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were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable : A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell by the way side and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devourcd it; and sonie fell upon a lock, and as soon a it was sprung up it withered away, because it lacked moisture ; and some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it, and choaked it; and other fell on good ground, and sprang up and bare fruit an hundred-fold. And when he had said these things, he cried. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God : but to others in parables ; that seeing they might not see,and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these 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 honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
1 he Sunday called Quinquagesima, or the next Sunday beJore Lent.
O LORD, who hast taught
us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth ; send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace, and of all virtues ; without which, whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee : Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. .Amen.
The Eftistle. 1 Cor. xiii. 1. Togh I speak with the
tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal : And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though 1 bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not ; charity vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up ; doth not behave itself unseemly ; seeketh not l
own; is not easily provoked; thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth : but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease, whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophecy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake 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 see through a glass darkly; but then face to face : now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
To Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusa'em, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shali 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: and this saying was hid from them, neither
knew they the things which were spoken. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging; and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth byAnd he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he |should hold his peace; but he :ried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him : and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee : And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee. Andimmediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God : and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unté God.
The first Day of Lent, commonly called Msh-JWednesday.
LMIGHTY and everlast
ing God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our Wretchedness, may
ebtain of thee, the God of all mercy perfect remission and forgiveness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. .Amen.
* This Collect is to be read every day in Lent, after the Collect affiointed for the day.
T Mt Morning Prayer, the Litany being cnded, shall be said the following Prayers immediately before the general Thanksgiving.
O LORD, we beseech thee, mercisully hearour prayers. and spare all those who confess their sins unto thee; that they, whose consciences by sin are accused, by thy mercisul pardon may be absolved through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O MOST mighty God, and
mercisul Father, who hast compassion upon all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made ; who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his sin, and be saved; mercifully forgive us our trespasses; receive and comfort us, who are grieved and wearied with the burden of our sins. Thy property is always to have mercy: to thee only it appertaineth to forgive sins: spare us therefore, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hastredeemed: enter not into judgment with thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable sinners; but so turnthine anger from us, who meekly acknowledge our wileness, and truly repent us of
our faults; and so make haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Then shall the Peofile say this that followeth, after the Minister.
URN thou us, Ogood Lord and so shall we be turned. Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, who turn to thee in weeping, fasting and praying. For thou art a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them ; and let not thine heritage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great; and alter the multitude of thy mercies look upon us, through the merits and mediation of thy blessed son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Mmen.
For the Eftistle. Joel ii. 12.
URN ye even to me, saith the Lord, with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God : sor he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return, and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, even a meat-offering and a drink-offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet: let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them : wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God.
The Gospel. St. Matt. vi. 16.
V HEN ye fast, be not as
the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal : But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be
The First Sunday in Lent.
LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; give us grace to use such abstinence, that our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Eftistle. 2 Cor, vi. 1.
w E then as workers toge
ther with him, beseech you also, that ye 1eceive not the grace of God in vain: (For he saith I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accept ed time: behold, now is the day of salvation) giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed; but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labonrs, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well known ;
as dying, and behold we live ;
, as chastened, and not killed
;IGod, and him only shalt thou
as sorrowful, yet always rejoic-serve. Then the devil leaveth ing; as poor, yet making many him, and behold, angels came rich; as having nothing, and and ministered unto him.
yet possessing all things.
The Second Sunday in Lent.
HEN was Jesus led up of The Collect.
the spirit into the wilde'
ALMIGHT Y God, who seest
ness, to be tempted of the devi" And when he had fasted fort) days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him. It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and
that we have no power of ourselves to help 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 through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Thess. iv. 1.
Ebeseech you, brethren,
and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound nore and For ye know what conmandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication ; that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not
showeth him all the kingdoms in the lust of concupiscence, of the world, and the glory of even as the Gentiles which them; and saith unto him, all know not God: that no man these things will I give thee, go beyond and defraud his
ifthou wilt fall down and wor
brother in any matter; because
thip me. Then saith Jesus that the Lord is the avenger unto him, Get thee hence, Sa-lof all such, as we also have tan; for its written, Thou forewarned you and testified. shalt worship the Lord thy For God hath not calledus unto