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ourselves ; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls, that we may
be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The Epistle. 1 Thess. 4. 1.
you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how you ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound more and more, For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that
should abstain from fornication; that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour: not in the last of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles, which know not God; that no man go beyond, and defraud his brother in any matter, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forwarned you, and testified, For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit
The Gospel. S. Matth. 15. 21. ESUS went thence, and departed into
the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, And behold a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David ; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away, for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O) woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
The Third Sunday in Lent.
E beseech thee, Almighty God, look
upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. EPHES. 5. 1. Bye therefore followers of God, as
dear children; and walk in love as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient ; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inberitance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them ; for ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them: for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifest, by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest, is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light,
The Gospel. S. LUKE, 11. 14.
was dumb. And it came to pass when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake : and the people wondered.
But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils, And
others tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation ; and a house divided against a house, falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand ? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me, is against me : and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished." Then goeth he and taketh to