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chee, 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, everone God, world with-will the eagles be gathered togethout end. Amen.

er. Immediately after the tribulaThe Epistle. 1 John üii. 1. tion of those days, shall the sun be

of 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 hcawe 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 siri, 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 The Sunday called Septuagesi:nai, away our sins; and in him is no sin. or the third Sunday before Lent. Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth

The Collect. not : whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, neither known him. Litt O Lord, we beseech thee favour

ably to hear the prayers of thy tle children, let no man dreceive you: people, that we, who are justly he that doeth righteousness is righ-punished for our offences, may be teous, even as hie is righteous. He mercifully delivered by thy goocthat 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. devil.

The Epistle. 1 Cor. ix. 24. The Gospel. St. Matt. xxiv. 23.


NOW ye not, that they which THIEN If any man shall say unto 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 there. the very clect. 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, The Gospel. St. Matt. xx. 1. and the first last; for many be call. The kingdom of heaven is like ed, but few chosen. holder, which went out early in the The Sunday called Sexagesima, morning to hire labourers into his or the second Sunday before vineyard. And when he had agreed Lent. with the labourers for a penny a

The Collect. day, he sent them into his vineyard, O Lord God, who seest that we 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. The Epstle. 2 Cor. xi. 19. Again he went out about the sixih


"E suffer fools gladly, seeing ye and winth hour, and olid 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, stanel 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: lowbeye 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 l: are they them their hire, beginning from the ministers of Christ? (I speak as & 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 loft. Of the Jews five tiines receive came, 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 Isuffered shipwreck; penny. And when they had receiv- a night and a day I have been in the ed it, they murmured against the deep; in journeyings oflen; in pe. good man of the house, saying, rils of water's; 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 wililerthe barden 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 @y? Take that thine is, and go thvltens in cold and nakoness; 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 infirmilies. The God and Father of our The Sunday called QuinquagesiLoni 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. We muelu people were

- O all our doings without charity thered were 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, ell, some fell by the way side, and the very bond of peace, and of all it was trolden 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 , and the

tongues of men and of angels, ell it; and other fell on gool ground, and have not charity, I am become and sprang up, and bare fruit an as sounding brass or a tinkling cymhundred foku." And when he had bal : And though I have the gift of said these things, he crier, He that prophecy, and understand all mysbath car's to hear, let lum 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 sail, 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 Col; 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 boaring 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 seth 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 iniquiry, but rejoiceth when tliey hear, receive the word in the truth ; beareth all things, bewith joy; and these have no root, lieveth all things, hopeth ali ühings, which for a while believe, and in 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,

Liburns sprang up with it, and chote THOUGH I speak with the

and we prophesy in part. But faith hath saved thee. And imme. when 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-Weclivesday. through a glass darkly; but then

The Collect. face to face i now I know, in part i ALMIGHTY

and everlasting 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, wor

our twelve, 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 Gen- g This Collect is to he read every day in Liles, and shall be mocked, and spite- Lent, after the Collect appointed for the fully entreated, and spitted on:

day: And they shall scourge him, and A Morning Prayer, the Litany being

ended, shall he said the following Praya put him to death; and the third

crs, immediately besore the general day he shall rise again. And they Thanksgiving. understoud none of these things : O Lord, we beseecli thee, mer, 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 accuseil, loy 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. Amen. it meant. And they told him, tha O Most mighty God, and mer. he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of passion upon all men, and hatest David, have mercy on me. And nothing that thou hast male; 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 apper. thou 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 iudigment with thy

perrants, who are vile earth, and priests, the ministers as 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 heato help us in this world, that we then should rule over them: wherenay ever live with thee in the fore should they say among the wor!d 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

not Joweth, after the Minister.

hypocrites, of a sad counteT TURN thou us, O good Lord, nance: for they disfigure their faces,

and so shall we be turned. Bé 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 prayivg. 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 fást, 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 them; for yourselves treasures upon eartlī, Arxl 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 anil 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 For the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. is, there will your heart be also.

Lorl, with all your heart, and The first Sunday in Lent. with fasting, and with weeping, and

The Collect. 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 gorily 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. Go!? Blow the trumpet in Žion, The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. sanctify a fast, call a solemn assem

We then, as workers together bly, guther the people, sanctify the with him, beseech you also, congregation, assemble the elders, that ve receive not the grace of God rather the children and those that in rain : (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 s succoured the bride out of her closet; let the thee: behold, now is the accepted

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