LANCELOT ANDREWES QUOTES

English bishop & scholar (1555-1626)

Lancelot Andrewes quote

For having wealth and wherewithal to "do good", if you do it not, talk not of faith, for you have no faith in you.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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The nearer the Church the further from God.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Sermon on the Nativity before James I

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Ever since our first fathers by infection took this morbum sathanicum, this devilish disease, pride, of the devil, such tinder is our nature, that every little spark sets us on fire; our nature hath grown so light, that every little thing puffeth us up, and sets us aloft in our altitudes presently.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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Two things I recognize, O Lord, in myself:
Nature, which Thou hast made;
Sin, which I have added.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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Wisdom ruleth in counsel -- so do riches.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak;
remember, Lord, how short my time is;
remember that I am but flesh,
a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
My days are as grass, as a flower of the field;
for the wind goeth over me, and I am gone,
and my place shall know me no more.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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There is no part of the whole course of our Saviour Christ's life or death, but it is well worthy our looking on; and from each part in it there goeth virtue to do us good.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Passion Week: Three Sermons

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He who hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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It is good reason, that man consisting of two parts, the soul and body, the body only should not take up all, but the soul should be remembered too. Enjoying is the body's part, and well-doing is the soul's; your souls are suitors to you to remember them, that is, to remember well-doing, which is the soul's portion.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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I am ever Thine.
If Thou cast me out, who shall take me in?
If Thou disregard me, who shall look on me?
More canst Thou remit, than I commit;
more canst Thou spare, than I offend.
Let not hurtful pleasures overcome me;
at the least let not any perverse habit overwhelm me;
From evil and unlawful desires;
From vain, hurtful, impure imaginations;
from the illusions of evil spirits;
from pollutions of soul and of body;
Good Lord, deliver me.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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Pray we for the Clergy;
that they may rightly divide,
that they may rightly walk;
that while they teach others,
themselves may learn.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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One canon reduced to writing by God himself, two testaments, three creeds, four general councils, five centuries, and the series of Fathers in that period -- the centuries that is, before Constantine, and two after, determine the boundary of our faith.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Sermons

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You will say, how can one reach heaven to lay anything there? I will ask you also another question. How can a man being in France reach into England to lay anything there? By exchange.... You know that to avoid the danger of pirates and the inconvenience of foreign coin not current at home, it is the use of merchants to pay it there, to receive it here. Such a thing is there in this "laying up." We are here as strangers; the place where we wish ourselves is our country, even paradise--if so be we send our carriage thither before; if not, I fear we intend some other place, it is not our country.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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Men use to reason with themselves: It will not always be health, let us lay up for sickness; it will not always be youth, for age; and why not, saith St. Paul, it will not alway be this life, nor alway present life, lay up for yourselves against the life to come.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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In the Passion, we first consider the degree: for "they have pierced", is a word of gradation; expressing unto us the piercing not with whips and scourges, nor of the nails and thorns, but of the spear-point. Not the whips and scourges wherewith his skin and flesh were pierced; nor the nails and thorns wherewith his feet, hands, and head were pierced; but the spear-point which pierced and went through his very heart itself: for of that wound, of the wound in his heart, is this spoken. Therefore the piercing is her a transcendent; through and through; through skin and flesh; through hands and feet; through side and heart and all: the deadliest and deepest wound, and of highest gradation.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Passion Week: Three Sermons

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Well yet, this life such as it is, yet we love it, and loath we are to end it; and if it be in hazard by the law, what running, riding, posting, suing, bribing, and if all will not serve, what breaking prison is there for it!

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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God hath no need of you to feed the poor, no need of the widow to feed Elias; He could still have fed him by ravens, and as He fed Elias by one, so could He them by others or other means, and never send them to Sarepta among you. He could have created sufficient for all men, or so few men as all should have been sufficient for them. He would not. He ordered there should ever be "poor" in the "land." Why? To prove them, and to prove you by them; that He which feedeth you might feed them by you, that your superfluities might be their necessaries; that they of their patience in wanting, and you of your liberality in supporting, might both together of Him that made you both receive reward.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, Ninety-six Sermons

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What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Keep the commandments.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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Let us pray for the Catholic Church;
for the Churches throughout
the whole world;
that is, for their truth, unity, and stability;
that in all charity may flourish,
and truth may live.
For our own Church;
that what is lacking in it may be supplied;
what is unsound, corrected;
that all Heresies, Schisms, Scandals,
as well public as private,
may be removed.
Correct the wandering,
convert the unbelieving,
increase the faith of the Church,
destroy Heresies,
discover the crafty enemies,
crush the violent.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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For then will be the incorruptible Judge,
the terrible judgment-seat,
the answer without excuses,
the inevitable charges,
the stern punishment,
the endless Gehenna,
the pitiless Angels,
the yawning hell,
the roaring stream of fire,
the unquenchable flame,
the dark prison,
the rayless darkness,
the bed of live coals,
the sleepless worm,
the indissoluble chains,
the bottomless chaos,
the impassable wall,
the inconsolable cry,
none to stand by me,
none to plead for me,
none to snatch me out.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

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