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NOW ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one receiveth the

prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that

is, there will the eagles be The Epiftle. 1 Cor. ix. 24gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days, fhall the fun be darkened, and the moon fhall not give her light, and the ftars fhall fall from heaven, ftriveth for the maftery, is and the powers of the heavens temperate in all things. Now fhall be fhaken. And then they do it to obtain a corrupfhall appear the fign of the tible crown, but we an incorSon of man in heaven; and ruptible. I therefore fo run, then shall all the tribes of the not as uncertainly; fo fight I, earth mourn, and they fhall not as one that beateth the fee the Son of man coming in air: but I keep under my the clouds of heaven, with body, and bring it into subpower and great glory. And jection, left that by any means, he fhall fend his angels with when I have preached to others, a great found of a trumpet, I myself fhould be a caftaway. and they fhall gather together his elect from the four winds, The Gofpel. St. Matth. xx. 1. from one end of heaven to the other.

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HE kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the 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 faw others ftanding idle in the market place, and faid unto them, Go ye alfo into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the fixth and ninth hour, and did likewife. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others ftanding idle, and faith

unto

unto them, Why ftand ye here all the day idle? They fay unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He faith unto them, Go ye alfo into the

The Sunday called Sexagefima, or the Second Sunday before Lent.

vineyard, and whatfoever is O

The Collect.

Lord God, who seeft that we put not our right, that shall ye receive. truft in any thing that we do; So when even was come, the mercifully grant that by thy Lord of the vineyard faith power we may be defended unto his fteward, Call the against all adverfity, through labourers, and give them their Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. hire, beginning from the laft unto the firft. And when they came that were hired

The Epiftle. 2 Cor. xi. 19.

E fuffer fools gladly, fee

about the eleventh hour, they Ying ye yourfelves are

received every man a penny. But when the first came, they wife. For ye fuffer if a man supposed that they should have received more; and they likewife received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good-man of the houfe, faying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou haft made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and faid, Friend, I do thee no wrong; didft not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way; I will give unto this laft even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first laft; for many becalled, but few chofen.

bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man fmite you on the face. I fpeak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak: howbeit, whereinfoever any is bold (I fpeak foolishly) I am bold alfo. Are they Hebrews? so am I are they Ifraelites; fo am I are they the feed of Abraham? fo am I are they minifters of Chrift? (I fpeak as a fool) I am more: In labours more abundant; in ftripes above measure; in prifons more frequent; in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes fave one; thrice was I beaten with rods; once was I ftoned; thrice I fuffered fhipwreck; a night and a day I have been in the F 2

deep;

deep; in journeyings often; and the thorns fprang up with

in perils of waters; in perils of robbers; in perils by mine own countrymen; in perils by the heathen; in perils in the city; in perils in the wildernefs; in perils in the fea; in perils among falfe brethren; in wearinefs and painfulness; in watchings often; in hunger and thirft; in faftings often; in cold and nakedness; befides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the Churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak; who is of fended, and I burn not; If I muft needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, which is bleffed for evermore, knoweth that I lie

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The Gospel. St. Luke viii. 4. HEN much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he fpake by a parable: A fower went out to fow his feed; and as he fowed, fome fell by the wayfide, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it; and fome fell upon a rock, and as foon as it was fprung up it withered away, because it lacked moisture; and fome fell among thorns,

it, and choaked it; and other fell on good ground,and fprang up and bare fruit an hundred fold. And when he had faid these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his difciples afked him, faying, What might this parable be? And he faid, Unto you it is given to know the myfteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that feeing they might not fee, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: the feed is the word of God. Thofe by the way-fide are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, left they should believe and be faved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and thefe have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which when they have heard, go forth, and are choaked with cares, and riches, and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which, in an honeft and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience..

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The Sunday called Quinquagefi- not eafily provoked; thinketh

ma, or the next Sunday before Lent.

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no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they fhall fail; whether there be tongues, they fhall cease; whether there be knowledge, it fhall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophefy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part fhall be done away. When I was a child, I fpake 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 glafs darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know, even as alfo I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

HOUGH I fpeak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as founding brafs or a tinkling cymbal: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all myfteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, fo that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. I bestow all my goods to feed THEN Jefus took unto the poor, and though I give him the twelve, and said my body to be burned, and unto them, Behold, we go up have not charity, it profiteth to Jerufalem, and all things me nothing. Charity fuffer- that are written by the proeth long, and is kind; charity phets concerning the Son of envieth not; charity vaunteth man fhall be accomplished. not itself; is not puffed up; For he shall be delivered unto doth not behave itfelf unfeem- the Gentiles, and fhall be ly; feeketh not her own; is mocked, and spitefully en

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treated,

treated, and spitted on: And The first Day of Lent, commonly

they fhall fcourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he fhall rise again. And they understood none of

called Afb-Wednesday.

The Collect.

God, who hateft nowas hid from them, neither thing that thou haft made, knew they the things which and doft forgive the fins of all were spoken. And it came those who are penitent; creto pass, that as he was come ate and make in us new and nigh unto Jericho, a certain contrite hearts, that we, worblind man fat by the way-fide thily lamenting our fins and begging; and hearing the acknowledging our wretchedmultitude pass by, he afked nefs, may obtain of thee, the what it meant. And they told God of all mercy, perfect remifhim, that Jefus of Nazareth fion and forgiveness, through paffeth by. And he cried, Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. faying, Jefus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace; but he cried¶ fo much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jefus ftood, and commanded him to be brought unto him and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I fhould do unto thee? And he faid, Lord, that I may receive my fight. And Jefus faid unto him, Receive thy fight; thy faith hath faved thee, And immediately he

these things: and this faying mighty and everlafting

ed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they faw it, gave praife unto God.

This Collect is to be read every
day in Lent, after the Collect
appointed for the day.
At Morning Prayer, the Li-
tany being ended, shall be faid
the following Prayers, imme-
diately before the general
Thanksgiving.

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Lord, we befeech thee, mercifully hear ourprayers, and fpare all thofe who confefs their fins unto thee that they, whofe confciences by fin are accufed, by thy merciful pardon may be abfolved, through Chrift our Lord. Amen.

Moft mighty God, and merciful Father, who haft compaffion upon all men, and hateft nothing that thou haft made; who wouldeft not the death of a finner, but ra

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