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ILL USTRA TED.
PUBLIStIED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE TRACT COMMITTEE.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE,
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THE ANNUNCIATION ... ... ... ... ... 6
THE NATIVITY ... ... .. ... ... ...
THE SHEPHERDS OF BETHLEHEM ... ... .....
THE PRESENTATION ... ... ... ... ... ... 16
THE EPIPHANY ... ... ... .. ... ... 2
THE TEMPTATION ... ... ... ... ... ... 24
CHRIST CALLS ST. PETER AND ST. ANDREW TO FOLLOW HIM 2's
HEALING THE SICK OF THE PALSY ... ... ... 32
THE SOWER ... ... ... ... ... .. ... 36
THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND ... ... ... 40
THE SENDING OUT OF TIE SEVENTY ... ... ... 44
THE GOOD SAMARITAN ... ... ... ..... 48
THE GREAT SUPPER ... ... .... .. 52
THE LOST SHEEP ... ... ... ... ... ... 56
THE TWO DEBTORS ... ... ... .. ... 6c
THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS ... ... ... ... 6
THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN ... ... ... 68
CHRIST AND THE MOTHER OF ZEBEDEE'S CHILDREN ... 7
THIE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM ... ... ... ... 7(
CHRIST WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM ... ... ... Sc
THE WICKED HUSBANDMAN ... ... ... .. 84
THE TEN VIRGINS ... .. ... ... ...
THE TALENTS... .. ... ... ... ... ... 92
THE CRUCIFIXION ... ... ... ... ... ... 96
THE RESURRECTION ... ... ... .. ... TOO
CHRIST APPEARING TO MARY ... ... ... ... 104
THE ASCENSION ... ... ... ... ... ... o10
THE COMING OF THE HOLY GHOST ... ... ... I2
IN Nazareth, amongst the hills of Galilee,
there lived a young unmarried woman of
the name of Mary, who had promised to be the
wife of a man named Joseph. Joseph was a
carpenter; but both Joseph and Mary were of
the house of David-that is, David was their
forefather, just as Abraham was the forefather
of all the children of Israel-the people now
God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary, and he
spoke to her, saying: Rejoice, the Lord is with
thee: blessed art thou amongst women." Mary
did not rejoice at first, for she was too frightened
to understand the Angel's message; but she
gained courage as the Angel went on speaking
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when he said, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast
found favour with God, and God will send thee
a Son, and thou shalt call His name JEsus. He
shall be called the Son of God: and God shall
give Him the throne of His father David. He
shall reign over the house of David for ever "-
that is, over God's chosen people, the Israelites
-" and of His kingdom there shall be no end."
Then Mary said to the Angel, Behold the
handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according
to thy word." Mary was willing that God should
do with her what He would; she would submit
to Him in all things. Mary, you see, did not
ask for a sign, like Zacharias, but meekly gave
herself up to God. Just as a little child in a
dangerous road is glad to be in his father's arms,
and to have his guidance, so Mary wished to
trust everything to God.
A T this time Augustus Casar, the Roman
1 Emperor, ordered that all the people over
whom he reigned should be numbered, that they
might be taxed, or made to give money to the
Emperor to pay his soldiers with and the men
who helped him to govern. They were told to
obey this order of the Roman Emperor.
So every man went to the place to which he
properly belonged to have his name written
down, and to answer perhaps other questions.
Though Joseph was living at Nazareth, he
really belonged to Bethlehem, near Jerusalem,
and to that town he now went for the reason I
have told you. Mary went with her husband,
Joseph ; and while they were at Bethlehem God
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sent Mary the Son He had promised her. Mary
had'no soft bed to put her Baby in, nor had she
any servants to wait upon her; so with her own
hands she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes-
a long cloth used to wrap babies in-and laid
Him in a manger, because there was no room for
Him in the inn.
THE SHEPHERDS OF BETHLEHEM,
O N the downs near Bethlehem shepherds
were keeping watch over their flocks in
the still and dark night, when the Angel of the
Lord came to them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them. Then they feared
greatly; but the Angel said to them, Fear not:
for I bring you good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people. For unto you is born
this day in the city of David (Bethlehem) a
Saviour, Christ the Lord. And in this way you
shall know Him: you shall find the Babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a
manger." And suddenly there was with the
Angel a multitude of the heavenly host-
thousands and thousands of bright angels-
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praising. God, and saying, Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward
And when the Angels were gone away into
heaven, the shepherds went quickly to Bethlehem,
and there they found Mary and Joseph, and
there they saw the Babe lying in a manger.
Then they rejoiced greatly, and praised God.
And they told every one of what they had seen
and what the Angel had said. All who heard
the words of the shepherds were astonished;
though perhaps they soon forgot them. But
Mary never forgot them; and she thought of
them continually; for St. Luke tells us that
Mary kept these things, and pondered them in
OSEPH and Mary went on living at
Bethlehem, and about six weeks after the
birthday of Jesus, they took Him to Jerusalem to
give Him to God in His Temple.
At this time there was in Jerusalem a man of
God named Simeon, who desired greatly to
behold the Christ, the Saviour of the world,
before he died; and God made him to know
that he should not die till he had seen Him.
So Simeon waited from day to day, believing
God, and feeling sure that what God had pro-
mised would certainly come to pass.
Now Simeon came into the Temple while
Joseph and Mary were there with the infant
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Jesus, and the Holy Spirit caused Simeon to
understand that Jesus was indeed the Christ,
the Son of God.
Then Simeon took Jesus in his arms, and
blessed God, and said: Lord, now lettest thou
Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy
word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation."
Simeon did not pray that he might die. He
only said that God was now letting him die peace-
fully. And Simeon, still holding Jesus in his
arms, called Him a Light to give light to the
Gentiles, and the glory of His people Israel.
By Gentiles the Jews meant foreigners, people
who were not Jews. We, then, are Gentiles,
and Jesus is our Light.
O THER people were coming from a
country a long way off to worship the
Son of God. God caused a bright star to guide
them to the land of the Jews. They came
to Jerusalem saying, Where is He that is
born King of the Jews ? for we have seen His
star in the east, and are come to worship Him."
When Herod the king heard this, he was dis-
pleased, for he wanted no one to be king of the
Jews but himself. He called together the chief
priests and the learned men of the Jews, and
asked them where the prophet had said that
Christ should be born.
The prophet Micah seven hundred years
before this time had said that the Christ, the
Saviour, would be born at Bethlehem, and the
learned men repeated to Herod the very words
of the prophet as they were written down in a
Then Herod called the Wise Men, and sent
them to Bethlehem. Go," he said, and search
diligently for the young child; and when ye
have found Him bring me word again, that I
may come and worship Him."
Did Herod really wish to worship Jesus ?
No, he only wanted to find out where He was,
that he might kill Him!
When the wise men heard what Herod said,
they left Jerusalem, and lo! the star they saw in
the east went before them, till it stood over the
place where the Young Child was.
When they saw the star they rejoiced greatly,
and they went into the house and saw the young
child, and Mary His mother, and fell down and
worshipped Him, and gave Him costly presents,
gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Micah v. 2.
A FTER His baptism Jesus went into the
wilderness to be alone with God. And
when He had been there many days without food
Satan came to Him to tempt Him.
Satan said, "If thou be the Son of God,
command this stone that it be made bread."
To turn a stone into bread would be a miracle.
A miracle is a wonderful thing that God only
can do; but God can give a man power to do
miracles if He pleases. Jesus was God as well
as man, and He could do miracles by His own
power. So He said to Satan: "It is written"
in the Holy Scriptures, "man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God."
Then Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms
of the world, and the glory of them, and said to
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Him, If Thou wilt worship me all shall be
Thine." Satan could not really give the king-
doms of the world to any one, for the earth is
the Lord's"; but Satan was always a liar, and
he tempts men with a lie.
Jesus fought Satan with the sword of the
Spirit, the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures;
so He said, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,
and Him only shalt thou serve." *
Again Satan tried to tempt Jesus to do what
was wrong. He told our Lord to cast himself
down from a high tower of the Temple, for,"
said Satan, "It is written, He shall give His
angels charge over Thee, and in their hands they
shall bear Thee up lest at any time Thou dash Thy
foot against a stone." But Jesus answered, "It is
said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
"* Deut. vi. 13; Exod. x. 20.
CHRIST CALLS ST, PETER
AND ST, ANDREW TO FOLLOW HIM,
JESUS came to the Lake of Gennesaret,
where so many people crowded around
Him, and pressed upon Him, that He could
not well preach to them. So He got into Simon
Peter's boat, which was lying on the sandy beach,
and when they had pushed off a little way from
land, He sat in the boat and taught the people
as they stood on the shore.
When Jesus had finished His sermon, He
told Simon Peter to push further off into deeper
water and let down the net. Simon Peter and
Andrew his brother had worked all night and
taken nothing, Nevertheless," said Simon to
his Master, Jesus, "at Thy word I will let down
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the net." Then Peter and Andrew caught so
many fishes that their net began to break, but
with the help of James and John, who were in
another boat, they filled both boats so full of fish
that they were in danger of sinking.
St. Simon fell down at the feet of Jesus and
said, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man,
O Lord." Simon did not say this because he
wished Jesus really to leave him, but because he
felt that he was not worthy to be with so holy
and good a Master. But Jesus answered, Fear
not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men."
Jesus meant by this that by the preaching of
Peter many men would believe on Him, and
would join His holy Church.
Simon and Andrew, and James and John,
had already followed Jesus from the banks of the
Jordan to Galilee; but now they forsook every-
thing to be with Him always.
HEALING THE SICK OF THE PALSY,
(ST. MATTIHEW ix. I-8.)
J ESUS entered into a ship, and passed over,
and came into his own city. And, behold,
they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy,
lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said
unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good
cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold,
certain of the scribes said within themselves,
This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing
their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in
your hearts ? For whether is easier to say, Thy
sins be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and
walk ? But that ye may know that the Son of
man hath power on earth to forgive sins (then
saith He to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take
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up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he
arose, and departed to his house. But when the
multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified
God, Which had given such power unto men.
(ST. MATTHEW xiii. 1-13.)
T HE same day went Jesus out of the
house, and sat by the seaside. And
great multitudes were gathered together unto
Him, so that He went into a ship, and sat; and
the whole multitude stood on the shore. And
He spake many things unto them in parables,
saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and
when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way-side,
and the fowls came and devoured them up;
some fell upon stony places, where they had
not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up,
because they had no deepness of earth: and
when the sun was up, they were scorched; and
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because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns
sprung up, and choked them. But other fell
into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some
an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the
disciples came, and said unto him, Why speak-
est Thou unto them in parables ? He answered
and said unto them, Because it is given unto
you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven, but to them it is not given. For
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he
shall have more abundance: but whosoever
hath not, from him shall be taken away even
that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see not; and
hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE
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ESUS could not be hidden. He could not
long be alone. Great crowds of people
followed Him wherever He went, and even
here He was unable to escape from them.
When the people heard that the great
Teacher had gone over to the other side of the
lake of Gennesaret they went after Him by land,
walking round the northern side of the lake.
And Jesus was moved with compassion, for they
were as sheep having no shepherd, and had
come from far with their wives and little ones,
and were faint with hunger. So the Good
Shepherd fed them wonderfully, five thousand
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of them, besides the women and children, out of
that one basket, with its five loaves and two
small fishes, and so abundantly that, when all
were satisfied, the Twelve filled each his wallet
with the fragments that remained.
THE SENDING OUT OF THE
SES US and His disciples set out on a journey
through Galilee, and He sent forth His
disciples two and two to preach the kingdom of
heaven in all the towns and villages; and
He gave them power to heal the sick and to
cast out evil spirits. Jesus himself went into
all the synagogues, healing every sickness
and every disease amongst the people.
The Apostles followed the example of their
Lord and Master. They cast out devils, healed
the sick, and preached everywhere that men
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should repent; but we must remember that the
Apostles did miracles in Jesus Christ's name
and by His power, but that Jesus did all His
mighty works in His own name and by His
THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
(ST. LUKE X. 30-37.)
A CERTAIN man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among
thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and
wounded him, and departed, leaving him half
dead. And by chance there came down a
certain priest that way: and when he saw him,
he passed by on the other side. And like-
wise a Levite, when he was at the place,
came and looked on him, and passed by on
the other side. But a certain Samaritan,
as he journeyed, came where he was: and when
he saw him, he had compassion on him, and
went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring
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in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast,
and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took
out two pence, and gave them to the host, and
said unto him, Take care of him; and whatso-
ever thou spendest more, when I come again I
will repay thee. Which now of these three,
thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell
among the thieves ? And he said, He that
showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto
him, Go, and do thou likewise.
THE GREAT SUPPER.
(ST. LUKIE xiv. 16-24.)
A CERTAIN man made a great supper,
and bade many: and sent his servant at
supper-time to say to them that were bidden,
"Come; for all things are now ready." And
they all with one consent began to make ex-
cuse. The first said unto him, "I have bought
a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see
it: I pray thee have me excused." And another
said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go
to prove them: I pray thee have me excused."
And another said, I have married a wife, and
therefore I cannot come." So that servant came,
and showed his lord these things. Then the
master of the house, being angry, said to his
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servant, "Go out quickly into the streets and
lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor,
and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind."
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou
hast commanded, and yet there is room." And
the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the
highways and hedges and compel them to come
in, that my house may be filled. For I say
unto you, That none of those men which were
bidden shall taste of my supper."
THE LOST SHEEP,
(ST. LUKE XV. I-7.)
T H E N drew near unto Him all the
publicans and sinners for to hear Him.
And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured,
saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth
with them. And He spake this parable unto
them, saying, What man of you, having an
hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not
leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and
go after that which is lost, until he find it ?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his
shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh
home, he calleth together his friends and
neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with
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me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in
heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more
than over ninety and nine just persons, which
need no repentance.
THE TWO DEBTORS,
(ST. MATTHEW XVIii. 23-35.)
T H E kingdom of heaven is likened unto
a certain King, which would take ac-
count of his servants. And when he had begun
to reckon, one was brought unto him which
owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch
as he had not to pay, his lord commanded
him to be sold, and his wife, and children,
and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped
him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I
will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant
was moved with compassion, and loosed him,
and forgave him the debt. But the same
servant went out, and found one of his fellow-
servants, which owed him an hundred pence:
and he laid hands on him, and took him by the
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throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And
his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and
besought him, saying, Have patience with me
and I will pay thee all. And he would not:
but went and cast him into prison, till he should
pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw
what was done, they were very sorry, and came
and told unto their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after that he had called him,
said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I
forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst
me: shouldest not thou also have had com-
passion on thy fellowservant, even as I had
pity on thee? And his lord was wroth,
and delivered him to the tormentors, till he
should pay all that was due unto him. So
likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto
you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one
his brother their trespasses.
THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS,
(ST. LUKE xvi. 19-31.)
T IHERE was a certain rich man, which
was clothed in purple and fine linen,
and fared sumptuously every day: And there
was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was
laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be
fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich
man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked
his sores. And it came to pass that the beggar
died, and was carried by the angels into
Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and
was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes
being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off,
and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and
said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and
send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his
finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I
am tormented in this flame. But Abraham
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said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime
receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus
evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou
art tormented. And besides all this, between
us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that
they which would pass from hence to you
cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would
come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee
therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to
my father's house: For I have five brethren;
that he may testify unto them, lest they also
come into this place of torment. Abraham
saith unto him, They have Moses and the
prophets; let them hear them. And he said,
Nay, father Abraham; but if one went unto them
from the dead, they will repent. And he said
unto him, If they hear not Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though
one rose from the dead.
THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICANI
(ST. LUKE xviii. 9-20.)
H E spake this parable unto certain which
trusted in themselves that they were
righteous, and despised others: Two men
went up into the temple to pray; the one a
Pharisee, and the other a Publican. The
Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men
are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as
this Publican. I fast twice in the week, I give
tithes of all that I possess. And the Publican
standing afar off, would not lift up so much as
his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast,
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saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner. I tell
you, this man went down to his house justified
rather than the other; for every one that exalteth
himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth
himself shall be exalted.
CHRIST AND THE MOTHER OF ZEBEDEE'S
(ST. MATTHEW XX. 20-28.)
T HEN came to Him the mother of
Zebedee's children with her sons,
worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing
of Him. And He said unto her, What wilt
thou ? She saith unto Him, Grant that these my
two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand,
and the other on the left, in Thy kingdom. But
Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye
ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that 1
shall drink of, and to be baptized with the bapt-
ism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him,
We are able. And He saith unto them, Ye
shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized
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with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit
on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine
to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it
is prepared of my Father. And when the ten
heard it, they were moved with indignation
against the two brethren. But Jesus called them
unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes
of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and
they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But it shall not be so among you: but whoso-
ever will be great among you, let him be your
minister; and whosoever will be chief among
you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of
Man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.
THE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM,
AT last the time came for Jesus to go to
Jerusalem to show himself openly as the
King of the Jews. If on that day we had
been walking across the Mount of Olives from
Jerusalem to Bethany, we should have met Jesus
with His disciples and a crowd of people coming
from Bethany, and going towards Jerusalem.
Many Passover-pilgrims from Jerusalem, hearing
that Jesus was on the way to the Holy City,
went out to meet Him and to welcome Him.
They soon heard the sound of many voices and
tread of many feet, and there, in the midst of
the multitude, they saw the Lord Himself,
riding upon an ass. Then all the people-those
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who came with Jesus, and those who went out
to meet Him-shouted, Hosanna to the Son of
David! Blessed is He that cometh in the name
of the Lord Hosanna in the highest!" The
people acknowledged Jesus as their King; they
welcomed Him, and bowed down to Him;
carpeting the road with their garments, and
waving palm-branches (signs of victory and
triumph), to show their joy at the sight of Him
who came in the name of the Lord,
CHRIST WEEPING OVER
ESUS was sad, for He knew how soon
shouts of welcome would be changed
into cries of "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
And then, as He looked at the beautiful
city, and thought of the sin of its people,
and of the suffering that would follow, He
wept over it. Its King had come, meek,
and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal
of an ass, and so He fulfilled what God's
prophet had said many, many years before.
He had come to bless His people, but they
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knew Him not. They would not have him
to reign over them; and soon their cry would
be, Not this man, but Barabbas !"
THE WICKED HUSBANDMEN,
(ST. MATTHEW XXi. 33-41.)
T HERE was a certain householder,
which planted a vineyard, and hedged
it round about, and digged a wine-press in
it, and built a tower, and let it out to
husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And when the time of the fruit drew near he
sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they
might receive the fruits of it. And the husband-
men took his servants, and beat one, and killed
another, and stoned another. Again, he sent
other servants more than the first: and they did
unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto
them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
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But when the husbandmen saw the son, they
said among themselves, This is the heir; come,
let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
And they caught him, and cast him out of the
vineyard, and slew him. When the lord there-
fore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto
those husbandmen ? They say unto him, He
will miserably destroy those wicked men, and
will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen,
which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
THE TEN VIRGINS,
(ST. MATTHEW XXV. I-13.)
"T H EN shall the kingdom of heaven be
likened unto ten virgins, which took their
lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were fool-
ish. They that were foolish took their lamps,
and took no oil with them: but the wise took
oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the
bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold,
the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their
lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise,
Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
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But the wise answered, saying, Not so ; lest there
be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather
to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And
while they went to buy, the bridegroom came;
and they that were ready went in with him to
the marriage: and the door was shut. After-
ward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord,
Lord, open to us. But he answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the
hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.
(ST. MATTHEW XXV. 14-28.)
T HE kingdom of heaven is as a man travel-
ling into a far country, who called his own
servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And
unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and
to another one; to every man according to his
several ability; and straightway took his journey.
After a long time the lord of those servants
cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he
that had received five talents came and brought
other five talents, saying, Lord,thou deliveredst
unto me five talents: behold, I have gained
beside them five talents more." His lord said
unto him, "Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord." He also
that had received two talents came and said:
"Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents,
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behold, I have gained two other talents beside
them." His lord said unto him, "Well
done, good and faithful servant; thou hast
been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into
the joy of thy lord." Then he which had
received the one talent came and said, Lord,
I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping
where thou hast not sown, and gathering where
thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and went
and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast
that is thine." His lord answered and said unto
him,, "Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou
newest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather
where I have not strawed: thou oughtest there-
fore to have put my money to the exchangers, and
then at my coming I should have received mine
own with usury. Take therefore the talent from
him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents."
A T last they arrived at Golgotha, and there
"they crucified Him." How terrible
are those three words! and yet how often we
say them and think little about them.
The people mocked and taunted Him: "If
Thou be the Son of God, come down from the
cross." Even the rulers and teachers of the
people, the chief priests, and scribes, and Phari-
sees-the men who had brought Jesus to this
shameful death-now came near Him in this
His hour of agony. They came near Him, not
to comfort Him in His misery or to relieve His
pain, but to blaspheme. "He saved others;
Himself He cannot save. If He be the King