Palmetto Anglican
Monday, February 28, 2005
 
The Third Sunday in Lent

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

The Epistle. Ephes. 5. 1.
BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

The Gospel. St. Luke 11. 14.

JESUS was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
 
Saint Matthais's Day

The Collect.
O ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 1. 15.
IN those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.

The Gospel. St. Matth. 11. 25.
AT that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 
ACTION AGAINST EPISCOPAL CHURCH USA AND ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA -
CONSERVATIVES WIN!!


EXCLUSIVE REPORT

By David W. Virtue

NEWRY, Northern Ireland (2/24/205)--The Episcopal Church USA and the
Anglican Church of Canada could face suspension from the Anglican
Communion, 35 Primates have decided in closed door meetings at the
Dromantine center a secluded Roman Catholic retreat house.

Disciplinary action has been taken, and the two provinces' membership is
under review following their actions over gay ordinations and same sex
blessings.

After three days of open, honest and very frank discussion by the
Primates, VirtueOnline was told that the Primates had "reached a
conclusion."

Both provinces could face suspension at the end of three months if they
fail to implement the recommendations of the Windsor Report.

If they do not repent of their actions for consecrating an openly
homosexual priest to the episcopacy, agree to a moratorium on
consecrating future gay clergy and performing same sex rites, a
"divorce" will be finalized by the end of May.

Furthermore, ECUSA Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has been banned from
attending any future Primatial meetings unless the Episcopal Church
agrees to accept the Windsor Report recommendations.

Sources inside the Dromantine Center told VirtueOnline that the Anglican
Consultative Council has been told that they cannot invite Presiding
Bishop Frank Griswold to any future gatherings if the status quo
remains.

VirtueOnline can also confirm that Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan
leader of the Anglican Communion Network is in the area and he and the
American Anglican Council will be hosting a dinner for the majority of
the Primates at the end of their historic, epoch-making conference.

A number of the Primates have been fasting at the Dromantine Center, and
last night, following the decision by the Primates, one primate was
heard to say, "I shall now take my first meal."

While Presiding Bishop Griswold was allowed to preach at the Belfast
cathedral last Sunday, Presiding Bishop Greg Venables of the Southern
Cone was refused permission by the Archbishop of Armagh, Robin Eames to
preach in a large evangelical parish.

Earlier in the week the orthodox primates of the Anglican Communion had
refused to share in a common Eucharist with those whom they believe have
abandoned apostolic faith and practice.

A formal communiqué with more recommendations will be presented to the
media Friday, 5.30pm here in Newry.

For more stories about this history making conference go to
www.virtueonline.org.

Monday, February 21, 2005
 
Archbishop is facing lost cause as he tries to prevent split in world
Church


by Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
THE TELEGRAPH

2/21/2005

The worldwide Anglican Church is likely to be torn apart irreparably
this week despite the efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr
Rowan Williams, to keep it together.

The leaders of the 70 million-strong Communion are meeting near Newry,
in Northern Ireland, for a showdown between liberal and conservative
primates.

The factions, which are as divided over the nature and purpose of the
Church as over homosexuality, are determined to defend their positions
and a formal separation could occur within months.

The Telegraph has learned that the conservatives are refusing to take
communion with the liberals and plan to boycott the daily services at
the meeting in a potent symbol of their divisions.
They are also plotting to rip up the official agenda when the five-day
meeting begins today because they suspect it has been designed to keep
confrontation to a minimum.

Officials fear that the liberals could stage a walkout if they feel
they are coming under unreasonable pressure from the conservatives.
The uncompromising mood of the conservatives, led by Archbishop Peter
Akinola, the Primate of Nigeria, was not eased by the decision of the
dean of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast to invite Bishop Frank Griswold
to preach yesterday.

Bishop Griswold, the liberal Primate of the American Episcopal Church
that triggered the row by consecrating Anglicanism's first openly gay
bishop, has refused to comply with the recommendations of the Windsor
report. The report, which Dr Williams sees as the only hope for the
worldwide Church, urged the liberal leadership of the American Church
to repent for consecrating the Rt Rev Gene Robinson as Bishop of New
Hampshire in 2003.

It also recommended that the American Church must declare a moratorium
on future consecrations of active homosexuals and on the blessing of
gay "marriages" to bring it back into line with official Anglican
policy. The liberal Canadian Church is also under pressure to comply
after the Bishop of New Westminster, the Rt Rev Michael Ingham,
officially sanctioned gay blessings.

The Americans have merely apologised for upsetting the vast majority
of the Church, rather than for the actions themselves, and Bishop
Griswold has indicated that they are unlikely to go much further.
In his sermon yesterday, he used the coded theological language of the
Holy Spirit to defend the American decision to act unilaterally. He
told the congregation: "We find ourselves overtaken by a compassion,
which because it is of the Spirit and not the result of our effort or
imagination, knows no bounds and can enfold all persons and all things."

"It is a compassion which, in the words of St Isaac of Syria, embraces
not only humankind but the birds and the beasts, the enemies of truth,
those who wish to do us harm and, he adds, `even the reptiles,' which
may be seen as representing those slithery aspects of our own humanity
which we are loath to admit to the company of our `better' selves and
therefore often displace on to others as evil."

Bishop Griswold, who presided personally at the consecration of Bishop
Robinson, has repeatedly resisted pressure to repent and has
"affirmed" the place of active homosexuals in the American Church. He
is expected to be pressed to explain why he felt able to sign the
unanimously agreed primates' statement in 2003 warning that the
consecration would "tear" the Communion but went ahead anyway.
Archbishop Gregory Venables, the Primate of the Southern Cone (South
America), told Radio 4's Sunday Programme that the conservatives were
united in their desire to defend traditional teaching.

Bishop Griswold told the programme that the best that could come from
the meeting was the realisation that the issues that unite the
Communion, such as Aids, were greater than the divisions.

END

 
ORTHODOX PRIMATES REFUSE JOINT EUCHARIST WITH GRISWOLD
Day One of the Primates Meeting in Dromantine, Northern Ireland


By David W. Virtue

NEWRY, Northern Ireland (2/21/2005)--A winter chill that brought
flurries of snow to Ireland yesterday also blew through the assembled
archbishops of the Anglican Communion meeting at the Dromantine
Center, a Roman Catholic monastic retreat where 35 Primates, leaders
of 78 million Anglicans are gathered, to weigh their future together
as a communion.

The chill turned icy when orthodox primates of the Global South
refused to celebrate the Eucharist in the presence of ultra-liberal
American Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold. As a result Irish Primate
Robin Eames announced that his chaplain would offer Eucharist and be
the celebrant to anyone who wanted it. None of the Global South
bishops showed up.

"We would not celebrate the Eucharist at the same altar with
Griswold," a Primate told VirtueOnline.

The atmosphere is anything but positive, said a source. Camps are
forming and it is going to be very difficult for Dr. Rowan Williams
the Anglican Church's titular head to find points of contact between
the two groups.

Already the agenda for the occasion has been called into question.

The liberals, lead by US Presiding Bishop wanted to launch in on the
"issues" - HIV/AIDS, Third World poverty and more - an agenda put
together by the liberal Anglican Communion Office, but Nigerian
Primate Peter Akinola interjected saying "how can we talk about the
issues, we need to have reconciliation between brothers before
anything else."

The Africans won a victory on the agenda issues being controlled by
Western liberals, VirtueOnline was told. It is being handled one day
at a time. The agenda is evolving day by day only with the approval of
the global South. The planned service at the cathedral on Tuesday for
a photo op with journalists will be decided in the next 24 hours. The
message is clear, do the orthodox primates want to be photographed
with ECUSA Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold?

When an Anglican primate was asked if the photo op would take place,
he said, "The agenda will be set in the morning by all of the Primates
and not just by non-primates, specifically the Anglican Communion
office who planned the meeting."

The Global South primates will not participate in anything they do not
agree with, VirtueOnline was told. The time for "listening" is over.
They are very conscious of the way they were manipulated by the former
head of the ACO Canon John Peterson and they have vowed not to let
that happen again.

The Global South Primates have never been as strong and unified as
this, said a source. "They are altogether."

The meeting is no longer being controlled by the Anglican Consultative
Council. It is the primates meeting and they are in control, said
another source.

Three Primates are absent. Archbishop Peter Kwong (Hong Kong) has
serious heart problems. The daughter of the Archbishop of Burundi
Samuel Ndeysienga died recently and Northern India Zechariah James
Terom also could not attend for unspecified reasons.

END

This article comes from VirtueOnline
http://www.virtueonline.org/portal

Sunday, February 20, 2005
 
The Second Sunday in Lent

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Thess. 4. 1.
WE beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.

The Gospel. St. Matth. 15. 21.
JESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
 
The Ember Days
At the Four Seasons.


The Collect.

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; We humbly beseech thee, by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


For the Epistle. Acts xiii. 44.

THE next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.


The Gospel. St. Luke iv. 16.

JESUS came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.


Friday, February 11, 2005
 
Civil wedding for Prince of Wales


By Glyn Paflin

THE Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles are to marry on 8 April in
a "largely private" civil ceremony at Windsor Castle, followed by a service
of prayer and dedication in St George's Chapel, Windsor, at which the
Archbishop of Canterbury will preside.

In a statement from Lambeth Palace yesterday, the Archbishop said: "These
arrangements have my strong support and are consistent with Church of
England guidelines concerning remarriage which the Prince of Wales fully
accepts as a committed Anglican and as prospective Supreme Governor of the
Church of England."

The statement also said: "I am pleased that Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla
Parker-Bowles have decided to take this important step. I hope and pray
that it will prove a source of comfort and strength to them and to those
who are closest to them."

It was announced from Clarence House that after the marriage Mrs Parker
Bowles will use the title HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and that, when the
Prince accedes to the throne, she will use the title HRH The Princess
Consort.

The Church of England's official practice concerning the marriage of
divorcees has undergone many changes since the Abdication crisis in 1936,
which followed King Edward VIII's decision to marry the American divorcee
Wallis Simpson. At that time, there was a prevailing view in the Church of
England that marriage was indissoluble.

The most recent changes were finalised in November 2002, when the General
Synod rescinded resolutions of the Convocations of Canterbury and York
requiring that the Church of England marriage service was not to be used
for a divorcee whose former spouse was still living. The decision is now
left with the officiant, who is expected to seek his or her bishop's advice.

Since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, from whom Prince Charles was
divorced, his marital status has presented no obstacle to a church wedding.
Mrs Parker Bowles, however, is a divorcee, with a former husband still
living.

The House of Bishops' advice to the clergy on deciding whether or not to
allow a marriage in church is contained in the June 2002 report Marriage in
Church after Divorce.

The report advises the parish clergy to ask themselves, among other
questions: "Would the effects of the proposed marriage on individuals, the
wider community and the Church be such as to undermine the credibilty of
the Church's witness on marriage?" and "Would permitting the new marriage
be tantamount to consecrating an old infidelity?"

The Common Worship Order for Prayer and Dedication after a Civil Marriage
is the current version of a service introduced nationally in 1985, when the
General Synod was in an impasse in its discussions on marriage after
divorce.

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, in whose diocese the
couple live and worship, welcomed yesterday's announcement, and said: "The
issue of marriage in church is a sensitive one. We need to trust the
judgement of the Dean of Windsor, if that is where they are to be married,
as to what kind of service would be appropriate and helpful. In that
respect they are like any other couple in similar circumstances seeking the
blessing of the Church on their marriage."

Since St George's Chapel is a Royal Peculiar, there must be some doubt
whether it is bound to adhere to provisions in Common Worship. But the
Common Worship Order of Prayer and Dedication, popularly referred to as
a "service of blessing", includes optional opening prayers of penitence,
and an optional blessing of wedding rings, for which the couple's hands are
extended; but there is not an exchange of rings.

The order may take place within a celebration of holy communion. It may
include a sermon and hymns. The dedication of the couple ends with a prayer
that the couple may have grace to persevere, and a blessing over them
(separately from the final blessing of the congregation). "Other prayers"
may be used.

The couple "enter the church without ceremony and sit together at the front
of the church"; there are no banns, nor any entry made in the marriage
register. The order need not be led by a priest. If the Common Worship
order is used, it can be assumed to lie mainly within the discretion of
Dean of Windsor how far in other respects the service will resemble a
Church of England wedding.

Prince Charles and other members of the royal family have consistently
shown a preference for services or prayers from the 1662 Prayer Book or, in
practice, the Church of England's lightly revised version of some of the
services in that book, known as "Series 1" and based on the abortive 1928
revision.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005
 
The First day of Lent,
Commonly called Ash-Wednesday


The Collect.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Collect is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

For the Epistle. Joel 2. 12.
TURN ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

The Gospel. St. Matth. 6. 16.
WHEN ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Sunday, February 06, 2005
 
The Sunday called Quinquagesima, or the next Sunday before Lent

The Collect.
O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee; Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. 13. 1.
THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

The Gospel. St. Luke 18. 31.
THEN Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

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