Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Fourth Sunday in Lent


Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil
deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy
grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. _Amen_.

THE EPISTLE. Gal. iv. 21.

Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the
law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a
bond-maid, the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the
bond-woman was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman
was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the
two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to
bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia,
and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with
her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free; which is the
mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that
bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for
the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an
husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of
promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted
him that was born after the Spirit; even so it is now. Nevertheless,
what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bond-woman and her son; for
the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the
free-woman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the
bond-woman, but of the free.

THE GOSPEL. St John vi. 1.

Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles
which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into
a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the Passover,
a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lift up his eyes,
and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence
shall we buy bread, that these may eat? (And this he said to prove
him; for he himself knew what he would do.) Philip answered him,
Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that
every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew,
Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which
hath five barley-loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they
among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there
was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about
five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given
thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to
them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes, as much as
they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples,
Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets
with the fragments of the five barley-loaves, which remained
over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when
they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth
that Prophet that should come into the world.

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