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all knowledge; and though I | but the greatest of these is have all faith, so that I could charity. remove mountains, and have no The Gospel. St. Luke xviii. 31. charity , I am nothing. And THE
HEN Jesus took unto him though I bestow all my goods the twelve, and said unto to feed the poor, and though I them, Behold, we go up to Jegive my body to be burned, and rusalem, and all things that are have not charity, it profiteth me written by the prophets concernnothing. Charity suffereth long, ing the Son of Man shall be and is kind; charity envieth not; accomplished. For he shall be charity vaunteth not itself, is not delivered unto the Gentiles, and puffed up, doth not behave itself shall be mocked, and spitefully unseemly, seeketh not her own, entreated, and spitted on: and is not easily provoked, think they shall scourge him, and put eth no evil, rejoiceth not in ini- him to death; and the third day quity, but rejoiceth in the truth; he shall rise again. And they unbeareth all things, believeth all derstood none of these things : things, hopeth all things, endur- and this saying was hid from eth all things. Charity never them, neither knew they the faileth: but whether there be things which were spoken. And prophecies, they shall fail ; whe- it came to pass, that as he was ther there be tongues, they shall come nigh unto Jericho, a cercease ;
whether there be know- tain blind man sat by the wayledge, it shall vanish away. For side begging: and hearing the we know in part, and we pro- multitude pass by, he asked what phesy in part. But when that it meant. And they told him, which is perfect is come, then that Jesus of Nazareth passeth that which is in part shall be by. And he cried, saying, Jesus,
When I was thou Son of David, have mercy, child, I spake as a child, I un
And they which went derstood as a child, I thought as before rebuked him, that he a child; but when I became a should hold his peace: but he man, I put away childish things. cried so much the
Thou For now we see through a glass Son of David, have mercy on darkly; but then face to face : me. And Jesus stood, and comnow I know in part; but then manded him to be brought unto shall I know even as also I him: and when he was come am known. And now abideth near, he asked him, saying, faith, hope, charity, these three; | What wilt thou that I should
do unto thee? And he said, Who knoweth if he will return, Lord, that I may receive my and repent, and leave a blessing sight. And Jesus said unto him, behind him, even a meat-offerReceive thy sight; thy faith ing and a drink-offering unto hath saved thee. And immedi- the Lord your God? Blow the ately he received his sight, and trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, followed him, glorifying God: call a solemn assembly, gather and all the people, when they the people, sanctify the congresaw it, gave praise unto God. gation, assemble the elders, ga
ther the children, and those that The first Day of Lent, common
suck the breasts; let the bridely called Ash-Wednesday.
groom go forth of his chamber, The Collect.
and the bride out of her closet; and
ministers of who hatest no
between thing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them porch and the altar, and let
them that are penitent; Create and Lord, and give not tħine heri
say, Spare thy people, O make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily lament- tage to reproach, that the hea
then should rule over them : ing our sins, and acknowledging wherefore should they say aour wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, per- God?
mong the people, Where is their fect remission and forgiveness ;
The Gospel. St. Matth. vi. 16. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HEN ye fast, be not as
the hypocrites, of a sad I This Collect is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the
countenance : for they disfigure Day.
their faces, that they may apFor the Epistle. Joel ii. 12. pear unto men to fast. Verily URN ye even to me, even to me, saith | I
you, They have the Lord, with all your their reward. But thou, when heart, and with fasting, and thou fastest, anoint thine head, with weeping, and with mourn- and wash thy face, that thou ing. And rend your heart, and appear not unto men to fast, not your garments, and turn but unto thy Father which is in unto the Lord your God: for secret; and thy Father, which he is gracious and merciful, slow seeth in secret, shall reward thee to anger, and of great kindness, openly. Lay not
yourand repenteth him of the evil. selves
where moth and rust doth cor- | isters of God, in much patience, , rupt, and where thieves break in afflictions, in necessities, in through and steal: but lay up distresses, in stripes, in imprisonfor yourselves treasures in hea- ments, in tumults, in labours, in ven, where neither moth nor watchings, in fastings; by purerust doth corrupt, and where ness, by knowledge, by long-sufthieves do not break through fering, by kindness, by the holy nor steal: for where your trea- Ghost, by love unfeigned, by sure is, there will your heart the word of truth, by the power be also.
of God, by the armour of rightThe first Sunday in Lent.
eousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dis
honour, by evil report and good
sake O ,
report ; as deceivers, and yet didst fast forty days and
true; as unknown, and yet well forty nights ; Give us grace to known; as dying, and behold, use such abstinence, that, our
we live; as chastened, and not flesh being subdued to the Spi- killed ; as sorrowful, yet alway rit, we may ever obey thy godly rejoicing; as poor, yet making motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and and yet possessing all things.
many rich; as having nothing, glory, who livest and reignest
The Gospel. St. Matth. iv. 1. with the Father and the Holy HEN was Jesus led of
the Spirit into the wilderend. Amen.
ness, to be tempted of the devil. The Epistle. 2 Cor. vi. 1. And when he had fasted forty E then, as workers toge- days and forty nights, he was af
ther with him, beseechterward an-hungred. And when you also, that ye receive not
receive not the tempter came to him, he the grace of God in vain ; (for said, If thou be the Son of he saith, I have heard thee in God, command that these stones a time accepted, and in the day be made bread. But he answerof salvation have I succoureded and said, It is written, Man thee: behold, now is the accept- shall not live by bread alone, ed time; behold, now is the day but by every word that proof salvation ;) giving no offence ceedeth out of the mouth of in any thing, that the ministry God. Then the devil taketh be not blamed; but in all things him up into the holy city, and approving ourselves as the min-1 setteth him on a pinnacle of the
temple, and saith unto him, If The Epistle. 1 Thess. iv. 1. thou be the Son of God, cast
, thyself down; for it is written, and exhort you by the He shall give his angels charge Lord Jesus, that as ye have concerning thee, and in their received of us how ye ought to hands they shall bear thee up, walk, and to please God, so ye lest at any time thou dash thy would abound more and more. foot against a stone. Jesus said For ye know what commandunto him, It is written again, ments we gave you by the Lord Thou shalt not tempt the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of thy God. Again, the devil tak- God, even your sanctification, eth him up into an exceeding that ye should abstain from forhigh mountain, and sheweth him nication; that every one of you all the kingdoms of the world, should know how to possess his and the glory of them; and vessel in sanctification and hosaith unto him, All these things nour; not in the lust of conwill I give thee, if thou wilt cupiscence, even as the Gentiles fall down and worship me. Then which know not God; that no saith Jesus unto him, Get thee man go beyond and defraud his hence, Satan; for it is written, brother in any matter; because
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy that the Lord is the avenger of God, and him only shalt thou all such, as we also have foreserve. Then the devil leaveth warned you, and testified. For him, and behold, angels came God hath not called us unto and ministered unto him.
uncleanness, but unto holiness.
He therefore that despiseth deThe second Sunday in Lent.
spiseth not man, but God, who
hath also given unto us his holy A
LMIGHTY God, who seest | Spirit.
that we have no power of The Gospel. St. Matth. xv. 21. ourselves to help ourselves ; Keep JE
ESUS went thence, and deus both outwardly in our bo- parted into the coasts of dies, and inwardly in our souls; Tyre and Sidon. And behold, that we may be defended from a woman of Canaan came out all adversities which may hap- of the same coasts, and cried pen to the body, and from all unto him, saying, Have mercy evil thoughts which may assault on me, O Lord, thou Son of and hurt the soul; through Je- | David; my daughter is grievsus Christ our Lord. Amen. ously vexed with a devil. But
he answered her not a word. / sacrifice to God for a sweetAnd his disciples came and be- smelling savour. But fornication, sought him, saying, Send her and all uncleanness, or covetousaway; for she crieth after us. ness, let it not be once named But he answered and said, I am amongst you, as becometh saints; not sent, but unto the lost sheep | neither filthiness, nor foolish-talkof the house of Israel. Then ing, nor jesting, which are not came she and worshipped him, convenient; but rather giving of saying, Lord, help me. But he thanks : for this ye know, that answered and said, It is not no whoremonger, nor unclean meet to take the children's bread, person, nor covetous man, who and to cast it to dogs. And is an idolater, hath any inheritshe said, Truth, Lord; yet the ance in the kingdom of Christ, dogs eat of the crumbs, which and of God. Let no man defall from their master's table. ceive you with vain words : for Then Jesus answered and said because of these things cometh unto her, 0 woman, great is the wrath of God upon the chilthy faith : be it unto thee even dren of disobedience. Be not ye as thou wilt. And her daugh- therefore partakers with them : ter was made whole from that for ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the
Lord : walk as children of light; The third Sunday in Lent. (for the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness, and righteousE beseech thee, Almighty is acceptable unto the Lord. WI
ness, and truth ;) proving what God, look upon the hear
And have no fellowship with ty desires of thy humble ser
the unfruitful works of darkvants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our
but rather reprove them :
for it is a shame even to speak defence against all our enemies ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
of those things which are done
of them in secret. But all things Amen.
that are reproved are made maThe Epistle. Ephes. v. 1. nifest by the light: for whatBE ye therefore, followers of soever doth make manifest is God,
he Awalk in love, as Christ also hath wake, thou that sleepest, and loved us, and hath given him- arise from the dead, and Christ self for us, an offering and a shall give thee light.