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godliness, that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Phil. 1. 3.
my God upon every remembrance of you, (always in every prayer of mine for you all, making request with joy) for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ ; even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment: That ye may approve things that are excellent, that ve may be sincere, and without offence till the day of Christ : being filled with the
fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
The Gospel. S. MATTH. 18. 21, PETER said unto Jesus, Iord, how oft
me forgive him ? till seven times ? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times; but until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, who owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him an hundred
pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay
me that thou owest.
And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not; but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt, So when his fellow servants sa w what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me : Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee ? and bis lord was wrath, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their tresspasses.
The Tnenty-third Sunday after Trinity.
GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness ; Be
ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully, we may obtain effectually, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
The Epistle. Pall. 3. 17.
RETHREN, be followers together of
me, and mark them who walk so, as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
The Gospel. S. MATTH. 22. 15.
in his talk. And they sent ont unto him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man ; for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites ? Shew me the tribute-money. And they brought unto him a penny.
And he saith unto them, Whose is this image
superscription ? They say unto him, Cæsar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Cæsar, the things which are Cæsar's; and unto God, the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect. 0
LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that