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which concern mine infirmities. ed with cares, and riches, and The God and Father of our pleasures of this life, and bring Lord Jesus Christ, which is no fruit to perfection. But that blessed for evermore, knoweth on the good ground are they, that I lie not.
which, in an honest and good The Gospel. St. Luke vii. 4. heart, having heard the word,
keep it, and bring forth fruit JHEN much people were with patience.
gathered together, and were come to him out of every The Sunday called Quinquagecity, he spake by a parable: A sima, or the next Sunday besower went out to sow his seed; fore Lent. and as he sowed, some fell by
The Collect. the way side, and it was trodden devoured it; and some fell up- charity are nothing worth; send down, and the fowls of the air O Lord, who hast taught us
that all our doings without on a rock, and as soon as it was thy Holy Ghost, and pour into sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture ; and gift of charity, the very bond of
our hearts that most excellent some fell among thorns, and the
peace, thorns sprang up with it, and out which, whosoever liveth is
and of all virtues; withchoaked it; and other fell on counted dead before thee: Grant good ground, and sprang up, this for thine only Son Jesus and bare fruit an hundred fold. Christ's sake. Amen. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath The Epistle, 1 Cor. xiii. 1. cars to hear, let him hear. And THOUGH I speak with the What might this parable be? gels, and have not charity, I am And he said, Unto you it is giv- become as sounding brass or a en to know the mysteries of the tinkling cymbal: And though kingdom of God: but to others I have the gift of prophecy, and in parables; that seeing they understand all mysteries, and might not see, and hearing they all knowledge; and though I. might not understand. Now have all faith, so that I could the parable is this: The seed is remove mountains, and have the word of God. Those by not charity, I am nothing. And the way side are they that hear; though I bestow all my goods then cometh the devil, and tak- to feed the poor, and though I eth away the word out of their give my body to be burned, and hearts, lest they should believe have not charity, it profiteth me and be saved. They on the nothing. Charity suffereth long, rock are they, which, when they and is kind; charity envieth not; hear, receive the word with joy; charity vaunteth not itself; is and these have no root, which not puffed up; doth not behave for a while believe, and in time itself unseemly; seeketh not her of temptation fall away. And own; is not easily provoked; that which fell among thorns are thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not they, which, when they have in iniquity, but rejoiceth in heard, go forth, and are choak- the truth; beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all ing, Jesus, thou Son of David, things, endureth all things. Cha- have mercy on me. And they rity never faileth: but whether which went before rebuked there be prophecies, they shall him, that he should hold his fail; whether there be tongues, peace; but he cried so much they shall cease; whether there the more, Thou Son of David, be knowledge, it shall vanish have mercy on me. And Jesus away. For we know in part, stood, and commanded him to and we prophesy in part. But be brought unto him: and when when that which is perfect is he was come near, he asked come, then that which is in part him, saying, What wilt thou shall be done away. When I that I should'do unto thee? And was a child, I spake as a child, he said, Lord, that I may reI understood as a child, I thought ceive my sight. And Jesus said as a child; but when I became a unto him, Receive thy sight; man, I put away childish things. thy faith hath saved thee. And For now we see through a glass immediately he received his darkly; but then face to face: sight, and followed him, glorinow I know in part; but then fying God: and all the people, shall I know even as also I am when they saw it, gave praise known. And now abideth faith, unto God. hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. The first Day of Lent, com
monly called Ash-Wednesday. The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31.
The Collect. THEN Jesus took unto him
LMIGHTY and everlastthe twelve, and said unto Aling God, who hatest no them, Behold, we go up, to Je- thing that thou hast made, and rusalem, and all things that are dost forgive the sins of all those written by the prophets con- who are penitent; create and cerning the Son of man shall be make in us new and contrite accomplished. For he shall be hearts, that we, worthily ladelivered unto the Gentiles, and menting our sins and acknowshall be mocked, and spitefully ledging our wretchedness, may entreated, and spitted on: And obtain of thee, the God of all they shall scourge him, and put mercy, perfect remission and him to death; and the third day he shall rise again. And Christ our Lord. Amen.
forgiveness, through Jesus they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid This Collect is to be read every
day in Leni, after the Collect apfrom them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
pointed for the day. And it came to pass, that as he | At Morning Prayer, the Liwas come nigh unto Jericho, a tany being ended, shall be said certain blind man sat by the the following Prayers, immeway-side begging; and hearing diately before the general the multitude pass by, he asked Thanksgiving. what it meant. And they told O Lord. We beseech thee; passeth by. And he cried, say. ers, and spare all those who con
fess their sins unto thee; that heritage be brought to confuthey whose consciences by sin sion. Hear us, O Lord, for are accused, by thy merciful par- thy mercy is great; and after don may be absolved, through the multitude of thy mercies Christ our Lord. Amen. look upon us, through the meO Most mighty God, and rits and mediation of thy blesmerciful Father,
who hast sed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. compassion upon all'men, and Amen. hatest nothing that thou hast For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. made; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but rather that TURN ve even to me, saith
the Lord, with all your he should turn from his sin, heart, and with fasting, and and be saved; mercifully for- with weeping, and with mourgive us our trespasses; receive ing. And rend your heart, and and comfort us, who are griev- not your garments, and turn ed and wearied with the burden unto the Lord your God : for of our sins. Thy property is he is gracious and merciful, always to have mercy; to thee slow to anger, and of great kindonly it appertaineth to forgive ness, and repenteth him of the sins: spare us therefore, good evil. Who knoweth if he will Lord, spare thy people, whom return, and repent, and leave a thou hast redeemed: enter not blessing behind him, even a into judgment with thy servants, meat-offering and a drink-offerwho are vile earth, and misera- ing unto the Lord your God? ble sinners; but so turn thine Blow the trumpet in Zion, sancanger from us, who meekly tify a fast, call a solemn assemacknowledge our vileness, and bly, gather the people, sanctify truly repent us of our faults; the congregation, assemble the and so make haste to help us elders, gather the children and in this world, that we may ever those that suck the breasts; let live with thee in the world to the bridegroom go forth of his come, through Jesus Christ our chamber, and the bride out of Lord. Amen.
her closet; let the priests, the T Then shall the People say this ministers of the Lord, weep
that followeth, after the Mi- between the porch and the altar, nister.
and let them say, Spare thy TURN thou us, Ogood Lord, people, O Lord, and give not
and so shall we be turned thine heritage to reproach, that Be favourable, O Lord, be the heathen should rule over favourable to thy
people, 'who them: wherefore should they turn to thee in weeping, fasting, say among the people, Where
is their God? and praying. For thou art a merciful God, full of compas
The Gospel. St. Matt. vi. 16. sim, long suffering, and pf great WHEN ye fastes be not as deserve punishment, and in thy countenance: for they disfigure wrath thinkest upon mercy. their faces, that they may apSpare thy people, good Lord, pear unto men to fast. Verily spare them; and let not thinę I say unto you, they have their
reward. But thou, when thou necessities, in distresses, in fastest, anoint thine head, and stripes, in imprisonments, in wash thy face, that thou appear tumults, in labours, in watchnot unto men to fast, but unto ings, in fastings; by pureness, thy Father which is in secret; by knowledge, by long-sufferand thy Father which seeth in ing, by kindness, by the Holy secret, shall reward thee openly. Ghost, by love unfeigned, by Lay not up for yourselves trea- the word of truth, by the power sures upon earth, where moth of God, by the armour of righand rust doth corrupt, and where teousness
on the right hand and thieves break through and steal: on the left, by honour and disBut lay up for yourselves trea- honour, by evil report and good sures in heaven, where neither report; as deceivers, and yet moth nor rust doth corrupt, and true; as unknown, and yet well where thieves do not break known; as dying, and behold through nor steal : For where we live; as chastened, and not your treasure is, there will your killed; as sorrowful, yet alway heart be also.
rejoicing; as poor, yet making
many rich; as having nothing, The first Sunday in Lent.
and yet possessing all things. The Collect.
The Gospel. St. Matt. iv. 1. Lord, who for our sake
THEN was Jesus led
of forty nights; give us grace to use such abstinence, that our ness, to be tempted of the devil: flesh being subdued to the Spi. And when he had fasted forty rit, we may 'ever obey thy god- days and forty nights, he was ly motions in righteousness and afterward an hungered. And true holiness, to thy honour when the tempter came to him, and glory, who livest and reign- he said, If thou be the Son of est with the Father and the Ho. God, command that these stones ly Ghost, one God, world with be made bread.
But he anout end. Amen.
swered and said, It is written,
Man shall not live by bread The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1.
alone, but by every word that TE
out ther with him, beseech God. Then the devil taketh you also, that ye receive not the him up into the holy city, and grace of God in vain : (For he setteth him on a pinnacle of the saith, I have heard thee in a temple, and saith unto him, If time accepted, and in the day thou be the Son of God, cast of salvation have I succoured thyself down; for it is written, thee: behold, now is the ac- He shall give his angels charge cepted time; behold, now is concerning thee; and in their the day of salvation) giving no hands they shall bear thee up, offence in any thing, that the lest at any time thou dash thy ministry be not blamed; but foot against a stone. Jesus said in all things approving ourselves unto him, It is written again, as the ministers of God, in Thou shalt not tempt the Lord much patience, in afflictions, in thy God. Again the devil tak
eth him up into an exceeding that the Lord is the avenger of high mountain, and showeth all such, as we also have forehim all the kingdoms of the warned you and testified. For world, and the glory of them; God hath not called us unto un. and saith unto him, All these cleanness, but unto holiness. things will I give thee, if thou He therefore that despiseth, wilt fall down and worship me. despiseth not man, but God, Then saith Jesus unto him, Get who hath also given unto us his thee hence, Satan; for it is writ- Holy Spirit. ten, Thou shalt worship the The Gospel. St. Matt. xv. 21. Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the
JESUS went thence, and de devil leaveth him, and behold, parted into the coasts of angels came and ministered unto Tyre and Sidon. And behold, him.
a woman of Canaan came out
of the same coasts, and cried The second Sunday in Lent. unto him, saying, Have mercy The Collect.
on me, O Lord, thou Son of LMIGHTY God, who seest David; my daughter is grievourselves to help ourselves; he answered her not a word. keep us both outwardly in our And his disciples came and be. bodies, and inwardly in our sought him, saying, Send her souls; that we may be defended away; for she crieth after us. from all adversities which may But he answered and said, I am happen to the body, and from not sent but unto the lost sheep all evil thoughts which may as- of the house of Israel. Then sault and hurt the soul, through came she and worshipped him, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. saying, Lord, help me. But The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv, 1. he answered and said, It is not
meet to take the children's WE
E beseech you, brethren, bread, and to cast it to dogs.
and exhort you by the And she said, Truth, Lord; Lord Jesus, that as ye have re- yet the dogs eat of the crumbs ceived of us how ye ought to which fall from their master's walk, and to please God, so ye table. Then Jesus answered would abound more and more. and said unto her, O woman, For
ye know what commandgreat is thy faith : be it unto ments we gave you by the Lord thee even as thou wilt. And Jesus. For this is the will of her daughter was made whole God, even your sanctification, from that very hour. that ye should abstain from fornication; that every one of you The third Sunday in Lent. should know how to possess
The Collect. his vessel in sanctification and honournot in the concu E beseech piscence, even as the
God, look upon which know not God: that no desires of thy humble servants, man go beyond and defraud his and stretch forth the right hand brother in any matter; because of thy Majesty, to be our de