May 1, 2023 :: Morning Prayer
Saint Philip and Saint James's Day
Here beginneth the 7th chapter of Sirach.
Do no evil, so shall no harm come unto thee.
Depart from the unjust, and iniquity shall turn away from thee.
My son, sow not upon the furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.
Seek not of the Lord preeminence, neither of the king the seat of honour.
Justify not thyself before the Lord; and boast not of thy wisdom before the king.
Seek not to be judge, being not able to take away iniquity; lest at any time thou fear the person of the mighty, and lay a stumblingblock in the way of thy uprightness.
Offend not against the multitude of a city, and then thou shalt not cast thyself down among the people.
Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished.
Say not, God will look upon the multitude of my oblations, and when I offer to the most high God, he will accept it.
Be not fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms.
Laugh no man to scorn in the bitterness of his soul: for there is one which humbleth and exalteth.
Devise not a lie against thy brother; neither do the like to thy friend.
Use not to make any manner of lie: for the custom thereof is not good.
Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest.
Hate not laborious work, neither husbandry, which the most High hath ordained.
Number not thyself among the multitude of sinners, but remember that wrath will not tarry long.
Humble thy soul greatly: for the vengeance of the ungodly is fire and worms.
Change not a friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful brother for the gold of Ophir.
Forego not a wise and good woman: for her grace is above gold.
Whereas thy servant worketh truly, entreat him not evil, nor the hireling that bestoweth himself wholly for thee.
Let thy soul love a good servant, and defraud him not of liberty.
Hast thou cattle? have an eye to them: and if they be for thy profit, keep them with thee.
Hast thou children? instruct them, and bow down their neck from their youth.
Hast thou daughters? have a care of their body, and shew not thyself cheerful toward them.
Marry thy daughter, and so shalt thou have performed a weighty matter: but give her to a man of understanding.
Hast thou a wife after thy mind? forsake her not: but give not thyself over to a light woman.
Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother.
Remember that thou wast begotten of them; and how canst thou recompense them the things that they have done for thee?
Fear the Lord with all thy soul, and reverence his priests.
Love him that made thee with all thy strength, and forsake not his ministers.
Fear the Lord, and honour the priest; and give him his portion, as it is commanded thee; the firstfruits, and the trespass offering, and the gift of the shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the firstfruits of the holy things.
And stretch thine hand unto the poor, that thy blessing may be perfected.
A gift hath grace in the sight of every man living; and for the dead detain it not.
Fail not to be with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn.
Be not slow to visit the sick: for that shall make thee to be beloved.
Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 43rd verse of the 1st chapter of John.
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.