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LONDON:
THE NATIONAL SOCIETY'S DEPOSITORY,

SANCTUARY, WESTMINSTER.

*** Before the proof sheets of this edition leave the author's hand for the press, he would recommend a careful study of the “ Notes” as preparatory to the use of the “Questions." Without this preparation on the part of the teacher, the “ Questions” cannot be used with advantage, because in most cases the answers to them are supplied in the “Notes.” The exact words of the “ Questions” and “ Answers," as here given, should not be lite rally adhered to. On the contrary, the teacher should adapt each question to the capacity of the scholar, and the scholar should be encouraged to answer in his own words. It is presumed that each lesson will be begun by the reading of the Gospel aloud by the scholars, verse by verse in turn.

Although the author has carefully revised this book, he nevertheless believes that there are still some inaccuracies in the references to Holy Scripture. Notwithstanding, however, its imperfections in this and in other respects, it is hoped that the book will be found practical and simple, and well adapted for that class of persons for whose use it has been prepared.

J. F.

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LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,

AND CHARING CROSS.

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INTRODUCTORY NOTES

First Sunday after Easter .. .. 111

“ The Word ” must be " en Second Sunday after Easter .. 117

grafted” .. .. .. ..

Third Sunday after Easter .. 125

The Word “Gospel " .. .. .. 2 Fourth Sunday after Easter .. .. 130

Are the Gospels genuine ? ..

Fifth Sunday after Easter .. .. 136

What is the Age of each of the

Ascension-Day .. .. .. ..

142

Gospels ? .. .. .. ..

Sunday after Ascension-Da

The Four Evangelists ..

Whit-Sunday .. .. .. ...

152

First Sunday in Advent .. .. ..

Trinity-Sunday .. .. .. .. .. 158

Second Sunday in Advent.. .. ..

First Sunday after Trinity .. .. 164

Third Sunday in Advent .. .. .. 18

Second Sunday after Trinity .. 170

Fourth Sunday in Advent .. .. 22

Third Sunday after Trinity ..

The Nativity of our Lord, or the

Fourth Sunday after Trinity .. 178

Birthday of Christ, commonly

called Christmas Day..

Fifth Sunday after Trinity

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Sixth Sunday after Trinity

The Sunday after Christmas-Day .. 30

.. 187

The Circumcision of Christ . ..

Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Epiphany, or the Manifestation

Eighth Sunday after Trinity ..

197

of Christ to the Gentiles .. .. 37 Ninth Sunday after Trinity ..

First Sunday after the Epiphany .. 42

Tenth Sunday after Trinity .. 212

Second Sunday after the Epiphany.. 46 Eleventh Sunday after Trinity 221

Third Sunday after the Epiphany .. 49 Twelfth Sunday after Trinity .. 227

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.. 53 Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity .. 231

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany .. 56 Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity .. 242

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany .. 60 Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity .. 248

Septuagesima Sunday ...... 63 Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity .. 254

Sexagesima Sunday .. .. .. .. 66 Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.. 259

Quinquagesima Sunday

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity .. 264

First Sunday in Lent

Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity .. 267

Second Sunday in Lent

Twentieth Sunday after Trinity .. 271

Third Sunday in Lent

Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity 278

Fourth Sunday in Lent ..

Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity 282

Fifth Sunday in Lent .

Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity 288

Sunday next before Easter

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity 291

Easter-Day .. .. .. ..

100 | Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity 296

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NOTES, QUESTIONS, AND ANSWERS

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THE GOSPELS

FOR THE CHRISTIAN YE A R.

INTRODUCTORY NOTES.

“THE WORD ” MUST BE “ENGRAFTED.”

TIFTEEN centuries have rolled past since the eloquent T Chrysostom* told mothers, in one of his homilies, not to hang the four Gospels round the necks and near the beds of their children as charms. This caution, which was necessary fifteen centuries ago, might seem to be unnecessary now, at least in England; for, excepting the case of a very few persons in rural districts, faith in the power of charms has quite died out. No longer in Constantinople and Antioch, no longer in any place either in the East or the West, are the four Gospels likely to be hung round children's necks, or near their beds, as charms. Yet there is the danger that we may unconsciously treat the Bible as if it were a book of charms or a charmed

* His name was John, but in consequence of his eloquence the name Chry. sostom, or Golden Mouthed, was given to him. He was born at Antioch of a noble family. In A.D. 374, although young, his reputation was so great t prelates of the district elected him to a vacant bishopric. To shun the honour he fled to a mountain, where he dwelt four years with a hermit, and afterwards two years alone in a cavern. He then returned to his native place and became priest, which office he discharged for a period of eighteen years. He was then made, contrary to his own wish, Patriarch of Constantinople, and became distinguished for his masterly eloquence and the zeal with which he denounced the corruptions of the people, the clergy, and the court. After exercising his office at Constantinople six years a party was formed against him, and he was sent as an exile to the desolate town Cucusus in Mount Taurus, where he passed three years of his life. Our Prayer-Book, contains a prayer taken from Chrysostom's liturgy,

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