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FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
INTROIT. Laetare. Is. 66.
REJOICE ye with Jerusalem:
and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with
her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck, and be satisfied
with the breast of her consolations. Ps. 122 I was glad
when the said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.
V. Glory be.
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. [Who.]
EPISTLE. Galatians 4:21-31
21 BRETHREN: Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law,
do ye not hear the law?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a
bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh;
but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants;
the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem
which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother
of us all.
27 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.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him
that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman
and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with
the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but
of the free.
GRADUAL. Ps. 122. I was glad when they said
unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord. V. Peace be within
thy walls, and plenteousness within thy palaces.
TRACT. Ps. 125. They that put their trust
in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion: which may not be
removed but standeth fast for ever. V. The hills stand about
Jerusalem: even so standeth the Lord round about his people,
from this time forth for evermore.
GOSPEL. Saint John 6:1-14
1 AT that time: Jesus
went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles
which he did on them that were diseased.
3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his
4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company
come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread,
that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not
sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two
small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 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
11 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.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather
up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 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.
14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus
did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into
OFFERTORY. Ps. 135. O praise the Lord, for
the Lord is gracious: O sing praises unto his Name, for it is
lovely: whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and
WE beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to have respect unto
these our oblations: that the same may be profitable unto us
for our increase in all godliness, and for the attainment of
everlasting salvation. [Through.]
COMMUNION. Ps. 122. Jerusalem is built as
a city that is at unity with itself: for thither the tribes go
up, even the tribes of the Lord, to give thanks unto the Name
of the Lord.
O LORD, who sufferest us to be partakers of thy wondrous
mysteries: grant, we beseech thee; that by thy mercy we may be
absolved from all our iniquities, and defended against all adversities.
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