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thee, that having this hope, we shall say unto you, Behold, he is in may purify ourselves, even as he the desert; go not forth: behold, is pure; that when he shall appear he is in the secret chambers; believe again with power and great glory, it not. For as the lightning cometh we may be made like unto him in out of the east, and shineth even his eternal and glorious kingdom; unto the west; so shalt also the where, with thee, O Father, and coming of the Son of man be. For thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and wheresoever the carcase is, there reigneth, ever one God, world with- will the eagles be gathered togethout end. Amen. er. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be

The Epistle. 1 John iii. 1.

BEHOLD what manner of love

darkened, and the moon shall not the Father hath bestowed upon give her light, and the stars shall us, that we should be called the fall from heaven, and the powers of sons of God; therefore the world the heavens shall be shaken. And knoweth us not, because it knew then shall appear the sign of the him not. Beloved, now are we the Son of man in heaven; and then sons of God; and it doth not yet ap-shall all the tribes of the earth pear what we shall be: but we mourn, and they shall see the Son know, that when he shall appear, of man coming in the clouds of heawe shall be like him; for we shall ven, with power and great glory. see him as he is. And every man And he shall send his angels with that hath this hope in him purifieth a great sound of a trumpet, and they himself, even as he is pure. Who-shall gather together his elect from soever committeth sin, transgres- the four winds, from one end of seth also the law; for sin is the heaven to the other. transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not: whosoever sinneth, hath not Lord, we beseech thee favour seen him, neither known him. Lit- ably to hear the prayers of thy tle children, let no man deceive you: people, that we, who are justly he that doeth righteousness is righ-punished for our offences, may be teous, even as he is righteous. He mercifully delivered by thy goodthat committeth sin is of the devil;ness, for the glory of thy name, for the devil sinneth from the be-through Jesus Christ our Saviour, ginning. For this purpose the Son who liveth and reigneth with thee of God was manifested, that he and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, might destroy the works of the world without end. Amen.


The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23. THEN if any man shall unto say

The Sunday called Septuagesimu, or the third Sunday before Lent. The Collect.


The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. NOW ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one you, Lo, here is Christ, or receiveth the prize? So run, that there; believe it not. For there ye may obtain. And every man shall arise false Christs and false that striveth for the mastery, is prophets, and shall show great signs temperate in all things. Now they and wonders; insomuch that (if it do it to obtain a corruptible crown, were possible) they shall deceive but we an incorruptible. I therethe very elect. Behold, I have told fore so run, not as uncertainly; so you before. Wherefore, if they fight I, not as one that beateth the

air: But I keep under my body,, way; I will give unto this last even and bring it into subjection, lest that as unto thee. Is it not lawful for by any means, when I have preach-me to do what I will with mine ed to others, I myself should be a own? Is thine eye evil, because I cast-away. am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many be called, but few chosen.

The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. THE kingdom of heaven is like

unto a man that is an house

or the second Sunday before


The Collect.

Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing

The Estle. 2 Cor. xi. 19.

holder, which went out early in the The Sunday called Sexagesima, morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle that we do; mercifully grant that in the market-place, and said unto by thy power we may be defended them, Go ye also into the vineyard, against all adversity, through Jesus and whatsoever is right I will give Christ our Lord. Amen. you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth suffer fools gladly, seeing ye and Linth hour, and did likewise. yourselves are wise. For ye And about the eleventh hour he suffer if a man bring you into bond went out, and found others stand-age, if a man devour you, if a man ing idle, and saith unto them, Why take of you, if a man exalt himself, stand ye here all the day idle? They if a man smite you on the face. 1 say unto him, Because no man hath speak as concerning reproach, as hired us. He saith unto them, Go though we had been weak: how be ye also into the vineyard, and what-it, whereinsoever any is bold (I soever is right, that shall ye receive. speak foolishly) I am bold also. So when even was come, the Lord Are they Hebrews? so am I: are of the vineyard saith unto his stew-they Israelites? so am I: are they the ard, Call the labourers, and give seed of Abraham? so am 1: are they them their hire, beginning from the ministers of Christ? (I speak as a last unto the first. And when they fool) I am more: In labours more came, that were hired about the abundant; in stripes above measure; eleventh hour, they received every in prisons more frequent; in deaths man a penny. But when the first oft. Of the Jews five times receivcame, they supposed that they ed I forty stripes save one; thrice should have received more; and was I beaten with rods; once was I they likewise received every man a stoned; thrice I suffered shipwreck; penny. And when they had receiv-ja night and a day I have been in the ed it, they murmured against the deep; in journeyings often; in pegood man of the house, saying, rils of waters; in perils of robbers; These last have wrought but one in perils by mine own countrymen; hour, and thou hast made them in perils by the heathen; in perils equal unto us, which have borne in the city; in perils in the wilder the burden and heat of the day. But ness; in perils in the sea; in perils he answered one of them, and said, among false brethren; in weariness Friend, I do thee no wrong; didst and painfulness; in watchings often; not thou agree with me for a pen-in hunger and thirst; in fastings of By? Take that thine is, and go thy ten, in cold and nakedness; besides

those things that are without, that this life, and bring no fruit to perfec which cometh upon me daily, the tion. But that on the good ground care of all the Churches. Who is are they, which, in an honest and weak, and I am not weak? who is good heart, having heard the word, offended, and I burn not? If I must keep it, and bring forth fruit with needs glory, I will glory of the patience. things which concern mine infirmi

ties. The God and Father of our The Sunday called QuinquagesiLord Jesus Christ, which is blessed ma, or the next Sunday before for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. Lent. The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4.

The Collect.

WHEN much people were ga-Lord, who hast taught us that thered together, and were all our doings without charity come to him out of every city, he are nothing worth; send thy Holy spake by a parable: A sower went Ghost, and pour into our hearts out to sow his seed; and as he sow-that most excellent gift of charity, ed, some fell by the way side, and the very bond of peace, and of all it was trodden down, and the fowls virtues; without which, whosoever of the air devoured it; and some liveth is counted dead before thee: fell upon a rock, and as soon as it Grant this for thine only Son Jesus was sprung up, it withered away, Christ's sake. Amen. because it lacked moisture; and The Epistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. some fell among thorns, and the THOUGH I speak with the thorns sprang up with it, and choak- tongues of men and of angels, ed it; and other fell on good ground, and have not charity, I am become and sprang up, and bare fruit an as sounding brass or a tinkling cymhundred fold. And when he had bal: And though I have the gift of said these things, he cried, He that prophecy, and understand all myshath cars to hear, let him hear. teries, and all knowledge; and And his disciples asked him, saying, though I have all faith, so that I What might this parable be? And could remove mountains, and have he said, Unto you it is given to know not charity, I am nothing. And the mysteries of the kingdom of though I bestow all my goods to God; but to others in parables: feed the poor, and though I give that seeing they might not see, and my body to be burned, and have not bearing they might not understand. charity, it profiteth me nothing. Now the parable is this: the seed Charity suffereth long, and is kind; is the word of God. Those by the charity envieth not; charity vauntway-side are they that hear; then eth not itself; is not puffed up; cometh the devil, and taketh away doth not behave itself unseemly; the word out of their hearts, lest seeketh not her own; is not easily they should believe and be saved. provoked; thinketh no evil; reThey on the rock are they, which, joiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth when they hear, receive the word in the truth; beareth all things, bewith joy; and these have no root, lieveth all things, hopeth ali things, which for a while believe, and endureth all things. Charity never time of temptation fall away. And faileth: but whether there be prothat which fell among thorns are phecies, they shall fail; whether they, which, when they have heard, there be tongues, they shall cease; go forth, and are choaked with whether there be knowledge, it shall cares, and riches, and pleasures of vanish away. For we know in part,

and we prophesy in part. But faith hath saved thee. And immewhen that which is perfect is come,diately he received his sight, and then that which is in part shall be followed him, glorifying God: and done away. When I was a child, all the people, when they saw it, I spake as a child, I understood as gave praise unto God.

a child, I thought as a child; but

when I became a man, I put away The first Day of Lent, commonly childish things. For now we see called Ash-Wednesday. through a glass darkly; but then

The Collect.

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

A Morning Prayer, the Litany being ended, shall be said the following Prayers, immediately before the general Thanksgiving.

face to face: now I know in part; ALMIGHTY and everlasting but then shall I know even as also I God, who hatest nothing that am known. And now abideth faith, thou hast made, and dost forgive hope, charity, these three; but the sins of all those who are penithe greatest of these is charity. tent; create and make in us new The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. and contrite hearts, that we, worTHEN Jesus took unto him the thily lamenting our sins and actwelve, and said unto them, knowledging our wretchedness, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, may obtain of thee, the God of all and all things that are written by mercy, perfect remission and forthe prophets concerning the Son of giveness, through Jesus Christ our man shall be accomplished. For Lord. Amen. 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: Lord, we beseech thee, merand this saying was hid from them, cifully hear our prayers, and neither knew they the things which spare all those who confess their were spoken. And it came to pass, sins unto thee; that they, whose that as he was come nigh unto Je-consciences by sin are accused, by richo, a certain blind man sat by the thy merciful pardon may be abway-side begging; and hearing the solved, through Christ our Lord. multitude pass by, he asked what Imen. it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And Most mighty God, and merciful Father, who hast ccmhe cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of passion upon all men, and hatest David, have mercy on me. And nothing that thou hast made; who they which went before rebuked wouldest not the death of a sinner, him, that he should hold his peace; but rather that he should turn from but he cried so much the more, his sin, and be saved; mercifully Thou Son of David, have mercy forgive us our trespasses; receive on me. And Jesus stood, and com-and comfort us, who are grieved manded him to be brought unto and wearied with the burden of our him: and when he was come near, sins. Thy property is always to he asked him, saying, What wilt have mercy; to thee only it apperthou that I should do unto thee?taineth to forgive sins: spare us And he said, Lord, that I may re-therefore, good Lord, spare thy ceive my sight. And Jesus said people, whom thou hast redeemed: anto him, Receive thy sight; thylenter not into judgment with thy

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servants, who are vile earth, and priests, the ministers on the Lord, miserable sinners; but so turn thine weep between the porch and the anger from us, who meekly acknow-altar, and let them say, Spare thy ledge our vileness, and truly repent people, O Lord, and give not thine us of our faults; and so make haste heritage to reproach, that the hea to help us in this world, that we then should rule over them: wheremay ever live with thee in the fore should they say among the world to come, through Jesus Christ people, Where is their God? our Lord. Amen. The Gospel. St. Matt. vi. 16. Then shall the People say this that fol-WHEN ye fast, be not as the

.loweth, after the


hypocrites, of a sad counteTURN thou us, O good Lord,nance: for they disfigure their faces, and so shall we be turned. Be that they may appear unto men to favourable, O Lord, be favourable fast. Verily I say unto you, they to thy people, who turn to thee in have their reward. But thou, when weeping, fasting and praying. For thou fastest, anoint thine head, and thou art a merciful God, full of wash thy face, that thou appear not compassion, long suffering, and of unto men to fast, but unto thy Fa great pity. Thou sparest when ther which is in secret; and thy we deserve punishment, and in thy Father which seeth in secret, shall wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare reward thee openly. Lay not up thy people, good Lord, spare thera; for yourselves treasures upon earth, And let not thine heritage be brought where moth and rust doth corrupt, to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for and where thieves break through thy merey is great; and after the and steal: But lay up for yourselves multitude of thy mercies look upon treasures in heaven, where neither us, through the merits and media-moth nor rust doth corrupt, and tion of thy blessed Son, Jesus Christ where thieves do not break through our Lord. Amen. nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The first Sunday in Lent.
The Collect.

For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. T URN ye even to me, saith the Lord, with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your Lord, who for our sake didst heart, and not your garments, and fast forty days and forty nights; turn unto the Lord your God: for give us grace to use such abstinence, he is gracious and merciful, slow to that our flesh being subdued to the anger, and of great kindness, and Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly repenteth him of the evil. Who motions in righteousness and true knoweth if he will return, and re- holiness, to thy honour and glory, pent, and leave a blessing behind who livest and reignest with the him, even a meat-offering and a Father and the Holy Ghost, one drink-offering unto the Lord your God, world without end. Amen. God? Blow the trumpet in Žion, The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. sanctify a fast, call a solemn assem

bly, gather the people, sanctify the WE then, as workers together

with him, beseech you also, congregation, assemble the elders, that ye receive not the grace of God gather the children and those that in vain: (For he saith, I have heard sunk the breasts; let the bride-thee in a time accepted, and in the groom go forth of his chamber, and day of salvation have I succoured the bride out of her closet; let the thee: behold, now is the accepted

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