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stroy the works of the devil, and he is in the desert; go not forth.` make us the sons of God, and heirs behold, he is in the secret chamof eternal life; grant us, we be-bers; believe it not. For as the seech thee, that having this hope, lightning cometh out of the east, we may purify ourselves, even as he and shineth even unto the west; so is pure; that when he shail appear shall also the coming of the Son of again with power and great glory, man be. For wheresoever the carwe may be made like unto him in case is, there will the eagles be gahis eternal and glorious kingdom; thered together. Immediately after where, with thee, O Father, and the tribulation of those days, shall thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and the sun be darkened, and the moon reigneth, ever one God, world with- shall not give her light, and the out end. Amen. stars shall fall from heaven, and
The Epistle. 1 John iii. 1. the powers of the heavens shall be BEHOLD what manner of love shaken. And then shall appear the the Father hath bestowed upon sign of the Son of man in heaven; us, that we should be called the and then shall all the tribes of the Sons of God; therefore the world earth mourn, and they shall see the knoweth us not because it knew Son of man coming in the clouds him not. Beloved, now are we of heaven, with power and great the sons of God; and it doth not glory. And he shall send his anyet appear what we shall be: but gels with a great sound of a trumwe know, that when he shall ap- pet, and they shall gather together pear, we shall be like him; for we his elect from the four winds, from shall see him as he is. And every one end of heaven to the other. man that hath this hope in him pu
rifieth himself, even as he is pure. The Sunday called Septuagesima, Whosoever committeth sin, transgresseth also the law, for sin is the or the third Sunday before Lent. transgression of the law. And ye The Collect. know that he was manifested to LORD, we beseech thee fatake away our sins; and in him is vourably to hear the prayers of no sin. Whosoever abideth in him, thy people, that we, who are justly sinneth not: whosoever sinneth punished for our offences, may be hath not seen him, neither known mercifully delivered by thy goodhim. Little children, let no manness, for the glory of thy name, deceive you: he that doeth right through Jesus Christ our Saviour, eousness is righteous, even as he is who liveth and reigneth with thee righteous. He that committeth sin and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth world without end. Amen. from the beginning. For this pur
The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. pose the Son of God was manifest-KNOW ye not, that they which
ed, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
run ir a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that The Gospel. St. Matt, xxiv. 23. ye may obtain. And every man THEN if any man shall say unthat striveth for the mastery, is temto you, Lo, here is Christ, or perate in all things. Now they do there; believe it not. For there it to obtain a corruptible crown, but shall arise false Christs and false we an incorruptible. I therefore so prophets, and shall show great signs run, not as uncertainly; so fight 1, and wonders; insomuch that (if But I keep under my body, and not as one that beateth the air: possible) they shall de- bring it into subjection, lest that ceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore, by any means, when I have preachif they shall say unto you, Behold, ed to others, I myself should be a cast-away.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1.
THE kingdom of heaven is like
unto a man that is an house
The Sunday called Sexagesima or the second Sunday before Len
LORD God, who seest that w put not our trust in any thin
holder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his that we do; mercifully grant tha vineyard. And when he had agreed by thy power we may be defende with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. Christ our Lord. Amen. against all adversity, through Jesu And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle The Epistle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. in the market-place, and said unto E suffer fools gladly, seeing y them, Go ye also into the vineyard, yourselves are wise. For y and whatsoever is right I will give suffer if a man bring you into bon you. And they went their way. dage, if a man devour you, if a ma Again he went out about the sixth take of you, if a man exalt himself and ninth hour, and did likewise. if a man smite you on the face. And about the eleventh hour he speak as concerning reproach, a went out, and found others standing though we had been weak: how idle, and saith unto them, Why beit, whereinsoever any is bold, ( stand ye here all the day idle? speak foolishly) I am bold also They say unto him, Because no Are they Hebrews? so am I: ar man hath hired us. He saith unto they Israelites? so am I are they them, Go ye also into the vineyard, the seed of Abraham? so am I and whatsoever is right, that shall are they ministers of Christ? ( ye receive. So when even was speak as a fool) I am more: In la come, the lord of the vineyard saith bours more abundant; in stripes unto his steward, Call the labour-above measure; in prisons more ers, and give them their hire, be- frequent; in deaths oft. Of the ginning from the last unto the first. Jews five times received I forty And when they came, that were stripes save one; thrice was I beat hired about the eleventh hour, they en with rods; once was I stoned received every man à penny. But thrice I suffered shipwreck; a nigh when the first came, they supposed and a day have I been in the deep that they should have received in journeyings often; in perils o more; and they likewise received waters; in perils of robbers; i every man a penny. And when perils by mine own countrymes they had received it, they murmur-in perils by the heathen; in peril ed against the good man of the in the city; in perils in the wilder house, saying, These last have ness; in perils in the sea; in peril wrought but one hour, and thou hast among false brethren; in wearines made them equal unto us, which and painfulness; in watchings of have borne the burden and heat of en; in hunger and thirst; in fast the day. But he answered one of ings often; in cold and nakedness them, and said, Friend, I do thee besides those things that are with no wrong; didst thou not agree with out, that which cometh upon m me for a penny? Take that thine daily, the care of all the Churche is, and go thy way; I will give unto Who is weak, and I am not weak this last even as unto thee. Is it who is offended, and I burn not not lawful for me to do what I will If I must needs glory, I will glor with mine own? Is thine eye evil of the things which concern min because I am good? So the last infirmities. The God and Fathe shall be first, and the first last; of our Lord Jesus Christ, which for many be called, but few cho-blessed for evermore, knoweth I lie not.
The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4. [charity, the very bond of peace, and WHEN much people were ga- of all virtues; without which, who
thered together, and were soever liveth is counted dead before come to him out of every city, he thee: Grant this for thine only Son spake by a parable: A sower went Jesus Christ's sake. Amen. out to sow his seed, and as he sow- The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. ed, some fel, by the way-side, and THOUGH I speak with the it was trodden down, and the fowls tongues of men and of angels, of the air devoured it; and some and have not charity, I am become fell upon a rock, and as soon as it as sounding brass or a tinkling was sprung up, it withered away cymbal: And though I have the because it lacked moisture; and gift of prophecy, and understand all some fell among thorns, and the mysteries, and all knowledge; and thorns sprang up with it, and though I have all faith, so that I choaked it; and other fell on good could remove mountains, and have ground, and sprang up, and bare not charity, I am nothing. And fruit an hundred fold. And when though bestow all my goods to he had said these things, he cried, feed the poor, and though I give my He that hath ears to hear, let him body to be burned, and have not hear. And his disciples asked him, charity, it profiteth me nothing. saying, What might this parable Charity suffereth long, and is kind; be? And he said, Unto you it is charity envieth not; charity vauntgiven to know the mysteries of the eth not itself; is not puffed up; doth kingdom of God; but to others in not behave itself unseemly; seekparables: that seeing they might eth not her own; is not easily pronot see, and hearing they might not voked; thinketh no evil; rejoiceth understand. Now the parable is not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the this: the seed is the word of God. truth; beareth all things, believeth Those by the way-side are they that all things, hopeth all things, enduhear; then cometh the devil, and reth all things. Charity never taketh away the word out of their faileth: but whether there be prohearts, lest they should believe and phecies, they shall fail; whether be saved. They on the rock are there be tongues, they shall cease; they, which, when they hear, re-whether there be knowledge, it ceive the word with joy; and these shall vanish away. For we know have no root, which for a while be- in part, and we prophecy in part. lieve, and in time of temptation fall But when that which is perfect is away. And that which fell among come, then that which is in part thorns are they which, when they shall be done away. When I was have heard, go forth, and are choak-a child, I spake as a child, I undered with cares, and riches, and plea- stood as a child, I thought as a sures of this life, and bring no fruit child; but when I became a man, to perfection. But that on the good I put away childish things. For ground are they, which, in an ho-now we see through a glass darkly; nest and good heart, having heard but then face to face: now I know the word, keep it, and bring forth in part; but then shall I know fruit with patience.
even as also I am known, And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
The Sunday called Quinquagesima, or the next Sunday before Lent. The Collect. The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. LORD, who hast taught us THEN Jesus took unto him the that all our doings without twelve and said unto them, charity are nothing worth; send Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our and all things that are written by hearts that most excellent gift of the prophets concerning the Son of
ended, shall be said the following Prayers, immediately before the ge neral Thanksgiving.
man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: LORD, we beseech thee, mer And they shall scourge him, and cifully hear our prayers, and put him to death; and the third spare all those who confess their day he shall rise again. And they sins unto thee; that they, whose conunderstood none of these things: sciences by sin are accused, by thy and this saying was hid froin them, merciful pardon may be absolved, neither knew they the things which through Christ our Lord. Amen. were spoken. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Je- MOST mighty God, and merricho, a certain blind man sat by sion upon all men, and hatest nociful Father, who hast compas. the way-side begging; and, hearing the multitude pass by, he asked thing that thou hast made; who what it meant. And they told him, but rather that he should turn from wouldest not the death of a sinner, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by his sin, and be saved; mercifully And he cried, saying, Jesus thou Son of David, have mercy on me. and comfort us, who are grieved forgive us our trespasses; receive And they which went before re-and wearied with the burden of our buked him, that he should hold his sins. Thy property is always to peace; but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have taineth to forgive sins: spare us have mercy to thee only it apper mercy on me. And Jesus stood, therefore, good Lord, spare thy and commanded him to be brought people, whom thou hast redeemed: unto him: and when he was come enter not into judgment with thy neer, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?servants, who are vile earth, and And he said, Lord, that I may re-thine anger from us, who meekij miserable sinvers; but so turn ceive my sight. And Jesus said acknowledge our vileness, and unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee. And imme-truly repent us of our faults; and diately he received his sight, and make haste to help us in this followed him, glorifying God: and all the people when they saw it gave praise unto God.
The first day of Lent, commonly called Ash-Wednesday.
world, that we may ever live with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. thee in the world to come, through
Then shall the People say this that
followeth, after the Minister. TURN thou us, good Lord, and so shall we be turned.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting Be favourable, O Lord, be favour God, who hatest nothing that able to thy people, who turn to thou hast made, and dost forgive thee in weeping, fasting and pray the sins of all those who are peni-ing. For thou art a merciful God, tent; create and make in us new full of compassion, long-suffering, and contrite hearts, that we, wor- and of great pity. Thou sparest thily lamenting our sins and ac- when we deserve punishment, and knowledging our wretchedness, in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. may obtain of thee, the God of all Spare thy people, good Lord, spare mercy, perfect remission and for-them; and let not thine heritage giveness, through Jesus Christ our be brought to confusion. Hear us, Lord. Amen. O Lord, for thy mercy is great ; This Collect is to be read every day and after the multitude of thy me in Lent, after the Collect appointed cies look upon us, through the me for the day. rits and mediation of thy blessed At Morning Prayer, the Litany being Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..
For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12.
The first Sunday in Lent.
TURN ye even to me, saith the Lord, with all your heart, and LORD, who for our sake didst with fasting, and with weeping fast forty days and forty nights; and with mourning. And rend give us grace to use such abstinence, your heart, and not your garments, that our flesh being subdued to the and turn unto the Lord your God: Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly for he is gracious and merciful, motions in righteousness and true slow to anger, and of great kind-holiness, to thy honour and glory, ness, and repenteth him of the who livest and reignest with the evil. Who knoweth if he will re- Father and the Holy Ghost, one turn, and repent, and leave a bless-God, world without end. Amen. ing behind him, even a meat-offer- The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. ing and a drink-offering unto the WE then, as workers together Lord your God? Blow the trum- with him, beseech you also, pet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a that ye receive not the grace of solemn assembly, gather the peo- God in vain: (For he saith, I have ple, sanctify the congregation, as- heard thee in a time accepted, and semble the elders, gather the chil-in the day of salvation have I sucdren and those that suck the coured thee: behold, now is the acbreasts; let the bridegroom go cepted time; behold, now is the forth of his chamber, and the bride day of salvation, giving no offence but of her closet; let the priests, in any thing, that the ministry be the ministers of the Lord, weep be-not blamed; but in all things aptween the porch and the altar, and proving ourselves as the ministers let them say, Spare thy people, O of God, in much patience, in afflicLord, and give not thine heritage tions, in necessities, in distresses, to reproach, that the heathen should in stripes, in imprisonments, in turule over them: wherefore should mults, in labours, in watchings, in they say among the people, Where fastings; by pureness, by knowis their God?
The Gospel. St. Matt. vi. 16.
ledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour WHEN ye fast, be not as the of righteousness on the right hand hypocrites, of a sad counte- and on the left, by honour and disance for they disfigure their honour, by evil report and good refaces, that they may appear unto port; as deceivers, and yet true men to fast. Verily I say unto you, as unknown, and yet well-known; hey have their reward. But thou, as dying, and behold we live; as when thou fastest, anoint thine chastened, and not killed; as sorhead, and wash thy face, that thou rowful, yet alway rejoicing; as appear not unto men to fast, but poor, yet making many rich; as o thy Father which is in secret; having nothing, and yet possessing and thy Father which seeth in se- all things.
cret, shall reward thee openly. The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 1. Lay not up for yourselves treasures THEN was Jesus led up of the uppa earth, where moth and rust spirit into the wilderness, to doth corrupt, and where thieves be tempted of the devil: And when break through and steal: But lay he had fasted forty days and forty up for yourselves treasures in hea- nights, he was afterward an hun ven, where neither moth nor rust gered. And when the tempter deth corrupt, and where thieves do came to him, he said, If thou be not break through nor steal: For the Son of God, command that where your treasure is, there will these stones be made bread. But Your heart be also. The answered and said, It is written,