O ALMIGHTY God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; Grant
us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the
truth, and the life; that, following the steps of thy holy Apostles,
Saint Philip and Saint James, we may stedfastly walk in the way
that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. St. James i. 1.
JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the
twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren,
count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing
this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let
patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it
shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the
wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive
any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all
his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is
exalted: but the rich, in that he is made low: because as the
flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner
risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the
flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth:
so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is
the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them
that love him.
The Gospel. St. John xiv. 1.
AND Jesus said unto his disciples, Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are
many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where
I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the
way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither
thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my
Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it suffice
thus. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you,
and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me
hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in
me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but
the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me
that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe
me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;
and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my
Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do,
that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask
any thing in my name, I will do it.