and his woorde is not in vs.

The Gospell.

IEsus sayed vnto Peter: folowe thou me. Peter turned about,John. xxi. and sawe the disciple whome Iesus loued, folowing (whiche al­so leaned on his breaste at Supper, and sayed: Lorde whiche is he that betrayeth thee?) when Peter therefore sawe him, he sayed to Iesus: Lorde what shall he here dooe? Iesus sayed vnto hym: If I wyll haue hym to tarye tyll I come, what is that to thee? Folowe thou me. Then [Page xv] wente this saying abroade among the brethren, that that disciple should not dye. Yet Iesus sayed not to him, he shal not die: but if I wil that he tary til I come, what is that to thee? The same disciple is he which testifieth of these thin­ges, and wrote these thinges: & we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other thynges whiche Iesus dyd, the whiche if they should bee written euery one, I sup­pose the world coulde not cōteine the bookes that should be written.

¶ At Euensong.

¶ The seconde lesson. Apoca. xxii. vnto the ende.

¶The Innocentes day.

¶ At Mattins.

¶ The first lesson, Hiere .xxxi. vnto Moreouer I heard Effraym.

O God, the heathen are come into thyne inhe­ritaunce: thy holy temple haue they defyled,Deus vene­runt gentes. psal. lxxix. and made Ierusalem an heape of stones.

The dead bodies of thy seruauntes haue they geuen to bee meate vnto the fowles of the ayre: and the fleshe of thy sainctes vnto the beastes of the lande.

Theyr bloud haue they shed like water on euery syde of Ierusalem: and there was no man to bury them.

We are become an open shame to oure enemies: a very skorne and derision vnto them that are rounde aboute vs.

Lorde, how long wilt thou be angrie: shall thy gelousye burne lyke fyer for euer?

Powre out thyne indignacion vpon the Heathen that haue not knowen thee: and vpon the kingdomes that haue not called vpon thy name.

For they haue deuoured Iacob: and layed waste his dwellyng place.

O remember not our olde sinnes, but haue mercye vpon vs and that soone: for we are come to great misery.

[Page]Helpe vs, O GOD of our saluacion, for the glory of thy name: O deliuer vs, and bee mercifull vnto our synnes for thy names sake.

Wherefore dooe the Heathen saye: where is nowe theyr God?

O lette the vengeaunce of thy seruauntes bloude that is shed: be openly shewed vpon the Heathen in our syght.

O let the sorowfull sighing of the prisoners come before thee: accordyng vnto the greatnesse of thy power, preserue thou those that are appointed to dye.

And as for the blasphemye (wherwith our neyghbours haue blasphemed thee:) rewarde thou them, O Lord, seuen folde into theyr bosome.

So we that be thy people and shepe of thy pasture, shal geue thee thākes for euer: and will alway be shewing furth thy prayse, from generacion to generacion.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God whose prayse this day, the young in­nocentes thy witnesses hath confessed, and shewed foorth, not in speakyng, but in dying: mortifye and kyll all vyces in vs: that in our conuersacion, our lyfe may expresse thy fayth, whiche with our tongues we dooe con­fesse: through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Apoca. xiiii. I Loked, and loe, a lambe stode on the mount Si­on, and with him an hundred & .xliiij. thousande hauing his name and his fathers name written in theyr foreheades. And I heard a voice from heauen, as the sounde of many waters, and as the voice of a great thundre. And I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harpes. And they sōg as it were a new song be­fore the seate, and before the .iiij. beastes and the elders, and no man coulde learne the song but the .C. & xliiij. thousand, which were redemed from the earth. These are they which were not defyled with weomen, for they are virgins. [Page xvj] These folowe the lambe whithersoeuer he goeth. These were redemed from men being the fyrste fruites vnto God, and to the lambe, and in their mouthes was foūd no guile: for they are without spot before the throne of God.

The Gospell.

THe Angel of the Lorde appeared to Ioseph in a slepe, saying:Math. ii. aryse and take the chylde and his mother, and flye into Egypt, and bee thou there till I bring thee worde. For it will come to passe that Herode shall seeke the childe to destroy him. So when he awoke, he toke the childe and his mother, by nyght, and departed into Egipt, and was there vnto the death of He­rode: that it myghte bee fulfilled whiche was spoken of the lord by the prophete, saying: out of Egypt haue I called my sonne. Then Herode when he sawe that he was mocked of the wise men, he was exceadyng wroth, and sent furth men of warre, and slewe al the children that were in Bethleem, and in all the coastes as (many as were .ii. yere olde or vn­der) according to the tyme which he had diligently knowen out of the wisemen. Then was fulfilled that whiche was spoken by the prophete Ieremie, where as he sayde: in Ra­ma was there a voyce hearde, lamentacion, wepyng, and great mourning: Rachel wepyng for her children, & woulde not be coumforted, because they were not.

¶The Sonday after Christmas day.

I Will lyfte vp myne eyes vnto the hilles:Leuaui oculos. psal. cxxi. from whence cummeth my helpe?

My helpe cummeth euen from the Lorde: whiche hath made heauen and earth.

He will not suffer thy foote to be moued: and he that kepeth thee, will not slepe.

Beholde, he that kepeth Israel: shal neyther slumber nor slepe.

The Lorde himselfe is thy keper: the lorde is thy defence vpon thy right hande.

So that the Sunne shall not burne thee by day: neyther the Moone by night.

[Page]The lord shall preserue thee from all euill: yea, it is euen he that shall kepe thy soule.

The lorde shal preserue thy going out, and thy comming in: from this time foorth for euermore.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God whiche hast geuen vs. &c. As vpon Christmas day.

The Epistle.

Gala. iiii. ANd I say, that the heire (as long as he is a child) differeth not from a seruaunt, though he be lorde of all, but is vnder tutours and gouernours, vn­till the time that the father hath appointed. E­uen so wee also, when we were children, were in bondage vnder the ordinaunces of the worlde: But when the tyme was full come, God sente his sonne made of a woman, and made bonde vnto the lawe, to redeme them whiche were bonde vnto the lawe: that we through eleccion mighte re­ceyue the inheritaunce that belongeth vnto the naturall sonnes. Because ye are sonnes, God hath sent the spirite of hys sonne into oure heartes, whiche cryeth Abba father. Wherfore now, thou arte not a seruaunte, but a sonne: If thou bee a sonne, thou art also an heyre of GOD through Christ.

The Gospell.

Math. i. THis is the boke of the generaciō of Iesus Christ the sonne of Dauid, the sonne of Abrahā: Abra­ham begat Isaac: Isaac begat Iacob: Iacob begat Iudas & his brethren: Iudas begat Pha­res & Zaram of Thamar: Phares begat Esrō: Esrom begat Aram: Arā begat Aminadab: Aminadab be­gat Naasson: Naasson begat Salmō: Salmō begat Boos of Rahab: Boos begat Obed of Ruth: Obed begat Iesse: Iesse begat Dauid ye king: Dauid the king begat Salomō, [Page xvii] of her that was the wife of Vrie: Salamō begat Roboam: Roboam begat Abia: Abia begat Asa: Asa begat Iosa­phat: Iosaphat begat Ioram: Ioram begat Osias: Osias begat Ioatham: Ioatham begat Achas: Achas begat Eze­chias: Ezechias begat Manasses: Manasses begat A­mon: Amon begat Iosias: Iosias begat Ieconias and his brethren, about the tyme that they were caryed awaye to Babilon. And after they were brought to Babilon, Ieco­nias begat Salathiell: Salathiell begate Zorobabel: Zo­robabel begat Abiud: Abiud begate Eliachim: Eliachim begat Azor: Azor begat Sadoc: Sadoc begat Achin: Achin begat Eliud: Eliud begat Eleasar: Eleasar begat Matthan: Matthan begat Iacob: Iacob begat Ioseph the husbande of Marie: of whome was borne Iesus, euen he that is called Christe. And so all the generacyons from Abrahā to Dauid, are .xiiii. generacions. And from Dauid vnto the captiuitie of Babilon, axe .xiiii. generacions. And from the captiuitie of Babilon vnto Christe, are .xiiii. ge­neracions.

The birth of Iesus Christe was on thys wyse: When hys mother Mary was maryed to Ioseph (beefore they came to dwell together) she was founde with childe by the holy goste. Then Ioseph her husbande (because he was a righteous manne, and woulde not put her to shame) was minded prieuely to departe from her. But whyle he thus thought, behold, the Angel of the lord appeared vnto hym in slepe, saying: Ioseph, thou sonne of Dauid, feare not to take vnto thee Mary thy wyfe: for that which is conceiued in her, cummeth of the holye goste. She shall bring furth a sonne, and thou shalt call hys name Iesus: for he shall saue his people from theyr sinnes.

All thys was doone, that it mighte be fulfilled whiche was spoken of the lorde by the Prophete, saying: Beholde, a mayde shall bee with chylde, and shall brynge foorthe a sonne, and they shall call hys name Emanuell, whiche if a manne interprete, is asmuche to say as God with vs. And Ioseph assone as he awoke out of slepe, did as the Angel of the lorde had bidden him: and he toke hys wyfe vnto hym, and knew her not, til she had brought furth her first begot­ten sonne, and called his name Iesus.

[Page]¶The Circumcision of Christ.

At Mattins.

The first lesson. Gene. xvii. vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Rom. ii. vnto the ende.

At the Communion.

Letatus sum. psal. cxxii. I Was glad, when they sayde vnto me: we wil goe into the house of the Lorde.

Our feete shall stande in thy gates: O Ie­rusalem.

Ierusalem is buylded as a citie: that is at vnytye in it selfe.

For thither the Tribes goe vp, euen the Tribes of the Lorde: to testifye vnto Israell, to geue thankes vnto the name of the Lorde.

For there is the seate of iudgemente: euen the seate of the house of Dauid.

O pray for the peace of Ierusalem: they shall prosper that loue thee.

Peace be within thy walles: and plenteousnes with­in thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions sakes: I will wishe thee prosperitie.

Yea because of the house of the Lorde our God: I wil seke to doe thee good.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, which madest thy blessed sonne to be circumcised and obedyente to the lawe for manne: graunte vs the true circumcision of thy spirite, that our heartes and all our members being mortifyed from all worldly and carnall lustes, may in all thinges obey thy blessed wil, through the same thy sonne Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Rom. iiii. BLessed is that man to whome the Lord wil not im­pute sinne. Came this blessednes then vpō the vn­circūcisiō, or vpō the circūcisiō also? for we say, that [Page xviii] fayth was rekoned to Abrahā for righteousnes. How was it then rekoned? when he was in the circumcision, or when he was in the vncircumcisyon? not in the tyme of circumci­sion: but when he was yet vncircumcised. And he receyued the sygne of circumcision, as a seale of the righteousnesse of faith, which he had yet being vncircumcised: that he should bee the father of all them that beleue, though they bee not circumcised, that righteousnes myght be imputed to them also: and that he myghte bee the father of circumcision, not vnto them onely whiche came of the circumcised, but vnto them also that walke in the steppes of the fayth that was in our father Abraham before the time of circumcision. For the promyse (that he shoulde bee the heyre of the worlde) happened not to Abraham, or to his seede, through the law, but through the righteousnes of faythe. For if they, whiche are of the lawe, be heyres, then is fayth but vayne, and the promise of none effect.

The Gospell.

ANd it fortuned,Luc. ii. assoone as the Angels were gone awaye from the shepeheardes into heauen, they sayde one to another: let vs goe nowe euen vn­to Bethleem, and see thys thyng that wee heare say is happened, which the lord hath shewed vnto vs. And they came with haste, and founde Marye and Ioseph, and the Babe laide in a maunger. And when they had sene it, they published abroade the saying whiche was tolde them of that childe. And all they that heard it wondered at those thinges whiche were tolde them of the shepeheardes. But Mary kepte all those sayinges, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepheardes returned, praising and lauding God, for all the thynges that they had hearde and seene, e­uen as it was tolde vnto them. And when the eyght daye was come that the childe shoulde be circumcised, hys name was called Iesus, whiche was named of the Angell before he was conceiued in the woumbe.

¶At Euensong.

The first lesson. Deute. x. And now Israel. vnto the ende.

The seconde Lesson. Coloss. ii. vnto the ende.

¶The Epiphanie.

At Mattins.

The first Lesson, Esai .lx. vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Luke .iii. And it fortuned. vnto the ende.

At the Communion

Cantate dos mino psal. xcvi. O Syng vnto the Lorde a newe song: syng vnto the Lorde all the whole yearth.

Syng vnto the Lorde, and prayse hys name: be telling of his saluacion from daye to daye.

Declare hys honour vnto the Heathen: and hys woon­ders vnto all people.

For the lorde is great, and cannot woorthely be praysed: he is more to be feared then all Goddes.

As for all the Goddes of the Heathen, they bee but y­dolles: but it is the Lorde that made the heauens.

Glory and wurship are before hym: power and honour are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe vnto the Lorde (O ye kynreds of the people:) ascribe vnto the Lorde, worship and power.

Ascribe vnto the Lorde, the honour due vnto his name: bryng presentes and come into his courtes.

O woorshyp the Lorde in the beautie of holynes: let the whole earth stande in awe of hym.

Tell it out among the Heathen, that the lorde is kyng, and that it is he whiche hathe made the rounde worlde so fast, that it cannot be moued: and howe that he shall iudge the people righteously.

Let the heauens reioyce, and let the yearth be glad: let the sea make a noyse and all that therein is.

Let the fielde bee ioyfull and all that is in it: then shall all the trees of the wood reioyce before the Lorde.

For he cummeth, for he cummeth to iudge the yearth: and with righteousnes to iudge the worlde, and the people with his trueth.

Glory be to the father. &c. As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

O God whiche by the leadyng of a starre diddest ma­nyfeste thy onelye begotten sonne to the Gentiles: Mercifully graunt that we which know thee now by faythe, maye after thys lyfe haue the fruicion of thy glo­rious [Page xix] Godhead, through Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

FOr thys cause I Paule am a pryesoner of Iesus Christe for you heathen:Ephe. iii. if ye haue hearde of the mi­nistracion of the grace of god, which is geuen me to you warde. For by reuelacyon shewed he the misterye vnto me, as I wrote afore in few wordes, wherby, whē ye reade, ye maye vnderstande my knoweledge in the mysterye of Christe: whiche mysterye in tymes passed was not opened vnto the sonnes of menne, as it is nowe declared vnto hys holy Apostles and Prophetes by the spirite: that the Gen­tiles should be inheritours also, and of the same bodye, and partakers of hys promyse in Christe, by the meanes of the Gospell, whereof I am made a minister, accordyng to the gifte of the grace of God, which is geuen vnto me after the woorkyng of hys power. Vnto me the leaste of all sainctes is thys grace geuen, that I shoulde preache amonge the Gentiles, the vnsearcheable ryches of Christe, and to make all men see what the felowshyppe of the misterie is, whiche from the beginning of the worlde, hath bene hydde in God, whiche made all thinges through Iesus Christe: to the en­tente, that nowe vnto the rulers and powers in heauen­ly thinges, might be knowen, by the congregacyon, the ma­nifolde wisedome of God, according to the eternal purpose whiche he wrought in Christ Iesu our lorde, by whome we haue boldenes and entraunce, with the confidence whiche is by the fayth of him.

The Gospell.

WHen Iesus was borne in Bethleē a citie of Iury,Mat. iii. in the tyme of Herode the kyng: Beholde, there came wise men from the East to Ierusalē, saying: where is he that is borne kyng of Iewes? For we haue seene hys starre in the East, and are come to wurship hym. When He­rode the kyng had hearde these thynges, he was troubled and all the citie of Ierusalem with hym. And when he had gathered al the chiefe priestes and scribes of the people together, he demaunded of them where Christe shoulde bee borne. And they sayd vnto hym: at Bethleem in Iurie.

[Page] For thus it is written by the Prophete: And thou Beth­leem in the land of Iury, art not the leaste among the pryn­ces of Iuda, for out of thee there shall come vnto me the ca­pitaine that shal gouerne my people Israell. Then Herode (when he had prieuelye called the wise men) he inquired of them diligentlye what tyme the starre appeared, and he bad them goe to Bethleem, and said: goe your way thither and searche dilygentlye for the chylde. And when ye haue found him, bryng me woorde agayne, that I may come and woorship him also. whē they had hearde the kyng, they de­parted: and loe, the starre whiche they sawe in the Easte, wente beefore them tyll it came and stoode ouer the place wherein the chylde was. When they sawe the starre, they were exceading glad and wente into the house, and founde the childe with Mary hys mother, and fell downe flat and wurshypped hym, and opened theyr treasures and offered vnto hym giftes: Golde, Frankincense, and Mirre. And af­ter they were warned of God in slepe (that they should not goe agayne to Herode) they returned into theyr owne coun­trey another way.

At Euensong.

The first lesson, Esai. xlix. vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Iohn .ii. After this he went downe to Capernaum. vnto the ende.

The firste Sonday after the Epiphanie.

HOwe long wilt thou forget me, O Lorde, for euer? howe long wilt thou hyde thy face from me?Ʋsque quo domine psal. xiii.

Howe long shall I seke counsell in my soule, and be so vexed in my heart? howe long shall myne enemye tri­umphe ouer me?

Consider and heare me, O lorde my God: lyghten myne eyes that I slepe not in death.

Leste myne enemye saye, I haue prenayled agaynste him: for if I be cast downe, they that trouble me will reioyce at it.

But my trust is in thy mercye: and my hearte is ioyfull in thy saluacion.

I wil sing of the lorde, because he hath dealt so louyng­ly [Page xx] with me: (yea I will prayse the name of the Lorde the moste highest.)

Glory be to the father. &c. As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde we beseche thee, mercifullye to receyue the praiers of thy people whiche call vpon thee: and graunt that they maye both perceyue and knowe what thynges they ought to do, and also haue grace and power faithully to fullfyll the same.

The Epistle.

I Besech you therefore brethren, by the mercifulnes of God,Roma, xii. that ye make youre bodies a quicke sa­crifice, holy and acceptable vnto God, whiche is your resonable seruyng of god, and fashion not your selfes like vnto this world: but be ye chaunged in your shape by the renuing of youre minde, that ye maie proue what thing that good and acceptable and perfect will of god is. For I saye (throughe the grace that vnto me geuen is) to euery man amonge you, that no man stand hygh in his owne conceite, more then it becommeth hym to esteme of hymselfe: but so iudge of himselfe, that he be gentle and sobre, according as God hath dealt to euery man the mea­sure of faith: for as we haue many membres in one body and all membres haue not one office: so we being many, are one body in Christ, and euery man amōg our selues, one a­nothers members.

The Gospell.

THe father and mother of Iesus wente to Hierusa­lem after the custome of the feast day.Luc. ii. And when they had fulfilled the dayes: as they returned home, the child Iesus abode stil in Ierusalem, and his father and mother knewe not of it: but they supposing hym to haue beene in the cumpanye, came a dayes iourney and sought hym amōg their kinsfolke and acquaintaunce. And when they found hym not, they went backe again to [Page] Ierusalem, and soughte hym. And it fortuned that after three dayes they founde him in the temple, sytting in the middest of the doctours, hearyng them and posing them. And all that heard hym, were astonied at his vnderstan­ding and answers. And when they saw hym, they meruai­led, and his mother sayd vnto him: Sonne, why haste thou thus dealte with vs? Beholde, thy father & I haue sought thee sorowing. And he sayd vnto them: how happened it that ye sought me? wiste ye not that I muste go about my fathers busines? And they vnderstode not that saying, which he spake vnto them. And he went downe with thē, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient vnto them: but his mother kept all these sayinges together in her heart. And Iesus prospered in wisdome and age, and in fauour with god and men.

¶The second Sonday.

Dixit insi­piens psal. 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 doeth good (no not one.)

The lorde loked downe from heauen vpon the children of men: to see if there were any that woulde vnderstand and seeke after God.

But they are all gone out of the waye, they are altogether become abominable: there is none that doeth good (no not one.)

Their throte is an open sepulchre: with their tongues thei haue deceyued, the poyson of Aspes is vnder theyr lippes.

Theyr mouth is full of curssyng and bitternes: theyr feete are swift to shed bloud.

Destruccion and vnhappines is in theyr wayes: and the way of peace haue they not knowen, there is no feare of God before theyr eyes.

Haue they no knowlege, that they are all suche woorkers of mischiefe, eating vp my people as it were bread, and call not vpon the Lorde?

There were they brought in great feare (euen where no feare was) for god is in the generacion of the righteous. As for you, ye haue made a mocke at the counsayl of the [Page xxi] poore: because he putteth his trust in the lorde.

Who shall geue saluacion vnto Israell out of Sion? when the lorde turneth the captiuitie of his people: then shall Iacob reioyce and Israell be glad.

Glory be to the father. &c. As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, which dooest gouerne all thinges in heauen and earthe: mercifully heare the supplicacions of thy people, and graunt vs thy peace all the dayes of our lyfe.

The Epistle.

SEing that we haue dyuerse gyftes,Rom. xii. according to the grace that is geuen vnto vs: if any man haue the gift of prophecy, let hym haue it, that it be agreeing to the faith. Let hym that hath an office waite on his office. Let hym that rea­cheth, take hede to his doctrine. Let hym that exhorteth, geue attendaunce to his exhortacion. If any man geue, let hym do it with singlenes. Let him that ruleth, doe it with diligence. If any man shew mercy, let him do it with chere­fulnes. Let loue bee with out dissimulacion. Hate that whiche is euill, and cleaue vnto that whiche is good. Be kynde one to an other with brotherly loue. In geuing ho­nour goe one before an other. Be not slothefull in the bu­sines which ye haue in hād. Be feruēt in the spirite. Apply your selues to the time. Reioyce in hope. Be pacient in tri­bulacion. Continue in praier. Distribute vnto the necessitie of the sainctes. Be ready to harbour. Blesse them whiche persecute you: blesse, I say, and curse not. Be mery with them that are mery: wepe also with them that wepe: bee of like affeccion one towardes another. Bee not hie minded, but make youre selues equall to them of the lower sorte.

The Gospell.

ANd the third daye was there a mariage in Cana a citie of Galile, and the mother of Iesus was there.Ihon. ii. And Iesus was called (and his disciples) vnto [Page] the mariage. And when the wine fayled, the mother of Ie­sus saide vnto him: thei haue no wine. Iesus said vnto her: woman, what haue I to doe with thee? mine houre is not yet come. His mother said vnto the ministers: whatsoeuer he sayeth vnto you, do it. And there were standyng there vi. waterpottes of stone, after the maner of the purifying of the Iewes, conteyning .ii. or .iii. fyrkyns a peece. Iesus sayde vnto them: fill the watter pottes with water. And they filled them vp to the brimme. And he saide vnto them: draw out now, and beare vnto the Gouernour of the feast. And thei bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was turned into wine, and knewe not whence it was (but the ministers, whiche drewe the water, knewe) he called the bridegrome, and sayd vnto him: Euerie man at the beginning doth set forth good wine, and when men be dronke, then that which is woorse, but thou haste kepte the good wine vntill now. This beginning of miracles did Iesus in Cana of Galile, and shewed his glorye, and his disciples beleued on him.

¶The .iii. Sonday.

Domie quis habitabit psal. xV. LOrde, who shal dwelle in thy tabernacle? who shal reste vpon thy holye hill?

Euen he that leadeth an vncorrupte lyfe, and dothe the thing whiche is right: and speaketh the truthe from his hearte.

He that hath vsed no deceyt in his tongue: nor done euil to his neighbour, and hath not slaundered his neighbours.

He that setteth not by hymselfe, but is lowelye in his owne iyes: and maketh much of them that feare the lorde.

He that sweareth vnto his neyghbour and disapointeth hym not: though it were to his owne hinderaunce.

He that hath not geuen his money vnto vsury: nor ta­ken rewarde against the innocente.

Whoso dothe these thinges: shall neuer fall.

Glory be to the father. &c. As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, mercyfullye looke vp­on oure infirmities, and in all our daungiers and ne­cessities, [Page xxii] stretche foorthe thy ryghte hande to helpe and de­fende vs, through Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

BE not wise in your owne opinions.Rom. xii. Recompence to no man euill for euill. Prouide aforehande thynges honest, not onely before God, but also in the syghte of all men. If it be possible (as much as is in you) liue pea­ceably with all menne. Dearely beloued, auenge not youre selues, but rather geue place vnto wrath. For it is written: vengeaunce is myne, I will rewarde sayth the lorde. Ther­fore, if thyne enemie hunger, feede him: if he thirst, geue him drynke. For in so dooyng, thou shalte heape coales of fyre on his heade. Be not ouercome of euill, but ouercome euill with goodnes.

The Gospell.

WHen he was come downe from the mountayne,Math. vi [...] muche people folowed hym. And beholde there came a Leper and wurshipped him, saying? Mai­ster, if thou wilte, thou canst make me cleane. And Iesus putte foorth his hande and touched hym, saying: I will, be thou cleane: and immediatelye his Leprosye was cleansed. And Iesus said vnto him: see thou tel no manne, but goe and shew thy selfe to the priest, & offer the gift (that Moses cōmaunded to be offered) for a witnesse vnto them.

And when Iesus was entred into Capernaum, there came vnto hym a Centurion, and besoughte hym, saying: Maister, my seruaunt lieth at home sicke of the paulsey, and is grieuously payned. And Iesus sayde: when I come vnto him I wil heale him. The Centurion aunswered, and sayd: Sir I am not woorthye that thou shouldeste come vnder my roofe: but speake the word onely, & my seruaunt shalbe healed. For I also my selfe am a mā subiect to the autoritie of another, and haue souldiers vnder me: and I say to thys manne, goe, and he goeth: and to another manne, come, and he cummeth: and to my seruaunt, doe this, and he doeth it. When Iesus heard these woordes, he merueyled, and sayde to them that folowed hym: verely I saye vnto you, I haue not founde so great fayth in Israell. I saye vnto you, that many shall come from the Easte, and Weste, and shall reste [Page] with Abraham, and Isaac and Iacob, in the kingdome of heauen: but the chyldren of the kyngdome shall be caste out into vtter darkenes, there shalbe wepyng and gnashyng of teeth. And Iesus sayde vnto the Centurion: Goe thy way, and as thou beleueste so bee it vnto thee: and hys seruaunte was healed in the selfe same houre.

¶ The .iiii. Sonday.

Quare fre­inuerunt gen­tes. psal. ii. WHy doe the Heathen so furiously rage together? and why doe the people imagin a vayne thyng?

The kynges of the earthe stande vp, and the rulers take counsel together: agaynst the Lorde and agaynst his anoynted.

Let vs breake theyr bondes a sunder: and caste awaye theyr coardes from vs.

He that dwelleth in heauen, shal laugh them to skorne: the Lorde shall haue them in derision.

Then shall he speake vnto them in his wrath: and vexe them in his sore displeasure.

Yet haue I set my king: vpon my holy hill of Sion.

I will preache the lawe, wherof the Lorde hath sayd vn­to me: thou art my sonne, this day haue I begotten thee.

Desire of me, and I shal geue thee the heathen for thine inheritaunce: and the vttermoste partes of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of yron: and breake them in pieces lyke a potters vessell.

Be wyse nowe therefore, o ye kinges: be learned ye that are iudges of the yearth.

Serue the Lorde in feare: and reioyce (vnto hym) with reuerence.

Kisse the sonne lest he be angrie, and so ye peryshe from the righte waye: if hys wrathe be kiendled (yea but a lytle) blessed are all they that put theyr 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 euer shalbe. &c.

The Collect.

GOd, whiche knoweste vs to be set in the myddeste of so many and great daungers, that for mans fraylnesse we [Page xxiii] cannot alwayes stande vprightly: Graunt to vs the health of body and soule, that all those thynges whiche we suffer for synne, by thy helpe we maye well passe and ouercome, through Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

LEt euery soule submit hymselfe vnto the auctoritie of the hygher powers:Rom. xiii. for there is no power but of God. The powers that bee, are ordeyned of God, whosoeuer therfore resisteth power, resisteth the ordinaūce of God: But they that resyste, shall receyue to themselues dānacion. For rulers are not feareful to them that do good but to them that doe euil. Wilt thou be without feare of the power? do wel then, & so shalt thou be praysed of the same: for he is the minister of God, for thy wealth. But & yf thou doe that whiche is euyll, then feare, for he beareth not the sweorde for noughte: for he is the minister of God to take vengeaunce on him that doth euil. Wherfore, ye must nedes obey, not onely for feare of vengeaunce, but also because of conscience: and euen for this cause paye ye tribute: For they are goddes ministers seruing for the same purpose. Geue to euery man therefore hys duetye: tribute, to whome tribute belōgeth: custome, to whom custome is due: feare, to whom feare belongeth: honour, to whome honour pertayneth.

The Gospell.

ANd when he entred into a ship,Math. viii. his disciples folo­wed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuche that the shyp was couered with waues, but he was aslepe. And his disciples came to him, & awoke hym, saying: Maister saue vs, we pe­rishe. And he sayth vnto them: why are ye feareful, O ye of litle faith? Then he arose, & rebuked the windes and the sea and there folowed a greate calme. But the men meruailed, saying: what maner of man is thys, that both wyndes and sea obey hym? And when he was come to the other side, in­to the countrey of the Gergesites, there met him .ii. possessed of deuilles, whiche came out of the graues, and were out of [Page] measure fierce, so that no man might goe by that way. And beholde, they cryed out, saying: O Iesu, thou sonne of God, what haue we to dooe with thee? Arte thou come hither to torment vs before the tyme? And there was a good way of from them, a heerd of many Swyne feeding. So the deuils besoughte hym, saying: If thou caste vs oute, suffre vs to goe into the heerde of Swyne. And he sayd vnto them: goe your wayes. Then wente they oute and departed into the heerde of Swine. And beholde, the whole heerd of Swine was caryed hedlong into the sea & peryshed in the waters. Then they that kept them fled, and went theyr wayes into the citie, and tolde euery thyng, & what had happened vnto the possessed of the deuils. And behold, the whole citie came out to mete Iesus: and when they sawe hym, they besought him that he would depart out of theyr coastes.

¶ The .v. Sonday.

Exaudiat te dominus. psal. xx THe Lord heare thee in the day of trouble: the name of the God of Iacob defende thee.

Sende thee helpe from the Sanctuary: and strength thee out of Sion.

Remember all thy offerynges: and accepte thy brente sa­crifice

Graunte thee thy heartes desyre: and fulfyll all thy mynde.

We will reioyce in thy saluacion, and tryumphe in the name of the Lorde oure God: the Lorde perfourme all thy peticions.

Now knowe I that the Lorde helpeth hys anoynted, and will heare him from hys holye heauen: euen with the wholesome strength of his right hand.

Some put their trust in Chariotes, and some in horses: but we will remembre the name of the Lorde our God.

They are brought downe and fallen: but we are risen and stand vpright.

Saue Lorde, and heare vs, O kyng of heauen: when we call vpon thee.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde we beseche thee to kepe thy Churche & housholde continually in thy true religion: that they whiche dooe leane onelye vpon hope of thy heauenlye grace, maye euer­more be defended by thy myghtie power: Through Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

PVt vpon you as the electe of God, tendre mercye,Colos. iii. kyndnes, humblenes of mynde, mekenes, long suf­feryng, forbearyng one an other, and forgeuyng one an other, if any man haue a querell agaynst a­nother: as Christ forgaue you, euen so do ye. Aboue al these thinges, put on loue, 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 woorde of Christe dwell in you plenteouslye, with all wysedome. Teache and exhorte youre owne selues in Psalmes and Himnes and spirituall songes, syngyng with grace in your heartes to the Lord. And whatsoeuer ye doe in woord or dede, doe all in the name of the Lorde Iesu, ge­uing thankes to God the father by hym.

The Gospell.

THe kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto a manne whiche sowed good seede in hys fielde:Math. Xiii. but whyle menne slepte, hys enemy came, and sowed tares a­monge the wheat, and wente his waye. But when the blade was sprong vp, and had broughte furthe fruite, then appeared the tares also. So the seruauntes of the housholder came, and sayd vnto hym: Sir, dydst not thou sowe good seede in thy fielde? from whence then hathe it tares? he sayde vnto them: the enuyous manne hath doone thys. The seruauntes said vnto him: wilte thou then that we goe and wede them vp? But he sayde, naye leste whyle ye gather vp the tares, ye plucke vp also the wheate with them: lette bothe growe together vntill the haruest: and in tyme of harueste, I will say to the reapers: gather ye firste the tares and bynde them together in sheaues to be brente: but gather the wheate into my barne.

[Page]The .vi. sonday (if there bee so many) shall haue the same Psalme, Collect, Epistle, and Gospell, that was vpon the .v.

¶ The Sonday called Septuagesima.

Dominus regit. psal. xxiii. THe Lorde is my shepehearde: therefore can I lacke nothing.

He shall feede me in a greene pasture: and leade me furth besyde the waters of coumforte.

He shall conuerte my soule: and bryng me foorthe in the pathes of righteousnes, for his names sake.

Yea, though I walke through the valley of the shadowe of death: I will feare no euil, for thou art with me, thy rodde and thy staffe coumfort me.

Thou shalt prepare a table before me agaynst them that trouble me: thou haste annoynted my head with oyle, and my cup shalbe full.

But thy louyng kyndenes and mercye shall folowe me all the dayes of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lorde for euer.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: world without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

O Lord, we beseche thee fauourably to heare the prayers of thy people, that we whiche are iustlye punyshed for our offences: may be mercyfully deliuered by thy goodnes, for the glory of thy name: through Iesu Christ our sauiour, who liueth and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

i. Cor. ix. PErceyue ye not, howe that they whiche runne in a course, runne all, but one receyueth the re­warde? So runne that ye may obtayne: Euerye man that proueth masteryes, abstayneth from all thynges. And they doe it to obtayn a crowne that shall perishe, but we to obtaine an euerlasting crowne. I therefore so runne, not as at an vncertayne thyng. So [Page xxv] fight I, not as one that beateth the ayre: but I tame my body, and bryng it into subieccion, leste by any meanes it come to passe, that when I haue preached to other, I my selfe should be a castawaye.

The Gospell.

THe kingdome of heauen is lyke vnto a manne that is an housholder,Math. xx. which went out early in the mor­ning to hyre labourers into his vineyard. And whē the agremente was made with the labourers for a peny a daye, he sent them into his vineyarde. And he wente out a­bout the thirde houre, and sawe other standyng idle in the markette place, and sayed vnto them: Goe ye also into the vineyarde, and whatsoeuer is ryght, I wyll geue you. And they went theyr waye. Againe he went out about the vi. & ix houre, and dyd lykewyse. And about the .xi. houre he went out, and founde other standing idle, and sayd vnto them: why stand ye here all the daye idle? They sayde vnto hym: because no man hath hyred vs. He sayeth vnto them: Goe ye also into the vineyarde, and whatsoeuer is ryght, that shall ye receyue. So, when euen was come, the Lorde of the vineyarde sayde vnto his stewarde: call the laborers and geue them theyr hyre, begynning at the last vntill the first. And whē they did come that came about the xi. houre, they receiued euery man a peny: But when the firste came also, they supposed that they should haue receyued more, & they lykewyse receiued euery man a peny. And when they had receiued it, they murmured againste the goodman of the house, saying: these last haue wrought but one houre, & thou haste made them equall with vs, whiche haue borne the burthen and heate of the day. But he aunswered vnto one of them, and sayd: Frende, I do thee no wrong, diddest thou not agree with me for a peny? Take that thyne is, and go thy waye: I will geue vnto this last, euen as vnto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do as me lusteth with mine owne goodes? Is thine eye euil because I am good? So the last shalbe first, and the first shalbe last. For many be cal­led but fewe be chosen.

¶ The sonday called Sexagesima. [Page] The Sonday called Sexagesima. ¶At the Communion.

Dominiest terra. psal. xxiiii. THe earth is the Lordes, and all that therin is: the compasse of the worlde, and they that dwell therin.

For he hath founded it vpon the seas: and pre­pared it vpon the fluddes.

Who shall ascende into the hyll of the Lorde? or who shal ryse vp in his holy place?

Euen he that hath cleane handes and a pure heart: and that hath not lifte vp his mynde vnto vanitie, nor sworne to deceiue his neighbour.

He shall receiue the blessyng from the Lorde: and righ­teousnes from the God of his saluacion.

This is the generacion of them that seke him: euen of them that seke thy face, O Iacob.

Lifte vp your heades (O ye gates) and be ye lifte vp ye euerlastyng doores: and the kyng of glory shall come in.

Who is this king of glory? it is the Lorde, strong and mightie: euen the Lorde mightie in battayll.

Lifte vp your heades (O ye gates) and be ye lifte vp ye e­uerlasting doores: and the king of glory shall come in.

Who is this kyng of glory? euen 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 beginning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde God, whiche seest that we put not our trust in a­nye thyng that we do: mercifully graunte that by thy power we may be defended against all aduersitie, through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

ii. Cor. xi. YE suffre fooles gladly, seeyng ye youre selues are wyse. For ye suffre if a man bryng you into bon­dage: if a man deuour: if a man take: if a man exalt himselfe: if a man smite you on the face. I speake as concernyng rebuke, as though we hadde been weake in this behalfe. Howbeit, wherinsoeuer any man dare be bold (I speake folishly) I dare be bold also. They are Hebrues, euen so am I. They are Israelytes, euen so am I. They [Page xxvi] are the seede of Abraham, euen so am I. They are the mi­nisters of Christe, (I speake as a foole) I am more: In la­bours more aboundaunte: In stripes aboue measure: In prison more plenteously: In death ofte: Of the Iewes fyue tymes receiued I xl. stripes saue one: Thrise was I beaten with rods: I was once stoned: I suffered thrise ship wracke: Night and daye haue I been in the depe sea. In iorneying often: in parels of waters: in parels of robbers: in ieopar­dyes of myne owne nacion: in ieopardyes 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 trauayle: in watchynges often: in hunger and thyrste: in fastinges often: in cold and nakednes: beside the thinges whiche outwardly happen vnto me, I am combred 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 wil boast of the thinges that concerne myne infirmities. The God & father of our Lorde Iesus Christ, whiche is blessed for euermore, knoweth that I lye not.

The Gospell.

WHen muche people were gathered together,Luc. viii. & were come to hym out of all cyties, he spake by a simily­tude. The sower went out to sowe his sede: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and it was tro­den doune, and the foules of the ayre deuoured it vp. And some fell on stones, & assone as it was sprong vp, it withe­red away, because it lacked moistnes. And some fell among thornes, and the thornes sprāg vp with it & choked it. And some fel on good ground, and sprang vp and bare fruite an hundreth folde. And as he sayed these thinges, he cryed: he that hath eares to heare, let hym heare. And his disciples asked hym, saying: what mane [...] of similitude is this? And he sayed: vnto you it is geuen to knowe the secretes of the kingdome of God: but to other by parables, that whē they see, they should not see, & when they heare, they should not vnderstand. The parable is this: The sede is the worde of God: those that are beside the way, are they that heare: thē cometh the deuyll and taketh away the worde out of their [Page] heartes, leste they should beleue and be saued. They on the stones, are they which when they heare, receiue the worde with ioy: & these haue no rootes, which for a while beleue, and in time of temptacion go awaye. And that which fell among thornes, are they which when they haue heard, go furth, and are choked with cares and ryches, and voluptu­ous lyuyng, and bring furth no fruite. That whiche fell in the good grounde, are they whiche with a pure and good heart, heare the worde and kepe it, and bryng furth fruite through pacience.

¶The Sonday called Quinquagesima.

BE thou my iudge, O Lorde, for I haue walked innocently:Iudica me do­mine. psal. xxvi. my trust hath been also in the Lord therfore shall I not fall.

Examine me, O Lorde, and proue me: trye out my raynes and my heart.

For thy louing kindnes is before mine iyes: and I will walke in thy trueth.

I haue not dwelt with vaine persons: neither wil I haue felowship with the deceiptfull.

I haue hated the congregacion of the wycked: and will not syt among the vngodly.

I [...]ill washe my handes in innocencie, O Lorde: and so will I go to thyne alter.

That I may shewe the voyce of thankesgeuyng: and tell of all thy wonderous workes.

Lorde, I haue loued the habitacion of thy house: and the place where thyne honour dwelleth.

O shutte not vp my soule with the sinners: nor my lyfe with the bloudthursty.

In whose handes is wickednes: and theyr ryght hande is full of gyftes.

But as for me I will walke innocently: O Lorde deliuer me, and be mercifull vnto me.

My foote standeth ryght: I will prayse the Lorde in the congregacions.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

O Lord which doest teache vs, that all our doinges with­out charitie are nothing worthe: sende thy holy goste and powre into oure heartes that moste excellent gyfte of charitie, the very bonde of peace and all vertues, without the whiche, whosoeuer lyueth is counted dead before thee: Graunt this, for thy onely sonne Iesus Christes sake.

The Epistle.

THough I speake with the tongues of menne and of aungels, and haue no loue,i. Cor. xiii. I am euen as sounding brasse, or as a tynklyng Cimball. And though I could prophecy, and vnderstode all secretes, and all knowledge: yea, if I haue al faith, so that I can moue moū ­taines out of their places, and yet haue no loue, I am no­thing. And though I bestowe all my goodes to fede the poore, & though I gaue my body euen that I burned, & yet haue no loue, it profiteth me nothyng. Loue suffreth long, & is courteous: loue enuieth not: loue doeth not frowardly, swelleth not, dealeth not dishonestly, seketh not her owne, is not prouoked to anger, thynketh none euil, reioyseth not in iniquitie. But reioyseth in the truth, suffereth al thinges, beleueth all thynges, hopeth all thynges, endureth all thinges. Though that prophecying faile, eyther tongues cease, or knowledge vanishe awaye, yet loue falleth neuer awaye. For our knowledge is vnperfect, and our propheci­yng is vnperfect: But when that which is perfect is come, then that whiche is vnperfect shalbe done awaye. When I was a childe, I spake as a childe: I vnderstode as a childe: I imagined as a childe. But assone as I was a man, I put awaye childishnes. Now we see in a glasse, euen in a darke speaking: but then shall we see face to face. Nowe I knowe vnperfectly: but then shal I knowe euen as I am knowen. Nowe abydeth fayth, hope, and loue, euen these thre: but the chiefe of these is loue.

The Gospell.

IEsus toke vnto him the .xii. and said vnto them:Luc. xviii. be­holde we go vp to Ierusalem, and al shalbe fulfilled that are wrytten by the Prophetes of the sonne of [Page] man. For he shalbe deliuered vnto the Gentyles, and shal­be mocked, and despitefully intreated, and spitted on. And when they haue scourged him, they will put him to death, and the third day he shall ryse again. And they vnderstode none of these thinges. And this saying was hid from thē, so that they perceyued not the thinges which were spoken. And it came to passe, that as he was come nigh vnto Hie­rico, a certayne blynde man sate by the hye waye syde, beg­gyng. And when he heard the people passe by, he asked what it ment. And they sayd vnto him, that Iesus of Na­zareth passed by. And he cryed, saying: Iesu thou sonne of Dauid, haue mercy on me. And they which went before re­buked him, that he should holde his peace. But he cryed so muche the more: thou sonne of Dauid haue mercye on me. And Iesus stode styll, and commaunded hym to bee brought vnto hym. And when he was come nere, he asked him, saying: what wilt thou that I doe vnto thee? and he sayd: Lorde, that I may receyue my sight. And Iesus sayd vnto him: receiue thy sight, thy fayth hath saued thee. And immediatly he receyued his sight, and folowed hym pray­sing God. And al the people, when they sawe it, gaue praise vnto God.

¶ The first day of Lent, commonly called Ashwednesdaye.

Domine ne. psal. vi. O Lord, rebuke me not in thyne indignacion: neyther chasten me in thy displeasure.

Haue mercy vpon me, O Lorde, for I am weake: O Lorde heale me, for my bones are vexed.

My soule also is soore troubled: but Lorde howe long wilt thou punishe me?

Turne thee, O Lorde, and delyuer my soule: Oh saue me for thy mercies sake.

For in death no man remembreth thee: and who wyll geue thee thankes in the pyt?

I am wery of my groning, euery night washe I my bed: and water my couche with my teares.

My beautie is gone for very trouble: and worne awaye because of all myne enemyes.

Awaye fro me all ye that worke vanitie: for the Lorde hath heard the voyce of my wepyng.

[Page xxviii]The Lorde hath heard my peticion: the Lorde wyll re­ceyue my prayer.

All myne enemies shalbe confounded and sore vexed: they shalbe turned backe and put to shame sodainly.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, which hatest nothing that thou haste made, and doest forgeue the synnes of al them that be penitent: Create and make in vs newe and contrite heartes, that we worthely lamenting our synnes, and knowlegyng oure wretchednes, may obtayne of thee, the God of all mercy, perfecte remission and forgeuenesse, through Iesus Christe.

The Epistle.

TVrne you vnto me with all your heartes, with fas­ting, weping and mourning: rent your heartes,Ioes. ii. and not your clothes. Turne you vnto the Lorde your God, for he is gracious & mercifull, long sufferyng, and of great compassion, and ready to pardon wickednes. Then (no doubt) he also shall turne and forgeue: and after his chastening he shall let your increase remaine for meate and drinke offeringes vnto the Lorde youre God. Blowe out with the trompet in Sion, proclaime a fastyng, call the congregacion, and gather the people together: warne the congregacion, gather the elders, bring the childrē, and suck­linges together. Let the brydgrome go furth of his cham­bre, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priestes serue the Lorde betwene the Porche and the alter, weping and say­ing: be fauorable, O Lorde, be fauorable vnto thy people: let not thyne heritage be brought to suche confusion, leste the heathen be Lordes therof. Wherfore should they say a­mong the Heathen: where is nowe theyr God?

The Gospell.

WHen ye faste, bee not sad as the Hipocrites are,Math. vi. for they disfigure theyr faces that it may appeare vn­to men howe that they fast. Verely I say vnto you, they haue theyr rewarde. But thou, when thou fasteste, [Page] annoynte thyne head, and washe thy face, that it appeare not vnto men howe that thou fasteste, but vnto thy father whiche is in secrete: and thy father whiche seeth in secrete, shall reward thee openly. Lay not vp for your selues trea­sure vpon earth, where the rust and moth doth corrupt, and where theues breake through and steale. But laye vp for you treasures in heauen, where neither rust nor moth doth corrupt, & where theues doe not breake through nor steale. For where your treasure is, there wil your heartes be also.

¶ The first Sonday in Lent.

Beati quorū psal. xxxii. BLessed is he, whose vnryghteousnesse is for­geuen: and whose synne is couered.

Blessed is the man, vnto whom the Lorde imputeth no sinne: and in whose spirite there is no guile.

For while I helde my tongue: my bones consumed awaye thorough my dayly complayning.

For thy hande is heauy vpon me both daye and night: and my moysture is lyke the drought in Somer.

I will knowlage my sinne vnto thee: and mine vnrigh­teousnes haue I not hyd.

I sayd, I will confesse my sinnes vnto the Lorde: and so thou forgauest the wickednesse of my sinne.

For this shall euery one that is Godly, make his prayer vnto thee, in a time when thou maiest be founde: but in the great water floudes, they shall not come nye him.

Thou art a place to hyde me in, thou shalt preserue me from trouble: thou shalt compasse me about with songes of deliueraunce.

I will enforme thee and teache thee in the waye wherin thou shalt go: and I will guyde thee with mine eye.

Be not ye lyke horsse and Mule, whiche haue no vnder­standing: whose mouthes must be holden with bitte and bridle, leste they fall vpon thee.

Great plagues remaine for the vngodly: but whoso put­teth his trust in the Lorde mercy embraceth hym on euery side.

Be glad, O ye righteous, and reioyce in the Lorde: and be ioyfull all ye that are true of heart.

[Page xxix]Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy ghoste.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

O Lorde, whiche for oure sake, dyddeste faste fortye dayes and fourtye nyghtes: Geue vs grace to vse suche abstinence, that our fleshe beeyng subdued to the spirite, wee maye euer obeye thy Godlye mocyons, in righteousnes and true holynes, to thy honour and glorye: whiche liuest and reignest. &c.

The Epistle.

WE as helpers exhort you,ii. Cor. vi. that ye receyue not the grace of god in vain. For he saith: I haue heard thee in a tyme accepted: and in the daye of salua­cyon haue I succoured thee. Beholde, nowe is that accepted tyme: beholde, nowe is that day of saluacion. Let vs geue no occasyon of euill, that in oure of­fice be founde no faute, but in all thinges let vs behaue our selues as the ministers of God: In much pacience, in afflic­cions, in necessities, in anguishes, in stripes, in priesōmētes, in strifes: in labours, in watchynges, in fastynges, in pure­nes, in knowledge, in long suffering, in kyndenes, in the ho­ly goste, in loue vnfayned, in the worde of trueth, in the po­wer of God: by the armour of ryghteousnes of the ryghte hande and on the lefte: by honour and dyshonour: by euyll reporte and good reporte: as deceiuers, and yet true: as vn­knowen, and yet knowen: as dying, and beholde we lyue: as chastened and not kylled: as sorowyng and yet alwaye mery: as poore and yet make manye ryche: as hauyng no­thyng, and yet possessing all thinges.

The Gospell.

THen was Iesus led awaye of the spirite into wyl­dernesse, to bee tempted of the deuyll.Math. iiii. And when he had fasted fourty daies and fourty nightes, he was at the laste an hungred. And when the tempter [Page] came to hym, he sayde, if thou bee the sonne of God, com­maunde that these stones be made breade. But he aunswe­red and sayd: it is written, man shal not liue by bread only, but by euery woord that procedeth out of the mouth of god. Then the deuyll taketh hym vp into the holye citye, and setteth hym on a pynacle of the temple, and sayeth vnto hym: if thou be the sonne of God, cast thy selfe downe head­long. For it is written: he shall geue hys Aungels charge ouer thee, and with theyr handes they shall holde thee vp, lest at any tyme thou dashe thy foote agaynst a stone. And Iesus sayd vnto him: it is written agayne: Thou shalt not tempt the Lorde thy God. Agayne, the deuyll taketh hym vp into an exceding hygh mountayne, and sheweth hym al the kyngdomes of the worlde, and the glorye of them, and sayeth vnto hym: all these will I geue thee, if thou wylte fall downe and wurship me. Then sayth Iesus vnto hym: Auoyde Sathan, for it is written: Thou shalt wurship the Lorde thy God, and him onely shalte thou serue. Then the deuill leaueth him, and beholde, the Aungels came and mi­nistred vnto hym.

¶ The second Sonday.

OVt of the depe haue I called vnto thee, O Lorde: Lorde heare my voyce.De profundis psal. cxxx.

Oh let thine eares consider well: the voyce of my complaynte.

If thou Lorde wilt be extreme to marke what is done amysse: Oh Lorde who may abyde it?

For there is mercy with thee: therfore shalt thou be fea­red.

I looke for the Lorde, my soule doeth wayte for hym: in his woorde is my trust.

My soule flyeth vnto the Lorde, beefore the mornyng watche: I saye, before the morning watche.

O Israel trust in the Lorde, for with the Lorde there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redempcion.

And he shall redeme Israell, from all his sinnes.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whiche doeste see that we haue no po­wer of our selues to helpe our selues: kepe thou vs both outwardelye in our bodyes, and inwardelye in our soules, that we may be defended from all aduersityes whiche may happen to the bodye, and from all euyll thoughtes whiche may assault and hurt the soule: through Iesus Christ. &c.

The Epistle.

WE beseche you brethren, and exhort you by the lorde Iesus, that ye increase more and more,i. Tess. iiii. euen as ye haue receyued of vs, howe ye oughte to walke and to please God. For ye know what commaundementes we gaue you by our Lord Iesu Christe. For this is the will of God, euen your holynes, that ye shoulde abstayne from for­nicacion, and that euery one of you shoulde knowe howe to kepe his vessell in holynes and honour, and not in the luste of concupiscence as do the Heathen, which know not God: that no man oppresse and defraude hys brother in bergay­nyng: because that the lord is the auēger of al such thinges, as we tolde you before, and testifyed. For God hath not cal­led vs vnto vnclennesse, but vnto holynes. He therfore that despyseth, despyseth not manne, but God whiche hath sente his holy spirite among you.

The Gospell.

IEsus wente thence, and departed into the coa­stes of Tyre and Sidon: and beholde,Math. xv. a woman of Canaan (whiche came oute of the same coa­stes) cryed vnto hym, saying: haue mercye on me, O Lord, thou sōne of Dauid: My daughter is pieteous­ly vexed with a deuyll. But he aunswered her nothyng at all. And hys disciples came and besought him, saying: send her awaye, for she cryeth after vs. But he aunswered, and sayd: I am not sent, but to the lost shepe of the house of Is­raell. Then came she & wurshipped him saying: Lord, help me. He answered & said: it is not mete to take the childrens [Page] bread, and cast it to dogges. She answered and sayd: truth Lorde, for the dogges eate of the crummes which fal from theyr maisters table. Then Iesus aunswered, and said vn­to her: O woman, great is thy faythe, be it vnto thee, euen as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole euen at the same time.

¶The .iii. Sonday.

Iudica me Deus. psal. xliii. GEue sentence with me (O God) and defende my cause agaynste the vngodly people: Oh deliuer me from the deceiptfull and wicked man.

For thou arte the God of my strengthe, why haste thou put me from thee? and why goe I so heauely, while the ene­mye oppresseth me?

Oh sende out thy light and thy trueth, that they maye leade me: & bryng me vnto thy holy hyll, & to thy dwellyng.

And that I may goe vnto the aultare of God, euen vn­to the God of my ioye and gladnesse: and vpon the harpe will I geue thankes vnto thee (O God) my God.

Why art thou so heauy (O my soule:) and why art thou so disquieted within me?

O put thy trust in God: for I wil yet geue him thankes whiche is the helpe of my countenaunce and my God.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

WE beseche thee almightie God looke vpon the har­tye desyres of thy humble seruauntes: and stretche foorth the right hande of thy maiestie, to be our de­fence agaynste all our enemyes: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Ephe. v BE you the folowers of god as dere children, and walke in loue, euen as Christ loued vs, and gaue himselfe for vs an offring & a sacrifice of a swete sauour to god. As for fornication & al vnclennes or couetousnes, let it not bee once named among you, as it becūmeth sainctes: or filthines, or folish talking, or iestyng, [Page xxxi] whiche are not comely, but rather geuyng of thankes. For this ye knowe, that no whoremonger, eyther vncleane per­sone, or couetous persone (whiche is a wurshypper of yma­ges) hath any inheritaunce in the kyngdome of Christ and of God. Let no man deceiue you with vayne woordes. For because of such thynges, cummeth the wrath of God vpon the childrē of disobedience. Be not ye therfore companions of them. Ye were sumtyme darkenes, but now are ye lighte in the Lord: walke as children of lighte, for the fruite of the spirite consisteth in all goodnes, and righteousnes, & truth. Accepte that whiche is pleasyng vnto the Lorde, and haue no felowship with the vnfruitfull workes of darkenes, but rather rebuke them. For it is a shame euen to name those thinges, whiche are done of them in secrete: but all thynges when they are brought furth by the light are manifest. For whatsoeuer is manifeste, thesame is lyghte: wherefore he sayeth: awake thou that slepest, and stande vp from death, and Christ shall geue thee light.

The Gospell.

IEsus was casting out a deuyl that was dumme.Luc. Xl. And when he had cast out the deuill, the dumme spake, and the people woondered. But some of them sayde: he casteth out deuils through Beel­zebub the chiefe of the deuils. And other tempted hym, and required of hym a sygne from heauen. But he knowyng theyr thoughtes, sayd vnto them: Euerye kyngdome deuy­ded agaynste it selfe, is desolate: and one house doeth fall v­pon another. If Sathan also bee deuyded agaynste hym­selfe, howe shall hys kyngdome endure? Because ye saye that I caste out deuilles throughe Beelzebub. If I by the helpe of Beelzebub cast out deuils, by whose helpe doe your chyldren caste them oute? Therefore shall they bee youre iudges. But if I with the fynger of God cast out deuilles, no doubt the kyngdome of God is come vpon you. When a strong manne armed watcheth hys house, the thynges that he possesseth are in peace. But when a strōger then he com­meth vpon him, & ouercummeth him, he taketh from him al hys harnes (wherein he trusted) and deuydeth his goodes. He that is not with me, is agaynste me. And he that gathe­reth [Page] not with me, scattreth abroade. Whē the vncleane spi­rite is gone out of a man, he walketh through drye places, seeking reste. And when he fyndeth none, he sayth: I wil re­turne agayne into my house whence I came out. And whē he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him .vii. other spirites worse then himself: and they enter in & dwel there. And the end of that man is worse then the beginning. And it fortuned that as he spake these thinges, a certayne womā of the cumpany lift vp her voyce, and said vnto him: happy is the woumbe that bare thee, & the pappes which gaue thee sucke. But he sayd: yea, happie are they that heare the woorde of God, and kepe it.

¶ The .iiii. Sonday.

Deus noster refugium. psal. xlvi. GOd is our hope and strengthe: a very presente helpe in trouble.

Therfore will not we feare, though the earthe be moued: and thoughe the hylles bee caryed in­to the middest of the sea.

Though the waters therof rage and swell: and though the mountaynes shake at the tempest of the same.

The riuers of the floude thereof shall make gladde the citie of God: the holye place of the tabernacle of the moste highest.

God is in the middeste of her, therefore shall she not bee remoued: God shall helpe her, and that right early.

The heathen make muche a dooe, and the kyngdomes are moued: but God hath shewed hys voyce, and the earth shall mealte away.

The Lorde of hoostes is with vs: the God of Iacob is our refuge.

O come hyther, and beholde the woorkes of the Lorde: what destruccion he hath brought vpon the earth.

He maketh warres to ceasse in all the worlde: he breaketh the bowe, and knappeth the speare in sunder, and burneth the Chariotes in the fyer.

Be still then, and knowe that I am God: I wilbe exal­ted among the Heathen, and I wilbe exalted in the yearth.

The Lorde of hoostes is with vs, the God of Iacob is our defence.

Glory be to the father. &c. As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GRaunt we beseche thee almightie God, that we, which for our euill dedes are worthely punyshed: by the com­forte of thy grace may mercifully be relieued, through oure Lorde Iesus Christe.

The Epistle.

TEll me (ye that desyre to be vnder the lawe) doe ye not heare of the lawe?Gala. iiii. for it is written that Abra­ham had .ii. sonnes, the one by a bondemayde, the other by a freewoman. Yea, and he which was borne of the bondewoman, was borne after the fleshe: but he whiche was borne of the freewoman, was borne by promes: which thinges are spoken by an allegory. For these are two testa­mentes, the one from the mount Sina, which gendreth vn­to bondage, whiche is Agar: For mount Sina is Agar in Arabia, and bordreth vpon the citie, whiche is nowe called Ierusalem, and is in bondage with her chyldren. But Ie­rusalem, whiche is aboue, is free, whiche is the mother of vs all. For it is written: Reioyce thou barren that beareste no children: breake furth and crye, thou that trauaylest not. For the desolate hath many moe children then she whiche hath an housbande. Brethren we are after Isaac the chyl­dren of promes. But as then he that was borne after the fleshe, persecuted him that was borne after the spirite: Euē so is it nowe. Neuerthelesse, what sayeth the scripture? put awaye the bonde woman and her sonne. For the sonne of the bondewoman shall not be heyre with the sonne of the freewoman: So then brethren, we are not chyldren of the bondewoman, but of the freewoman.

The Gospell.

IEsus departed ouer the sea of Galile,Iohn. vi. which is the sea of Tiberias, and a greate multytude folowed hym, because they sawe hys myracles whiche he dyd on them that were dyseased. And Iesus wente vp into a mountayne, and there he sate with hys Disciples. [Page] And Easter, a feaste of the Iewes, was nye. When Iesus then lift vp hys eyes and sawe a great company come vn­to hym, he sayeth vnto Philip: whence shall we bye breade that these may eate? This he sayd to proue him: for he him­selfe knewe what he woulde dooe. Philip aunswered him: two hundreth peniwoorth of breade, are not sufficyente for them, that euery manne may take a litle. One of hys disci­ples (Andrewe, Simon Peters brother) sayeth vnto hym: There is a lad here which hath fiue barley loaues and two fyshes: but what are they among so manye? And Iesus sayd: make the people sit downe. There was muche grasse in the place: so the menne sate downe, in number about fiue thousande. And Iesus toke the bread, and when he had ge­uen thankes, he gaue to the Disciples, and the Disciples to them that were set downe: & lykewise of the fishes asmuch as they would. When they had eaten inough, he sayd vnto his Disciples: gather vp the broken meate whiche remay­neth, that nothyng be loste. And they gathered it together and fylled .xii. baskettes with the broken meate of the fyue barley loaues: which broken meate remained vnto thē that had eaten. Then those menne (when they had seene the mi­racle that Iesus did) sayd: thys is of a trueth the same Pro­phete that shoulde come into the worlde.

¶ The .v. Sonday.

Deus in no­mine tuo psal liiii. SAue me (O God) for thy names sake: and auenge me in thy strength.

Heare my prayer (O God:) and harken vnto the woordes of my mouth.

For straungers are risen vp agaynst me: and Tirauntes (which haue not god before theyr eyes) seke after my soule.

Beholde, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that vpholde my soule.

He shall rewarde euill vnto myne enemies: destroye thou them in thy trueth.

An offeryng of a free hearte will I geue thee, and prayse thy name (O Lorde:) because it is so coumfortable.

For he hath deliuered me oute of all my trouble: and myne eye hath seene his desyre vpon myne enemies.

[Page xxxiii]Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the begynning. &c.

The Collect.

WE beseche thee almightie God, mercifullye to looke vpon thy people: that by thy great goodnesse, they may be gouerned and preserued euermore bothe in bodye and soule: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

CHriste beyng an hye priest of good thynges to come,Hebrues .ix. came by a greater and a more perfecte tabernacle, not made with handes, that is to saye, not of thys buildyng, neither by the bloud of goates and calues, but by hys owne bloude he entred in once into the holy place, and founde eternall redempcion. For if the bloud of oxen and of goates, and the ashes of a young kowe, when it was sprin­kled, purifyeth the vncleane as touchyng the purifying of the fleshe: howe much more shall the bloud of Christ (which through the eternall spirite, offered hymselfe without spot to god) purge your conscience from dead workes, for to serue the liuing god? And for thys cause is he the mediator of the new testament: that through death, which chaunsed for the redempcion of those trangressiōs that were vnder the first testament, they which are called, might receiue the promes of eternall inheritaunce.

The Gospell.

WHyche of you can rebuke me of synne?Iohn. viii. If I saye the truethe, why do ye not beleue me? He that is of God heareth Goddes wordes: ye therfore heare them not, because ye are not of God. Then aun­swered the Iewes, and sayde vnto him: saye wee not well that thou art a Samaritan and hast the deuyll? Iesus an­swered: I haue not the deuil, but I honoure my father, and ye haue dishonored me. I seeke not myne owne praise: there is one that seeketh and iudgeth. Verely, verely, I saye vnto you: if a manne keepe my saying, he shall neuer see deathe. [Page] Then said the Iewes vnto him: now knowe we that thou haste the deuill. Abraham is dead, and the Prophetes, and thou sayest: If a man kepe my saying, he shal neuer taste of death. Art thou greater then our father Abraham, whiche is dead? And the Prophetes are dead: whome makest thou thy selfe? Iesus aunswered: if I honor my selfe, myne honor is nothyng: It is my father that honoreth me, which ye say is your God, and yet ye haue not knowen him: but I know him: And if I say I knowe him not, I shalbe a lyer, like vnto you. But I knowe him and kepe his saying. Your father Abraham was glad to see my day: and he saw it and reioy­sed. Then sayde the Iewes vnto hym. Thou art not yet .l. yere olde, and haste thou seen Abraham? Iesus sayde vnto them: Verely, verely, I saye vnto you: ere Abraham was borne, I am. Then tooke they vp stones to cast at hym: but Iesus hid hymselfe, and went out of the temple.

¶The Sondaye next before Easter.

HEare my crying, O GOD: geue eare vnto my prayer.Exaudi deus deprecationē psal. lxi.

From the endes of the earth will I call vn­to thee: when my heart is in heauines.

Oh set me vp vpon the rocke that is hygher then I: for thou haste bene my hope, and a strong tower for me agaynst the enemie.

I wil dwell in thy tabernacle for euer: and my trust shal be vnder the coueryng of thy wynges.

For thou, O Lorde, hast heard my desyres: and hast ge­uen an herytage vnto those that feare thy name.

Thou shalt graunt the kyng a long lyfe: that hys yeares may endure throughout all generacions.

He shal dwell before God for euer: O prepare thy louing mercy and faythfulnes, that they maye preserue hym.

So wyl I alway sing prayse vnto thy name: that I maie dayly performe my vowes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy ghoste.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmyghtye and euerlastyng God, whiche of thy tendre loue towarde man, hast sent our sauiour Iesus Christe to take vpon hym oure fleshe, and to suffer death vpon the crosse, that all mankynde shoulde folowe the example of his great humilitie: mercyfully graunt, that we both folowe the example of his pacience, and be made partakers of hys re­surreccion: through the same Iesus Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

LEtte the same mynde bee in you,philip. ii. that was also in Christe Iesu: whyche when he was in the shape of God, thought it no robbery to be equal with god: ne­uerthelesse he made himselfe of no reputaciō, taking on hym the shape of a seruaunte, & became lyke vnto men, and was founde in his apparell as a man. He humbled himselfe, and became obediēt vnto the death, euen the death of the crosse. Wherfore, God hath also exalted hym on hygh, and geuen hym a name which is aboue all names: that in the name of Iesus, euery knee shoulde bowe, both of thinges in heauen, and thynges in yearth, and thynges vnder the yearth, and that all tonges shoulde confesse, that Iesus Christe is the Lorde, vnto the prayse of God the father.

The Gospell.

ANd it came to passe, when Iesus had fynyshed all these sayinges, he said vnto his disciples:Math. xxvi ye know that after two dayes shall be Easter, and the sonne of man shalbe deliuered ouer to be crucified. Then assembled together the chiefe Priestes, & the Scrybes, and the Elders of the people, vnto the palace of the hygh priest (which was called Caiphas) and held a counsell that they might take Iesus by subteltie, & kil him. But they said: not on the holy daye, lest there be an vproare among the people.

When Iesus was in Bethanie in the house of Sy­mon the Leper, there came vnto hym a woman hauing an Alabaster boxe of precious ointment, and powred it on hys head, as he sate at the bourde. But when his disciples sawe it, they had indignacion, saying: wherto serueth this waste? [Page] Thys oyntment myght haue been well solde, and geuen to the poore. When Iesus vnderstode that, he said vnto them: why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wroughte a good worke vpon me. For ye haue the poore alwayes with you: but me shall ye not haue alwayes. And in that she hath cast thys oyntment on my body, she did it to bury me. Verely I say vnto you: whersoeuer this gospell shalbe preached in al the worlde, there shall also this that she hath done, be tolde for a memorial of her. Then one of the .xii. (which was cal­led Iudas Iscarioth) went vnto the chiefe priestes, and said vnto thē: what wil ye geue me, and I wyl delyuer him vnto you? And they appoynted vnto hym .xxx. pieces of syluer. And from that tyme furth, he sought oportunitie to betray hym: The first day of swete bread, the disciples came to Ie­sus, saying vnto hym: where wylt thou that we prepare for thee, to eate the Passeouer. And he sayde: Goe into the citie to suche a man, and saye vnto hym, the Maister sayeth: my time is at hand, I will kepe my Easter by thee with my dis­ciples. And the disciples did as Iesus had appointed them, and they made ready the Passeouer. When the euen was come, he sate doune with the .xii. And as they did eate he said: Verely I say vnto you, that one of you shal betray me. And they were exceading sorowful, and began euery one of them to say vnto him: Lorde, is it I? He answered and said: he that dippeth hys hande with me in the dyshe, the same shal betray me. The sōne of man truely goeth, as it is writ­ten of hym: but woe vnto that man, by whome the sonne of man is betrayed. It had bene good for that man, yf he had not bene borne. Then Iudas, whiche betrayed hym, aun­swered and saide. Maister, is it I? He sayd vnto him: thou hast sayd. When they were eatyng, Iesus tooke bread, and when he had geuen thankes, he brake it and gaue it to the discyples, and sayde: Take, eate, thys is my bodye. And he toke the cup, and thanked, and gaue it them, saying: drynke ye all of thys: For thys is my bloude (whych is of the newe testamēt) that is shed for many, for the remission of synnes. But I saye vnto you: I wyl not drynke hencefoorth of this fruite of the vyne tree, vntyll that day when I shall drinke it newe with you, in my fathers kingdome. And when they [Page xxxv] had said grace, they went out vnto mount Oliuete. Then saith Iesus vnto them: al ye shall be offended because of me thys night. For it is written: I will smite the shepehearde, and the shepe of the flocke shalbe scatered abroade: but af­ter I am risen againe, I wil goe before you into Galile. Pe­ter aunswered, and sayd vnto him: though all men be offen­ded because of thee, yet wyll not I be offended. Iesus sayde vnto hym: verely I saye vnto thee, that in this same nighte before the cocke krowe, thou shalt denye me thryse. Peter sayde vnto him: yea, though I should dye with thee, yet wil I not denye thee, lykewise also sayd all the disciples. Then came Iesus with them vnto a farme place, (whyche is cal­led Gethsemane) and sayde vnto the disciples: Sit ye here, whyle I goe and praye yonder. And he toke with hym Pe­ter and the twoo sonnes of Zebede, and began to waxe so­rowful and heauie. Then sayd Iesus vnto them: My soule is heauie euen vnto the death: Tarye ye here and watche with me. And he went a litle farther and fel flat on his face and prayed, saying: O my father, if it be possible, let this cup passe from me: neuerthelesse, not as I wil but as thou wilt: And he came vnto the dyscyples, and founde them aslepe, and sayde vnto Peter: what, coulde ye not watche with me one houre? watche and praye, that ye enter not into temp­tacion: the spirite is willing but the flesh is weake. He went awaye once agayne and prayed, saying. O my father, if this cup may not passe away from me except I drincke of it, thy wil be fulfilled: and he came and found them aslepe againe: for theyr eyes were heauie. And he left them, and went a­gayne and prayed the thirde tyme, saying the same wordes. Then commeth he to his dyscyples, and sayeth vnto them: Slepe on nowe and take your reste. Behold, the houre is at hande, and the sonne of man is betrayed into the handes of synners. Ryse, let vs be going: behold, he is at hand that dothe betray me. Whyle he yet spake: loe, Iudas one of the number of the .xii. came, and with hym a greate multitude with sweordes & staues, sent from the chiefe priestes and el­ders of the people. But he that betrayed hym, gaue them a­token, saying: whomsoeuer I kysse, thesame is he, holde him fast. And furthwith he came to Iesus, and sayd: haile Maister, and kyssed him. And Iesus sayd vnto him: frende, [Page] wherfore art thou come? Then came they and layd handes on Iesus, & toke hym. And behold, one of them which were with Iesus, stretched out his hande and drewe his sweorde, and stroke a seruaunte of the hye priest, & smote of hys eare. Then sayde Iesus vnto hym: put vp thy sweorde into the sheath, for al they that take the sweord, shal perish with the sweord. Thynkest thou that I cannot nowe pray to my fa­ther, & he shall geue me, euen nowe, more then .xii. legions of Angels? But how then shal the scriptures be fulfylled? For thus muste it be. In that same houre sayd Iesus to the mul­titude: Ye be come out as it were to a thefe with sweordes and staues, for to take me. I sate dayly with you teaching in the temple. & ye toke me not. But all this is doone that the scriptures of the prophetes myght be fulfilled. Then al the disciples forsoke him and fled. And they toke Iesus and led hym to Cayphas the hye priest, where the Scribes and the Elders were assembled. But Peter folowed hym a farre of vnto the hye priestes palace: and went in, and sate with the seruauntes to see the end. The chiefe priestes & the elders & al the counsel, sought false witnes against Iesus (for to put him to death) but found none: yea, when many false witnes­ses came, yet found they none. At the last came .ii. false wit­nesses, & sayde: This felowe sayde: I am able to destroye the temple of God, and to build it agayne in .iii. dayes. And the chiefe prist arose, & said vnto him: answerest thou nothing? Why doe these beare witnes against thee? But Iesus helde his peace. And the chiefe priest answered & saide vnto him. I charge thee by the liuing God, that thou tell vs, whether thou be Christ the sonne of God. Iesus said vnto him: thou hast said. Neuerthelesse I saye vnto you: hereafter shall ye see the sōne of man sitting on the right hande of power, and cummyng in the cloudes of the skie. Then the hye priest rēt his clothes, saying: he hath spoken blasphemie, what nede we of any moe witnesses? Beholde, now ye haue heard hys blasphemie: what thynke ye? they aunswered and sayde: he is worthy to dye. Then did they spit in hys face, & buffeted him with fistes. And other smote hym on the face with the palme of their handes, saying: tel vs thou Christ, who is he that smote thee? Peter sate without in the palace, and a da­mosell came to hym, saying: thou also waste with Iesus of [Page xxxvi] Galilee: but he denied before thē al, saying: I wot not what thou saiest. When he was gone out into the porche, another wēche saw hym, & said vnto them that were there: This fe­low was also with Iesus of Nazareth. And again he deni­ed with an othe, saying: I doe not knowe the man. And af­ter a while came vnto him they that stode by, and sayd vn­to Peter: suerly thou art euen one of them, for thy speche be­wrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to sweare, that he knewe not the man. And immediatlye the cocke krewe. And Peter remembred the woorde of Iesu, which sayd vn­to hym: before the cocke krowe, thou shalt denye me thrise: and he wēt out and wept bitterly.Mat xxvii. When the mornyng was come, all the chiefe Priestes, and the Elders of the people held a counsel against Iesus, to put him to death, & brought him bound and delyuered hym vnto Poncius Pilate the de­putie. Then Iudas (which had betrayed hym) seeing that he was condemned, repented himselfe, and brought againe the .xxx. plates of siluer to the chiefe priestes and elders, say­ing: I haue sinned, betraying the innocente bloud. And they sayde: what is that to vs? See thou to that: And he cast downe the siluer plates in the temple, and departed, & went and hanged hymselfe. And the chiefe priestes toke the syluer plates, and sayde: It is not lawfull for to put them into the treasure, because it is the price of bloude. And they tooke counsel, & bought with them a potters fielde to burye stran­gers in. Wherfore the fielde is called Haceldama, that is, the fielde of bloud, vntil this daye. Then was fulfilled that whiche was spoken by Ieremie the Prophete, saying: and they toke .xxx. syluer plates, the pryce of hym that was va­lued whome they bought of the children of Israel, and gaue them for the potters fielde, as the Lorde appointed me. Ie­sus stode before the deputie, and the deputie asked hym, say­ing: Art thou the kyng of the Iewes? Iesus said vnto him: thou saiest: And when he was accused of the chiefe priestes and elders, he aunswered nothyng. Then said Pilate vnto him: hearest thou not how many witnesses they lay against thee? And he aunswered hym to neuer a worde: insomuche that the deputie marueiled greatly. At that feast, the depu­tie was wont to deliuer vnto the people a prisoner, whome they woulde desyre. He had then a notable prisoner called [Page] Barrabas. Therfore, when they were gathered together, Pilate said: whether wil ye that I geue loce vnto you, Bar­rabas, or Iesus which is called Christ? For he knewe that for enuy they had deliuered him. When he was set down to geue iudgemēt, his wife sēt vnto him, saying: haue thou no­thyng to doe with that iust man: For I haue suffered many thinges this day in my slepe, because of hym. But the chiefe priestes and elders perswaded the people that they shoulde aske Barrabas, & destroye Iesus. The deputie answered & said vnto them: whether of the twaine wil ye that I let loce vnto you? They sayde: Barrabas. Pylate sayd vnto them: what shall I doe then with Iesus, whyche is called Christ? They all sayd vnto him: let hym be crucifyed. The deputie sayd: what euill hath he done? But they cryed the more, say­ing: let hym be crucifyed. When Pylate sawe that he coulde preuayle nothing, but that more busines was made, he toke water & washed hys handes before the people, saying: I am innocent of the bloude of this iust persone, ye shal see. Then answered al the people & saide: hys bloud be on vs & on our children. Then let he Barrabas loce vnto them, & scourged Iesus, & deliuered hym to be crucifyed. Then the souldiers of the deputie toke Iesus into the common hall, & gathered vnto him al the company: & they stripped him, & put on him a purple robe, & platted a croune of thornes, and put it vpon his head, & a reede in his righte hande, & bowed the knee be­fore hym, & mocked hym, saying: hayle kyng of the Iewes: & whē they had spit vpō him, they toke the reede & smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they toke the robe of him agayn, & put his owne raiment on him, & led him away to crucifye him. And as they came out, they foūd a manne of Cirene (named Simon) hym they compelled to beare hys crosse. And they came vnto the place whyche is called Golgotha, (that is to say, a place of dead mens sculs) & gaue him vineger to drincke mingled with gal. And when he had tasted therof he wolde not drynke. When they had crucified hym, they parted his garmentes, & did cast lottes: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: They parted my garmentes among them, & vpon my ves­ture did thei cast lottes. And they sate & watched him there, & set vp ouer his head the cause of his death written: This [Page xxxvii] is Iesus the kyng of the Iewes. Then were there .ii. theues crucified with him, one on the ryght hande, and an other on the left. They that passed by, reuyled hym, waggyng theyr heades, & saying: thou that destroyedst the temple of God, & didst build it in thre daies, saue thy selfe. If thou be the sōne of God, come downe from the crosse. Lykewise also the high Priestes mocking him, with the Scrybes & elders, sayde: he saued other, himselfe he cannot saue. If he be the kyng of Is­raell let him now come down frō the crosse, & we will beleue hym. He trusted in God, let him deliuer him nowe, if he will haue him, for he said: I am the sonne of god. The theues al­so which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. From the sixt houre was there darckenes ouer all the land, vntyl the ninth houre. And about ye ninth houre, Iesus cry­ed with a loud voice, saying: Ely, Ely, lamasabathany? that is to say: my god, my god, why hast thou forsakē me? Some of them that stode there, when they heard that, sayd: This man calleth for Helias. And streight way one of them ran & toke a spounge, & when he had filled it ful of vineger, he put it on a reede, & gaue him to drinke. Other sayd: let be, let vs see whether Helias wil come & deliuer hym. Iesus, when he had cryed agayne with a loude voyce, yelded vp the ghoste. And beholde, the vayle of the temple dyd rente into two partes, frō the top to the botome, and the yearth did quake, and the stones rent, and graues did open, and many bodies of sainctes, whiche slept, arose and wente out of the graues after hys resurreccion, and came into the holy cytie and ap­peared vnto manye. When the Centurion, and they that were with him watching Iesus, sawe the yearthquake, and those thinges which happened, they feared greatly, saying: Truely, this was the sonne of God. And manye weomen were there (beholding him a farre of) which folowed Iesus from Galilee, minystryng vnto him: Emong whiche was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Iames and Ioses, and the mother of Zebedes children.

¶Mondaye before Easter.

The Epistle.

[Page] Psal. lxiii. WHat is he this that commeth from Edom, with red colored clothes of Bosra: (whyche is so cost­ly cloth) & cummeth in so myghtely with all hys strength? I am he that teacheth righteousnesse, & am of power to helpe. Wherfore then is thy clothyng red, and thy rayment lyke hys that treadeth in the wyne presse? I haue troden the presse my selfe alone, & of all people there is not one with me. Thus wyll I treade downe myne ene­mies in my wrath, and set my feete vpon them in myne in­dignacion. And theyr bloud shall bespryng my clothes, and so wil I stayne al my rayment. For the daye of vengeaunce is assigned in my heart, and the yeare when my people shal be delyuered is come. I looked about me, and there was no man to shewe me any helpe. I merueiled that no man helde me vp. Then I helde me by myne owne arme, and my fer­uentnesse sustayned me. And thus wyll I treade downe the people in my wrath, and bathe them in my displeasure, and vpon the yearth wil I lay theyr strength. I wyl declare the goodnes of the Lord, yea and the praise of the Lorde for al that he hath geuen vs, for the great good that he hath done for Israel: which he hath geuen them of hys owne fauor, & according to the multitude of his louing kindnesses. For he sayde: these no doubt are my people, and no shrynking chil­dren, & so he was theyr sauiour. In theyr troubles, he was also troubled with them: and the Aungell that went furth from his presence, deliuered them. Of very loue and kynde­nes that he had vnto them, he redemed them. He hath borne them and caried them vp, euer sence the worlde began: But after they prouoked him to wrath & vexed his holy mynde, he was their enemy & fought against them himselfe. Yet re­mēbred Israel the olde time of Moses & his people, saying: where is he that broughte them from the water of the sea, with them that fed hys shepe? where is he that hath geuen his holy spirite among them? he led them by the ryghthand of Moses, with hys gloryous arme: deuiding the water be­fore them (wherby he gate hym selfe an euerlastyng name) he led them in the depe, as an horse is led in the playn, that they should not stomble, as a tame beast goeth in the fielde: and the breath geuen of God, geueth hym reste.

Thus (O God) hast thou led thy people, to make thy selfe [Page xxxviii] a gloryous name withall. Looke down then from heauen, and beholde the dwellyng place of thy sanctuary, & thy glo­ry. How is it that thy gelousy, thy strength, the multitude of thy mercies and thy louing kindnes, wil not be intreated of vs? yet art thou our father. For Abraham knoweth vs not, neither is Israell acquaynted with vs: But thou Lord, art oure father and redemer, and thy name is euerlastyng. O Lorde, wherfore hast thou led vs out of thy way? wherfore hast thou hardened our heartes, that we feare thee not? Be at one with vs agayne for thy seruauntes sake, and for the generacion of thyne herytage. Thy people haue had but a­litle of thy Sanctuary in possession, for oure enemies haue troden downe the holy place. And we were thyne from the begynning, when thou wast not theyr Lorde, for they haue not called vpon thy name.

The Gospell.

AFter two dayes was Easter,Mar. xiiii. and the dayes of swete bread. And the hye priestes and the Scri­bes sought how they myght take hym by crafte, and put him to death. But they sayd: not in the feast day, lest any busines arise among the people. And whē he was at Bethanie in the house of Simon the leper, euen as he sate at meate, there came a woman hauyng an Ala­baster boxe of oyntmente, called Narde, that was pure and costlye: and she brake the boxe and powred it on hys heade. And there were some that were not contente within them­selues, and sayde: what neded this waste of oyntmente? for it myghte haue bene solde for more then .ccc. pence, and haue bene geuen vnto the poore. And they grudged against her. And Iesus sayde: let her alone, why trouble ye her? She hath done a good worke on me: for ye haue poore with you alwaies, & whensoeuer ye wyll, ye maye do them good: but me haue ye not alwaies. She hath done that she could, she came afore hande to anointe my bodye to the burying. Ve­rely I saye vnto you: whersoeuer thys Gospell shal be prea­ched throughout the whole worlde, thys also that she hath doone, shalbe rehearsed in remembraunce of her. And Iu­das Iscaryoth, one of the .xii. wente awaye vnto the hye Priestes to betraye hym vnto them. When they heard that, [Page] they were glad, & promised that they would geue hym mo­ney. And he sought how he might cōueniently betray him. And the first day of swete bread (when they offered Passeo­uer) hys disciples sayd vnto hym: where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayste eate the passeouer? And he sente foorthe two of hys disciples, and sayde vnto them: goe ye vnto the citie, and there shal mete you a man bearing a pitcher of water, folowe hym. And whithersoeuer he go­eth in, say ye vnto the goodmanne of the house, the maister saith: where is the geast chamber, where I shall eate Passe­ouer with my disciples? And he wil shewe you a great par­lor paued & prepared: there make ready for vs. And his dys­ciples went furth, and came into the citie, & found as he had sayde vnto them: and they made ready the Passeouer. And when it was nowe euentide, he came with the xii. And as they sate at borde and did eate, Iesus saide: verely I say vn­to you, one of you (that eateth with me) shall betray me. And they began to be sory, & to saye to hym one by one: is it I? & an other sayd: is it I? he aunswered & sayd vnto them: it is one of the .xii. euē he that dippeth with me in the plat­ter. The sonne of man truely goeth as it is written of hym, but woe to that man by whome the sonne of man is betray­ed: Good were it for that man, if he had neuer bene borne. And as they did eate, Iesus toke bread, & when he had ge­uen thankes he brake it, and gaue to them, and sayd: Take, eate, thys is my body. And he toke the cup, and when he had geuen thankes, he toke it to them, and they all dranke of it. And he said vnto thē: This is my bloud of the newe testa­mente, whyche is shed for many. Verely I saye vnto you: I wil drynke no more of the fruite of the vine, vntyll that day that I drynke it newe in the kyngdome of God. And when they had sayde grace, they wente oute to mounte Olyuete. And Iesus sayeth vnto them: al ye shalbe offended because of me, thys nighte. For it is written: I will smite the shepe­heard & the shepe shalbe scatered: but after that I am risen again, I wil go into Galile before you. Peter said vnto him: & though al men be offēded, yet wil not I. And Iesus saith vnto him: verely, I say vnto thee, that this day, euen in this night before ye cocke krow twise, thou shalt deny me thre ti­mes. But he spake more vehemētly: no, if I should die with [Page xxxix] thee, I wyl not denye thee. Likewise also said they all. And they came into a place which was named Gethsemany, and he sayde to hys discyples: sit ye here whyle I goe asyde and praye. And he taketh with hym Peter, and Iames, & Iohn, and began to waxe abashed and to be man agony, and said vnto them. My soule is heauy, euen vnto the death: tary ye here and watche. And he went foorth a litle and fell down flat on the grounde, and prayed, that if it were possible, the houre might passe from hym. And he sayde: Abba father, al thinges are possible vnto thee, take away this cup frō me: neuerthelesse, not that I wil, but that thou wilte bee doone. And he came and founde them sleping, and sayth to Peter: Simon, slepest thou? Couldest not thou watche one houre? watche ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptacion: the spirite truely is ready, but the fleshe is weake. And agayn he went asyde and prayed, and spake thesame wordes. And he re­turned and founde them aslepe agayne, for theyr eyes were heauie, neither wiste they what to aunswere hym. And he came the thirde tyme and sayd vnto them: slepe hencefurth and take your ease, it is inough. The houre is come: behold, the sonne of manne is betrayed into the handes of synners: Rise vp, let vs go: Loe, he that betrayeth me is at hād. And immediatly whyle he yet spake, commeth Iudas (whyche was one of the .xii.) and with hym a greate nomber of peo­ple with sweordes and staues, from the hye Priestes, and Scribes, and Elders. And he that betrayed hym, had geuen them a generall token, saying: whosoeuer I do kysse, the same is he: take hym, and leade him awaye warely. And as­soone as he was come, he goeth strayghte waye to him, and saieth vnto him: Maister, Maister, and kissed him: and they laied theyr handes on him, and toke hym. And one of them that stode by drewe out a sweorde, and smote a seruaunte of the hye Prieste, and cutte of hys eare. And Iesus aun­swered, and sayd vnto them: ye be come out as vnto a thefe with sweordes and staues, for to take me: I was dayelye with you in the temple teachyng, and ye tooke me not: but these thynges come to passe that the Scryptures shoulde bee fulfylled. And they all forsooke hym and ranne awaye. And there folowed hym a certayne young manne clothed in linnen vpon the bare, and the young menne caught hym, [Page] and he left hys linnen garment and fled from them naked. And they led Iesus awaye to the hyghest Priest of all, and with him came all the hye priestes, and the Elders, and the Scribes. And Peter folowed hym a great waye of (euen til he was come into the palace of the hye Priest) and he sate with the seruauntes, and warmed hymselfe at the fyre. And the hye Priestes and all the counsell soughte for wytnesse a­gaynst Iesu, to put hym to death, and found none: for many bare false witnes agaynst hym, but theyr witnesses agreed not together. And there arose certayne and broughte false witnesse against him, saying: we heard him saye: I will de­stroy this temple that is made with handes, and within .iii dayes I wyll builde an other made without handes. But yet theyr witnesses agreed not together. And the hye priest stode vp among them, and asked Iesus, saying: answereste thou nothing? Howe is it that these beare witnesse agaynst thee? But he helde hys peace, and aunswered nothyng. Agayne the hye priest asked hym, and sayde vnto him: arte thou Christ the sonne of the blessed? And Iesus sayd: I am. And ye shall see the sonne of man sitting on the ryght hand of power, and cumming in the cloudes of heauen. Then the hye prieste rente hys clothes, and sayde: what nede we any further of witnesses? ye haue heard blasphemy, what think ye? And they all condemned hym to be worthye of death. And some began to spytte at hym, and to couer his face, and to beate hym with fistes, & to say vnto hym: Areade, and the seruauntes buffeted hym on the face. And as Peter was be­neth in the palace, there came one of the wēches of the hiest priest, and when she saw Peter warming himselfe, she loked on him, and sayde: wast not thou also with Iesus of Naza­reth? And he denied, saying: I knowe him not, neither wote I what thou sayeste. And he went out into the porche, and the cocke krewe. And a damosell (when she saw him) began again to say to them that stoode by: this is one of thē. And he denyed it againe. And anone after they that stoode by, sayd agayne vnto Peter: suerlye thou arte one of them, for thou art of Galyle, & thy speache agreeth therto. But he be­gan to curse and to sweare, saying: I knowe not thys man of whome ye speake. And againe the Cocke krewe: and Pe­ter remembred the worde that Iesus had sayde vnto hym: [Page xl] before the cocke crow twise, thou shalt denie me thre times. And he began to wepe.

¶ Tewesday before Easter.

The Epistle.

THe lorde God hath opened mine eare, therfore can I not say nay, neither withdrawe my selfe:Esai. l. but I of­fer my backe vnto the smiters, and my chekes to the nippers. I turne not my face from shame and spittyng, and the lorde god shal helpe me: Therfore shal I not be confoun­ded. I haue hardened my face like a flint stone, for I am sure that I shall not come to confusion. He is at hand that iusti­fieth me, who wyl then goe to lawe with me? Let vs stande one agaynst another: if there be any that wyll reason with me, let hym come here foorth vnto me. Beholde, the Lorde God standeth by me, what is he then that can condemne me? loe, they shall be all lyke as an olde cloth, the moth shall eate them vp. Therfore, whoso feareth the Lorde amonge you, let hym heare the voyce of his seruaunt. Whoso wal­keth in darckenes, and no lighte shineth vpon him, let hym put his trust in the name of the Lorde, and holde him by his God: but take hede, ye al kindle a fyre of the wrath of God, and steare vp the coales: walke on in the glystryng of your owne fyer, and in the coales that ye haue kyndled. Thys commeth vnto you from my hande, namely that ye shall slepe in sorowe.

The Gospell.

ANd anone in the dawning, the hye priestes held a counsel with the Elders and the Scribes,Mat. xv. and the whole congregacion, and bounde Iesus, and le [...]d him away, and deliuered him to Pilate. And Pylate asked hym: art thou the kyng of the Ie­wes? and he answered & sayd vnto him: thou sayest it. And the hye Priestes accused him of manye thinges. So Pylate asked hym agayne, saying: aunswereste thou nothyng? Beholde howe manye thynges they laye vnto thy charge. [Page] Iesus yet aunswered nothing, so that Pylate merueiled. At that feast Pylate did deliuer vnto them a priesoner, whom­soeuer they would desyre. And there was one that was na­med Barrabas, which lay bounde with them that made in­surreccion: he had committed murther. And the people cal­led vnto hym, and began to desyre hym, that he would doe accordyng as he had euer done vnto them. Pylate aunswe­red them, saying: will ye that I let looce vnto you the kyng of the Iewes? For he knewe that the hye priestes had dely­uered hym of enuie. But the hye priestes moued the people, that he should rather delyuer Barrabas vnto them. Pilate answered agayne, and sayd vnto them: what wyll ye that I then doe vnto him, whome ye call the king of the Iewes? And they cried againe, crucifye him. Pilate said vnto them: what euil hath he done? And they cried the more feruently, crucifye him. And so Pylate wylling to content the people, lette looce Barrabas vnto them, and delyuered vp Iesus (whē he had scourged him) for to be crucified. And the soul­diours led hym awaie into the common hall, and called to­gether the whole multitude, & they clothed him with pur­ple, and they platted a croune of thornes and crouned hym withall, and began to salute him: Hayle king of the Iewes. And they smote him on the head with a reede, and dyd spit vpon hym, and bowed theyr knees and wurshypped hym. And when they had mocked hym, they toke the purple of him, and put hys owne clothes on hym, and led hym out to crucifye hym. And they compelled one that passed by called Symon of Cirene (the father of Alexander and Rufus) whych came out of the fielde, to beare hys crosse. And they brought hym to a place named Golgotha (which, if a man interprete it, is the place of dead mennes sculles) and they gaue him to drinke, wine mingled with mirrhe, but he recei­ued it not. And when they had crucifyed hym, they parted hys garmentes, castyng lottes vpon them what euery man shoulde take. And it was about the thirde houre, and they crucifyed him. And the title of his cause was written: The kyng of the Iewes. And they crucyfyed with hym two theues: the one on hys ryghte hand, and the other on hys left. And the scripture was fulfilled, whiche saieth: he was counted among the wicked. And they that wente by, railed [Page xlj] on him, wagging their heades, and saying: A wretch, thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it agayne in three dayes: saue thy selfe and come downe frō the crosse. Lyke­wyse also mocked him the hye priestes among them selues with the Scribes, and sayed: he saued other men, himselfe he cannot saue. Let Christ the king of Israell descend now from the crosse, that we may see and beleue. And they that were crucified with him, checked him also. And when the sixt houre was come, darkenes arose ouer all the earth, vn­till the ninth houre. And at the ninth houre Iesus cryed with a loude voyce, saying: Eloy, Eloy, lamasabathany? whiche is (if one interprete it) my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stoode by, when they heard that, sayed: beholde, he calleth for Helias. And one ranne & fylled a sponge full of vineger, and put it on a reede, & gaue hym to drincke, saying: let hym alone, let vs see whether Helias will come and take hym downe. But Iesus cryed with a loude voice, and gaue vp the gost. And the vayle of the temple rente in .ii. peces, from the top to the bottom. And when the Centurion (which stode before him) sawe that he so cryed, and gaue vp the gost, he sayde: truely this man was the sonne of God. There were also women a good waye of, beholdyng hym: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Iames the litle, and of Ioses, & Mary Salome (whiche also when he was in Galile had folowed hym, and ministred vnto hym) and many other women, whiche came vp with hym to Ierusalē. And nowe when the euen was come (because it was the day of preparyng that goeth before the Sab­both) Ioseph of the citie of Aramathia, a noble counsay­lour, whiche also loked for the kingdome of God, came and went in boldely vnto Pilate, and begged of him the body of Iesu. And Pilate merueiled that he was already dead, and called vnto hym the Centurion, and asked of hym, whether he had been any while dead. And when he knewe the trueth of the Centurion, he gaue the body to Ioseph. And he bought a linnen clothe, and toke hym downe, and wrapped him in the linnen clothe, and layed him in a sepul­chre that was hewen out of a rocke, and rolled a stone be­fore the doore of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene, and Mary Ioses behelde where he was layde.

Wednesday before Easter.

¶At the Communion.

The Epistle.

WHere as is a testamēt, there must also (of neces­sitie) be the death of him that maketh the testa­mēt.Hebr. ix. For the testament taketh authoritie when men are dead: for it is yet of no value, as lōg as he that maketh the testamēt is a liue, for which cause also, neyther the first testament was ordayned with­out bloud. For when Moses had declared all the commaū ­demente to all the people, accordyng to the lawe, he tooke the bloud of calues, and of Goates, with water and purple wolle, and ysope, and sprinckled both the booke & all the people, saying: this is the bloud of the testamente, whiche God hath appointed vnto you. Moreouer he sprinkled the tabernacle with bloud also, and all the ministring vessels. And almost al thinges are by the lawe, purged with bloud, and without sheding of bloud is no remission. It is nede then, that the similitudes of heauenly thinges be purified with suche thinges: but that the heauenly thinges them­selfes, be purified with better sacrifices then are those. For Christe is not entred into the holy places that are made with handes (whiche are similitudes of true thinges) but is entred into very heauen, for to appeare nowe in the sight of God for vs: not to offer himselfe often, as the hye priest entreth into the holy place euery yere with straūge bloud: for then must he haue often suffred sence the worlde began. But nowe in the end the of the world hath he appeared once, to put sinne to flight by the offering vp of himself. And as it is appointed vnto all men that they shall once dye, and then cometh the iudgement: euen so Christ was once of­fered to take away the sinnes of many, and vnto them that looke for him, shall he appeare agayne without synne, vnto saluacion.

The Gospell.

Luc. xxii. THe feast of swete bread drewe nye, whiche is cal­led Easter, and the hye priestes & Scribes sought howe they might kill hym, for they feared the peo­ple. [Page xlij] Then entred Sathā into Iudas whose sirname was Iscarioth (whiche was of the numbre of the .xij.) and he went his waye and commoned with the hye priestes and officers, howe he might betray hym vnto them. And they were glad, and promised to geue hym money. And he con­sented, and sought oportunitie to betraye hym vnto them, whē the people were away. Then came the daye of swete breade, when of necessitie passeouer must be offred. And he sent Peter and Iohn, saying: goe & prepare vs the passeo­uer, that we may eate. They sayed vnto him: where wylt thou that we prepare? And he sayed vnto them: beholde, when ye entre into the citie, there shall a manne meete you bearing a pitcher of water, him folowe into thesame house that he entreth in, and ye shall saye vnto the good man of the house: the maister sayeth vnto thee: where is the geast chambre where I shall eate the passeouer with my disci­ples? And he shall shewe you a great parlour paued: there make ready. And they wente and founde as he had sayed vnto them, and they made ready the passeouer. And when the houre was come, he sate downe, and the .xij. Apostles with him. And he sayd vnto them: I haue inwardly desy­red to eate this passeouer with you, before that I suffre.

For I saye vnto you: henceforth I will not eate of it any more, vntill it be fulfilled in the kingdome of God. And he tooke the cup, and gaue thankes, and sayd: Take this, and deuide it among you. For I say vnto you: I will not drinke of the fruite of the vine, vntill the kingdome of God come. And he toke bread, & when he had geuē thankes, he brake it, and gaue vnto them, saying: This is my body, which is geuen for you: This do in the remembraunce of me. Lyke­wyse also when he had supped, he tooke the cuppe, saying: This cup is the newe testamente in my bloude, whiche is shed for you. Yet beholde, the hande of him that betrayeth me, is with me on the table. And truly the sonne of manne goeth as it is appointed: but woe vnto that manne, by whom he is betrayed. And they began to enquire among themselues, whiche of them it was that should do it. And there was a striefe among them, whiche of them shoulde seme to be greatest. And he sayde vnto them: the kinges of nacions reigne ouer them, & they that haue authoritie vp­on them, are called gracious Lordes: but ye shall not be so. [Page] But he that is greatest among you, shalbe as the yonger, and he that is chiefe, shalbe as he that doth minister. For whether is greater he that sitteth at meate, or he that ser­ueth? Is not he that sitteth at meate? But I am among you, as he that ministreth, Ye are they which haue bydden with me in my temptacions. And I appointed vnto you a kyngdome, as my father hath appointed to me, that ye may eate and drinke at my table in my kingdome, and sit on seates, iudgeyng the .xii. tribes of Israel. And the Lorde sayd: Simon, Simon behold, Sathan hath desired to sift you, as it were wheat: But I haue prayed for thee, that thy fayth fayle not. And whē thou art conuerted, strength thy brethren. And he sayd vnto hym: Lorde I am ready to go with thee into prieson, and to death. And he sayd: I tell thee Peter, the Cocke shall not krowe this daye, tyll thou haue thrise denied that thou knowest me. And he sayde vnto them: when I sēt you without wallet, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they sayd, no. Then sayd he vnto them: but now he that hath a wallet, let hym take it vp, and likewise his scrip. And he that hath no sweord, let hym sell his coate and bye one. For I say vnto you, that yet thesame which is written, must be perfourmed in me: e­uen among the wicked was he reputed: For those thynges whiche are written of me haue an ende. And they sayed: Lord, behold, here are .ii. swordes: and he sayd vnto them: it is ynough. And he came out, and wēt (as he was wont) to Mount Oliuete. And the disciples folowed hym. And when he came to the place, he sayde vnto them: pray, leste ye fall into temptacion. And he gate hymselfe from them about a stones cast, and kneled downe and prayed, saying: Father, yf thou wilt, remoue this cup from me: Neuerthe­lesse, not my will, but thyne be fulfilled. And there appea­red an Aungel vnto him from heauen, coumfortyng hym. And he was in an agony and prayed the longer: and hys sweate was lyke droppes of bloud, tricklyng downe to the ground. And whē he arose from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he founde them slepyng for heauinesse, and he sayed vnto them: why slepe ye? Ryse and praye, leste ye fall into temptacion. Whyle he yet spake, behold, there came a companye, and he that was called Iudas, one of the .xii. [Page xliij] went before thē, and preased nye vnto Iesus, to kisse hym. But Iesus sayd vnto him: Iudas, betrayest thou the sōne of man with a kisse? When they whiche were about hym sawe what would folow, they sayde vnto him: Lord, shall we smyte with the sweorde? And one of them smote a ser­uaunt of the hye priest, and stroke of his ryght eare. Iesus aunswered and sayd: suffre ye thus farre forth. And when he touched his eare, he healed hym. Then Iesus sayd vn­to the hye priestes, and rulers of the temple, and the elders, whiche were come to him: Ye be come out as vnto a thefe, weth swordes and staues. When I was dayly with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no handes againste me: but this is euen your very houre, and the power of darkenes. Then toke they hym & led hym, & brought him to the hye priestes house. But Peter folowed a farre of. And when they had kindled a fyer in the middes of the palace, and were sette downe together: Peter also sate downe among them. But when one of the wenches behelde hym, as he sate by the fyer (and loked vpon him) she sayed: this same felow was also with him. And he denied him, saying: wo­man, I knowe hym not. And after a lytle whyle, another saw him, and sayd: thou art also of them. And Peter sayd: man, I am not. And about the space of an houre after, an other affirmed, saying: verely, this felowe was with hym also, for he is of Galile. And Peter sayed: man, I wot not what thou sayest. And immediately whyle he yet spake, the Cocke krewe. And the Lorde turned backe and loked vpon Peter. And Peter remembred the worde of the Lord, howe he had sayed vnto him: before the Cocke krowe, thou shalt deny me thrise: and Peter went out and wept bitter­ly. And the men that tooke Iesus mocked hym, and smote hym: and when they had blindfolded him, they stroke hym on the face, and asked hym, saying: Areade, who is it that smote thee? And many other thynges despitefully sayde they agaynst hym. And assone as it was daye, the Elders of the people, and the hye priestes and Scribes, came together, and led hym into theyr counsell, saying: Art thou very Christe? tell vs. And he sayed vnto them: yf I tell you ye will not beleue me, and yf I aske you, you will not aunswere me, nor let me goe: hereafter shall the sonne of man sit on the right hande of the power of God. [Page] Then sayed they all: Art thou then the sonne of God? he sayde: Ye saye that I am. And they sayed: what nede we of any further witnes? for we oure selues haue heard of his owne mouth.

¶At Euēsong.

The first lesson. Lamenta .i. vnto the ende.

¶Thursday before Easter.

¶At Mattins.

The first Lesson. Lamenta .ii. vnto the ende.

The Epistle.

Cor. xi. THis I warne you of, and commende not, that ye come not together after a better maner, but af­ter a worse. For first of all, whē ye come together in the congregaciō, I heare that there is discen­cion among you, and I partly beleue it. For there must be sectes among you, that they whiche are perfect amōg you, may be knowen. When ye come together therfore into one place, the Lordes supper cannot bee eaten, for euery man beginneth afore to eate his owne supper. And one is hun­gry, & another is dronken. Haue ye not houses to eate and drynke in? despise ye the congregacion of God, and shame them that haue not? what shall I saye vnto you? shall I prayse you? In this I prayse you not. That whiche I deli­uered vnto you, I receyued of the Lorde. For the Lorde Iesus, thesame night in whiche he was betrayed, tooke bread: and when he had geuen thankes, he brake it, & sayd: Take ye & eate, this is my body, whiche is broken for you. This doe ye in the remembraunce of me. After thesame maner also, he toke the cup when supper was done, saying: this cup is the newe testament in my bloud. This dooe, as oft as ye drinke it, in remembraunce of me. For as often as ye shall eate this bread, and drinke this cuppe, ye shall shewe the Lordes death tyll he come. Wherfore, whosoe­uer shall eate of this bread, or drinke of the cuppe of the Lorde vnworthely, shalbe giltie of the bodye and bloud of the Lorde. But let a man examin himselfe, and so let hym eate of the bread, and drinke of the cup. For he that eateth and drynketh vnworthely, eateth and drinketh his owne damnacion, because he maketh no difference of the Lordes [Page xliiij] body. For this cause many are weake & sicke among you, and many slepe. For if we had iudged our selfes: we should not haue been iudged. But when we are iudged of the Lorde, we are chastened, that we should not be damned with the worlde. Wherfore my brethren, when ye come to­gether to eate, tary one for an other: If any man hongre, let him eate at home, that ye come not together vnto condem­nacion. Other thynges will I set in ordre when I come.

The Gospell.

THe whole multitude of them arose, and led hym vnto Pylate. And they began to accuse hym,Luc. xxiii. say­ing: we found this felowe peruertyng the people, and forbyddyng to paye tribute to Cesar: saying that he is Christ a king. And Pilate apposed him, saying: art thou the king of the Iewes? he answered hym & sayed: thou sayest it. Then sayed Pilate to the hye priestes and to the people: I fynd no faut in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying: he moueth the people, teaching through­out all Iury, and began at Galile, euen to this place. Whē Pilate heard mencion of Galile, he asked whether the man were of Galile. And assone as he knewe that he belonged vnto Herodes iurisdiccion, he sente hym to Herode, whiche was also at Ierusalē at that time. And when Herode saw Iesus, he was excedyng glad, for he was desyrous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many thynges of him, & he trusted to haue seen some miracle done by hym. Then he questioned with hym many wordes. But he an­swered him nothing. The hye priestes and Scribes stode furth & accused him straightly. And Herode with his men of warre, despised him. And when he had mocked hym, he arayed hym in whyte clothing, and sent hym again to Py­late. And thesame daye Pylate and Herode were made frendes together. For before they were at variaunce. And Pylate called together the hye priestes, and the rulers, and the people, and sayd vnto them: ye haue brought this man vnto me, as one that peruerteth the people: and behold, I examine hym before you, and finde no faute in this man of those thynges wherof ye accuse hym, no nor yet Herode: For I sent you vnto him, and loe, nothing worthy of death [Page] is done vnto him: I will therfore chasten hym, and let hym looce. For of necessitie he must haue let one looce vnto them at that feast. And all the people cryed atonce, saying: a­waye with him, and deliuer vs Barrabas: (whiche for a­certayne insurreccion made in the citie, and for a murther, was cast in prison.) Pilate spake againe vnto thē, willing to let Iesus looce. But they cryed, saying: crucifye hym, crucifye him. He sayed vnto them the thirde time: what e­uill hat he done? I finde no cause of death in hym: I wyll therfore chasten him, and let hym go. And they cryed with loude voyces, requiring that he myght be crucified. And the voyces of them and of the hye priestes preuayled. And Pilate gaue sentence that it should be as they required, and he let looce vnto them him that (for insurreccion and mur­ther) was cast into prison, whom they had desired: & he de­liuered to them Iesus, to do with hym what they would. And as they led hym awaye, they caught one Symon of Ciren comming out of the field: and on him layde they the crosse, that he myght beare it after Iesus. And there folo­wed him a great company of people, and of women, which bewailed and lamented him. But Iesus turned backe vn­to them, and sayed: ye daughters of Ierusalem, wepe not for me: but wepe for your selfes and for your children. For behold, the dayes will come, in the whiche they shall saye: Happy are the baren, & the woumbes that neuer bare, and the pappes whiche neuer gaue sucke. Then shall they be­gyn to say to the mountaynes, fall on vs: and to the hylles, couer vs. For if they do this in a grene tree, what shall be done in the dry? And there were two euill doers led with him to be slaine. And after that thei were come to the place (whiche is called Caluarie) there they crucified hym and the euill doers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then sayd Iesus: father forgeue them, for they wote not what they do. And they parted his rayment and cast lottes. And the people stoode and behelde. And the rulers mocked hym with them, saying: he saued other men, lette hym saue himselfe yf he be very Christe the chosen of God. The souldiers also mocked hym, and came and offred hym vinegre, and sayd: if thou be the kyng of the Iewes, saue thy selfe. And a superscripcion was writtē ouer hym, with [Page xlv] letters of Greke, and Latin, and Hebrue: This is the king of the Iewes. And one of the euil doers whiche were han­ged, railed on him, saying: If thou be Christe saue thy selfe and vs. But the other answered and rebuked him, saying: fearest thou not God, seyng thou art in thesame damnaci­on? we are righteously punished, for we receyue accordyng to our dedes: but this man hath done nothing amisse. And he sayde vnto Iesus: Lorde, remembre me when thou co­mest into thy kyngdome. And Iesus sayd vnto him: vere­ly I say vnto thee: to day shalt thou be with me in Para­dise. And it was about the .vi. houre: and there was dark­nesse ouer all the earth, vntill the .ix. houre, and the Sonne was darkened. And the vayle of the temple did rente, euen through the middes. And when Iesus had cryed wyth a loude voyce, he sayed: Father, into thy handes I commend my spirite. And when he thus had sayed, he gaue vp the goste. When the Centurion sawe what had happened, he glorified God, saying: verely, this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that syght, and sawe the thinges which had happened, smote their brestes and returned. And all his acquaintaunce, and the women that folowed him from Galile, stode a farre of, beholdynge these thynges. And beholde, there was a man named Io­seph a counsailor, and he was a good man and a iust: the­same had no consented to the counsaile and dede of them, whiche was of Aramathia, a citie of the Iewes, whyche same also waited for the kingdome of God: he wente vnto Pylate and begged the body of Iesus, and tooke it downe, and wrapped it in a lynnen clothe, and layed it in a sepul­chre that was hewen in stone, wherein neuer man before had been layde. And that daye was the preparyng of the Sabboth, and the Sabboth drue on. The women that fo­lowed after, whiche had come with him from Galile, be­helde the sepulchre, and howe his bodye was layde. And they returned, and prepared swete Odours & oyntmentes: But rested on the Sabboth daye, accordyng to the com­maundemente.

At Euensong.

The first lesson. Lamenta .iii. vnto the ende

On good Fryday.

At Mattyns.

The first lesson. Gen. xxii. Ʋnto the ende,

The Collect.

ALmyghtie God, we beseche thee graciously to beholde this thy famely: for the whiche oure Lorde Iesus Christe was contented to be betrayed, and geuen vp into the handes of wicked men, and to suffer death vpon the crosse: who liueth and reigneth. &c.

At the Communion.

Deus, deus meus. psal. XXii. MY God, my God (loke vpon me:) why hast thou forsakē me, and art so farre from my health, and from the wordes of my complainte?

O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hea­rest not: and in the night season also I take no rest.

And thou continuest holy: O thou worship of Israel.

Our fathers hoped in thee, they trusted in thee: and thou diddest deliuer them.

They called vpon thee, and were helped: they put theyr trust in thee, and were not confounded.

But as for me, I am a worme and no manne: a verye skorne of men, and the out cast of the people.

All they that see me, laugh me to skorne: they shote out their lippes, and shake the head, saying.

He trusted in God that he woulde deliuer hym: let hym deliuer him if he will haue him.

But thou arte he that tooke me out of my mothers wombe: thou waste my hope when I hanged yet vpon my mothers brestes.

I haue been left vnto thee euer sence I was borne: thou art my God, euen from my mothers woumbe.

O, goe not from me, for trouble is here at hande: and there is none to helpe me.

Many Oxen are come about me: fatte Bulles of Basan close me in on euery syde.

[Page xlvi]They gape vpon me with their mouthes: as it were a rampyng and roaryng Lyon.

I am powred out like water, and all my bones are out of ioynte: my hearte also in the middes of my body, is euen lyke melting waxe.

My strength is dried vp like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaueth to my gummes: and thou shalt bring me into the dust of death.

For (many) dogges are come about me: and the coūsaile of the wicked lay siege against me.

Thei pearced my handes and my fete: I may tell all my bones, they stande staring and loking vpon me.

They part my garmentes among them: and cast lottes vpon my vesture.

But be not thou farre from me, O Lorde: thou arte my succour, haste thee to helpe me.

Deliuer my soule from the sworde: my derling from the power of the dogge.

Saue me from the Lyons mouthe: thou haste hearde me also from among the hornes of the Vnicornes.

I wil declare thy name vnto my brethren: in the middes of the congregacion wil I prayse thee.

O praise the Lorde, ye that feare him: magnifie him all ye of the sede of Iacob, and feare ye hym all ye sede of Is­rael.

For he hath not despised nor abhorred the lowe estate of the poore: he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called vnto him, he heard him.

My praise is of thee in the great congregaciō: my vowes will I performe in the sight of them that feare him.

The poore shall eate & be satisfied: they that seke after the Lorde shall praise hym, your hearte shall liue for euer.

All the endes of the worlde shall remembre themselues and be turned vnto the Lorde: and all the kynreds of the nations shall worship before him.

For the kingdome is the Lordes: and he is the gouer­nour among the people.

All suche as be fatte vpon earth: haue eaten and wor­shipped.

All they that go downe into the dust, shall kneele before [Page] him: and no man hath quickened his owne soule.

My seede shall serue hym: they shalbe counted vnto the Lorde for a generacion.

They shall come, and the heauens shall declare hys righteousnes: vnto a people that shalbe borne, whome the Lorde hath made.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

¶ After the .ii. Collectes at the Communion, shalbe sayed these .ii. Collectes folowyng.

The Collect.

ALmyghty and euerlastynge God, by whose spirite the whole body of the Churche is gouerned & sanctified: receiue our supplicacions and prayers, whiche we offre be­fore thee for all estates of men in thy holy congregacion, that euery membre of thesame, in his vocacion and mini­sterye, may truly and godly serue thee: through our Lorde Iesus Christe.

MErcifull God, who haste made al men, and hatest no­thyng that thou haste made, nor wouldest the deathe of a synner, but rather that he should be cōuerted and liue: haue mercy vpon all Iewes, Turkes, Infidels, and Here­tikes, and take from thē all ignoraunce, hardnes of hearte, and contempt of thy word: And so fetche them home, bles­sed Lorde, to thy flocke, that they may be saued among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one folde, vn­der one shepehearde, Iesus Christ our Lorde: who lyuethe and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

THe lawe (whiche hath but a shadowe of good thynges to come,Heb. x. and not the very fashion of thinges themselues) can neuer with those sa­crifices, whiche they offre yere by yere continu­ally, make the commers therunto perfite. For would not then those sacrifices haue ceased to haue been offred, because that the offerers once purged, shoulde haue had nomore conscience of synnes? Neuerthelesse, in those sacrifices is there mencion made of synnes euerye yeare. For the bloud of Oxen and of Goates cannot take awaye [Page xlvii] sinnes. Wherfore, whē he commeth into the worlde, he say­eth: Sacrifice & offeryng thou wouldest not haue, but a bo­dy hast thou ordayned me. Burnt offeringes also for sinne haste thou not allowed. Then sayd I: loe, I am here. In the beginning of the booke it is written of me, that I should do thy will, O God. Aboue, when he sayth, Sacri­fice and offeryng, & burnt sacrifices, and synne offeringes, thou wouldest not haue, neither haste thou allowed them (whiche yet are offered by the lawe) then sayed he: loe, I am here to do thy will, O God: he taketh away the first to establishe the later, by the whiche will, we are made holy, euen by the offering of the body of Iesu Christ once for all. And euery priest is ready dayly ministring and offerynge often times one maner of Oblacion, which can neuer take away synnes. But this man, after he hath offered one sa­crifice for sinnes, is set downe for euer on the ryghte hande of God, and from henceforth tarieth tyll his foes be made his foote stoole. For with one offeryng hath he made per­fect for euer, them that are sanctified. The holy goste hym­self also beareth vs record, euen when he told before: This is the testament that I will make vnto them: After those daies (sayeth the Lord) I will put my lawes in theyr hear­tes, and in their myndes will I write them, & their synnes and iniquities will I remembre nomore. And where re­mission of these thynges is, there is nomore offeryng for sinne. Seeyng therefore brethren, that by the meanes of the bloud of Iesu, we haue libertie to enter into the holye place, by the newe and liuyng waie, whiche he hath prepa­red for vs, through the vayle (that is to say, by his fleshe:) And seing also that we haue an hye priest whiche is ruler ouer the house of God, let vs drawe nye with a true hearte in a sure fayth, sprinkeled in our heartes from an euil con­science, and washed in our bodyes with pure water: Let vs kepe the profession of our hope, without waueringe (for he is faythfull that promised) and let vs considre one ano­ther, to the intent that we may prouoke vnto loue, and to good workes, not forsakyng the felowshipe that we haue among our selues, as the maner of some is: but let vs ex­horte one another, and that so muche the more, because ye see that the daye draweth nye.

The Gospell.

WHen Iesus had spoken these wordes, he wēt furthe with his disciples ouer the broke Cedron,Iohn. xviii. where was a garden, into the whiche he entred with his disciples. Iudas also which betrayed him, knewe the place: for Iesus oft times resorted thither with his dis­ciples. Iudas then after he had receyued a bende of men (and ministers of the hye priestes & Phariseis) came thy­ther with Lanterns, and fyerbrādes, and weapons. And Iesus knowinge all thinges that should come on him, wēt furth, and saied vnto them: whom seke ye? They answered him: Iesus of Nazareth. Iesus sayeth vnto them. I am he. Iudas also which betraied him, stode with thē. Assone then as he had saied vnto them, I am he, they went backe­warde, & fell to the grounde. Then asked he them agayne. whom seke ye? They sayed: Iesus of Nazareth. Iesus an­swered: I haue tolde you that I am he. If ye seke me ther­fore, let these goe theyr waye: that the saying might be ful­filled whiche he spake. Of thē which thou gauest me, haue I not lost one. Then Simon Peter hauing a sworde, drew it, and smote the hye priestes seruaunt, and cut of his right eare. The seruauntes name was Malchus. Therfore say­eth Iesus vnto Peter, put vp thy sweord into the sheath: shall I not drinke of the cuppe which my father hathe ge­uen me? Then the companye and the captayne, and the ministers of the Iewes, tooke Iesus and bound hym, and led hym awaie to Anna firste: for he was father in lawe to Cayphas, whiche was the hye prieste thesame yere. Cay­phas was he that gaue counsell to the Iewes, that it was expediente that one man shoulde dye for the people. And Simon Peter folowed Iesus, and so dyd an other disci­ple: that disciple was knowen to the hye priest, and wente in with Iesus into the palace of the hye prieste. But Pe­ter stode at the doore without. Then wente out that o­ther disciple (whiche was knowen to the hye prieste) and spake to the damosell that kept the doore, and brought in Peter. Then sayde the damosell that kept the doore vnto Peter: Art not thou also one of this mannes disciples? he sayd: I am not. The seruauntes and ministers stode there, [Page xlviii] which had made a fyre of coales: for it was colde, and they warmed themselues. Peter also stode among them & war­med himselfe. The hye priest then asked Iesus of his dis­ciples, and of his doctrine. Iesus aunswered him: I spake openly in the worlde: I euer taught in the Synagoge, and in the tēple, whither all the Iewes haue resorted, and in se­crete haue I sayed nothing. Why askest thou me? Aske thē which heard me, what I sayd vnto them. Beholde, they cā tell what I sayde. When he had thus spoken, one of the ministers, which stode by, smote Iesus on the face, saying: Aunswerest thou the hye priest so? Iesus aunswered hym: If I haue euil spoken, beare witnesse of the euill: But if I haue well spoken, why smitest thou me? And Annas sente hym bounde vnto Cayphas the hye priest. Symon Peter stode and warmed himself. Then sayd they vnto him: Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denyed it, & sayde: I am not. One of the seruaūtes of the hye priestes (his cosin whose eare Peter smote of) sayed vnto him: did not I see thee in the garden with him? Peter therfore denied again: and immediatly the Cocke crewe. Then ledde they Iesus from Cayphas into the hall of iudgemente. It was in the morninge, & they themselfes wente not into the iudgemente hall, leste they shoulde be defiled, but that they myghte eate the Passeouer. Pilate then went out to them, & sayd: what accusacion bringe you againste this man? They answered and sayd vnto hym: If he were not an euil doer, we would not haue deliuered him vnto thee. Then sayd Pylate vn­to them: take ye him and iudge him after your owne lawe. The Iewes therfore sayed vnto him: It is not lawfull for vs to put any manne to deathe: that the woordes of Iesus myght be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he shoulde dye. Then Pylate entred into the iudgemente hall againe, & called Iesus, and sayed vnto him: Art thou the king of the Iewes? Iesus answered: sayeste thou that of thy selfe, or did other tel it thee of me? Pylate answered: am I a Iewe? Thine owne nacion, & hye priestes haue de­liuered thee vnto me: what hast thou done? Iesus answe­red: my kyngdome is not of this worlde: yf my kyngdome were of this worlde, then would my ministers surely fight, that I shoulde not be deliuered to the Iewes: but nowe is my kingdome not from hence. Pylate therefore sayed [Page] vnto him: Art thou a kynge then? Iesus answered: thou saiest that I am a king. For this cause was I borne, & for this cause came I into the world, that I should beare wit­nes vnto the trueth. And all that are of the truethe, heare my voyce. Pylate sayde vnto hym: what thyng is truethe? And when he had sayd this, he wente out againe vnto the Iewes, & sayeth vnto them: I finde in him no cause at all. Ye haue a custome that I shoulde deliuer you one loce at Easter: wil ye that I loce vnto you the king of the Iewes? Thē cried they al again, saying: Not him, but Barrabas: thesame Barrabas was a murtherer.John. xix. Then Pilate toke Iesus therfore, & scourged him. And the souldiers wounde a croune of thornes, & put it on his head. And they dyd on him a purple garmente, & came vnto him and sayed: hayle king of the Iewes: and they smote him on the face. Pylate went furth againe, and sayd vnto them: beholde, I brynge him furth to you, that ye may know that I finde no faulte in him. Thē came Iesus furth, wearing a croūe of thorne, and a robe of purple. And he sayth vnto them: beholde the man. When the hye priestes therefore and ministers sawe hym, they cryed, sayinge: crucifie hym, crucifie hym. Pylate sayth vnto them: take ye hym & crucifie him, for I finde no cause in him. The Iewes aūswered him: we haue a lawe, and by our lawe, he ought to die, because he made himselfe the sonne of God. When Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afrayed, & went againe into the iudgemēt hall, & sayeth vnto Iesus: whence art thou? But Iesus gaue him none answere. Thē sayd Pilate vnto him: Speakeste thou not vnto me? knoweste thou not that I haue power to crucifie thee, and haue power to looce thee? Iesus an­swered: Thou couldest haue power at all agaynste me, excepte it were geuē thee frō aboue: Therfore he that deli­uered me vnto thee, hath the more sinne: And from thence­furth sought Pilate meanes to looce him: but the Iewes cryed, sayinge: yf thou let hym goe, thou arte not Cesars frende: for whosoeuer maketh himselfe a kynge, is againste Cesar. When Pilate heard that saying, he broughte Iesus furth, and sate downe to geue sentence in a place that is called the Pauement, but in the Hebrue tong Gabbatha. It was the preparinge day of Easter, about the. vi. houre. And he sayeth vnto the Iewes: beholde youre king. [Page xlix] They cryed, saying: away with hym, awaye with hym: crucyfy hym. Pylate sayeth vnto them: shall I crucyfy your kyng? The hye priestes aunswered: we haue no king but Cesar. Then deliuered he him vnto thē to be crucyfied. And they toke Iesus and ledde hym awaye. And he bare his crosse, and wente furthe into a place whiche is called the place of dead mennes sculles: but in Hebrue golgotha: where they crucyfyed hym, and two other with hym: on either side one, and Iesus in the middest. And Pilate wrot a title and put it on the crosse. The writing was, Iesus of Nazareth kyng of the Iewes. This title read many of the Iewes: for the place where Iesus was crucified, was nie to the citie. And it was written in Hebrue, Greke, and Latin. Then sayd the hye priestes of the Iewes to Pilate: write not kyng of the Iewes, but that he sayd: I am kyng of the Iewes. Pilate aunswered: what I haue wrytten, that haue I written. Thē the souldiers, when thei had crucified Iesus, toke his garmentes and made .iiii. partes, to euery souldier a parte, and also his coate. The coate was with­out seme, wrought vpon throughout. They sayed therfore among themselues: let vs not deuide it, but cast lottes for it, who shall haue it. That the scripture might be fulfylled saying: They haue parted my rayment among them, and for my coat dyd they caste lottes. And the souldiours dyd suche thinges in dede. There stode by the crosse of Iesus his mother and his mothers syster, Mary the wyfe of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Iesus therefore sawe his mother, and the disciple standynge, whome he loued, he saieth vnto his mother: woman, behode thy sōne. Then sayd he to the disciple: beholde thy mother. And frō that houre the disciple toke her for his owne.

After these thinges, Iesus knowing that all thynges were now performed, that the scripture might be fulfilled, he saieth: I thrist. So there stode a vessel by full of vineger: therfore they filled a sponge with vineger, and wounde it about with Isope, and putte it to his mouth. Assone as Iesus then receyued of the vineger, he sayed: It is finished, and bowed his head and gaue vp the goste. The Iewes therefore, because it was the preparing of the Sabbothe that the bodyes shoulde not remayne vpon the Crosse on the Sabboth day (for that Sabboth day, was an hie daye) [Page] besought Pilate, that their legges might be broken, and that they might be taken downe. Thē came the souldiours and brake the legges of the firste, and of the other whiche was crucified wyth hym. But when they came to Iesus, and sawe that he was deade already, they brake not his legges: but one of the souldiours with a speare thrust him into the side, & forth with came there out bloud and water. And he that sawe it bare recorde, and his recorde is true. And he knoweth that he sayeth true, that ye myght beleue also. For these thinges were done that the scripture should be fulfilled: ye shall not breake a bone of him.

And againe an other scripture saieth: they shall loke vpon him, whom they haue pearced. After this, Ioseph of Ara­mathia (whiche was a disciple of Iesus, but secretly for feare of the Iewes) besoughte Pylate that he might take downe the bodye of Iesus. And Pylate gaue him lycence: He came therfore and tooke the bodye of Iesus. And there came also Nicodemus (whiche at the beginning came to Iesus by nyght) and brought of myrre and Aloes mingled together, about an hundreth pounde weight. Then tooke they the body of Iesu, and wounde it in linnen clothes with the odours, as the maner of the Iewes is to burye. And in the place where he was crucified, there was a gar­den, and in the garden a newe Sepulchre, wherin was neuer man layd: There layd they Iesus therefore, because of the preparynge of the Sabbothe of the Iewes, for the Sepulchre was nye at hande.

At Euensong.

¶The first lesson. Esai. Liii. Vnto the ende.

Easter Euen.

At Mattyns.

¶The first lesson. Lamenta. iiii. v. Vnto the end,e

At the Communion.

[Page l] O Lorde God of my saluacion, I haue cryed day & night before thee: O let my prayer enter into thy presēce, incline thine eare vnto my calling.Dimine deus salutis. Psal. lxxxviii.

For my soule is full of trouble: & my life dra­weth nye vnto hell.

I am counted as one of them that goe downe vnto the pytte: and I haue bene euen as a manne that hathe no strengthe.

Free among the dead, lyke vnto them that bee woun­ded and lye in the graue, whiche be out of remembraunce: and are cut awaye from thy hande.

Thou haste layed me in the loweste pitte, in a place of darcknes: and in the depe.

Thyne indignacion lyeth harde vpon me: and thou hast vexed me with all thy stormes.

Thou hast put awaye myne acquayntaunce far from me: and made me to be abhorred of them.

I am so fast in prison: that I cannot gette forth.

My sight fayleth for very trouble: lord I haue called day­ly vpon thee, I haue stretched out my handes vnto thee.

Doeste thou shewe wonders among the dead? or shall the dead rise vp agayne and prayse thee?

Shall thy louing kindnes be shewed in the graue? or thy faythfulnesse in destruccion.

Shall thy wonderous workes be knowne in the darke? and thy righteousnes in the lande where all thynges are forgotten.

Vnto thee haue I cryed, O Lorde: and earlye shall my prayer come before thee.

Lord, why abhorrest thou my soule? and hidest thou thy face from me?

I am in misery, and lyke vnto him that is at the pointe to dye: (euen from my youth vppe) thy terrours haue I suffered with a troubled mynde.

Thy wrathfull displeasure goeth ouer me: and the feare of thee, hath vndone me.

They came rounde aboute me dayelye lyke water: and compassed me together on euery syde.

My louers and frendes hast thou put awaye from me: and hid myne acquayntaunce out of my syght.

[Page]Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy ghoste.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Epistle.

IT is better (if the will of God be so) that ye suffre for well doing then for euil doing.i. Pet. iii. For asmuche as Christ hath once suffered for sinnes, the iust for the vniust, to bring vs to God: and was kylled as partayning to the flesh, but was quickened in the spirite. In which spi­rite he also went and preached to the spirites that were in prison, whiche some tyme had beene disobedient, when the long suffring of God was once looked for in the dayes of Noe, whyle the arke was a preparing: wherin a fewe, that is to saye, eyghte soules were saued by the water, lyke as Baptisme also nowe saueth vs: not the putting awaye of the fylthe of the fleshe, but in that a good conscience con­fenteth to God by the resurreccion of Iesus Christ, which is on the right hande of God: and is gone into heauen: Angels, powers, and might, subdued vnto hym.

The Gospell.

WHen the euē was come, there came a riche mā of Aramathia named Ioseph,Mat. xxvii whiche also was Iesus disciple. He wente vnto Pilate & begged the body of Iesus. Then Pilate cōmaūded the body to be deliuered. And whē Ioseph had taken the bodye, he wrapped it in a cleane linnen clothe, & layed it in his newe toumbe, which he had hewen out euen in the rocke, & rolled a greate stone to the doore of the Sepulchre, & departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary sytting ouer agaynst the Sepulchre. The nexte daye that folowed the daye of preparing, the high priestes and Pha­riseis came together vnto Pilate, saying: Sir, we remem­bre that this deceyuer sayed while he was yet aliue: After iii. dayes I will rise againe: Commaunde therfore that the Sepulchre bee made sure vntyll the thirde daye, leste his [Page li] disciples come and steale him awaye, and say vnto the people, he is risen from the dead: and the last erroure shall be worse then the firste. Pylate sayed vnto them: ye haue the watche, goe your waye, make it as sure as ye can. So they wente and made the Sepulchre sure with the watche menne, and sealed the stone.

¶Easter daye.

In the mornyng afore mattyns, the people being assem­bled in the churche: these Anthems shalbe fyrst solemnely song, or, sayed.

CHrist rising agayne from the dead, nowe dieth not. Death from hence furth hath no power vpon hym. For in that he dyed, he dyed but once to put awaye sinne: but in that he liueth he liueth vnto God. And so lykewyse, counte youre selues dead vnto synne, but lyuyng vnto God in Christe Iesus our Lorde. Alleluya Alleluya.

CHriste is risen agayne, the fyrste fruytes of them that slepe: for seyng that by man came deathe, by man also commeth the resurreccion of the dead: For as by Adam al men do dye, so by Christe all menne shalbe restored to lyfe. Alleluya.

The Priest.

¶Shewe forth to all nacions the glory of God.

The Aunswere.

¶And among all people his wonderful workes.

Let vs praye.

O God, who for our redēpcion diddest geue thine onely begotten sonne to the death of the crosse: & by his gloryous resurreccion hast delyuered vs from the power of our enemye: Graunte vs so to dye dayly frō sinne, that we may euer­more liue with him in the ioye of his resurreccion: through thesame Christ our Lorde. Amen.

¶Proper psalmes and lessons
At Mattins.

  • Psal. ii.
  • Psal. lvii.
  • Psal. Cxi.

The first lesson. Exo. xii. Vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Roma. vi. Vnto the ende.

At the firste Communion.

Conserua me domine. Psal. xvi. PReserue me, O God: for in thee haue I put my trust.

O my soule, thou hast saied vnto the Lorde: thou art my God, my goodes are nothing vn­to thee.

All my delyght is vpon the Sainctes that are in the yearth: and vpon suche as excell in vertue.

But they that runne after an other God: shall haue great trouble.

Their dryncke offeringes of bloude wyll not I offer: neither make mencion of their names within my lyppes.

The Lord himselfe is the porcion of myne inheritaunce, and of my Cuppe: thou shalt mayntayne my lotte.

The lotte is fallen vnto me in a fayre grounde: yea, I haue a goodly heritage.

I wyll thanke the Lorde for geuing me warning: my reynes also chasten me in the night season.

I haue sette God alwayes before me: for he is on my right hand, therfore I shall not fall.

Wherefore my hearte was glad, and my glory reioysed: my fleshe also shall rest in hope.

For why? thou shalt not leaue my soule in helle: nei­ther shalt thou suffre thy holy one to see corrupcion.

Thou shalt shewe me the pathe of life: in thy presence is the fulnes of ioye, and at thy right hand there is plea­sure for euermore

Glory be to the father and to the sonne: and to. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, which through thy onely begotten sonne Iesus Christ, hast ouercome death, & opened vnto vs the gate of euerlastyng life: we humbly [Page lii] beseche thee, that as by thy speciall grace, preuentyng vs, thou doest put in our mindes good desires: so by thy conti­nuall helpe, we may bryng thesame to good effect, through Iesus Christ our Lorde: who lyueth and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

IF ye be risē againe with Christ,Coloss. iii. seke those thinges which are aboue, where Christ sitteth on the right hād of God. Set your affecciō on heauēly thinges and not on yearthy thinges. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christe in God. Whensoeuer Christ (whiche is our lyfe) shall shewe himselfe, then shall ye also appeare with him in glory. Mortifie therfore your earthy membres, fornicacion, vncleanes, vnnaturall lust, euil concupiscence and couetousnes, whiche is wurshyppynge of ydolles: for whiche thinges sake, the wrathe of God vseth to come on the disobedient children, among whom ye walked somtime when ye lyued in them.

The Gospell.

THe firste daye of the Sabbothes came Mary Magdalene earlye (when it was yet darcke) vnto the Sepulchre,Iohn. xx. and sawe the stone taken away frō the graue. Thē she ranne & came to Simon Peter, & to the other disciple whō Ie­sus loued & saith vnto thē: they haue taken away the lorde out of the graue, and we cannot tell where they haue laied hym. Peter therfore went foorth and that other disciple and came vnto the Sepulchre. They ranne both together, and the other disciple did out runne Peter, and came firste to the Sepulchre. And when he had stowped doune, he saw the lynnen clothes lying, yet wente he not in. Then came Simon Peter folowing hym, and went into the sepulchre and sawe the lynnen clothes lye, and the napkin that was aboute his heade, not lying with the lynnen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by it selfe. Then wente in al­so that other disciple whiche came firste to the sepulchre, & [Page] he sawe and beleued. For as yet they knewe not the scrip­ture that he shoulde ryse againe from death. Then the dis­ciples went awaye agayne vnto their owne home.

At the seconde Communion.

Domnie quid multiplicati Psal. iii. LOrde, howe are they encreased that trouble me? many are they that ryse agaynst me.

Many one there bee that saye of my soule: there is no helpe for him in his God.

But thou, O Lorde, art my defender: thou art my worshyp, and the lifter vp of my head.

I dyd call vpon the Lorde with my voyce: and he hearde me out of his holy hill.

I layde me downe and slept: and rose vp agayne, for the Lorde sustayned me.

I wil not be afrayd for ten thousādes of the people: that haue set themselues agaynste me rounde aboute.

Vp Lorde and helpe me, O my God: for thou smitest all myne enemies vpon the cheke bone, thou haste broken the teeth of the vngodly.

Saluacion belongeth vnto the lorde: and thy blessing is vpon thy people.

Glory bee to the father and to the sonne: and to the ho­ly ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shalbee: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightie father, whiche hast geuen thy onely sonne to dye for our sinnes; and to rise agayne for oure iustificacion: Graunte vs so to putte awaye the leauen of malyce and wickednesse, that we maye alwaye serue thee in purenesse of liuing and trueth, through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

i. Cor. V. KNow ye not that a litle leauen sowreth the whole lompe of dowe? Pourge therefore the olde leauen, that ye maye be newe dowe, as ye are swete bread. [Page liii] For Christ our passeouer is offered vp for vs. Therfore let vs kepe holye daye, not with olde leauen, neither with the leauen of maliciousnes and wickednes: but with the swete breade of purenes and trueth.

The Gospell.

WHen the Sabboth was paste,Mar. xvi. Mary Mag­dalene, and Mary Iacoby, and Salome, bought swete odoures, that they myghte come, and anoynt hym. And early in the morning, the first day of the Sabboth, they came vnto the Sepulchre when the sonne was risen. And they sayed among themselues: who shall rolle vs away the stone frō the dore of the Sepulchre? And when they looked, they sawe howe that the stone was rol­led away, for it was a very great one. And they wente in­to the Sepulchre, and sawe a younge man sytting on the right syde, clothed in a longe white garmente, and they were afrayed. And he sayed vnto them: be not afrayed, ye seke Iesus of Nazareth whiche was crucified. He is risen he is not here: Beholde the place where they had put him. But goe your waye and tell his disciples, and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galile, there shall you see him, as he sayed vnto you. And they went out quickly and fledde from the Sepulchre, for they trembled, and were amased, neyther sayed they anye thing to anye man, for they were afrayde.

At Euensong.

¶Proper psalmes and lessons.

  • Psalm. cxiii. The .ii. lesson. Act. ii. Vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. cxiiii. The .ii. lesson. Act. ii. Vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. cxviii. The .ii. lesson. Act. ii. Vnto the ende.

¶Monedaye in Easter weke.

At Mattyns.

¶The seconde lesson. Mat. xxviii. Vnto the ende.

At the Communion.

[Page] MY soule truely wayteth styll vpon God: for of him commeth my saluacion.None deo subiecta. psal. lxii.

He verely is my strength and my saluacion: he is my defence, so that I shall not greatly fal.

Howe longe wil ye imagine mischefe against euery mā? ye shalbe slaine al the sort of you, yea, as a totte­ring wal shall ye be, and lyke a broken hedge.

Their deuice is onely howe to put him out whom God will exalte: their delyte is in lyes, they geue good woordes with their mouth, but curse with their hearte.

Neuerthelesse, my soule, wayte thou still vpon God: for my hope is in him.

He truely is my strength and my saluacion: he is my de­fence, so that I shall not fall.

In God is my health and my glory: the rocke of my myght, and in God is my trust.

O put your trust in him alwaye, ye people: powre oute your heartes before him, for God is our hope.

As for the children of men, they are but vayne, the chil­dren of men are deceiptful: vpon the weyghtes, they are al­together lyghter then vaynitie it selfe.

O trust not in wrong and robbery, geue not your selues vnto vanitie: yf ryches encrease, set not your hearte vpon them.

God spake once and twise: I haue also heard the same, that power belongeth vnto God.

And that thou Lorde art mercifull: for thou rewardest euery man according to his worke.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

ALmyghtye God, whiche through thy onely begotten sonne Iesus Christe, haste ouercome deathe, and opened vnto vs the gate of euer­lasting life: we humbly beseche thee, that as by thy speciall grace, preuentyng vs, thou doest putte in oure myndes good desyres: so by thy continuall helpe, we may bring thesame to good effect, through Iesus Christe our Lorde: who lyueth and reygneth. &c.

The Epistle.

PEter opened his mouth, and sayd:Actes. x. of a trueth I perceyue that there is no respecte of persons with God, but in all people, he that feareth hym and worketh righteousnes, is accepted with hym. Ye knowe the preaching that God sente vnto the children of Israell, preaching peace by Iesu Christe, whiche is Lorde ouer all thinges: which preaching was published throughout all Iewry (and began in Galilee, after the baptisme whiche Iohn preached) howe God annoynted Iesus of Nazareth with the holy ghoste, and with power. Which went about doing good, and healynge all that were oppressed of the deuil, for god was with him. And we are witnesses of all thinges whiche he did in the lande of the Iewes, and at Ierusalem: whome they slewe and hanged on tree. Hym God reised vp the thirde day & shewed him openly, not to all the people, but vnto vs witnesses (chosen before of God for thesame intent) which did eate and drinke with him af­ter he arose from death. And he commaunded vs to preach vnto the people, and to testifie, that it is he whiche was ordained of God to be the iudge of the quicke and deade. To him geue all the prophetes witnes, that through his name, whosoeuer beleueth in him, shall receyue remission of synnes.

The Gospell.

BEholde, two of the disciples wente that same daye to a towne called Emaus,Luc. xxiiii. whiche was from Ierusalem about .lx. furlonges: and they talked together of all the thinges that had happened. And it chaūced that while they cō ­moned together & reasoned: Iesus himselfe drue nere and went with thē. But their eyes were holdē that they should not knowe hym. And he sayd vnto them: what maner of communicacions are these that ye haue one to another as ye walke, and are sad? And the one of them (whose name was Cleophas) aunswered, and sayd vnto him: art thou onely a straunger in Ierusalen, and haste not knowen the thinges whiche haue chaunced there in these dayes? he [Page] sayd vnto them: what thynges? And they sayd vnto him: of Iesus of Nazareth, whiche was a Prophete, mightie in dede and word before God and all the people: and how the hie priestes, and our rulers, deliuered him to be condemned to death, and haue crucified hym. But we trusted that it had been he whiche shoulde haue redemed Israell. And as touching all these thinges, to daye is euen the third daye that they were doen. Yea, and certayne women also of our companye made vs astonied, whiche came earely vnto the Sepulchre and founde not his body, and came saying, that they had sene a vision of Angels, whiche sayed that he was alyue. And certayne of them whyche were wyth vs, went to the Sepulchre, and found it euen so as the women had sayed: but him they sawe not. And he sayd vnto them: O fooles and slowe of hearte to beleue all that the pro­phetes haue spokē. Ought not Christ to haue suffred these thinges, and to entre into hys glorye? And he began at Moses and al the prophetes, and interpreted vnto them in all Scriptures which were written of him. And they drue nye vnto the toune, whiche they wente vnto. And he made as thoughe he woulde haue gone further. And they con­strayned hym, sayinge: abyde with vs, for it draweth to­wardes nyght, and the day is farre passed. And he wente in to tary with them. And it came to passe as he sate at meate with them, he toke breade and blessed it, and brake, and gaue vnto them. And their eyes were opened, and they knewe him, and he vanished out of their sight. And they sayd betwene themselues: dyd not our heartes burne with­in vs, whyle he talked with vs by the waye, and opened to vs the Scriptures? And they rose vp thesame houre and returned to Ierusalē, and found the eleuen gathered toge­ther, and them that were with them, saying: the Lorde is rysen in dede, and hath appered to Simon. And they tolde what thinges were done in the way, and how they knewe hym in breaking of the breade.

At Euensong.

¶The seconde lesson. Act. iii. Vnto the ende.

¶Tewesdaye in Easter weke

At Mattyns.

[Page lv]The .ii. lesson. Luke .xxiiii. Vnto. and beholde .ii. of them.

At the Communion.

PRayse the Lorde (ye seruauntes:Landate pue­ri. psal. cxiii.) O praise the name of the Lorde.

Blessed is the name of the Lorde: from this tyme furth for euermore.

The Lordes name is praysed: frō the rising vp of the sonne, vnto the going downe of the same.

The lorde is hye aboue all heathen: and his glory aboue the heauens.

Who is lyke vnto the Lorde our God, that hathe hys dwelling so hie: and yet humbleth himselfe, to beholde the thinges that are in heauen and earth.

He taketh vp the simple oute of the dust: and lifteth the poore out of the mier.

That he may set hym with the princes: euen with the princes of his people.

He maketh the baren woman to kepe house: and to be a ioyfull mother of children.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmighty father, which haste geuen thy onely sonne to dye for our sinnes, & to rise agayne for our iustificacion: Graūt vs so to put away the leuen of malice & wickednes, that we maye al­way serue thee in purenes of liuing & trueth, through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

YE men and brethren,Actes. xiii. Children of the generacion of Abraham & whosoeuer among you feareth God: to you is this worde of saluacion sent. For the in­habiters of Ierusalē, and their rulers, because they knewe him not, nor yet the voices of the prophetes, which are read euery Sabboth day, thei haue fulfilled thē ī cōdēning him. [Page] And when they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate to kyll hym. And when they had fulfylled all that were written of hym, they toke hym downe from the tree, and put hym in a Sepulchre. But God raysed hym a­gayne from death the thirde daye, and he was sene manye dayes of them whiche wente with him from Galile to Ie­rusalem: which are his witnesses vnto the people. And we declare vnto you, how that the promes (which was made vnto the fathers) GOD hath fulfilled vnto their children (euen vnto vs) in that he raysed vp Iesus agayne: Euen as it is written in the second Psalme: Thou art my sonne, this daye haue I begotten thee. As concernyng that he raysed him vp from death, nowe no more to returne to cor­rupcion, he sayed on this wise: The holy promises made to Dauid, wil I geue faythfullye to you. Wherefore he sayeth also in an other place: Thou shalt not suffre thyne holy to see corrupcion. For Dauid (after that he had in his tyme fulfilled the wyll of GOD) fell on slepe, and was layed vnto his fathers, and sawe corrupciō. But he whom God raysed agayne, sawe no corrupcion. Bee it knowne vnto you therefore (ye men and brethren) that throughe thys man, is preached vnto you the forgeuenes of sinnes, and that by hym all that beleue, are iustified from all thynges, from which ye could not be iustified by the lawe of Moses. Beware therfore, lest that fall on you, whiche is spoken of in the Prophetes: behold ye despisers, and wonder, and pe­rishe ye: for I doe a worke in your daies, which ye shall not beleue, though a man declare it you.

The Gospell.

Luc. xxiiii. IEsus stode in the middes of his disciples, and sayed vnto them: peace be vnto you: It is I feare not. But they were abashed and afrayd, & supposed that they had sene a spirite. And he saied vnto thē: why are ye troubled, & why do thoughtes arise in your heartes? Behold my handes & my feete, that it is euen I my selfe. Handle me and see, for a spirite hath not fleshe and bones, as ye see me haue. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his handes, [Page lvi] and his fete. And whyle they yet beleued not for ioye, and wondered, he sayed vnto them: Haue ye here any meate? And they offered him a peace of a broyled fishe, and of an Honye combe. And he tooke it and dyd eate before them. And he sayed vnto them: these are the wordes whiche I spake vnto you, whyle I was yet with you: That all must nedes be fulfilled, whiche were written of me in the Lawe of Moses, & in the Prophetes, and in the Psalmes. Then opened he their wittes, that they mighte vnderstande the scriptures, and sayed vnto them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoued Christe to suffer, and to rise agayne from death the thirde daye, and that repentaunce and remission of sinnes, shoulde bee preached in his name among all na­cions, and muste begin at Ierusalem. And ye are witnes­ses of these thinges.

At Euensong.

The seconde lesson .i. Cor. xv. Vnto the ende.

¶The first Sondaye after Easter.

BLessed is the man that feareth the Lorde: he hathe greate delyghte in hys commaunde­mentes.Beatus Vir. Psal. cxii.

His seede shalbe mightie vpon yearthe: the generacion of the faythefull shalbe blessed. Riches and plenteousnes shalbe in his house: and hys righteousnes endureth for euer.

Vnto the Godly there ariseth vp lyght in the darkenes: he is mercifull, louing and righteous.

A good man is mercifull and lendeth: and wyll guyde his wordes with discrecion.

For he shall neuer be moued: and the righteous shalbe had in euerlasting remembraunce.

He will not bee afrayed for any euyl tydynges: for hys hearte standeth fast, and beleueth in the Lorde.

His hearte is stablyshed and will not shrynke: vntill he see his desire vpon his enemyes.

He hath sparsed abroade and geuē to the poore: and hys [Page] righteousnes remaineth for euer, his horne shalbee exalted with honor.

The vngodlye shall se it, and it shall greue him: he shall gnashe with his teeth and consume awaye, the desyre of the vngodly shall perishe.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

Almightie father. &c. As at the second Communion on Easter day.

The Epistle.

i. Iohn. v. ALl that is borne of GOD, ouercommeth the world. And this is the victory that ouercom­meth the worlde, euen our faith. Who is it that ouercommeth the worlde, but he whiche bele­ueth that Iesus is the sonne of God? This Ie­sus Christe is he that came by water and bloude, not by water onely, but by water and bloud. And it is the spirite that beareth witnesse, because the spirite is truethe. For there are three whiche beare recorde in heauen, the father, the woorde, and the holy ghoste, and these three are one. And there are three whiche beare recorde in yearth, the spirite, and, water, and bloude, and these three are one. If wee receyue the witnes of menne, the witnes of God is greater. For this is the witnes of God that is greater, whiche he testified of his sonne. He that beleueth on the sonne of God, hath the witnes in hymselfe. He that bele­ueth not God, hath made hym a lyer, because he beleueth not the recorde that God gaue of his sonne. And this is the record, how that God hath geuen vnto vs eternall life, and this lyfe is in his sonne. He that hath the sonne, hath lyfe: and he that hath not the sonne of God, hath not lyfe.

The Gospell.

Iohn. xx. IHesame daye at nyghte, whiche was the first day of the Sabbothes, whē the dores were shut (where the disciples were assembled together, for feare of the Iewes) came Iesus and stode in the middes, [Page lvii] and sayd vnto them: Peace be vnto you. And when he had so sayde, he shewed vnto them his handes and his syde.

Then were the disciples glad, when they sawe the Lorde. Then sayde Iesus to them againe. Peace be vnto you. As my father sent me, euen so sende I you also. And when he had saide those wordes, he breathed on them, and saide vn­to them: receyue ye the holy gost. Whosoeuers synnes ye re­mytte, they are remytted vnto them. And whosoeuers synnes ye retaine, they are retained.

¶ The second Sondaye after Easter.

HAste thee, O God, to deliuer me:Deus in ad­iutorium. psal. lxx. Make haste to helpe me, O Lorde.

Let them bee ashamed and confounded, that seke after my soule: lette them be turned backe­ward and put to confusion, that wishe me euill.

Let them (for their reward) be soone brought to shame: that crye ouer me, there, there.

But let all those that seke thee, be ioyfull and gladde in thee: and let al suche as delight in thy saluacion, say alway, the Lorde be praysed.

As for me I am poore and in misery: Haste thee vnto me (O God.)

Thou art my helpe and my redemer: O Lorde make no long tarying.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whiche haste geuen thy holy sonne to be vnto vs, both a sacrifice for synne, and also an exam­ple of Godly lyfe: Geue vs the grace that we may alwayes moste thankfully receiue that his inestimable benefite, and also dayly indeuour our selfes, to folowe the blessed steppes of his moste holy lyfe.

The Epistle.

THis is thanke worthy, yf a manne for conscience to­ward God, indure griefe,i. Peter. il. and suffre wrong vnde­serued. For what prayse is it yf when ye bee buf­feted [Page] for your fautes, ye take it paciently? But and if when ye doe well, ye suffre wrong and take it paciently, then is there thāke with God. For hereunto verely were ye called: For Christe also suffered for vs, leauyng vs an ensample, that ye shoulde folowe his steppes, whiche dyd no synne, neyther was there guyle found in his mouth: which, when he was reuiled, reuiled not againe: when he suffered, he threatned not: but committed the vengeaunce to hym that iudgeth righteously, which his owne selfe bare our sinnes in his body on the tree, that we being deliuered from sinne, should lyue vnto righteousnes. By whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as shepe goyng a stray. But are nowe turned vnto the shepheard, and bishop of your soules.

The Gospell.

Iohn. x. CHriste sayed to his disciples: I am the good shepheard, a good shepheard geueth his lyfe for the shepe. An hired seruaunte, & he whiche is not the shepheard (neyther the shepe are his owne) seeth the wolfe commyng, and lea­ueth the shepe and flieth, and the wolfe cat­cheth, and skattreth the shepe. The hired seruaunt flyeth, because he is an hired seruaunte, and careth not for the shepe. I am the good shepheard, and knowe my shepe, and am knowen of myne. As my Father knoweth me, euen so knowe I also my Father. And I geue my lyfe for the shepe: and other shepe I haue, whiche are not of this folde. Them also must I bryng, and they shall heare my voyce, and there shalbe one folde, and one shepheard.

¶ The .iii. Sonday.

Comfitebimus psal. lxxv. VNto thee (O God) doe we geue thankes: yea, vnto thee doe we geue thankes.

Thy name also is so nye: and that doe thy wonderous workes declare.

When I receiue the congregacion: I shal iudge accordyng vnto right.

The earth is weake, and all the inhabitours therof: I beare vp the pillers of it.

[Page lviii]I sayed vnto the fooles, deale not so madly: and to the vngodly, set not vp your horne.

Sette not vp youre horne on hye: and speake not with a stiffe necke.

For promocion commeth neither from the East, nor from the West: nor yet from the Southe.

And why? GOD is the iudge: he putteth downe one and setteth vp an other.

For in the hande of the Lorde there is a cup, and the wine is red: it is full mixte, and he poureth out of thesame.

As for the dregges therof: all the vngodly of the yearth shall drinke them, and sucke them out.

But I will talke of the God of Iacob: and prayse hym for euer.

All the hornes of the vngodly also will I breake: and the hornes of the righteous shalbe exalted.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, which shewest to all men that be in er­rour, the light of thy trueth, to the intent that they may returne into the waye of righteousnes: Graunte vnto all them that be admitted into the felowship of Christes reli­gion, that they may exchewe those thinges that be contra­rye to their profession, and folowe all suche thinges as bee agreable to thesame: through our Lorde Iesus Christe.

The Epistle.

DErely beloued,i. Peter. ii. I beseche you as straungiers and pilgriemes, abstaine frō fleshly lustes, which fight against the soule: and see that ye haue honest con­uersacion among the Gentiles, that where as they backbite you as euill doers, they may see youre good workes, and prayse God in the day of visitacion. Submyt your selfes therfore, vnto all maner ordinaunce of man, for the Lordes sake, whether it bee vnto the kyng as vnto the chiefe head: either vnto rulers, as vnto them that are sent of him, for the punishment of euil doers, but for the laude of [Page] them that do well. For so is the wil of God, that with well doing, ye may stop the mouthes of foolishe and ignoraunte men: as free, and not as hauyng the libertie for a cloke of maliciousnes, but euen as the seruauntes of God. Honour all menne, loue brotherly felowship, feare God, honor the Kyng.

The Gospell.

Iohn. xvi. IEsus sayed to his disciples: After a while ye shal not see me, and againe, after a while ye shall see me: for I go to the father. Then sayed some of his disciples betwene themselfes: what is this that he sayeth vnto vs, after a while ye shall not see me, and againe after a while ye shall see me, and that I go to the fa­ther? They sayed therfore: what is this that he sayeth, af­ter a while? We cānot tell what he sayth. Iesus perceyued that they would aske hym, and sayed vnto them: ye inquire of this betwene your selfes, because I sayed, after a whyle ye shall not see me, and againe after a while ye shall see me. Verely, verely, I saye vnto you: ye shall wepe and lament: but contrary wyse, the worlde shall reioyce. Ye shal sorowe, but your sorowe shalbe turned to ioy. A woman when she trauayleth, hath sorowe, because her houre is come. But assone as she is deliuered of the childe, she remembreth no more the anguishe, for ioy that a manne is borne into the worlde. And ye nowe therfore haue sorowe: but I wyll see you againe, and your heartes shall reioyce, and youre ioy shall no manne take from you.

¶The .iiii. Sonday.

Deus stetit in Sinagoga. psal. lxxxiii. GOD standeth in the congregacion of princes: He is iudge emong Gods.

Howe long will ye geue wrong iudgement: and accept the persons of the vngodly?

Defende the poore and fatherlesse: see that suche as bee in nede and necessitie haue right.

Deliuer the outcast and poore: Saue them from the hande of the vngodly.

They will not be learned nor vnderstande, but walke on still in darkenesse: all the foundacions of the earth be out of course.

[Page lix]I haue sayed, ye are Gods: and ye all are children of the the moste highest.

But ye shall dye lyke men: and fal lyke one of the princes.

Arise, O God, and iudge thou the earth: For thou shalt take all the Heathen to thyne inheritaunce.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whiche doest make the myndes of all faythfull menne to be of one wyll: graunte vnto thy people, that they maye loue the thyng, whiche thou commaundest, and desyre that whiche thou doest pro­mes, that emong the sundery and manifolde chaunges of the worlde, our heartes may surely there be fixed, where as true ioyes are to be founde: Through Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

EVery good gifte, and euery perfect gifte, is from a­boue, & commeth doune from the father of lightes,Iames. [...]. with whom is no variablenes, neither is he chaū ­ged vnto darkenes. Of his owne will begate he vs, with the worde of trueth, that we shoulde be the firste fruites of his creatures. Wherfore (dere brethren) let eue­ry man be swift to heare, slowe to speake, slowe to wrathe. For the wrathe of man worketh not that which is righte­ous before God. Wherfore laye aparte all filthines, and su­perfluitie of maliciousnes, & receiue with mekenes the word that is graffed in you, whiche is able to saue your soules.

The Gospell.

IEsus sayed vnto his disciples:Iohn. xvl. nowe I goe my way to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me whither I goe. But because I haue sayed suche thynges vnto you, your heartes are full of sorow. Neuertheles, I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you, that I go away. For if I go not away, that comforter will not come vnto you. But if I depart, I will sende hym [Page] vnto you. And when he is come, he will rebuke the worlde of sinne, and of righteousnes, and of iudgement. Of synne, because they beleue not on me: Of righteousnes, because I go to my father, and ye shall see me nomore: Of Iudge­ment, because the Prince of this worlde is iudged already. I haue yet many thinges to saye vnto you, but ye cannot beare them awaye nowe, howbeit when he is come (which is the spirite of trueth) he will leade you into all trueth. He shall not speake of himselfe, but whatsoeuer he shall heare, that shall he speake, and he will shewe you thynges to come. He shall glorifie me, for he shall receyue of myne, and shall shewe vnto you. All thinges that the father hath, are mine: therfore sayed I vnto you, that he shall take of mine, and shewe vnto you.

¶The .v. Sonday.

O Howe amiable are thy dwellynges: Thou Lorde of Hostes?Quā dilecta tabernacula. psal. lxxxiiii.

My soule hath a desyre and longing to en­tre into the courtes of the Lorde: My heart and my flesh reioyce in the lyuing God.

Yea, the Sparowe hath foūd her an house, and the Swalow a nest where she may lay her young: E­uen thy altares, O Lorde of Hostes, my king and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be al­waye praysing thee.

Blessed is that manne whose strength is in thee: In whose heart are thy wayes.

Whiche goyng through the vale of misery, vse it for a well: and the pooles are filled with water.

They will goe from strength to strength: and vnto the God of Gods appeareth euery one of them in Sion.

O Lorde God of Hostes, heare my prayer: Hearken O God of Iacob.

Behold, O God, our defender: and loke vpon the face of thyne anoynted.

For one day in thy courtes: is better then a thousande.

I had rather be a doore keper in the house of my God: then to dwell in the tentes of vngodlynes.

[Page lx]For the Lorde God is a light and defence: the Lorde will geue grace and worship, and no good thyng shall he withholde from them that liue a godly lyfe.

O Lorde God of Hostes: blessed is the manne that put­teth his trust in thee.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde, from whom all good thinges do come: graunt vs thy humble seruauntes, that by thy holy inspiracion, we may thinke those thinges that be good, and by thy mer­cifull guyding may perfourme thesame: thorowe our Lord Iesus Christe.

The Epistle.

SE that ye bee doers of the worde, and not hearers only, deceyuing your owne selfes. For yf any man heare the worde, and declareth not thesame by his workes, he is lyke vnto a man beholdyng his bo­dely face in a glasse. For assone as he hath looked on him­selfe, he goeth his waye, and forgetteth immediatly what his fashion was. But whoso looketh in the perfecte lawe of libertie, and continueth therin (if he be not a forgetfull hearer, but a doer of the worke) thesame shalbe happy in his dede. If any man emong you seme to be deuout, and re­fraineth not his tonge, but deceiueth his owne hearte, this mannes deuocion is in vaine. Pure deuocion, and vndefi­led before God the father, is this: to viset the fatherles and widowes, in their aduersitie, and to kepe hymselfe vnspot­ted of the worlde.

The Gospell.

VErely, verely, I saye vnto you:Iohn. xvi. whatsoeuer ye shall aske the father in my name, he wyll geue it you. Hitherto haue ye asked nothyng in my name. Aske and ye shall receyue, that youre ioy may be full. These thinges haue I spoken vnto you by prouerbes. The tyme will come, when I shall no [Page] more speake vnto you by prouerbes: but I shall shewe you plainly from my father. At that daye shall ye aske in my name. And I saye not vnto you that I wil speake vnto my father for you: For the father himselfe loueth you, because ye haue loued me, and haue beleued that I came out from God. I went out from the father, and came into the world. Againe, I leaue the worlde, and go to the father.

His disciples sayed vnto him: Loe, nowe talkest thou plainly, and speakest no Prouerbe. Nowe are we sure that thou knowest all thinges, and nedest not that any manne should aske thee any questiō: therfore beleue we, that thou camest from God. Iesus aunswered them: nowe ye doe be­leue. Beholde, the houre draweth nye, and is already come, that ye shalbe scattered euery manne to his owne, and shal leaue me alone. And yet am I not alone: for the father is with me. These woordes haue I spoken vnto you, that in me ye might haue peace, for in the worlde shall ye haue tribulacion: but be of good chere, I haue ouercome the worlde.

¶ The Ascencion daye.
¶Proper Psalmes and Lessons.

At Mattyns.

  • Psalm. viii. The second Lesson. Iohn .xiiii. vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. xv. The second Lesson. Iohn .xiiii. vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. xxi. The second Lesson. Iohn .xiiii. vnto the ende.

¶ At the Communion.

Omnes geu­tes plaudite. psal. xlvii. O Clap your handes together (all ye people:) O sing vnto God with the voice of melody.

For the Lorde is hye and to be feared: He is the great king vpon all the earth.

He shall subdue the people vnder vs: And the nacions vnder our fete.

He shall chose out an heritage for vs: euen the worship of Iacob whom he loued.

God is gone vp with a mery noyse: And the Lorde with the sounde of the trompe.

O syng prayses, syng prayses vnto oure God: O syng [Page lxi] prayses, syng prayses vnto our kyng.

For God is the king of all the earth: syng ye prayses with vnderstanding.

God reigneth ouer the heathen: God sitteth vpon hys holy seate.

The princes of the people are ioyned to the people of the God of Abraham: for God (whiche is very hye exalted) doeth defende the earth, as it were with a shylde.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

GRaunt we beseche thee almightie God, that lyke as we doe beleue thy onely begotten sonne our Lorde to haue ascended into the heauens: so we maye also in hearte and minde thither ascende, and with him continually dwell.

The Epistle.

IN the former treatise (deare Theophilus) we haue spoken of all that Iesus began to doe and teache,Actes. [...]. vntil the day in which he was taken vp, after that he through the holy goste, had geuen commaundementes vnto the Apostles, whome he had chosen: to whome also he shewed himselfe aliue after his passion (and that by ma­ny tokens) appearyng vnto them .xl. dayes, and speakyng of the kingdom of God, and gathered them together, and commaunded them that they should not departe from Ie­rusalem: but to wayte for the promes of the father, wherof (sayeth he) ye haue heard of me. For Iohn truely baptised with water: but ye shalbe baptised with the holy gost, after these fewe dayes. When they therfore were come together, they asked of him, saying: lord, wilt thou at this time restore againe the kingdom to Israel? And he sayde vnto thē: it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the fa­ther hath put in his owne power. But ye shall receiue po­wer after that the holy gost is come vpon you. And ye shal bee witnesses vnto me, not onely in Ierusalem, but also in al Iewry, and in Samaria, & euen vnto the worldes ende. [Page] And when he had spoken these thinges, while they beheld, he was taken vp on hye, and a cloude receyued him vp out of their syght. And while they looked stedfastly vp toward heauen as he wente, beholde, two men stoode by them in white apparell, whiche also sayed: ye men of Galile, why stande ye gasing vp into heauen? This same Iesus whiche is taken vp from you into heauen, shall so come, euen as ye haue seen him goe into heauen.

The Gospell.

Mar. xvi. IEsus appered vnto the eleuen as they sate at meate: & cast in their teth their vnbelefe, & hard­nes of heart, because they beleued not them which had sene that he was risen again from the dead: & he sayd vnto them: go ye into all the world, & preache the gospel to all creatures: he that beleueth & is baptised, shall be saued. But he that beleueth not, shalbe damned. And these tokens shall folowe them that beleue. In my name they shall cast out deuils, they shall speake with newe ton­ges, they shall dryue away serpentes. And if they drinke a­ny deadly thing it shall not hurte them. They shall laye their handes on the sicke, and they shall recouer. So then when the Lord had spoken vnto thē: he was receiued into heauen, and is on the right hande of God. And they wente furth, and preached euery where: The Lord working with them, and confirming the worde with miracles folowing.

¶Proper Psalmes and lessons at Euensong.

  • Psalm. xxiiii. The seconde lesson Ephe. iiii. vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. lxviii. The seconde lesson Ephe. iiii. vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. cxlviii. The seconde lesson Ephe. iiii. vnto the ende.

¶ The Sondaye after the Ascencion.

Dominus re­g [...]auit. psal. xciii. THe Lord is king, and hath put on gloryous appa­rell: the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himselfe with strength.

He hath made the rounde worlde so sure: that it cannot be moued.

Euer sence the worlde beganne, hath thy seate been pre­pared: [Page lxii] thou art from euerlasting.

The fluddes are risen, O Lorde, the fluddes haue lyfte vp theyr noyse: the fluddes lyft vp theyr waues.

The waues of the sea are mightie, and rage horribly: but yet the Lorde that dwelleth on hygh is mightier.

Thy testimonies, O Lorde, are very sure: holynesse be­commeth thine house for euer.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

O God, the king of glory, whiche haste exalted thine only sonne Iesus Christe, with great triumphe vnto thy kingdom in heauen: we beseche thee leaue vs not comfort­les, but sende to vs thine holy gost to comforte vs, and ex­alte vs vnto thesame place, whither our sauiour Christe is gone before: who lyueth and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

THe ende of all thinges is at hande:i. Peter. iiii. be ye therfore so­bre, and watche vnto praier. But aboue all thinges haue feruent loue among your selues: for loue shall couer the multitude of synnes. Be ye herberous one to another without grudgeing. As euery man hath re­ceiued the gift, euen so minister thesame one to another, as good ministers of the manifold grace of God. If any man speake, let hym talke as the wordes of God. If any manne minister, let him do it as of the habilitie whiche God mini­streth vnto hym: that God in all thinges may be gloryfied through Iesus Christe: to whome be prayse and dominion for euer and euer. Amen.

The Gospell.

WHen the comforter is come whom I will sende vn­to you from the father (euen the spirite of trueth,Iohn, xv. whiche procedeth of the father) he shall testifye of me. And ye shall beare witnes also, because ye haue been with me from the beginning.

These thinges haue I sayd vnto you,Iohn .xvi. because ye should not bee offended. They shall excommunicate you: yea [Page] the time shal come, that whosoeuer killeth you, wil thinke that he doeth God seruice. And suche thinges will they do vnto you, because they haue not knowen the father, neither yet me. But these thinges haue I told you, that whan the tyme is come, ye maye remembre then that I tolde you. These thinges sayde I not vnto you at the beginning, be­cause I was present with you.


¶Proper psalmes and lessons at Mattyns.

  • Psalm. xlviii. The seconde lesson Act. x. Then Peter o­pened his mouth: vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. lxvii. The seconde lesson Act. x. Then Peter o­pened his mouth: vnto the ende.
  • Psalm. cxlv. The seconde lesson Act. x. Then Peter o­pened his mouth: vnto the ende.

¶ At the Communion.

Exultate [...] ­ [...]ti in domino. psal. xxxiii. REioyce in the Lorde, O ye righteous: for it be­commeth well the iust to be thankfull.

Prayse the Lorde, with harpe: syng psalmes vnto hym with the lute and instrument of tenne stringes.

Syng vnto the Lorde a newe song: sing prayses lustely (vnto hym) with a good courage.

For the worde of the Lorde is true: and all his workes are faythfull.

He loueth righteousnes and iudgement: the earth is full of the goodnes of the Lorde.

By the worde of the Lorde were the heauens made: and all the hostes of them, by the breath of his mouth.

He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were vpon a heap: and layeth vp the depe as it were in a trea­sure house.

Let all the earth feare the Lorde: stande in awe of hym all ye that dwell in the worlde.

For he spake and it was done: he commaunded and it stoode faste.

The Lorde bringeth the counsayll of the heathen to nought: and maketh the deuises of the people to be of none effect (and casteth out the counsayles of princes.)

The counsaill of the Lorde shall endure for euer: and the thoughtes of his heart from generacion to generacion.

[Page lxiii]Blessed are the people whose God is the Lorde Ieho­uah: and blessed are the folke that haue chosen hym to bee theyr inheritaunce.

The Lorde loked downe from heauen, and beheld all the children of menne: from the habitacion of his dwellyng, he considereth all them that dwell in the earth.

He fashioneth all the heartes of them: and vnderstan­deth all theyr workes.

There is no king that can be saued by the multitude of an hoste: neyther is any myghtie man delyuered by muche strength.

A horse is counted but a vayne thing to saue a man: nei­ther shall he deliuer any man by his great strength.

Beholde, the iye of the Lorde is vpon them that feare him: and vpon them that put theyr trust in his mercy.

To deliuer theyr soules from death: and to feade them in the tyme of derth.

Our soule hath paciently taryed for the Lorde: for he is our helpe and our shielde.

For our heart shal reioyce in him: because we haue hoped in his holy name.

Let thy mercifull kyndenes, O Lord, be vpon vs: lyke as we haue put our trust in thee.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

GOd, which as vpon this daye haste taught the heartes of thy faithfull people, by the sending to them the light of thy holy spirite: Graunt vs by thesame spirite to haue a ryght iudgement in all thynges, and euermore to reioyce in his holy coumforte, through the merites of Christe Iesus our sauiour: who liueth and reigneth with thee in the vni­tie of thesame spirite one God, worlde without ende.

The Epistle.

WHen the fiftie dayes were come to an ende, they were all with one accorde together in one place.Act. ii. And sodenly there came a sounde from heauen, [Page] as it had been the comming of a mighty winde, and it filled all the house where they sate. And there appered vnto thē clouen tonges, lyke as they had been of fyre, and it sate v­pon eche one of them: and they were al filled with the holy gost, and began to speake with other tonges, euen as the­same spirite gaue them vtteraunce. There were dwellyng at Ierusalem Iewes, deuoute men, out of euery nacion of them that are vnder heauen. When this was noised about, the multitude came together and were astonied, because that euery man heard thē speake with his owne language. They wondred all & merueiled, saying among themselfes: beholde, are not all these, whiche speake, of Galile? And howe heare we euery man his owne tong, wherin we were borne? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the in­habiters of Mesopotamia, and of Iewry, & of Capadocia, of Pontus and Asia, Phrigia and Pamphilia, of Egipte and of the parties of Libia, whiche is besyde Siren, and straungers of Rome, Iewes and Proselites, Grekes and Arrabians, we haue heard them speake in our owne ton­gues the great workes of God.

The Gospell.

Iohn. xiiii. IEsus sayde vnto his disciples: If ye loue me, kepe my commaundementes, and I wil pray the father, & he shall geue you an other com­forter, that he maye abyde with you for euer: euen the spirite of trueth, whome the worlde canne not receyue, because the worlde seeth hym not, neyther knoweth hym. But ye knowe hym: for he dwelleth with you, and shalbe in you. I will not leaue you comfortles: but wyll come to you. Yet a lytle whyle and the worlde seeth me no more: but ye see me. For I lyue, and ye shall lyue. That daye shall ye knowe that I am in my father, and you in me, and I in you. He that hathe my commaundementes and kepeth them, thesame is he that loueth me. And he that loueth me, shalbe loued of my fa­ther: and I will loue him, and will shewe myne owne selfe vnto hym.

[Page lxiiii]¶Proper Psalmes and Lessons at Euensong.

  • Psalm. Ciiii. The .ii. Lesson. Actes .xix. It fortuned when Apollo wente to Corinthum. vnto After these thinges.
  • Psalm. Cxlv. The .ii. Lesson. Actes .xix. It fortuned when Apollo wente to Corinthum. vnto After these thinges.

¶Monday in Whitson weke.

O Be ioyfull in the Lorde (all ye landes:Iubilate [...]e [...] psal. [...].) serue the Lorde with gladnesse, and come before his presence with a song.

Be ye sure that the Lorde he is God: it is he that hath made vs, and not we oure selfes, we are his people and the sheepe of his pasture.

O Goe your waye into his gates with thankesgeuyng, and into his courtes with prayse: be thankefull vnto hym, and speake good of his name.

For the Lorde is gracious, his mercy is euerlastyng: and his trueth endureth from generacion to generacion.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

¶God whiche. &c. (As vpon Whitsondaye).

The Epistle.

THen Peter opened his mouth and sayd:Act. [...]. of a trueth I perceyue that there is no respecte of persones with God, but in all people, he that feareth hym, and worketh righteousnes, is accepted with him. Ye know the preaching that God sente vnto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Iesu Christe, whiche is Lorde ouer all thynges: whiche preaching was published throughout all Iewry (and beganne in Galile after the baptisme whiche Iohn preached) howe God annointed Iesus of Nazareth with the holy goste, and with power. Whiche Iesus wente about, doyng good, and healyng all that were oppressed of the deuill. For God was with him. And we are witnesses of all thinges whiche he did in the lande of the Iewes and at Ierusalem, whome they slewe and hanged on tree: [Page] Hym God raysed vp the thirde day, and shewed him open­ly, not to all the people, but vnto vs witnesses (chosen be­fore of God for thesame entente) which did eate and drinke with hym, after he arose from death. And he commaun­ded vs to preache vnto the people, and to testifie that it is he, whiche was ordayned of God to be the iudge of quicke and dead. To hym geue all the Prophetes witnesse, that through his name whosoeuer beleueth in hym, shal receiue remission of synnes. Whyle Peter yet spake these wordes, the holy gost fell on all them whiche heard the preaching. And they of the circumcisiō which beleued, were astonied, as many as came with Peter, because that on the gentiles also, was shedde out the gifte of the holy gost. For they heard them speake with tongues & magnifye God. Then aunswered Peter: can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptised whiche haue receyued the holy gost as well as we? And he commaunded them to be baptised in the name of the Lorde. Then prayed they hym to tarye a fewe dayes.

The Gospell.

Iohn. iii. SO God loued the worlde, that he gaue his only be­gotten sōne, that whosoeuer beleueth in him, should not perishe, but haue euerlasting lyfe. For God sent not his sonne into the worlde, to condemne the worlde, but that the worlde through him myght be saued. He that beleueth on hym is not condēned. But he that be­leueth not, is condemned already, because he hath not bele­ued in the name of the onely begotten sonne of God. And this is the condemnacion: that lyght is come into the worlde, and men loued darkenes more then lyght, because theyr dedes were euill. For euery one that euill doeth, ha­teth the light, neyther cummeth to the light, leste his dedes should be reproued. But he that doeth trueth, cummeth to the light, that his dedes may be knowen, howe that they are wrought in God.

¶ Tuesday.

¶At the communion.

MY song shall be of mercye and iudgemente:Misericor­diam. psal. ci vnto thee (O Lorde) will I syng.

O let me haue vnderstandyng: in the way of Godlynes.

When wilt thou come vnto me? I wyll walke in my house with a perfect heart.

I will take no wicked thing in hande: I hate the sinnes of vnfaythfulnes, there shall no suche cleaue vnto me.

A frowarde heart shall departe from me: I wyll not knowe a wicked person.

Whoso prieuely slaundreth his neyghbour: hym wyll I destroy.

Whoso hath also a proude looke, and an hie stomake: I will not suffre him.

Myne iyes looke vnto suche as be faythfull in the lande: that they may dwell with me.

Whoso leadeth a godly lyfe: he shalbe my seruaunt.

There shall no deceitfull person dwell in my house: he that telleth lyes shall not tarye in my syght.

I shal soone destroy al the vngodly that are in the lande: that I may roote out all wicked doers from the citie of the Lorde.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginnyng. &c.

The Collect.

God whiche. &c. As vpon whitsonday.

The Epistle.

WHen the Apostles whiche were at Ierusalem hearde saye,Act. Viii. that Samaria had receyued the word of God, they sent vnto them Peter and Iohn. Which, when they were come downe, praied for thē, that they myght receyue the ho­ly gost. For as yet he was come on none of them: but they were baptised onely in the name of Christ Iesu. Thē layde they theyr handes on them, & they receyued the holy goste.

The Gospell.

Iohn .x. VErely, verely, I say vnto you: he that entreth not in by the doore into the shepefold, but climeth vp some other waye, thesame is a thefe, and a mur­therer. But he that entreth in by the doore, is the shepheard of the shepe: To him the porter openeth, and the shepe heare his voyce, and he calleth his owne shepe by name, and leadeth them out. And when he hath sent furthe his owne shepe, he goeth before them, and the shepe folow him: for they knowe his voyce. A straunger will they not folowe, but will flye from him: for they knowe not the voyce of straungers. This prouerbe spake Iesus vnto them, but they vnderstoode not what thynges they were whiche he spake vnto them. Then sayed Iesus vnto them agayne: verely, verely, I saye vnto you: I am the doore of the shepe. All (euē as many as came before me) are theues and murtherers, but the shepe dyd not heare them. I am the doore, by me yf any enter in, he shalbe safe, and shal goe in and out, and fynde pasture. A thefe cummeth not but for to steale, kill, and destroy. I am come that they myght haue lyfe, & that they myght haue it more aboundauntly.

¶ Trinitie Sonday.

¶At Matyns.

The first lesson. Gene. xviii. vnto the ende.

The seonde lesson. Math. iii. vnto the ende.

¶At the communion.

Deus misere atur. psal. lxvii. GOd be mercifull vnto vs, and blesse vs: and shewe vs the lyght of his countenaunce, and be mercifull vnto vs.

That thy way may be knowen vpon earth: thy sauing health among all nacions.

Let the people prayse the, O God: yea let all the peo­ple prayse thee.

O let nacions reioyce & be glad: for thou shalt iudge the folke righteously, and gouerne the nacions vpō earth.

Let the people prayse thee, O God: let all the people [Page lxvi] prayse thee.

Then shall the earth bryng forth her increase: and God, euen our owne God, shall geue vs his blessyng.

God shall blesse vs: and all the endes of the world shall feare hym.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the begynning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmighty and euerlastyng god, which haste geuen vn­to vs thy seruauntes grace by the confession of a true fayth to acknowlege the glory of the eternal trinitie, and in the power of the diuyne maiestie to wurship the vnitie: we beseche thee that through the stedfastnes of this fayth, we may euermore be defended from all aduersitie: whiche liuest and reignest one God, worlde with out ende.

The Epistle.

AFter this I looked, and behold,Apoca. iiii. a doore was o­pen in heauen, & the firste voice which I heard, was as it were of a trōpet, talking with me, which sayd: come vp hither, and I wyll shewe thee thinges which must be fulfilled hereafter. And immediatly I was in the spirite: And behold, a seate was sette in heauen, and one sate on the seate. And he that sate, was to looke vpon, lyke vnto a Iasper stone, and a Sardyne stone. And there was a rayne bowe about the seate, in sight lyke vnto an Emeraulde. And aboute the seate, were .xxiiii. seates. And vpon the seates .xxiiii. El­ders sitting, clothed in white rayment, and had on their heades crownes of golde. And out of the seate proceded lyghtnynges, and thunderynges, and voyces, & there were vii. lampes of fyre, burnyng before the seate, whiche are the .vii. spirites of God. And before the seate there was a sea of glasse lyke vnto Christall, and in the myddes of the seate, and rounde about the seate, were .iiii. beastes full of iyes, before and behynde. And the fyrste beaste was lyke a Lyon: and the second beast lyke a calfe: and the third beast had a face as a man: and the fourth beast was lyke a fly­ing [Page] Egle. And the .iiii. beastes had eche one of them syxe wynges about him, and they were ful of iyes within. And they had no rest day neyther night, saying: Holy, holy, ho­ly, Lord God almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beastes gaue glorye and honour, and thankes to hym that sate on the seate (whiche lyueth for euer and euer) the .xxiiii. elders fell downe before hym that sate on the throne, and worshypped hym that lyueth for euer, and cast their crounes before the throne, saying: thou art worthy, O Lord (our God) to receiue glory, and honor, and power, for thou haste created all thinges, and for thy willes sake they are, and were created.

The Gospell.

THere was a manne of the Phariseis named Nico­demus,Iohn. iii. a ruler of the Iewes. Thesame came to Iesus by nyght, & sayd vnto him: Rabby, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no mā could doe suche miracles as thou doest, excepte God were with him. Iesus answered, and sayd vnto him: Verely, ve­rely, I saye vnto thee: except a man be borne from aboue, he cannot see the kingdome of God. Nicodemus sayed vn­to him: howe can a man be borne when he is olde? can he enter into his mothers wombe and bee borne agayne? Ie­sus answered: verely, verely, I say vnto thee: except a man be borne of water, and of the spirite, he cannot entre into the kyngdome of God. That whiche is borne of the fleshe, is fleshe, and that whiche is borne of the spirite, is spirite, Maruayle not thou that I sayed to thee, ye must bee borne from aboue. The wynde bloweth where it lusteth, & thou hearest the sounde therof, but canst not tell whence it com­meth and whither it goeth: So is euery one that is borne of the spirite. Nicodemus answered, and sayed vnto hym: howe can these thinges be? Iesus answered, and sayd vn­to him: art thou a maister in Israel, and knowest not these thinges. Verely, verely I say vnto thee: we speake that we do knowe, and testifie that we haue seen: and ye receyue not our witnes. If I haue told you yearthly thinges, and ye beleue not: howe shall ye beleue yf I tell you of heauen­ly thynges? And no manne ascendeth vp to heauen, but he [Page lxvii] that came downe from heauen, euen the sonne of manne whiche is in heauen. And as Moses lift vp the serpent in the wildernes, euen so muste the Sonne of man be lift vp, that whosoeuer beleueth in hym, perishe not, but haue e­uerlasting lyfe.

¶The first Sonday after Trinitie Sonday.

BLessed are those that be vndefiled in the way:Beati immas culati. Psal. cxix. and walke in the lawe of the Lorde.

Blessed are they that kepe his testimonies: and seke him with theyr whole heart.

For they which do no wickednes: walke in his wayes.

Thou haste charged, that we shall diligentlye kepe thy commaundementes: O that my wayes were made so di­rect, that I myght kepe thy statutes.

So shall I not be confounded: while I haue respect vn­to all thy commaundementes.

I will thanke thee with an vnfayned heart: when I shall haue learned the iudgementes of thy ryghteousnes.

I will kepe thy ceremonies: O forsake me not vtterly.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GOd the strength of all them that truste in thee, mercy­fully accepte our prayers: And because the weakenes of our mortall nature can do no good thing without thee, graunte vs the helpe of thy grace, that in kepyng of thy commaundementes, we may please thee bothe in will and dede: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

DEarely beloued, let vs loue one another:i. Iohn. iiii. for loue commeth of God. And euery one that loueth is borne of God, and knoweth God. He that loueth not, knoweth not God: for God is loue. In this appeared the loue of God to vs ward, because that God sent his on­lye [Page] begotten sonne into the worlde, that we myght lyue through him. Herein is loue, not that we loued God, but that he loued vs, & sent his sonne to be the agremēt for our synnes. Dearely beloued, if God so loued vs, we ought al­so to loue one another. No mā hath seen God at any time. If we loue one another, God dwelleth in vs and his loue is perfecte in vs. Hereby knowe we that we dwell in hym and he in vs: because he hathe geuen vs of his spirite. And we haue seen, and do testifie, that the father sent the sonne to be the sauiour of the worlde: whosoeuer confesseth that Iesus is the sonne of God, in him dwelleth God, and he in God. And we haue knowen & beleued the loue that God hath to vs. God is loue, & he that dwelleth in loue, dwel­leth in God, and God in him. Herein is the loue perfect in vs, that we should haue truste in the day of iudgemēt. For as he is, euen so are we in this world. There is no feare in loue, but perfect loue casteth out feare: for feare hath paine­fulnes. He that feareth, is not perfect in loue. We loue him, for he loued vs first. If a man saye: I loue God, & yet hate his brother, he is a lyar. For howe canne he that loueth not hys brother, whom he hath seen, loue God whome he hath not seen? And this commaundement haue we of him: that he whiche loueth God, should loue his brother also.

The Gospell.

Luc. xvi. THere was a certaine riche man, whiche was clo­thed in purple and fyne white, & fared deliciously euery day: And there was a certaine begger, na­med Lazarus, which lay at his gate full of sores, desiring to bee refreshed with the crummes which fel from the ryche mannes borde, and no man gaue vnto hym. The dogges came also & licked his sores. And it fortuned, that the begger dyed, and was caried by the Angels into Abra­hams bosome. The riche man also dyed and was buried. And being in hell in tormentes, he lift vp his iyes & sawe Abraham a farre of, and Lazarus in his bosome, and he cryed & sayd: father Abraham, haue mercy on me: and send Lazarus, that he may dippe the tippe of his finger in wa­ter, and coole my tonge, for I am tormented in this flame. [Page lxviii] But Abraham sayed: Sonne, remembre that thou in thy lyfe tyme, receiuedst thy pleasure: & contraryewise, Laza­rus receiued payne: But nowe is he comforted and thou art punnished. Beyond all this, betwene vs and you there is a great space set, so that they which would go frō hence to you cannot: neither may come from thence to vs Then he sayd: I pray thee therfore father, sende hym to my fa­thers house (for I haue fyue brethren) for to warne them, leste they also come into this place of tormēt. Abrahā sayd vnto him: they haue Moses and the Prophetes, let them heare them. And he sayd: nay father Abraham, but if one come vnto them from the dead, they will repent. He sayd vnto him: If thei heare not Moses and the Prophetes, nei­ther will they beleue, though one rose from death agayne.

¶The second Sonday.

WHerwithal shal a yong man clense his waye?In quo corri git. Psal. cxix. euen by ruling himselfe after thy worde.

With my whole heart haue I sought thee: O let me not goe wrong out of thy commaundementes.

Thy wordes haue I hyd within my heart: that I should not sinne against thee.

Blessed art thou, O Lorde: O teache me thy statutes.

With my lippes haue I been tellyng: of all the iudge­mentes of thy mouthe.

I haue had as great delite in the way of thy testimonies: as in all maner of ryches.

I will talke of thy commaundementes: and haue re­spect vnto thy wayes.

My delite shalbe in thy statutes: and I will not forget thy worde.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde make vs to haue a perpetuall feare and loue of thy holy name: for thou neuer failest to helpe and go­uerne them, whome thou doest bring vp in thy stedfast loue: Graunt this. &c.

The epistle.

Iohn .iii. MArueile not my brethren, though the worlde hate you. We knowe that we are translated from death vnto lyfe, because we loue the brethren. He that loueth not his brother, abideth in deathe. Whosoeuer ha­teth his brother is a mansiear. And ye know that no man­slear hathe eternall lyfe abydyng in him. Hereby perceyue we loue, because he gaue his lyfe for vs: and we ought to geue our lyues for the brethren. But whoso hathe this worldes good, and seeth his brother haue nede, and shut­teth vp his compassion from him: howe dwelleth the loue of God in him? My babes let vs not loue in worde, neither in tonge: but in dede and in veritie. Hereby we knowe that we are of the veritie, and canne quiet oure heartes before hym. For yf oure heart condemne vs, God is greater then our heart, and knoweth al thinges. Derely beloued, if our heart condemne vs not, then haue we trust to Godwarde: and whatsoeuer we aske, we receyue of hym, because we kepe his commaundementes, and doe those thinges which are pleasaunte in his sight. And this is his commaunde­ment, that we beleue on the name of his sonne Iesus Christ, and loue one another as he gaue commaundement. And he that kepeth hys commaundementes, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and hereby we knowe that he abydeth in vs, euen by the spirite whiche he hath geuen vs.

The Gospell.

Luc. xiiii. A Certaine man ordayned a great supper, & bade many, and sent his seruaunt at supper time, to saye to them that were bidden, come: for all thinges are now ready. And they al at once be­gan to make excuse. The first sayd vnto him: I haue bought a farme, & I must nedes go and see it, I pray thee haue me excused. And another sayed: I haue bought v. yoke of Oxen, and I go to proue them, I pray thee haue me excused. And an other sayd: I haue maried a wyfe, and therfore I cannot come. And the seruaunte returned and brought his maister woorde agayne therof. Then was the good manne of the house displeased, and sayed to his [Page lxix] seruaunt: goe out quickely into the stretes and quarters of the citie, and bring in hither the poore, and the feble, and the halte, and the blinde. And the seruaunte sayde: Lorde it is doone as thou hast cōmaunded, & yet there is roume. And the Lord sayd to the seruaunt: goe out vnto the hye wayes and hedges, and compell them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I saye vnto you, that none of those men which were bidden, shall taste of my supper.

The third Sonday.

O Doe wel vnto thy seruaunt:Retribue seruo tuo. psal. cxix. that I may liue and kepe thy woorde.

Open thou myne eyes: that I may se the wun­derous thinges of thy lawe.

I am a straunger vpon yearthe: O hyde not thy com­maundementes from me.

My soule breaketh out for the very feruent desyre: that it hath alway vnto thy iudgementes.

Thou hast rebuked the proude: and cursed are they that doe erre from thy commaundementes.

O turne from me shame and rebuke: for I haue kept thy testimonies.

Princes also did sit and speake againste me: but thy ser­uaunt is occupyed in thy statutes.

For thy testimonies are my delite: and my counsaylours.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy goste.

As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

LOrde, we beseche thee mercifully to heare vs, and vnto whome thou hast geuen an heartie desyre to pray: graūt that by thy mightie ayde we may be defended: through Ie­sus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

i. Peter. V. SVbmit your selues euery man one to an other, knit youre selues together in lowlinesse of mynde. For God resysteth the proude, and geueth grace to the humble. Submit your selues therfore vnder the myghtie hand of god, that he may exalt you when the time is come. Cast al your care vpon him: for he careth for you. Be sober, and watche: for your aduersary the deuil, as a roaring Ly­on, walketh about, seeking whome he may deuour: whome resiste stedfast in the fayth, knowing that the same afflycci­ons are appoynted vnto youre brethren, that are in the worlde. But the God of all grace which hath called vs vn­to his eternall glory by Christ Iesu, shall his owne selfe (af­ter that ye haue suffered a litle affliccion) make you perfect, settle, strengthe, and stablyshe you. To hym bee glory and dominion for euer and euer.

The Gospell.

Luc. xv. THen resorted vnto him, all the Publicanes & sin­ners for to heare him. And the Phariseis & Scri­bes murmured, saying. He receyueth sinners, and eateth with thē. But he put furth thys parable vnto them, saying: What man among you hauing an hun­dreth shepe (if he lose one of them) doth not leaue nintie and nine in the wildernes, and goeth after that whiche is lost, vntill he fynde it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders with ioye. And assone as he cūmeth home he calleth together hys louers and neighbours, saying vn­to thē: Reioyce with me, for I haue founde my shepe, which was lost. I say vnto you, that likewise ioy shalbe in heauen ouer one synner that repenteth, more then ouer nintye and nine iust persons, which nede no repentaunce. Either what woman hauing ten grotes (if she lose one) doeth not light a candle, and swepe the house, and seke diligently till she find it? And when she hath founde it, she calleth her louers and her neighbours together, saying: Reioyce with me, for I haue founde the grote which I had lost. Likewise, I saye vnto you, shall there be ioye in the presence of the Aungels of god, ouer one sinner that repenteth.

¶The fourth sonday.

¶ At the Communion.

MY soule cleaueth to the dust: O quickē thou me accordyng to thy woorde.Adhesit paui mento anima psal. cxix.

I haue knowledged my wayes, and thou heardest me: O teache me thy statutes.

Make me to vnderstande the waye of thy commaūdementes: & so shal I talke of thy wonderous workes.

My soule melteth away for very heauines: comfort thou me according vnto thy woorde.

Take from me the waye of lying: and cause thou me to make muche of thy lawe.

I haue chosen the way of trueth: and thy iudgementes haue I layde before me.

I haue sticken vnto thy testimonies: O Lord confound me not.

I will runne the waye of thy commaundementes: when thou hast set my heart at libertie.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GOd, the Protector of all that truste in thee, withoute whome nothing is strong, nothyng is holye: increase and multiply vpon vs thy mercy, that thou being our ruler and guide, we may so passe through thinges temporal, that we finally loose not the thynges eternall: Graunt this hea­uenly father, for Iesu Christes sake our Lorde.

The Epistle.

I Suppose that the afflicciōs of this life,Roma. Viii. are not worthye of the glory which shalbe shewed vp­on vs. For the feruent desyre of the creature a­bideth, loking when the sonnes of god shal ap­peare, because the creature is subdued to vani­tie against the will therof, but for his will which hath sub­dued the same in hope. For the same creature shalbe deliue­red from the bōdage of corrupcion, into the glorious liber­tie of the sonnes of GOD. For we knowe that euery crea­ture groneth with vs also, and trauayleth in payne, euen vnto thys tyme: not onely it, but we also whiche haue the [Page] first fruites of the spirite, mourne in our selues also, & waite for the adopcion (of the children of GOD) euen the deliue­raunce of our bodies.

The Gospell.

Luc. vi. BE ye mercifull as youre father also is mercyfull. Iudge not & ye shal not be iudged: cōdemne not, & ye shal not be condemned. Forgeue and ye shal be forgeuen. Geue and it shalbee geuen vnto you, good measure and pressed downe, and shakē together, and running ouer, shall men geue into your bosomes. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, shal other men mete to you agayne. And he put furth a similitude vnto them. Can the blynd leade the blynd? doe they not both fall into the diche? The disciple is not aboue his maister: Euery mā shal bee perfect, euen as his Maister is. Why seest thou a mote in thy brothers eye, but cōsiderest not the beame that is in thine owne eye? Either how canst thou say to thy bro­ther? Brother, let me pul out the mote that is in thyne eye, when thou seeste not the beame that is in thyne owne eye. Thou ypocrite, caste out the beame out of thyne owne eye firste, and then shalt thou see perfectly to pull out the mote that is in thy brothers eye.

¶The .v. Sonday.

TEache me, O Lorde, the waye of thy statutes: and I shall kepe it vnto the ende.Legem pone psal. cxix.

Geue me vnderstandyng, and I shall kepe thy lawe: yea, I shal kepe it with my whole hearte.

Make me to goe in the path of thy commaundementes: for therin is my desyre.

Encline my heart vnto thy testimonies: and not to coue­tousnes.

O turne away myne eyes, lest they beholde vanitie: and quicken thou me in thy way.

O stablish thy worde in thy seruaunt: that I may feare thee.

Take away the rebuke that I am afrayd of: for thy iudge­mentes [Page lxxi] are good.

Beholde, my delite is in thy commaundementes: O quic­ken me in thy righteousnes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GRaunte Lorde, we beseche thee, that the course of thys world may be so peaceably ordred by thy gouernaunce: that thy congregacion may ioyfully serue thee in all godly quietnes: through Iesus Christ our lorde.

The Epistle.

BE you all of one mynde, and of one heart,i. peter. iii. loue as brethren, be pitifull, bee courteous (meke) not ren­dring euill for euill, or rebuke for rebuke: but con­trariewise blesse, knowing that ye are therunto called, euen that ye shoulde bee heyres of the blessyng. For he that doth long after lyfe, and loueth to see good daies, let him refrayne his tongue from euil, and his lippes that they speake no guile. Let him eschewe euill and dooe good: let him seeke peace and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lorde are ouer the righteous, and his eares are open vnto theyr prayers. Agayne, the face of the lord is ouer them that doe euill. Moreouer, who is it that will harme you, if ye folowe that whiche is good? yea, happie are ye if any trouble hap­pen vnto you for ryghteousnes sake. Be not ye afrayde for any terrour of them, neyther bee ye troubled, but sanctifye the Lorde God in your heartes.

The Gospell.

IT came to passe that (when the people preased vpon hym,Luc. V. to heare the woorde of God) he stode by the lake of Genazareth, and saw two shippes stande by the lakes syde, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing theyr nettes. And he entred into one of the shippes (which perteined to Simon) and prayed him, that he woulde thrust out a litle from the land. And he sate down & taught the people out of the ship. [Page] When he had left speaking, he sayde vnto Simon: launche out into the depe, & let slip your nettes to make a draught. And Simon aunswered, and sayde vnto him: Maister, we haue labored al night, and haue taken nothyng. Neuerthe­les, at thy commaundement, I wil looce furth the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes. But theyr nette brake, and they beckened to theyr felowes (whiche were in the other ship) that they shoulde come and helpe them. And they came and fylled bothe the shippes, that they sonke agayn. When Simon Peter sawe this, he fell downe at Iesus knees, saying: Lorde, goe from me, for I am a sinful man. For he was astonied and al that were with him, at the draught of fishes which they had ta­ken: & so was also Iames and Iohn the sonnes of Zebede, which were parteners with Simon. And Iesus sayde vn­to Simon: feare not, from hencefoorthe thou shalte catche men. And they brought the shippes to lande, and forsooke all and folowed him.

¶The .vi. Sonday.

Et Veniat super me. psal. [...]xix. LEt thy louing mercy come also vnto me, O lorde: euen thy saluacion, according vnto thy woorde.

So shall I make aunswere vnto my blasphe­mers: for my trust is in thy woorde.

O take not the woord of trueth vtterly out of my mouth: for my hope is in thy iudgementes.

So shall I alway kepe thy lawe: yea, for euer and euer.

And I will walke at libertie: for I seeke thy commaun­dementes.

I will speake of thy testimonies also, euen before kinges: and will not be ashamed.

And my delight shalbe in thy commaundementes: which I haue loued.

My handes also will I lyfte vp, vnto thy commaunde­mentes which I haue loued: and my study shall bee in thy statutes.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GOd, whiche hast prepared to them that loue thee, suche good thinges as passe al mans vnderstanding: Powre into our heartes such loue toward thee, that we louīg thee in all thinges, may obteyne thy promises, whiche excede al that we can desyre: Through Iesus Christe our Lord.

The Epistle.

KNowe ye not,Roma. Vi. that all wee whiche are baptised in Iesu Christe, are baptised to dye with him? We are buried then with hym by baptisme for to dye: that lykewise as Christe was raysed from deathe, by the glory of the father, euen so we also shoulde walke in a newe lyfe. For if we bee graft in deathe lyke vnto him: euen so shall we bee partakers of the resurreccion: Knowyng thys, that our olde manne is crucifyed with him also, that the body of sinne, might vt­terly be destroyed, that hēcefurth we should not be seruaū ­tes vnto sinne. For he that is dead, is iustifyed from sinne. Wherfore, yf we be dead with Christe, we beleue that we shal also liue with him, knowing that Christ being raysed from deathe, dyeth no more. Deathe hathe no more power ouer him. For as touching that he died, he died concerning sinne once. And as touchyng that he lyueth, he liueth vnto god: Lykewyse consider ye also, that ye are dead, as tou­chyng synne, but are alyue vnto God, through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Gospell.

IEsus sayd vnto hys disciples:Mat. V. excepte your rygh­teousnes excede the righteousnes of the Scribes and Phariseis, ye cannot entre into the kingdom of heauen. Ye haue hearde that it was sayed vnto them of the olde tyme. Thou shalte not kill: whoso­euer kylleth, shal be in daunger of iudgemente. But I saye vnto you: that whosoeuer is angrye with his brother (vn­aduysedlye) shall be in daunger o [...] iudgemente. And who­soeuer saye vnto hys brother, Racha, shall be in daūger of a coūsel. But whosoeuer saith, thou foole shalbe in daūger of hel fier. Therfore, if thou offerest thy gifte at the altare, [Page] and there remembrest that thy brother hath ought against thee, leaue there thyne offryng before the alter, and goe thy waye firste, and be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gifte. Agree with thyne aduersary quickely, whiles thou art in the way with him, leste at any tyme the aduersary delyuer thee to the iudge, and the iudge delyuer thee to the minister, and then thou be cast into prieson. Ve­rely I say vnto thee: thou shalt not come out thence, til thou haue payed the vttermost farthing.

¶The .vii. Sonday.

O Thinke vpō thy seruaunte, as concerning thy word:Memor esto psal. cxix. wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust.

The same is my coumfort in my trouble: for thy woorde hath quickened me.

The proude haue had me excedingly in der [...]ion: yet haue I not shrynked from thy lawe.

For I remembred thine euerlasting iudgementes, O lord: and receiued coumfort.

I am horribly afrayde: for the vngodly, that forsake thy lawe.

Thy statutes haue bene my songes: in the house of my pilgrimage.

I haue thought vpon thy name, O Lorde, in the night season: and haue kept thy lawe.

This I hadde: because I kepte thy cōmaundementes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy goste.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shalbee: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

LOrde of al power and might, which art the author and geuer of al good thinges: graffe in our heartes the loue of thy name, increase in vs true religion, nouryshe vs with all goodnesse, and of thy great mercy, kepe vs in the same: Through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

I Speake grosly,Roma. vi. because of the infirmitye of your fleshe. As ye haue geuen youre members ser­uauntes to vnclennesse, and to iniquitye (from one inquitye to an other:) euen so nowe geue o­uer your membres seruauntes vnto ryghteouse­nes, that ye may be sanctifyed. For when ye were the ser­uauntes of sinne, ye were void of righteousnes. What fruite had you thē in those thinges, wherof ye are now ashamed? for the ende of those thynges is death. But nowe are ye de­liuered from synne, and made the seruauntes of God, and haue your fruite to be sanctifyed, and the ende euerlastyng lyfe. For the rewarde of synne is death: but eternall lyfe is the gifte of God: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Gospel.

IN those dayes,Mat. viii. when there was a very great com­panye, and had nothyng to eate: Iesus called hys Disciples vnto hym, and sayde vnto them: I haue compassion on the people, because they haue nowe bene with me three dayes, and haue nothyng to eate: And if I sende them awaye fastyng to theyr owne howses, they shall faynt by the way: for diuerse of them came from farre. And his disciples aunswered him: where shoulde a manne haue bread here in the wildernes, to satysfye these? And he asked them, how many loaues haue ye? They sayde, seuen. And he cōmaunded the people to sit downe on the ground. And he tooke the seuen loaues: And when he had geuen thankes, he brake and gaue to hys disciples, to sette before them. And they did set thē before the people. And they had a fewe small fishes. And when he had blessed, he commaun­ded them also to be set before them. And they dyd eate, and were suffysed. And they tooke vp of the broken meate that was left, seuen baskettes full. And they that did eate, were about foure thousande. And he sent them awaye.

The eyght Sonday after Trinitie Sonday.
¶At the Communion.

Porcio mea domine. psal. cxix. THou arte my porcyon, O Lorde: I haue promi­sed to kepe thy lawe.

I made mine humble peticion in thy presence with my whole heart: O be mercifull vnto me, accordyng vnto thy woorde.

I cal mine owne waies to remembraunce: and turne my feete into thy testimonies.

I made haste: and prolonged not the tyme to keepe thy commaundementes.

The congregacions of the vngodly haue robbed me: but I haue not forgotten thy lawe.

At midnight will I ryse, to geue thankes vnto thee: be­cause of thy righteous iudgementes.

I am a companyon of all them that feare thee: and kepe thy commaundementes.

The earth, O Lorde, is full of thy mercie: O teache me thy statutes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: & to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: world without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

GOd, whose prouidēce is neuer deceiued, we humbly be­seche thee, that thou wilt put away from vs all hurtful thinges, and geue those thinges which be profitable for vs: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Roma. viii. BRethren, we are debters, not to the fleshe, to liue after the flesh. For if ye liue after ye flesh, ye shal dye. But if ye through the spirite doe mortifye the deedes of the body, ye shall liue For as many as are led by the spirite of god, they are the sonnes of God. For ye haue not receyued the spirite of bondage to feare any more, but ye haue receyued the spirite of adopcion, wherby we crie: Abba father. The same spirite certifieth our spirite, that we are the sonnes of God. If we be sonnes, then are we also heires, the heires I meane of god, & heyres annexed with Christ: if so be that we [Page lxxiiii] suffre with hym, that we may bee also glorifyed together with hym.

The Gospel.

BEware of false Prophetes,Math. vii. whiche come to you in shepes clothing, but inwardly they are raue­ning wolues. Ye shal know thē by theyr fruites. Do men gather Grapes of thornes? Or Figges of Thystles? Euen so euerye good tree bryn­geth furth good fruites: But a corrupte tree, bringeth furth euill fruites. A good tree can not bryng furth bad fruites: neyther can a bad tree bryng furth good fruites. Euerye tree that bryngeth not furth good fruite, is hewen downe and caste into the fyer. Wherefore, by theyr fruites ye shall knowe them. Not euery one that sayeth vnto me, Lorde Lord, shall entre into the kyngdome of heauen: but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heauen, he shall en­tre into the kingdome of heauen.

¶The .ix. Sonday.

O Lord,Bonitatem. psal. cxix. thou hast delt graciously with thy ser­uaunt, according vnto thy woorde.

O learne me true vnderstandyng, and knoweledge: for I haue beleued thy com­maundementes.

Before I was troubled I went wrong: but nowe I haue kept thy woorde.

Thou art good and gracious: O teache me thy statutes.

The proude haue imagined a lye agaynst me: but I wil kepe thy commaundementes with my whole heart.

Theyr hearte is as fatte as braune: but my delyte hath bene in thy lawe.

It is good for me that I haue beene in trouble: That I may learne thy statutes.

The lawe of thy mouthe is dearer vnto me: then thou­sandes of golde and siluer.

Glory be to the father, & to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: world without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

[Page]GRaunt to vs lord, we beseche thee, the spirite to thinke, and dooe alwayes suche thynges as bee ryghtfull: that we, whiche cannot be without thee, may by thee be hable to lyue accordyng to thy will: Through Iesus Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

i. Cor. x. BRethren, I would not that ye should be ignoraunt, how that our fathers were all vnder the cloude, & all passed through the sea, and were al baptised vn­der Moses in the cloude, & in the sea, and did all eate of one spirituall meate, & dyd all drynke of one spirituall drynke. And they dranke of the spirituall rocke that folowed them, whiche Rocke was Christ. But in many of them had God no delight. For they were ouerthrowen in the wildernesse. These are ensaumples to vs, that we should not lust after euil thinges, as they lusted. And that ye should not be wor­shippers of ymages, as were some of them, accordyng as it is written: The people sate downe to eate, and drynke, and rose vp to playe. Neyther let vs bee defyled with fornyca­cion, as some of them were defyled with fornicacion, and fel in one daye three and twentie thousande. Neyther lette vs tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and were destroyed of serpentes. Neyther murmure ye, as some of them mur­mured, & were destroyed of the destroyer. All these thynges happened vnto them for ensaumples: But are written to put vs in remembraunce, whome the endes of the worlde are come vpon. Wherefore lette hym that thynketh he stan­deth, take hede lest he fall. There hath none other tempta­cion taken you, but suche as foloweth the nature of man. But God is faythfull, whiche shall not suffer you to bee tempted aboue your strength: but shal in the middes of the temptacion make a way, that ye may be hable to beare it.

The Gospell.

Luc. xvi. IEsus sayde vnto hys disciples: There was a cer­tayne ryche manne, whiche had a Stewarde, and the same was accused vnto hym, that he hadde wasted hys goodes. And he called hym, and sayde vnto hym: howe is it that I heare thys of thee? Geue ac­comptes [Page lxxv] of thy Stewardship, for thou mayst be no longer Stewarde. The Stewarde sayde within hymselfe: what shall I doe? For my maister taketh away from me the Ste­wardship. I can not digge, and to begge I am ashamed. I wote what to do, that when I am put out of the Steward­ship, they may receiue me into theyr houses.

So when he had called all his Masters debters toge­ther, he sayed vnto the first: how much owest thost vnto my Master? And he sayed: an hundred tunnes of oyle. And he sayde vnto him: take thy Bill, and sitte downe quickely, and wryte fiftie. Then sayde he to an other: howe muche owest thou? And he sayde: an hundred quarters of wheate. He sayde vnto him: take thy bil and write foure skore. And the Lorde commended the vniuste Stewarde, because he had done wisely. For the children of this world are in their nacion wiser then the chyldren of lighte. And I saye vnto you: Make you frendes of the vnryghteous Mammon, that when ye shall haue nede, they may receyue you into e­uerlasting habitacions.

The .x. Sonday.

THy handes haue made me and fashioned me:Manus t [...] psal cxix. O geue me vnderstandyng, that I may learne thy commaundementes.

They that feare thee will be glad, when they see me: because that I haue put my truste in thy woorde.

I know, O Lord, that thy iudgementes are righte: and that thou of very faithfulnes, hast caused me to be troubled.

O let thy mercifull kindnes be my coumfort: According to thy woorde vnto thy seruaunt.

O let thy louing mercies come vnto me, that I may liue: for thy lawe is my delighte.

Let the proude be confounded, for they goe wickedly a­bout to destroye me: But I will bee occupyed in thy com­maundementes.

Let suche as feare thee, and haue knowen thy testimo­nies: be turned vnto me.

O let my hearte be sounde in thy statutes: that I bee not ashamed.

[Page]Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c. Amen.

The Collect.

LEt thy merciful eares, O Lorde, be open to the prayers of thy humble seruauntes: and that they maye obteyne theyr peticions, make them to aske suche thynges as shall please thee: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

i. Cor. xii. COncerning spirituall thynges (brethren) I woulde not haue you ignoraunte. Ye knowe that ye were Gentiles, and wente your wayes vnto dumme y­mages, euen as ye were led. Wherfore I declare vnto you, that no man, speaking by the spirite of God, defyeth Iesus. Also no manne can say that Iesus is the Lorde, but by the holy Goste. There are diuersities of giftes, yet but one spi­rite. And there are differences of administracyons, and yet but one lorde. And there are diuerse maners of operacions, and yet but one God, whiche woorketh all in all. The gifte of the spirite is geuen to euery man, to edifye with all. For to one is geuen through the spirite, the vtteraunce of wise­dome: To an other is geuen the vtteraūce of knowlege, by the same spirite. To another is geuen faythe, by the same spirite. To an other the gifte of healyng, by the same spi­rite. To another, power to dooe miracles. To another pro­phecie. To another iudgemente to dyscerne spirites. To another diuerse tongues. To another the interpretacyon of tongues: But these all woorketh euen the selfe same spi­rite, deuiding to euery man a seuerall gifte, euen as he wil.

The Gospell.

Luc. xix. ANd when he was come nere to Hierusalem, he behelde the citie, and wepte on it, saying: If thou hadst knowen those thinges, whiche belong vn­to thy peace, euen in thys thy day thou wouldest take hede. But nowe are they hyd from thyne eyes. For the dayes shall come vpon thee, that thy enemies also shall caste a banke aboute thee, and compasse thee rounde, and keepe thee in on euerye syde, and make thee [Page lxxvi] euen with the ground, and thy children whiche are in thee. And they shall not leaue in thee one stone vpon an other, because thou knoweste not the tyme of thy visytacion. And he wente into the Temple, and began to caste oute them that solde therin, and them that bought, saying vnto them: It is written, my house is the house of prayer: but ye haue made it a denne of theues. And he taughte dayely in the Temple.

The .xi. Sonday.

MY soule hath longed for thy saluacyon:Defecit. psal. cxix. and I haue a good hope, because of thy woorde.

Myne eyes long soore for thy woorde, saying: O when wilt thou coumfort me?

For I am become lyke a botle in the smoke: yet doe I not forget thy statutes.

Howe many are the dayes of thy seruaunte? when wilte thou be auenged of them that persecute me?

The proude haue dygged pyttes for me: whiche are not after thy lawe.

All thy commaundementes are true. They persecute me falsely, O be thou my helpe.

They had almost made an ende of me vpon earth: but I forsoke not thy commaundementes.

O quicken me after thy louyng kyndenes: and so shall I kepe the testimonies of thy mouth.

Glory be to the father and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GOd which declarest thy almightie power, most chieflye in shewing mercy and pitie: Geue vnto vs abūdauntly thy grace, that we runnyng to thy promises, may bee made partakers of thy heauenly treasure: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

BRethren, as perteining to the gospel,i Cor. xv which I prea­ched vnto you, whiche ye haue also accepted, and in the which ye continue, by yt which also ye are saued: I doe you to wete after what maner I preached vnto you, [Page] yf ye kepe it, except ye haue beleued in vaine. For first of all I deliuered vnto you that whiche I receyued, howe that Christ dyed for our sinnes, agreeyng to the scriptures: and that he was buried, & that he arose agayne the thirde daye, accordyng to the scriptures: And that he was seene of Ce­phas, then of the .xii. After that was he sene of mo then fiue hundreth brethren at once, of whiche many remayne vnto this daye, and many are fallen a slepe. After that appeared he to Iames, then to al the Apostles. And last of al he was sene of me, as of one that was borne out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, which am not worthy to be cal­led an Apostle, because I haue persecuted the congregacion of God. But by the grace of God, I am that I am. And his grace whiche is in me: was not in vayne. But I laboured more aboundauntly then they al: yet not I, but the grace of God whiche is with me. Therefore, whether it were I or they, so we preached and so ye haue beleued.

The Gospell.

Luc. xviii. CHrist tolde this parable vnto certayne whiche trus­ted in them selues that they were perfect, & despised other. Two men wente vp into the temple to pray, the one a Pharise and the other a Publican. The Pharise stoode and prayed thus with hymselfe. God, I thanke thee that I am not as other men are, extorcioners, vniuste, adulterers, or as this Publican. I fast twise in the weke: I geue tythe of all that I possesse. And the Publican stāding a farre of, woulde not lift vp his eyes to heauen, but smote vpon his brest, saying: God, bee mercifull to me a synner. I tell you, thys manne departed home to hys house iustifyed more then the other. For euery man that exalteth himselfe shalbe broughte lowe: And he that humbleth himselfe shal be exalted.

The .xii. Sonday.

In eternum Domine. psal. cXiX. O Lorde, thy woorde endureth for euer in heauen.

Thy trueth also remayneth from one generaciō to another: thou haste layde the foundacyon of the earth, and it abydeth.

They continue this day, according to thine ordinaunce: for all thinges serue thee.

If my delyte had not beene in thy lawe: I shoulde haue [Page lxxvii] perished in my trouble.

I will neuer forget thy commaundementes: for with them thou hast quickened me.

I am thyne, Oh saue me: For I haue soughte thy com­maundementes.

The vngodly laide wayte for me to destroy me: but I wil consider thy testimonies.

I see that al thinges come to an ende: but thy commaun­dementes are exceding broade.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: world without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, whiche arte alwayes more ready to heare then we to praye: And art wonte to geue more then either we desire or deserue: Powre down vpon vs the aboundaunce of thy mercy, forgeuing vs those thinges wherof our conscience is afrayde, and geuing vnto vs that that our prayer dare not presume to aske: through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

SVche trust haue we through Christ to God warde,ii. Cor. iii. not that we are sufficiente of our selues, to thynke any thyng, as of our selues, but if we be hable vnto any thing, the same cummeth of god, which hath made vs hable to minister the new testament, not of the letter but of the spirite: For the letter killeth, but the spirite geueth lyfe. If the ministracion of death, through the letters figured in stones, was glorious, so that the childrē of Israel could not beholde the face of Moses, for the glory of hys countenaūce (whiche glory is done away:) why shall not the ministraci­on of the spirite be much more glorious? for if the ministra­cyon of condemnacyon be gloryous, muche more dooethe the ministracion of righteousnes excede in glorye.

The Gospel.

Mar. vii IEsus departed from the coastes of Tyre and Sy­don, and came vnto the sea of Galile throughe the middes of the Coastes of the .x. cityes. And they broughte vnto hym one that was deaffe, and had an impedimente in hys speche, and they prayed hym to put his hande vpon hym. And when he had taken hym asyde frō the people, he put his fingers into his eares: & did spyt, and touched his tongue, and looked vp to heauen & sighed, and sayde vnto him: Ephata, that is to say, be opened. And straight waye his eares were opened, and the string of hys tongue was looced, and he spake playne. And he cōmaun­ded them that they should tel no man. But the more he for­bad them, so muche the more a great deale they publyshed, saying: He hath doone all thynges well, he hath made both the deaffe to heare, and the dumme to speake.

The .xiii. Sonday.

Quomodo dilexi. psalm. cxix. LOrde, what loue haue I vnto thy lawe? all the day long is my study in it.

Thou through thy cōmaundementes hast made me wiser then mine enemies: for they are euer with me.

I haue more vnderstandyng then my teachers: for thy testimonies are my study.

I am wiser then the aged: because I kept thy commaun­dementes.

I haue refrayned my feete from euery euill waye: that I may kepe thy woorde.

I haue not shrinked from thy iudgementes: for thou tea­chest me.

O howe swete are thy woordes vnto my throte? yea swe­ter then hony vnto my mouth.

Throughe thy commaundementes I gette vnderstan­ding: therfore I hate al wicked wayes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmyghtye and mercifull God, of whose onely gyfte it cummeth, that thy faythfull people dooe vnto thee [Page lxxviii] true and laudable seruice: graunt we beseche thee, that we may so runne to thy heauenly promises, that we fayle not finallye to attayne the same: throughe Iesus Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

TO Abraham and his sede were the promises made.Gala. iii. He sayeth not in the seedes, as manye: but in thy seede, as of one, whiche is Christe. This I say, that the lawe whiche began afterward, beyond iiii. C. and .xxx. yeres, doeth not disanul the testament that was confirmed afore of God vnto Christewarde, to make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritaunce come of the lawe, it cum­meth not now of promise. But god gaue it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then serueth the lawe? The lawe was added because of transgression (til the seede came, to whom the promise was made) and it was ordayned by Aungels in the hand of a mediator. A mediator is not a mediator of one: But God is one. Is the law then agaynst the promise of God? God forbidde. For if there had beene a lawe geuen whiche coulde haue geuen lyfe: then no doubt righteousnes shoulde haue come by the lawe. But the scripture conclu­deth all thinges vnder sinne, that the promise, by the fayth of Iesus Christe, shoulde bee geuen vnto them that beleue.

The Gospell.

HAppy are the eyes which se the thinges that ye se. For I tel you,Luc x. that many prophetes and kinges haue desired to se those thinges which ye se, & haue not sene them, and to heare those thinges which ye heare, and haue not heard them. And beholde, a certayne lawyer stoode vp and tempted hym, saying: Master, what shall I doe to inherite eternall lyfe? he sayd vnto him: what is written in the lawe? howe readest thou? and he aunswered, and sayd: Loue the Lorde thy God with all thy hearte, and with all thy soule; and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thy selfe. And he sayde vnto hym: Thou hast aunswered right. This doe and thou shalt liue: but he willing to iustifye hymselfe, sayde vnto Iesus: And who is my neighbour: Iesus aunswered and sayde.

[Page]A certayne man descended from Ierusalem to Hierico, and fell among theues, whiche robbed him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leauing him halfe dead. And it chaunced that there came downe a certayne Prieste that same waye, and when he sawe hym, he passed by. And like­wise a Leuite, when he went nye to the place, came and lo­ked on him, and passed by. But a certayne Samaritane as he ioueneied, came vnto him: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to, and bounde vp his woun­des, and powred in oyle and wine, and set him on his owne beast and brought him to a commō inne, and made prouisi­on for hym. And on the morowe, when he departed, he toke out two pence, and gaue them to the hoste, and sayde vnto him: Take cure of hym, & whatsoeuer thou spendest more, when I come agayn, I wil recompence thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou was neighbour vnto him that fel among the theues? and he sayde: he that shewed mercy on hym. Then sayde Iesus vnto hym: goe, and doe thou lyke­wise.

The .xiiii. Sonday.

Lucerna pe­dibus meis. psal. cxix. THy worde is a Lanterne vnto my feete: and a light vnto my pathes.

I haue sworne, and am stedfastlye purposed: to kepe thy righteous iudgementes.

I am troubled aboue measure: quicken me, O Lorde, ac­cording vnto thy woorde.

Let the free will offerynges of my mouth please thee, O Lorde: and teache me thy iudgementes.

My soule is alway in my hande: yet doe not I forget thy lawe.

The vngodlye haue layed a snare for me: but yet swar­ued not I from thy commaundementes.

Thy testimonies haue I claymed as myne heritage for euer: and why? they are the very ioye of my heart.

I haue applyed my heart to fulfill thy statutes alwaye: euen vnto the ende.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie and euerlastyng God, geue vnto vs the in­crease of fayth, hope, and charitie, and that we maye obteyne that whiche thou doeste promyse: make vs to loue that whiche thou doest commaunde, through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

I Say, walke in the spirite,Gasa. v. and fulfill not the luste of the fleshe. For the fleshe lusteth contrarye to the spirite, and the spirite contrarye to the fleshe: these are contrary one to the other, so that ye cannot doe whatsoeuer ye woulde. But and yf ye be led of the spirite, then are ye not vnder the lawe. The dedes of the fleshe are manifest, whiche are these: adultry, fornicacion, vnclennes, wantonnesse, wurshippyng of images, witchcraft, hatred, variaūce, zele, wrath, strife, sedicyons, sectes, enuying, mur­der, dronkennes, gluttony, and suche lyke, of the whiche I tell you before, as I haue tolde you in tymes past, that they whiche commyt suche thynges, shall not bee inheritors of the kingdome of God. Contrarilye, the fruite of the spirite is loue, ioy, peace, long suffering, gentlenes, goodnes, faith­fulnes, mekenes, temperaunce. Agaynste suche there is no lawe. They truelye that are Christes, haue crucifyed the fleshe with the affeccions and lustes.

The Gospell.

ANd it chaunsed as Iesus wente to Ierusalem,Luc. xvii. that he passed throughe Samaria and Galile. And as he entred into a certayne towne, there met hym .x. men that were lepers. Whiche stode a farre of, and put furth their voyces, and sayde. Iesu Maister haue mercye vpon vs. When he sawe them, he sayed vnto them: goe shewe your selues vnto the Prie­stes. And it came to passe, that as they wente they were clensed. And one of them, when he sawe that he was clen­sed, turned backe agayn, & with a loude voyce praised God, and fel downe on his face at his feete, & gaue him thankes. And the same was a Samaritane. And Iesus aunswe­red, and sayde: Are there not .x. clensed? but where are those ix? There are not found that returned agayne to geue God [Page] prayse, saue onely thys straungier. And he sayd vnto hym: aryse, goe thy way, thy fayth hath made thee whole.

The .xv. Sonday.

Iniquos o­dio hab [...]i. psal. cxix I Hate them that imagine euill thynges: but thy lawe doe I loue.

Thou arte my defence and shylde: and my trust is in thy woorde.

Away frome ye wicked: I will kepe the com­maundementes of my God.

O stablyshe me accordyng vnto thy woorde, that I may liue: and let me not be disapoynted of my hope.

Holde thou me vp, and I shalbe safe: yea my delyte shall euer be in thy statutes.

Thou hast troden downe all them that depart from thy statutes: for they imagine but deceipte.

Thou puttest awaye all the vngodly of the earthe lyke drosse: therfore I loue thy testimonies.

My fleshe trembleth for feare of thee: and I am afrayde of thy iudgementes.

Glory be to the father and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

KEpe we beseche thee, O Lorde, thy Churche with thy perpetuall mercye, and because the frayltie of man, withoute thee, can not but fall: Kepe vs euer by thy helpe, and leade vs to all thynges profitable to our saluacion: through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Gasa. vi. YE see howe large a letter I haue written vnto you with myne owne hande. As many as desyre with outwarde appearaunce to please carnally, the same constraine you to be circūcised, onely lest they should suffer persecuciō for the crosse of Christ. For they thēselues which are circūcised kepe not the lawe, but desyre to haue you cir­cumcised, that they might reioice in your fleshe. God forbid that I should reioice but in ye crosse of our lord Iesu Christ, wherby the world is crucified vnto me, & I vnto the world. [Page lxxx] For in Christ Iesu neither circumcision auaileth any thing at all, nor vncircumcisyon: but a newe creature. And as many as walke according vnto this rule, peace be on them, and mercye, and vpon Israell that pertaynethe to God. From hencefurth, lette no manne put me to busines: for I beare in my body the markes of the Lorde Iesu. Brethren, the grace of our Lorde Iesu Christe, be with your spirite. Amen.

The Gospell.

NO man can serue two Maisters:Math. vi. for eyther he shall hate the one and loue the other, or elles leane to the one, and despise the other: ye can not serue God and Mammō. Therfore I say vnto you: be not careful for your life, what ye shal eate or drinke: nor yet for your body, what raimēt ye shal put on. Is not the life more worth thē meat? & the body more of value then raiment? Behold the foules of the ayre, for they sow not, neyther doe they reape, nor ca­ry into the barnes: and your heauenly father feedeth them. Are ye not muche better then they? Whiche of you (by ta­king carefull thoughte) can adde one cubite vnto hys sta­ture? And why care ye for rayment? Consider the Lilies of the fielde, howe they growe. They labour not: neyther doe they spinne. And yet I saye vnto you, that euen Salo­mon in all his royaltie, was not clothed lyke one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grasse of the fielde (whiche though it stande to day, is to morow cast into the fornace:) shall he not muche more doe the same for you, O ye of lytle fayth? Therefore take no thoughte, saying: what shall we eate, or what shall we drynke, or wherwith shall we be clo­thed? after al these thinges doe the gentiles seeke. For your heauenlye father knoweth that ye haue nede of all these thinges. But rather seeke ye firste the kyngdome of God, and the righteousnes thereof, and all these thynges shalbe ministred vnto you. Care not then for the morowe: for the morowe day shall care for it selfe: sufficiente vnto the daye is the trauail therof.

The .xvi. Sonday after Trinitie Sonday.
¶At the Communion.

Feci iudiciū psal. cxix. I Deale with the thing that is lawful and right: O geue me not ouer vnto myne oppressours.

Make thou thy seruaunte to delyte in that which is good: that the proud do me no wrong.

Myne iyes are wasted awaye with lookyng for thy health: and for the woorde of thy righteousnes.

O deale with thy seruaunte accordyng vnto thy louyng mercy: and teache me thy statutes.

I am thy seruaunte: O graunte me vnderstandyng, that I may knowe thy testimonies.

It is tyme for thee Lorde, to lay to thyne hande: for they haue destroyed thy lawe.

For I loue thy commaundementes: aboue golde and precious stone.

Therfore holde I straighte all thy commaundementes: and all false wayes I vtterly abhorre.

Glory be to the father and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde we beseche thee, let thy continuall pitie clense and defende thy congregacyon: and because it can not continue in safetie withoute thy succoure, pre­serue it euermore by thy helpe and goodnes: through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Ephes. iii. I Desyre that you faynt not because of my tribulaci­ons that I suffer for your sakes: whiche is youre prayse. For thys cause I bowe my knees vnto the father of our Lorde Iesus Christe, which is father ouer al that is called father in heauē and in yearth, that he woulde graunte you, accordyng to the riches of his glorye, that ye may be strengthed with might by hys spirite in the inner manne: that Christe maye dwell in your heartes by fayth that ye being rooted and grounded in loue, myght be able to comprehend with al saintes, what is the bredth and length, depth and heigth, and to know the excellent loue of [Page lxxxi] the knowledge of Christe, that ye myght be fulfilled with all fulnes, which commeth of God. Vnto him that is able to do exceadyng aboundantlye aboue all that wee aske or think according to the power that worketh in vs, be praise in the congregacion by Christ Iesus, throughout all gene­racions from tyme to tyme. Amen.

The Gospell.

ANd it fortuned that Iesus went into a Citie cal­led Naim,Luc. vii. and many of hys disciples went wyth him, and muche people. When he came nie to the gate of the citie, beholde, there was a dead man caried out, which was the only sonne of hys mother, and she was a wedowe, & muche people of the citie was with her. And when the Lorde sawe her, he had compassion on her, and sayed vnto her: weepe not. And he came nye, and touched the coffen, and they that bare hym stode still. And he sayde: yong man, I saye vnto thee, aryse. And he that was dead, sate vp, and began to speake. And he delyuered him to his mother. And there came a feare on them all. And they gaue the glory vnto God, saying: A great Pro­phet is rysen vp among vs, and God hath visited his peo­ple. And this rumor of him wēt forth throughout al Iew­rye, and throughout al the regions which lye round about.

¶ The .xvii. Sondaye.

THy testimonies are wonderfull:Mirabilia. psal cxix. therfore doeth my soule kepe them.

When thy word goeth forth: it geueth lyghte and vnderstanding euen vnto the symple.

I opened my mouth and drue in my breath: for my delyte was in thy commaundementes.

O looke thou vpon me, and be mercyfull vnto me: as thou vsest to do vnto those that loue thy name.

Order my steppes in thy worde: and so shall no wycked­nes haue dominion ouer me.

O delyuer me from the wrongfull dealinges of menne: and so shall I kepe thy commaundementes.

Shewe the light of thy countenaunce vpon thy seruaunt: [Page] and teache me thy statutes.

Myne iyes gushe out with water: because men kepe not thy lawe.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the. &c.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe and euer. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde, we praye thee that thy grace maie alwayes pre­uent and folowe vs, and make vs continually to be ge­uen to all good workes: through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Ephe. iiii. I (whiche am a prisoner of the Lordes) exhorte you, that ye walke worthy of the vocacion wherwyth ye are called, with all lowlines and mekenes, with humblenes of mind, forbearyng one another through loue, and be delygente to kepe the vnytie of the spirite through the bonde of peace, being one body and one spirite, euen as ye are called in one hope of your callyng. Let there be but one Lorde, one faith, one baptisme, one God and father of all, which is aboue all, and through all, and in you all.

The Gospell.

Luc. xiiii. IT chaunced that Iesus went into the house of one of the chiefe Phariseis, to eate bread, on the Sabboth daye: and they watched him. And be­holde, there was a certaine manne before hym, whiche had the dropsye. And Iesus aunswered, and spake vnto the lawiers and Phariseis, saying. Is it lawefull to heale on the Sabboth daye? And they helde theyr peace. And he toke him and healed hym, and let him go: and an­swered them, saying: which of you shall haue an Asse or an Oxe fallen into a pyt, and will not straygth waye pul hym out on the Sabboth daye? And they coulde not aunswere him againe to these thinges. He put forth also a similitude to the geastes, when he marked howe they preaced to be in the hiest roumes, & said vnto them: when thou art biddē of any man to a wedding, sit not doune in the highest roume, [Page lxxxii] lest a more honorable man then thou, be bidden of him, and he (that bad him and thee) come and saye to thee: geue thys man roume: and thou then begyn with shame to take the lowest roume. But rather when thou art bidden, go and sit in the lowest roume, that whē he that bad thee commeth, he may saie vnto thee: frend sit vp hier. Then shalt thou haue worship in the presence of them that sit at meate with thee. For whosoeuer exalteth himselfe, shalbe brought lowe, and he that humbleth himselfe, shalbe exalted.

¶The .xviii. Sondaye.

RIghteous art thou, O Lorde:Justus es dni psal. cxix. and true is thy iudgement.

The testymonies that thou hast cōmaunded: are exceadyng righteous and true.

My zeale hath euen consumed me: because myne enemyes haue forgotten thy wordes.

Thy worde is tried to the vttermost: and thy seruaunt loueth it.

I am small and of no reputacion: yet do not I forgette thy commaundementes.

Thy ryghteousnes is an euerlasting righteousnes: and thy lawe is the trueth.

Trouble and heauynes haue taken holde vpon me: yet is my delight in thy commaundementes.

The ryghteousnes of thy testimonies is euerlastyng: O graunt me vnderstanding and I shall lyue.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the begynning. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde wee beseche thee, graunte thy people grace to auoyde the infeccions of the deuyll, and with pure hearte and mynde, to folowe thee, the onely God: Through Iesus Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

I Thanke my God alwayes on your behalfe,i. Cor. i. for the grace of God, which is geuen you by Iesus Christe, that in all thynges ye are made ryche by hym, in all [Page] vtteraunce, and in all knowledge, by the whiche thynges the testimonye of Iesus Christe, was confirmed in you, so that ye are behynde in no gyfte, waityng for the apperyng of oure Lorde Iesus Christe, which shall also strength you vnto the ende, that ye maye be blameles, in the daye of the commyng of oure Lord Iesus Christe.

The Gospell.

Math. xxii. When the Phaciseis had heard, that Iesus did put the Saduce is to silence, they came together, and one of them (which was a Doctor of lawe) asked hym a question, tempting him, and saying: Mai­ster, whiche is the greatest Cōmaundemēt in the lawe: Ie­sus said vnto him: Thou shalt loue the lorde thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soule, and with al thy minde. Thys is the first and greatest commaundement. And the seconde is lyke vnto it. Thou shalt loue thy neyghbour as thy selfe. In these two commaundementes, hange all the lawe and the Prophetes. While the Phariseis were gathe­red together, Iesus asked them, saying: what thynke ye of Christe? whose sonne is he? They sayd vnto him: the sonne of Dauid. He sayde vnto them: howe then doth Dauid in spirite, call hym Lorde, saying: The Lorde sayde vnto my Lorde, sit thou on my ryghte hande tyll I make thyne ene­myes thy footestoole. If Dauid then call hym Lorde, howe is he then hys sonne? And no man was able to aunswere him any thing, neither durst any man (from that day furth) aske hym any mo questions.

The .xix. Sondaye.

Clamaui. psal cxix. I Call with my whole hearte: heare me, O Lord, I wyll kepe thy statutes.

Yea, euen vpon thee do I call: helpe me and I shall kepe thy testymonies.

Early in the morning do I crie vnto thee: for in thy worde is my truste.

Myne tyes preuente the nyghte watches: that I myghte be occupyed in thy wordes.

Heare my voyce (O Lorde) accordying vnto thy louyng [Page lxxxiii] kyndnesse: quycken me accordyng as thou art wont.

They drawe nye that of malice persecute me: and are farre from thy lawe.

Be thou nye at hande, O Lorde: For al thy commaun­dementes are true.

As concernyng thy testymonyes, I haue knowen long since: that thou hast grounded them for euer.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

O GOD, for asmuche as without thee, we are not a­ble to please thee: Graunt that the workyng of thy mercye, maye in all thynges directe and rule oure heartes: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

THys I saye and testyfie through the Lorde,Ephe. iiii. that ye hencefurth walke not as other Gentyles walke, in vanytie of their mynde, whyle they are blynded in their vnderstanding, beyng farre from a godly lyfe, by the meanes of the ignorauncie that is in them, and because of the blyndenesse of their heartes, whiche beyng past repen­taunce, haue geuen themselues ouer vnto wantonnes, to worke all maner of vncleannes, euen with gredynes. But ye haue not so learned Christe. If so be that ye haue hearde of him, & haue been taught in hym, as the trueth is in Iesu (as concernyng the conuersacyon in tyme paste) to laye frō you that olde man, whiche is corrupte, accordyng to the de­ceiueable lustes. To be renued also in the spirite of your minde, and to putte on that newe man, which after God is shapen in ryghteousnes and true holynes. Wherfore, put a­waye lying, and speake euery man trueth vnto hys neigh­bour, forasmuche as we are membres one of a nother. Be angrye and synne not: Let not the Sunne go doune vpon your wrath, neither geue place to the backbiter. Lette hym that stole, steale nomore, but lette him rather laboure with his handes the thing which is good, that he maye geue vn­to hym that nedeth. Let no fylthy communicacion procede [Page] out of your mouth: But that whiche is good to edifie with­all, as oft as nede is, that it maye mynyster grace vnto the hearers. And greue not ye the holy spirite of God, by whom ye are sealed vnto the daye of redempcion. Let all bytter­nesse and fearcenesse, and wrath, and roaryng, and cursed speakyng, be put awaye from you, with all malyciousnes. Be ye curteous one to another, mercyfull, forgeuyng one a­nother, euen as God for Christes sake hath forgeuen you.

The Gospell.

Mat. ix. IEsus entred into a shyppe and passed ouer, and came into hys owne Cytie: And beholde, they broughte to him a manne sycke of the Palsey, ly­ing in a bed. And when Iesus sawe the fayth of them, he said vnto the sicke of the Palsey: Sōne bee of good there, thy synnes be forgeuen thee. And beholde, certayne of the Scrybes sayd within themselues: this manne blasphe­meth. And when Iesus sawe their thoughtes, he saide: wherfore thynke ye euil in your heartes? whether is it ea­syer to say, thy sinnes be forgeuen thee, or to saye, arise and walke? But that ye maie knowe that the sonne of manne hathe power to forgeue sinnes in yearth: Then saieth he vnto the sycke of the Palsey: Aryse, take vp thy bed and go vnto thine house. And he arose and departed to his house: But the people that sawe it, merueiled and glorifyed God, which had geuen suche power vnto men.

The .xx. Sondaye.

Ʋide humili tatem meam psal. cxix. O Considre myne aduersitie, and deliuer me: For I do not forget thy lawe.

Auenge thou my cause and deliuer me: quyc­ken me according vnto thy worde.

Health is farre from the vngodly: For they regarde not thy statutes.

Greate is thy mercy, O Lorde: quicken me as thou art wonte.

[Page lxxxiiii]Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me: yet do not I swarue from thy testymonies.

It greueth me when I see the trangressors: because they kepe not thy lawe.

Consider, O Lord, howe I loue thy commaundementes: O quicken me, accordyng to thy louyng kyndnesse.

Thy worde is true from euerlastyng: All the iudge­mentes of thy righteousnes endure for euermore.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe. &c

The Collect.

ALmighty and mercyful God, of thy bountefull good­nes, kepe vs from all thynges that maye hurte vs: that we beyng ready both in bodye and soule, maye with free heartes accomplyshe those thynges, that thou wouldest haue doen: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

TAke hede therfore, howe ye walke circumspectelye:Ephe. v. not as vnwise, but as wisemen, winnyng occasion, because the dayes are euyll. Wherfore be ye not vn­wise, but vnderstand what the wyll of the Lorde is, and be not dronken with wyne, wherin is excesse. But be fylled with the spirite, speaking vnto your selues in Psalmes and Hymnes, and spirituall songes, synging and makyng me­lody to the Lorde in your heartes, geuing thankes alwaies for all thynges vnto God the father, in the name of oure Lord Iesus Christ: submittyng your selues one to another, in the feare of God.

The Gospell.

IEsus sayed to hys discyples: The kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto a manne that was a kyng,Math. xx [...]i. which made a Mariage for his sonne, and sente furth his seruauntes, to call them that were bid to the weddyng, and they woulde not come. Agayne he sent [Page] furth other seruauntes, saying: Tell them which are byd­den: beholde, I haue prepared my diner, mine Oxen and my fatlynges are kylled, and all thynges are ready: come vn­to the Mariage. But they made light of it, and went their waies: One to hys farme place, another to his Marchaun­dise, and the remnaunte toke his seruauntes, and intreated them shamefullye, and siewe them. But when the Kyng heard therof, he was wrothe, and sent furth hys menne of warre, and destroyed those murtherers, and brent vp their citie. Then said he to his seruauntes: the Maryage in dede is prepared, but they which were bidden, were not worthy: Go ye therfore out into the hye wayes: and as many as ye finde, bid them to the Mariage. And the seruauntes went furth into the hye wayes, and gathered together all, as ma­ny as they coulde fynde, both good and bad, and the wed­ding was furnished with geastes. Then the kyng came in to se the geastes: and when he spied there a man, which had not on a wedding garment, he said vnto him: frende, howe cammest thou in hither not hauyng a weddyng Garment? And he was euen speacheles. Then sayd the Kyng to the mynisters: take and bynde hym hand and foote, and caste hym into vtter darckenesse, there shalbe wepyng and gna­shyng of teeth. For many be called, but fewe are chosen.

¶The. xxi. Sondaye.

PRynces haue persecuted me without cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy wordes.Principes persecuti psal. cxix. I am as glad of thy worde: as one that fyn­deth great spoyles.

As for lies, I hate and abhorre them: But thy lawe do I loue.

Seuen tymes a daye do I prayse thee: Because of thy righteous iudgementes.

Greate is the peace that they haue which loue thy lawe: and they are not offended at it.

Lorde, I haue loked for thy sauyng health: and doen af­ter thy commaundementes.

My soule hath kepte thy testymonyes: and loued them exceadyngly

[Page lxxxv]I haue kepte thy commaundementes and testymonies: for all my wayes are before thee.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy ghoste.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

GRaunte wee beseche thee, mercyfull Lorde, to thy faythfull people, pardon and peace: that they may be clensed from all their sinnes, and serue thee with a quyete mynde: Through Iesus Christ oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

MY brethren, be strong through the Lord,Ephe. vi▪ & through the power of hys myght. Put on all the armoure of God, that ye maye stande agaynst the assaultes of the deuyll: for we wrestle not agaynste bloude and fleshe, but agaynst rule, against power, agaynst world­ly rulers, euen gouerners of the darckenes of this worlde, agaynst spirituall craftinesse, in heauenly thynges. Wher­fore, take vnto you the whole armoure of God, that ye may be able to resyst in the euyll daye, and stande perfecte in all thynges. Stande therfore, and your loynes gyrde with the trueth, hauyng on the breste plate of ryghteousnes, and ha­uing shoes on your feete, that ye maye be prepared for the gospell of peace. Aboue all, take to you the shilde of fayth, wherwith ye maye quenche all the fiery dartes of the wyc­ked. And take the helmet of saluacion, and the sworde of the spirite, which is the worde of God. And praie alwaies with all maner of praier, & supplicacion in the spirite, and watch therunto with all instaunce and supplicacion, for al sayntes and for me: that vtteraunce maye be geuen vnto me, that I maye open my mouth frely, to vtter the secretes of my gos­pell (wherof I am a messenger in bōdes) that therin I may speake freely, as I ought to speake.

The Gospell.

John. iiii. THere was a certayne Ruler, whose sonne was sycke at Capernaum. Assene as the same hearde, that Iesus was come out of Iewry into Galile, he went vnto him, & besought him that he would come doune and heale hys sonne. For he was euen at the pointe of death. Then sayed Iesus vnto hym: except ye see signes and wonders, ye wyll not beleue. The Ruler saieth vnto him: Syr, come doune or euer that my sōne dye. Iesus saieth vnto hym: go thy waye, thy sonne lyueth. The man beleued the worde that Iesus had spoken vnto hym. And he went hys waye. And as he was goyng doune, the ser­uauntes mette hym, and told hym, saying: thy sonne liueth. Then enquyred he of them the houre, when he beganne to amende. And they said vnto him: yesterdaye at the seuenth houre, the feuer left hym. So the father knewe that it was the same houre, in the whiche Iesus sayd vnto hym. Thy sonne lyueth, and he beleued, and all hys housholde. Thys is againe the seconde miracle that Iesus did, when he was come out of Iewry into Galile.

¶The. xxii. Sondaye.

Appropiquet deprecatio. psal. cxix. LEt my complaynte come before thee, O Lorde: Geue me vnderstandyng accor­dyng vnto thy worde.

O let my supplicacion come before thee: Delyuer me according to thy worde.

My lyppes shall speake of thy praise: when thou hast taught me thy statutes. Yea, my toungue shall sing of thy worde: For all thy com­maundementes are righteous.

Let thyne hande helpe me: For I haue chosen thy com­maundementes.

I haue longed for thy sauing healthe, O Lorde: And in thy lawe is my delight.

O lette my soule lyue, and it shall prayse thee: And thy iudgementes shall helpe me.

[Page lxxxvi]I haue gone astraye lyke a shepe that is lost: O seke thy seruaunte, for I doe not forget thy commaundementes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy ghoste.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

LOrde we beseche thee to kepe thy housholde the churche, in contynuall godlynes: that through thy proteccion, it maye be free from all aduersyties, and deuoutly geuen to serue thee in good workes, to the glory of thy name: Through Iesus Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

I Thanke my God with all remembraunce of you alwayes in all my prayers for you,phil. 8. and praye with gladnes: Because ye are come into the felowshyp of the Gospell, from the fyrst daye vnto nowe. And am surelye certyfyed of thys, that he whyche hath begon a good worke in you, shall performe it vntyll the day of Iesus Christe: as it becommeth me, so iudge I of you all, because I haue you in my hearte: forasmuche as ye are all companions of grace with me, euen in my bondes, and in the defendyng and sta­blishing of the Gospell: for God is my recorde howe greate­ly I longe after you all, from the very hearte rote in Iesus Christ. And thys I praye, that your loue may increase yet more and more in knowledge, & in all vnderstandyng, that ye maye accepte the thynges that are moste excellente, that ye may be pure, and suche as offend no man, vntyll the daye of Christe, beeyng fylled with the fruite of righteousnes, which commeth by Iesus Christ, vnto the glory and praise of God.

The Gospell.

PEter sayde vnto Iesus:Math. xviii. Lorde howe oft shall I for­geue my brother, if he synne agaynst me, tyll seuen times? Iesus saieth vnto him? I saye not vnto thee [Page] vntyll seuen tymes: but seuentie tymes seuen times. Ther­fore is the kyngdome of heauen lykened vnto a certayne man that was a kyng, which woulde take accoumptes of his seruauntes. And when he had begon to recken, one was broughte vnto hym, whyche ought him tenne M. talentes, but forasmuche as he was not able to paye, his Lorde com­maunded hym to be solde, and hys wyfe and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The seruaunt fell doune, and besoughte hym, saying: syr, haue pacience with me, and I wyll paye thee all. Then had the Lorde pytye on that seruaunt, and loced hym, and forgaue him the debt. So the same seruaunt went out, and founde one of his fe­lowes which ought hym an. C. pence, and he layed handes on hym, and toke hym by the throte, saying: paye that thou owest. And hys felowe fell doune, and besoughte him, say­ing: haue pacience with me, and I wyll paye thee all. And he woulde not, but wente and cast hym into pryson, tyll he shoulde paye the debt. So, when hys felowes sawe what was doen, they were very sory, and came and tolde vnto their Lorde all that had happened. Then hys Lorde cal­led hym and said vnto him. O thou vngracyous seruaunt, I forgaue thee all that debt, when thou desyredst me: shoul­dest not thou also haue had compassion on thy felowe, euen as I had pitye on thee? And his Lorde was wroth, and de­liuered him to the Iailers, tyll he should paye all that was due vnto him: So lykewise shall my heauenly father do al­so to you, if ye from your heartes forgeue not (euery one his brother) their trespaces.

¶The. xxiii. Sondaye.

Nisi quia do­minus. psal. cxxiiii. IF the Lorde himselfe had not been on our side (nowe maye Israell saye:) if the Lord hymselfe had not been on our syde, when men rose vp agaynst vs.

They had swalowed vs vp quick: when they were so wrathfully displeased at vs.

Yea, the waters had drouned vs: and the streame had gone ouer our soule.

[Page lxxxvii]The depe waters of the proude: had gone euen ouer our soule.

But praysed be the Lorde: which hath not geuen vs o­uer for a praye vnto theyr teethe.

Our soule is escaped, euen as a birde out of the snare of the fouler: the snare is broken, and we are delyuered.

Oure helpe standeth in the name of the Lorde: whyche hath made heauen and yearth.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

GOd our refuge and strenght, whiche art the author of al godlynes, be ready to heare the deuoute prayers of thy churche: and graunte that those thynges whiche we aske faithfully, we may obtaine effectually: through Iesu Christ oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

BRethren be folowers together of me,phil. i [...]. and looke on them whiche walke euen so as ye haue vs for an ex­ample. For many walke (of whome I haue tolde you often, and nowe tell you wepyng) that they are the ene­mies of the crosse of Christ, whose end is damnacion, whose bely is theyr god, & glory to their shame, which are worldly mynded. But our conuersacion is in heauen, from whence we loke for the sauiour, euen the Lorde Iesus Christ, which shal chaunge our vyle body, that he may make it lyke vnto hys gloryous bodye: according to the workyng, wherby he is able also to subdue all thinges vnto hymselfe.

The Gospell.Math. xxii.

THen the Pharyseis wente out and toke counsayll, howe they myghte tangle hym in his wordes. And they sent out vnto him their disciples with Herodes seruauntes, saying: Maister, we knowe that thou arte true, and teacheste the waye of God truely, neither [Page] carest thou for any man, for thou regardest not the outward appearaunce of men. Tel vs therfore, howe thinkest thou? Is it lawful that tribute be geuen vnto Cesar, or not? But Iesus perceyuing theyr wickednes, sayd: why tempte ye me ye ypocrites? Shewe me the tribute money. And they toke him a peny. And he sayd vnto them: whose is this Image and superscripcion? they sayd vnto him, Cesars: Then said he vnto them: geue therfore vnto Cesar, the thinges whych are Cesars: and vnto God, those thinges that are Goddes. When they had hearde these wordes, they meruayled, and left him, and went their waye.

¶The .xxiiii. sondaye.

Qui cōfidūt psal. cxxv. THey that put theyr trust in the Lorde, shalbe euen as the mount Syon: which may not be remoued, but standeth fast for euer.

The hylles stande about Ierusalem: euen so standeth the Lorde round about his people, from this time foorth for euer more.

For the rodde of the vngodly commeth not into the lot of the righteous: lest the righteous put theyr hande vnto wic­kednes.

Do well (O Lorde:) vnto those that be good and true of hearte.

As for such as turne backe vnto their owne wickednes: the Lorde shall leade them foorth with the euell doers, but peace shalbe vpon Israell.

Glory be to the father, & to the sonne, & to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

LOrde we beseche thee, assoyle thy people from their of­fences: that through thy bountifull goodnes, we may be deliuered from the bandes of all those sinnes, which by our frayltye we haue committed: Graunt thys. &c.

The Epistle

[Page lxxxviii] WE geue thankes to God,Coloss. [...]. the father of our Lord Ie­sus Christ, alwaies for you in our prayers: for wee haue heard of your fayth in Christ Iesu, and of the loue which ye beare to al saintes, for the hopes sake which is layde vp in store for you in heauen: of whyche hope ye heard before by the true worde of the gospel, which is come vnto you euen as it is, fruitful, and groweth as it is also a­mong you, from the daye in the which ye heard of it, and had experience in the grace of god through the trueth, as ye learned of Epaphra our deare felowe seruaūt, whiche is for you a faithfull minister of Christe, which also declared vnto vs your loue which ye haue in the spirite. For thys cause we also, euersence the daye we heard of it, haue not ceased to praye for you, and to desyre that ye myght be ful­filled with the knowledge of his wyll, in all wysdome and spirituall vnderstandyng, that ye myght walke worthy of the Lorde, that in al thynges ye maye please, being fruite­full in all good workes, and encreasing in the knoweledge of God, strengthed with all myght, through hys gloryous power, vnto all pacience and long sufferyng, with ioyful­nesse, geuyng thākes vnto the father, which hath made vs meete to be partakers of the inherytaunce of saynctes in lyghte.

The Gospell.

WHyle Iesus spake vnto the people, beholde, there came a certayne ruler, and worshipped hym,Math. ix. say­ing: my doughter is euē nowe disceased, but come and laye thy hande vpon her, and she shall liue. And Iesus arose & folowed hym, and so dyd his discyples. And beholde, a woman which was diseased with an issue of bloude twelue yeres, came behinde him and touched the hemme of his besture. For she sayd within her selfe: If I maye touche but euen his vesture only, I shalbe safe. But Iesus turned hym about, and when he sawe her, he sayde: doughter be of good cōfort, thy fayth hath made thee safe. And the woman was made whole euen that same tyme. And whē Iesus came into the rulers house, and sawe the minstrelles and the people makyng a noyse, he sayde vnto them: get you hence, for the mayde is not dead but slepeth. [Page] And they laughed hym to scorne: But when the people were put furth, he went in, and toke her by the hande, and sayd: damosell arise. And the damosel arose. And this noise went abrode into all that lande.

¶The .xxv. Sondaye.

Nisi domi­nus. psal. cxxvii. EXcept the Lorde builde the house: their labour is but lost that buylde it.

Except the Lorde kepe the citye: the watche­man waketh but in vayne.

It is but lost labour that ye haste to ryse vp early, and so late take reste: and eate the bread of carefulnes, for so he geueth hys beloued slepe.

Lo, children and the fruite of the wombe, are an hery­tage and gifte: that commeth of the Lorde.

Lyke as the arrowes in the hande of the gyaunt: euen so are the yong children.

Happy is the manne, that hath his quyuer full of them: they shall not be ashamed, when they speake with theyr e­nemies in the gate.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the begynning, is nowe. &c.

The Collect.

STiere vp we beseche thee, O lord, the willes of thy faith­ful people, that they plenteously bringing furth the fruit of good workes: maye of thee be plenteously rewarded: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle

BEholde the tyme cometh, sayeth the Lorde, that I wil raise vp the righteous braūch of Dauid,Iere. xxiii. which kyng shal beare rule, and he shal prosper with wis­dome, and shall set vp equitie and righteousnes agayne in the earth. In his tyme shal Iuda be saued, and Israel shal dwell without feare. And this is the name that they shall call hym: euen the Lorde our righteousnesse: and therfore [Page lxxxix] beholde, the tyme cummeth, sayeth the Lorde, that it shall no more be sayed: the Lorde lyueth, which brought the chil­dren of Israel out of the lande of Egipt: But the Lorde li­ueth which brought furth and lead the seede of the house of Israel out of the north lande, and from al countryes where I had scatered them: and they shal dwel in their owne land agayne.

The Gospell.

WHen Iesus lift vp his iyes,John. vi. & sawe a great company come vnto him, he sayeth vnto Philip: whence shal we bye bread that these may eate? This he sayd to proue him: for he himselfe knewe what he woulde doe. Philip aunswered hym: two hundreth peniworthe of bread are not sufficient for them, that euery man may take a litle. One of his disciples (Andrewe, Simon Peters bro­ther) sayd vnto him: There is a lad here, whiche hath fyue barley loues, and two fyshes: but what are they among so many? And Iesus sayd: make the people sit downe. There was muche grasse in the place. So the men sate downe, in noumber about fiue thousande. And Iesus toke the bread, and when he had geuen thankes, he gaue to the disciples, and the disciples to thē that were set downe. And likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they had eaten inough, he sayeth vnto his disciples: Gather vp the broken meate which remayneth, that nothing be lost. And they ga­thered it together, and filled twelue baskettes with the bro­ken meate of the fyue barley loaues, whiche broken meate remayned vnto them that had eaten. Then those menne (when they had seen the mi­racle that Iesus dyd) sayd: this is of a trueth the same Prophete that should come into the worlde.

❧ ❧ SAINCT AN­drewes daye.
At the Communion.

Sepe expug­nauerunt. psal. cxxix. MAny tymes haue they fought against me from my youth vp: may Israel nowe saye.

Yea many a tyme haue they vexed me from my youth vp: but they haue not preuailed against me.

The plowers plowed vpon my backe: and made long forowes.

But the righteous Lorde: hath hewen the snares of the vngodly in pieces.

Let them be counfounded and turned backward: as ma­ny as haue euill will at Sion.

Let them be euen as the grasse growyng vpon the house toppes: whiche withereth afore it be pluckt vp.

Wherof the mower filleth not his hande: neyther he that bindeth vp the sheues, his bosome.

So that they whiche goe by, saye not so muche: as the Lorde prosper you, we wishe you good lucke in the name of the Lorde.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whiche haste geuen suche grace to thy Apostle saincte Andrewe, that he counted the sharpe and painful death of the crosse to be an high honour, and a great glory: Graunt vs to take & esteme al troubles and ad­uersities whiche shall come vnto vs for thy sake, as thinges profitable for vs toward the obtayning of euerlasting lyfe: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Roma x. YF thou knowledge with thy mouthe, that Iesus is the Lorde, and beleue in thy heart, that God rai­sed hym vp from death, thou shalt bee safe. For, [Page xc] to beleue with the heart iustifieth: and to knowledge with the mouth maketh a manne safe. For the scripture sayeth: whosoeuer beleueth on him shal not be confounded: There is no dyfference betwene the Iewe and the Gentile. For one is Lord of al, which is riche vnto al that cal vpō him. For whosoeuer doeth call on the name of the Lorde, shall be safe. How then shal they cal on him, on whom they haue not beleued? How shall they beleue on hym, of whom they haue not heard? How shall they heare without a preacher? And how shall they preache, excepte they be sent? As it is written: how beautifull are the feete of them which bryng tidinges of peace, and bring tidinges of good thinges? But they haue not al obeyed to the gospel, for Esay saith: Lord, who hath beleued our sayinges? So thē, faith cummeth by hearing, and hearing cummeth by the worde of God. But I aske: haue they not heard? no doubte their sounde wente out into all landes, and their wordes into the endes of the world. But I demaund whether Israel did knowe or not? first Moses sayeth: I will prouoke you to enuye, by them that are no people, by a folishe nacion I wyll angre you. E­say after that is bolde, and sayeth: I am found of them that sought me not: I am manifest vnto them that asked not af­ter me. But against Israel he sayeth: all daye long haue I stretched furth my handes vnto a people that beleueth not, but speaketh against me.

The Gospell.

AS Iesus walked by the sea of Galile,Math. iiii. he sawe two brethren: Simon, whiche was called Peter, & An­drew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fyshers) and he sayeth vnto them: folowe me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And they streight way left their nettes, and folowed him. And when he was gone furth from thence, he sawe other two brethrē, Iames the sonne of Zebede, and Ihon his brother, in the ship with Zebede theyr father, mendyng theyr nettes, and he called them. And they immediately lefte the shippe and theyr father, and folowed hym.

Saincte Thomas the Apostle.
¶ At the Communion.

B [...] omnes psal. cxxviii. BLessed are all they that feare the Lorde: and walke in his wayes.

For thou shalt eate the labors of thine handes: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.

Thy wyfe shall be as the fruitfull vine: vpon the walles of thyne house.

Thy children lyke the Oliue braunches: round about thy table.

Loe, thus shall the man be blessed: that feareth the Lord.

The Lorde from out of Sion, shall so blesse thee: that thou shalt see Ierusalem in prosperitie all thy lyfe long.

Yea that thou shalt see thy childers children: and peace vpon Israel.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightie euerliuing God, whiche for the more confir­macion of the fayth, didst suffer thy holy Apostle Tho­mas, to be doubtfull in thy sonnes resurreccion: graunt vs so perfectly, and without al doubt to beleue in thy sōne Ie­sus Christe, that our fayth in thy sight neuer be reproued: heare vs, O Lorde, through the same Iesus Christe: to whom with thee and the holy gost be all honour. &c.

The Epistle.

Ephes. ii. HOw ye are not straungers nor foreiners: but cite­zens with the sainctes, and of the householde of God, and are builte vpon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophetes, Iesus Christe himselfe beeing the head corner stone: in whom what building soe­uer is coupled together, it groweth vnto an holy temple in the Lorde, in whom ye also are built together, to be an ha­bitacion of God through the holy gost.

The Gospell.

THomas one of the twelue,John. xx. whiche is called Di­dimus, was not with them when Iesus came. The other disciples therfore sayde vnto hym: we haue seen the Lord. But he sayd vnto them: except I see in his handes the printe of the nay­les, and put my finger into the printe of the nayles, and thrust my hande into his syde, I will not beleue. And after eight dayes, againe his disciples were within, and Tho­mas with them. Then came Iesus when the doores were shut, and stode in the middes, and saied: peace be vnto you. And after that, he sayed to Thomas: bryng thy finger hi­ther, and see my handes, and reache hither thy hande, and thrust it into my syde, and be not faythlesse, but beleuyng. Thomas aunswered and sayed vnto hym: my Lorde and my God. Iesus sayed vnto hym: Thomas, because thou haste seen me, thou haste beleued: blessed are they that haue not seen, & yet haue beleued. And many other sygnes truely dyd Iesus in the presence of his disciples, whiche are not written in this booke. These are written that ye myght be­leue that Iesus is Christ the sonne of God, and that (in be­leuyng) ye myght haue lyfe through his name.

¶The conuersion of Saincte Paule.

At Mattyns.

The .ii. Lesson. Act .xxii. vnto. they heard hym.

I Will geue thankes vnto thee, O Lorde,Confitebor tibi. psal. cxxxviii. with my whole hearte, euen before the Gods, wyll I syng prayse vnto thee.

I will wurshippe towarde thy holy temple, and prayse thy name, because of thy louing kindnes and trueth: for thou haste magnified thy name, and thy worde aboue all thynges.

When I called vpon thee, thou heardest me: and enduedst my soule with muche strength.

All the kinges of the earth shall prayse thee, O Lorde: [Page] for they haue heard the wordes of thy mouth.

Yea, they shall sing in the wayes of the Lorde: that great is the glory of the Lorde.

For though the Lorde be hye, yet hath he respecte vnto the lowly: as for the proude, he beholdeth them a farre of.

Though I walke in the middest of trouble, yet shalt thou refreshe me: thou shalt stretche forth thine hande vpon the furiousnesse of myne enemies, and thy ryght hande shall saue me.

The Lorde shall make good his louing kindnes toward me: yea thy mercy, O Lorde, endureth for euer, despyse not then the workes of thyne owne handes.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

GOD whiche haste taught all the worlde, through the preaching of thy blessed Apostle Sainct Paule: graunt we beseche thee, that we whiche haue his woonderfull con­uersion in remembraunce, may folowe and fulfill the holy doctrine that he taught: through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Actes. ix. ANd Saul yet breathyng out threatnynges, and slaughter againste the Disciples of the Lorde, wente vnto the hye priest, and desired of hym let­ters to carye to Damasco, to the Sinagoges: that if he founde any of this way (whether they were menne or women) he might bring them bound vnto Ierusalem. And whē he iourneyed, it fortuned that as he was come nigh to Damasco, sodenly there shyned rounde aboute hym a light from heauen, and he fel to the earth, & heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said: [Page xcii] what art thou Lorde? And the Lorde sayde: I am Iesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kicke against the pricke. And he both trēbling and astonied, sayed: Lord, what wilt thou haue me to doe? And the Lord sayed vnto him: arise and goe into the citie, & it shalbe tolde thee what thou must doe. The men whiche iourneied with him, stode amased, hearing a voyce, but seeing no man. And Saul a­rose from the earth, and when he opened his iyes, he sawe no man: But they led hym by the hande, and brought hym into Damasco. And he was three daies without sight, and neither did eate nor drinke. And there was a certaine disci­ple at Damasco, named Ananias, & to him sayed the Lord in a vision: Ananias? and he sayd: behold, I am here Lord. And the Lord sayde vnto him: arise and goe into the strete (whiche is called streight) and seke in the house of Iudas, after one called Saul of Tharsus. For beholde, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a manne named Ananias, cum­ming in to him, & putting his handes on him, that he might receiue his sight. Then Ananias aunswered: Lord, I haue heard by many of this man, how muche euill he hath done to thy sainctes at Ierusalem: & here he hath aucthoritie of the hye priestes, to bind al that call on thy name. The Lord sayd vnto him: go thy way, for he is a chosē vessel vnto me, to beare my name before the Gentiles, and kinges, and the childrē of Israel. For I wil shewe him, how great thinges he must suffer for my names sake. And Ananias went his way, and entred into the house, and put his hādes on him, and sayd: brother Saul, the Lord that appeared vnto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sēt me, that thou mightest receiue thy sight, & be filled with the holy gost. And imme­diately there fel frō his iyes as it had been scales, & he recei­ued sight, and arose, and was baptised, and receiued meate, and was coumforted. Then was Saul a certayne dayes with the disciples whiche were at Damasco. And straight way he preached Christe in the Sinagogues, howe that he was the sonne of God. But all that hearde him were ama­sed, and sayde: is not this he that spoyled them whiche cal­led on this name in Ierusalem, and came hither for that in­tent, [Page] that he might bring them bound vnto the hie priestes? But Saul encreased the more in strength, and confounded the Iewes whiche dwelt at Damasco, affirming that this was very Christe.

The Gospell.

Math. xix. PEter aunswered and sayd vnto Iesus: behold, we haue forsaken all, and folowed thee: what shal we haue therfore? Iesus sayde vnto them: Verely I say vnto you, that when the sonne of man shall sit in the seate of his Maiestie, ye that haue folowed me in the regeneracion, shall syt also vpon twelue seates, and iudge the twelue tribes of Israel. And euery one that forsaketh house, or brethren, or systers, or father, or mother, or wyfe, or children, or landes, for my names sake, shall receiue an hun­dred folde, and shall inherite euerlastyng lyfe. But many that are first shalbe last, and the last shalbe first.

¶At Euensong.

¶The seconde lesson. Actes .xxvi. vnto the ende.

¶The Purification of. S. Mary the virgin.

Ecce nunc benedicite. psal cxxxiiii. BEhold (nowe) prayse the Lord all ye seruauntes of the Lorde, ye that by night stand in the house of the Lorde: (euen in the courtes of the house of our God.)

Lifte vp youre handes in the Sanctuary: and prayse the Lorde.

The Lord that made heauē and earth: geue thee blessing out of Sion.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, we humbly beseche thy Maiestie, that as thy onely begotten sonne, was this daye presented in the Temple, in the sub­staunce [Page xciii] of our fleshe: so graunt that we maye bee presented vnto thee with pure and cleare mindes: By Iesus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

The same that is appoynted for the Sonday.

The Gospell.

WHen the time of their Purificacion (after the law of Moses) was come,Luc. ii. they broughte hym to Ie­rusalem, to presente hym to the Lorde (as it is written in the lawe of the Lorde: euerye manne childe that firste openeth the matrix, shalbe called holye to the Lord:) and to offer (as it is sayde in the law of the lord) a payre of turtle Dooues, or two young Pigions. And be­holde, there was a man in Hierusalem, whose name was Simeon. And the same man was iust and godly, and loked for the consolation of Israel, and the holy gost was in him. And an aunswere had he receiued of the holy goste, that he should not see death, except he first saw the Lordes Christ. And he came by inspiracion into the temple.

¶Sainct Mathies day.

DElyuer me, O Lorde, from the euill manne:Eripe me. psal. cxl. and preserue me from the wicked manne.

Which imagine mischiefe in theyr heartes: and stirre vp strife all the day long.

They haue sharpened theyr tongues lyke a Serpente: Adders poyson is vnder theyr lippes.

Kepe me, O Lord, from the handes of the vngodly: pre­serue me from the wicked men, whiche are purposed to o­uerthrowe my goinges.

The proude haue layed a snare for me, and spred a net a­brode with coardes: yea, and set trappes in my way.

I sayd vnto the Lord, thou art my God: heare the voice of my prayers, O Lorde.

[Page]O Lorde God, thou strength of my health: thou haste co­uered my head in the day of battayl.

Let not the vngodly haue his desire, O Lord: let not his mischieuous imaginacion prosper, lest they be to proude.

Lette the myschiefe of theyr owne lyppes fall vpon the head of them: that cumpasse me about.

Lette hoate burnyng coales fall vpon them: let them be caste into the fyer, and into the pyt, that they neuer ryse vp agayne.

A manne full of woordes shall not prosper vpon the yearth: euill shall hunte the wicked persone, to ouerthrowe hym.

Sure I am that the Lorde will auenge the poore: and maynteyne the cause of the helpelesse.

The righteous also shall geue thankes vnto thy name: and the iust shall continue in thy sight.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: world without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightye God, whiche in the place of the traytor Iu­das, didst chose thy faythfull seruaunte Mathie, to bee of the noumber of thy twelue Apostles: Graunte that thy church being alway preserued from false Apostles, may be ordred and guided by faythfull and true pastors: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Actes. i. IN those dayes, Peter stode vp in the middes of the disciples, and sayd: (the number of na­mes that were together, were about an .c. and xx.) Ye men and brethren, this scripture must nedes haue beene fulfilled, whiche the holye goste, through the mouth of Dauid, spake before of Iudas, which was guide to them that toke Iesus. For he was nū ­bred with vs, and had obteyned felowship in this ministra­cion. [Page xciiii] And the same hath nowe possessed a plat of grounde, with the rewarde of iniquitie: and when he was hanged, he burst a sunder in the middes, and all hys bowels gushed oute: And it is knowen vnto all the inhabiters of Hieru­salem: in so muche that the same fielde is called, in theyr mother tongue, Acheldama, that is to say, the bloude field. For it is written in the booke of Psalmes: hys habitacion be voyde, and no man be dwelling therin, and hys busshop­rike let an other take. Wherfore, of these men whiche haue companied with vs (all the time that the Lorde Iesus had all his conuersacion among vs, beginnyng at the baptisme of Iohn vnto that same day, that he was takē vp from vs) must one be ordeyned, to be a witnes with vs of hys resur­reccion. And they appoynted two, Ioseph whiche is called Barsabas (whose syrname was Iustus) and Mathias. And when they prayed, they sayde: Thou Lorde, whiche knowest the heartes of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take the roume of this mini­straciō and Apostleship, from which Iudas by transgressi­on fell, that he might goe to his owne place. And they gaue furth theyr lottes, and the lot fell on Mathias, and he was coumpted with the eleuen Apostles.

The Gospell.

IN that tyme Iesus aunswered, and sayde:Math. xi. I thanke thee (O father) lord of heauē and earth, because thou haste hyd these thynges from the wyse and prudente, and hast shewed them vnto babes: verely father, euen so was it thy good pleasure. All thinges are geuen ouer vnto me of my father. And no man knoweth the sonne, but the father: neyther knoweth anye manne the father, saue the sonne, and he to whomesoeuer the sonne will open him. Come vnto me all ye that labour and are laden, and I wil ease you. Take my yoke vpon you and learne of me, for I am meke and lowly in heart, and ye shall fynde rest vnto your soules, for my yoke is easye, and my burden is light.

The Annunciation of the virgin Marie.
¶At the Communion.

Domine non est exal. psal. cxxxi. LOrd, I am not hye minded: I haue no proud lookes.

I doe not exercise myself in great maters: whiche are to hye for me.

But I refrayne my soule, and kepe it low, like as a childe that is wayned from his mo­ther: yea, my soule is euen as a wayned childe.

O Israell trust in the Lorde: from this time furth, for e­uermore.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c. Amen.

The Collect.

WE beseche thee lord, powre thy grace into our heartes, that as we haue knowen Christ thy sonnes incarnaci­on, by the message of an Angel: so by his crosse and passion, we may be broughte vnto the glorye of hys resurreccyon: Through the same Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Esai. vii. GOd spake once agayne vnto Ahaz, saying: require a token of the lord thy god, whether it be toward the depth beneath, or towarde the heighte aboue. Then sayde Ahaz: I will require none, neyther will I tempte the lorde. And he sayde: hearken to, ye of the house of Dauid, is it not ynoughe for you, that ye bee grie­uous vnto men, but ye must grieue my god also? And ther­fore the Lorde shall geue you a token: Beholde, a virgin shall conceiue and beare a sonne, and his mother shall call his name Emanuel. Butter and Hony shall he eate, that he may know to refuse the euil and choose the good.

The Gospell.

Luc. i. ANd in the sixth moneth, the Aungell Gabriell was sent from god vnto a citie of Galile, named Naza­reth, to a virgin spoused to a mā, whose name was [Page xcv] Ioseph, of the house of Dauid, and the virgins name was Mary. And the Angel went in vnto her & said: Hayle ful of grace the Lorde is with thee: Blessed art thou among wo­men. When she sawe hym, she was abashed at hys saying: and cast in her mind, what maner of salutacion that should be. And the Angel sayd vnto her: feare not Mary, for thou hast found grace with god: Beholde, thou shalt conceiue in thy wombe, and beare a sonne, and shalt call his name Ie­sus: He shalbe great, & shalbe called the sonne of the hygh­este. And the Lorde God shall geue vnto hym, the seate of his father Dauid, and he shall reigne ouer the house of Ia­cob for euer, and of his kingdome there shall be none ende. Then sayd Mary vnto the Angel: How shal this be, seeing I know not a man? And the Angel answered and said vn­to her: the holy gost shall come vpon thee, and the power of the highest shall ouershadow thee. Therfore also that holy thing whiche shal be borne, shalbe called the sonne of God. And beholde, thy cosin Elizabeth, she hath also conceiued a sonne in her age. And this is her sixth moneth, which was called baren: for with god shall nothing be vnpossible. And Mary sayd: beholde the handmayde of the Lorde: be it vn­to me, accordyng to thy woorde. And the angel departed from her.

¶Sainct Markes day.

LOrd I call vpon thee, hast thee vnto me: and con­sidre my voyce when I crye vnto thee.Domine cla­maui. psalm. cxli.

Let my prayer be set furth in thy sighte as the incense: and let the liftyng vp of my handes be an euening Sacrifice.

Set a watche, O Lorde, beefore my mouth: and kepe the doore of my lippes.

O let not myne hearte be enclyned to any euill thyng: let me not be occupyed in vngodly woorkes, with the men that woorke wickednesse, leste I eate of suche thynges as please them.

Let the righteous rather smite me frendely: and reproue me.

[Page]But let not theyr precyous Balmes breake myne head: yea I will pray yet agaynst theyr wickednes.

Let theyr iudges be ouerthrowen in stonye places: that they may heare my woordes, for they are swete.

Our bones lye scattered before the pitte: Lyke as when one breaketh and heweth wood vpon the earth.

But myne eyes looke vnto thee, O Lord God: in thee is my trust, O cast not out my soule.

Kepe me from the snare, whiche they haue layed for me: and from the trappes of the wicked dooers.

Let the vngodly fall into theyr owne nettes together: and let me euer escape them.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: world without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmyghtye GOD, whiche haste instructed thy holye Churche, with the heauenly doctrine of thy Euangelist Sainct Marke: geue vs grace so to bee establyshed by thy holy gospel, that we be not, like chyldren, caried away with euery blast of vayne Doctrine: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Ephes. iiii. VNto euerye one of vs is geuen grace accor­dyng to the measure of the gyfte of Christe. Wherfore he sayth: when he went vp an hie, he led captiuitie captiue, & gaue gyftes vnto menne. That he ascended, what meaneth it, but that he also descended first into the low­est partes of the earth? he that descended, is euen the same also that ascēded vp aboue all heauens, to fulfil al thinges. And the very same made some Apostles, some Prophetes, some Euangelistes, some shepeheardes and teachers: to the edifying of the Saintes, to the woorke & ministracion, euen to the edifying of the body of Christe, till we all come to the vnitie of faith, & knowledge of the some of god, vnto a per­fect man, vnto the measure, of the full perfect age of Christ. [Page xcvi] That we hencefurth should be no more children, wauering and caried about with euery winde of doctrine, by the wyli­nes of men, through craftines, wherby they lay awayte for vs, to deceiue vs. But let vs folowe the trueth in loue, and in all thinges grow in him, which is the head, euen Christ, in whom if al the body be coupled & knit together, through­out euery ioynte, wherwith one ministreth to an other (ac­cording to the operacion, as euery parte hath his measure) he encreaseth the body, vnto the edifying of it selfe through loue.

The Gospel.

I Am the true vine,Iohn xv. and my father is an husband man. Euery braunche that beareth not fruite in me, he wil take away. And euery braunche that beareth fruite, will he pourge, that it may bring furth more fruite. Now are ye cleane through the woordes whiche I haue spoken vnto you. Byde in me and I in you. As the braunche cannot beare fruite of it selfe, except it bide in the vine: no more can ye, except ye abyde in me. I am the vine, ye are the braunches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth furth muche fruite. For without me can ye do nothing. If a man byde not in me, he is cast furth as a braunche, and is withered: And men gather them, and cast them into the fyer, and they burne. If ye bide in me, and my woordes abyde in you, aske what ye will, and it shall be dooen for you. Herein is my father glorifyed, that ye beare muche fruite, and become my Disciples. As the father hath loued me, euen so haue I also loued you. Continue ye in my loue. If ye kepe my commaundementes, ye shall bide in my loue, euen as I haue kept my fathers commaundementes, and abyde in hys loue. These thynges haue I spoken vnto you, that my ioy might remayne in you, and that your ioye might be full.

¶Sainct Philip and Iames.

¶At Mattins.

The seconde lesson. Actes .viii. vnto. when the Apostles.

¶At the Communion.

Ecce quam bonum. psal. cxxxiii. BEholde, howe good and ioyfull a thyng it is: bre­thren to dwell together in vnitie.

It is like the precious oyntment vpon the head, that ran down vnto the beard: euen vnto Aarons bearde, and went downe to the skirtes of hys clothing.

Like the dewe of Hermon: which fell vpon the hil of Si­on.

For there the Lorde promised hys blessyng: and lyfe for euermore.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynnyng, is nowe, and euer shall be: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whome truely to knowe is euerlasting lyfe: Graunte vs perfectlye to knowe thy sonne Iesus Christe, to be the way, the trueth, and the lyfe, as thou haste taught saint Philip, and other the Apostles: Through Ie­sus Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

James .i. IAmes the seruaunt of God, and of the Lord Ie­sus Christe, sendethe greetyng to the .xii, Tribes which are scatered abroade. My brethren, count it for an exceding ioye, when ye fall into dyuerse temptacions: Knowing this: that the trying of your fayth, gendreth pacience: and let pacience haue her perfect worke, that ye may be perfecte, and sound, lacking nothing. If any of you lacke wisedome, let hym aske of hym that geueth it: euen God, whiche geueth to all men indifferentlye, and cas­teth no man in the teeth, and it shalbe geuen hym. But let hym aske in fayth, and wauer not: for he that doubteth, is lyke a waue of the sea, whiche is tost of the windes, and ca­ried with violence. Neither let that manne thynke, that he shall receiue any thing of the Lorde. A waueryng mynded man, is vnstable in all his wayes. Let the brother whiche [Page xcvii] is of lowe degree, reioyce when he is exalted. Agayne, let him that is riche, reioyce when he is made lowe. For euen as the flower of the grasse, shall he passe awaye. For as the sunne riseth with heate, and the grasse withereth, and his flower falleth away, and the beautye of the fashyon of it perisheth: euen so shall the riche manne peryshe in hys wayes. Happy is the man that endureth temptacion: For when he is tried, he shall receyue the croune of lyfe, whiche the Lorde hath promised to them that loue him.

The Gospell.

ANd Iesus sayed vnto his disciples:Iohn. xiiii. let not youre hearte be troubled. Ye beleue in God, beleue also in me. In my fathers house are many Mansions. If it were not so, I woulde haue tolde you. I goe to prepare a place for you. And yf I goe to prepare a place for you, I will come againe and receiue you, euen vnto my selfe: that where I am, there may ye be also. And whither I goe, ye knowe, and the waye ye knowe. Thomas sayeth vnto him: Lorde, we knowe not whether thou goest. And howe is it possible for vs to knowe the waye? Iesus saieth vnto him: I am the waye, & the trueth, & the lyfe: No man cometh vnto the father but by me: if ye had knowen me, ye had knowen my father also: And nowe ye knowe him, and haue seen him. Philip sayeth vnto him: Lorde shewe vs the father, and it suffiseth vs. Iesus sayeth vnto him: haue I bene so long time with you, and yet haste thou not kno­wen me? Philip, he that hath sene me, hath sene my father, and howe sayest thou then, shewe vs the father? Beleuest thou not that I am in the father, & the father in me? The woordes that I speake vnto you, I speake not of my selfe: But the father that dwelleth in me, is he that doeth the workes. Beleue me that I am in the father, and the father in me. Orels beleue me for the workes sake. Verely, vere­ly, I say vnto you: he that beleueth on me, the workes that I doe, the same shall he doe also, and greater workes then these shall he doe, because I go vnto my father. And what­soeuer ye aske in my name, that will I doe, that the father may be gloryfied by the sonne. Yf ye shall aske anye thyng in my name, I will do it.

At Mattyns.

¶The seconde lesson. Actes .xiiii. vnto the ende.

¶At the Communion.

Voce mea ad dominum. Psal. cxlii. I Cried vnto the Lord with my voyce: yea euen vnto the Lorde did I make my supplicacion.

I powred out my complayntes before hym: and shewed him of my trouble.

When my spirit was in heauines, thou kne­west my path: in the waye wherein I walked, haue they prieuely layed a snare for me.

I looked also vpon my righthande: and see, there was no man that would knowe me.

I had no place to flye vnto: and no manne cared for my soule.

I cryed vnto thee, O Lord, and said: Thou art my hope and my porcion in the lande of the lyuyng.

Consider my complaynt: for I am brought very lowe.

O delyuer me from my persecutours: for they are to strong for me.

Bryng my soule out of prieson, that I maye geue than­kes vnto thy name: which thing if thou wilte graunte me, then shall the righteous resorte vnto my company.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

LOrde almyghtie, whiche haste indued thy holy Apostle Barnabas, with singuler giftes of thy holy gost: let vs not be destitute of thy manyfolde giftes, nor yet of grace to vse them alwaye to thy honoure and glory: Through Ie­sus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Act. xi. TYdynges of these thinges came vnto the eares of the congregacion, which was in Ierusalem. And they sent furth Barnabas, that he should goe vn­to Antioche. Whiche when he came, and had seen [Page xcviii] the grace of God, was glad and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart, they would continually cleaue vn­to the Lorde. For he was a good man, and full of the holy gost and of fayth, and muche people was added vnto the Lorde. Then departed Barnabas to Tharsus, for to seke Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him vnto Antioche. And it chaunsed, that a whole yere they hadde theyr conuersacion with the congregacion there, & taught muche people, insomuche that the disciples of Antioche were the first that were called Christen. In those dayes came Prophetes from the citie of Hierusalem vnto Anti­oche. And there stode vp one of them, named Agabus, and signified by the spirite, that there should be greate dearth throughout all the world, which came to passe in the Em­peroure Cladius dayes. Then the disciples, euery manne according to his habilitie, purposed to sende succour vnto the brethren which dwelt in Iewry: which thing they also dyd, and sent it to the elders by the handes of Barnabas and Saul.

The Gospell.

THys is my commaundement,Iohn. xv. that ye loue toge­ther, as I haue loued you: Greater loue hath no man, then this: that a man bestowe his lyfe for his frendes. Ye are my frendes, yf ye doe what­soeuer I commaunde you. Hencefurth call I you not ser­uauntes, for the seruaunte knoweth not what his Lorde doeth. But you haue I called frendes: for all thinges that I haue heard of my father, haue I opened to you: ye haue not chosen me, but I haue chosen you, and ordayned you to goe and bryng furth fruite, and that your fruite shoulde remayne: that whatsoeuer ye aske of the father in my name, he maye geue it you.

¶At Euensong.

¶The second lesson. Act. xv. (vnto) After certayne dayes.

¶Saynct Iohn Baptist.

¶Proper lessons at Mattyns.

The first lesson. Malach. iii vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Mat. iii. vnto the ende.

At the communion.

HEare my prayer, O Lorde, and considre my desire:Domine ex­audi. Psal. cxliii. herken vnto me for thy trueth and righteousnes sake.

And enter not into iudgement with thy seruaunt: for in thy sight shall no man ly­uing be iustified.

For the enemy hath persecuted my soule, he hath smittē my life down to the ground: he hath laied me in the dark­nes, as the men that haue been long dead.

Therfore is my spirite vexed within me: and my heart within me is desolate.

Yet doe I remembre the tyme past, I muse vpon all thy workes: yea I exercise my selfe in the workes of thy hādes.

I stretche forth my handes vnto thee: my soule gaspeth vnto thee, as a thristie lande.

Heare me, O Lord, and that soone, for my spirite wereth faynte: hide not thy face from me, lest I be lyke vnto them that goe downe into the pitte.

O let me heare thy louynge kindenesse betymes in the morning, for in thee is my trust: shewe thou me the waye that I shoulde walke in, for I lift vp my soule vnto thee.

Delyuer me, O Lorde, from myne enemies: for I flye vn­to thee to hyde me.

Teache me to doe the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God: let thy louing spirite leade me forth vnto the lande of righteousnes.

Quicken me, O Lorde, for thy names sake: and for thy righteousnes sake bring my soule out of trouble.

And of thy goodnes slay mine enemies: and destroie all them that vexe my soule, for I am thy seruaunt.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmyghtie God, by whose prouidence thy seruaunte Iohn Baptiste was wonderfully borne, and sente to prepare the waye of thy sonne our sauiour by preachynge of penaunce: make vs so to folowe hys doctrine and holy lyfe, that we may truly repent according to his preachyng and after his example constantly speake the trueth, boldly [Page xcix] rebuke vice, and paciently suffer for the truethes sake: through Iesus Christe our lorde.

The Epistle.

BE of good there my people,Esai. xl. O ye Prophetes com­fort my people, sayeth your God, comforte Ierusa­lem at the heart, and tell her, that her trauayle is at an ende, that her offence is pardoned, that she hath receiued of the Lordes hand sufficiēt correccion for all her sinnes. A voyce crieth in wildernes, prepare the waye of the Lorde in the wildernes, make straight the path for our God in the deserte. Lette all valleys be exalted, and e­uery mountayne and hyll be layed lowe: whatso is croked let it be made straight, and lette the rough be made playne fieldes. For the glory of the Lorde shall appeare, and all fleshe shall at once see it: for why, the mouth of the Lorde hath spoken it. The same voyce spake. Now cry. And the Prophete aunswered: what shall I cry? that all fleshe is grasse, & that all the goodlynes thereof is as the floure of the fielde. The grasse is withered, the floure falleth a way. Euen so is the people as grasse, whē the breath of the Lord bloweth vpon them. Neuerthelesse, whether the grasse wyther, or that the floure fade away, yet the worde of our God endureth for euer. Go vp vnto the hie hill (O Sion) thou that bringest good tidynges, lift vp thy voyce with power, O thou preacher Ierusalem: Lift it vp without feare, and say vnto the cities of Iuda: Beholde your God: beholde, the Lorde God shall come with power, and beare rule with hys arme. Beholde, he bryngeth hys treasure with him, and his workes go before him. He shall feede his flocke lyke an heardman. He shall gather the lambes toge­ther with his arme, and carye them in his bosome, and shall kyndely entreate those that beare yong.

The Gospell.

[Page] Luc. i. ELizabethes tyme came that she should be deliue­red, and she brought furth a sonne. And her neigh­bours and her cosins hearde howe the Lord had shewed greate mercye vpon her, and they reioysed wyth her. And it fortuned that in the eight day they came to cir­cumcise the childe: & called his name Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered, & sayd: not soo, but he shall be called Iohn. And they sayed vnto her. There is none in thy kinred that is named wt this name. And they made signes to his father, howe he woulde haue him called. And he asked for writing tables, and wrot, say­ing: his name is Iohn. And they meruayled all. And hys mouthe was opened immediatly, & his tonge also, and he spake & praysed God. And feare came on al thē that dwelt nye vnto them. And all these sayinges were noysed abrode throughout all the hyll countrey of Iury, and al they that heard them laied thē vp in their heartes, saying: what ma­ner of chylde shall thys be? And the hande of the Lorde was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the holy gost, and prophecied, saying: Praysed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redemed his people. And hathe raysed vp an horne of saluacion vnto vs, in the house of his seruaunt Dauid. Euen as he promised by the mouth of his holy Prophetes, which were sence the world began. That we should be saued from our enemies, & from the hand of all that hate vs. That he would deale merci­fully with our fathers, & remembre his holy couenaunte. And that he woulde performe the othe which he sware to our father Abrahā for to geue vs. That we deliuered out of the handes of our enemies, myght serue hym wythout feare, all the dayes of our lyfe, in such holines and righte­ousnes as are acceptable before him. And thou child shalt be called the prophete of the hiest, for thou shalte goe be­fore the face of the Lorde to prepare his wayes: to geue knowledge of saluacion vnto his people for the remissiō of sinnes. Through the tendre mercy of our God, wherby the day spring frō an hie hath visited vs. To geue light to thē that sate in darkenes, & in the shadowe of death, to guyde our feete into the waye of peace. And the child grewe and waxed strong in spirite, and was in wildernes tyll the day came, when he should shewe himselfe vnto the Israelites.

Proper lessons at Euensong.

The first lesson. Malach. iii. vnto the ende.

The seconde lesson. Mat. xiiii. (vnto) when Iesus hearde.

¶Sainct Peters day.

At Mattyns.

The seconde lesson Act. iii. vnto the ende.

At the Communion.

BLessed be the Lorde my strengthe:Benedictus dominus. psal. cxliiii. whyche tea­cheth my handes to warre, and my fyngers to fyght.

My hope, and my fortresse, my castle, and delyuerer, my defender in whome I truste: whiche subdueth my people that is vnder me.

Lorde, what is man that thou hast suche respect vnto hym? or the sonne of man, that thou so regardest him?

Manne is lyke a thyng of naughte: his tyme passeth a­waye lyke a shadowe.

Bowe thy heauens, O Lorde, and come downe: touche the mountaynes and they shall smoke.

Caste furthe the lyghtnynge, and teare them: shote out thyne arrowes and consume them.

Sende downe thyne hand from aboue: delyuer me and take me out of the great waters, frō the hande of straunge children.

Whose mouth talketh of vanitie: and their right hande is a right hande of wickednes.

I wyll syng a newe songe vnto thee, O God: and syng prayses vnto thee vpon a ten stringed Lute.

Thou that geueste victorye vnto kynges: and haste de­lyuered Dauid thy seruaunt from the peryll of the sworde.

Saue me, and delyuer me from the hande of straunge children: whose mouth talketh of vanitie, and their right hande is a right hand of iniquitie.

That our sonnes maye growe vp as the yong plantes: and that our doughters maye be as the pollyshed corners of the temple.

That our garners may be full and plenteous with all maner of store: that our shepe may bring furth thousandes and ten thousandes in our stretes.

[Page]That our Oxen maye be strong to labor, that there bee no decay: no leading into captiuitie, and no complainyng in our stretes.

Happy are the people that bee in suche a case: yea blessed are the people whiche haue the Lorde for their God.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God whiche by thy sonne Iesus Christ hast geuen to thy Apostle sayncte Peter many excellente giftes, and commaundedst him earnestly to fede thy flocke: make we beseche thee, all byshops and pastors diligently to preache thy holy worde, and the people obedientlye to folowe the same, that they may receyue the croune of euer­lasting Glorye, through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

Actes .xii. AT the same tyme Herode the kynge stretched furthe his handes to vexe certayne of the con­gregacion. And he kylled Iames the brother of Iohn with the sworde. And because he saw that it pleased the Iewes, he proceded farther and tooke Peter also. Then were the dayes of swete breade. And when he had caught him, he put him in prison also, & delyuered him to foure quaternions of souldiers to be kept, entending after Easter to bryng him furthe to the people. And Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was made with out ceassing, of the congregacyon vnto God for him. And when Herode would haue brought him out vnto the people, the same night slept Peter betwene two souldi­ers bounde with two chaynes: And the kepers before the dore, kept the prison. And beholde the angell of the Lorde was there present, and a lyght shyned in the habitacion. And he smote Peter on the side, and stiered him vp, saying: aryse vp quickely. And his chaines fel of from his handes. And the angell sayd vnto him: gyrde thy selfe, and bind on thy sandales. And so he dyd. And he sayeth vnto him: cast thy garment aboute thee and folowe me. And he came out and folowed him, and wyst not that it was trueth whiche [Page ci] was done by the angell, but thought he had seen a vision. When they were past the first and the second watche, they came vnto the yron gate, that leadeth vnto the citie, which opened to them by the owne accorde. And they went out, and passed thorowe one strete, and furthwith the angel de­parted from hym. And when Peter was come to himselfe, he sayd: now I know of a suertie that the Lord hath sente hys angell, and hathe delyuered me out of the hande of Herode, and from all the waytyng for of the people of the Iewes.

The Gospell.

WHen Iesus came into the coastes of the citie which is called Cesaria Philippi,Mat. xvi. he asked his disciples, sayinge: whome do men saye that I the sonne of man am? They sayed: some saye that thou art Iohn Baptiste, some Helias, some Ieremias, or one of the noumbre of the prophetes. He sayeth vnto them: but whome say ye that I am? Simon Peter aunswered, and sayed: Thou art Christ the sonne of the lyuing God. And Iesus answered, and said vnto hym. Happy art thou Simon the sonne of Ionas, for fleshe and bloude hath not opened that vnto thee: but my father which is in heauen. And I say also vnto thee, that thou art Peter: and vpon this rocke I wyl buylde my congregaci­on. And the gates of hel shall not preuail agaynst it. And I wil geue vnto thee the keyes of the kingdome of heauen. And whatsoeuer thou byndest in earth, shalbe bounde in heauen: and whatsoeuer thou locest in earth, shalbe loced in heauen.

At Euensong.

The seconde lesson Act. iiii. Vnto the ende.

¶ Sainct Marye Magdalene.

PRayse the Lorde, O my soule:Lauda ani­ma mea. Psal. cxlvi. whyle I lyue wil I prayse the Lord, yea as long as I haue any being I wyll syng prayses vnto my God.

O put not your trust in princes: nor in any childe of man, [Page] for there is no helpe in them.

For when the breath of man goeth furth, he shall turne agayne to his yearth: and then all his thoughtes peryshe.

Blessed is he that hath the God of Iacob for his helpe: and whose hope is in the Lorde his God.

Whiche made heauen and yearth, the sea and all that therin is: whiche kepeth his promise for euer.

Whiche helpeth them to right that suffre wrong: which fedeth the hungry.

The Lorde loceth menne out of pryson: the Lorde ge­ueth sight to the blinde.

The Lorde helpeth them vp that are fallen: the Lorde careth for the righteous.

The Lorde careth for the straungers, he defendeth the fatherles and wydowe: as for the waye of the vngodlye, he turneth it vp side downe.

The Lorde thy God, O Sion, shalbe king for euermore: and throughout all generacions.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the. &c. Amen.

The Collect.

MErcifull father geue vs grace, that we neuer presume to sinne through the example of anye creature, but if it shall chaunce vs at any tyme to offende thy dyuine maiestie: that then we maye truly repent, and lament the same, after the example of Mary Magdalene, and by lyue­lye faythe obtayne remission of all oure sinnes: throughe the onely merites of thy sonne oure sauiour Christ.

The Epistle.

Prou. xxxi WHosoeuer findeth an honest faithful womā, she is muche more worth then pearles. The heart of her husbande maie safely trust in her, so that he shall fall in no pouertie. She wil doe him good and not euil, all the dayes of her lyfe. She occupieth woll and flaxe, and laboureth gladlye with her handes. She is lyke a mar­chauntes ship that bryngeth her vitayles frō a farre. She is vp in the night season to prouide meat for her houshold, [Page cii] and foode for her maydens. She considereth lande and by­eth it, & with the fruite of her handes she planteth a vine­yarde. She girdeth her loynes with strengthe, and coura­geth her armes. And yf she perceyue that her huswifery doeth good, her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her fingers to the spindle: and her hand taketh hold of the distaffe. She openeth her hande to the poore, yea she stret­cheth furth her handes to suche as haue nede. She feareth not that the colde of winter shall hurt her house, for all her houshold folkes are clothed with skarlet. She maketh her selfe fayre ornamentes, her clothing is white silke and pur­ple. Her husband is much set by in the gates, whē he sitteth among the rewlers of the lande. She maketh cloth of silke and selleth it, and deliuereth girdles vnto the marchaunt. Strength & honour is her clothing, & in the latter day she shall reioyce. She openeth her mouth with wisdome, and in her tongue is the lawe of grace. She looketh wel to the wayes of her housholde: and eateth not her breade with y­dlenes. Her children shall arise, and call her blessed: and her husbande shal make muche of her. Many doughters there be that gather ryches together: but thou goest aboue them al. As for fauour it is deceitpfull, & beutie is a vaine thing: but a woman that feareth the Lorde, she is woorthy to be praysed. Geue her of the fruite of her handes, and lette her owne workes prayse her in the gates.

The Gospell.

ANd one of the Phariseis desired Iesus that he woulde eate with him.Luc. vii. And he went into the Pha­riseis house, and sate downe to meate. And behold a woman in that citie (whyche was a synner) assone as she knewe that Iesus sate at meate in the Phariseis house, she brought an Alabaster boxe of oyntemente, and stode at his feete behind him weping, and began to washe his feete with teares, and dyd wype them with the heares of her head, and kyssed his feete, and anoynted them with the oyntment. When the Pharisee (which had bidden him) saw that, he spake within himselfe, saying: if this mā were [Page] a prophete, he would surely knowe who and what maner of woman this is that touched him, for she is a sinner. Iesus aunswered and sayed vnto him: Simon, I haue some­what to say vnto thee. And he said: Maister say on. There was a certayne lender whiche had two debters, the one ought him fiue hundreth pence, and the other fiftie. When they had nothing to pay, he forgaue them bothe. Tell me therfore, whiche of them will loue him most? Simon aun­swered, and sayd: I suppose that he to whome he forgaue moste. And he sayd vnto him: thou hast truely iudged. And he turned to the woman, and sayde vnto Simon: Seeste thou this woman? I entred into thy house, thou gauest me no water for my feete: but she hath washed my feete with teares, and wiped them with the heares of her head. Thou gaueste me no kysse: but she sence the tyme I came in, hath not ceassed to kysse my feete. My head with oyle thou didst not anoint, but she hath anointed my feete with ointment. Wherfore I say vnto thee: many sinnes are forgiuē her, for she loued much. To whome lesse is forgeuē, the same doeth lesse loue. And he said vnto her: thy sinnes are forgeuē thee. And they that sate at meate with him, began to say within themselues. Who is this which forgeueth sinnes also? And he sayd to the woman. Thy fayth hath saued thee: go in peace.

¶ Sainct Iames the Apostle.

Laudate do­minum de celis. Psal. cxlViii O Prayse the Lorde of heauen: prayse him in the height.

Prayse him all ye angels of his: prayse him all his hoste.

Praise him Sunne and Moone: praise ye him all ye starres and lyght.

Prayse him all ye heauens: and ye waters that be aboue the heauens.

Let them prayse the name of the Lorde: for (he spake the woorde, and they were made) he commaunded, and they were created.

He hath made them fast for euer and euer: he hath geuen them a lawe, whiche shall not be broken.

[Page ciii]Prayse the lord vpō the earth, ye dragons, and al depes.

Fyre, and hayle, snowe and vapours, wynd and storme: fulfillyng hys worde.

Montaynes and all hilles: fruitful trees and al Ceders. Beastes and all cattell: wormes and fethered foules.

Kinges of the earth and all people: princes and all the Iudges of the worlde.

Youngmen and maydens, olde men and children, prayse the name of the lorde: for his name onely is excellente, and his prayse aboue heauen and earth

He shal exalt the horne of his people, al his sainctes shal prayse him: euen the children of Israel, euen the people that serueth him.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Collect.

GRaunt, O merciful God, that as thyne holye Apostle Iames leauing his father and al that he had, without delay, was obediente vnto the calling of thy sonne Iesus Christ, and folowed him: So we forsaking al worldly and carnal affeccions, may be euermore ready to folow thy cō ­maundementes: through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

The Epistle.

IN those dayes came prophetes from the citie of Ierusalem vnto Antioche.Act. xi. And there stode vp one of them, named Agabus, and signified by the spirite, that there shoulde bee greate derthe throughout al the worlde, which came to passe in the Emperour Claudius dayes. Then the dis­ciples, euery man according to his habilitie, purposed to sende succour vnto the brethren whiche dwelt in Iewry, whiche thing they also did, and sent it to the elders, by the handes of Barnabas and Saul.Actes. xii. At the same time Herod the kinge stretched furthe his handes to vexe certaine of the congregaciō. And he killed Iames the brother of Iohn with the sweord. And because he sawe that it pleased the Iewes, he proceded farther and toke Peter also.

The Gospell.

Math .xx. THen came to hym the mother of zebedes chil­dren, with her sonnes, wurshipping him, and desiring a certayne thing of him. And he saied vnto her: what wilt thou? She said vnto him: Graunt that these my two sonnes may sit, the one on thy right hand, & the other on thy left, in thy kyng­dome. But Iesus answered, and sayd: ye wot not what ye aske. Are ye able to drinke of the cup that I shall drinke of, and to be baptised with the baptisme that I am baptised with? They sayd vnto him: we are: He sayd vnto them: ye shal drinke in dede of my cup, & be baptized with the bap­tisme that I am baptised with: but to sit on my right hāde, and on my lefte, is not myne to geue: but it shall chaunce vnto thē that it is prepared for of my father. And when the ten heard this, they dysdayned at the two brethren. But Iesus called them vnto him, & said: ye knowe that the prin­ces of the nacions haue dominion ouer thē, and they that are greate men, exercise authoritie vpon them. It shall not be so among you. But whosoeuer wil be great among you, let him be your minister: & whosoeuer will be chiefe among you, lette him be your seruaunt. Euen as the sonne of man came not to be ministred vnto, but to ministre, and to geue his lyfe a redempcion for many.

Sainct Bartholomewe.

Non nobis domine. Psal. cxv. NOt vnto vs (O Lord) not vnto vs, but vnto thy name geue the praise: for thy louing mer­cy and for thy truethes sake.

Wherfore shall the heathen say: where is now their God?

As for our God he is in heauen: he hath done whatsoeuer pleased hym.

Their Idoles are siluer and golde: euen the woorke of mens handes.

They haue mouthes and speake not: eyes haue they and see not.

They haue eares, and heare not: noses haue they and smell not.

[Page ciiii]They haue handes and handle not: feete haue they and walke not, neyther speake they through their throte.

They that make them are lyke vnto them: and so are all suche as put their trust in them.

But the house of Israell, trust thou in the Lorde: he is their succour and defence.

Ye house of Aaron put your trust in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.

Ye that feare the Lorde, trust ye in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.

The Lorde hath bene myndfull of vs, and he shall blesse vs: euen he shall blesse the house of Israell, he shall blesse the house of Aaron.

He shall blesse thē that feare the Lorde: both small and greate.

The Lorde shall encreace you more and more: you and your children.

Ye are the blessed of the Lord: whiche made heauen and yearth.

All the whole heauens are the Lordes: the yearth hath He geuen vnto the children of men.

The dead prayse not thee (O Lord): neither al they that goe downe into the silence.

But we wyll prayse the Lorde: from this time foorth for euermore.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c. Amen.

The Collect.

O Almyghtie and euerlasting God, whiche hast geuen grace to thy apostle Bartholomewe truelye to beleue and to preache thy worde: graūt we beseche thee, vnto thy churche, both to loue that he beleued, & to preache that he taught: through Christe our Lorde.

The Epistle.

BY the handes of the Apostles were manye sygnes and wonders shewed among the people.Actes. v. And they were all together with one accorde in Salomons [Page] porche. And of other durst no man ioine hymselfe to them: neuertheles the people magnified them. The noumber of thē that beleued in the Lord, both of men & weomē, grewe more & more: in so muche that they brought the sicke into the stretes, and laied them on beddes and couches, that at the least way the shadow of Peter, whē he came by, myght shadow some of them (and that they might al be deliuered from their infirmites.) There came also a multitude out of the cities rounde about, vnto Ierusalem, bringyng sicke folkes, and them which were vexed with vncleane spirites: And they were healed euery one.

The Gospell.

Luke. xxii. ANd there was a stryfe amonge them which of them shoulde seme to be the greateste. And he sayd vnto them: the kynges of nacions reigne ouer them, and they that haue authoritie vpon them are called gracious Lordes: But ye shal not be so. But he that is greatest among you, shalbe as the younger: and he that is chiefe, shal be as he that doeth mi­nister. For whether is greater he that sitteth at meate, or he that serueth? Is not he that sitteth at meate: But I am among you, as he that ministreth. Ye are they, which haue bidden with me in my temptacions. And I appointe vnto you a kingdome, as my father hath appoynted to me, that ye may eate and drinke at my table in my kingdome, & sit on seates iudgeing the twelue Tribes of Israell.

¶Sainct Mathewe.

Leudate do­minum om­nes Gentes. psal. CxVii. O Prayse the lorde all ye heathen: prayse him al ye nacions.

For his mercifull kindnes is euer more and more to warde vs: and the trueth of the Lorde endureth for euer.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: and to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginnyng, is nowe, and euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whiche by thy blessed sonne diddest call Mathewe from the receipte of custome to be an A­postle and Euāgelist: Graunt vs grace to forsake all coue­tous desyres and inordinate loue of riches, and to folowe thy sayed sonne Iesus Christ: who lyueth and reigneth. &c.

The Epistle.

SEyng that we haue suche an office,ii. Cor. iiii. euen as God hath had mercye on vs, we go not out of kynde, but haue cast from vs the clokes of vnhonestye, and walke not in craftines, neyther handle we the worde of God deceiptfully, but open the trueth, & reporte our selues to euery mans conscience in the syght of God. If our gospell be yet hid, it is hid among them that are lost, in whom the God of this worlde hath blinded the mindes of them, whiche beleue not, leste the light of the gospell of the glory of Christe (whiche is the image of God) should shyne vnto them. For we preache not our selues, but Christe Ie­sus to be the Lorde, and oure selues, youre seruauntes, for Iesus sake. For it is God that commaunded the light to shyne out of darkenes, whiche hath shyned in our heartes, for to geue the lyght of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Iesus Christe.

The Gospell.

ANd as Iesus passed forth from thence,Math. ix. he sawe a man (named Mathewe) sitting at the receipt of custome, and hesaid vnto him: folow me. And he arose and folowed him. And it came to passe as Iesus sate at meate in his house: beholde, many Pu­blicans also and sinners that came, sate downe with Iesus and his disciples. And when the Phariseis sawe it, they said vnto his disciples: why eateth your Maister with Pu­blicanes and sinners? But when Iesus heard that, he saied vnto them: They that be strong nede not the phisicion, but they that are sicke. Goe ye rather and learne what that meaneth: I wil haue mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but synners to repentaunce.

Sainct Michael and all Angels.
¶At the communion.

Landate pueri Psal. cxiii. PRayse the Lorde (ye seruauntes) O prayse the name of the Lorde.

Blessed be the name of the Lorde: from this tyme furth for euermore.

The Lordes name is praysed: from the rysyng vp of the Sunne, vnto the goyng downe of the same.

The Lorde is hye aboue all heathen: and his glory a­boue the heauens.

Who is lyke vnto the Lorde our God, that hath his dwellyng so hye: and yet humbleth hymselfe to beholde the thinges that are in heauen and earth?

He taketh vp the symple out of the dust: and lifteth the poore out of the myre.

That he may set hym with the princes: euen with the princes of his people.

He maketh the baren woman to kepe house: and to be a ioyfull mother of children.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

EVerlasting God, whiche haste ordained and constituted the seruices of all Angels and men in a wonderfull or­dre: mercifully graunt that they whiche alwaye doe thee seruice in heauen, may by thy appointment succour and de­fende vs in earth: through Iesus Christe our Lorde. &c.

The Epistle.

Apoca. xii. THere was a great battaile in heauen: Michael and his Angels fought with the Dragō, and the Dra­gon fought & his Angels, and preuayled not, nei­ther was theyr place found any more in heauen. And the great Dragon, that olde serpent, called the deuill and Sa­thanas, was cast out, whiche deceiueth all the worlde. And he was cast into the earth, and his Angels were cast out also with him. And I heard a loude voyce, saying: in heauē is nowe made saluacion and strength, and the kyngdom [Page cvj] of our God, and the power of his Christ. For the accuser of our brethren is cast downe, whiche accused them before our God day and night. And they ouercame hym by the bloud of the lambe, and by the worde of their testimony, and they loued not their liues vnto the death. Therfore reioyce hea­uens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe vnto the inhabitours of the earth, and of the sea: for the deuill is come downe vn­to you, which hath great wrathe, because he knoweth that he hathe but a shorte tyme.

The Gospell.

AT thesame time came the disciples vnto Iesus saying:Math. xviii. who is the greatest in the kyngdome of heauen? Iesus called a childe vnto hym, and sette hym in the myddest of them, and sayed: Verely I saye vnto you, excepte ye turne and become as children, ye shall not entre into the kyngdome of heauen. Whosoeuer therfore humbleth hymselfe as this childe, thesame is the greatest in the kyngdome of heauen. And whosoeuer receyueth suche a childe in my name, re­ceiueth me. But whoso doth offende one of these lytleons whiche beleue in me, it were better for hym that a milstone were hanged aboute his necke, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe vnto the worlde, because of of­fences: necessary it is that offences come: But woe vnto the manne, by whom the offence cometh. Wherfore, yf thy hande or thy foote hynder thee, cut him of, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to entre into lyfe halt or maimed, rather then thou shouldest (hauing two hādes or two fete) be cast into euerlasting fyre. And yf thine iye offende thee, plucke it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to entre into life with one iye, rather then (hauing .ij. iyes) to be cast into hell fyre. Take hede that ye despise not one of these lytleons. For I saye vnto you: that in heauen theyr Angels doe alwayes beholde the face of my father, whiche is in heauen.

¶Sainct Luke Euangelist.

BY the waters of Babylon we sate downe & wept:Super flumine psal. cxxxvii. when we remembred (thee O) Sion.

As for our harpes we hanged them vp: vpon [Page] the trees that are therin.

For they that led vs away captiue, required of vs then a song and melodye in our heauines: syng vs one of the songes of Sion.

Howe shall we syng the Lordes song: in a straunge lande?

If I forget thee, O Ierusalem: let my ryght hande forget her cunning.

If I doe not remembre thee, let my tong cleaue to the rose of my mouth: yea yf I preferre not Ierusalem in my myrth.

Remembre the chyldren of Edom, O Lorde, in the day of Ierusalem, howe they sayed: downe with it, downe with it euen to the grounde.

O daughter of Babylon, wasted with miserie: yea hap­pye shal he be that rewardeth thee, as thou hast serued vs.

Blessed shall he be, that taketh thy chyldren: and thro­weth them against the stones.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God whiche calledst Luke the phisicion, whose prayse is in the gospell, to be a phisicion of the soule: it may please thee by the holsome medicines of his doctrine, to heale al the diseases of oure soules: through thy sonne Iesus Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

WAtche thou in all thinges, suffre affliccions, doe the worke throughly of an Euangelist,ii. Timo. iiii. fulfyll thyne office vnto the vtmoste: be sobre. For I am nowe ready to be offred, and the tyme of my departing is at hād. I haue fought a good fyght, I haue fulfilled my course, I haue kept the faith. Frō hencefurth there is layed vp for me a crowne of righteous­nes whiche the Lorde (that is a righteous iudge) shal geue me at that day: not to me only, but vnto all them also that loue his comming. Doe thy diligence, that thou mayst come [Page cvij] shortly vnto me. For Demas hath forsaken me, and loueth this presente worlde, and is departed vnto Thessalonica. Crescens is gone to Galacia, Titus vnto Dalmacia, only Lucas is with me. Take Marke and bring him with thee, for he is profitable vnto me for the ministracion. And Ty­chicus haue I sent to Ephesus: The cloke that I left at Troada with Carpus, when thou commest, bring with thee, and the bookes, but specially the parchement. Alexan­der the coppersmith did me muche euill: the Lord rewarde hym accordyng to his dedes, of whom be thou ware also: For he hath greatly withstande our wordes.

The Gospell.

THe Lorde appointed other seuenty (and two) also,Luc. x. and sente them two and two before hym into euery citie and place, whither he hymselfe woulde come. Therfore saied he vnto them: the haruest is greate, but the labourers are fewe. Praye ye therfore the Lorde of the haruest, to sende furthe labourers into his haruest. Go your wayes: beholde, I sende you foorth as lambes among wolues. Beare no wallet, neyther scrip, nor shoes, and sa­lute no man by the waye: into whatsoeuer house ye entre, fyrst saye, peace be to this house. And yf the sonne of peace be there, your peace shal rest vpon him: if not, it shal returne to you agayne. And in thesame house tary styll, eating and drinkyng suche as they geue. For the labourer is worthy of his reward.

¶Symon and Iude Apostles.

O Prayse God in his holynes:Laudate do­minum. Psal. cl. prayse hym in the firmament of his power.

Prayse him in his noble actes: prayse hym ac­cordyng to his excellent greatnesse.

Prayse hym in the sounde of the trumpet: prayse hym vpon the lute and harpe.

Prayse hym in the cymbales and daunse: prayse hym v­pon the stringes and pipe.

Prayse hym vpon the well tuned cymbales: prayse hym [Page] vpon the loud cymbales.

Let euery thing that hath breth, prayse the lord.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie God, whiche hast builded the congregacion vpon the foundacion of the Apostles and prophetes, Iesu Christ hymselfe beyng the head corner stone: graunte vs so to bee ioyned together in vnitie of spirite by theyr doctrine, that we maye be made an holye temple acceptable to thee: through Iesu Christe oure Lorde.

The Epistle.

Iude .i. IVdas the seruaunte of Iesu Christe, the brother of Iames: to them whiche are called and sanctified in God the father, & preserued in Iesu Christe: Mercy vnto you, and peace, and loue be multiplied. Beloued, when I gaue all diligence to wryte vnto you of the common sal­uacion, it was nedefull for me to write vnto you, to ex­hort you that ye shoulde continuallye laboure in the faith, whiche was once geuen vnto the sainctes. For there are certain vngodly men craftely crept in, of whiche it was written afore tyme vnto suche iudgement. They turne the grace of our God vnto wantonnes, and denye God (which is the only lorde) and our lorde Iesus Christ. My minde is therfore to putte you in remembraunce, for as muche as ye once knowe this, howe that the lorde (after that he had deliuered the people out of Egypt) destroyed them whiche afterward beleued not. The Angels also whiche kept not theyr firste estate, but lefte their owne habitacion, he hath reserued in euerlastyng chaines vnder darknes, vnto the iudgement of the great daye: euen as Sodom and Gomor, and the Cities aboute them, whiche in lyke maner defiled themselues with fornicacion, and folowed straunge fleshe, are set furth for an exaumple, and suffre the paine of eter­nall fyre: lykewyse these being deceyued by dreames, defile the fleshe, despise rulers, and speake euell of them that are in auctoritie.

The Gospell.

THis commaunde I you, that ye loue together.Iohn .xv. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the worlde, the world would loue his owne: howbeit, because ye are not of the worlde, but I haue chosen you out of the worlde, therfore the worlde hateth you. Remem­bre the worde that I sayed vnto you: the seruaunt is not greater then the lorde. If they haue persecuted me, they wil also persecute you. If they haue kepte my saying, they will kepe yours also. But all these thinges will they doe vnto you for my names sake, because they haue not knowen him that sente me. If I had not come and spoken vnto them, they shoulde haue had no synne: but nowe haue they no­thing to cloke theyr synne with all. He that hateth me, ha­teth my father also. If I had not done among them the workes whiche none other man did, they should haue had no synne. But nowe haue they both seen and hated: not onely me, but also my father. But this happeneth that the saying might be fulfilled that is written in theyr lawe. They hated me without a cause. But when the comforter is come, whom I will sende vnto you from the father, euen the spirite of trueth (whiche procedeth of the father) he shal testifie of me. And ye shall beare witnes also, because ye haue been with me from the beginning.

¶ All Sainctes,

Propre lessons at Mattyns.

The first lesson Sapi. iii. vnto blessed is rather the Baren.

The second lesson. Hebre. xi.xii. Sainctes by fayth subdued vnto If ye endure chastisyng.

At the Communion.

O Syng vnto the Lorde a newe song:Cantate do­mino. Psal. cxlix. let the con­gregacion of sainctes prayse hym.

Let Israell reioyce in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be ioyfull in theyr kyng.

Let them prayse his name in the daunce: let them syng prayses vnto him with tabret and harpe.

For the Lord hath pleasure in his people: and helpeth [Page] the meke hearted.

Let the sainctes be ioyfull with glory: let them reioyce in their beddes.

Let the prayses of God be in theyr mouth: and a two edged sworde in their handes.

To be auenged of the heathen: and to rebuke the people.

To bynde theyr kynges in chaynes: and theyr nobles with lynkes of yron.

That they may be auenged of them, as it is written: suche honour haue all his Sainctes.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

The Collect.

ALmightie GOD, whiche haste knitte together thy e­lecte in one Cōmunion and felowship in the misticall body of thy sonne Christe our Lorde: graunt vs grace so to folow thy holy Sainctes in all vertues, and godly liuyng, that we maye come to those vnspeakeable ioyes, whiche thou hast prepared for all them that vnfaynedly loue thee: through Iesus Christe.

The Epistle.

Apoca. vii. BEholde, I Iohn sawe an other Angel ascend from the rysyng of the Sunne, whiche had the seale of the liuing God, and he cryed with a loude voyce to the foure Aungels (to whō power was geuen to hurte the earth and the sea) saying: Hurte not the earth neyther the sea, neyther the trees, tyll we haue sealed the seruauntes of our God, in theyr foreheades. And I heard the noumbre of thē whiche were sealed, & there were sealed an .C. and xliiij.M. of all the tribes of the childrē of Israel.

Of the tribe of Iuda were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Ruben were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Gad were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Neptalim were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Symeon were sealed xii.M.

[Page cix]Of the tribe of Leui were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Isachar were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed .xii.M.

Of the tribe of Ioseph were sealed xii.M.

Of the tribe of Beniamin were sealed xii.M.

After this I behelde, and loe, a great multitude (which no manne could nombre) of all nacions, and people, and tongues, stode before the seate, and before the lambe, clo­thed with long white garmentes, and Palmes in theyr handes, and cried with a loude voyce, saying: saluacion be ascribed to hym that sitteth vpon the seate of our god, and vnto the lambe. And all the Angels stode in the compasse of the seate, and of the elders, & of the foure beastes, and fell before the seate on their faces, and worshipped God, saying: Amē. Blessing and glory, and wisedome, and thankes, and honour, and power, and might be vnto our God for euer­more. Amen.

The Gospell.

IEsus seing the people, wēt vp into the mountaine:Math. v. and when he was set, his disciples came to hym, & after that he hadde opened his mouth, he taughte them, saying: Blessed are the poore in spirite, for theirs is the kyngdome of heauen. Blessed are they that morne: for they shall receyue comfort. Blessed are the meke: for they shal receyue the enheritaunce of the earth. Blessed are they whiche hunger and thirst after righteousnes: for they shall be satisfyed. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtaine mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peace makers: for they shalbe called the children of God. Blessed are they whiche suffre persecucion for righteousnes sake: for theirs is the kyngdome of heauē. Blessed are ye when men reuile you, and persecute you, and shall falsly saye all maner of euill sayinges against you for my sake: reioyce and be glad, for great is youre rewarde in heauen. For so persecuted they the Prophetes whiche were before you.

¶ Propre lessons at Euensong.

The first lesson. Sapi. v. (vnto) His iealosy also.

The second lesson. Apoca. xix. (vnto) And I saw an Angell stand.

❧THE SVPPER❧ of the Lorde, and the holy Com­munion, commonly cal­led the Masse.

SO many as intende to bee partakers of the holy Communion, shall sygnifie their names to the Cu­rate, ouer night: or els in the morning, afore the be­ginning of Matins, or immediatly after.

And if any of those be an open and notorious e­uill liuer, so that the congregacion by hym is offended, or haue doen any wrong to his neighbours, by worde, or dede: The Curate shall cal hym, & aduertise hym, in any wise not to presume to the lordes table, vntill he haue openly declared hymselfe, to haue truly repented, and amended his former naughtie life: that the con­gregacion maie thereby be satisfied, whiche afore were offended: and that he haue recompensed the parties, whom he hath dooen wrong vnto, or at the least bee in full purpose so to doe, as sone as he conueniently maie.

❧The same ordre shal the Curate vse, with those betwixt whom he perceiueth malice, and hatred to reigne, not suffering them to bee partakers of the Lordes table, vntill he knowe them to bee reconciled. And yf one of the parties so at variaunce, be content to forgeue from the botome of his hearte, all that the other hath trespaced against him, and to make amendes, for that he hymselfe hath offended: and the other partie will not bee perswaded to a godly vnitie, but remayne still in his frowardnes and malice: The Minister in that case, ought to admit the penitent persone to the holy Communion, and not hym that is obstinate.

❧Vpon the daie, and at the time appointed for the ministracion of the holy Communion, the Priest that shall execute the holy mi­nistery, shall put vpon hym the vesture appoincted for that ministracion, that is to saye: a white Albe plain, with a veste­ment or Cope. And where there be many Priestes, or Deacons, there so many shalbe ready to helpe the Priest, in the ministra­cion, as shalbee requisite: And shall haue vpon them lykewyse, the vestures appointed for their ministery, that is to saye, Al­bes, with tunacles. Then shall the Clearkes syng in Englishe for the office, or Introite, (as they call it) a Psalme appointed for that daye.

The priest standyng humbly afore the middes of the Altar, shall saie the Lordes prayer, with this Collect.

ALmightie GOD, vnto whom all heartes bee open, and all desyres knowen, and from whom no secretes are hid: clense the thoughtes of our heartes, by the inspiracion of thy holy spirite: that we may perfectly loue thee, and worthely magnifie thy holy name: Through Christ our Lord. Amē.

Then shall he saye a Psalme appointed for the introite: whiche Psalme ended, the Priest shall saye, or els the Clearkes shall syng.

iij. Lorde haue mercie vpon vs.

iij. Christ haue mercie vpon vs.

iij. Lorde haue mercie vpon vs.

Then the Prieste standyng at Goddes borde shall begin.

Glory be to God on high.

The Clearkes.

And in yearth peace, good will towardes men.

We praise thee, we blesse thee, we worship thee, we glo­rifie thee, we geue thankes to thee for thy greate glory, O Lorde GOD heauenly kyng, God the father almightie.

O Lorde the only begotten sonne Iesu Christ, O Lorde GOD, Lambe of GOD, sonne of the father, that takest awaye the synnes of the worlde, haue mercie vpon vs: thou that takest awaye the synnes of the worlde, receyue our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the righte hande of God the father, haue mercie vpon vs: For thou onely art holy, thou onelye art the Lorde. Thou onelye (O Christe) with the holye Ghoste, arte moste highe in the glory of God the father. Amen.

Then the priest shall turne hym to the people and saye.

The Lorde be with you.

The Aunswere.

And with thy spirite.

The Priest.
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Let vs praye.

Then shall folowe the Collect of the daye, with one of these two Collectes folowing, for the Kyng.

ALmightie God, whose kyngdom is euer­lasting, and power infinite, haue mercie vpon the whole congregaciō, and so rule the heart of thy chosen seruaūt Edward the sixt, our kyng and gouernour: that he (knowyng whose minister he is) maye a­boue all thinges, seke thy honour & glory, and that we his subiectes (duely consydering whose aucto­ritie he hath) maye faithfully serue, honour, & humbly obey him, in thee, and for thee, according to thy blessed word, and ordinaunce: Through Iesus Christe oure Lorde, who with thee, and the holy ghost, liueth, and reigneth, euer one God, worlde without ende. Amen.

ALmightie and euerlasting GOD, wee bee taught by thy holy worde, that the heartes of Kynges are in thy rule and gouernaunce, and that thou doest dispose, and turne them as it semeth best to thy godly wisedom: We humbly beseche thee, so to dispose and gouerne the heart of Ed­ward the sixt, thy seruaunt, our Kyng and gouernour, that in all his thoughtes, wordes, and workes, he maye euer seke thy honour and glory, and study to preserue thy people, committed to his charge, in wealth, peace, and Godlynes: Graunt this, O merciful father, for thy dere sonnes sake, Iesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.

The Collectes ended, the priest, or he that is appointed, shall reade the Epistle, in a place assigned for the purpose, saying.

The Epistle of sainct Paule written in the [...] Cha­piter of [...] to the [...].

The Minister then shall reade thepistle. Immediatly after the Epistle ended, the priest, or one appointed to reade the Gospell, shall saye.

The holy Gospell written in the [...] Chapiter of [...].

The Clearkes and people shal aunswere.

Glory be to thee, O Lorde.

The Priest or deacon then shall reade the Gospell: After the Gospell ended, the priest shall begin.

I beleue in one God.

The Clearkes shall syng the rest.

The father almightie maker of heauen and yearth, and of all thinges visible, and inuisible: And in one Lorde Iesu Christ, the onely begotten sonne of God, begotten of his fa­ther before all worldes, God of GOD, light of light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, beeyng of one sub­staunce with the father, by whom all thinges were made, who for vs men, and for our saluacion, came downe from heauen, and was incarnate by the holy Ghoste, of the Virgin Mary, and was made manne, and was Crucified also for vs vnder Poncius Pilate, he suffered and was bu­ried, and the thirde daie he arose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heauē, and sitteth at the right hande of the father: And he shall come again with glory, to iudge both the quicke and the dead.

And I beleue in the holy ghost, the Lorde and geuer of life, who procedeth frō the father and the sonne, who with the father and the sonne together, is worshipped and glori­fied, who spake by the Prophetes. And I beleue one Ca­tholike and Apostolike Churche. I acknowlege one Bap­tisme, for the remission of synnes. And I loke for the re­surreccion of the deade: and the lyfe of the worlde to come. Amen.

¶After the Crede ended, shall folowe the Sermon or Homely, or some por­cion of one of the Homelies, as they shalbe hereafter deuided: wherin if the people bee not exhorted to the worthy receyuing of the holy Sacrament of the bodye and bloude of our sauiour Christ: then shall the Curate geue this exhortacion, to those that be minded to receiue the same.

DErely beloued in the Lord, ye that minde to come to the holy Cōmunion of the bodie & bloud of our sauiour Christ, must cōsidre what S. Paule wri­teth to the Corinthians, how he exhorteth all per­sones [Page cxii] diligently to trie and examine themselues, before thei presume to eate of that breade, and drynke of that cup: for as the benefite is great, yf with a truly penitent heart, and lyuely fayth, we receyue that holy Sacrament: (for then we spiritually eate the fleshe of Christe, and drynke his bloude, then we dwel in Christ and Christ in vs, wee bee made one with Christ, & Christ with vs) so is the daunger great, yf we receyue the same vnworthely, for then wee be­come gyltie of the body and bloud of Christ our sauiour, we eate and drynke our owne damnacion, not consideryng the Lordes bodie. We kindle Gods wrathe ouer vs, we prouoke hym to plague vs with diuerse diseases, and sondery kyn­des of death. Therfore yf any here be a blasphemer, ad­uouterer, or bee in malice, or enuie, or in any other gre­uous cryme (excepte he be truely sory therefore, and ear­nestly mynded to leaue the same vices, and do trust hym selfe to bee reconciled to almightie God, and in Charitie with all the worlde) lette hym bewayle his synnes, and not come to that holy table, lest after the takyng of that most blessed breade: the deuill enter into hym, as he dyd into Iudas, to fyll hym full of all iniquitie, and brynge hym to destruccion, bothe of body and soule. Iudge ther­fore your selfes (brethren) that ye bee not iudged of the lorde. Let your mynde be without desire to synne, repent you truely for your synnes past, haue an earnest and lyuely faith in Christe our sauior, be in perfect charitie with all men, so shall ye bee mete partakers of those holy miste­ries. And aboue all thynges: ye must geue moste humble and heartie thankes to God the father, the sonne, and the holy ghoste, for the redempcion of the worlde, by the death and passion of our sauior Christe, both God and man, who did humble hymselfe euen to the death vpon the crosse, for vs miserable synners, whiche laye in darknes and sha­dowe of death, that he myghte make vs the children of God, and exalte vs to euerlastyng lyfe. And to thend that wee shoulde alwaye remembre the excedyng loue of oure maister, and onely sauior Iesu Christe, thus dying for vs, and the innumerable benefites, whiche (by his precious bloudshedyng) he hath obteigned to vs, he hath lefte in those holy Misteries, as a pledge of his loue, and a continu­all [Page] all remembraunce of thesame his owne blessed body, & pre­cious bloud, for vs to fed vpon spiritually, to our endles comfort and consolacion. To him therfore with the father and the holy ghost, let vs geue (as we are most bounden) cōtinual thankes, submitting our selfes wholy to his holy wyll and pleasure, and studying to serue hym in true ho­lines and righteousnes, all the dayes of our lyfe. Amen.

¶In Cathedral churches or other places, where there is dailie Communion, it shall be sufficient to reade this exhortacion aboue written, once in a moneth. And in parish churches, vpon the weke daies it may be lefte vnsayed.

¶And if vpon̄ the Sonday or holy daye, the people be negligent to come to the Communion: Then shall the Priest earnestly exhorte his parishoners, to dispose themselfes to the receiuing of the ho­ly cōmunion more diligētly, saiyng these or like wordes vnto thē.

DEre frendes, and you especially vpon whose soules I haue cure and charge, on [...] next, I do intende by Gods grace, to offre to all suche as shalbe godlye disposed, the moste comfortable Sacrament of the body and bloud of Christe, to be taken of them, in the remem­braunce of his moste fruitfull and glorious Passion: by the whiche passion, we haue obteigned remission of our sinnes, and be made partakers of the kyngdom of heauen, where­of we bee assured and asserteigned, yf wee come to the sayde Sacrament, with heartie repentaunce for our of­fences, stedfast faithe in Goddes mercye, and earnest minde to obeye Goddes wyll, and to offende nomore. Wherefore our duetie is to come to these holy misteries, with moste heartie thankes to bee geuen to almightie GOD, for his infinite mercie and benefites geuen and bestowed vpon vs his vnworthie seruauntes, for whom he hath not onely geuen his body to death, and shed his bloude, but also doth vouchsaue in a Sacrament and Mistery, to geue vs his sayed bodye and bloud to feede vpon spiritually. The whiche Sacrament being so Diuine and holy a thing, and so comfortable to them whiche receiue it worthilye, and so daungerous to them that wyll presume to take thesame vnworthely: My duetie is to exhorte you in the meane season, [Page cxiii] to consider the greatnes of the thing, and to serche and examine your owne consciences, and that not lyghtly nor after the maner of dissimulers with GOD: But as they whiche shoulde come to a moste Godly and heauenly Banket, not to come but in the mariage garment required of God in scripture: that you may (so muche as lieth in you) be founde worthie to come to suche a table. The waies and meanes therto is.

First that you be truly repentaunt of your former euill lyfe, and that you confesse with an vnfained hearte to al­mightie God, youre synnes and vnkyndnes towardes his Maiestie committed, eyther by wyll, worde, or dede, infir­mitie or ignoraunce: and that with inward sorowe and teares you bewaile your offences, and require of almightie god, mercie and pardō, promising to him (from the botome of your heartes) thamendment of your former lyfe. And emonges all others, I am commaunded of God, especially to moue and exhorte you, to reconcile your selfes to your neyghbours, whom you haue offended, or who hath offen­ded you, putting out of your heartes all hatred and malice against them, and to be in loue and charitie with all the worlde, and to forgeue other, as you would that god should forgeue you. And yf any man haue doen wrong to any o­ther: let hym make satisfaccion, and due restitucion of all landes & goodes, wrongfully taken awaye or withholden, before he come to Goddes borde, or at the least be in full mynde and purpose so to do, assone as he is able, or els let hym not come to this holy table, thinking to deceiue God, who seeth all mennes heartes. For neyther the absoluci­on of the priest, can any thing auayle them, nor the recey­uyng of this holy sacrament doth any thyng but increase their damnacion. And yf there bee any of you, whose con­science is troubled and greued in any thing, lackyng com­forte or counsaill, let hym come to me, or to some other dis­crete and learned priest, taught in the lawe of God, and confesse and open his sinne and griefe secretly, that he maie receiue suche ghostly counsail, aduise, and comfort, that his conscience maye be releued, and that of vs (as of the Mi­nisters of GOD and of the churche) he may receyue com­forte [Page] and absolucion, to the satisfaccion of his minde, and auoydyng of all scruple and doubtfulnes: requiryng suche as shalbe satisfied with a generall confession, not to be of­fended with them that do vse, to their further satisfying, the auriculer and secrete confession to the Priest: nor those also whiche thinke nedefull or conuenient, for the quietnes of their owne consciences, particulerly to open theyr sinnes to the Priest: to be offended with them that are satisfyed, with their humble confession to GOD, and the generall confession to the churche. But in all thinges to folowe and kepe the rule of charitie, and euery man to be satisfyed with his owne conscience, not iudging other mennes mindes or consciences: where as he hath no warrant of Goddes word to thesame.

¶Then shall folowe for the Offertory, one or mo, of these Sentences of holy scripture, to be song whiles the people dooe offer, or els one of theim to bee saied by the minister, immediatly afore the offeryng.

Mat. v.Let your light so shine before mē, that they may see your good woorkes, and glorify your father which is in heauen.

Mat. vi.Laye not vp for your selues treasure vpon the yearth, where the ruste and mothe dothe corrupte, and where the­ues breake through and steale: But laie vp for your selfes treasures in heauen, where neyther ruste nor mothe dothe corrupt, and where theues do not breake through nor steale.

Math. vii.Whatsoeuer you woulde that menne shoulde doe vnto you, euen so do you vnto them, for this is the lawe and the Prophetes.

Mat. vii.Not euery one that sayeth vnto me, lorde, lorde, shall entre into the kyngdome of heauen, but he that dothe the will of my father whiche is in heauen.

Iue. xix.Zache stode furthe, and sayed vnto the Lorde: beholde Lorde, the halfe of my goodes I geue to the poore, and yf I haue doen any wronge to any man, I restore foure folde.

[...]. Cor. ix.Who goeth a warfare at any tyme at his owne coste? who planteth a vineiarde, and eateth not of the fruite ther­of? Or who fedethe a flocke, and eateth not of the milke of the flocke?

[Page cxiiii]If we haue sowen vnto you spirituall thinges,i. Cor. ix. is it a great matter yf we shall reape your worldly thinges?

Dooe ye not knowe,i. Cor. ix. that they whiche minister aboute holy thinges, lyue of the Sacrifice? They whiche waite of the alter, are partakers with the alter? euen so hath the lorde also ordained: that they whiche preache the Gospell, shoulde liue of the Gospell.

He whiche soweth litle, shall reape litle,ii. Cor. ix. and he that so­weth plēteously, shall reape plenteously. Let euery manne doe accordynge as he is disposed in his hearte, not grud­gyngly, or of necessitie, for God loueth a chereful geuer.

Let hym that is taughte in the woorde,Gala. vi. minister vnto hym that teacheth, in all good thinges. Be not deceyued, GOD is not mocked. For whatsoeuer a man soweth, that shall he reape.

While we haue tyme, let vs doe good vnto all men,Gala. vi. and specially vnto them, whiche are of the housholde of fayth.

Godlynes is greate riches,i. Timo. vi. yf a man be contented with that he hath: For we broughte nothyng into the worlde, neither maye we cary any thing out.

Charge them whiche are riche in this worlde,i. Timo. vi. that they be ready to geue, and glad to distribute, laying vp in stoare for themselues a good foundacion, against the time to come, that they maie attain eternall lyfe.

GOD is not vnrighteous,Hebre. vi. that he will forgette youre woorkes and labor, that procedeth of loue, whiche loue ye haue shewed for his names sake, whiche haue ministred vnto the sainctes, and yet do minister.

To do good, and to distribute, forget not,Hebre. xiii. for with suche Sacrifices God is pleased.

Whoso hath this worldes good,i. Iohn. iii. and seeth his brother haue nede, and shutteth vp his compassion from hym, how dwelleth the loue of God in him?

Geue almose of thy goodes,Toby. iiii. and turne neuer thy face from any poore man, and then the face of the lord shall not be turned awaye from thee.

Bee mercifull after thy power: if thou haste muche,Toby. iiii. geue plenteously, yf thou hast litle, do thy diligence gladly to geue of that litle, for so gathereste thou thy selfe a good rewarde [Page] in the daie of necessitie.

prouer. xix.He that hath pitie vpon the poore, lendeth vnto the Lord: & loke what he laieth out, it shalbe paied him again.

Psal. xli.Blessed be the man that prouideth for the sicke and nedy, the lorde shall deliuer hym, in the tyme of trouble.

Where there be Clearkes, thei shall syng one, or many of the sen­tences aboue written, accordyng to the length and shortenesse of the tyme, that the people be offeryng.

In the meane tyme, whyles the Clearkes do syng the Offertory, so many as are disposed, shall offer to the poore mennes boxe euery one accordynge to his habilitie and charitable mynde. And at the offeryng daies appoynted, euery manne and woman shall paie to the Curate, the due and accustomed offerynges.

Then so many as shalbee partakers of the holy Communion, shall tarye still in the quire, or in some conueniente place nigh the quire, the men on the one side, and the women on the other syde. All other (that mynde not to receiue the said holy Communion) shall departe out of the quire, except the ministers and Clearkes.

Than shall the minister take so muche Breade and Wine, as shall suffice for the persons appoynted to receiue the holy Com­munion, laiyng the breade vpon the corporas, or els in the paten, or in some other comely thyng, prepared for that purpose: And put­ting ye wine into the Chalice, or els in some faire or conueniente cup, prepared for that vse (if the Chalice wil not serue) puttyng therto a litle pure and cleane water: And setting both the bread and wyne vpon the Alter: Then the Prieste shall saye.

The Lorde be with you.


And with thy spirite.


Lift vp your heartes.


We lift them vp vnto the Lorde.


Let vs geue thankes to our Lorde God.


It is mete and right so to do.

The Priest.

[Page cxv] IT is very mete, righte, and our bounden dutie, that we shoulde at all tymes, and in all places, geue thankes to thee, O Lorde, holy father, almightie euerlasting God.

¶Here shall folowe the propre preface, accordyng to the tyme (if there bee any specially appointed) or els immediatly shall fo­lowe. Therfore with Aungels. &c.
PROPRE ❧ Prefaces.
¶ Vpon Christmas daye.
BEcause thou diddeste geue Iesus Christe, thyne onely sonne to be borne as this daie for vs, who by the operaciō of the holy ghoste, was made very man, of the substaunce of the Virgin Mary his mother, & that without spotte of sinne, to make vs cleane from all sinne. Therfore. &c.
¶ Vpon Easter daie
BVt chiefly are we bounde to prayse thee, for the glo­rious resurreccion of thy sonne Iesus Christe, our Lorde, for he is the very Pascall Lambe, whiche was offered for vs, and hath taken awaye the synne of the worlde, who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his risyng to lyfe againe, hath restored to vs euerlastinge lyfe. Therefore. &c.
¶ Vpon the Assencion daye.
THrough thy moste dere beloued sonne, Iesus Christe our Lord, who after his moste glorious resurrecciō, manifestly appered to all his disciples, and in theyr sighte ascended vp into heauen, to prepare a place for vs, that where he is, thither mighte we also ascende, and reigne with him in glory. Therefore. &c.
¶ Vpon Whitsondaye.
THroughe Iesus Christe our Lorde, accordynge to whose moste true promyse, the holy Ghoste came doune this daye from heauen, with a sodaine great sounde, as it had been a mightie wynde, in the lykenes of fiery toungues, lightynge vpon the Apostles, to teache them, and to leade them to all truethe, geuyng them bothe [Page] the gifte of diuerse languages, and also boldnes with fer­uente zeale, constantly to preache the Ghospell vnto all na­cions, whereby we are brought out of darkenes and error, into the cleare light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy sonne Iesus Christ. Therfore. &c.
¶ Vpon the feast of the Trinitie.
IT is very meete, righte, and our bounden duetie, that we should at all tymes, and in all places, geue thankes to thee, O Lorde almightie, euerlastinge God, which arte one God, one Lorde, not one onely person, but three persones in one substaunce: For that whiche we beleue of the glory of the father, thesame we beleue of the sonne, and of the holy ghoste, without any difference, or inequalitie: whom the Angels. &c.
After whiche preface shall folowe immediatly.

Therfore with Angels and Archangels, and with al the holy companie of heauen: we lande and magnifye thy glorious name, euermore praysyng thee, and sayinge: ¶ Holy, holy, holy, Lorde God of Hostes: heauen and earth are full of thy glory: Osanna in the higheste. Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lorde: Glory to thee, O lorde, in the highest.

This the Clearkes shall also syng.

¶When the Clearkes haue doen syngyng, then shall the Priest, or Deacon, turne hym to the people and saye.

Let vs praye for the whole state of Christes churche.

¶Then the Priest turning hym to the Altar, shall saye or syng, plainly and distinctly, this prayer folowyng.

ALmightie and euerlyuyng God, whiche by thy holy Apostle haste taught vs to make prayers and supplicacions, and to geue thankes for all menne: We humbly beseche thee moste mercy­fully to receyue these our prayers: whiche we offre vnto thy diuine Maiestie, besechyng thee to inspire continually the vniuersall churche, with the spirite of truethe, vnitie and concorde: And graunt that all they that doe confesse thy holye name, maye agre in the trueth of thy holye worde, and liue in vnitie and godly loue. Speciallye wee beseche thee to saue and defende thy seruaunte, Edwarde [Page cxvj] our Kynge, that vnder him we maye be Godly and quiete­ly gouerned. And graunte vnto his whole coūsaile, and to all that bée put in authoritie vnder hym, that they maye truely and indifferently minister iustice, to the punishment of wickednesse and vice, & to the maintenaunce of Goddes true religion and vertue. Geue grace (O heauenly fa­ther) to all Bishoppes, Pastors, and Curates, that they maie bothe by their life and doctrine, set furthe thy true & liuely worde, and rightely and duely administer thy holye Sacramentes. And to all thy people geue thy heauenly grace, that with meke hearte and due reuerence, they maye heare and receiue thy holy worde, truely seruynge thee in holynes and righteousnes, all the dayes of their lyfe. And wee moste humbly beseche thee of thy goodnes (O Lorde) to coumforte and succoure all thē, whych in this transitory lyfe bee in trouble, sorowe, nede, sycknes, or any other aduersitie. And especially we commend vnto thy mercifull goodnes, thys congregacion whyche is here assembled in thy name, to celebrate the commemoracion of the moste glorious deathe of thy sonne: And here wee doe geue vnto thee moste high praise, & heartie thankes, for the wonder­full grace and vertue, declared in all thy sainctes, from the begynninge of the worlde: And chiefly in the glorious and most blessed virgin Mary, mother of thy sonne Iesu Christ our Lord and God, & in the holy Patriarches, Prophetes, Apostles, and Martirs, whose examples (O Lorde) and stedfastnes in thy faythe, and keping thy holye commaun­dementes, graunte vs to folowe. We commende vnto thy mercye (O Lord) all other thy seruauntes, whiche are de­parted hence from vs, with the signe of fayth, and nowe do reste in the slepe of peace: Graunte vnto them, we beseche thee, thy mercy, and euerlastyng peace, and that at the daie of the generall resurreccion, we and all they whyche bee of the misticall body of thy sonne, maye altogether bee set on his right hand, and heare that his most ioyful voice: Come vnto me, O ye that be blessed of my father, and possesse the kingdome, whiche is prepared for you, from the begynning of the worlde: Graunte this, O father, for Iesus Christes sake, our onely mediatour and aduocate.

[Page]O God heauenly father, whiche of thy tender mercie, diddeste geue thine only sonne Iesu Christ, to suffer deathe vpon the crosse for our redempcion, who made there (by his one oblacion once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficiente sacrifyce, oblacion, and satisfaccion, for the sinnes of the whole worlde, and did institute, and in his holy Ghospell commaunde vs, to celebrate a perpetuall memorye, of that his precious deathe, vntyll his comming againe: Heare vs (o mercifull father) we beseche thee: and with thy holy spi­rite and worde vouchsafe to bl✚esse and sanc✚tifie these thy gyftes, and creatures of breade and wyne, that they maye be vnto vs the bodye and bloud of thy moste dere­ly beloued sonne Iesus Christe.Here the prieste must take the bread into his hādes, Who in the same nyghte that he was betrayed: tooke breade, and when he had blessed, and geuen thankes: he brake it, and gaue it to hys disciples, saiynge: Take, eate, this is my bodye whiche is geuen for you: do this in remembraunce of me.

Here the priest shall take the Cuppe into his hādes.Likewyse after supper he toke the cuppe, and whē he had geuen thankes, he gaue it to them, saiyng: drynke ye all of this, for this is my bloude of the newe Testament, whyche is shed for you and for many, for remission of sinnes: do this as oft as you shall drinke it, in remembraunce of me.

These wordes before rehersed are to be saied, turning still to the Altar, without any eleuacion, or shewing the Sacrament to the people.

WHerefore, O Lorde and heauenly father, accor­dyng to the Instytucyon of thy derely beloued sonne, our sauioure Iesu Christe, we thy humble seruauntes doe celebrate, and make here before thy diuine Maiestie, with these thy holy giftes, the me­mory all whyche thy sonne hath willed vs to make: hauing in remembraunce his blessed passion, mightie resurrecci­on, and glorious ascencion, renderynge vnto thee moste heartye thankes, for the innumerable benefytes procured vnto vs by thesame, entyerely desyrynge thy fatherly goodnes, mercifully to accepte thys our Sacrifice of praise and thankes geuinge: moste humblye besechinge thee to graunte, that by the merites and deathe of thy sonne Ie­sus Christ, and through faith in his bloud, wee and all thy [Page cxvii] whole church, may obteigne remission of our sinnes, and al other benefites of his passion. And here wee offre and pre­sent vnto thee (O Lord) oure selfe, oure soules, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and liuely sacrifice vnto thee: hum­bly besechyng thee, that whosoeuer shalbee partakers of thys holy Communion, maye worthely receiue the moste precious body and bloude of thy sonne Iesus Christe: and bee fulfilled with thy grace and heauenly benediction, and made one bodye with thy sonne Iesu Christe, that he maye dwell in them, and they in hym. And although we be vn­worthy (through our manyfolde synnes) to offre vnto thee any Sacrifice: Yet we beseche thee to accepte this our bounden duetie and seruice, and commaunde these our prayers and supplicacions, by the Ministery of thy holy Angels, to be brought vp into thy holy Tabernacle before the syght of thy diuine maiestie: not waying our merites, but pardoning our offences, through Christe our Lorde, by whom, and with whom, in the vnitie of the holy Ghost: all honour and glory, be vnto thee, O father almightie, world without ende. Amen.

Let vs praye.

AS our sauiour Christe, hath commaunded and taught vs, we are bolde to saye. Our father whiche art in heauen, halowed be thy name. Thy Kyngdome come. Thy wyll be doen in yearth, as it is in heauen. Geue vs this daye our dayly breade. And forgeue vs our trespaces, as wee forgeue them that trespasse against vs. And leade vs not into tempta­cion.

The Aunswere.

But deliuer vs from euill. Amen.

Then shall the priest saye.

The peace of the Lorde be alwaye with you.

The Clearkes.

And with thy spirite.

The Priest.

CHrist our Pascal lābe is offred vp for vs, once for al, when he bare our sinnes on his body vpō the crosse, for he is the very lambe of God, that taketh away [Page] the sinnes of the worlde: wherfore let vs kepe a ioyfull and holy feast with the Lorde.

Here the prieste shall turne hym towarde those that come to the holy Communion, and shall saye.

YOu that do truely and earnestly repent you of your synnes to almightie God, and be in loue and charitie with your neyghbours, and entende to leade a newe life, folowing the cōmaundementes of God, and walkyng from hencefurth in his holy wayes: drawe nere and take this holy Sacrament to your com­forte, make your humble confession to almightie God, and to his holy churche here gathered together in his name, mekely knelyng vpon your knees.

Then shall this generall Confession bee made, in the name of all those that are minded to receyue the holy Communion, eyther by one of them, or els by one of the ministers, or by the Prieste hymselfe, all kneling humbly vpon their knees.

ALmightie GOD, father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ, maker of all thinges, iudge of all menne, we knowlege and bewayle our manifold sinnes and wyckednes, whiche we from tyme to tyme, most greuously haue committed, by thoughte, woorde and dede, agaynste thy diuine maiestie, prouokyng moost iustely thy wrath and indignacion againste vs: we do earnestly repent, and be hartely sory for these oure mis­doinges, the remembraunce of them is greuous vnto vs, the burthen of them is intollerable: haue mercie vpon vs, haue mercie vpon vs, moste mercifull father, for thy sonne our Lorde Iesus Christes sake, forgeue vs all that is past, and graunt that we may euer hereafter, serue and please thee in newnes of life, to the honour and glory of thy name: Through Iesus Christe our Lorde.

Then shall the Prieste stande vp, and turning hymselfe to the people, say thus.

ALmightie GOD our heauenly father, who of his great mercie, hath promysed forgeuenesse of synnes to all them, whiche with heartye repen­taunce and true fayth turne vnto hym: haue mercy vpon [Page cxviii] you, pardon and deliuer you from all your sinnes, confirme and strengthen you in all goodnes, and bring you to euer­lasting lyfe: through Iesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Priest also saye.

Heare what coumfortable woordes our sauiour Christe sayeth, to all that truely turne to him.

Come vnto me all that trauel and bee heauy laden, and I shal refreshe you. So God loued the world that he gaue his onely begotten sonne, to the ende that all that beleue in hym, shoulde not perishe, but haue lyfe euerlastyng.

Heare also what saynct Paule sayeth.

This is a true saying, and worthie of all men to be re­ceyued, that Iesus Christe came into this worlde to saue sinners.

Heare also what sainct Iohn saieth.

If any man sinne, we haue an aduocate with the father, Iesus Christe the righteous, and he is the propiciacion for our sinnes.

Then shall the Prieste, turning hym to gods boord, knele down, and saye in the name of all them, that shall receyue the Commu­nion, this prayer folowing.

WE doe not presume to come to this thy table (o mercifull lorde) trustinge in our owne righte­ousnes, but in thy manifold and great mercies: we be not woorthie so muche as to gather vp the cromes vnder thy table, but thou art the same lorde whose propertie is alwayes to haue mercie: Graunte vs therefore (gracious lorde) so to eate the fleshe of thy dere sonne Iesus Christe, and to drinke his bloud in these holy Misteries, that wee maye continually dwell in hym, and he in vs, that oure synful bodyes may bee made cleane by his body, and our soules washed through his most precious bloud. Amen.

Then shall the Prieste firste receiue the Communion in both kindes himselfe, and next deliuer it to other Ministers, yf any be there present (that they may bee ready to helpe the chiefe Minister) and after to the people.

¶And when he deliuereth the Sacrament of the body of Christ, he shall saye to euery one these wordes.

[Page]The body of our Lorde Iesus Christ which was geuen for thee, preserue thy bodye and soule vnto euerlastyng lyfe.

And the Minister deliuering the Sacrament of the bloud, and geuing euery one to drinke once and no more, shall saye.

The bloud of our Lord Iesus Christe whiche was shed for thee, preserue thy bodye and soule vnto euerlastinge lyfe.

If there be a Deacon or other Priest, then shall he folowe with the Chalice: and as ye prist ministreth the Sacramēt of the bo­dy, so shal he (for more expedicion) minister ye Sacrament of the bloud, in fourme before written.

In the Communion tyme the Clearkes shall syng.

O lambe of god that takeste awaye the synnes of the worlde: haue mercie vpon vs.

O lambe of god that takeste awaye the synnes of the worlde: graunt vs thy peace.

Beginning so soone as the Priest doeth receiue the holy Com­muniō: and when the Communiō is ended, then shal the Clarkes syng the post Communion.

¶Sentēces of holy scripture, to be said or song euery daie one, af­ter the holy Communion, called the post Communion.

Math. xvi.If any man will folowe me, let him forsake hymselfe, and take vp his crosse and folowe me.

Mar. Xiii.Whosoeuer shall indure vnto thende, he shalbe saued.

Luc. i.Praysed be the Lorde god of Israell, for he hath visy­ted and redemed his people: therefore let vs serue hym all the dayes of our life, in holines and righteousnes accepted before hym.

Luc. xii.Happie are those seruauntes, whome the Lorde (when he cummeth) shall fynde wakyng.

Luc. xii.Be ye readye, for the sonne of manne wyll come, at an hower when ye thinke not.

Luc. xii.The seruaunte that knoweth hys maisters wyll, and hath not prepared hymselfe, neyther hath doen accordynge to his will, shalbe beaten with many stripes.

John. iiii.The howre cummeth and now it is, when true woor­shippers shall woorship the father in spirite and truethe.

John. v.Beholde, thou art made whole, sinne no more, leste any wurse thing happen vnto thee.

[Page cxix]If ye shall continue in my worde,Iohn. viii. then are ye my very dis­ciples, and ye shall knowe the trueth, and the trueth shall make you free.

While ye haue lighte, beleue on the lyght,John. xii. that ye may be the children of light.

He that hath my commaundementes, and kepeth them,John. xiiii. thesame is he that loueth me.

If any man loue me, he will kepe my woorde,John. xiiii. and my father will loue hym, and we will come vnto hym, and dwell with him.

If ye shal byde in me, and my woorde shal abyde in you,John. xv. ye shall aske what ye will, and it shall bee doen to you.

Herein is my father glorified, that ye beare muche fruite,John. xv. and become my disciples.

This is my commaundement, that you loue together,Iohn. xv. as I haue loued you.

If God be on our syde, who can be against vs?Roma. viii. whiche did not spare his owne sonne, but gaue hym for vs all.

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of Goddes cho­sen? it is GOD that iustifyeth,Roma. viii. who is he that can con­demne?

The nyghte is passed, and the daye is at hande,Roma. xiii. let vs therfore caste away the dedes of darkenes, and put on the armour of light.

Christe Iesus is made of GOD, vnto vs, wisedome,i. Corin. i. and righteousnes, and sanctifying, and redempcion, that (accordyng as it is written) he whiche reioyceth shoulde reioyce in the Lorde.

Knowe ye not that ye are the temple of GOD,i. Corin. iii. and that the spirite of GOD dwelleth in you? yf any manne defile the temple of GOD, him shall God destroy.

Ye are derely bought,i. Cor. vi. therfore glorifie God in your bo­dies, and in your spirites, for they belong to God.

Be you folowers of God as deare children,Ephes. v. and walke in loue, euen as Christe loued vs, and gaue hymselfe for vs an offeryng and a Sacrifice of a swete sauoure to God.

Then the Priest shall geue thankes to God, in the name of all them that haue communicated, turning hym first to the people, and saying.

[Page]The Lorde be with you.

The Aunswere.

And with thy spirite.

The Priest.

Let vs praye.

ALmightie and euerlyuynge GOD, wee moste hartely thāke thee, for that thou hast vouch safed to feede vs in these holy Misteries, with the spi­rituall foode of the moste precious body & bloude of thy sonne, our sauiour Iesus Christ, and hast assured vs (duely receyuing the same) of thy fauour and goodnes to­ward vs, and that we be very membres incorporate in thy Mistical bodie, which is the blessed companye of all faith­full people: and heyres throughe hope, of thy euerlastynge kingdome, by the merites of the moste precious deathe and passion, of thy deare sonne. We therefore moste humbly beseche thee, O heauenly father, so to assiste vs wyth thy grace, that we may cōtinue in that holy felowship, and doe all suche good woorkes, as thou haste prepared for vs to walke in: through Iesus Christe our Lord, to whom with thee, and the holy goste, bee all honour and glorye, worlde without ende.

Then the Prieste turning hym to the people, shall let them de­part with this blessing.

The peace of GOD (which passeth all vnderstandyng) kepe your heartes and mindes in the knowledge and loue of GOD, and of his sonne Iesus Christ our lord. And the blessing of God almightie, the father, the sonne, & the holy gost, be emonges you, and remayne with you alway.

Then the people shall aunswere.


Where there are no clearkes, there the Priest shall saye all thynges appointed herefor them to syng.

When the holy Communion is celebrate, on the workedaye, or in priuate howses: Then may be omitted, the Gloria in excelsis, the Crede, the Homely, and the exhortacion, beginning.

Dearely beloued. &c.

¶Collectes to be sayed after the Offertory, when there is no Communion, euery suche day one.
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ASsist vs mercifully, O Lord, in these our suppli­caciōs and prayers, and dispose the way of thy seruauntes, toward the attainement of euerla­sting saluacion: that emonge all the chaunges and chaunces of this mortall life, thei may euer be defended by thy moste gracious and readye helpe: throughe Christe our Lorde. Amen.

O Almightie Lorde and euerlyuyng GOD, vouchesafe, we beseche thee, to direct, sanctifye, and gouerne, bothe our heartes and bodies, in the wayes of thy lawes, and in the woorkes of thy commaundementes: that through thy most mightie proteccion, both here and euer, we may be pre­serued in body and soule: Through our Lorde and sauiour Iesus Christe. Amen.

GRaunt we beseche thee almightie god, that the wordes whiche wee haue hearde this daye with our outwarde eares, may throughe thy grace, bee so grafted inwardly in our heartes, that they may bryng foorth in vs, the fruite of good lyuynge, to the honoure and prayse of thy name: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.

PReuente vs, O lorde, in all our doinges, with thy moste gracious fauoure, and further vs with thy continuall helpe, that in al our workes begonne, continued, and ended in thee: we may glorifye thy holy name, and finally by thy mercy obteine euerlasting lyfe: Through. &c.

ALmightie God, the fountayne of all wisdome, whyche knowest our necessities before we aske, and our igno­raunce in asking: we beseche thee to haue compassion vpon our infirmities, and those thinges whiche for our vnwoor­thines we dare not, and for our blyndnes we cannot aske, vouchsaue to geue vs for the woorthines of thy sonne Iesu Christe our Lorde. Amen.

ALmightie god, whiche haste promised to heare the petitions of them that aske in thy sonnes name, we beseche thee mercifully to incline thyne eares to vs that haue made nowe our prayers and supplicacions vnto thee: and graunte that those thinges which we haue [Page] faithfullye asked accordyng to thy will, maye effectually be obteyned to the reliefe of oure necessitye, and to the settyng foorth of thy glorie: Throughe Iesus Christe our Lorde.

For rayne.
O God heauenly father, whiche by thy sonne Iesu Christ, haste promised to all thē that seke thy king­dom, & the righteousnes therof, al thinges necessary to the bodely sustenaunce: send vs (we beseche thee) in thys our necessitie, suche moderate rayne and showers, that we maie receiue the fruites of the earth, to our comforte and to thy honor: Through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

For fayre wether.
O Lorde God, whiche for the sinne of manne, didst once drowne all the worlde, excepte eight persons, and afterwarde of thy great mercie, didste promise neuer to destroy it so agayn: We humbly beseche thee, that although we for oure iniquities haue woorthelye deserued this plague of rayne and waters, yet vpon our true repen­taunce, thou wilt sende vs suche wether wher by we maye receiue the fruites of the earthe in due season, and learne bothe by thy punishment to amende our liues, and by the grauntinge of our peticion, to geue thee prayse and glorye: Through Iesu Christ our Lorde.

¶Vpon wednesdaies & frydaies, the Englishe Letanie shalbe saied or song in all places, after suche forme as is appoynted by the kyn­ges maiesties Iniunccions: Or as is or shall be otherwise appoyn­ted by his highnes. And thoughe there be none to cōmunicate wyth the Prieste, yet these dayes (after the Letany ended) the Prieste shall put vpon him a plain Albe or surplesse, with a cope, and saie all thin­ges at the Altare (appoynted to bee sayde at the celebracion of the lordes supper) vntill after the offertory. And then shall adde one or two of the Collectes afore written, as occasion shall serue by hys discrecion. And then turning him to the people shall let them departe with the accustomed blessing.

And the same order shal be vsed all other daies, whensoeuer the people be customably assembled to praye in the church, and none disposed to communicate with the Prieste.

[Page cxxi]Lykewyse in Chappelles annexed, and all other places, there shalbe no celebracion of the Lordes supper, excepte there be some to communicate with the priest. And in suche Chappelles annexed where the people hath not been accustomed to pay any holy bread, there they must either make some charitable prouision for the be­ryng of the charges of the Communion, or els (for receyuyng of thesame) resorte to their parishe Churche.

For auoydyng of all matters and occasion of discencion, it is mere that the bread prepared for the Cōmunion, be made through all this realme, after one sorte and fashion: that is to say, vnleaue­ned, and rounde, as it was afore, but without all maner of printe, and some thing more larger and thicker then it was, so that it may be aptly deuided in diuers pieces: and euery one shalbe deuided in two pieces, at the leaste, or more, by the discrecion of the minister, and so distributed. And men must not thinke lesse to be receiued in parte, then in the whole, but in eche of them the whole body of our sauioure Iesu Christe.

And forsomuche as the Pastours & Curates within this realme, shall continually fynde at their costes and charges in their cures, sufficient bread and wine for the holy Communion (as oft as their Parishioners shalbe disposed for their spirituall comforte to re­ceiue the same) it is therfore ordred, that in recompēce of such costes and charges, the Parishioners of euery Parishe shall offre euery Sonday, at the tyme of the Offertory, the iust valour and pryce of the holy lofe (with all suche money, and other thynges as were wont to be offered with the same) to the vse of their Pastours and Curates, and that in suche ordre and course, as they were wonte to fynde and pay the sayed holy lofe.

Also that the receyuing of the Sacramente of the blessed body and bloud of Christ, may be moste agreable to the institucion ther­of and to the vsage of the primatiue Churche: In all Cathedrall and Collegiate churches, there shall alwayes some Communicate with the priest that ministreth. And that thesame may be also ob­serued euery where abrode in the countrey: Some one at the least of that house in euery paryshe, to whom by course after the ordy­naunce herein made, it apperteyneth to offer for the charges of the Communion, or some other whom they shall prouyde to offre for them, shal receiue the holy Communion with the priest: the which maye bee the better done, for that they knowe before, when theyr course commeth, and may therfore dispose themselfes to the wor­thy receyuing of the Sacramente. And with him or them who do­eth so offre the charges of the Communion: all other, who be then Godly disposed therunto, shall lykewise receiue the Communion. And by this meanes the Minister hauyng alwayes some to com­municate with him, may accordingly solempnise so high and holy misteries, with al the suffrages & due ordre appointed for the same. And the priest on the weke day, shal forbeare to celebrate the Com­nion, excepte he haue some that will communicate with him.

[Page]Furthermore, euery man and woman to be bound to heare and be at the diuine seruice, in the Parishe churche where they be resi­dent, and there with deuout prayer, or Godlye silence and medita­cion, to occupy themselues. There to pay their dueties, to commu­nicate once in the yeare at the least, and there to receyue, and take all other Sacramentes and rites, in this booke appoynted. And whosoeuer willingly vpon no iust cause, doeth absent themselfes, or doeth vngodly in the Parishe churche occupy thēselues: vpon proffe therof, by the Ecclesiasticall lawes of the Realme, to bee ex­cōmunicate, or suffre other punishement, as shal to the Ecclesiasti­cal iudge (accordyng to his discrecion) seme conuenient.

And although it bee read in aunciente writers, that the people many yeares past, receiued at the priestes handes, the Sacramēt of the body of Christ in theyr owne handes, & no commaundement of Christ to the contrary: Yet forasmuche as they many tymes con­ueyghed thesame secretelye awaye, kept it with them, and diuersly abused it to supersticion and wickednes: lest any suche thing here­after should be attempted, and that an vniformitie might be vsed, throughout the whole Realment is thought cōuenient the people commonly receiue the Sacrament of Christes body, in their mou­thes, at the Priestes hande.

❧The Letany and Suffrages.

O GOD the father of heauen: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the father of heauen: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the sonne, redemer of the worlde: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the sonne, redemer of the worlde: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the holy gost, proceding from the father and the sonne: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the holy gost, procedyng from the father and the sonne: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and gloryous Trinitie, three persons and one God: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O holy, blessed, and gloryous Trinitie, three persons and one God: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

Remembre not Lorde, our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeaunce of our sinnes: spare vs good Lorde, spare thy people, whom thou haste redemed with thy moste precious bloud, and be not angry with vs for euer.

Spare vs good Lorde.

From all euill and mischiefe, from synne, from the craftes and assaultes of the deuill, from thy wrathe, and from e­uerlastyng damnacion:

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

From blindnes of heart, from pryde, vainglory, & Hypocri­sy, from enuy, hatred and malice, and all vncharitablenes:

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

From fornicacion, and all other deadly synne, and from al the deceytes of the worlde, the fleshe, and the deuill:

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

From lightning and tempest, from plage, pestilence and famine, from battaile and murther, & from sodaine death.

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

From all sedicion and priuye conspiracie, from the tyran­nye of the bishop of Rome and all his detestable enormi­ties, from all the false doctrine and heresye, from hardnes of heart, and contempt of thy worde and commaundemente.

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

By the mistery of thy holy incarnation, by thy holy nati­uitie and Circumcision, by thy Baptisme, fastyng, and [Page] temptacion:

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

By thyne agonye and bloudye sweate, by thy crosse and passion, by thy precious death and burial, by thy glorious resurreccion and ascencion, by the cōming of the holy gost:

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

In all tyme of our tribulacion, in all tyme of our wealth, in the houre of death, in the daye of iudgement:

Good Lorde deliuer vs.

We sinners doe beseche thee to heare vs (O Lorde God) and that it may please thee to rule and gouerne thy holy Churche vniuersall in the right waye:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to kepe Edwarde the .vi. thy ser­uaunt our kyng and gouernour:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to rule his heart in thy faythe, feare, and loue, that he may alwayes haue affiaunce in thee, and euer seeke thy honour and glory:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to be his defēdour, and keper, ge­uyng him the victory ouer all his enemyes:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to illuminate al Byshoppes, pa­stours and ministers of the Churche, with true knowlege and vnderstandyng of thy worde, and that both by theyr preaching and liuyng, they may sette it forth and shewe it accordingly:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to endue the Lordes of the coun­saile, and all the nobilitie, with grace, wisedome, and vn­derstanding.

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to blesse and kepe the magistra­tes, geuing them grace to execute iustice, and to mayntaine trueth:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to blesse and kepe all thy people:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to geue to all nacions vnitie, peace, and concorde:

[Page cxxiii]We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to geue vs an heart to loue and dreade thee, & diligently to liue after thy cōmaundemētes:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to geue all thy people increase of grace, to heare mekely thy woorde, and to receyue it with pure affeccion, and to bring forth the fruites of the spirite:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to bryng into the waye of trueth all suche as haue erred and are deceyued:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to strengthen suche as do stande, and to comfort and helpe the weake hearted, and to rayse vp them that fall, and finally to beate downe Sathan vn­der our feete:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to succoure, helpe, and comforte all that be in daunger, necessitie, and tribulacion:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to preserue all that trauayle by lande or by water, all women labouryng of childe, al sicke persons and yong chyldren, and to shewe thy pitie vpon all prisoners and captyues:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to defende and prouide for the fa­therles children and wyddowes, and all that be desolate and oppressed:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to haue mercy vpon all menne:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to forgeue our enemyes, persecu­tours and sclaunderers, and to turne their heartes:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to geue and preserue to oure vse the kyndly fruites of the earth, so as in due tyme we may enioy them:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

That it may please thee to geue vs true repentaunce, to forgeue vs all our synnes, negligences and ignoraunces, and to endue vs with the grace of thy holy spirite, to a­mende our lyues accordyng to thy holy worde:

We beseche thee to heare vs good lorde.

Sonne of God: we beseche thee to heare vs.

[Page]Sonne of God: we beseche thee to heare vs.

O lābe of God, that takest awaye the sinnes of the world:

Graunt vs thy peace.

O lābe of God, that takest awaye the sinnes of the world:

Haue mercy vpon vs.

O Christe heare vs.

O Christe heare vs.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Christe haue mercy vpon vs.

Christe haue mercy vpon vs.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Our father whiche art in heauen.

With the residue of the Pater noster.

And leade vs not into temptacion.

But deliuer vs from euill.

The versicle. O Lorde deale not with vs after our synnes.

The aunswere. Neither rewarde vs after our iniquities.

Let vs pray.
O God mercifull father, that despisest not the sighyng of a contrite hearte, nor the desyre of suche as be sorow­ful, mercifully assyst our prayers, that we make before thee in all our troubles and aduersities, whensoeuer they op­presse vs: And graciousely heare vs, that those euilles, which the craft and subtiltie of the deuill or man worketh against vs, be brought to nought, and by the prouidence of thy goodnes, they maye bee dispersed, that we thy ser­uauntes, beeyng hurte by no persecucions, may euermore geue thankes vnto thee, in thy holy Churche: through Ie­su Christe our Lorde.

O Lorde, aryse, helpe vs, and delyuer vs for thy names sake.

O God we haue heard with our eares, and our fathers haue declared vnto vs, the noble workes that thou diddest in theyr dayes, and in the olde tyme before them.

O Lorde, aryse, helpe vs, and deliuer vs, for thy honour.

Glory be to the father, the sonne, and to the holy gost: as it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shall be worlde without ende. Amen.

[Page cxxiiii]From our enemies defende vs, O Christe.

Graciousely looke vpon our affliccions.

Pytifully beholde the sorowes of our hearte.

Mercifully forgeue the synnes of thy people.

Fauourably with mercy heare our prayers.

O sonne of Dauid haue mercy vpon vs.

Both nowe and euer vouchesafe to heare vs Christe.

Graciousely heare vs, O Christe.

Graciousely heare vs, O Lorde Christe.

The versicle.
O Lorde, let thy mercy be shewed vpon vs.

The aunswere.

As we do put our trust in thee.

Let vs pray.
WE humbly beseche thee, O father, mercifully to loke vpon our infirmities, and for the glory of thy name sake, turne from vs all those euilles that we moste righteously haue deserued: and graunt that in al our trou­bles we may put oure whole trust and confidence in thy mercy, and euermore serue thee in purenes of lyuyng, to thy honour and glory: through our onely mediator and ad­uocate Iesus Christe our Lorde. Amen.

ALmightie God, which haste geuen vs grace at this tyme with one accorde to make oure commune sup­plicacions vnto thee, and doest promise, that whan two or three be gathered in thy name, thou wylt graunte theyr requestes: fulfill nowe, O Lorde, the desyres and peticions of thy seruauntes, as may be moste expe­dience for them, grauntyng vs in this worlde knowlege of thy trueth, and in the worlde to come lyfe euerlastyng. Amen. ⸪

OF THE ADMI❧ nistracion of publyke Baptisme to be vsed in the Churche.

IT appeareth by auncient wryters, that the Sacra­ment of Baptisme in the olde tyme was not commō ­lye ministred but at two tymes in the yeare, at Easter and whitsontyde, at whiche tymes it was openlye ministred in the presence of all the congregacion: Whiche custome (nowe beeynge growen out of vse) although it cannot for many consideracions be well restored agayne, yet it is thought good to folowe the same as nere as conueniently maye be: Wherfore the people are to be ad­monished, that it is moste conueniente that Baptisme shoulde not be mi­nistred but vpon Sondayes and other holye dayes, when the moste numbre of people maye come together. As well for that the con­gregacion there present maye testifie the receyuyng of them, that be newely Baptised, into the numbre of Christes Churche, as also because in the Baytisme of In­fantes, euery manne present maye be put in remembraunce of his owne profes­sion made to God in hys Baptisme. For whiche cause also, it is expedient that Baptisme be mi­nistred in the Englishe tounge. Neuer­thelesse (yf necessitie so require) chil­dren oughte at all tymes to be Baptised, eyther at the Churche or els at home.


When there are children to be Baptised vpon the Sonday, or holy daye, the parentes shall geue knowlege ouer nyght or in the mornyng, afore the beginnyng of Mattens to the curate. And then the Godfathers, Godmothers, and people, wyth the children, muste be ready at the churche doore, either immediatly afore the last Canticle at Mattens, or els immediatly afore the last Canticle at Euensong, as the Curate by hys discrecion shal appoynte. And then standyng there, the pryest shall aske whe­ther the chyldren bee Baptised or no. If they aunswere. No. Then shall the priest saye thus.

DEare beloued, forasmuche as al men be concey­ued and borne in sinne, and that no man borne in synne, can entre into the kyngdom of God (except he be regenerate, and borne a newe of water, and the holy ghost) I beseche you to cal vpon God the father through our Lord Iesus Christ, that of his bounteouse mercy he wyl graūt to these childrē that thing whiche by nature they cannot haue, that is to saye, they maye be Baptized with the holy ghost, and receyued into Christes holy churche, and bee made lyuely membres of the same.

Then the priest shall saye.

Let vs praye.
ALmyghtie and euerlasting God, which of thy iustice dyddest destroy by floudes of wa­ter the whole worlde for sinne, except .viii. persones, whome of thy mercy (the same tyme) thou diddest saue in the Arke: And when thou dyddest drowne in the reade sea wicked King Pharao with all his armie, yet (at the same time)thou diddest lead thy people the children of Israel safe­ly through the myddes therof: whereby thou diddest figure the washing of thy holy baptisme: & by the baptisme of thy welbeloued sonne Iesus Christ, thou diddest sanctifie the flud Iordan, & all other waters to this misticall washing away of sinne: we beseche thee (for thy infinite mercies) that thou wilte mercifully looke vpon these children, and sanctifie [Page cxxvi] them with thy holy gost, that by this holsome lauer of re­generation, whatsoeuer synne is in them, maye be washed cleane away, that they beyng deliuered from thy wrath, may be receyued into tharke of Christes Church, and so sa­ued from peryshing: and being feruente in spirite, stedfaste in fayth, ioyfull through hope, rooted in charite, maye euer serue thee: And finally attayne to euerlasting lyfe, with all thy holy and chosen people. This graunte vs we beseche thee for Iesus Christes sake our Lord. Amen.

¶ Here shall the prieste aske what shalbe the name of the childe, and when the Godfathers and Godmothers haue tolde the name, then he shall make a crosse vpon the chil­des foreheade and breste, saying.

¶N. Receyue the signe of the holy Crosse, both in thy forehead, and in thy breste, in token that thou shalt not be ashamed to confesse thy faith in Christ crucified, and man­fully to fyght vnder his banner agaynst sinne, the worlde, and the deuill, and to continewe his faythful soldiour and seruaunt vnto thy lyfes ende. Amen.

And this he shall doe and saye to as many children as bee present to be Baptised one after another.

Let vs praye.
ALmightie and immortall God, the ayde of al that nede, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of them that beleue, and the resurreccion of the deade: we call vpon thee for these infantes, that they cummyng to thy holy Baptisme, may receyue remission of their sinnes, by spirituall regeneracion. Receyue them (O Lorde) as thou haste promised by thy welbeloued sonne, saying: Aske, and you shall haue: seke, and you shall finde: knocke and it shalbe opened vnto you. So geue nowe vn­to vs that aske: Lette vs that seke finde: open thy gate vnto vs that knocke: that these infantes maye enioy the e­uerlasting benediccion of thy heauenly washing, and may come to the eternall kyngdome, whiche thou haste promy­sed, by Christe our Lorde. Amen.

Then let the prieste lokyng vpon the children, saye.

I Commaunde thee, vnclene spirite, in the name of the father, of the sonne, and of the holy goste, that thou come oute, and departe from these infantes, whom our Lorde Iesus Christe hathe vouchesaued to call to his holye Baptisme, to be made membres of his bodye, and of his holye congregacion. Therefore thou cursed spirit, remembre thy sentence, remembre thy iudgement, re­membre the daye to be at hand, wherin thou shalt burne in fyre euerlasting, prepared for thee and thy Aungels. And presume not hereafter to exercise anye tirannye towarde these infantes, whom Christe hathe bought with his pre­cious bloud, and by this his holy Baptisme calleth to be of his flocke.

Then shall the priest saye.

The Lorde be with you.

The people.

And with thy spirite.

The Minister.

¶Heare nowe the gospell written by S. Marke.

Marke. x. AT a certayne tyme they broughte children to Christe that he shoulde touche them, and hys dysciples rebuked those that broughte them. But when Iesus sawe it, he was displeased, and sayed vnto them: suffre litle children to come vnto me, and forbyd them not: for to suche belongeth the kyngdome of God. Verely I say vnto you: whosoeuer doeth not receyue the kyngdome of God, as a litle child: he shall not entre therin. And when he had taken them vp in his armes: he put his handes vpō them, and blessed them.

After the gospell is reade, the minister shall make thys briefe exhortacion vpon the wordes of the gospell.

FRendes, you heare in thys gospell the wordes of oure Sauiour Christe, that he commaunded the children to be brought vnto hym: howe he blamed those that woulde haue kept them from hym: howe he ex­horteth all menne to folowe their innocencie. Ye perceyue howe by hys outwarde gesture and dede, he declared hys good wyll towarde them. For he embraced them in his ar­mes, he laied his handes vpon thē, and blessed thē: doubte [Page cxxvii] ye not therfore, but earnestlye beleue, that he will lykewyse fauourably receiue these presente infantes, that he will em­brace them, with the armes of hys mercy, that he will geue vnto them the blessing of eternall lyfe: and make them par­takers of his euerlasting kyngdome. Wherfore we beeing thus perswaded of the good will of our heauenlye father toward these infantes, declared by his sonne Iesus Christ: And nothyng doubting but that he fauourablye alloweth thys charitable woorke of ours, in bringyng these children to his holy baptisme: let vs faythfully and deuoutely geue thankes vnto him: And saye the prayer whiche the Lorde himselfe taught. And in declaracion of our fayth, let vs al­so recyte the articles conteyned in our Crede.

Here the minister with the Godfathers, Godmothers, and people present: shall saye.

¶Our father whiche arte in heauen, halowed bee thy name. &c.

And then shall say openly.

I beleue in God the father almightie. &c.

The priest shall adde also this prayer.

ALmyghtie and euerlasting God, heauenly father, wee geue thee humble thankes, that thou haste vouchsaued to call vs to knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increace and cōfirme this faith in vs euermore: Geue thy holy spirit to these infantes, that they maye bee borne agayne, and be made heyres of euerla­sting saluacion, through our Lorde Iesus Christe: Who li­ueth and reigneth with thee and the holy spirite, nowe and for euer. Amen.

‘Then let the Priest take one of the children by the right hande, thother being brought after him. And cūming into the churche towarde the fonte, saye.’

THe Lorde vouchsafe to receyue you into hys holy hous­holde, and to kepe and gouerne you alway in the same, that you may haue euerlasting lyfe. Amen.

Then standing at the fonte the priest shall speake to the Godfa­thers and Godmothers, on this wise.

WElbeloued frendes, ye haue brought these children here to bee Baptised, ye haue prayed that oure Lorde Iesus Christe woulde vouchsafe to receiue [Page] them, to laye hys handes vpon them, to blesse them, to re­lease them of theyr synnes, to geue them the kyngdome of heauen, and euerlastyng lyfe. Ye haue hearde also that our Lorde Iesus Christ hath promised in his gospel, to graunt all these thinges that ye haue prayed for: which promise he for his parte, wil moste surely kepe and perfourme. Where­fore after this promise made by Christe, these infantes must also faithfully for theyr parte promise by you, that be their suerties, that they wil forsake the deuill and all hys woor­kes, and constantlye beleue Gods holy woorde, and obedi­ently kepe his commaundementes.

Then shall the prieste demaunde of the childe (whiche shall be firste Baptised) these questyons folowyng: firste namyng the childe, and saying.

N. Doeste thou forsake the deuil and all his woorkes?


I forsake them.


Doeste thou forsake the vayne pompe and glorie of the worlde, with all the couetous desyres of the same?


I forsake them.


Doeste thou forsake the carnall desyres of the fleshe, so that thou wilt not folowe nor be led by them?


I forsake them.


Doeste thou beleue in God the father almightie, maker of heauen and yearth?


I beleue.


Doest thou beleue in Iesus Christe his onely begotten sonne our lord, and that he was conceiued by the holy gost, borne of the virgin Mary, that he suffered vnder Poncius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried, that he went down into hell, and also did ryse agayne the thirde day, that he as­cended into heauen, & sitteth on the right hande of God the father almightie: And from thence shall come agayne at [Page cxxviii] the ende of the worlde, to iudge the quicke and the dead:

Doest thou beleue this?


I beleue.


Doeste thou beleue in the holy Goste, the holy Catho­lyke Churche, the Communion of Sainctes, Remissyon of Sinnes, Resurreccion of the fleshe, and euerlastyng lyfe af­ter death?


I beleue.


What doest thou desyre?




Wilt thou be Baptised?


I will.

¶Then the priest shall take the childe in his handes, and aske the name. And namyng the chylde, shall dippe it in the water thryse. First dipping the rightside: Second the leftside: The thirde time dipping the face towarde the fonte: So it be discretely and wa­rely done, saying.

¶ N. I Baptize thee in the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.

¶And if the childe be weake, it shall suffice to powre water vpon it, saying the foresayde woordes. N. I Baptize thee. &c. Then the Godfathers and Godmothers shall take and laye theyr handes vpon the chylde, and the minister shall put vpon hym hys whyte vesture, commonly called the Crisome: And say.

Take thys whyte vesture for a token of the innocencye, whiche by Gods grace in this holy sacramente of bap­tisme, is geuen vnto thee: and for a sygne wherby thou art admonished, so long as thou liuest, to geue thy selfe to inno­cencie of liuing, that after thys transitory lyfe, thou mayest be partaker of the life euerlasting. Amen.

Then the Priest shall annoynte the infante vpon the head, saying.

ALmightie God the father of our Lorde Iesus Christ, who hath regenerate thee by water and the holye goste, and hath geuen vnto thee remission of all thy sinnes: he vouchesaue to annoynte thee with the vnccyon of hys [Page] holy spirite, and bring thee to the inheritance of euerlasting lyfe. Amen.

When there are many to be Baptised, this ordre of demaunding, Baptisyng, puttyng on the Crisome, and enoyntyng, shalbe vsed seuerally with euery childe. Those that be first Baptised depar­tyng from the fonte; and remaynyng in some conuenyente place within the Churche, vntill all bee Baptised. At the laste ende, the priest callyng the Godfathers and Godmothers together: shall say this short exhortacion folowing.

FOr asmuche as these children haue promised by you to forsake the deuil and all his woorkes, to beleue in God, and to serue hym: you muste remember that it is youre partes and duetie, to see that these infantes bee taughte, so soone as they shalbe hable to learne, what a so­lemne vowe, promyse, and professyon, they haue made by you. And that they maye knowe these thynges the better: ye shall call vpon them to heare sermons, and chiefely you shall prouyde that they maye learne the Crede, the Lordes prayer, and the ten commaundementes in thenglishe tonge: and al other thinges, whiche a Christian manne oughte to knowe and beleue, to hys soules healthe. And that these children may bee vertuouslye broughte vp to leade a godly and Christian lyfe: remembryng alwayes that Baptisme doeth represent vnto vs our profession, whiche is, to folow thexaumple of our Sauiour Christe, and to bee made lyke vnto him, that as he dyed and rose agayne for vs, so should we (whiche are Baptised) dye from sinne, and ryse agayne vnto ryghteousnesse, continually mortifying all oure euyll and corrupte affeccions, and daylye procedyng in all vertue and godlines of liuing.

¶The minister shall commaunde that the Crisomes bee broughte to the churche, and delyuered to the Priestes after the accustomed manner, at the Purificacyon of the mother of euerye chylde. And that the chyldren be brought to the Busshope to bee confirmed of hym, so soone as they can saye in theyr vulgare tongue the articles of the faythe, the Lordes prayer, and the ten commaundementes, and be further instructed in the Cathechisme, sette foorthe for that purpose, accordyngly as it is there expressed.

And so lette the congregacyon departe in the name of the Lorde. ¶Note, that if the number of children to bee Baptised, and multy­tude of people presente bee so great that they cannot conuenientlye stand at the churche doore: then let them stande within the churche in some conueniente place, nygh vnto the Churche doore: And there all thinges be sayde and done, appoynted to bee sayde and done at the churche doore.

Of them that be Baptised in priuate houses in tyme of necessitie.

¶The pastours and curates shal oft admonyshe the peo­ple, that they differ not the baptisme of infantes any lon­ger then the Sondaye, or other holy daye nexte after the childe bee borne, onlesse vpon a great and resonable cause declared to the curate and by hym approued.

And also they shall warne them that without great cause, and necessitie, they Baptise not children at home in theyr houses. And when great nede shal compel them so to doe, that then they minister it on thys fashion.

¶First let thē that be present call vpon god for his grace, and saye the Lordes prayer, if the tyme will suffer. And then one of them shal name the childe, and dyppe hym in the water, or powre water vpon hym, saying these woordes

¶N. I Baptise thee in the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.

And lette them not doubte, but that the chylde so Baptised is lawfully and sufficiently Baptised, and oughte not to bee Baptised agayne, in the Churche. But yet neuerthelesse, yf the chylde whiche is after thys sorte Baptised dooe after­warde lyue, it is expedyente that he bee broughte into the Churche, to the entente the Prieste maye examyne and trye, whether the chylde bee lawfullye Baptised or no. And yf those that bring any childe to the Churche doe aunswere that he is already Baptised: Then shall the Prieste examyne them further.

  • ¶By whome the childe was Baptised?
  • Who was present when the childe was baptised?
  • Whether they called vpon god for grace and succour in that necessitie?
  • With what thyng, or what matter, they dyd Baptise the childe?
  • With what woordes the childe was Baptised?
  • Whether they thinke the chylde to be lawfully and perfect­ly Baptised?
And yf the minister shall proue by the aunswers of suche as brought the childe that al thinges were done, as they ought to be: Then shall not he christen the chylde agayne, but shall receyue him, as one of the flocke of the true christian people, saying thus.

[Page] I Certifye you, that in this case ye haue doen wel, and accordyng vnto due ordre concernyng the Baptising of thys childe, whiche being borne in originall sinne, and in the wrath of God, is now by the lauer of regeneracion in Baptisme, made the chylde of God, and heyre of euerlastyng lyfe: for our Lorde Iesus Christe doeth not denye his grace and mercie vnto suche in­fantes, but most louingly doeth call them vnto him. As the holy gospell doeth witnes to our coumfort on this wise.

Marke. x. AT a certayne tyme they broughte chyldren vnto Christ that he shoulde touche them: and his disci­ples rebuked those that brought them. But when Iesus sawe it, he was dyspleased, and sayde vnto them: Suffer litle chyldren to come vnto me, and forbydde them not, for to suche belongeth the kyngdome of God. Ve­rely I say vnto you: whosoeuer doeth not receyue the king­dome of God as a litle childe, he shal not enter therin. And when he had taken them vp in his armes, he put his han­des vpon them, and blissed them.

After the gospell is read: the minister shall make this ex­hortacion vpon the woordes of the gospell.

FRendes, ye heare in this gospell the woordes of our Saueour Christ, that he commaunded the children to be broughte vnto him, how he blamed those that woulde haue kepte them from hym, howe he ex­horted all men to folowe theyr innocencie: ye perceiue how by his outward gesture and dede, he declared hys good wil towarde them, for he enbraced them in his armes, he layed hys handes vpon them and blessed them. Doubte you not therefore, but earnestlye beleue, that he hathe lykewise fa­uourablye receyued thys presente infante, that he hathe en­braced him with the armes of hys mercie, that he hath ge­uen vnto hym the blessyng of eternall lyfe, and made hym partaker of his euerlasting kingdome. Wherefore we being thus perswaded of the good will of oure heauenlye father, declared by his sonne Iesus Christ towardes this infant: Let vs faythfully and deuoutly geue thankes vnto hym, and saye the prayer whiche the Lorde himselfe taught, and [Page cxxx] in declaracion of oure faythe, let vs also recyte the articles conteyned in our Crede.

Here the minister with the Godfathers and Godmo­thers shall saye.

OVr father whiche art in heauen, halowed be thy name: let thy kyngdome come. &c.

Then shall they saye the Crede, and then the Prieste shall demaunde the name of the chylde, whiche beeyng by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounced, the minister shall saye.

¶.N. Doest thou forsake the deuill and all hys woorkes?


I forsake them.


Doest thou forsake the vayne Pompe and glorye of the worlde, with all the couetous desyres of the same?


I forsake them.


Doest thou forsake the carnall desyres of the fleshe, so that thou wilt not folowe and be led by them?


I forsake them.


Doest thou beleue in God the father almyghtie, maker of heauen and yearth?


I beleue.


Doest thou beleue in Iesus Christe hys onely begotten sonne our Lorde, and that he was conceyued by the holye Ghoste, borne of the virgin Marie, that he suffered vnder Poncius Pilate, was crucifyed, dead, and buryed, that he wente downe into hel, and also did arise agayne the thirde daye, that he ascended into heauen, and sitteth on the right hande of God the father almightie: And from thence shall come agayne at the ende of the worlde to iudge the quicke and the dead: doest thou beleue thus?


I beleue.


[Page]Doest thou beleue in the holy Goste, the holy catholyke Churche, the Cōmunion of Saintes, Remission of sinnes, Resurreccion of the fleshe, and euerlasting lyfe after death?


I beleue.

Then the minister shall put the white vesture commonly called the Crisome, vpon the childe, saying.

TAke this whyte vesture for a token of the innocen­cie, whiche by goddes grace in the holy sacramente of Baptysme is geuen vnto thee, and for a sygne wherby thou arte admonyshed so long as thou shalte liue, to geue thy selfe to innocencie of liuing, that after this tran­sitory lyfe, thou mayest be partaker of the lyfe euerlastyng. Amen.

¶Let vs pray.
ALmightie and euerlastyng God, heauenlye father, wee geue thee humble thankes that thou haste vouchesaued to call vs to the knoweledge of thy grace, and fayth in thee: Increase and confirme this fayth in vs euermore: Geue thy holy spirite to thys infante, that he being borne agayne, and being made heire of euerlasting saluacyon throughe oure Lorde Iesus Christe, may con­tinue thy seruaunte, and attaine thy promises, through the same our Lorde Iesus Christe thy sonne: who liueth and reygneth with thee in vnitie of the same holy spirite euer­lastinglye. Amen.

Then shall the minister make this exhortacion, to the Godfathers and Godmothers.

FOr asmuche as thys chylde hathe promysed by you to forsake the deuill and all his woorkes, to beleue in God, and to serue him, you must remember that it is your partes and duetie to see that this infante be taught, so soone as he shalbe hable to learne, what a solemne vowe, promyse, and professyon he hath made by you, and that he maye knowe these thinges the better, ye shall call vpon him to heare ser­mons: And chiefly ye shall prouide that he may learne the Crede, the Lordes prayer, and the ten commaundementes in the Englishe tongue, and al other thynges which a chri­stian man ought to knowe and beleue to his soules health, [Page cxxxi] and that this child may be vertuously brought vp to leade a godly and a christian life. Remembring alway that bap­tisme doeth represent vnto vs oure profession, whiche is to folowe the example of our sauiour Christ, and to be made lyke vnto him, that as he died and rose agayne for vs: so shoulde we whiche are baptised, dye from sinne, and rise a­gayne vnto righteousnes, continually mortifying al our e­uil and corrupt affeccions, and daily proceding in al vertue and godlines of liuyng.

&c As in publyke Baptisme.
¶But yf they whiche bryng the infantes to the churche, doe make an vncertayne aunswere to the priestes questions and saye that they cannot tell what they thought, dyd, or sayed, in that great feare and trouble of mynde: (as oftentymes it chaunseth) Then let the priest Baptise hym in forme aboue wrytten, concerninge publyke Baptime, sauing that at the dyppyng of the childe in the fonte, he shal vse this forme of wordes.

IF thou be not Baptised alreadye. N. I Baptize thee in the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holye gost. Amen.

The water in the fonte shalbe chaunged euery moneth once at the least, and afore any chyld be Baptised in the water so chaū ­ged, the priest shal saye at the fonte these prayers folowyng.

O Most mercyfull God our sauiour Iesu Christ, who haste ordeyned the elemente of water for the regeneracion of thy faythfull people, vpon whom beinge baptised in the riuer of Iordan, the holye goste came downe in lykenes of a dooue: Sende downe, we beseche thee, the same thy holy spirite to assist vs, and to be present at thys our inuocacion of thy holy name: Sanctifie ✚ this foūtain of baptisme, thou that art the sanctifier of al thinges, that by the power of thy word, all those that shall be baptised therein may be spiritually regenerated, and made the chil­dren of euerlastyng adopcion. Amen.

O mercyful God, graunt that the olde Adam, in them that shalbe baptised in this fountayne, may be so buried, that the newe man may be raysed vp agayne. Amen.

Graunt that all carnall affeccions maye die in them: and that all thynges, belongyng to the spirite, maye lyue and growe in them. Amen.

[Page]Graunte to all them whiche at this fountayne forsake the deuill and all his workes: that they maye haue power and strength to haue victorye, and to triumph against him, the worlde and the fleshe. Amen.

Whosoeuer shall confesse thee, o lord: recognise him also in thy kingdome. Amen.

Graunt that al sinne and vice here maie be so extinct: that they neuer haue power to raigne in thy seruauntes. Amē.

Graunte that whosoeuer here shall begynne to be of thy flocke: may euermore continue in the same. Amen.

Graunt that all they whiche for thy sake in this lyfe do de­nie and forsake themselfes: may wynne and purchase thee (O lorde) whiche art euerlasting treasure. Amen.

Graunte that whosoeuer is here dedicated to thee by our office and ministerie: may also be endewed with heauenlye vertues, and euerlastinglye rewarded through thy mercy, O Blessed lorde God, who doest lyue and gouerne all thin­ges worlde without ende. Amen.

The Lorde be with you.


And with thy spirite.

ALmightie euerliuing God, whose moste derely be­loued sonne Iesus Christ, for the forgeuenes of our sinnes did shead out of his most precious syde both water and bloud, and gaue cōmaundemēt to his disciples that they should goe teache all nacions, and Baptise them in the name of the father, the sonne, and the holy goste: Re­garde, we beseche thee, the supplycacions of thy congrega­cion, and graunte that all thy seruauntes whiche shall bee Baptized in this water, prepared for the ministracion of thy holy sacrament, may receiue the fulnesse of thy grace, and euer remaine in the noumbre of thy faithful, and elect chyldren, through Iesus Christ our Lorde.

❧CONFIRMACION❧ wherin is conteined a Cathe­chisme for children.

TO thende that confirmacion may be ministred to the more edi­fying of suche as shall receyue it (accordyng to Saint Paules doctrine, who teacheth that all thynges shoulde be doen in the church to the edificacion of the same) it is thought good that none hereafter shall be confirmed, but suche as can saye in their mother tong, tharticles of the fayth, the lordes prayer, & the ten commaūdemētes: And can also aunswere to suche questions of this short Cathechisme, as the Bushop (or suche as he shall appoynte) shall by hys discrecion appose them in. And thys ordre is moste conueniente to be obserued for diuers consideracions.

¶First, because that when children come to the yeres of discrecion and haue learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for them in Baptisme, they maye then themselfes with their owne mouthe and with their owne consent, openly before the churche, ratifie and con­fesse the same, and also promise that by the grace of God they wyll euer­more endeuour themselues faythfully to obserue and kepe suche thinges, as they by their owne mouth and confession haue assented vnto.

¶Secondly, for asmuche as confirmacion is ministred to them that be Baptised, that by imposicion of handes, and prayer, they may receyue strength and defence agaynst all temptacions to sinne, and the assautes of the worlde, and the deuill: it is moste mete to be ministred, when children come to that age, that partly by the frayltie of their owne fleshe, partly by the assautes of the worlde and the deuill, they begyn to be in daungier to fall into synne.

¶Thirdely, for that it is agreable with the vsage of the churche in tymes past, wherby it was ordeined that confirmacion shoulde be mini­stred to them that were of perfecte age, that they beynge instructed in Christes religion, shoulde openly professe their owne fayth, and promyse to be obedyent vnto the wyl of God.

¶And that no manne shall thynke that anye detrymente shall come to children by differryng of theyr confirmacion: he shal knowe for trueth, that it is certayn by goddes worde, that chyldren beeyng Baptysed (yf they departe out of thys lyfe in theyr infancye) are vndoubtedly sa­ued.

❧A CATHECHISME❧ that is to say, an instruccion to bee lear­ned of euery childe, before he be brought to be confirmed of the Bushop.


What is your name?


N. or M.


Who gaue you this name?


MY Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptisme, wherin I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritour of the kingdome of heauen.


What did your Godfathers & Godmothers then for you?


They did promise and vowe three thinges in my name. First, that I shoulde forsake the deuill and all his workes and pompes, the vanities of the wicked worlde, and all the sinneful lustes of the fleshe. Secondly, that I should beleue all the articles of the Christian faith. And thirdly, that I should kepe Gods holy will and commaundementes, and walke in the same all the dayes of my life.


Doest thou not thinke that thou art bound to beleue, and to doe as they haue promised for thee?


Yes verely. And by Gods helpe so I will. And I hartilye thanke our heauenly father, that he hath called me to this state of saluacion, through Iesus Christ our saueour. And I pray God to geue me his grace, that I may continue in thesame vnto my liues ende.

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Rehearse the articles of thy beliefe.


I Beleue in God the father almightie, maker of heauen and earth. And in Iesus Christ his onely sonne our lord. Whiche was conceyued by the holy gost, borne of the vir­gin Marie. Suffered vnder Ponce Pilate, was crucified, deade, and buried, he descended into hell. The thirde day he rose againe from the dead. He ascended into heauen and sitteth on the right hande of God the father almightie. From thence shal he come to iudge the quicke & the deade. I beleue in the holye goste. The holy catholyke churche. The communion of sainctes. The forgeuenes of synnes. The resurreccion of the bodye. And the lyfe euerlastinge. Amen.


What doest thou chiefely learne in these articles of thy beliefe?


Firste, I learne to beleue in God the father, who hathe made me and all the worlde.

Secondly, in God the sonne, who hathe redemed me and all mankynde.

Thirdly, in God the holy goste, who sanctifieth me, and all the electe people of God.


You sayde that your Godfathers and Godmothers dyd promyse for you that ye shoulde kepe Goddes commaun­dementes. Tell me howe many there be.




Whiche be they?


[Page]THou shalte haue none other Gods but me.

ii. Thou shalte not make to thy selfe any grauen i­mage, nor the lykenesse of any thing that is in heauen a­boue, or in the earth beneath, nor in the water vnder the earth: thou shalt not bow downe to thē, nor wurship them.

iii. Thou shalt not take the name of the lorde thy God in vayne.

iiii. Remember that thou kepe holy the Sabboth day.

v. Honor thy father and thy mother.

vi. Thou shalt doe no murdre.

vii. Thou shalt not commit adultry.

viii. Thou shalt not steale.

ix. Thou shalt not beare false witnes against thy neigh­bour.

x. Thou shalt not couet thy neighbours wyse, nor his ser­uaunt, nor his mayde, nor his Oxe, nor his Asse, nor any thing that is his.


What dooest thou chiefely learne by these commaunde­mentes?


I learne two thinges. My duetie towardes God, and my duetie towardes my neighbour.


What is thy duetie towardes God?


My duetye towardes God is, to beleue in him. To feare him. And to loue him with al my heart, with al my minde, with all my soule, and with all my strength. To wurship him. To geue him thankes. To put my whole truste in him. To call vpon him. To honor his holy name and his worde, and to serue him truely all the dayes of my lyfe.


What is thy duetie towardes thy neighboure?


My duetie towardes my neighbour is, to loue him as my [Page cxxxiii] selfe. And to doe to all men as I would they shoulde do to me. To loue, honour, and succour my father and mother. To honour and obey the kyng and his ministers. To sub­mitte my selfe to all my gouernours, teachers, spirituall pastours, and maisters. To ordre my selfe lowly and re­uerentlye to all my betters. To hurte no bodye by woorde nor dede. To bee true and iust in all my dealyng. To beare no malyce nor hatred in my heart. To kepe my hādes from picking and stealing, and my tongue from euill speaking, liyng and slaundring. To kepe my bodye in temperaunce, sobrenes, and chastitie. Not to couet nor desire other mens goodes. But learne and laboure truely to geate my owne liuing, and to do my duetie in that state of lyfe: vnto which it shall please God to cal me.


My good sonne, knowe this that thou art not hable to do these thinges of thy selfe, nor to walke in the commaunde­mentes of God and to serue him, without his speciall grace, whiche thou muste learne at all tymes to call for by diligent praier. Let me heare therfore yf thou canst say the Lordes praier.


OVr father whiche art in heauen, halowed bee thy name. Thy kingdome come. Thy wyll bee done in earth as it is in heauen. Geue vs this daye our daily breade. And forgeue vs our trespasses, as we forgeue them that trespasse against vs. And leade vs not into temptacion, but delyuer vs from euil. Amen.


What desirest thou of God in this prayer?


I desire my lord God our heauenly father, who is the geuer of all goodnesse, to sende his grace vnto me, & to all people, that we may wurship him, serue him, and obey him, as we ought to doe. And I praye vnto God, that he wil sende vs al thinges that be nedeful both for our soules, and bodyes: [Page] And that he wyll be mercifull vnto vs and forgeue vs our sinnes: And that it wyll please him to saue and defende vs in al daungers gostly and bodily: And that he wil kepe vs from al sinne and wickednes, and from our gostly enemye, and from euerlasting death. And this I trust he wyl do of his mercye and goodnes, throughe our lorde Iesu Christe. And therfore I say. Amen. So be it.

¶So soone as the children can say in their mother tongue tharti­cles of the faithe, the lordes praier, the ten commaundementes, and also can aunswere to suche questions of this short Cathechisme as the Bushop (or suche as he shall appointe) shall by his discrecion appose them in: then shall they bee brought to the Bushop by one that shalbee his godfather or godmother, that euery childe maye haue a wittenesse of his confirmacion.

¶And the Bushop shal confirme them on this wyse.


Our helpe is in the name of the Lorde.


Whiche hath made bothe heauen and yearth.


Blessed is the name of the lorde.


Henceforthe worlde without ende.


The lorde be with you.


And with thy spirite.

Let vs praye.
ALmightie and euerliuing God, who hast vouchesafed to regenerate these thy seruauntes of water & the holy gost: And hast geue vnto thē forgeuenesse of al their sinnes: [Page cxxxv] Sende downe from heauen we beseche thee (O lorde) vpon them thy holy gost the coumforter, with the manifolde giftes of grace, the spirite of wysedom and vnderstanding: The spirite of councell and gostly strength: The spirite of knowledge and true godlinesse, and fulfyll them (O lorde) with the spirite of thy holy feare.




Signe them (o lorde) and marke them to be thine for euer, by the vertue of thy holy crosse and passion. Confirme and strength them with the inwarde vnccion of thy holy goste, mercifully vnto euerlasting lyfe. Amen.

Then the Bushop shall crosse them in the forehead and laye his hande vpon their heade, saying.

N. I signe thee with the signe of the crosse, and laye my hande vpon thee. In the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.

And thus shall he doe to euery childe one after another. And whan he hath layed his hande vpon euery childe, then shall he say.

The peace of the Lorde abyde with you.


And with thy spirite.

¶Let vs praye.
ALmightie euerliuing God, whiche makest vs bothe to wil and to doe those thinges that bee good and accep­table vnto thy maiestie: we make our humble supplicaciōs vnto thee for these children, vpon whome (after the example of thy holy Apostles) we haue layed our handes, to certify them (by this signe) of thy fauour and gracious goodnes towarde them: leat thy fatherly hande (we beseche thee) euer be ouer them, let thy holy spirite euer bee with them, and so leade them in the knowledge and obedience of thy worde, that in the end they may obteine the life euerlasting, through our Lorde Iesus Christ, who with thee, & the holy gost liueth & reigneth one god world without ende. Amen.

Then shall the Bushop blisse the children, thus saying.

The blessing of God almightie, the father, the sonne, and the holy gost, be vpon you, and remayne with you for euer. Amen.

The curate of euery parish once in sixe wekes at the least, vpon war­ning by him geuen, shall vpon some Soonday or holy day, halfe an houre before euensong, openly in the churche instructe and examine so many children of his parishe sent vnto him, as the time wil serue, and as he shall thinke conueniente, in some parte of this Cathe­chisme. And all fathers, mothers, maisters and dames, shall cause their children, seruauntes, and prentises (whiche are not yet confir­med) to come to the churche at the daye appointed, and obedientlye heare and be ordered by the curate, vntyll suche time as they haue learned all that is here appointed for them to learne.

¶And whansoeuer the Bushop shall geue knowledge for children to be brought afore him to any conuenient place, for their confirma­cion: Then shall the curate of euery parishe eyther bring or sende in writing, the names of all those children of his parishe whiche can say tharticles of theyr faith, the lordes praier, & the ten commaunde­mentes. And also howe many of them can aunswere to thother que­stions conteined in this Cathechisme.

¶And there shal none be admitted to the holy communion: vntyll suche time as he be confirmed.

THE FORME OF ❧ Solemnizacion of Matrimonie.

¶First the bannes must be asked three seueral Sondayes or holy dayes, in the seruice tyme, the people being present, after the accustomed maner.

And if the persones that would be maried dwel in diuers pa­ryshes, the bannes must be asked in both paryshes, and the curate of the one paryshe shall not solemnize matrimonie be­twixt them, without a certificate of the bannes beyng thrise asked, from the curate of thother paryshe.

At the daye appointed for Solemnizacion of matrimonie, the persones to bee maried shall come into the bodye of the Churche, with theyr frendes and neyghbours. And there the priest shall thus saye.

DErely beloued frendes, we are gathered toge­ther here in the sight of God, and in the face of his congregacion, to ioyne together this man, and this woman, in holy matrimonie, whiche is an honorable estate instituted of God in pa­radise, in the time of mans innocencie, signifying vnto vs the mistical vnion that is betwixt Christ and his churche: whiche holy estate, Christe adorned and beutifyed wyth his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galile, and is commended of Saincte Paule to be honou­rable emong all men, and therfore is not to be enterprised, nor taken in hande vnaduisedly, lightely, or wantonly, to satisfie mens carnall lustes & appetites, lyke brute beastes that haue no vnderstandyng: but reuerently, discretely, ad­uisedly, soberly, and in the feare of God. Duely cōsideryng the causes for the whiche matrimonie was ordayned. One cause was the procreacion of children, to be brought vp in the feare and nurture of the Lorde, and prayse of God. Secondly it was ordeyned for a remedye against synne, and to auoyde fornicaciō, that suche persons as be maried, might lyue chastly in matrimony, and kepe themselfes vn­defiled membres of Christes body. Thirdely for the mutu­all societie, helpe and comfort, that the one ought to haue of the other, both in prosperitie and aduersitie. Into the which holy estate these two persons present, come now to [Page] be ioyned. Therfore yf any man can shewe any iust cause why they may not lawfully be ioyned so together: Lette him nowe speake, or els hereafter for euer hold his peace.

And also speakyng to the persons that shalbe maried, he shall say.

I require and charge you (as you will aunswere at the dreadfull daye of iudgemente, when the secretes of all heartes shalbe disclosed) that if eyther of you doe knowe any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully ioyned toge­ther in matrimonie, that ye confesse it. For be ye well assu­red, that so many as be coupled together otherwayes then Gods worde doth allowe: are not ioyned of God, neither is their matrimonie lawfull.

At whiche day of mariage if any man doe allege any impediment why they may not be coupled together in matrimonie: And will be bound, & sureties with him, to the parties, or els put in a cau­cion to the full value of suche charges, as the persons to be mari­ed doe susteyne, to proue his allegacion: then the Solemnizacion must be differed, vnto suche time as the trueth be tryed. Yf no im­pediment be alleged, then shall the curate saye vnto the man.

N. Wilt thou haue this woman to thy wedded wyfe, to lyue together after Gods ordeynaunce in the holy estate of matrimonie? wilt thou loue her, coumforte her, honor and kepe her, in sickenesse and in health? And forsaking all o­ther kepe thee onely to her, so long as you both shall lyue?

The man shall aunswere.

I will.

Then shall the priest saye to the woman.

N. Wilt thou haue this man to thy wedded houseband, to lyue together after Gods ordeinaunce, in the holy estate of matrimony? wilt thou obey him, and serue him, loue, ho­nor & kepe him, in sicknes & in health? And forsaking al o­ther kepe thee only to him, so long as you both shall lyue?

The woman shall aunswere.

I will.

Then shall the minister saye.

[Page cxxxvii]Who geueth this woman to be maried to this man?

And the minister receiuyng the woman at her father or frendes handes: shall cause the man to take the woman by the righthande, and so eyther to geue theyr trouth to other: The man first saying.

I .N. take thee .N. to my wedded wife, to haue and to hold from this day forward, for better, for wurse, for richer, for poorer, in syckenesse, and in health, to loue, and to cherishe, till death vs depart: accordyng to Gods holy ordeinaunce: And therto I plight thee my trouth.

Then shall they looce theyr handes, and the woman taking agayn the man by the right hande shall say.

I .N. take thee .N. to my wedded husbande, to haue and to holde from this day forwarde, for better, for wurse, for ri­cher, for poorer, in sickenes, and in health, to loue, cherishe, and to obey, til death vs depart: according to Goddes holy ordeinaunce: And therto I geue thee my trouth.

Then shall they agayne looce theyr handes, and the man shall geue vnto the woman a ryng, and other to­kens of spousage, as golde or syluer, laying the same vpon the booke: And the priest taking the ring shal de­lyuer it vnto the man: to put it vpon the fowerth fin­ger of the womans lefte hande. And the man taughte by the priest, shal say.

¶With this ring I thee wed: This golde and siluer I thee geue: with my body I thee wurship: and with al my world­ly goodes I thee endow. In the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.

Then the man leauyng the ryng vpon the fowerth fynger of the womans left hande, the minister shall say.

¶Let vs pray.
O Eternal god, creator and preseruer of al mankind, geuer of al spirituall grace, the author of euerlasting life: sende thy blessing vpon these thy seruauntes, this man and this woman, whome we blesse in thy name, that as Isaac and Rebecca (after bracellets & Iewels of golde geuen of thone to thother for tokens of their matrimonye) liued faithfully [Page] together: So these persons may surely performe and kepe the vowe and couenaunt betwixt them made, wherof this ring geuen, and receiued, is a token and pledge. And may e­uer remayne in perfite loue and peace together: And lyue according to thy lawes: through Iesus Christe our Lorde. Amen.

Then shall the Prieste ioyne theyr ryghtehandes together, and say.

¶Those whome god hath ioyned together: let no man put a sunder.

Then shall the minister speake vnto the people.

FOr asmuche as .N. and .N. haue consented together in holy wedlocke, and haue witnessed the same here before God and this cumpany: And therto haue geuen and pled­ged their trouth either to other, and haue declared the same by geuing and receiuing golde and siluer, and by ioyning of handes: I pronounce that they be man and wyfe together: In the name of the father, of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.

And the minister shall adde this blessing.

¶God the father blesse you. ✚. God the sōne kepe you: god the holy gost lighten your vnderstandyng: The lorde mer­cifully with his fauor loke vpon you, and so fill you with al spirituall benediccion, and grace, that you may haue remis­sion of your sinnes in this life, and in the world to come life euerlasting. Amen.

Then shall they goe into the quier, and the ministers or clearkes shall say or sing, this Psalme folowing.

Beati omnes cxxviii. BLessed are all they that feare the lorde, and walke in his wayes.

For thou shalt eate the labour of thy handes.

O well is thee, and happie shalt thou be.

Thy wife shal be as the fruitful vine, vpon the walles of thy house.

Thy children like the olife braūches round about thy table.

Loe, thus shal the man be blessed, that feareth the lorde.

The lorde from out of Sion, shal so blesse thee: that thou [Page cxxxviii] shalt see Hierusalem in prosperitie, all thy lyfe long.

Yea that thou shalte see thy childers children: and peace vpon Israel.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

Or els this psalme folowyng.

GOd be mercifull vnto vs, and blesse vs,Deus misere­atur nostri. psal. lxvii. and shewe vs the lighte of his countenaunce: and bee merciful vnto vs.

That thy waye may bee knowen vpon yearth: thy sauing health emong all nacions.

Leate the people prayse thee (O God) yea leat all people prayse thee.

O leate the nacions reioyce and bee glad, for thou shalte iudge the folke righteously, and gouerne the nacions vpon yearth.

Leat the people prayse thee (O God) leat all people prayse thee.

Then shall the yearth bring foorthe her increase: and God, euen our owne God, shall geue vs his blessinge.

God shall blesse vs, and all the endes of the worlde shall feare him.

Glorye be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The psalme ended, and the manne and woman knelyng afore the aulter: the prieste standyng at the aulter, and turning his face to­warde them, shall saye.

Lorde haue mercie vpon vs.


Christ haue mercie vpon vs.


Lorde haue mercie vpon vs.

¶Our father whiche art in heauen. &c.

And leade vs not into temptacion.


But deliuer vs from euyll. Amen.


[Page]O lorde saue thy seruaunt, and thy handmaide.


whiche put their truste in thee.


O lorde sende them helpe from thy holy place.


And euermore defende them.


Bee vnto them a tower of strength.


From the face of their enemye.


O lorde heare my prayer.


And leat my crie come vnto thee.

The Minister.

Let vs praye.
O God of Abrahā, God of Isaac, God of Iacob, blesse these thy seruauntes, & sowe the seede of eternal life in their mindes, that whatsoeuer in thy holy worde they shal profitably learne: they may in dede fulfil the same. Looke, O lord, mercifully vpon them from heauen & blesse them: And as thou didest sende thy Aungell Raphaell, to Thobie, and Sara, the daughter of Raguel, to their great comfort: so vouchsafe to sende thy blessinge vpon these thy seruauntes, that they obeyng thy wil, and alway beyng in safetie vnder thy proteccion: may abyde in thy loue vnto theyr lyues ende: through Iesu Christ our Lorde. Amen.

This prayer folowinge shalbe omitted where the woman is past childe birthe.

O Merciful lorde, and heauēly father, by whose gracious gifte mākind is increased: We beseche thee assiste with thy blissig these two persones, that they may both be fruict­ful in procreacion of children: & also liue together so long in [Page cxxxix] godlye loue and honestie: that they maye see their childers children, vnto the thirde and fourth generacion, vnto thy prayse and honour: throughe Iesus Christ our lord. Amē.

O God whiche by thy mightie power hast made all thinges of naught, whiche also after other thinges set in order diddeste appoint that out of man (crea­ted after thine owne image and similitude) woman should take her beginning: and knitting them together, diddest teache, that it should neuer be lawful to put asonder those, whome thou by matrimonie haddest made one: O God, which hast consecrated the state of matrimonie, to such an excellent misterie, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual mariage & vnitie betwixte Christ and his church: Loke mercifully vpon these thy seruauntes, that both this manne maye loue his wyfe, according to thy woorde (as Christ did loue his spouse the churche, who gaue himselfe for it, louing and cherishinge it euen as his owne fleshe:) And also that this woman may be louing and amiable to her housebande as Rachael, wyse as Rebecca, faithful and obedient as Sara: And in al quietnes, sobrietie, and peace, bee a folower of holy and godlye matrones. O lorde blesse them bothe, and graunt them to inherite thy euerlastinge kingdome, throughe Iesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.

Then shall the prieste blesse the man and the woman, saiyng.

Almightie god, which at the beginning did create our first parentes Adam and Eue, and did sanctifie and ioyne them together in mariage: Powre vpon you the richesse of his grace, sanctifie and ✚ blisse you, that ye maye please him bothe in bodye and soule: and lyue together in holy loue, vnto your lyues ende. Amen.

Then shalbe sayed after the gospell a sermon, wherin ordinarely (so oft as there is any marige) thoffice of man and wyfe shall bee declared, according to holy scripture. Or yf ther be no sermon, the minister shall reade this that foloweth.

Al ye whiche bee maried, or which entende to take the holy estate of matrimonie vpon you: heare what holy scripture dooeth say, as touching the duetie of housebādes towarde their wiues, and wiues towarde their housebandes.

[Page]Saincte Paule (in his epistie to the Ephesians the fyfthe chapter) doeth geue this commaundement to all maried men.

Ye housebandes loue your wyues, euen as Christ loued the churche, and hathe geuen himselfe for it, to sanctifie it, pur­geyng it in the fountaine of water, throughe the word, that he might make it vnto him selfe, a glorious congregacion, not hauing spot or wrincle, or any suche thing, but that it shoulde be holy and blameles. So men are bounde to loue their owne wyues, as their owne bodyes: he that loueth his owne wyfe, loueth himselfe. For neuer dyd any man hate his owne fleshe, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, euen as the lorde dothe the congregacion, for wee are membres of his bodye, of his fleshe, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leaue father and mother, and shalbe ioyned vnto his wyfe, and they two shalbe one flesh. This mistery is great, but I speake of Christ, and of the congregacion. Neuerthelesse, let euery one of you so loue his owne wyfe, euen as himselfe.

Colos. iii.Lykewyse the same Saint Paule (writing to the Colossi­ans) speaketh thus to all menne that be maried: Ye men loue your wiues and be not bitter vnto them.

[...]. Pet. iii.Heare also what saint Peter thapostle of Christ, (whiche was himselfe a maried man) sayeth vnto all menne that are maried. Ye husbandes dwel with your wyues accor­ding to knowledge: Geuyng honor vnto the wyfe, as vnto the weaker vessell, and as heyres together of the grace of lyfe, so that your prayers be not hindred.

Hitherto ye haue hearde the duetie of the husbande towarde the wyfe. Nowe lykewise ye wiues, heare and learne your duetie towarde your husbandes, euen as it is playnely set furth in holy scripture.

Ephe. v.Saint Paule (in the forenamed Epistle to the Ephesians) teacheth you thus: ye weomen submit your selues vnto [Page cxl] your owne husbandes as vnto the lord: for the husband is the wiues head, euen as Christ is the head of the churche: And he also is the sauiour of the whole bodye. Therefore as the Churche, or congregacion, is subiecte vnto Christe: So lykewise let the wiues also be in subieccion vnto theyr owne husbandes, in all thinges. And againe he saieth: Let the wyfe reuerence her husbande. And (in his Epistle to the Colossians) Saincte Paule geueth you this short lessō.Colos. iii. Ye wiues submit your selues vnto your owne husbandes, as it is conueniente, in the Lorde.

Saincte Peter also doeth instructe you very godly,i. Peter. iii. thus sayeng: Let wiues be subiect to their owne husbandes, so that if any obey not the woorde, they may be wonne with­out the woorde, by the conuersacion of the wiues: Whyle they beholde your chaste conuersacion, coupled with feare, whose apparell let it not be outwarde, with broyded heare, and trymmyng about with golde, eyther in putting on of gorgeous apparell: But leat the hyd man, whiche is in the hearte, be without all corrupcion, so that the spirite be mylde and quiete, whiche is a precious thing in the sight of God. For after this maner (in the olde tyme) dyd the holy women, whiche trusted in God, apparell themselues, beeyng subiecte to theyr owne husbandes: as Sara obey­ed Abraham callyng him lorde, whose daughters ye are made, doyng wel and beyng not dismaied with any feare.

The newe maried persones, (the same daye of their mariage) must receiue the holy communi­on.

❧ THE ORDER FOR❧ the visitacion of the sicke, and the Communion of the same.

The prieste entring into the sicke persones house, shal saye.

Peace be in this house, and to all that dwell in it.

When he commeth into the sicke mannes presence, he shall saye this psalme.

Domine ex­audi. Psal. C. xliii. HEare my prayer (o lorde) and cōsider my desire: herken vnto me for thy trueth and righteous­nes sake.

And enter not into iudgement with thy ser­uaunt: for in thy sight shall no man liuing be iustified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soule, he hath smitten my lyfe downe to the grounde: he hath layed me in the darknesse, as the men that haue bene long dead.

Therefore is my spirite vexed within me: and my hearte within me is desolate.

Yet doe I remembre the tyme paste, I muse vpon all thy woorkes: yea, I exercise my selfe in the woorkes of thy handes.

I stretche forth myne handes vnto thee: my soule gaspeth vnto thee as a thirstie lande.

Heare me (o lorde) and that soone: for my spirite weaxeth faint: hyde not thy face from me, lest I be lyke vnto them that goe downe into the pitte.

O lette me heare thy louyng kyndnesse betymes in the mornynge, for in thee is my trust: shewe thou me the waye that I shoulde walke in, for I lyft vp my soule vnto thee. Deliuer me (o lorde) from myne enemyes: for I flye vnto thee to hyde me.

Teache me to dooe the thing, that pleaseth thee, for thou art my god: lette thy louyng spirite leade me foorth vnto the lande of righteousnesse.

Quicken me (o lorde) for thy names sake, and for thy righteousnesse sake bryng my soule out of trouble.

And of thy goodnesse slaye my enemies, and destroye all them that vexe my soule, for I am thy seruaunt.

Glory be to the father and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

[Page cxli]¶With this antheme.

Remembre not Lorde our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers. Spare vs good Lorde, spare thy people, whom thou haste redemed with thy moste precious bloud, and be not angry with vs for euer.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Christe haue mercy vpon vs.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Our father whiche art in heauen. &c.

And leade vs not into temptacion.


But deliuer vs from euill. Amen.

The Minister.

O Lorde saue thy seruaunt.


Whiche putteth his trust in thee.


Sende hym helpe from thy holy place.


And euermore mightily defende hym.


Let the enemy haue none aduauntage of hym.


Nor the wicked approche to hurte hym.


Bee vnto hym, O Lorde, a strong tower.


From the face of his enemy.


Lorde heare my prayer.


And let my crye come vnto thee.


Let vs praye.
O Lorde, looke downe from heauen, beholde, visite, and releue this thy seruaunte: Looke vpon hym with the iyes of thy mercy, geue hym coumforte, and sure confidence in thee: Defende hym from the daun­ger of the enemy, and kepe hym in perpetuall peace, and [Page] safetie: through Jesus Christe our Lorde. Amen.

HEare vs almightie and moste mercifull God, and Sauioure: Extende thy accustomed goodnesse to this thy seruaunt, whiche is greued with sickenesse: Visite hym, O Lord, as thou diddest visite Peters wyfes mother, and the Capitaynes seruaunte. And as thou pre­seruedst Thobie and Sara by thy Aungell from daunger: So restore vnto this sicke person his former health (if it be thy will,) or els geue hym grace so to take thy correccion: that after this painfull lyfe ended, he may dwel with thee in lyfe euerlastyng. Amen.

Then shall the minister exhorte the sicke person after this fourme, or other lyke.

DErely beloued, knowe this, that almightie God is the Lorde ouer lyfe, & death, and ouer all thinges to them perteining, as yougth, strength, helth, age, weakenesse, and sickenesse. Wherfore, whatsoeuer youre sickenesse is, know you certaynly that it is Gods visitaci­on. And for what cause soeuer this sickenesse is sent vnto you: whether it bee to trye your pacience for the example of other , and that your fayth maye be founde, in the daye of the Lord, laudable, gloryous and honourable, to the en­crease of glory, and endlesse felicitie: Orels it be sente vnto you to correcte and amende in you, whatsoeuer doeth of­fende the iyes of our heauenly father: knowe you certayn­lye,If the person visited bee very sicke, then the cu­rate may end his exhorta­cion at this place. that yf you truely repente you of youre synnes, and beare youre sicknesse paciently, trustyng in Gods mer­cye, for his deare sonne Iesus Christes sake, and rendre vnto him humble thankes for his fatherly visitacion, sub­mytting your selfe wholy to his will: it shall turne to your profite, & helpe you forward in the right way that leadeth vnto euerlasting lyfe. ☞ ¶ Take therfore in good worth, the chastement of the Lord: For whom the Lord loueth, he chastiseth. Yea (as Saincte Paul sayeth,) he scourgeth euery sonne, whiche he receyueth: yf you endure chastise­ment, he offereth himselfe vnto you as vnto his owne chil­dren. What sonne is he that the father chastiseth not? [Page cxlii] Yf ye be not vnder correccion (wherof all the true children are partakers) then are ye bastardes and not children. Therfore seing that whan our carnall fathers doe correct vs, we reuerently obey them, shall we not nowe muche ra­ther be obedient to our spirituall father, and so lyue? And they for a fewe dayes do chastise vs afer their owne plea­sure: but he doeth chastise vs for our profite, to thentente he may make vs partakers of his holines. These wordes, good brother, are Gods wordes, and wrytten in holy scrip­ture for our coumfort and instruccion, that we should paci­ently and with thankes geuyng, beare oure heauenly fa­thers correccion: whansoeuer by any maner of aduersitie it shall please his gracious goodnes to visite vs. And there should be no greater coumfort to christian persons, then to be made lyke vnto Christe, by sufferyng paciently aduer­sities, troubles, and sickenesses. For he himselfe went not vp to ioy, but first he suffered payne: he entred not into his glory, before he was crucified. So truely our waye to eter­nall ioy, is to suffre here with Christe, and our doore to en­tre into eternall lyfe: is gladly to dye with Christe, that we may ryse againe from death, and dwell with him in euer­lasting lyfe. Nowe therfore taking your sickenesse, whiche is thus profitable for you, paciently: I exhorte you in the name of God, to remembre the profession, which you made vnto God in youre Baptisme. And forasmuche as after this lyfe, there is accompte to bee geuen vnto the ryghte­ous iudge, of whom all must be iudged without respect of persons: I require you to examine your selfe, & your state, both towarde God and manne, so that accusyng and con­demning your selfe for your owne faultes, you may fynde mercy at our heauēly fathers hand, for Christes sake, and not be accused and condemned in that fearefull iudgemēt. Therfore I shall shortly rehearse the articles of our fayth, that ye may knowe whether you doe beleue as a christian man should beleue, or no.

Here the minister shall rehearse the articles of the faythe, saying thus.

Doest thou beleue in God the father almightie?

[Page]And so forth as it is in Baptisme.

This may be done before the minister begyn his prayers as he shall see cause.

Then shall the minister examine whether he be in charitie with all the worlde: Exhortyng hym to forgeue from the botome of his herte, all persons that haue offended hym: and if he haue offended o­ther, to aske them forgeuenesse: and where he hath done iniurie or wrong to any man, that he make a­mendes to his vttermoste power. And if he haue not a fore disposed his goodes, let him then make his wyll. (But men must be oft admonished that they sette an ordre for theyr temporall goodes and landes, whan they be in helth.) And also to declare his debtes, what he oweth, and what is owyng to hym: for discharging of his conscience, and quiet­nesse of his executours. The minister may not for­get, nor omitte to moue the sicke person, (and that most earnestly) to lyberalitie toward the poore.

¶Here shall the sicke person make a speciall con­fession, yf he fele his conscience troubled with any weightie matter. After which confession, the priest shall absolue hym after this forme: and the same forme of absolucion shall be vsed in all pryuate confessions.

OVre Lorde Iesus Christe, who hath lefte power to his Churche to absolue all sinners, whiche truely repente and beleue in hym: of his great mercye for­geue thee thyne offences: and by his autoritie committed to me, I absolue thee from all thy sinnes, in the name of the father, and of the sonne, and of the holy gost. Amen.

And then the priest shall saye the Collecte folowyng.

Let vs praye.
O Moste mercifull God, whiche accordyng to the mul­titude of thy mercies, doest so put awaye the sinnes of those which truely repent, that thou remēbrest thē nomore: open thy iye of mercy vpon this thy seruaunt: who moste earnestly desireth pardon and forgeuenesse: Renue in him, moste louing father, whatsoeuer hath been decayed by the fraude and malice of the deuill, or by his owne carnal wil, and frailnes: preserue and continue this sicke membre in the vnitie of thy Churche, consider his contricion, accept his teares, aswage his payne as shalbe seen to thee moste expediente for hym. And forasmuche as he putteth hys [Page cxliii] full trust only in thy mercy: Impute not vnto hym his for­mer sinnes, but take him vnto thy fauour: through the me­rites of thy most derely beloued sōne Iesus Christ. Amen.

Then the minister shall saye this Psalme.

IN thee, O Lorde, haue I put my trust,Jn te domine speraui. psal. lxxi. lette me neuer be put to confusion, but ridde me, and deliuer me in thy righteousnes: enclyne thyne eare vnto me, and saue me.

Be thou my strong holde, (wherunto I may alwaye re­sorte) thou haste promysed to helpe me: for thou art my house of defence and my castell.

Deliuer me (O my God) out of the hande of the vngod­ly: out of the hande of the vnrighteous and cruell manne.

For thou (O Lorde God) art the thyng that I long for, thou art my hope euen from my youth.

Through thee haue I been holden vp euer since I was borne: thou arte he that tooke me out of my mothers wombe, my prayse shalbe alwaye of thee.

I am become as it were a monster vnto many: but my sure trust is in thee.

Oh let my mouth be filled with thy prayse (that I maye syng of thy glory) and honour all the daye long.

Cast me not awaye in the tyme of age: forsake me not when my strength fayleth me.

For myne enemies speake against me: and they that lay waite for my soule, take their counsayle together, saying:

God hath forsaken hym, persecute hym and take him: for there is none to deliuer him.

Goe not ferre from me, O God: my God, haste thee to helpe me.

Let them be confounded and perishe, that are agaynste my soule: let them be couered with shame and dishonoure, that seke to doe me euill.

As for me, I wyll paciently abyde alwaye: and wyll prayse thee more and more.

My mouth shall dayly speake of thy righteousnesse and saluacion: for I knowe no ende therof.

I will goe forth in the strength of the Lorde God: and will make mencion of thy righteousnesse onely.

Thou (O God) haste taught me from my youth vp vn­till nowe: therfore will I tell of thy wondreous workes.

[Page]Forsake me not (O God) in myne olde age, when I am gray headed: vntill I haue shewed thy strength vnto this generacion, & thy power to all thē that are yet for to come.

Thy righteousnesse (O God) is very high, and greate thynges are they that thou haste done: O God who is lyke vnto thee?

O what great troubles and aduersities haste thou she­wed me? and yet diddest thou turne and refreshe me: yea, and broughtest me from the depe of the earth agayne.

Thou haste brought me to great honour: and comforted me on euery syde.

Therfore will I praise thee, & thy faythfulnes (O God) playing vpon an instrument of musicke: vnto thee wyll I syng vpon the harpe, O thou holy one of Israel.

My lippes will be fayne, when I syng vnto thee: and so will my soule whom thou haste deliuered.

My tounge also shall talke of thy ryghteousnesse all the daye long: for they are confounded and brought vnto shame, that seke to doe me euill.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the begynnyng. &c.

Addyng this antheme.

O Saueour of the worlde saue vs, whiche by thy crosse and precious bloud haste redemed vs, helpe vs we be­seche thee, O God.

Then shall the minister saye.

THe almyghty Lord, whiche is a moste strong tower to all thē that put their trust in hym, to whom al thinges in heauen, in earth, and vnder earth, doe bowe and obey: be nowe & euermore thy defence, and make thee know and fele, that there is no other name vnder heauen geuen to man, in whome and through whome, thou mayest receyue helth and saluation, but onely the name of our Lorde Ie­sus Christe. Amen.

¶If the sicke person desyre to be annoynted, then shall the priest annoynte hym vpon the forehead or breast onely, ma­kyng the signe of the crosse, saying thus.

[Page cxliiii]AS with this visible oyle thy body outwardelye is an­noynted: so our heauenly father, almightie god, graunt of his infinite goodnes, that thy soule inwardly may be an­nointed with the holy gost, who is the spirite of al strength, comfort, reliefe, and gladnes. And vouchesafe for his great mercy (if it be his blessed will) to restore vnto thee thy bode­ly health, and strength, to serue hym: and sende thee release of all thy paynes, troubles and diseases, both in bodye and mynde. And howsoeuer his goodnes (by his diuine and vn­searcheable prouidence) shal dispose of thee: we his vnwor­thy ministers and seruauntes, humbly beseche the eternall maiestie, to doe with thee, accordyng to the multitude of his innumerable mercies, and to pardone thee all thy synnes, and offences, committed by all thy bodely sences, passions, and carnall affeccions: who also vouchesafe mercifullye to graunt vnto thee gostly strēgth, by his holy spirite, to with­stand & ouercome al tēptacions & assaultes of thine aduer­sary, that in no wise he preuaile againste thee, but that thou maist haue perfect victory & triumph against the deuil, sine, & deth, through Christ our lord: Who by his deth, hath ouer­comed the prince of death, & with the father, & the holy gost euermore liueth & reigneth god, world without end. Amen.

HOw long wilt thou forget me (O Lord?) for euer?Ʋsque quo do­mine. psal. xiii how long wilt thou hyde thy face from me?

How long shal I seke counsel in my soule? & be so vexed in myne heart? how long shal myne enemie tryūphe ouer me?

Consider, and heare me (O Lord my God) lighten myne eyes, that I slepe not in death.

Lest myne enemy say, I haue preuayled agaynste hym: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will reioyce at it.

But my trust is in thy mercy, and my hearte is ioyful in thy saluacion.

I will sing of the lorde, because he hath delte so louyngly with me.

Yea I wil prayse the name of the lord the most higheste.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

The Communion of the sicke.

FOrasmuche as all mortall men be sub­iect to many sodain perilles, diseases, and syckenesses, and euer vncerteyne what tyme they shall departe out of this lyfe: Therefore to the intente they may be alwayes in a redynesse to dye, whensoeuer it shall please almyghtye God to call them: The curates shall di­ligētly from time to time, but specially in the plague time, exhorte theyr parishoners to the ofte recei­uing (in the churche) of the holy Communion of the body and bloud of our sauiour Christe: whiche (if they doe) they shall haue no cause in theyr sodayne visitacion, to be vnquieted for lacke of the same. But if the sycke person be not hable to come to the churche, and yet is desyrous to receyue the Communi­on in his house, then he must geue knowlege ouer night, or els early in the morning to the curate, sygnifying also how many be appoynted to communicate with him. And if the same day there be a celebracion of the holy Communion in the churche, then shal the priest reserue (at the open communion) so muche of the sacrament of the body and bloud, as shall serue the sicke person, and so many as shal Communicate with him (if there be any.) And so soone as he conuenientlye may, after the open Communion ended in the churche, shall goe and minister the same, firste to those that are appoynted to communicate with the sicke (if there be any) and last of al to the sicke persone him­selfe. But before the Curate distribute the holy Communion: the appoynted generall confessyon must be made in the name of the communicantes, the curate adding the absolucion with the com­fortable sentences of scripture folowyng in the open Communion: and after the communion ended, the Collecte.

Almightie and euerliuyng God, we moste hartely thanke thee. &c.

¶But if the day be not appoynted for the open communion in the churche, then (vpon conuenient warning geuen) the cu­rate shal come and visite the sicke person afore noone. And ha­uing a conuenient place in the sycke mannes house (where he may reuerentely celebrate) with all thynges necessary for the same, and not being otherwise letted with the publike seruice or any other iust impediment: he shall there celebrate the ho­ly communion after suche forme and sorte as herafter is ap­poynted.

THE CELEBRA­cion of the holy Communion for the sicke.

O Prayse the Lorde, all ye nacions, laude hym all ye people: for hys mercifull kyndenes is confirmed to­warde vs, and the trueth of the Lorde endureth for euer. Glory be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

  • Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.
  • Christ haue mercy vpon vs.
  • Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.
Without any more repeticion.
The Priest.

The Lorde be with you.


And with thy spirite

Let vs praye.
ALmyghtye euerlyuyng God, maker of mankynde, whiche doeste correct those whome thou doest loue, and chastisest euery one whome thou dost receiue: we beseche thee to haue mercie vpon thys thy seruaunt visited with thy hand, and to graunt that he may take his sickenes paciently, and recouer his bodily health (if it be thy gracy­ous will) and whansoeuer his soule shall departe from the body, it may without spotte be presented vnto thee: through Iesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.

The Epistle. MY sonne despise not the correccion of the lorde,Hebr. xii. ney­ther faynt whē thou art rebuked of him: for whom the lorde loueth, him he correcteth, yea and he scour­geth euery sonne, whome he receiueth.

The Gospel.John .v. Verely verely I saye vnto you, he that heareth my woorde, and beleueth on him that sente me, hath e­uerlasting lyfe, and shall not come vnto damnacy­on, but he passeth from death vnto life.

The Preface. The Lorde be with you.


And with thy spirite.

¶Lift vp your heartes. &c.

Vnto the ende of the Cannon.

¶At the time of the distribucion of the holy sacrament, the priest shal first receiue the Communion hymselfe, & after minister to them that be appoynted to communicate with the sycke (if there be any) and then to the sicke person. And the sicke person shal alwayes desire some, eyther of his owne house, or els of hys neighbours, to receiue the holy Communion with hym, for that shall bee to hym a singuler great coumfort, and of theyr parte a great token of charitie.

¶And if there bee moe sycke persons to be visited the same day that the Curate dooeth celebrate in anye sycke mannes house: then shall the curate (there) reserue so much of the sacrament of the body and bloud: as shall serue the other sicke persons, and suche as be ap­poynted to communicate with them, (if there bee anye.) And shall immediatly cary it, and minister it vnto them.

¶But if any man eyther by reason of extremitie of sickenesse, or for lacke of warnyng geuen in due tyme, to the curate, or by any o­ther iuste impediment, doe not receiue the sacrament of Christes bo­dy & bloud: then the curate shall instruct him, that if he doe truely re­pent him of his sinnes, and stedfastly beleue that Iesus Christ hath suffered death vpon the crosse for hym: and shed hys bloud for hys redempcion, earnestly remembring the benefites he hath therby, and geuing him heartie thankes therfore: he doth eate and drynke spiri­tually the body and bloud of our sauiour Christ, profitably to his soules health, althoughe he dooe not receyue the sacramente with his mouth

¶When the sicke persone is visited and receiueth the holy Com­munion, all at one tyme: then the priest for more expedicion shall vse this order at the visitacion.

The Antheme. Remember not Lorde. &c.

Lorde haue mercie vpon vs.

Christe haue mercy vpon vs.

Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

¶Our father whiche art in heauen. &c.

And leade vs not into temptacion.


But deliuer vs from euil. Amen.

Let vs pray.

O Lorde looke downe from heauen. &c.

With the first parte of the exhortacion and all other thynges vnto the Psalme:

In thee O Lorde haue I put my trust. &c.

And if the sicke desyre to be annoyncted, then shall the Prieste vse the appoynted prayer without any Psalme.

❧THE ORDRE FOR❧ the Buriall of the dead.

The priest metyng the Corps at the Churche stile, shall say: Or els the priestes and clearkes shall syng, and so goe eyther into the Churche, or towardes the graue.

I Am the resurreccion and the lyfe (sayth the Lorde) he that beleueth in me, yea though he were dead,Jhon. xi. yet shall he lyue. And whosoeuer lyueth and bele­ueth in me: shall not dye for euer.

I Knowe that my redemer lyueth, and that I shall ryse out of the earth in the last day,Iob. xix. and shalbe couered again with my skinne, and shall see God in my fleshe: yea and I my selfe shall beholde hym, not with other but with these same iyes.

WE brought nothyng into this world,i. Timo. vi. Iob. i. neyther may we carye any thyng out of this worlde. The Lorde ge­ueth, and the Lorde taketh away. Euen as it pleaseth the Lorde, so commeth thynges to passe: blessed be the name of the Lorde.

When they come at the graue, whyles the Corps is made ready to be layed into the earth, the priest shall saye, orels the priest and clearkes shall syng.

MAnne that is borne of a woman,Job. ix. hath but a shorte tyme to lyue, and is full of misery: he cummeth vp and is cut downe lyke a floure, he flyeth as it were a shadowe, and neuer continueth in one staye.

¶In the myddest of lyfe we be in death, of whom may we seke for succour but of thee, O Lorde, which for our sinnes iustly art moued: yet O Lorde God moste holy, O Lorde moste mighty, O holy and moste mercifull sauiour, deliuer vs not into the bytter paynes of eternall death. Thou knowest, Lorde, the secretes of our heartes, shutte not vp thy mercyfull iyes to oure prayers: But spare vs Lorde moste holy, O God moste mighty, O holy and mercifull sauiour, thou moste worthy iudge eternal, suffre vs not at our last houre for any paynes of death, to fall from thee.

Then the priest castyng earth vpon the Corps, shall saye.

I Commende thy soule to God the father almigh­tie, and thy body to the grounde, earth to earth, asshes to asshes, dust to dust, in sure and certaine hope of resurreccion to eternall lyfe, through our Lorde Iesus Christe, who shall chaunge oure vile body, that it may be lyke to his gloryous body, according to the mighty workyng wherby he is hable to subdue al thinges to himselfe.

Then shalbe sayed or song.

Apoca. xiiii. I Heard a voyce from heauen, saying vnto me: Write, blessed are the dead which dye in the Lord. Euen so sayeth the spirite, that they rest from their labours.

Let vs pray.
WE commend into thy hādes of mercy (most mer­cifull father) the soule of this our brother depar­ted. N. And his body we commit to the earth, be­seching thine infinite goodnesse, to geue vs grace to lyue in thy feare and loue, and to dye in thy fauour: that when the iudgemente shall come whiche thou haste com­mitted to thy welbeloued sonne, both this oure brother, and we, may be found acceptable in thy sight, and receyue that blessing, whiche thy welbeloued sonne shall then pro­nounce to all that loue and feare thee, saying: Come ye blessed children of my father: Receyue the kyngdome pre­pared for you before the beginning of the worlde. Graunt this, mercifull father, for the honour of Iesu Christe our onely sauior, mediator, and aduocate. Amen.

This prayer shall also be added.

ALmightye God, we geue thee hertie thankes for this thy seruaunt, whom thou hast deliuered from the miseries of this wretched worlde, from the bo­dye of death and all temptacion. And, as we trust, haste brought his soule, which he committed into thy holy handes, into sure consolacion and rest: Graunt we beseche thee, that at the daye of iudgemente, hys soule and all [Page cxlvii] the soules of thy elect, departed out of thys lyfe, may with vs and we with them, fullye receyue thy promisses, and bee made perfite altogether, thorowe the glorious resurreccion of thy sonne Iesus Christe our Lorde.

These psalmes with other suffrages folowing, are to be sayde in the churche, either before or af­ter the buriall of the corps.

I Am well pleased that the lorde hath hearde the voyce of my prayer.Dilexi quoni­am. psal. cx [...]i

That he hath enclined his eare vnto me: ther­fore will I call vpon him as long as I liue.

The snares of death compased me round about, and the paynes of hel, gatte hold vpon me: I shal finde trouble and heauines, and I shall call vpon the name of the Lorde (O Lorde) I beseche thee deliuer my soule.

Gracious is the lord, and righteous: yea our god is mer­cifull.

The lorde preserueth the simple: I was in misery and he helped me.

Turne agayn then vnto thy rest, O my soule: for the lord hath rewarded thee.

And why? thou hast deliuered my soule from death, mine eyes from teares, and my feete from falling.

I will walke before the lorde, in the lande of the liuyng.

I beleued & therefore will I speake: but I was sore trou­bled.

I sayde in my haste: all men are lyers.

What rewarde shall I geue vnto the lorde: for all the be­nefites that he hath done vnto me?

I wil receiue the cup of saluacion: and cal vpon the name of the Lorde.

I wil pay my vowes now in the presence of all his people: right dere in the sight of ye lorde is the death of hys saintes.

Beholde (O Lorde) how that I am thy seruaunt: I am thy seruaunt and the sonne of thy handemayde, thou haste broken my bondes in sunder.

I will offer to thee the sacrifyce of thankes geuyng: and will call vpon the name of the Lorde.

I will pay my vowes vnto the lorde in the syghte of all [Page] hys people: in the courtes of the Lordes house, euen in the middest of thee, O Hierusalem.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginning. &c.

Domine pro­basti. psal. cxxxix. O Lorde thou hast searched me out, and knowen me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine vprising: thou vnderstandest my thoughtes long before.

Thou arte about my path, and about my bed: and spyeste out all my wayes.

For loe there is not a woorde in my tongue: but thou (O Lorde) knowest it altogether.

Thou hast fashioned me, behynde and before: and layed thyne hande vpon me.

Such knowlage is to woonderfull and excellente for me: I cannot attayne vnto it.

Whither shall I goe then from thy spirite? or whither shall I goe then from thy presence?

If I clime vp into heauen, thou art there: If I goe down to hell thou art there also.

If I take the winges of the morning, and remaine in the vttermost partes of the sea.

Euen there also shall thy hande leade me: and thy ryght hande shall holde me.

If I say: peraduenture the derkenes shal couer me, then shall my night be turned to day.

Yea the darkenes is no darkenes with thee: but the night is all cleare as the day, the darkenes and lyght to thee are both a lyke.

For my reines are thyne, thou hast couered me in my mo­thers wombe, I wil geue thankes vnto thee: for I am fear­fully, and wunderously made, marueilous are thy woorkes, and that my soule knoweth ryghte well.

My bones are not hyd from thee: though I bee made se­cretly, and fashioned beneath in the yearth.

Thyne eyes did see my substaunce, yet beyng vnperfect: and in thy booke were all my members written.

Whiche daye by daye were fashioned: when as yet there was none of them.

How deare are thy counsels vnto me, O God? O howe great is the summe of them?

[Page cxlviii]If I tell them, they are moe in noumbre then the sande: when I wake vp, I am present with thee.

Wilt thou not sley the wicked, O God? departe from me ye bloud thristie men.

For they speake vnrighteously against thee: and thine e­nemies take thy name in vaine.

Do not I hate them, O Lorde, that hate thee? and am not I greued with those that ryse vp agaynst thee?

Yea I hate them right soore: euen as though they were myne enemies.

Trye me, O God, and seke the grounde of myne heart: proue me, and examine my thoughtes.

Looke well if there be any way of wickednes in me: and leade me in the waye euerlastyng.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the begynnyng. &c.

PRayse the Lord (O my soule) while I lyue will I prayse the Lorde:Lauda anima mea. psal. cxlvi. yea as long as I haue any bee­ing, I will sing prayses vnto my God.

O put not your trust in princes, nor in any childe of man: for there is no helpe in them.

For when the breath of man goeth furth, he shall turne agayne to his earth: and then all his thoughtes perishe.

Blessed is he that hath the God of Iacob for his helpe: and whose hope is in the Lorde his God.

Whiche made heauen and earth, the sea, and al that ther­in is: whiche kepeth his promyse for euer.

Whiche helpeth them to ryght that suffer wrong: whiche feedeth the hungry.

The Lorde looceth men out of prison: the Lorde geueth sight to the blynde.

The Lorde helpeth them vp that are fallen: the Lorde careth for the righteous.

The Lorde careth for the straungers, he defendeth the fatherlesse and widdowe: as for the waye of the vngodly, he turneth it vpsyde downe.

The Lorde thy God, O Sion, shalbe king for euermore: and throughout all generacions.

Glory be to the father. &c.

As it was in the beginnyng. &c.

[Page]Then shall folowe this lesson, taken out of the .xv. Chapter to the Corinthians, the first Epistle.

i. Cor. xv. CHriste is risen from the dead, and become the firste fruites of them that slepte. For by a manne came death, and by a manne came the resurreccion of the dead. For as by Adam all dye: euen so by Christe shall all be made alyue: but euery manne in his owne ordre. The firste is Christe, then they that are Christes at his com­myng. Then commeth the ende, when he hath delyuered vp the kyngdome to God the father, when he hath put downe all rule and all authoritie and power. For he must reygne till he haue putte all his enemyes vnder his feete. The laste enemy that shall be destroyed, is death. For he hath put all thinges vnder his feete. But when he sayeth all thinges are put vnder him, it is manifest that he is ex­cepted, whiche did put all thinges vnder hym. When all thynges are subdued vnto hym, then shall the sonne also hymselfe be subiecte vnto hym that put all thynges vnder him, that God may be all in all. Els what doe they, which are baptized ouer the dead, if the dead ryse not at all? Why are they then baptized ouer them? Yea, and why stand we alwaye then in ieoperdie? By our reioysing, which I haue in Christ Iesu our Lord, I dye dayly. That I haue fought with beastes at Ephesus after the maner of men, what a­uauntageth it me, if the dead ryse not againe? Let vs eate, and drynke, for to morowe we shall dye. Be not ye decey­ued: euill wordes corrupt good maners. Awake truely out of slepe, and sinne not. For some haue not the knowledge of God. I speake this to youre shame. But some manne will say: howe aryse the dead? with what body shall they come? Thou foole, that whiche thou sowest, is not quicke­ned excepte it dye. And what sowest thou? Thou sowest not that body that shalbe: but bare corne, as of weate, or of some other: but God geueth it a body at his pleasure, to euery seede his owne body. All fleshe is not one maner of fleshe: but there is one maner of fleshe of mē, an other ma­ner of fleshe of beastes, an other of fishes, and an other of birdes. There are also celestiall bodyes, and there are bo­dyes terrestriall. But the glory of the celestiall is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is an other. There is one maner [Page cxlix] glory of the sunne, and an other glory of the moone, and an other glory of the starres. For one starre differeth from an other in glory. So is the resurreccion of the deade. It is sowen in corrupcion, it riseth agayne in incorrupcion. It is sowen in dishonoure, it ryseth agayne in honoure. It is sowen in weakenes; it riseth againe in power. It is sowen a naturall body, it ryseth agayne a spirituall bodie. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body: as it is al­so written: the first man Adam was made a lyuing soule, and the last Adam was made a quicknyng spirite. Howe­beit that is not fyrst which is spirituall: but that whiche is naturall, and then that which is spirituall. The first man is of the earth, earthy: The seconde manne is the Lorde from heauen (heauenly.) As is the earthy, suche are they that are earthy. And as is the heauenly, such are they that are heauenly. And as we haue borne the image of the ear­thy, so shal we beare the ymage of the heauenly. This saie I brethren, that fleshe and bloud can not enherite the king­dome of God: Neither doth corrupcion inherite vncorrup­cion. Beholde, I shewe you a mistery. We shal not al slepe, but we shall al be chaunged, and that in a momente, in the twynkelyng of an iye by the laste trumpe. For the trumpe shal blowe, & the dead shal rise incorruptible, and we shalbe chaunged. For this corruptible must put on incorrupcion:& this mortal must put on immortalitie. When this corrupti­ble hath put on incorrupcion, & this mortal hath put on im­mortalitie: then shal be brought to passe the saying that is writtē: Death is swalowed vp in victory: Death where is thy sting? Hell where is thy victory? The sting of death is synne: & the strēgth of sinne is the law. But thākes be vnto God, which hath geuen vs victory, through our lord Iesus Christ. Therfore my deare brethrē, be ye steadfast & vnmo­uable, alwaies riche in the worke of the lord, forasmuch as ye know, how that your labour is not in vaine, in the lord.

The lesson ended, then shal the priest saye.
  • Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.
  • Christ haue mercy vpon vs.
  • Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

[Page]¶Oure father which art in heauen. &c.

And leade vs not into temptacion.


But delyuer vs from euil. Amen.


Entre not (O Lorde) into iudgement with thy seruaunt.


For in thy sight no lyuing creature shalbe iustifyed.


From the gates of hell.


Delyuer theyr soules, O Lorde.


I beleue to see the goodnes of the Lorde.


In the lande of the lyuing.


O Lorde, graciously heare my prayer.


And let my crye come vnto thee.

Let vs praye.
O Lorde, with whome do liue the spirites of them that be dead: and in whome the soules of them that be elected, after they be delyuered from the burden of the fleshe, be in ioy and felicitie: Graunte vnto this thy seruaunt, that the sinnes which he committed in this world be not imputed vnto him, but that he, escaping the gates of hell, & paynes of eternal darckenes, may euer dwel in the region of light, with Abraham, Isaac, and Iacob, in the place where is no wepyng, sorowe, nor heauynes: and when that dredful day of the generall resurreccion shall come, make hym to ryse also with the iust and righteous, and receiue thys body a­gaine to glory, then made pure and incorruptible: set him on the righte hande of thy sonne Iesus Christ, among thy ho­ly and elect, that then he maye heare with them these most swete and coumfortable wordes: Come to me ye blessed of my father, possesse the kyngdōe which hath bene prepared for you from the begynning of the world: Graunte this we beseche thee, o mercyfull father, through Iesus Christ our mediatour and redemer. Amen.

THE CELEBRACION ❧ of the holy Communion when there is a Burial of the dead.

LYke as the hart desireth the water brookes:Quem adme­dum. psal. xlii. so longeth my soule after thee, O God.

My soule is a thirst for god, yea, euen for the liuing god: when shall I come to appeare before the presence of God? My teares haue beene my meate day and nighte: whyle they dayly say vnto me, where is nowe thy god?

Nowe when I thinke thereupon, I powre out my heart by my selfe: for I went with the multitude, and brought them furth vnto the house of God, in the voyce of praise and thankesgeuing, emong suche as kepe holy day.

Why art thou so full of heauines (O my soule) and why art thou so vnquiete within me?

Put thy trust in god, for I wil yet geue him thankes, for the helpe of his countenaunce.

My God, my soule is vexed within me: therefore will I re­member thee concerning the land of Iordane, and the litle hill of Hermonim.

One deepe calleth an other because of the noyse of thy water pypes: al thy waues and stormes are gone ouer me. The lorde hath graunted his louing kyndenesse on the daye tyme: and in the nighte season dyd I syng of hym, and made my prayer vnto the god of my lyfe.

I will say vnto the God of my strength, why haste thou forgotten me? why goe I thus heauelye, whyle the enemye oppresseth me?

My bones are smitten a soonder, whyle myne enemies (that trouble me) cast me in the teeth: namely while they say dayly vnto me, where is nowe thy God?

Why art thou so vexed (O my soule) and why arte thou so disquieted within me?

O put thy trust in god, for I will yet thanke hym whiche is the helpe of my countenaunce, and my God.

Glory be to the father, and to the sonne: & to the holy gost.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer shall be: worlde without ende. Amen.


O Mercifull god the father of oure lord Iesu Christ, who is the resurreccion and the life: In whome whosoeuer beleueth shall liue thoughe he dye: And whosoeuer liueth, and beleueth in hym, shall not dye eternally: who also hath taught vs (by his holye Apostle Paule) not to bee sorye as men without hope for them that slepe in him: We mekelye beseche thee (o father) to raise vs from the death of sin, vn­to the life of righteousnes, that when we shall departe this lyfe, we maye slepe in him (as our hope is this our brother doeth) and at the general resurreccion in the laste daie, both we and this oure brother departed, receiuyng agayne our bodies, and risinge againe in thy moste gracious fauoure: maye with all thine elect Saynctes, obteine eternall ioye. Graunt this, O Lord god, by the meanes of our aduocate Iesus Christ: whiche with thee and the holy ghoste, liueth and reigneth one God for euer. Amen.

The Epistle.

i. Tess. iiii. I Would not brethren that ye shoulde bee ignoraunt concernyng them whiche are fallen a slepe, that ye sorowe not as other doe, which haue no hope. For if wee beleue that Iesus dyed, and rose agayne: euen so them also whiche slepe by Iesus, wyll God brynge againe with him. For this saie we vnto you in the woorde of the Lord: that we whiche shall lyue, and shall remaine in the cummynge of the Lorde, shall not come ere they whiche slepe. For the Lorde himselfe shall descende from heauen with a shoute and the voice of the Archangell and troump of God. And the deade in Christ shall arise firste: then wee whiche shall lyue (euen wee whiche shall remayne) shall bee caughte vp wyth them also in the cloudes, to meete the Lorde in the ayre. And so shall wee euer bee wyth the Lorde. Wherefore coumforte youre selues one an other wyth these woordes.

¶The gospell.

IEsus sayed to his disciples and to the Iewes:John. vi. All that the father geueth me, shall come to me: and he that commeth to me, I cast not away. For I came down from heauen: not to doe that I will, but that he will whiche hath sent me. And this is the fathers will whiche hath sente me: that of all whiche he hath geuen me, I shall lose nothing: but raise them vp again at the last day. And this is the wyll of hym that sent me: that euery one which seeth the sonne and be­leueth on him, haue euer­lasting lyfe. And I wil raise hym vp at the laste daye.

THE ORDRE OF THE ❧ Purification of weomen.

The woman shall come into the churche, and there shall kneele downe in some conueniente place, nygh vnto the quier doore: and the prieste standyng by her, shall saye these woordes or suche lyke, as the case shall require.

FOr asmuche as it hath pleased almightie god of his goodnes to geue you safe deliueraunce, and your childe baptisme, and hath preserued you in the greate daunger of childebirth: ye shal therefore geue heartie thākes vnto god, and pray.

Then shall the prieste say this psalme.

Leuaui oculos Psal. cxxi. I Haue lifted vp mine iyes vnto the hilles: from whence cummeth my helpe?

My help cummeth euen from the lord: whiche hath made heauen and earth.

He will not suffer thy foote to be moued: and he that ke­peth thee will not slepe.

Beholde, he that kepeth Israell: shall neyther slumber nor slepe.

The lorde himselfe is thy keper: the lorde is thy defence v­pon thy right hande.

So that the sunne shall not burne thee by daye: neyther the moone by nyght.

The lord shall preserue thee from all euill: yea it is euen he that shall kepe thy soule.

The lord shall preserue thy going out, and thy cummyng in: from this tyme furth for euermore.

Glorye be to the father, and to the sonne. &c.

As it was in the beginning, is nowe, and euer. &c.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Christ haue mercie vpon vs.

Lorde haue mercie vpon vs.

¶Our father whiche art in heauen. &c.

And leade vs not into temptacion.


But deliuer vs from euill. Amen.


O lord saue this woman thy seruaunt.

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Which putteth her trust in thee.


Be thou to her a strong tower.


From the face of her enemie.


Lorde heare oure praier.


And let oure crye come to thee.


¶Let vs praye.
O Almyghtye God, which hast delyuered thys woman thy seruaunt from the great payne and perill of child­birth: Graunt we beseche thee (most mercyfull father) that she through thy helpe may both faithfully lyue, and walke in her vocacion accordyng to thy will in thys lyfe present: and also maye be partaker of euerlastyng glory in the lyfe to come: through Iesus Christe oure Lorde. Amen.

The woman that is purifyed, must offer her Crisome, and other accustomed offeringes. And if there be a communi­on, it is conuenient that she receiue the holy communion.

The first daie of Lente com­monly called Ashe­wednisdaye.

¶After mattens ended, the people beyng called together by the rynging of a bel, and assembled in the churche: Thinglishe letanye shall be sayed after thaccustomed maner: whiche ended, the prieste shall goe into the pulpitte, and saie thus.

BRethrē, in the primatiue churche there was a god­lye discipline, that at the begynning of lente suche persones as were notorious sinners, were put to open penaunce, and punished in this worlde, that theyr soules myght be saued in the daye of the Lorde. And that other, admonyshed by theyr example, mighte be more afrayed to offende. In the steede whereof vntill the sayde disciplyne maye be restored agayne: (whyche thynge is muche to be wished) it is thoughte good that at this tyme (in your presence) shoulde be read the generall sentences of goddes cursing agaynst impenitent synners, gathered out of the xxvii. Chapter of Deuteronomie, and other places of scripture. And that ye should aunswere to euery sentence, Amen. To the intente that you beyng admonished of the greate indignacion of God agaynste synners: maye the ra­ther be called to earneste and true repentaunce, and maye walke more warely in these daungerous dayes, fleyng frō suche vices, for the which ye affirme with your owne mou­thes: the curse of God to be due.

¶Cursed is the manne that maketh any carued or molten image, an abominacion to the Lord, the worke of the han­des of the craftes manne, and putteth it in a secrete place to wurship it.

And the people shall aunswere, and say.



Cursed is he that curseth hys father, and mother.




[Page cliii]Cursed is he that remoueth awaie the marke of his neigh­bours land.




Cursed is he that maketh the blinde to goe oute of his waye.




Cursed is he that letteth in iudgement the right of the straungier, of them that be fatherlesse, and of widowes.




Cursed is he that smiteth his neighbour secretely.




Cursed is he that lieth with his neighbours wyfe.




Cursed is he that taketh rewarde to slea the soule of inno­cent bloude.




Cursed is he that putteth his trust in mā, & taketh manne for his defence, and in his hearte goeth from the Lorde.




Cursed are the vnmercifull, the fornicatours and aduou­terers, the couetous persones, the wurshyppers of images, slaundreers, drunkardes, and extorcioners.



The minister.

Psal. cxviii.NOwe seeing that al they bee accursed (as the Prophete Dauid beareth witnesse) whiche doe erre & goe astray from the commaundementes of God, let vs (remembring the dredeful iudgement hanging ouer our heades, and be­ing alwayes at hande) returne vnto our lorde God, with al contricion and mekenes of heart, bewailing and lamen­ting our synful lyfe, knowlagyng and confessing our of­fences, and seekyng to bring furth worthie fruites of pe­nance.Mat. iii. For euen now is the axe put vnto the roote of the trees, so that euery tree whiche bryngeth not furth good fruite,Hebru. x. is hewen downe and cast into the fier. It is a feare­full thing to fall into the handes of the lyuing God: he shall powre downe rayne vpon the synners,Psal. x. snares, fyer, & brimstone, storme and tempest: this shalbe theyr porcion to drinke.Esai. xxvi. For loe the lorde is cummen out of his place, to visite the wickednes of suche as dwell vpon the earth. But who may abyde the daye of his cumming?Mala. iii. who shalbee hable to endure whan he appeareth? His fanne is in his hande,Mat. iii. and he will pourge his floore, & gather his wheate into the barne, but he will burne the chaffe with vnquen­cheable fier.i. Thessa. v. The day of the lorde cummeth as a thiefe v­pon the night, and when men shal say peace, and al thinges are safe: then shall sodayne destruccion come vpon them, as sorowe cometh vpon a woman trauaillyng with childe, and they shall not escape: then shall appeare the wrathe of God in the daye of vengeaunce, whiche obstinate synners through the stubbernes of their hearte,Roma. ii. haue heaped vnto themselfe, whiche despised the goodnesse, pacience and long sufferaunce of god, when he called thē continually to repen­taunce.prouerb. i. Then shall they call vpon me (sayth the lorde) but I will not heare: they shal seke me early, but they shall not finde me, and that because they hated knowlage, & receiued not the feare of the lord, but abhorred my coūsell and despi­sed my correcciō: then shal it be too late to knocke, when the doore shalbe shut, & too late to cry for mercy, when it is the time of iustice. O terrible voice of most iust iudgemēt, which shalbe pronounced vpon them, when it shalbe sayde vnto [Page cliiij] them. Go ye cursed into the fyer euerlasting,Math. xxv. whiche is pre­pared for the deuill and his angels. Therfore brethren take we hede by time, while the day of saluacion lasteth,ii. Cor. vi. John .ix. for the night cometh when none can worke: but let vs while we haue the light, beleue in the light, and walke as the childrē of the lyghte, that we bee not caste into the vtter derkenes, where is wepyng and gnashing of teeth. Let vs not abuse the goodnes of god,Mat. xxv. whiche calleth vs mercifully to amen­dement, and of his endlesse pitie, promiseth vs forgeuenes of that whiche is past: if (with a whole mind and a true heart) we returne vnto him:Esai. i. for though our sinnes bered as scarlet, they shalbe as white as snowe, and though they be lyke purple, yet shall they be as white as woolle. Turne you cleane (sayeth the lord) from all your wickednes,Esech. xvii. and your synne shall not be your destruccion. Cast away from you all your vngodlynes that ye haue doen, make you new heartes and a newe spirite: wherfore wil ye dye, O ye house of Israel? seing I haue no pleasure in the death of him that dieth (saith the Lord God.) Turne you then, and you shall lyue.i. Iohn. ii. Although we haue sinned yet haue we an aduocate with the father Iesus Christ the righteous, & he it is that obteyneth grace for our sinnes, for he was wounded for our offences, and smitten for our wickednes:Esai. liii. let vs therfore re­turne vnto him, who is the mercifull receiuer of all true pe­nitent sinners, assuryng our selfe that he is ready to receiue vs, and most willing to pardon vs, if we come to him with faithfull repentaunce: yf we wyll submit our selues vnto hym, and from henceforth walke in his wayes:Math. xi. yf we will take his easy yoke and light burden vpon vs to folow him in lowlynesse, pacience, and charitie, and bee ordred by the gouernaunce of his holy spirite, sekyng alwaies his glorie, and seruing hym duely in our vocacion with thankes ge­uing. This if we doe, Christe will deliuer vs from the curse of the lawe, and from the extreme malediccion whiche shal lyght vpon them that shalbee set on the left hand: and he will set vs on his right hand, and geue vs the blessed bene­diccion of his father,Math. xxv. commaunding vs to take possession of his glorious kyngdome, vnto the whiche he vouchsafe to bring vs all, for his infinite mercie. Amen.

¶Then shall they all kneele vpon theyr knees: And the prieste and clearkes kneeling (where they are accustomed to saye the letanie) shall saye this psalme.

Miserere mei deus. psal. li. HAue mercie vpon me (O God) after thy greate goodnesse: according vnto the multi­tude of thy mercies, do away mine offences. Washe me throwly fro my wickednes: and clense me from my synne.

For I knowlage my faultes, and my sinne is euer before me.

Against thee only haue I synned, and done this euill in thy syght: that thou myghtest bee iustified in thy saying and clere when thou art iudged.

Behold, I was shapen in wickednes, and in sinne hath my mother conceiued me.

But loe, thou requirest trueth in the inward partes, and shalte make me to vnderstande wysedome secretelye.

Thou shalt pourge me with Hope, and I shall bee cleane: thou shalt washe me, and I shall bee whyter then snowe.

Thou shalte make me heare of ioye and gladnesse, that the bones whiche thou haste broken, maye reioyce.

Turne thy face from my synnes, and putte out all my mysdedes.

Make me a cleane hearte (O God) and renue a ryght spi­rite within me.

Caste me not awaye from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirite from me.

O geue me the coumforte of thy helpe agayne, and sta­blishe me with thy free spirite.

Then shall I teache thy wayes vnto the wicked, and sin­ners shall bee conuerted vnto thee.

Deliuer me from bloud giltinesse (O God) thou that art the god of my health: and my toungue shall syng of thy righteousnesse.

Thou shalt open my lippes (O Lorde:) my mouthe shall shewe thy prayse.

For thou desyreste no sacrifice, els woulde I geue it thee: but thou deliteste not in burnt offeryng.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirite, a broken and a contrite herte (O God) shalt thou not despise.

[Page clv]O be fauourable and gracious vnto Sion, build thou the walles of Hierusalem.

Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifyce of righteous­nesse, with the burnt offerynges, and oblacions: then shall they offre young bullockes vpon thyne aultare.

Glorye be tho the father, and to the sonne: & to the holy gost.

As it was in the begynning is nowe, & euer shalbe: worlde without ende. Amen.

¶Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

¶Christe haue mercy vpon vs.

¶Lorde haue mercy vpon vs.

Our father whiche art in heauen. &c.

And leade vs not into temptacion.


But delyuer vs from euil. Amen.


O Lorde saue thy seruauntes.


Whyche put theyr trust in thee.


Sende vnto them helpe from aboue.


And euermore mightily defende them.


Helpe vs O God our sauiour.


And for the glory of thy names sake delyuer vs, be mercy­full vnto vs synners, for thy names sake.


O Lorde heare my prayer.


And let my crye come to thee.

Let vs praye.
O Lord, we besech thee mercifully heare our praiers, and spare all those whiche confesse theyr synnes to thee, that they (whose consciences by synne are ac­cused) by thy mercyfull pardon may be absolued, through Christe oure Lorde. Amen.

[Page] O Most mightie God and mercyfull father, whiche hast compassion of al menne, and hateste nothing that thou haste made: which wouldeste not the death of a synner, but that he should rather turne from synne & bee saued: mercy­fully forgeue vs our trespasses, receyue and coumforte vs, which be grieued and weried with the burdē of our synne: Thy propertie is to haue mercie, to thee onely it appertei­neth to forgeue sinnes: spare vs therfore, good Lorde, spare thy people whom thou hast redemed. Enter not into iudge­ment with thy seruauntes, which be vyle yearth, and my­serable synners: But so turne thy ire from vs, which meke­ly knowlege our vilenes, and truly repent vs of our fautes: so make haste to helpe vs in thys worlde: that wee maye euer lyue with thee in the worlde to come: through Iesus Christ our Lorde. Amen.

Then shall thys antheme be sayde or song.

TVrne thou vs, good Lorde, and so shall we be turned: bee fauourable (O Lorde) bee fauoura­ble to thy people, which turne to thee in weping, fasting and praying: for thou art a merciful god, full of compassion, long sufferyng, and of a great pietie. Thou sparest when we deserue punishemente, and in thy wrathe thynkest vpon mercy. Spare thy people, good Lorde, spare them, and lette not thyne heri­tage bee broughte to confusion: Heare vs (O Lorde) for thy mercy is greate, and after the multitude of thy mercyes looke vpon vs.

OF CEREMONIES ❧ Why some be abolished and some retayned.

OF suche Ceremonies as be vsed in the Churche, and haue had their beginnyng by thinstitucion of man: Some at the first were of godly intent and purpose deuised, and yet at length turned to vanitie and supersticiō: Some entred into the Church by vndiscrete deuocion, and suche a zele as was without knowleage: and forbecause they were winked at in the beginning, they grewe dayly to more and more abuses, whiche not onely for their vnprofitablenesse, but also because they haue muche blynded the people, and obscured the glory of God, are worthy to be cut away, and cleane reiected. Other there be, whiche although they haue been deuised by man: yet it is thought good to reserue them still, aswell for a decent ordre in the Churche (for the whiche they were first deuised) as because they pertaine to edifica­cion: Wherunto all thynges doen in the Churche (as the Apostle teacheth) ought to be referred. And although the kepyng or omittyng of a ceremonie (in it selfe considered) is but a small thing: Yet the wilful and contēptuous trans­gression, and breaking of a common ordre, and discipline, is no smal offence before God. Let al thinges bee done emong you (sayeth Saincte Paule) in a semely and due ordre. The appointemēte of the which ordre, pertaineth not to priuate menne: Therfore no manne ought to take in hande, nor presume to appointe or alter any publike or common ordre in Christes Churche, excepte he be lawfully called and au­torized therunto. And whereas in this our tyme, the myndes of menne bee so diuerse, that some thynke it a greate matter of conscience to departe from a peece of the leaste of theyr Ceremonies (they bee so addicted to theyr olde customes) and agayne on the other syde, some bee so newe fangle that they woulde innouate all thyng, and so doe despyse the olde that nothyng canne lyke them, but that is newe: It was thought expediente not so [Page] muche to haue respecte howe to please and satisfye eyther of these parties, as howe to please God, and profite them bothe. And yet leste any manne should bee offended (whom good reasō might satisfie) here be certaine causes rendered, why some of the accustomed Ceremonies be put awaye, and some be retained and kept still.

Some are put awaye, because the great excesse and mul­titude of them hathe so encreased in these latter daies, that the burthen of them was intollerable: wherof saincte Au­gustine in his tyme complained, that they were growen to suche a noumbre: that the state of christian people was in wurse case (concerning that matter) then were the Iewes. And he counsayled that suche yocke and burthen shoulde be taken awaye, as tyme woulde serue quietely to doe it. But what woulde saincte Augustine haue sayed yf he hadde seen the Ceremonies of late dayes vsed among vs? wherunto the multitude vsed in his tyme was not to bee compared. This our excessiue multitude of Ceremonies, was so great, and many of them so darke: that they dyd more confounde, and darken, then declare and setteforth Christes benefites vnto vs. And besides this, Christes Gospell is not a Ceremoniall lawe (as muche of Moses lawe was,) but it is a religion to serue God, not in bondage of the figure or shadowe: but in the freedome of spirite, bee­yng contente onelye with those ceremonies whiche doe serue to a decente ordre and godlye discipline, and suche as bee apte to stirre vppe the dulle mynde of manne, to the re­membraunce of his duetie to God, by some notable and speciall significacion, whereby he might bee edified.

¶Furthermore, the most weightie cause of the abolishe­ment of certaine Ceremonies was, that they were so farre abused, partely by the supersticious blindenes of the rude and vnlearned, and partelye by the vnsaciable auarice of suche as soughte more theyr owne lucre then the glorie of God: that the abuses coulde not well bee taken awaye, the thing remayning styll. But nowe as concerning those persones, whiche peraduenture will bee offended for that some of the olde Ceremonies are retained still: Yf they con­syder, that wythoute some Ceremonies it is not possible to kepe anye ordre or quite discipline in the church: they shall [Page clvii] easilye perceiue iuste cause to refourme theyr iudgementes. And yf they thinke muche that anye of the olde dooe re­mayne, and woulde rather haue all deuised a newe: then suche menne (grauntyng some Ceremonies conueniente to bee hadde) surelye where the olde maye bee well vsed: there they cannot reasonablye reproue the olde (onelye for their age) withoute bewraying of theyr owne folye. For in such a case they oughte rather to haue reuerence vnto them for theyr antiquitie, yf they wyll declare themselues to bee more studious of vnitie and concorde, then of innouacions and newe fanglenesse, whiche (as muche as maye bee with the trewe setting foorthe of Christes religion) is alwayes to bee eschewed. Furthermore, suche shall haue no iuste cause with the Ceremonies reserued, to bee offended: for as those bee taken awaye whiche were moste abused, & dydde burden mennes consciences withoute any cause: So the o­ther that remaine are retained for a discipline, and ordre, whiche (vpon iust causes) may be altered and chaunged, and therfore are not to be estemed egual with goddes lawe. And moreouer they be neyther darke nor dumme ceremo­nies, but are so set forth that euery man may vnderstande what they dooe meane, and to what vse they do serue. So that it is not like that they, in time to come, shoulde be ab­used as the other haue been. And in these all our dooyn­ges wee condemne no other nacions, nor prescribe anye thing, but to oure owne people onelye. For we thinke it conueniente that euery countreye should vse suche ceremo­nies, as they shall thynke beste to the setting foorth of goddes honour & glorye: and to the reducyng of the people to a moste perfecte and Godly lyuing, without errour or su­persticion: and that they shoulde putte awaye other thinges, whiche from time to time they perceyue to be moste abused, as in mennes ordi­naunces it often chaunceth di­uerslye in diuerse countreyes. *⁎*

CERTAYNE NOTES ❧ for the more playne explicacion and decent ministracion of thinges, conteined in thys booke.

IN the saying or singing of Matens and Euensonge, Bap­tizyng and Burying, the minister, in paryshe churches and chapels annexed to the same, shall vse a Surples. And in all Cathedrall churches and Colledges, tharchdeacons, Deanes, Prouestes Maisters, Prebendaryes and fellowes, beinge Graduates, may vse in the quiere beside theyr Surplesses, suche hoodes as pertaineth to their seuerall degrees, whiche they haue taken in any vniuersitie within this realme. But in all other places, euery minister shall be at libertie to vse any Surples or no. It is also seemely that Graduates, when they dooe preache, shoulde vse suche hoodes as pertayneth to theyr seuerall degrees.

¶And whensoeuer the Bushop shall celebrate the holye communion in the churche, or execute any other publique minystracyon: he shall haue vpon hym, besyde his rochette, a Surples or albe, and a cope or vestmente and also hys pastorall staffe in hys hande, or elles borne or holden by hys chapeleyne.

¶As touching kneeling, crossing, holding vp of handes, knocking vpon the brest, and other gestures: they may be vsed or lefte, as euery mans deuocyon serueth, without blame.

¶Also vpon Christmas daye, Ester day, the Ascension daye, whitsondaye, and the feaste of the Trinitie, maye be vsed any parte of holye scripture hereafter to be certaynly limited and appoynted, in the steade of the Letany.

¶If there be a sermone, or for other great cause, the Curate by his discreciō, maye leaue out the Letanye, Gloria in excelsis, the Crede, thomely and the exhortacion to the communion.


Imprinted at London in Fletestrete, at the signe of the Sunne ouer against the conduyte, by EdVVarde VVhitchurche. The fourth daye of Maye, the yeare of our Lorde, 1549.

❧The Kinges Maiestie, by❧ the aduyse of his moste deare vncle the Lorde Pro­tector and other his highnes Counsell, streightly chargeth and commaundeth, that no maner of person do sell this present booke vn­bounde, aboue the price of .ii. Shyl­lynges & .ii. pence the piece. And the same bounde in paste or in boordes, not aboue the price of three shyl­lynges and .viii. pence the piece.

God saue the King.

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