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on the rock are they, which when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of* temptation fall away. + And that1 which fell among thorns, are they, which when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares, and riches, and pleasures of this life, and bring no suit to perfection. || But that on the good ground, are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the_ word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
4: The Sunday called §!uinquagejima, or the next Sunday before Lent. ■ The ColleEt.
OLord, 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 Christs fake. Amen.
The Epijlle. I 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,
'.• Paraphrase on the Colled for Quinqnagejma Sunday.
O Lord, who has taught us that all our best Works svctly peaceable and virtuous; and without which we are of no value, if they proceed not from a principle of maybe justly accounted dead in Sin, even'whilst we Cl*rity; bestow upon us, by thy Holy Spirit, this enjoy an anmal Life. Grant this for the1 fate1 of thy most excellent disposition, the means to make us per- Son Jesus Christ.
t And that which fell among Thorns, cSr. The thereto firmness of Resolution, and a due government
Ground full of Thorns, which sprang up with the of their passions. Such, by the Blessing of God, wili
Seed, and choked it, represents those who receive the be likely to bring forth the Fruits of Righteousness
Word into Hearts full of worldly Cares, which sooner abundantly.
or later destroy whatever Convictions, or good Resolu- J ^uinquagefima Sunday is so called, because it is tions are raised by it. Worldly Cares are justly com- fifty Days before Easter. And as the Church had pared to Thorns, not only because of their pernicious appointed a Fast of forty Days before Easter, which effectj, but because they are to be rooted out with great begins on the Wednesday before Quadragesima Sundifficulty. day.So it was ordered by Telefphorus and Gregory Bilhops || But that on the good Ground, tiff. The good Ground, of Rome, that all Priests should begin their Fasts two the honest and good Hearts, signify such as endeavour to Days sooner: that as they preceded the People in digunderstand the Word; and are disposed to believe the nity, they might also precede them in sanctity : WhereTruth, tho' contrary to their prejudices, and toprac- fore to the Week of Quadragesima was this other adtise it tho* opposite to their inclinations: and join ded named Quinquagefima,
sd that I could remove mountains, and have no 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, f believeth all things, hopetn all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they mall 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 mall be done away. When I was 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 fee 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. S. 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 intreated, and spitted on. And
* Setirth not her onun. Charity does not confine its Charity will dispose us to hope Things are not so bad as endeavours to the private good of the Person who is they are represented; or to tope at least for the Offenpossessed of it; but continually excites us to promote ders reformation. Nay even when the charitable Perrhe welfare of all Men according to our ability and son is in some degree a sufferer by an inconsiderate opportunity. Brother; (where his Crimes are not of- such a natu- e as
- t Beliewth ell Things, hope'h all Things, endureth to require his punishment, for the fake of the public) oil Things*■■ Where there is any just reason to suppose —the charitable Person will endure his Wrongs with the Person accused is not guilty of the charge laid se- patience—will conceal his Faults fn»m the World ; and gainst him, Charity will incline ds to Believe him in- endeavour to win him over to a better Mind, by gennocent. And even where the circumstances alledged tleness, meekness, and good offices-, against him cannot be entirely refuted; yet even here
they shall scourge him, and put him to death; and the third dayhe shall rise again. * And they understood none os 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, f a certain blind man fat 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, faying, Jesus thou son os 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 os 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 should do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my light. And Jesus said unta him, Receive thy sight; X tnv 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.: .'. The jirjl day of || Le?it> commonly called * Afh-wednesdayi •'" J
The CelleB. , - ■':
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
"* And they understood none of these Tilings. Our Lord's Son 6f Timeus, who seems to have been a Pet son of some
Disciples, through their ignorance of the Scriptures, distinction; and that having fallen into poverty and
could not imagine how the Things which Jesus had told blindness, he was forced to beg for hi- Bread. Jthem should happen to him. Because as they had all % Thy Faith hath saved thee. That is, thy Faith
along looked upon him as the Messiah, and, as such, hath made thee a proper Object of this Mercy, expected him to take upon himself the dignity and J And immediately he received hit Sight, tsV. Thus,
power of a temporal Prince; they could not fee how says "Era. mus, Jesus, by his Touch, cures the Mind
•his having dominion over the World could be con- "that is blinded with worldly Lusts; and gives light
fistent with the sufferings he had told them he must un- "for this end, that we may follow his steps." dergo. This blindness, which was the consequence of || Lent. Is so called from the antient Name of
national prejudice, continued upon them till the Holy March, which by the Saxons w.-.s named Lenet, Monat,
Spirit descended upon them at the Feast of Pentecost, or Linesh Month because the Days then begin to exceed
+ A certain blind Man, £sV. St. Matthew mentions the Nights in length. For this reason, as the foriy
two who received their Sight at that Time. But the Days Abstinence are generally a part of this Month,
season why only one of them is taken notice of by St. they were therefore called Lent,
Mark and Luke is, probably, because one of the Beg- • AJh-iuedne/day is so called from the antient custom
gars was more remarkable than the other, being the of Falling that Day in Sackcloth and Alhes.
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 ColleEi is to be read every day in Lent■> after the Collet! appointed for the day. , .": -> <*:i v 7.": ■ . .' 7 •;. '■ . - .■[-■' J' .a 1i r :.F6r tbe-'BpiJfle.i .-.'Joel. 2„- J.2. , w .
f' I R N ye even to me, faith the Lord, with all your heart, \_ and with fasting, and with, weeping, and with mourning. And rent, your heartland not your garments, and turn unto th£ Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, stow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knowxth if he will return, and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, even a meat-offering, and a drink-ofiering unto tie Lord your God? % Blow the trumpetrin^Zion, fanctifyia (fast, call a solemn asiembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, astemble the elders, gather the children, and those that fuck 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 fay, 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, Whereas their God ?i ■ver: L'ojLsj :-js:.? ht,:r .: u'l \ L ..;» .ul ..v
^TheGcffel S. Matth. 6. i6. 'IT THEN ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a fad countenance: V V for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men
■ Paraphrase on the CoUefl for Ajb-wxdntjday.
Most might and eternal God, who lovest thy Crea- coming sorrow for our Offences, and a sense of onr tures, and hast promised to pardon the Sim of such as misery without thy Mercy.may obtain full Reconciliation ire trsly penitent: Inspire us with hearty Repentance with thee the God of all goodness, through Jesus for oar TransgreHions, and new Resolutions 6t better Christ our Lord.
Obedience for the future ; that we thus shewing abe- • ■> ■ :,
Observe here that but that Times also should be set apart for pubhclc
;ns of penitence will Humiliation for O.ur national Offenc.es; and that Pco
'' up their united Supplications in ^he
, 0 .... 1 .. ... . , jrt God's displeasure.
'• t Blmv the Trumpet ni Zica, fifr. . This staews that * Wbin ye fast, Be not as the tlypocrites, lie. Our
it is not only requisite that every particular Person Lordhereinteacheth us that on any occasion of abstinence
fcauld saew acts of; Contrition for bis Sins in private; we ought not to be formal and vain glorious, like those
to fait. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But 'thou, when thou fastest, anoint thiné head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in fecret : and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. SLay 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 rut doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be alfo... ? .. . #Tbe firft Sunday in Lent. :';:.; .
" The Collect. :. . O Lord, who for our fake didft faft forty days and forty
nights ; Give us grace to ufe, such abftinence, that our Aleih being subdued to the Spirit, we máy ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true 'holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reigneft with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.. ininni ' :: :.... . The Epiftle. 1 2. Cor. 6.1. 3. i ;.; *V E then as workers together with him, beseech your alfo,
V that ye receive not the grace of God in vain : (for he faith, I have heard chee in a time accepted, and in the Day of salvation have I succoured thee : behold now is the accepted time;
i Paraphrasé on the Colleâ for the first Sunday in Lent. O Lord Jesus Christ, who, in order to prepare thy brought in captivity to the obedience and Glory of thee felt for the work of the Miniftry, didit undergo a forty in all Holiness, who reignelt with the Father and the Days Falt; teach us so to mortify and deny our sensual Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Desires and Appetites that every. Thought may be